MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Blessed Assurance

November 23rd, 2011 Viewed 2740 times

Power in the Blood

There are many hurt people out there.  The unfortunate thing is that some have been hurt by people that name the name of Christ, and this has the effect of turning people away not only from the people that have hurt them, but from God Himself and His Church.

Many of these people struggle to come to grips with what happened.  Some attempt to keep a relationship with God, but end up searching for something opposite their experience in an attempt to flee everything attached to those people that hurt them.  Many of them end up rejecting the church and proclaiming Atheism—conflating God with those who claim to follow Him.

For both of these groups, there is healing at the cross, and there’s answers for their questions.  However, the latter group is less likely to see this and instead will pose endless questions regarding the faith.  These questions are important to consider and have answers for.  So, this is where we find ourselves with today’s post.

When Did Jesus Play for Denver?

November 17th, 2011 Viewed 1333 times

It wasn’t his desire, and it wasn’t his doing.  And yet, it happened all the same.

Tim Tebow, the outspoken Christian quarterback who was drafted in the first round and many believe should be a tight end, fullback or safety,  is causing a stir with his faith.  It seems that a handful of Denver fans have decided that they would make a jersey with Tebow’s number and the name Jesus instead of Tebow.

What would God think about this and why would anyone think that this would be acceptable?

“Thank You For My Smokin’ Hot Wife”

July 27th, 2011 Viewed 4128 times
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Prayer is the language (Photo credit: Lel4nd)

Pastor Joe Nelms decided that, rather than give an actual prayer, he’d pull lines right out of the irreverent prayer from the movie Talladega Nights to inject some humor into what’s normally a cookie cutter prayer.

Now, while I can tolerate the “smokin’ hot wife” and perhaps the racing cars types, it’s how he closed the prayer that makes me believe he crossed the line.

75% of World Persecution Targeted At Christians

March 18th, 2011 Viewed 1649 times
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Flashmob Against Persecution of Christians – Hanover, Germany (Photo credit: SamGewinski)

To hear them talk, you would believe that atheists were the most persecuted bunch.  It seems that it’s hard to go very long without hearing about some Christian symbol that offends some Atheist, or a motto on a dollar bill that shouldn’t be there, and you get the impression that Christians are persecuting those of other faith.

And yet it’s Christians that are the most persecuted in the world:

Is God a Republican?

January 4th, 2011 Viewed 920 times, 1 so far today

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The two major political parties in the United States are made up of sub-parties, each of them with different priorities or agendas.  During the last twenty to thirty years, the Moral Majority was a big and influential part of Republican party, with its major issues being social issues:  Abortion and Homosexuality being major ones.

Fast forward to 2010, we find that the the Republican party is now mostly a party of fiscal conservatives, and the libertarian group are showing their sway.

So, where does this leave Christians?

CCM: Pleasing to the Flesh?

May 5th, 2010 Viewed 1703 times

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Like many questions, this one is challenging because there is a desire to do a certain activity, and because there’s a desire that means that we’re motivated to find means to justify our actions.  We’re not coming to the item unbiased, but biased toward a position.

I believe that music is one such place where God’s people need to be a bit more careful to come at the subject without their bias if they are going to truly find God’s will on the issue.

The Church and the Outside World

March 4th, 2010 Viewed 808 times

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Part of the problem that we have being Christians and knowing what God expects of us is that we often time project our knowledge on to other people.  We project it onto other Christians—comparing what we believe to others, and then we compare how we act with the unbelievers around us.

Both of these are wrong.

Who Is He Apologizing For?

March 2nd, 2010 Viewed 1031 times

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Shane Claiborne has a message for all nonbelievers—Christians are the biggest bunch of hypocrites, and I’m not like them.

Is Your Temple Smoking?

February 4th, 2010 Viewed 1219 times

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One of the vices that Christians have recently joined the culture in protesting is that of smoking.  The scriptural passage that is invariably used to preach against smoking is the one that speaks about your body being the temple of the Holy Spirit—and that a Christian would not want to have that temple polluted with smoke.

The only problem is that the Christian is not consistent in the application of this verse, if this is the way that it should be taken, because all kinds of things that the Christian permits or does not preach as strongly against that he should.

Christianity and the World

January 24th, 2010 Viewed 1196 times

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The old saying goes that the church is only 10 years behind the world morally/culturally.  That was part of last night’s message looking into “respectable sins”—those sins that Christians commit that are ranked as “not bad” because “everyone does them.”

This is a charge that I’ve heard before, and I have to say that I agree with it.  If you look back through the church’s history you’ll find that the church has changed in its behavior and its standards over many years.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.