02 August 2013

This 'n' That

I wish I had a clever story for you this morning. I thought about sharing how I slammed my toe into the doorframe with impressive force, but as far as I can tell, and in spite of the still-throbbing pain, it's not actually broken, so that's not a good story. Then I thought about regaling you with a few more bird curse tales, but in truth, I've yet to top the bird-in-a-screen-door and bird-in-the-windshield incidents. After that, I came up with a winning idea: to share with you an excerpt from Oral Roberts' The Miracle Book. After all, what's more uplifting on a summer Friday than a healthy dose of heresy?
I believe it is not only God's will that you have enough to get by on, but that you also prosper . . . that you succeed on [sic] your job or in your business or in your marriage or as a parent or as a student or in other ways important to you. And that your financial needs will be met abundantly!!
The Bible says, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (3 John 2).
 Make Seed-Faith living your way of life. Focus your faith on God your Source. Begin now seeding for a miracle . . . giving FIRST out of your want, your great need. This gives God something to work with. And EXPECT a miracle to happen . . . in the now of your need!
(Oral Roberts, The Miracle Book, [Pinoak Publications: 1972], 223.) 
So. Much. Heresy. Not to mention some skillful Scripture-ripping and twisting. The false teachings of Oral Roberts truly were a blight on the visible church and, sadly, they continue to thrive and prosper in the ministries of so many Word-Faith teachers today. Kind of makes you wonder how anyone with even a modicum of sense could praise Roberts or his ministry, doesn't it? Ah, well, I suppose it is just more evidence of the ongoing work of the Great Deceiver.

So before you go out to pursue your Seed-Faith living, pause for a moment and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • To all of the young whipper-snappers out there: Have you ever walked out of a church because you thought there were "too many old people"?
  • And while we're on the topic of marine mammals, check out this video.
  • I admit it, I'm guilty of checking my cell phone when I'm with others—even when I'm not necessarily expecting an important message. Elizabeth Prata offers some convicting thoughts on this.
  • I'm really glad we've been paying this guy's salary.
  • Soap opera praise songs. Sadly, you can't really tell the difference between these and the garbage you hear on "Christian" radio stations (I'm looking at you, K-Love.)
  • Tim Keller has been taken to task by some fellow Presbyterians in the book Engaging with Keller. Any chance he'll listen?
  • Researchers say Adam and Eve probably weren't contemporaries. Well, that changes everything. Please excuse me while I go rip Genesis out of my Bible.
  • Fred Butler catches us up on the ongoing dialogue between GTY and Dr. Michael Brown in this article, 'Charismatic Ecumenism.'
  • Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, followed by another 1,000 years in prison (I'll let you do the math on that one). 
  • Okay, so who would like to tell Mark Driscoll that God is the Father—that's not just a helpful metaphor He opted to use to help out us half-witted humans.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • The PCUSA has rejected the popular hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 'In Christ Alone.' Apparently they don't like that the song discusses the wrath of God—and the fact that it was Christ's sacrifice that satisfied that wrath. While I completely disagree with the PCUSA's reasoning (because this song's lyrics contain rich and essential truths), I have to say that I'm not sure I'd be too keen on this song in my hymnal either, but only because I don't find it very 'singable.' It just seems to me to be more of a listening song.
  • Does anyone else feel like they could participate in the 'Awkward Years' project?
  • Conspiracy theorists, beware! The CIA wants to control the weather! (Although, if this is true, it is pretty creepy.)
  • Well, here's a fun, new superhero for your kids.
  • Feminism is a reversal of biblical standards.
  • The damning power of false religion:

6 comments:

  1. Hey, Rick Koenig, notice I brought back the 'kind of' in this week's post? It just didn't feel right leaving it off last week. . .

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    1. Erin, thanks for setting the world aright again. My week-long vertigo has now subsided.

      Don't do that again, 'kay? ;-)

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  2. Controlling the weather and a lot more is as much of a "crazy conspiracy theory" now as US government spying on everyone on the net and phone was few years back. I invite everyone to seriously research chemtrails... You will never look at the skies above you in the same way.

    Despeville

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    1. How about Haarp and bluebeam

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    2. Not sure about that but would you please watch: "What in the World Are They Spraying?" on YT: http://youtu.be/jf0khstYDLA

      Despeville

      PS What is "bluebeam"?

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  3. "To all of the young whipper-snappers out there: Have you ever walked out of a church because you thought there were "too many old people"?"

    There was a time before I became Reformed, I attended a Church that had a lot of young people my age and a "thriving" Young singles group. (or should I say dungeon ) Well after dealing with the spiritual shallowness of the young singles group and the tendency to isolate singles to the group, when I attended a new church with a lot of old people I know this was the place for me because i knew there will be no young singles group to deal with.

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