This morning I found in my email a link to a startling talk given by Pastor Lindsey Williams. The talk concerned the "agenda" (as he appeals) of the oil industry in America. He claims that the oil companies, in league with big banks and big business, intend to monopolize world finance and power. They will cause economic disruption by manipulating prices in order to make people desperate and then accept, nay beg for, a New World Order. Through all of his stories and stats, Williams returns to one refrain: "These people know exactly what they’re doing…. Everything in the world happens by a designed plan, none of it happens by chance…. They know exactly what’s going to happen." He repeats this, every time he speaks, at least a half-dozen times: "a designed plan."
A central command of Christian scholarship is the Ninth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Ex. 20:14). Scholarship and writing is an ethical endeavor, not just merely intellectual. As writers, teachers, and students, we constantly witness in God’s Courtroom, deny His Providence when we falsify reality, and we erect an idol when we create falsehoods. Looking at much of the Christian scholarly world, not to mention the educational world in general, we have much to be ashamed of.
The island of misfit toys is about to become a landfill. Unless something drastic forces Congress to repeal its recent actions, a new law will virtually force every thrift store and many small businesses out of business on February 10, 2009; all existing inventory will officially incur the status of "Banned Hazardous Substance." The so-called Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 treats "any children’s product" as "a banned hazardous substance" unless it has been tested and complies with new limits of lead and
It was a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. A couple of months ago Gary asked me to take a look – into the dark corners of the internet – at this thing called Zeitgeist: the Movie. This internet “movie” boasts 15 million views worldwide and begins with the claim that “Jesus was the Solar deity of the Gnostic Christian sect, and like all other Pagan gods, he was a mythical figure. . . . Christianity, along with all other theistic belief systems, is the fraud of the age.” It spends about 45 minutes trying to persuade its viewers of this idea before moving on to more modern conspiracy theories.
I hesitate to even write this brief article, but as the only responder to my lengthy piece "Replacing ‘Replacement Theology’" so far, this guy deserves mention-if for nothing else than that he is prompt in responding. I am very interested in furthering this discussion, which is why I wrote to begin with, and a guy with a blog subtly titled "Anti-Preterist’s Blog" is all I can get, I’ll have to at least look at it for now.