Monthly Archives: April 2016

Month: April 2016 the subtle shift

January 6, 2006 It’s so subtle and is happening so slowly and smoothly that it’s hardly noticeable to some people—the faint shift from day to day to the acceptance of immorality.  Think for a moment about the church growth “movement” of the last decade or two.  Consider the shift from Christ centered to man centered theology and from Biblical principles to marketing strategies for growth.  Then take into account the music that fills the minds and the airwaves… no longer Christcentric but egocentric.   Consider the shift from Bible study to “focus-groups” that address “felt needs” or personal interests or individual crisis.  And then mull over the ramifications of the “AIDS crisis” over the last twenty-five years.  Very gradually we’ve been “indoctrinated” to accept people where they’re at—to not condemn or judge behaviour and certainly not attribute to sin the consequences of certain behaviours.  So that’s been engrained steadily over time by advertisers and the  massive machine of Hollywood—the pseudo social and political experts, the change agents and shapers of cultural norms–the destroyers of family and morality.  Hollywood’s been very cleverly working to redirect the thinking… the subtle washing, the crafty work of emotionally moving videos.  I reflect on two movies continue reading

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Month: April 2016 The Hard Life of Young Mamas

I just read a blog post written by a young mama — a thirty something year old mama.  She wrote about the stage of life that’s hard.  The repetitive dailies that are particular to young motherhood. She’s a great writer, part of a group of mamas who have a website to which they contribute entries.  It’s for encouragement and help for other young moms — I suspect they are helped more themselves by offering the same to others.  I’m so glad I read it (and I hope lots of other young mamas read it, too).   It’s a hard stage of life.  What great encouragement they are to one another and to all the readers of their blog.  God bless them. I’ve had women ask me countless times through the years if it gets easier.  I try to encourage them that they’re doing a great job.  And, to answer their question, I tell them, no.  No, it doesn’t get easier.  It gets different, but it doesn’t get easier — bcz other new hard things come along. There are many things that improve — but I don’t think they improve because the children get older so much as the mama gets wiser.  continue reading

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Month: April 2016 What’s Hypocrisy Got To Do With Anything?

Every day in the news: a new outrage and the unintended consequence, hypocrisy.  Outrage (and hypocrisy) on both sides for or against the cause du jour.  Facebook memes, articles, quotes — all over, we’re seeing the proliferation of outrage over the so-called discrimination against behaviour and gender identity.  For all these, Christians are viewed as hatemongers, intolerant, religious bigots.  All of these events are instructive, we need to be careful we’re not hypocritical in what we say and do. By design, the defenders of these new “civil rights” don’t see their hypocrisy–they don’t see their own actions and views as intolerant.  They don’t see their actions as violations of other people’s liberty.  We need to be aware, we need to see that they are being used to slowly wear down the defenders of biblical morality and moral rights.  Their fight isn’t necessarily against individuals, it’s against God (but they don’t really see it that way). It’s against God’s Word.  We’ll be seeing this like never before.   This isn’t a surprise—even though it comes as stunning surprise every time a new unthinkable societal turn is taken—it’s a sign of the times.  I don’t shrug and say this lightly. In an continue reading

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Month: April 2016 Porn. The Insidious, Pernicious Lie.

We’ve got to face this:  Porn is an insidious, destructive, pernicious lie.  No one benefits from porn.  No one.  People may think they’re benefiting as they temporarily have sensual and emotional gratification, or relief from stress or loss.  Magazines and movies gave way to desktop and then laptop computers and now cellphones for everyone! Instant porn in a pocket.  Porn in pockets everywhere.  People may think the activity is harmless, private, inconsequential.  They may think they’re actually doing their spouse a favour by not *actually* being seduced by real women.  But that’s just one of the insidious lies; those are real women — women who’ve little more worth in that context than rubbish and men who use them advance and participate in this degradation of women and further perpetuate their soulless behaviour and destruction. Creators of porn may think they’re benefiting from its production as they line their pockets and amass great wealth.  They may dupe themselves into believing they actually benefit the masses who purchase, rent or view their wares — because the masses keep buying, renting, viewing. Porn brings death.  Death to conscience, death to vows of loyalty, honour and purity. Death to truth.  Death to protection and continue reading

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