Last Sunday night NBC televised live the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, the adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s 1970 musical stage play.
The storyline is told from the point of view of Judas Iscariot. In the opening song, Heaven on their Minds, Judas is speaking to Jesus and says.
“Jesus! You’ve started to believe
The things they say of you
You really do believe
This talk of God is true. Continue reading
Over 2,000 people, including family, friends, dignitaries, and common folks were assembled under one big tent in celebration of the life of evangelist Billy Graham.
What the people repeatedly heard in the 90-minute service was the name of Jesus. Not 15 seconds into the ceremony Jesus was mentioned. And before it was concluded Christ was referred to almost 100 times. Continue reading
Is Jesus the “only begotten Son of God?
Apparently, Apollo Quiboloy, the megachurch preacher from the Philippines doesn’t think so.
Actually, I had never heard of Quiboloy who boasts some 6 million tithing followers in that country and worldwide, until he made the news when he was detained by federal agents in Honolulu, Hawaii, last Thursday. Agents discovered $350,000 in cash and parts to assemble military-style rifles were discovered on his private jet. Continue reading
While on Christmas break we learned of billboards that appeared in the Dallas Metroplex, as well as other major cities around the country with the above message.
Provocative signs like these have been an annual Christmas tradition sponsored by the American Atheists. “Everyone knows that the stories we’re told in church aren’t the truth,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists. “People ignore that fact because they enjoy the community, the friendship, and the traditions that go along with religion.”
Although it might seem we’re a little late to the party, it’s never too late to open the Bible and separate fact from fiction. What does the Scripture say about Christmas and Jesus’ birth? Continue reading
Filed under Christmas, Jesus
Shannon Johnson Kershner, a Waco, Texas native, and leader of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, has declared that Christianity is not the only way to heaven.
In a recent podcast with the Chicago Sun-Times, Kershner was specifically asked, “Is Christianity the only way to heaven?”
“No,” Kershner replied bluntly. Continue reading
Last Wednesday Russell Vought, nominee for the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was hammered by Senator Bernie Sanders.
Following a tense exchange of questions and answers, in which Sanders referred to a 2016 op-ed post by Vought, calling it “hateful,” “indefensible” and “Islamophobic,” the Senator concluded, “..this nominee is not really what this country is supposed to be about.”
So what did Vought write that was so offensive? Continue reading
Yesterday a Bristol Magistrates’ Court in Great Britain convicted two men, Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell on “public order offences.”
What did they do that resulted in their arrest and conviction?
Was it public indecency? Disturbing the peace? Inciting a riot? Sexual harassment? Discharging a firearm? Disorderly conduct?
No. It was none of the above. I had to fact check this story, because it almost sounded like something from Babylon Bee. Continue reading
(This post was in the top 5 in 2012, and rose to the #1 most read in 2016)
S. M. Lockridge (1913-2000) was a prominent African-American preacher known for his dynamic, passionate, and fervent sermons. His most famous sermon was “He’s my King.” Several years ago author and speaker Tony Campolo was so impressed by Lockridge’s lesson on “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming!” that he began to deliver the lesson himself and even wrote a book with that title. Continue reading
For some reason I’ve more recently grown to appreciate people telling stories about their grandchildren. One of my favorites is told by the preacher Lynn Anderson about his grandson, Conner. This happened in his Bible class when Conner was four years old.
The teacher said, “Today we are going to talk about Jesus.”
Where upon little Conner stood up and, thrust his hand onto his hips, and authoritatively confronted the teacher. Continue reading
“The Luck of Roaring Camp” is a piece of American fiction from 19th century author Bret Harte.
Maybe you’re familiar with the story, but I’d never heard of it. I had it filed under “future blogs.” Evidently a preacher, Bruce Thielemann, had used it in a sermon several years ago.
Roaring Camp was portrayed as the coarsest, meanest, toughest mining town in the Wild West of 1805. It was a terrible place where theft and murder were commonplace, inhabited entirely by men – and one “coarse, very sinful woman” named Cherokee Sal. Continue reading