Posts Tagged ‘Christian’

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 »

Breaking Ground

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

Breaking Cement3

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 »

The Wheat and the Chaff

Posted by John Lindsay on 11th November 2013 in Christian Articles, News

Leslie Pilkington

The 700 Club featured a story which aired Wednesday, March 9th 2011, where an English journalist, Patrick Strudwick, posing to be a homosexual seeking help in leaving the gay lifestyle from Christian counselor, Leslie Pilkington. According to the 700 Club’s story, journalist Strudwick recorded counselor Pilkington praying and contradicting the popular claim homosexuals do not have a choice.

The fact a Christian woman was deliberately targeted did not surprise me. The fact unscrupulous tactics were used to lure the counselor’s trust left me unaffected. The inundation of paraded cries for attention and recognition of the self-proclaimed plight of the persecuted homosexual has deafened my ears. What captured my interest was a quote the journalist used to justify his position. He said, “Love needs no cure.” The homosexual community has already ruined one perfectly good word. I for one will not be silent while another misguided soul corrupts another one, certainly not the word love. Read the rest of this entry »

Creation – It’s Not Surprising

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th April 2013 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, News

The Cat's Eye Nebula

It is not surprising when someone refuses to accept the biblical view of creation. People prefer to see themselves as independent masters of their universe. Children cannot forget soon enough they were birthed from something. When given the choice between freedom and accountability, what teenager would choose the latter? We teach our kids to do their own work and to stay out of other people’s business and then throw them into a community environment as employees and wonder why they struggle. Even confusion has an origin if you look for it.

It is not surprising people do not believe in God. God is a spirit. We are predisposed to favor the physical over the spiritual. It is also difficult to filter spiritual concepts through physical senses. It is especially challenging equating spiritual attributes like faith to great power. When something physical is manufactured, it is not surprising no one sees the spiritual influence behind it. Read the rest of this entry »

True Value

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th March 2013 in Christian Articles, News

My wife Laura recently took me to see our safe deposit box for the first time. She played tour guide while we viewed the contents together as if she were showing me the Crown jewels. It was interesting what was valuable to her. There were a couple of non-silver silver dollars (It’s interesting that we are still associating the word “silver” to a dollar in order to keep the illusion of its perceived stability and value alive). She then opened an envelope containing about ten $2 bills and a couple of $25 savings bonds that had reached maturity in the early 80’s. I tried to mimic her enthusiasm. Next in the exhibit were two singles and a $5 bill circa 1954. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hammer or the Nail

Posted by John Lindsay on 29th June 2012 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

Most people wake up in the morning and have a cup of coffee. If they do not make it themselves they go out and get one, but who takes the time to enjoy it? Who employs even the least amount of expectation by saying to the cashier, “I’ll enjoy a cup of coffee please.” We will make it. We will get it. We will take it, all of which confirms our priority is set on attainment and not enjoyment.

If we do not get our first cup of coffee just the way we like it, it can trigger a chain reaction of unfortunate events which could turn our day, week or life into a turbulent sea. There is nothing wrong with reacting to a situation, however, when we mix being short-fused with stubbornness and pour it into the cup of a stagnant caffeinated routine, what we end up with is a volatile cocktail. Read the rest of this entry »

Judging Judas

Posted by John Lindsay on 5th April 2012 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News

I once heard a Pastor say from the pulpit without any distinguishable doubt, “Judas is in Hell.” These words were unsettling to me for two reasons: Firstly, because they were spoken by a highly respected preacher, and secondly because I could not find any evidence in the Bible which agreed with his statement.

Does any good come from a proclamation of another man’s judgment? And why is it always Judas who is singled out? I challenge you to bear the slight discomfort if you disagree with me and see the case I present through to the end, or at least open your Bible and attempt to prove me wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Christian Counterproductivity

Posted by John Lindsay on 28th February 2012 in Christian Articles, News

You are standing on railroad tracks which go straight as far as you can see in either direction. The two tracks run parallel to each other and join at a point in the horizon on both sides. If you stand between the two tracks, and look at each track, they both appear to be strait. But how can this be true if the tracks are four feet apart where you are standing and meet at a vanishing point at each horizon? Point being: Whatever path a man walks will appear to be straight to him while all others, though they are equally strait, will be considered askew by any other perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

Between the Lines

Posted by John Lindsay on 20th December 2011 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Faith-based Writers

Jesus is recorded in the book of John 8:6-8 to having twice stooped down to write on the ground. The first time was in response to those who were confronting him for defending the adulteress, and the second time was in order to give the accusers time to think. In between the two times he stooped down to write, he stood and said those immortal words, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.” (KJV)

When we stand in the gap, our typical behavior is to intimidate the opposition physically by looking at them in the eye. Jesus lowered himself. Even after he wrote on the ground the second time he did not lift his eyes to watch the accusers retreat. He did not gloat. He merely asked the woman where her accusers were and told her to go and sin no more.

Was what Jesus wrote a distraction, or did it have significant meaning? The Bible does not say. We only know it was written and it was helpful in defusing the will of a mob which could have easily overpowered him physically. Everything Jesus did contradicts what most of us would do instinctively. Even the choice to multitask in this instance led to a more favorable result than if Jesus had given his full attention to the situation. Read the rest of this entry »