by Ron F. Hale Wearing a loosely fitted white dress with flowers in her long blonde hair —her words caught us by surprise. We were walking toward the Liberty Bowl in Memphis to hear Black Oak Arkansas band steal the show from the Three Dog Night. Approaching us, she said, “Jesus loves you, peace!” Shocked […]
According to the Calvinistic system of interpretation, all of humanity is born in such a condition (by God’s unchangeable eternal decree) where by they can read all the books offered up by the false religions of the world and accept them as truth, put their trust in their lies, and even affirm them as being divinely authored. But, mankind is born incapable of accepting or affirming the claims of Christianity unless causally determined to do so by irresistible spiritual means.
We love to “blame God” for some things that God did not order, and perhaps nowhere do we do so more consistently than when it comes to national leaders. But I want to question the assumptions on the commonly held belief that God selects kings, presidents, and other world leaders.
Has our laser focus on starting new churches actually produced the kind of results envisioned when we restructured our North American Mission Board to become primarily a church-planting network? Starting new churches was never the goal, but was simply the means to the end of making more disciples.
Americans gradually began to substitute self-gratification, self-fulfillment, and self-indulgence for the selfless values we once held dear based upon the absolute truth of God’s Holy Word