But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

–Jeremiah 29:7

Because of their rebellion against the Lord, God’s people found themselves removed from their beloved city of Jerusalem. Babylon was now their home and would be for seventy years. Instead of a city with God’s temple at the center, they were among a people who did not know the Lord. Instead of a land of promise, they resided in a land of punishment. It would have been easy to despise their new city. Yet they were to seek the welfare of this city and pray for it.

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Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, KY

Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, KY

A few blocks away from the campus of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky sits the building which houses Crescent Hill Baptist Church. Prior to the seminary’s realignment with its heritage, this church and the seminary were closely linked in theology as well as geography. Today that theological link is a gulf.

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December 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

Is Christmas Day Rooted in Paganism?

Nathan Busenitz at The Cripplegate

The selection of December 25th as the celebration of Jesus’ birthday may not have pagan origins at all.

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Concierge 14.12.02

December 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

How Then Shall We Pray: The Necessity of Prayer for the Christian Life

Credo Magazine

In this issue of Credo Magazine we will focus on prayer, looking at how Christians in ages past have understood the importance of prayer, as well as Scripture’s own emphasis on the necessity of prayer. Not only will we recognize the importance of prayer, but in this issue we will look at how we pray as well. My guess is that most Christians have never even thought about how they should pray. Well here is a great opportunity to do so.

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Missed Quote #1

December 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

The other day I saw the following quote as a meme on my Facebook timeline. The quote is from a popular Washington D.C. pastor. At last count this quote was liked by 732 people and shared by 213 people. It is a safe assumption that all of the likes and shares were from those who identify as Christians.

While the quote does contain some elements of truth, it leaves readers with having to choose one statement over another. We could call this a rather-than fallacy or a fallacy of comparison. Here is the quote,

I don’t want to push my children.

I want them to feel the pull of the Holy Spirit.

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fallaciesQuotes and memes. Nothing has done more to expose shallow thinking by Christians in the internet age. Those who supposedly bear the name of Christ think little or not at all when they post and share witticisms on their social media pages.

Those who follow the one who called himself The Truth, unwittingly commend quotes from atheists, pantheists and charlatans because they sound cute. It is time that we commit ourselves to thinking in a thoroughly Christian manner. Currently we are more often guilty of having our ears tickled as our minds become numb to error.

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dodgeAccording to the new Dodge commercial, brothers John and Horace Dodge left Ford in 1914 because they believed in more than the assembly line. What more, you ask?

They believed driving was a holy endeavor.

It might be said that since we are to do all for the glory of God that driving would be included in that. I’m not sure that is what Dodge has intended to communicate. It seems clear that they are saying that driving belongs in a special category as opposed to the mundane.

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In A Word: Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

enter-his-gatesHappy Thanksgiving Day.

As my holiday blog offering, let me offer a few thoughts on the word thanksgiving.

The English word thank originally had a connection to a very similar word think. Therefore we should understand giving thanks as the verbal response to a mental exercise. To be thankful means that one begins a type of thinking that leads to thanking.

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My Heart Condition

November 26, 2014 — 1 Comment

heartMuch of my story in recent years has centered on my heart. When I write that, I mean that both the physical organ within my chest and the spiritual seat of my being.

Physically I have arrived back home after stays in two different hospitals since Friday. I am resting and feel relatively well. During the past 3+ years I have experienced four heart attacks, have failed three stress tests, have endured six heart catheterizations, took three ambulance rides, have had four arteries by passed and have received seven stents.

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B.C. Monks???

November 20, 2014

mathEric Schumacher posted a picture online of a science textbook being used by his child. The student was supposed to be learning about the making and history of silk. This is the quote about how silk became accessible to those who were not wealthy and powerful,

About 2,500 years ago, however, Christian monks snuck silk moths out of the country in their hollow walking sticks, and the secret of silk making was revealed to the rest of the world.

If you are doing the math, this is currently A.D. 2014. That would place these Christian monks at close to 400 years before Christ.

So this textbook gets an F in history and an F in math. Makes you wonder about its scientific accuracy.