Archive for the ‘Christian Doctrine’ Category

Pre or Post

Posted by John Lindsay on 29th February 2016 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News, Op Ed

RaptureWhen the church will be raptured has been a common topic of debate among Christians. Will the church be subject to the horrific events described in the book of Revelation? Will it live through it with divine insulation or be supernaturally lifted out of it before the wrath of God is spilled?

Many scholars believe in a pre tribulation rapture based on the fact nowhere in the book of Revelation is the church mentioned after the commencement of the seven year tribulation period. The other point of view (post tribulation rapture) is in part based on an all-encompassing overview of what God has previously done. For example: God left Jacob to work for Rachel’s hand an additional seven years. He left the Israelites to suffer in the desert forty years. He allowed David to be hunted by King Saul for over a decade after being anointed king of Israel. Israel endured hundreds of years of corrupt rulers. The remnant of Israel was allowed to be taken captive by the Babylonians and Assyrians. He did not spare his own son from the torment of excruciating pain, humiliation and death nor the persecution and martyrdom of the saints even to this day. So what makes the church think themselves exempt from mankind’s ultimate tribulation? Read the rest of this entry »

Rush

Posted by John Lindsay on 9th January 2016 in Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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The term “rush hour” defines a period of time when people move slowly or not at all – making it the epitome of a misnomer. Rushing in this instance has nothing to do with speed. It has more to do with the state of mind we tend to create for ourselves. In the moment we consider everything to be an obstacle, peace and freedom are replaced with a host of binding emotions which can often lead to irrational behavior.

We are the ones who stay up too late and sleep in the following morning. We are the ones who take our time getting ready. Yet we have the gall to disregard all of our own bad choices and turn the wrath of our anger (which should have been reserved for ourselves) on some stranger who just happened to get in our way. A mature responsible human being would be embarrassed for forcing everyone else to endure his recklessness yet it is dismissed as acceptable behavior. Why? Because we love our selfishness. We take pride in it. Why? Because it satisfies every son of man’s addiction for control. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tithes That Bind

Posted by John Lindsay on 15th August 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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An in-law recently asked my wife to do them a small favor. They offered to pay us. We said, “don’t be silly” then they insisted – you know the drill. When my wife told me she didn’t feel comfortable taking money from them, she couldn’t verbalize why which got me thinking. We see this couple at nearly every family event but we don’t consider each other family. They each make a good living so the money doesn’t mean anything. So why offer payment in a form which means so little to them and even less to us? They could have invited us over for dinner which would possibly draw us closer together. Such an act would honor the recipient. Making payment reduces someone to the status of an employee.

The couple had no intention of using the money to do anything but say thanks, but such disconnects are likely due to a matter of faith; when one embraces man’s economic system while the other trusts in God’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking Ground

Posted by John Lindsay on 15th January 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News

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A Christian radio talk show host has a contest every so often where he invites his listeners to call in and present the gospel to him as if he’s a non-believer. Listening to type A personalities bulldoze their way through a one-sided conversation has its entertainment value, but so does watching a car accident.

I was in sales for 25 years. I started as a cold caller – Someone who knocks on the door of a business without an appointment, gets through the gatekeeper, pitches the owner and closes the deal in one call. The hardest part of my job wasn’t understanding what my product could do or verbalizing how my service would benefit a business. My tallest hurdle was dealing with the aftermath caused by the droves of rookie salespeople that preceded me. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Am I?

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th January 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News

Who am IThe following riddle contains four clues. The answer might be you which could be very good. The answer might also be you and could be very bad.

1. While everyone else is proclaiming their grief and sorrow to be the most formidable, I am grieved for their grief. Who am I? Read the rest of this entry »

Shifting Weight

Posted by John Lindsay on 17th November 2014 in Christian Doctrine, Health, News

pushing rockThere are two ways to get children somewhere on time. One way is to wake them up, set out their clothes, prepare their food and drive them everywhere they need to be. Another is to help out only when needed, and, if the kids miss the bus, they walk to school. If both schools of thought get the same good result, are both methods of getting the result good?

The only way to determine the quality of the upbringing is to evaluate the child’s behavior when they are on their own. More specifically, how the child handles personal responsibility. The child who relies on someone else to get them up in the morning will only appear to be responsible as long as someone is there to assist. That same child will unlikely be successful in any action where punctuality is foundational since some responsibilities are necessary for other responsibilities to rest upon. Read the rest of this entry »

Out of the Blue

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th March 2014 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, News

blue_sky04Most people prefer listening to the music they grew up with. Being a teenager in the seventies, I knew every James Taylor song by heart. I would listen to the same recording again and again. I could anticipate the intro of the next song in the silence between the tracks. When the last song came around it made me sad, but then it began again from the beginning and everything was alright. I hoped for another James Taylor song to add to my list of favorites but it never came.

With the exception of Paul McCartney, whose career, list of accomplishments and longevity are unparalleled, most writers tend to produce their best work early then slowly fade away.  Do these once upon a time writers stop producing new material because their creative well dried up? If so, what would turn an oasis into a desert, especially in the later years when there is so much more to say? Read the rest of this entry »

Holey Humanism

Posted by John Lindsay on 7th January 2014 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, Health, News

Atlas_(Farnese_Globe)There is nothing wrong with feeling good about oneself. It is in fact a state of being which God desires for us. It is crucial, however, how we arrive at such a conclusion.

One of the most popular philosophies people use to boost their self-esteem is Humanisma system of values and beliefs based on the idea people are basically good and that problems can be solved using reason instead of religion. Humanism also generally prefers individual thought and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism).

Humanism is based on the supposition people are basically good which suggests goodness is a state of being when it is not. Goodness is a state of doing. Reason may be able to get someone out of a pit but without instruction and sound doctrine what prevents a person from falling in the first place?

Evidence proves humans have more potential than any living creature, but to assume having great potential makes humans good is easily debatable. From ecology to human rights it is apparent humanism alone has done more harm than good for the simple truth it assumes responsibility is inherent when it is not.

The Humanist stands behind rational thought, but whatever good can come from rational thought is negated by an under abundance of rational thinkers on both sides of the equation. Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Trouble

Posted by John Lindsay on 8th July 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News
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The One That Got Away

I was fishing for bass. I chose a surface lure – a Jitterbug. I positioned the boat where the bass were. The net was nearby. It was the right time of day. My first cast was long and well-positioned. I had barely cranked the reel enough to get the slack out of the line when something raised itself slowly up out of the water the way porpoise or whales do. Read the rest of this entry »

Garden Maintenance

Posted by John Lindsay on 8th July 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News
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Can you find the clover?

After another luscious drenching Michigan rain, I noticed everything went on a growth spurt – not only all of the flowers and vegetables, but the weeds as well. Suddenly there was a blanket of green from a host of tiny intrusive plants. It would take forever to pull them out one at a time, but since the soil hadn’t dried out yet, it was still easy to loosen the surface and rub out the weeds root and all a hundred at a time.

It’s comforting how truth is always consistent under diverse settings. The truth of God’s word, like water, softens the soil of our heart which enables growth in one area of our garden and enables easy weeding in another. Read the rest of this entry »