Presidents, Prime Ministers and Messiahs

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With Tuesday’s US Presidential Election having been conducted, we have an opportunity to reflect on the rhetoric and hubris of the politics of the 21st century. Keep in mind that I am a political science major, I am passionate about political theory, and I love investigating the cross section of religion and politics. I like politics. I just think it needs to be placed into perspective. Lets consider some recent political rhetoric.

Obama’s campaign slogan in 2008: “Change we can believe in.” Perhaps. If by change he meant committing to place his nation further into crippling debt then, yes. Change. Perhaps not the kind “we can believe in.” Depends upon where you stand, I suppose.

Rudd’s 2007 campaign: “Kevin 07.” John Howard was the bogey man, and after the election, some second class rapper wrote a song along the lines of “The King is dead.” I think that gives Howard far more credit than he deserves. Rudd also; Rudd did not slay a King. He won what now amounts to a glorified popularity contest. Continue reading Presidents, Prime Ministers and Messiahs

Christian Hope

The Blueprint studies by Matthias Media on Christian doctrine are excellent.  In paper 9 it speaks of “godly heresies”.  These are Christian teachings that are false (heresy), but arise from godly desires.

It is godly to desire that all people be saved.  Universalism however is a heresy.  The Bible teaches clearly that not all people will be saved, but only those who trust in Jesus.  It is also a godly desire to want an end to sickness, or an end to injustice, or poverty, or sin.  However, we will not have perfect health in this life, or perfect justice, or perfect prosperity, or sinless perfection.

Each of these godly desires has given rise to heresies within the church, such as the prosperity gospel or sinless perfectionism.  Then there are ministries that can lose sight of the gospel by placing all their emphasis on healing or social justice.

For Christians who are involved in these ministries they would no doubt assert that they believe in the return of Jesus.  What Christian would say that they Continue reading Christian Hope

How do I know I’m really a Christian?

Sealed by the Blood of Christ

As we work through Hebrews in my small group, there are two key themes that are being re-enforced –

  1. the fact that Jesus is greater than all and is alone worthy to be glorified, and
  2. the assurance of our salvation in Christ.

The writer challenges readers concerning the sincerity of their faith and that, apart from faith in Jesus alone, there is no hope. Throughout these warnings, he weaves the concept of perseverance.

Time is the acid test

In my opinion the best evidence that assures ourselves and others of the sincerity of our relationship with Christ is what we do when the going gets Continue reading How do I know I’m really a Christian?

In What is Your Hope Placed?

” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
( ESV)

Being the start of the new year many people put their hope in New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a year of new beginnings… and with that people put their hope in seeing something new and good occur in their lives. Whether it is getting their lives more organised, getting fit, losing some weight, learning something new or spending more time with family and friends, it’s the hope of Continue reading In What is Your Hope Placed?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Certain Hope

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.”

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who has promised is faithful.”

Have you ever had times of despair? Times when the world around you seems so darkened; the fog so thick that you can’t see where you are going or what lies ahead. Fears begin to consume you as you are overrun with doubt, uncertainty and confusion. The world’s burdens seem so heavy Continue reading Certain Hope

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.