Last Wednesday I gave a talk on worship to the kiddos at Brookside. They requested that I post this list of questions somewhere public. I thought I was done with the blog… but this is the best place to make these public… here you go.
“Sin isn’t only doing bad things, it is more fundamentally making good things into ultimate things. Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than on God. Whatever we build our life on will drive us and enslave us. Sin is primarily idolatry.” – Tim Keller
Questions for helping you find out what you make into “ultimate things (Yes, I totally got this idea from Tim Keller as well):
- What are you most afraid of?
- What gets you really excited?
- Where do you run when upset? (Or, what makes you feel better when angry/sad/bored?)
- What do you complain about most?
- What angers you most?
- What makes you the most happy?
- How do you define yourself when talking to people?
- What has causes you to be “angry” with God? (Or, what causes you to think that God does not care/love about you?)
- What do you brag about?
- What one thing do you want to accomplish?
- What do you sacrifice for?
- What do you spend your money on?
- If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
- Who’s approval are you seeking? Is it anyone other than Jesus?
- What comfort(s) do you treasure the most?
- What do you “day dream” about?
- When are you most bored? (Or, What do you think of doing when you are bored?)
- What makes you feel cool?
- What makes you feel like your ugly?
- What do you think you have to have to “fit in?”
- What makes you most upset if it is taken away?
- What makes you act differently?
- What if you get it makes you a joy to be around?
- What if it is taken away makes you a burden to be around?
1. How Journalist Covered Pearl Harbor: Dec 8, 1941
“Today they may have Tweeted: “Thousands dead in Hawaii after JP attack. Worst ever on homeland. FDR: US in it to win it.” But on Dec. 8, 1941, one day after the bloodiest attack on U.S. soil by a foreign country, news organizations attempted to make sense of it all.”
“Liam Neeson recently said some interesting things about portraying (the voice of) Aslan in the Narnia movies.”
“According to Forensic Science International, caffeine is fatal to humans in does of 5 grams or more, but how many Lokos would it take to reach the limit?”
“SO WOULD President Sarah Palin have been able to prevent the embarrassment of WikiLeaks? You betcha. “Inexplicable,” was her first tweeted reaction to the affair: “I recently won in court to stop my book ‘America by Heart’ from being leaked, but US Govt can’t stop WikiLeaks’ treasonous act?”
“Faith” is an important word and concept for Christians. We are saved because we have faith in Jesus Christ. Protestants believe in sola fide, meaning that we are saved by “faith alone” and not by our works or obedience. The Bible teaches that faith is associated with a specific person (Jesus Christ), knowledge, or a set of beliefs.”
I love talking to people about religion… I love talking about religion with people who don’t agree with me… I love Tim Keller… Therefore, I love this video! Take the time to watch it!
You may have heard the old argument about “Bible contradictions.” This argument has of course been shot full of holes, answered, and refuted thousands of times. But since the New Atheism movement likes to take old arguments and make them sound and look new (i.e. cool charts, angry blog rants, and scholarly sounding arguments), people are still running around (like my Profs at school) thinking they have figured out the ultimate argument against the Bible. Most recently, Sam Harris and Fast Company have made a chart about Bible contradictions. But anybody with a little sagacity can see that it is a old argument with a new skin.
Chart on Bible Contradictions (439 lines)…
Infografic on Bible cross-references (over 60,000 lines).
“This cross-reference chart does not prove the Bible is not filled with contradictions, but it is a graphic representation of the unity, harmony, and consistency of the Bible.”
Here are some helpful resources if you want to refute the Bible contradiction argument, or here are some things to think about Bible naysayers:
The Bible is Very Consistent By Justin Holcomb
Why Fast Company and Sam Harris Need to do Their Homework By Justin Holcomb
A Few Thoughts on the Fast Company Article, “What the Bible Got Wrong” By Matt Perman
Ignorance is more concerning than religion By Simon Smart (Not directly about this issue, but good thoughts)
A Little Thing Called Context By Doug Wilson
Take a look at this “new” book (by new, I mean that the book is old, the art is new). I have seen this artist’s work before and it is very cool. This is a perfect example of being a Christian and an artist, not just making some weird form of “christian art.” This project is on amazon for 37% off (pre-sale price)! Christmas gift idea?
From the Crossway blog:
Makoto Fujimura, one of the century’s most highly regarded artists, has illuminated the Four Holy Gospels. Fujimura is known for his use of traditional Japanese Nihonga techniques and his passion for reconnecting Christian faith with fine art. This will mark the first time in nearly 400 years that an illuminated book of the four Gospels has been undertaken by a single artist. . . .
Editions of The Four Holy Gospels will be available January 31, 2011. An exhibition of the works featured in The Four Holy Gospels will take place from December 9 through January 9 at the Dillon Gallery in New York City.
If you want to see a few pages of the book click this: BOOK PREVIEW PDF
Also, check out his website.
warning: some graphic images