Christians Without a Church

Recently we went to a Christian bookstore in town and saw this book. How, I cannot cease to wonder, someone call himself/herself a ‘Christian’ but has no love for the bride of Christ, the church.

I talked to a friend of mine last week and asked if she’s still going to church.  Her answer was, “No, I just stay home and you know…. talk in private and pray.  That’s what is important, right?”

I really don’t think that one can claim to love Jesus but at the same time despise his bride whom he loves and died for.

There’s a short post on Patheos.com on this subject that hammer the points that those who love Jesus cannot at the same time hate the church.  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/chorusinthechaos/loving-jesus-not-church/

A recent issue of Christianity Today published a research article on the make-up of Christians who don’t go to church. 

“They still love Jesus, still believe in Scripture, and most of the tenets of their Christian faith. But they have lost faith in the church,” said Roxanne Stone, editor in chief of Barna Group.

Here’s the link to the article:  http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/april/love-jesus-not-church-barna-spiritual-but-not-religious.html

I’d like to close with this great hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation”

 

The Shack

With the release of “The Shack” movie, I am reposting this old post from 2009.

“The Shack” is a theological FICTION novel by William P. Young.  I was first made aware of it in one of the discussion group mailing lists that I belong to.   If memory serves well it was back in January and I have forgotten about it until this weekend.   On Saturday we went to Costco to replenish some of the household items, and I saw this book.  Today we went to Border’s to pick up a copy of “Glenn Beck’s Common Sense” and once again I spotted “The Shack” on the same Bestselling shelf.

“The Shack” may have gained its popularity that made it one of the bestselling books.  Despite its popularity among Christians, and I would guess, among young Christians, there are some concerns that we need to know about this book- concerns that are far too dangerous to ignore. Continue reading “The Shack”

Electricity Rates Increase

I’ve been thinking about switching our PG&E Electric Schedule from E-6 to EV1.  After punching some numbers, I was quite shocked at how much the electricity rates have gone up in a 4-year period!

After we have installed solar panels, I built a simple program to keep track of our electricity usage, and how much we spent daily, weekly, and monthly.  Thus, I still have the rates from 2011-12 period.

The two charts below show the electricity rates for E-6 residential customers in 2011-12 and 2016. Off-peak rates have gone up  60.6% increase in Summer months from May – October and  58.6% in Winter months from November – April.  Ever wonder why installing solar panels is a good investment?

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REALLY?! He Died for the Opportunity?

IMG_20150710_120647Entering Good Friday tomorrow, here is another case of a bad bumper sticker that I spotted on my dentist’s parking lot a few months ago.  REALLY Jesus died for the opportunity?!  No, he didn’t die for the opportunity!  He died for his people whom the Father has predestined in everlasting.

On his short article on Limited Atonment, Dr. R. C. Sproul wrote, “The redemption of specific sinners was an eternal plan of God…accomplished by the atoning work of Christ.” (emphasis mine)

The ultimate question is:  Did the Father send his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to make salvation possible for everyone, but with the possibility that he died for no one if no one gave him “no chance”, or did the Father send Jesus Christ to die on the cross to ensure salvation for specific people whom he has predestined?

Click here to read the whole article, TULIP and Reformed Theology: Limited Atonement.

 

29 Years Later

He was one of my best friends in high school, and he left for the States a year before I did.   On August 19, 1986 I landed at LAX before continuing on to Fresno on the following day, and Wiwi picked me up at the airport, and I spent a night at his apartment in Santa Monica.  We talked until about 2 in the morning, and we saw each other off later that morning.  That was the last time we met.

This afternoon I received a phone call from an unknown number.  I usually don’t answer calls from unknown numbers, but today I picked-up the phone.  To my big surprise, it was him!  He and his sone were on the way from Southern Cal to the Bay Area, and he would like to stop by and see me.  29 years later, almost to the day (1 day short), we met again!

Thank you, my friend, for visiting us!  I value our friendship very much.

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Club 300

This afternoon on the way home from work I was eligible to join the 300,000 club as the odometer of my TDI Jetta rolled to 300,000 miles!  And she’s still running strong, too

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The Distinction between Law and Gospel

On the distinction between Law and Gospel, Theodore Beza, John Calvin’s successor in Geneva once said, “Ignorance of the distinction between the Law and Gospel is one of the principle sources of all the abuses which corrupt and still corrupt Christianity.”

Martin Luther, the great Reformer, said, “Virtually the whole of the scriptures and the understanding of the whole of theology-the entire Christian life, even- depends upon the true understanding of the law and the gospel.”

On the Reformation Sunday last Sunday, Rev. Inks preached on Galatians 3:6-14, and he explained why it is crucial to maintain this distinction.  Said he, “This distinction is apart from Roman Catholicism, Federal Vision, New Perspective on Paul, some Reformed camps, failed to make this distinction and should.  And in many sectors of Evangelical world failed to make and maintain this distinction between the Law and the Gospel that’s found here in Galatians chapter three”

If you only have two sermons to listen to this year, you must listen to this one.  It is truly edifying and refreshing!  The other one is its precursor, a sermon on Habakkuk.

Here is Pastor Inks on “The Law-Gospel Distinction”

And you need to hear this great sermon on Habakkuk to gain  greater understanding between this distinction of the Law and the Gospel.

Black List

Black List by Brad Thor

Just finished reading “Black List”, a fiction book by Brad Thor, the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

The books started with a quote by Senator Frank Church (D-ID) more than three decades ago, on August 17, 1975 in which he said, “[America’s intelligence gathering] capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left.  Such is the capability to monitor everything:  telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter.  There would be no place to hide.”

The story develops around the intricate nature of many governmental agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) counterparts working together to accomplish specific tasks.  Through technologies and many unconstitutional policies drawn up during crisis (remember who recently said, “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid….”? Answer: Rahm Emanuel) the government via its many tentacles keep track of every citizen’s digital “bread crumbs”, such as e-mails, telephone conversations, social media posts, credit card transactions, (energy) smart meters, etc. Continue reading “Black List”