Friday, August 17, 2018

Cities Need to Prepare for Water Day Zero


Earlier this year ominous headlines blared that Cape Town, South Africa, was headed for Day Zero—the date when the city's taps would go dry because its reservoirs would become dangerously low on water. That day—originally expected in mid-April—has been postponed until at least 2019 as of this writing, thanks to water rationing and a welcome rainy season. But the conditions that led to this desperate situation will inevitably occur again, hitting cities all over the planet.
Read the full article here at Scientific American.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Newsboys United LIVE Born Again



Michael Tait and Newsboys open up the Newsboys United Tour show in Bemedji MN on July 29 2018. Get tickets NOW while they last for upcoming shows at https://www.premierproductions.com/tour/newsboys-united

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Movie Review: HBO's Fahrenheit 451 (2018)


The critics may not be crazy about this 2018 version of Ray Bradbury's epic, dystopian story, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying this high tech, darker version of the film version directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Michael B. Jordan as Montag, the conflicted fireman who starts fires (instead of putting them out) in an official capacity.

The film is set in a futuristic society where deep reading and critical thinking skills are criminal. All books are banned except for emoji versions of the Bible, Moby Dick, and To The Lighthouse.  The job of the Cleveland Fire Department (that's right-Cleveland as in Ohio), is to search and destroy any paper or electronic manifestation of any other book, work of art or sheet music. And the hunt is always broadcast around the world, live on social media and the official news via the global Internet platform called the "9" as in, perhaps, the Temptations classic song, Cloud Nine ? It's not such a far stretch since the theme of the song is escapism through drugs and that's exactly what the 9 offers in this film-constant diversion and the easy ability to offer eyedrops that serve as a vehicle for mood altering drugs. Think YouTube and Amazon on steroids combined and you get the picture.

Friday, June 29, 2018

A "Liberated From Islam" History Lesson

Statue of Pelayo in Covadonga, Spain

One holdout, King Pelagius of Asturia, drew supporters and won the  Battle of Covadonga, 1,300 years ago. The Iberian Peninsula was never the same.
Editor’s note: The following account is excerpted and adapted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West
Exactly 1,300 years ago, in the year 718, a little-remembered kingdom was born in Spain. It soon led to the liberation of the Iberian Peninsula from Islamic occupation. To appreciate the significance of that development, we must travel back seven years earlier, to 711, when Arabs and Africans, both under the banner of Islam, “godlessly invaded Spain to destroy it,” to quote from the Chronicle of 754. Once on European soil, they “ruined beautiful cities, burning them with fire; condemned lords and powerful men to the cross; and butchered youths and infants with the sword.”

Jackie Hill Perry and Spiritual Warfare


Monday, June 25, 2018

Review: Martyn Lloyd-Jones:His Life and Relevance for the 21st Century



Who exactly was Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones? The answer will most likely be very different depending upon which source you consult or who you ask.

His Wikipedia page summarizes him as "a Welsh Protestant minister and medical doctor who was influential in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement of the 20th century." That is perhaps the safest (and most ecumenical) description of the man that exists. But to his grandson who wrote this splendid portrait of Lloyd-Jones, he seems to transcend any possible pigeonholed definition that so many preachers and theologians like to use as crutches today.

Sign the Nashville Statement on Biblical Sexuality



“Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves...” -Psalm 100:3 


Preamble
Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition. As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being. By and large the spirit of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life. Many deny that God created human beings for his glory, and that his good purposes for us include our personal and physical design as male and female. It is common to think that human identity as male and female is not part of God’s beautiful plan, but is, rather, an expression of an individual’s autonomous preferences. The pathway to full and lasting joy through God’s good design for his creatures is thus replaced by the path of shortsighted alternatives that, sooner or later, ruin human life and dishonor God. Read the full statement online here.