Monday, August 14, 2006

The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon

This is an interesting video to share with your Mormon friends - a side by side historical, factual, archeological examination of the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
Mildred My Friend

Doug - this is for you! ;-)
Andrew Peterson - Holy is the Lord

My friend Doug introduced me to Andrew Peterson about 4 years ago, and I have enjoyed him ever since. May the theme and meditation "Holy is the Lord" pervade my life!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Many Faces of Homestar

I thought I'd lighten the mood of the site. We all need some frivolity to keep us sane!

Hope

"An inspirational reminder of my time in the L'Abri Centre at Huemoz, Switzerland." This is also a promise to start pouring out my christ-and-culture ramblings onto this blog as soon as possible. In the meantime, to all who know me, please pray for God's grace in moving me through this time of decision making. May I patiently but purposely pursue what God has next. Be it medicine or heading back into the fuzzy humanities, I await God's purpose. Parting thought: we can comfort in the knowledge that God is faithful to save us and grow us even where we are at now, so so we can rest knowing that we are serving Him. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Slowly but surely

Okay, so I've been a little slow about posting recently. Consider this post a step in the right direction. Yes, it's still not "really" a new post--just a quote--but I'm strongly thinking about maybe perhaps someday posting something...maybe! :-)

So, here's a great quote Doug passed on to me about what "Amazing Grace" might sound like if we saved ourselves:

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Thought you might get a kick out of this. It's all in good fun!

-Doug

"Arminian "grace!" How strange the sound,
Salvation hinged on me.
I once was lost then turned around,
Was blind then chose to see.
What "grace" is it that calls for choice,
Made from some good within?
That part that wills to heed God's voice,
Proved stronger than my sin.
Thru many ardent gospel pleas,
I sat with heart of stone.
But then some hidden good in me,
Propelled me toward my home.
When we've been there ten thousand years,
Because of what we've done,
We've no less days to sing our praise,
Than when we first begun. "

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Our Heritage

"'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth.'"

--Prince Caspian

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Gospel

Our "thought of the day," is not mine, sadly, but hails instead from Ken Myers' most recent Mars Hill periodical abstract. He summarizes well how the steamroller of popular culture has so overwhelmed the belief-affirming and intergenerational glue of "traditional" culture:

"From a theological perspective, we were created for community, for membership, for mutual trinity-imitating belonging. Cultures are not simply adaptive mechanisms that facilitate survival, they are the necessary extensions of our image-bearing being."

This is a great statement, and a caution against the tendency to shrink away from understanding, engaging, and changing culture, but yet we must avoid being overeager to embrac the latest offerings of "contemporary" culture as Ken continues...

"That's why social, political, and economic institutions that encourage us to move in a direction that is post-cultural, or anti-cultural, or auto-cultural are finally dehumanizing. In the past few decades, many Christian churches have adopted techniques of ministry that fit nicely into this post-, anti-, or auto-cultural regime. These techniques are sometimes labeled "contemporary," and they are often consciously pitted against "traditional" forms of ministry. The leaders of the various movements that have championed these retoolings seem to be largely oblivious to the problems I have briefly outlined above. In their writings to explain the necessity of their approaches, one reads a great deal about how traditions need to be dismantled in order to reach more people. But there is no evidence that they have wrestled with the question of whether or not traditions are necessary to keep a people together (at many levels) over time. The Gospel itself is then another commodity individually appropriated, not the foundation of a community, not the announcement of a new people committed to a shared way of life forward into many generations. Such re-invented churches are successful in reaching many individuals, which is absolutely no surprise. It would be shocking if they didn't. But if they are to become communities rather than strategies, they will have to take more seriously the necessity of traditions as vehicles of committed memory."

Hence the struggle, my friends! The Gospel must be The Gospel, and not a commodity that is packaged in ever-changing disguises with ever-new flavors highlighted for changing cultural palates. No, it must be what it is, the pungent and yet blissful truth from the pages of the Bible. Still, it is hard to know how we should live and how we should act and how we should think (etc, etc ad infinitum!) in the face of a world that is so confused, culturally diseased, and soul destroying. At the very least, we cling to the truth of the Gospel which has been preserved, by God's grace and the work of all the cultural stewards of Christianity, throughout history. Indeed, that is the culture to which we cling, the community life of all those who, in God's power, follow Christ.

RWT

Switzerland


Great view

Monday, August 15, 2005

In the Beginning

A summer ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad at Francis Schaeffer's famous L'Abri center in Huemoz, Switzerland. This was a wonderful time for me, particularly for my own coming-of-age thoughts about what it means to be a Christian growing up in the 21st century West. It is a difficult, but exciting time in which we live, and I dedicate the first posting of this site to the prayerful and thoughtful discussion of all things related to the important topic of "Christ and Culture." We are in the world, but not of it, we are sojourners with a far-away home, yet neighbors, coworkers, friends, and lovers of dear people in this world. How then shall we live?