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Posted 3/6/12 at 10:37 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Why God Doesn't Tell You Everything…

By Trevin Wax

It’s Wednesday night, and I’m helping our kids get their shoes on, jackets on, and Bibles ready as we’re about to rush to church. I hustle them out the door, tell Corina we’re waiting for her in the car, and then load them into the van.

Along the way, I tell Timothy (our 7-year-old): “Watch out for the puddle in the driveway. Zip up your jacket. Open the door for your sister.” He gives me the exasperated look that smacks of a bad attitude, and I ask him what his problem is.

He lets me know: “People tell me what to do all day long. Before school. During school. At lunch. During class. When I get home. I just get tired of everyone else being in charge.”

We’re in the car now. Julia (our 3-year-old) is buckling herself into her car seat. Timothy is ready to go.

“So you want to be in charge?” I ask him.

“Yes. I want to be in charge and make my own decisions,” he tells me.

Thinking this might be a good time to wax philosophically, I say, “Well, son, that day is coming. But right now, other people are in charge, and the reason we’re in charge is because God has told us to be. God wants us to do our best to help shape you into the kind of person who can make wise, God-honoring choices on your own.” FULL POST

Posted 3/6/12 at 10:29 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

What to Say When Someone Says "The Bible Has Errors"

By Jonathan Dodson

Most people question the reliability of the Bible. You’ve probably been in a conversation with a friend or met someone in a coffeeshop who said: “How can you be a Christian when the Bible has so many errors?” How should we respond? What do you say?

Instead of asking them to name one, I suggest you name one or two of the errors. Does your Bible contain errors? Yes. The Bible that most people possess is a translation of the Greek and Hebrew copies of copies of the original documents of Scripture. As you can imagine, errors have crept in over the centuries of copying. Scribes fall asleep, misspell, take their eyes off the manuscript, and so on. I recommend telling people what kind of errors have crept into the Bible. Starting with the New Testament, Dan Wallace, New Testament scholar and founder the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, lists four types of errors in Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability, and Meaning. FULL POST

Posted 3/1/12 at 9:50 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Remembering Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart in the TV series Courage, New Hampshire
Andrew Breitbart, Gary Moore, and Victoria Jackson on the set of the TV series Courage, New Hampshire

I first met Andrew on the set of the new series, Courage, New Hampshire, a colonial one-hour drama shot in LA. He explained to me that this was his first acting gig and was very excited. He was offered a role on some TV series before this but the timing didn't work out. I ran lines with him and I could tell he was stressing out a bit about his role. There was a rule on set about not talking politics, but Andrew quickly broke this rule to start a debate with a fellow "liberal" actor. Victoria Jackson was on set that day also and began to tape the debate and I added a few words but let Andrew do his magic, which can be seen here

Whether or not you agreed with Andrew's political views should not matter when it comes to the loss to his family. He spoke about his love for his family and I feel so sad for his wife and children. Andrew told me he wanted to do more acting but he never will now. His last and only acting role can be seen in the second episode of Courage, New Hampshire, The Sons of Liberty, which you can watch online or order the DVD here FULL POST

Posted 2/28/12 at 12:51 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Church Construction Financial Planning

Another financial tip from John Berardino:

One of the most prevalent mistakes I see churches make regarding church construction budgets is that they try to determine the amount of money it will take to build what they want as opposed to determining what they can afford to borrow. Put most simply a church should find out how much money they can afford to borrow before they have plans designed or start any permitting process. It is not uncommon for a church to have spent $50,000 on plans, and another $200,000 or more on permitting and purchasing materials before they apply for financing only to find out that they cannot afford to build what the architect has designed. Find out what you can afford to borrow before you start any type of construction. Our company provides a free, no obligation analysis of your financials to tell you what you should be able to afford.

By John Berardino, Sr. Vice President, Griffin Capital Funding

Posted 2/20/12 at 10:49 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Linfographic: The Journey Of Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is not only a Christian athlete. He is also the NBA's "first U.S.-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent."

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The Journey of Jeremy Lin
Source: Infographic World

Posted 2/1/12 at 1:14 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

TD Jakes, Muslims, and Professional Wrestling

TD Jakes confessed his understanding of the Trinity this week in the James McDonald's Elephant Room 2. The Christian media has covered this event very well. While it appears Jakes has some more progress to make on this issue, we can rejoice that he has made serious strides in the right direction. Depending on what he meant by his words, he may have arrived at a thoroughly biblical conclusion. Biblical Christians everywhere should celebrate, with some caution, Jake's confession of the Trinity.

Jakes went through significant examination and admonition through the years for his previous ambiguity on the Trinity, and he should have. While not all chastised him in the Spirit of Christ, many did. Their work deserves celebration, too, for they held Jakes' accountable and, consequently, he has responded in taking steps in a Trinitarian direction. The largest problem over the last decade of Jakes' journey has not been the criticism Jake's has received; it is that Jakes occupied the pulpit when he did not affirm God as God has defined himself. I fear he presumed upon an office for which he had disqualified himself, and problems of this nature remain with Jakes. The question I have yet to read is this—should Jakes have occupied the pulpit in those years? Should any minister occupy the pulpit without embracing God as God has revealed Himself? FULL POST

Posted 1/2/12 at 11:57 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Should the Government Force Religious Employers to Pay for Birth Control?

By Kristen Day

A recent poll by Emily's List asks the question, "Do you think that the government should allow so-called "religious employers" to deny women access to birth control?" But that question misstates the issue. The real question is whether government should force religious employers to fund employees' birth control if it is against the religious group's conscientious beliefs.

Until now, federal law has not mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives. Consistent with federal law and the law of nearly every state, employers who oppose birth control for religious reasons have not provided coverage. They do not deny access for their employees. They simply do not pay for it because it is against their religious beliefs. Nor does the issue involve only contraception; some birth-control methods cause abortions of new embryos, a very serious evil according to Catholic thought and the moral views of many other Americans. It is a severe violation on these institutions to require that the health insurance they provide their employees must include contraception coverage.

For many years, American law mostly avoided such impositions on conscience. Contraception coverage was mandated in less than half of the states; and (with a couple of exceptions) the states with mandates provided meaningful exemptions for religious employers with conscientious objections. Under this pattern, contraception coverage has still been widely available: according to a 2010 Guttmacher Institute study, 9 of 10 American health-insurance plans cover the full range of prescription contraceptives. FULL POST

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