quest for the Inner Ring will break your hearts unless you break it."
"If you follow that desire you will reach no inside worth reaching."
Last night at LSL, Dr. Jacob Rodriguez shared some
amazing insight to how universities are powerfully influencing our
worldview in a way that is incompatible with biblical Christianity. Here
are some of his thoughts:
"One of the most alluring
temptations all people face in life is the desire to be inside and the
terror of being left outside. That is what C.S. Lewis called the desire
to enter the "Inner Ring." What he meant by this was that people desire
the secret intimacies and confidentialities of some group or
association, to be with those that are in the know, to be with some "in
crowd," to be an inner ringer of wealth or political power and
influence. The whole struggle to be on the inside of that invisible line
and to avoid the loneliness and humiliation of being on the wrong side,
of being an outsider, is one of the most powerful drives of human
action...Today, one of the most powerful screening or sorting mechanisms
operating in the world is the institution of higher education...[The
pressure to conform is usually subtle and gradual] in the guise of
something trivial; it will usually be presented in a welcoming and
friendly manner. It is very important for the Christian to understand
that this system of sorting is pernicious in that it requires acceptance
of a world-view that is totally incompatible with Christianity [that
is, biblical Christianity] and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The price of
entering the inner ring is to abandon you most basic Christian beliefs
about God, man, and the world."
Three primary university philosophies incompatible with biblical Christianity:
1. The origin and nature of man. Man has impersonal, materialistic
beginning. Man is therefore no different from other organic life. 2. A new (sexual) morality. This vision of morality is based on instinct and emotion.
3. All religion (especially Christianity) is superstition and myth.
Christianity is considered a threat and evil influence and must be
purely a private affair.
But remember there is GOOD NEWS! Jesus is our Good News and He is Truth.
"Who is going to harm you if you are
eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you
are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in
your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an
answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you
have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:13-15
So the story begins with a young woman who marries a young man. On their first Easter together, they decide to cook a ham. The wife asks her husband if he will cut off the ham bone before she bakes it. When the husband asks “Why,” the wife replies, “That’s the way my mother cooked ham.” The husband suggests they should call her mother to find out why she cut the ham bone. When his mother-in-law answers the phone, she informs them, “That’s just the way my mother used to cook the ham.” Next, the husband suggests they call grandmother to find out why she cut the ham bone. When grandmother answers, she explains that her ham was too big for the pan, so she always had to cut off the bone to make it fit. After they hang up, the young husband and wife realize their ham will fit into the pan. Therefore, there is no reason to cut off the ham bone. The moral of the story is that some “traditions” may have originated to solve a unique problem for a given situation, but were never meant to be pass…
The holiday season can be a joyful and festive time of the year for some people, filled with parties, celebrations, and gatherings with family and friends. However, for others, it can be a very difficult time, filled with sadness, disappointment, loneliness, and anxiety about the future. It can be especially hard for those in unresolved broken relationships or those with unmet expectations. They get a bit of the holiday blues or experience more severe forms of depression.
The Scriptures tells us Jesus is the "Prince of Peace." (Isa 9:6) And God's peace "surpasses understanding and will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7
How can we experience this peace during the Holiday Blues? Here are a few recommendations:
1. Pray ("Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray..." James 5:13)
2. Confide in others so they can pray for you ("Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The pra…
Much has been written on the subject
of the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Some people find
sufficient evidence for the resurrection, others have doubts, and still others
dismiss the evidence as entirely inadequate. What type of evidence should be
required for historical claims involving miracles, such as the resurrection of
Jesus? Do extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, as the late
astronomer and skeptic Carl Sagan was fond of saying?[i] This
paper will examine the catchphrase “extraordinary evidence is required for
extraordinary claims,” what it means, and whether it can and should be applied
to weigh historical evidence for miracles. I will conclude that this statement
can be a reasonable one if properly defined, and can even be used successfully
to demonstrate the probability of the extraordinary event of the resurrection
of Jesus. Extraordinary ClaimsBefore examining the argument that
extraordinary evidence is required for extraordinary claims, …