web analytics

Tag: agape

By Popular Demand, On Love

This was posted some time ago elsewhere and I wanted it on this blog for reference sake.


Thanks to all who commented and read my last note. It was suggested that I hadn’t yet proposed any solutions to the crisis in the Church. It is true, I hinted at it, and suggested that a study on Love with the same thoroughness that we approach many other doctrines would both highlight problems and offer solutions. In this note, I again only ‘hint.’

Here are some concepts that I think would quickly rise to the top of such a study.

1. The … continue reading...

The Sorry State of the American Church

What I am pasting below is an essay from long ago that I posted elsewhere.  It’s old, but I wanted it on this blog for reference sake.


I have been asked to write this note. I cannot write as long of a note as is required. My thinking here is years in the making. I am beginning with a ‘clean slate’ here, not reacting to previous notes, and picking the starting point without any other baggage.

Put simply, I contend that the missing ingredient in the American Church today is any robust understanding and consequently a lack of application, of … continue reading...

Three words Christians abuse: church, worship, love

The title of this post does not do the matter justice.  The word ‘abuse’ is too mild, and it might be even more accurate to say that in actual fact the sweeping trend within Christendom is that there is outright plain ignorance on what these terms mean.  The charge only matters at all to those Christians who believe that the Scriptures are the final and ultimate authority.  A huge swath of people who call themselves Christians obviously don’t, so this post is not really for them, even though they share in the guilt.   Of course, the term ‘Christian’ itself is … continue reading...

The Forgotten Doctrine: Love

A recent commentator posted something from the Internet Monk and on a whim I thought I would check his website.  He has an article up from 2002 taking the Church (in particular the Evangelical brand) to task for a variety of things, essentially following up on a survey which listed Evangelicals as a group hated in American culture.   I agree with much of what the Monk says.  I usually do, with a few exceptions here and there.  I would concur with much of the article I posted above.

What the article does not address is what I perceive to be … continue reading...

Madagascar and Unconditional Love versus Romantic Love

Last night I went and saw Madagascar II with my wife and kids.  Though there were a couple of things that were over the top they were fortunately things my kids didn’t think twice about.  Still, wish they wouldn’t do that.  Anyway, there was this one scene that got me thinking.  The scene is where hunk hippo Moto Moto is asked by New York Girl hippo Gloria ‘Why do you like me?”

How about some background first?

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

For another relevant vid see this one here, but unfortunately … continue reading...

Abortion and the Pro-Life Movement if Obama Wins

An Open Letter to the Pro-Life Community

———–

The media is doing all it can to persuade Americans that an Obama victory is inevitable.  Personally, I think McCain will pull it out.  The biggest reason I have for supporting McCain is his pledge to appoint originalist judges to the courts, and in particular (of course) the Supreme Court.  What happens if Obama wins?  Then we have judges who feel they can make up law as sentimentality dictates.

However, I would like to suggest that for those of us firmly anti-abortion and especially those of us who are Christian, who wins … continue reading...