Thursday, July 25, 2019

Absolutely positive

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned starting a book by Norman Geisler (recently deceased) called Christian Ethics.  I am a few chapters into it now, and while it is very heavy, I find it interesting.  He begins by describing, in general, six ethical systems.  These systems are divided into two groups - nonabsolutisms and absolutisms.  Since, Christian Ethics are based on the unchanging moral character of God, the systems based on nonabsolutism are not options for Christians.   However, since those systems challenge the absolute Christian options, it is important for us to understand them.  The next few chapters will focus on the nonabsolutism systems - antinomianism, situationism and generalism.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Star of the Show

I saw this recent article which focuses on how some of our evangelical preachers are focusing on style over substance, making them "the star of the show" on Sunday morning.  I certainly prefer a sermon that is presented well, but I agree that content should trump style.  It makes me realize how fortunate Caroline and I are to worship at The Vine Church.  Our church's founding pastor and our current pastor work months in advance on planning the sermon series and individual messages, and it shows.  The content is the focus, but I have to acknowledge that their delivery is spot-on as well.   If you go to church, I hope the same for you.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Apologies necessary

Norman Geisler passed from this world last week, leaving behind his wife Barbara Jean and six children.   He lived a full life of 86 years.   Norman was a Christian apologist and has been described as a cross between Billy Graham and Thomas Aquinas.   I think of myself as a casual student of apologetics and am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of Norman before his death.  I guess my studies are a little too casual.  I just ordered his book, Christian Ethics.  If anyone wants to read along with me, let me know.