"Almost dying changes nothing. Dying changes everything." Dr. Gregory House offered this insight near the end of season five's premier episode. His employee, Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley, lamented that their patient, after standing at the precipice of death, decided not to change, but to return to her former life, a…
Since its inception in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) continually emphasized evangelism as one of its core values, including it as the twenty-third article in the 1925 Baptist Faith and Message. Throughout its history, Southern Baptist evangelism took on many forms, both in its methodology and training practice, each…
Ever pay attention to some of the news “alerts” and top stories on nearly every major news network, including my favorite, Fox News? For example, these articles made the front page of the news organization’s websites:
- “Sheen Fired From Hit TV Show” (Fox News)
- “Ticker: Trump slams GOP senator” (CNN)
- “‘Sister Wives’: ‘We Knew What The Risks Were’” (ABC News)
- “Ivory Coast conflict may raise chocolate prices” (CBS News)
- “Time to mush! 2011 Iditarod Sled Dog race underway” (NBC News)
- “Rep. accused of harassment” (Washington Post)
- “Florida Republicans at Odds With Their Leader” (New York Times)
- “Starbucks to Launch Instant-Coffee Packets in China” (Wall Street Journal)
- “With OT win, Stars finish critical West Coast trip 3-0-1, move to fifth” (Dallas Morning-News)
Many stories like these are treated as major stories, yet the events they describe have never changed the world nor impacted any viewer’s life in a significant way. The air didn’t turn into harmful gas, people aren’t going to die from these events, no diseases are being healed, and most importantly, people aren’t being saved. The fact that actors, politicians, and sports teams do something rarely changes the world. Put simply, these “news” stories aren’t really news.
Depsite the newsworthlessness of these stories, people seem to find them of grave importance. At the time I write this, some of the most popular articles on these sites, as stated on the sites, include “Subway Runs Past McDonald’s Chain” (WSJ), “Charlie Sheen debuts live web show” (CBS News), and “Jen Aniston Pokes Fun at Viral Videos With Smart Water ‘Sex Tape’” (Fox News). Americans, if not people all over the world, are fascinated less by news that matters and more by gossip that rouses. But that would explain the astounding success of such
gossip “entertainment news” organizations as TMZ, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Entertainment Tonight.
As I took my eldest daughter to school this morning, the cold weather made me wonder about which is better: hot or cold? Do you prefer hot or cold weather? I’ve always said that I prefer cold weather over hot weather for a simple reason: you can put on enough to stay warm, but you can’t get naked enough to stay cool. When we moved to Fort Worth in 2003, we incidentally chose the hottest day of the summer, and one of the hotter ones in recent years. The temperature was around 110° F. I forget how many gallons of iced tea, water, and Gatorade we drank that day as we moved furniture from the moving truck to the apartment, but I do remember it was blazingly hot! And did I say it was very, very hot?
But that North Texas heat is nothing compared to hell. In Texas, it will cool down in the summer, and the winters get cold (albeit not as cold as Minnesota). Yep, the torment of Texas heat eventually passes, but the heat and fires of hell last forever. The saying goes that if you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait a couple hours—it’ll change. Well, if you don’t like the idea of hell, accept Christ—He’ll change you!
Believing in Jesus is more than a “get out of hell” pass. It’s a life-changing event. It changes your perspective on life, and changes your destiny for eternity. Jesus said that he came to give a life more abundant (John 10:10), meaning a life of hope, joy, mercy, and freedom. Without him, we are trapped in our sinfulness, facing judgment, and living in hopelessness.
I first saw this video on Facebook, posted by Zenn Alindogan.
John Piper outlines the core of the Gospel:
On one of the most watched programs in the nation, Brit Hume shares the Gospel that forgiveness and hope are found in Jesus Christ. Speaking of Tiger Woods, he said, "he needs something that Christianity, especially, provides and gives and offers, and that is redemption and forgiveness." If you listen…
“The 1960s was a period of social uprising, protests, the Vietnam conflict, and moral decline.” – John Rothra, The Jesus Revolution
These words opened a report I did on the Jesus Revolution (also called the Jesus Movement). One of the leaders of that movement, Tony Alamo, seems to be fixed in some of the aspects of that era, especially the moral decline. According to the Associated Press, Alamo was recently arrested outside the Federal Court in Flagstaff, Arizona “on charges [that] he took minors across state lines for sexual purposes.” Alamo has also been convicted of tax evasion, revealing a history of legal and moral questions regarding the evangelist.
However, the most shocking aspect of the article is that Alamo declared, “I believe it’s OK” for girls to marry at fourteen or fifteen years old and that sex with minors is not only permissible, but that the Bible mandates they marry young.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall not establish a religion nor prohibit the free practice of religion, whatever that religion may be. It also prevents Congress from prohibiting speech (which the courts have expanded to include freedom of expression), meaning you can express your views…