British archaeologists are seeking to authenticate what could be a landmark discovery in the documentation of early Christianity: a trove of 70 lead codices that appear to date from the 1st century CE, which may include key clues to the last days of Jesus’ life. As UK Daily Mail reporter Fiona Macrae writes, some researchers are suggesting this could be the most significant find in Christian archeology since the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947.
Monthly Archives: March 2011
“ I saw him in the church building for the first time on Wednesday. He was in his mid-70′s with thinning silver hair and a neat brown suit. Many times in the past I had invited him to come. Several other Christian friends had talked to him about the Lord and had tried to share the good news with him.
He was well respected, honest, a man of good character. He acted much like a Christian would act, but he never came to church or became a Christian. After I got to know him well and we had talked about a wide range of subjects I asked him if he had ever been to a worship service.
He hesitated. Then with a twisted grimace told me of an experience he had as a boy. He was raised in a large family. His parents survived the depression but they struggled to provide food and clothing for the family.
When he was around ten years old a friend invited him to go to services with his family.
He went – the Sunday School class was great. The songs were fun to sing and the stories, oh the great Bible stories, were exciting to hear. He had never heard anyone read from the Bible before. As class ended the teacher pulled him aside and said, “Son, please don’t come again dressed as you are now. We want to look our best when we come into God’s house.”
He looked down at his old hand me down overalls that were certainly worn and tattered. He thought about that for a moment and said softly, “No ma’am I won’t ever.” Then he looked at me the author wrote and said, “And you know what. I never did.” It was clear that he was done with that conversation.
The author reflected, I am sure that the Sunday School teacher meant well and in fact was representing the feeling of the majority of the folks in that congregation. But what if, what if she had put her arms around the dirty little boy in the ragged overalls and said, “Son, I am thrilled that you came this morning and I hope you will come every chance you get to hear more about Jesus because he loves you so much.” Moreover what if she would have talked with the preacher or her friends in the church and mobilized a full blown outreach effort to help this family make ends meet.
The story ended like this: Yes I saw him in the meeting house for the first time on Wednesday and I cried as I looked at the immaculately dressed old gentleman lying there in his casket. He was looking his best. But all I could think of were those words of an impressionable little ten-year-old boy echoing in my mind, “No ma’am I won’t ever.”
While on the “truth about Islam” page you can also pick up a wonderful Power Point presentation about Islam (this is also from Focus Press and is being posted with their permission).
While you are here, why not take a moment to vote in the following surveys on Islam?
The free translation service from Google seems to work pretty well. If you are a preacher or Bible class teacher, you can easily make your sermons and classes available to just under 60 different languages for free.
My study on “how to become a Christian” and the information on “New Testament Christianity” has now been put into every language Google currently supports. This information is available using the links below or my “how to become a Christian” page.
Arabic – كيف تصبح مسيحياً
Imagine that you see the following statements posted on a “social networking site” like facebook.
Monday: Stopped by a cop on the way to work but managed to lie my way out of the ticket! Cops are idiots.
Tuesday: Bought ten lottery tickets at lunch and only won a dollar.
*Wednesday: Had a light supper and golfed till dark; what a GREAT night!
Thursday: Down to my last beer in the fridge…ugh.
Friday: Got a *$%#@$ virus on my computer.
Saturday: Getting up early tomorrow for an all day fishing trip at the lake. Hope the weather is good.
Sunday: Girlfriend’s parents are out of town this weekend…can’t wait to spend the night at her place.
Which of the preceding statements would we associate with a person who is trying to live a faithful Christian life?
We might not be surprised to find vulgar and sinful things posted by the unsaved, but Christians should not be among those who post this kind of material. Saying non-Christian things online is just as bad as saying it in person and it often reaches a much broader range of people.
Bottom line: Think before you post. Too, if you see a post from someone who professes to be a Christian but posts inappropriate things, kindly remind them of verses like Mt. 5:16.
*The point about Wednesday assumes the person has the option to attend a Wednesday night Bible class.
It seems that with all we’ve accomplished, about all we have really added is speed and noise. We get there faster, but we don’t know where we are going. And when we get there, we’re out of breath.
I read one time about a man who swallowed an egg whole. He was afraid to move because he was afraid it would break. But he was afraid to sit still because he was afraid it would hatch. There are a lot of people like that today–so frenetic, so pressured they don’t know which way to go. And the place where the pressure and restless often hit home is in the home.
Adrian Rogers, Ten Secrets for a Successful Family, Crossway Books, p. 71.