The Eclectic Web–2013.3.28

News of interest or oddity collected in recent rovings around the net.

Relevance – we need to be ‘with it’, don’t we?

Searching for one-size-fits-all religion

As I mentioned before, I’m not religious. If I were, however, I think I’d have something more important to worry about than God’s relevance to me. I’d worry about my relevance to God.

It’s Worse (and better) Than You Think!

The obstacles cannot be overcome by turning the worship of God into a night club and using dirty language to tell Bible stories. You see, the problem is far worse than post-modernism. The problem is not with my neighbor’s liberal education or entertainment. The problem is with his soul. You see my neighbor is dead in sins and trespasses. He is at enmity with God. He is not subject to the law of God and in fact, cannot be! No matter how I seek to present the gospel (clearly, persuasively, passionately, and lovingly); it is either foolishness to him or a stumbling block. If he is dead, a newer tune, power-point, and showing clips from the latest Hollywood blockbuster isn’t’ going to cut it.


Surrogate offered $10,000 to abort baby

“I told them that they had chosen me to carry and protect this child, and that was exactly what I was going to do,” Kelley said. “I told them it wasn’t their decision to play God.”

Then she walked out of the room.

“I couldn’t look at them anymore,” she said.

Science – can we see creation?

Stunning new view of Big Bang’s afterglow shows universe is even older than we thought

The findings released Thursday bolster a key theory called inflation, which says the universe burst from subatomic size to its now-observable expanse in a fraction of a second.

(Let me guess… Someone said, “Let there be light” and BANG, it happened.)

Fundamentalism and Separation: the past speaks to the present

The New Neutralism–Preface And Introduction

Pastor Dan Greenfield of the Orwell Bible Church in Orwell, Ohio is republishing the text of William Ashbrook’s fundamentalist classic.

Why publish something old like this rather than something fresh and new? I am not against fresh and new posts—there are contemporary issues that need addressing! However, we need to be reminded of the issues of the past, what our forebearers thought about such, and how they responded.

More from Pastor Greenfield…

Militancy—An Essential Aspect Of The Ministry Of The Gospel

“Contending for the faith,” or militancy, involves being aggressive and combative about the Christian faith. Many Christians think this is unessential or the manifestation of a domineering, caustic spirit. Despite this, Scripture demonstrates that the condemnation of corruption and confusion is an essential aspect of the gospel ministry.

And from the Sword & Trowel, some British brethren raise separatist alarms…

Abandoning Separation from Biblical Error

For many years independent evangelical churches kept apart from churches in denominations affiliated to the apostate World Council of Churches, such as Anglican, Baptist Union and Methodist churches. The British Evangelical Council (whose members included the FIEC, Grace Baptist churches and the Free Church of Scotland) did not admit churches that belonged to those ecumenical denominations. But in 2004 the British Evangelical Council changed its name to Affinity and appointed Jonathan Stephen as Director, who encouraged the membership of Anglican and Baptist Union churches, terminating the policy of biblical separation.

In 2006, Jonathan Stephen became Principal of WEST, or Wales Evangelical School of Theology, introducing his hostility to biblical separation to this institution.

The outcome, within six years, has been the merger of WEST with the international mission of a Korean church, SaRang Community Church, Seoul, a mega-church with mystical, occult, charismatic and ecumenical ties.

The collapse of this college into the arms of such a confusion of errors is a major calamity…

“Behold how the heathen rage…”

Conservative Minister says ‘wonderful wife’ comment to high school student taken ‘out of context’

[Canadian] Conservative Cabinet Minister Keith Ashfield didn’t apologize in the House of Commons Monday for telling a high school student leader she’ll “make a wonderful wife” someday, though he later clarified that the statement was taken “out of context.”

For the Illustration file?

NWT man finds knife in back 3 years after he was stabbed

A Northwest Territories man was just scratching what he thought was an annoying old itch earlier this week when it turned out to be a knife blade that had been buried in his flesh for almost three years.

Beware the hat-snatching owl in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park

Somewhere in Beacon Hill Park, probably high in a tree, there’s a collection of hats. A barred owl, swooping down on runners at dawn and dusk, has now collected at least three hats — and tugged at many more.

Miracle at sea: Fishermen escape death from rogue wave

“Listen,” said Stoddard, speaking deliberately. “I’m telling you right now … it’s only by the grace of God that we got ’em back. That’s the only way.

“One guy we got back … it’s hard to explain where this guy went. He told me he stood on something and it threw him back aboard the boat.

“We’re Christian people. It was God’s hand that he stood on, and God flipped him back aboard the boat.

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