May 04, 2015

Persecution: Gods proving grounds for believers

by F. L. Anderson

Christians around the world are being persecuted in ways not seen since the early Church and again when Muslim attacks on Christian pilgrims traveling to and from Jerusalem which brought about the historic "Christian crusades" in 1095.

"Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa. In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries, and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But, the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference." Ronald S. Lauder

But wait! Christians are under attack right here in the good old USA.

April 28, 2015

5 Things Soldiers and Christians have in Common

by F. L. Anderson

Very few Christians would consider themselves a soldier for Jesus the Christ, but that's exactly what the Bible says we are.

After leaving the US Army, I re-enlisted in an even greater army, the army of the Lord. Once I began to operate in the Lord's army as an adult, I quickly picked up on many similarities.

For example:

A soldier is a warrior who will never surrender to his enemy. He will not panic at the first sound of gunfire, and remains steadfast because he has faith and trust in his training.

A soldier for Jesus the Christ must be grounded, rooted in God's word. We are planted firmly in God, not shaken by the things of this world, its culture, or its politics. When the enemy is encamped all around us, we will not panic. We, "Have faith in God". Mark 11:22

April 22, 2015

The Transgressions of Church Traditions Part IV: The Pulpit

by F. L. Anderson

This is the final post of my four part Transgressions series which, thanks to you, is the most viewed, all  time posts on my blog. Thank you again. 

So, where did the famed “pulpit” come from?

One thing is for sure, they come in all shapes and sizes -wood, steal, stone and glass. Yes, glass. The Crystal Cathedral has the word "Crystal" in it for a reason.

April 13, 2015

The Transgressions of Church Traditions Part III: Altar Call

by F. L. Anderson

The Church is filled with popular customs and traditions. Few try to determine the real origin of them, or even seek proof of what they have been told or believe. For this reason, I have written a series of articles on “The Transgressions of Church Traditions”.

This article on “altar call” is the third, in a four part series. If you missed parts 1 and 2, which were written and published in 2012, I have posted the links to them at the bottom of this blog post.

My purpose for presenting this information is no different from any other article I've written over the years, which is to "teach to inform, and teach to transform." To ask the questions that need to be asked, and deal with the issues the church refuses to deal with. 

I challenge you to thoughtfully consider the source of our church traditions, and then ask how these practices square with scripture, and the practices of the first-century church.

 So, where did the famed “altar call” come from?