The Seven (-1) 9.03.13

After a long Labor Day weekend  blissfully away from all forms of technology, I don’t have seven articles for you to read this week…however I have four interesting ones and two fantastic articles so let’s jump in shall we…that was a rhetorical question, of course we’ll start now.

seven1) First and foremost is this article by Pastor David Prince, it is by far and away one to THE best, if not best, article I’ve read on preaching Christ from the Scriptures in a while. It hits on so many levels, it’s fantastic…if you read no other articles on this list do NOT miss this one, it’s just that good. it’s called Preach Christ From The Gospels.

2) The second best article I read this week was by Pastor David Shrock. This article is about Creationism and four foundational truths found in one tiny verse, it’s called, The Goodness of Creation.

3) Speaking of creation,…the atheistic world of science, as i call it, struggles to find a good way to explain how we all got here. This past week came up with this crazy theory. Yes, you read that right, we’re all martians…while that does help explain Dennis Rodman, it just goes to show how far “science” will stoop to totally avoid any Biblical interpretation of our existence.

4) It’s a slippery slope when you stray from the clear teaching of scripture in anyway…but especially when you start bending it toward the prosperity Gospel. This video, a “teaching”? from Elevation church, shows how far down the path Steven Furtick has fallen…soon his transition to the dark side will be complete, actually he’s already there…just using any excuse to quote Star Wars because I’m that much of a geek. I have touched on the subject of the evils of teaching the prosperity gospel before, as well as having highlighted in past editions of ‘The Seven” that Jesus nowhere in the gospels mentions tithing.

5) So not to get too political, because, as Christians, our home is in heaven, and I really believe patriotism to be a distraction from the teaching of the gospel..nevertheless I do love this country, in spite of all it’s flaws…so I bring up the issue of the second amendment in a roundabout way by pointing that a Harvard study has now confirmed what any thinking person, or anyone who studies crime statistics (especially those in Chicago) could have already told you…There is absolutely no correlation between gun control laws and violent crime.

6) And to end on a lighter note…have you ever thought the phrase: “I am fond of potatoes” would make a good conversation starter? Me either…but this article in Mental Floss presents us with 5 ways to avoid being rude, according to 100 year old etiquette rules, suggests saying as much would be better than talking about the weather…which you have to admit, makes a good point.

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The Triumphant? Return of the Magnificent “Seven”

Okay, so, I haven’t done this in a few weeks so I may be a bit rusty. Let me start off by saying I’ve had some doubt about pressing on with this blog or pulling the plug. But I wouldn’t want to disappoint the tens and tens of you that read this…so I will carry on to the best of my (and others) abilities. Let’s dive into the list…

mag seven1) In the News…God apparently told ex-pope Benedict to resign. Really? God told you, eh? Hmm…that is strange since the canon of scripture is closed but, to be consistent with your own theology I guess you must HAVE to say those kinds of things…Wait, Wait..God is telling me something right now…God is saying…eat a Snickers™ Well, I guess it makes sense that I’m not me when I’m hungry…oh..no wait, that’s my stomach..oh..gosh…I get those two confused all the time, how embarrassing. Apparently the Pope does as well.  (Phil. 3:19)

2) (Whew, that last one came out really snarky didn’t it, hold on to your hats because I’m sensing a snarknado coming on)  Also in the news…The BBC is reporting that apparently some kind of MASSIVE event involving water happened, possibly a typhoon, that separated Great Britain from the rest of Europe.  According to the BBC this event happened about 6,000 years ago. Hmm..that’s strange…a massive water event 6,000 years ago that cause Britain to separate from Europe. Maybe it was a tsunami, or some kind of massive “Catastrophic event”  Gosh, if only they had the answers written down for them in some kind of…book…or something…maybe,.. just maybe they would know for sure what happened. It’s not like any books ever record such an event taking place about 6,000 years ago or so…something with an ark and one family being saved. Two or every kind of animal..gosh..it just doesn’t ring any bells for me. You?

3) Okay, enough snark…here’s some good stuff…Here’s a good article by Russel Moore discussing the ways parents use technology, specifically iPhones and iPads with their kids…well…not so much with their kids as much as handing it over to them…here’s the article, you can read the rest.

4) Speaking of parenting it’s no big secret that kids are leaving the church, but why? Well Stand Up for the Truth has some suggestions as to why that is. And you can read them here.

5) Speaking of kids, anyone remember that little girl who was a mouseketeer? She was so cute and had a famous mullet wielding father who sang one hit song ever. She was so cute then….what happened…well, in a word..showbusiness. Trevin Wax gives us his reasons why he, and maybe we all should, weep for Miley.

6) Do we ever move past the gospel? Should we? This article by Tullian Tchividjian provides some insight as to why we should never really move beyond the gospel.

7) Alcohol is a sensitive subject for many in the church. In this article by Tim Challies, he lines up the times that God says to get drunk.

COMIC OF THE WEEK

My new favorite comedic talent is Adam 4d..I don’t really know his real name, but his comics are theologically sound and pretty funny…well…I think they’re funny, but I have an odd sense of humor.  This one was my favorite this past week.

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The Seven 7.2.13

Authors Note: Welcome to a Super Sized edition of The Seven! Personally, I’ve had a busy week and I just want to say “Thanks” again to all the prayed for my family this past week, your prayers mean a lot to us.

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1) The biggest news this past week was, of course, SCOTUS handing down its ruling on Prop 8 and DOMA, we, as a nation are sliding down a very slippery slope and our speed seems to be accelerating. In these troubling times who is a helpful voice of reason to listen to? This post by Dr. David Shrock may be of some help answering that question.  The most reasoned voices in all this come from Dr. Albert Mohler and Dr. Russel Moore. Dr. Mohler’s article “Waiting for the Other Shoe” explained exactly what SCOTUS was doing when it handed down its rulings and what it means for Christians, (You can also listen to The Briefing, Dr. Mohler’s radio podcast, on the same issue, here.) Equally as good as Dr. Mohler’s article was Dr. Moore’s article “How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness?”  (NOTE: for some reason I was having trouble getting Dr. Moore’s webpage to come up, let me know if you have that trouble as well.)

2) It’s no surprise that America is increasingly becoming a nation with no regard for God, and I’m as patriotic as the next guy (unless that next person is the POTUS, in which case I’m way more patriotic, I actually like this country as it was founded) The bigger question I think we need to look at is: as Christians, where do our primary loyalties lie? With the county or with Christ? How does something as simple as having an American flag in your church send a mixed message? This article from The Cripplegate will answer that.

3) IN THE NEWS: I once heard someone say “To see where America will be in ten years, just look at England now.” Whether there is any REAL truth to that I don’t know. What I do know is that there is some troubling news coming out of the UK concerning two American pastors who were witnessing in a Muslim neighborhood and told, by the police, to leave. You can read about it here. Here in the U.S, the DOJ has now defunded any group that so much as reference God. Are they going to defund money that states “In God We Trust.”  And to end on a lighter note, in the ironic news category: This news story cracked me up. Maybe my sense of humor is too dark, but it just seems like a Monty Python sketch, only it’s happening in real life.

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