Sunday, July 27, 2003

"The Web -- For Such A Time As This?"

What a stimulating article this month, in Christianity Today -- "Turning the Mainline Around". [And btw, notice the part played right here in Indianapolis.... Crossroads of America.]

But did they possibly overlook the obvious?

Here's a response letter to the editor....

"Having read the fine article by Hamilton and McKinney, it gave me pause to wonder if they overlooked a significant God-send. As the printing press helped fuel the Great Reformation, does not the new paradigm tool of our day -- the internet -- help fuel renewal? Borrowing a concept from "95 Theses of the Cluetrain Manifesto", might we concur that "Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy"? Perhaps we should greatly praise God for this new capability to circumvent the previous communications stanglehold by the more liberal-leaning denominational leadership. Would it be reasonable to suggest that information about the confessing movement is more accurately & readily known via low-cost websites? What should we say of the great encouragement generated by seeing the growing list of confessing churches centrally posted in cyberspace? Does not email greatly help rally and organize Biblical Christians? What pressures are now being brought to bear on local sessions to sign on... or off? What encouragements are locally available by comrades from non-mainline churches displaying their online statements of faith? Might we even find significance in the requisite process of local churches needing to develop their websites to be viewed publicly... asking themselves the basic questions, "What do we believe, anyway -- if not the Bible?" And what is our mission, if not Christ's Great Commission?

And by the way, what shall we all think of the virtual absence of local church sites proclaiming, "Jesus is NOT the only way. And the Bible is NOT the infallible Word of God"? And where is their centralized portal? Perhaps they're suffering the leaders' dilemma of Luke 20:5-6?"

Respectfully, In Christ,
Neil Cox
"Truth will prevail. Truth at the speed of Light, will prevail at the speed of light."

Thursday, July 17, 2003

"Love Is The Killer App"

Thanks go to our friend, Rudy Carrasco at Urban Onramps, who turned me onto this Fast Company article. Admittedly written from a secular perspective, I believe that Yahoo executive Tim Sanders' book reflects several key pieces of God's Truth that appears obvious to secular leaders... as the speed of life accelerates. Thus I continue to suggest... all real truth is God's Truth, and...

"Truth will prevail. Truth at the speed of Light, will prevail at the speed of light."

Friday, July 11, 2003

"Community Prayer Siren"....

Thank you, my good friend, Mike Wildey.

[Click on his pic, to see his latest brainchild. **smile**]

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Fireman Rescue?

[continued "Tales from the Trail", see below]

We enjoyed sharing good news with a couple of firemen, Tuesday, near the Monon Trail. Perhaps it was particularly meaningful for them, when Mike described God's love as similar to that of a mother who would rush into a burning building for her children.

Obviously these are "really good guys"... and if God is grading on the curve, then surely they'll be rescued from 'the fire', wouldn't they?

But the Bible is clear -- He's already given of Himself to save us; there's no further 'saving work' to be done... we're simply called to accept His work. Therefore, God's judgment is not "on the curve". It's knowable now. Did we accept His work, or decline it?

Btw, did you ever have a teacher curve your score up to 'perfect' ?