The Bankruptcy of the Prosperity Gospel

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Lamentation– A Shardlake Novel by C.J. Sansom

Writing historically accurate novels is a lot of work, a lot of research, a lot of painstaking attention to detail. Writing seven such novels in a period of a bit over a decade or so means you must not have another life. C.J. Sansom lives in Sussex and writes massive historical novels (beginning with Dissolution which came out in about 2004 in the U.S.) about a very interesting period in English history--- the mid-16th century when Henry the VIII was the Tudor King, a King who broke away from … [Read more...]

A Dragon– For Pete’s Sake dragons just refuse to become extinct. One of those is that furry giant green dragon-- Pete's Dragon. If this story sounds rather familiar to you older readers, well you are right. This was already a Disney film in 1977,based on a Hollywood script. Originally set in the early 20th century in Maine (though filmed in California) this movie featured various pop songs by Helen Reddy and others. This version of the film is different in various … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day– Theodicy and Theology

Samuel Terrien, reflecting on Ps. 95, shares some of his own wisdom on the problem of evil: “It has been said for a long time, and rightly, that the problem of evil is the creation of monotheism. A positivist humanist looks at natural or biological mysteries but does not try to find any transcendental cause. A polytheist will speak mythologically of a fight between gods or goddesses and let his inquiries end there. A pantheist will enter into the vast horizon of the worlds and avoid digging into … [Read more...]

I Dream of a Better America dream of a better America that lives by faith not fear. I dream of a better America that becomes less polluted each year. I dream of better America that does not listen to lies. I dream of a better America that I can look right in the eyes. I dream of a better America that is not crude, or rude, or lewd. I dream of a better America from which honesty and integrity exude. I dream of a better America that cultivates saints more than … [Read more...]

James Early Massey— Herald of the Lord

Here is an nice post courtesy of my friend Timothy George, about another friend of mine from Anderson School of Theology in Ind., James Earl Massey.......James Earl Massey: Steward of the Storyby Timothy GeorgeJuly 25, 2016I first heard the voice of James Earl Massey when I was a theological student at Harvard Divinity School and he was the stated preacher for the Christian Brotherhood Hour, a weekly international broadcast sponsored by the Church of God (Anderson, … [Read more...]

Psalm 51—Reflections on Sin/ Quote of the Day

All sin is properly speaking against God, even if it is committed with or against another human being. Nevertheless, as James Mays stresses, sin always has social implications---“the notion that a person could sin without injuring others is inconceivable in the Old Testament. The Old Testament knows of hidden sins and unintended sins but not of private sins that neither concern nor affect others….apart from God’s relation to all human acts, there would be no sin. Sin is essentially a theol … [Read more...]

Theophany— Psalm 18 Revisited

PART ONE Heaven heaved And God came down, Riding on the wind. The mountains trembled The earth it quaked The trees began to bend.Fire and ice Thunder and lightning Accompanied the condescension Who could stand Against such forces Who had comprehension?In anger fierce His nostrils flared Color suffused his face The God of all creation Came to show he cared.PART TWOHe rescued me from chaos waters, He plucked me from the sea He put my feet back on dry ground At … [Read more...]

Human Dignity and Psalm 34

I am currently working on a book on the Psalms and their uses in the NT. The Psalms can certainly prompt some deep reflection, and one such psalm is Ps. 34, which reads as follows----1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who … [Read more...]