Your favourite part of the Bible?

This has been around in various forms for many years…I think it sounds about right.

A freshman entering Bible College was asked what part of the Bible he liked best.
“Well, I like the New Testament best,” he answered.
“What book do you like in the New Testament?” the interviewer wanted to know.
“Oh, by far, I like the Book of Parables best,” the freshman replied.
“Would you kindly relate one of those parables to me?” the interviewer asked.

The freshman complied, saying, “Once upon a time, a man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves. And the thorns grew up and choked that man. And he went on and met the Queen of Sheba and she gave that man a thousand talents of gold and silver and a hundred changes of raiment. And he got in his chariot and drove furiously, and as he was driving under a big tree his hair got caught in a limb and left him hanging there.

“And he hung there many days and many nights and ravens brought him food to eat and water to drink. And one night while he was hanging there asleep, his wife, Delilah, came along and cut off his hair. And he dropped and fell on stony ground. And it began to rain, and it rained forty days and forty nights. And he hid himself in a cave. And he went out and met a man and said, ‘Come and take supper with me in my cave.’ But the man answered, ‘I cannot for I have married a wife.’ And the cave-dweller went out into the highways and byways and compelled people to come in.

“And he went to Jericho and he saw Queen Jezebel sitting high up in a window and when she saw him she laughed. And he said, ‘Throw her down.’ He said, ‘Throw her down again.’ And they threw her down seventy times seven. And of the fragments they picked up twelve baskets. And now what I want to know if, whose wife will she be on the day of resurrection?

The lies teenagers believe

I have not read Dr. Koch’s book only this summary found here. However I did find this summary revealing and not surprising.

In Screens and Teens: Connecting with our Kids in a Wireless World, Dr. Kathy Koch discusses the five lies that technology can make us believe. Our children are particularly susceptible to these lies, digital natives that they are; but we’re hardly immune either! Here are the five lies as illuminated in Dr. Koch’s excellent book:

1. I am the center of my own universe. Technology’s constant pandering to the consumer reinforces the lie that life is all about me, rather than about God.

2. I deserve to be happy all the time. As fantastic as the increased speed of our devices is, immediate gratification can be dangerous, leading to other impulsive behaviors.

3. I must have choices. In a world of ever-multiplying choices, we can begin to feel that choice is the ultimate virtue, that we have a right to always have our way.

4. I am my own authority. Technology reinforces the temptation to only look within oneself to find truth and meaning instead of seeking counsel from friends, Scripture, and mentors.

5. Information is all I need. Having information and being informed are very different. Help your students know how to use what they know with wisdom.

Steve Turner, Creed

I used to read Steve Turner poems to my children when they were young, they are usually good for making us both laugh and think. I think this poem is “getting on” a bit now, but still it makes me think as I ponder the world we live in.

Creed by Steve Turner
We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before during
and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy’s OK
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated.
You can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes,
UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha
Mohammed and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
his good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same,
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation sin heaven hell God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes The Nothing
because when you ask the dead what happens
they say Nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between
warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behaviour that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth
that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust. History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds.
Steve Turner

What a welcome!

ortlundI was listening to Ray Ortlund (pictured right) speak on “How to build a Gospel culture in your church,” it’s available from TGC, and the full notes can be read here.

In it Ortlund quotes the call to worship they use at his church in Nashville. This is it,

To all who are weary and need rest,

To all who mourn and long for comfort,

To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,

To all who fail and desire strength,

To all who sin and need a Savior,

This church opens wide her doors with a welcome from Jesus Christ,

the Ally of his enemies,

the Defender of the guilty,

the Justifier of the inexcusable,

the Friend of sinners.

Welcome!

It sounds like a church where you come needing a Saviour, I like that.