The angel Gabriel, “the man of God,” was an integral part of the Christmas story. While Zechariah burned incense to the Lord, an angel appeared to him, telling him that God was going to answer the prayers of him and his wife and that they would have a son. Reminiscent of Abraham, Zechariah declared that [Continue Reading…]
I had the joy of listening to the Maranatha Baptist University orchestra and choirs play and sing Handel’s Messiah again this year. It is always a joyous occasion. Handel built this oratorio on Scripture and one of the key passages is Isaiah 9:6, which concludes, “and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty [Continue Reading…]
December 7, 1941, is the day which has gone down in history as the Day of Infamy. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, it brought the United States into World War 2. The following four wars saw the heroism and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation. Maranatha Baptist Seminary expresses its appreciation and thankfulness to all those [Continue Reading…]
The word “Christmas” is problematic for some. This English word comes from “Cristes Maesse,” a phrase that meant “Christ’s Mass.” As is the case so often, we use terms that originated in another language and even another religion. The “mass,” of course, is the Roman Catholic continuing sacrifice of Christ. If you check the internet, [Continue Reading…]
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the baby Jesus. There are numerous implications in that short statement. In the coming days, I want to flesh out what this all means – from where did the term come? why celebrate a birth? who exactly is this Jesus? did we get the date right or [Continue Reading…]
There is an interesting blog concerning the decline of Contemporary Worship Music. Click here to read it all, or just read the following synopsis. 1. Compared to the last several centuries of hymns, the contemporary songs were, for the most part, poorly written. Gordon (the author of the blog) indicates that if less than 1% of [Continue Reading…]
Fundamentalism is best known for its separatism, a willingness to separate when biblical truth is at stake. Separation, however, is the flipside of fellowship. If we can fellowship with someone (or something like a church or an association), we cannot separate from him (or it). If we do not have a basis for biblical fellowship, then we will struggle with our basis for biblical separation.
A few years ago I was in Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia in late November. Malaysia is a “secular Muslim” country with some interesting political quirks. About two-thirds of the people are Muslim, and Islam is the official, constitutional religion. All ethnic Malays are by law automatically Muslim; any Malay that leaves Islam [Continue Reading…]
There is a rising feeling among emerging church leaders and followers of Jesus, that in many modern contemporary churches, something has subtly gone astray in what we call “church” and what we call “Christianity.” Through time, church has become a place that you go to have your needs met, instead of being a called local [Continue Reading…]
There is a crisis in Baptist life today which cannot be resolved by bigger budgets, better programs, or more sophisticated systems of data processing and mass communication. It is a crisis of identity rooted in a fundamental theological failure of nerve. The two major diseases of the contemporary church are spiritual amnesia (we have forgotten who we are) and ecclesiastical myopia (whoever we are, we are glad we are not like “them”). While these maladies are not unique to the people of God called Baptists, they are perhaps most glaringly present among us. . .