Not widely mentioned in the media reports of the Chilean miner rescue are the t-shirts all were wearing. On the back were the words of Pssalm 95:4
“In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him.”
The t-shirts were a gift from Campus Crusade for Christ Chile and were provided at the request of miner Jose Henriquez. A letter from Henriquez said that “We have prayer services at 12 noon and 6 pm.”
The front of the shirt simply says “¡Gracias, señor!” or “Thank you, Lord!”
The story behind the Chilean miners’ Jesus T-Shirts
CNN Belief Blog
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
if we endure, we will also reign with Him.
If we disown Him, He will also disown us;
if we are faithless, He will remain faithful,
for He cannot disown Himself. (NIV)
Words by Isaac Watts, English Hymnwriter (1674 – 1748)
Born on this Day, July 17, 1674
More from that Dangerous Book.
The Kingdom of God, which Christ said is “within you” (Luke 17:21 NKJV), was intended to change and challenge everything in our fallen world in the here and now. It was not meant to be a way to leave the world but rather the means to actually redeem it.
~ Richard Stearns
The Hole in Our Gospel
I’ve had this book on my shelf for several months. Always meaning to get to it. One of our pastors, who left this week for full-time missions work in the Philipines quoted from the book the morning he told us he and his family were leaving. I can’t remember the quote, but I remember it registered with me. So, I purchased the book and put it on the “must read” shelf.
Then Monday, I was at a missions committee meeting and our missions director again referenced the book.
“Okay, Lord. I got the message. I’ll start reading it.”
So, today I did. And right off the bat I can see that this book is going to be trouble. Trouble because it takes me out of my comfort zone. It takes me beyond what my traditional beliefs of Christianity. Trouble because it says things like:
…In fact, Christ calls us to be His partners in changing our world, just as He called the Twelve to change their world two thousand years ago.
And that’s just in the Introduction.
I don’t know yet if this book will change my world view, or merely reenforce the things I already know. Or should know. Stay tuned.
If you’d like to check it out, follow this Amazon link: Hole In Our Gospel
Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England.
February 25, 1570
It’s a sad world indeed when a man who shares his faith is criticized more than a man who broke his wedding vows multiple times with a collection of prostitutes and porn stars.
Fox News Analyst Brit Hume came under such fire when he said this about Tiger Woods.
Hume takes the opportunity to explain his comments in Christianity Today.
I ought to be willing to do that. I don’t want to practice a faith that I’m afraid to proclaim. I don’t want to be a closet Christian. I’m not going to stand on the street with a megaphone. My principal responsibility at Fox News isn’t to proselytize. But occasionally a mention of faith seems to me to be appropriate. When those occasions come, I’ll do it.
God bless you Mr. Hume.
And no one can put things in perspective quite like Ann Coulter: If You Can Find a Better Deal, Take It!
With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don’t deserve it. It’s the best deal in the universe.
It’s quite simple really, Jesus said:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
~ John 14:16
Fact is, Hume was right. It may not have been the most politically correct thing to say, or the most professionally correct. And, as Jesus himself warned, Hume’s comments stirred up a lot of sentiment against him.
He’s still right. Hume could have issued some warm fuzzy, snuggy of your own personal demonination statement that wouldn’t have ruffled any feathers. But it wouldn’t have been the truth.
And here’s the thing for believers. We know times will be hard. We know people will hate us. But we’ve also read the rest of the book.
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
~ Philippians 2:9-11
The Legacy of Antioch
“This past Sunday more Anglicans attended church in each of Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda than did Anglicans in Britain and Canada and Episcopalians in the United States combined.”
See also: The Joshua Project
I’m not sure yet just what I’m going to do with this message. But some things are going to change.