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In addition to various articles on the subject popping up everywhere I turn, we have claims such as Steven Furtick made during his "Greater" sermon at Liberty University earlier this week. In that message, Furtick claimed that God spoke to him while he was watching the television show The Voice. Now, I'm not sure how it is that Furtick thinks God was speaking to him, but I do know this: God was not using The Voice to deliver deep theological truths to Steven Furtick. It would be my guess that if God is going to speak to anyone watching that show, it would be to say, "Stop watching this sinful, worldly garbage! Repent and put your mind on those things that are godly!"
Lord willing, I hope to address this topic of hearing from God in more detail in the days to come. This is always a tricky subject to write about, though. One must be prepared for the interesting backlash that comes with the subject of God speaking and us hearing. Think about it–the people who get upset and who respond with the most venom are those who think they hear God talking to them regularly, usually via an audible voice or vision. *Cue Twilight Zone sound effect.* There are few things more creepy than having a conversation with someone who thinks that God showed up at their front door.
For now, though, let's leave that topic aside and dive into what I know so many of you have been anxiously awaiting all week. Yes, it's that time again...please enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- A study conducted by LifeWay Research reveals that most churchgoers don't even read the Bible. Friend, if you don't have a hunger and a desire for the Word of God, you may want to exercise a little 2 Corinthians 13:5.
- Turns out organic foods may not be anymore nutritious or safe than conventional foods. They are, however, more expensive.
- No God or Jerusalem in the Democrats' platform this election season. Shocking. Wait, no...never mind. God and Jerusalem are back in. Kind of. Maybe. Let's take another vote to be sure.
- Perry Noble's Newspring Leadership Conference was held yesterday.
- Israel likely will attack Iran prior to this year's election. This is big, folks.
- Thabiti Anyabwile shares some notes on spiritual warfare.
- David's Tent DC is another example of patriotic idolatry as exemplified by the New Apostolic Reformation.
- Has the "moral majority" disappeared? Or has it merely been redefined?
- The Bible's four types of sanctification.
- The title of this may shock you, but you need to listen to it.
- Scott Bryant of Blood Stained Ink will be posting excerpts from James MacDonald's new book, Vertical Church.
- This made the rounds a couple of weeks ago, but for those of you who haven't seen it yet, here's Voddie Baucham on adapting to the culture...or not: