The End Is Come OR Maybe Not?

So, have you heard? According to one prominent radio broadcaster, Harold Camping, the end is this Saturday. While Mr. Camping is a student of the Bible, sometimes the easiest passages are the ones we most often overlook. For instance,

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-2 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Matthew 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Below are two thoughtful and straight-forward reviews of this date-setting. One a blog post and another an mp3 recording: Continue reading

Japan Update by Phil & Debbie Melton

Japan has a long history of dealing with both earthquakes and tsunami…

[津波–from “tsu” meaning “port” or “harbor” and “nami” meaning “wave.]

…but none quite so large or as devastating as the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that followed on March 11.  In general it was less of a wave and more of a spilling over of the ocean onto land in a massive influx of seawater that knocked out farms, ripped houses from their foundations, and tossed around cars like toys.

Whole towns were wiped out.  3.8 million households lost power.  Continue reading

Finally some good news…

I know it’s a few weeks old, but have you heard the story about Wake Forest baseball coach, Tom Walter and player, Kevin Jordan?
When Kevin Jordan was deciding where to play college baseball, the commitment of Wake Forest coach Tom Walter to his players helped sway him toward Winston-Salem. Even before taking his first swing for the Deacons, Jordan has learned how deep that devotion runs. On Monday, surgeons at Emory University Hospital removed one of Walter’s kidneys and transplanted it into Jordan, whose kidneys were functioning at 8 percent of their ability and who had been taking 35 pills daily to treat the diseased organs.
HT: Atlanta-Journal Constitution
In a day when all the news seems to be bad it’s encouraging to receive some good news, isn’t it? Great story. Isn’t it?
What convinced Kevin Jordan to play? It was his coach’s commitment to his players that convinced Jordan to play for Wake Forest. Continue reading

Thoughts on Super Bowl Sunday

In just a few hours our country will come to a stand still to be entertained by some of the best commercials to be aired in 2011 and to watch two of the best football teams in the NFL. I too plan on watching the game this evening but as a Christian here are a few thoughts that I need to keep in mind. None of these are meant to be a guilt trip but rather to help us keep life in perspective:

  • a 3.5 hour event in the grand scheme of life is insignificant and meaningless
  • there are still real world problems that others are facing (e.g. turmoil in Egypt, persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters around the globe, utter despair in Haiti)
  • commercials are not neutral and the funniest ones are Continue reading

Meet the Millennial Generation (part 2)

The mission of the church is the same from generation to generation. Thankfully, our marching orders haven’t changed since the day our Savior uttered them.

Matthew 28:19-20  “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Nearly 40% of those 18-29 are unemployed or out of the current workforce. Their entry into the workforce has been greatly affected by what economists call the Great Recession.

One interesting statistic that greatly affects local churches is Continue reading

Meet the Millennial Generation (part 1)

Statistics that give us a window into people’s mind and thoughts can be extremely helpful. One helpful study was recently published. While I am convinced that what our country needs is spirit-filled preaching accompanied by men who live holy lives, it is also helpful to understand the generation that we are seeking to reach because it gives churches awareness to the moral and religious climate that our country is heading towards.

The Pew Research Center just came out with their results on one of the most in-depth studies of the Millennials. Millennials are those adults between the ages of 18 – 29. They were born after 1980.  A helpful breakdown of the generations look something like this…

  • Millennials (Generation Y) – those born after 1980
  • Generation X – those born between 1965 – 1980
  • Boomers – those born between  1945 – 1965
  • Silent Generation – those born between 1928 – 1945
  • The Greatest Generation – those born pre-1928

The Millennial Generation is Continue reading

Haiti Hope

“Haiti” and “hope” are not words that seem to go together.  I have never been to Haiti and I cannot begin to imagine what it is like now.  I have a college friend that pastors a church in Haiti and our family is keeping them in prayer.  They have children about the same ages as my children and they sleep outside while we sleep in comfortable beds.  How do we pray for Haiti?  Let me suggest two things that you can make part of your praying.  These are things that children can understand as well. Continue reading