“February” by Michael Sowa
Do you have light-bulb moments when you realize that a word or phrase has escaped your lexicon? They’re often accompanied by a revelation that you missed something interesting. It can be that way with ideas as well.
While writing a post on personal discipleship, I came across a podcast by William Lane Craig in which he mentioned “the life of the mind.” I didn’t bird-dog the phrase at the time, but it registered. Then, while reading Kenneth Samples‘ work I tripped over that phrase on his blog. Finally, I heard Clarke Morledge use the phrase in conversation.
As stated previously, I have an anti-intellectual prejudice—big thoughts are best communicated with small words. On the other hand, I might just be turning into a closet intellectual. Or maybe not. Continue reading
Zero. Have numbers ever helped you in your life? If so, go thank your local Muslim neighbor, today!!
Muslim countries. The Undeveloped World. Kind of go together don’t they? Except for oil-rich places like Dubai, this is a typical impression held by Christians in the West. But what if you were from a Muslim country? Would that impression make you feel very good? Probably not. You might feel a little like a ZERO.
In the wake of current tensions in Egypt, Syria, and Iran, Carl Medearis has been getting me to rethink some things here on Veracity. If you know of anyone who has done missionary work among Muslims, you will learn from them that there is a long history of mistrust between Christians and Muslims that you simply have to work through if you hope to make any progress in sharing your faith. A huge part of that story is how the tables have been flipped over the centuries with respect to cultural influence.
We are one!
(Our blog is one year old that is.) And to celebrate, after 88 posts, Clarke and I are giving away as many copies as you would like of our new ebook, Confidence in Jesus Christ, the Joy of Personal Discipleship.
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We look forward to sharing more resources and ideas, and engaging in thought-provoking dialog in the months and years ahead. God willing, of course.
Clarke & John
George Orwell wrote about the tendency to revise history into a muddle of misinformation in order to pacify people. Although Orwell had political totalitarianism in mind, is there perhaps a similar application with respect to popular distortions of church history?
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell penned this in his classic novel, 1984. Can the same be said of God’s people regarding their knowledge of church history?
Perhaps the greatest battleground in apologetics today revolves around the early history of the church. Many students of the Bible are content to honor the authority of Scripture as God’s Word straight from Jesus Christ. Some say that if all you need is the Bible, why trouble yourself with church history?
However, the Bible as we have it today did not drop down out of the sky. During the early centuries of the church, Christians passed down the teachings of those earliest apostles to make up the New Testament. The Old Testament was borrowed from the Jewish community. Put together, the Scriptures as we have them arose out of the spiritual life of the early church. If we fail to grasp a hold on this earliest Christian history, we risk falling into a type of Orwellian trap that would make discussions about the Bible… sadly…. useless.
Constantine the Great, founder of “Christendom.”
Constantine awoke from his dream. Christ had appeared to him bearing the sign of a bent over cross. Earlier, Constantine had seen the same cross in a vision, with the inscription, “In this sign conquer”. Could this be the sign of victory he had been waiting for?
So the story goes…. it was the year 312, and this young Roman general was approaching the most pivotal battle in his life. Maxentius, a challenger to the imperial throne, had amassed an army to defeat Constantine. Constantine forged an alliance with another general, Licinius. But was this going to be enough to defeat Maxentius? Perhaps this sign from one of the gods was what he needed. Constantine ordered his troops to paint the sign of the cross on their shields. From there, Constantine won the Battle of Milvian Bridge, and the history of the world, along with the Christian faith, was forever changed.