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What kind of brain is the Web giving us? That question will no doubt be the subject of a great deal of research in the years ahead. Already, though, there is much we know or can surmise—and the news is quite disturbing. Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists, and educators point to the same conclusion: When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning. Even as the Internet grants us easy access to vast amounts of information, it is turning us into shallower thinkers, literally changing the structure of our brain.

Full article on Wired.com or download in PDF.

Categoría: Learning

A short quote from A.W. Tozer... 

There is grief in my spirit when I go into the average church, for we have become a generation rapidly losing all sense of divine sacredness and reverence in our worship. God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended--until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up! 

We've reduced the God of Abraham and Jacob, to a "stuffed God" that can be appealed to by anybody at any time. The religious clown on the radio can break into his fun and say, "Now we will have a minute of prayer." In the religious concert, the half-converted cowboy dressed like an idiot will say after he's twanged out some catchy numbers, "Now I'll do a holy number for you."

The God of today's Christianity is a weakling--a little cheap, palsy God that you can pal around with. He's "the man upstairs." He's the fellow that can help you when you're in difficulty--and not bother you too much when you're not. 

It is a major tragedy in the life of any man, to live in a church from childhood to old age with nothing more than some synthetic God compounded of sentimentality and logic--but having no eyes to see, no ears to hear and no heart to love the holy God of Scripture!

In the majority of our church meetings, there is scarcely a trace of reverent thought, little sense of the divine Presence, no moment of stillness, no solemnity, no wonder, no holy fear. But so often there is a dull or a breezy song leader full of awkward jokes, in an effort to make everything hold together.

The most pressing need just now is that we who call ourselves Christians should frankly acknowledge to each other and to God that we are gone far astray. We should confess . . .

  • that we are worldly,
  • that our moral standards are low,
  • and that we are spiritually cold and lethargic. 

We need to cease our multitude of unscriptural activities, and cease trying to sanctify carnal and worldly projects by promoting them "in the name of the Lord" and "for the glory of God." 

We need to return to the message, methods and objectives of the New Testament! 

We need boldly and indignantly to cleanse the temple of all who sell cattle in the holy place, and overthrow the tables of the money-changers! This must be done in our own lives first--and then in the churches of whom we are a part!

We need men and women who love the Savior, until adoration becomes the music of their soul--until they don't have to be fooled with entertainment and amusement!

Categoría: Apostasy

The following excerpts are from an article written by David Cloud entitled, "America, Politics, and Spiritual Light" [pdf]. Here are some of the highlights that caught my eye and fired me up. He nailed it on this one...

Article Quotes

The Bible shines brilliant light upon our situation in this present world, and gives us clear instructions about how to live and act in the face of the challenges of these times. 

...politics is not the answer to the moral, social, and economic ills our nations are facing...

The root problem with America’s deep moral sickness is the apostasy in the churches. America does not have the fear of God because the churches are not preaching the fear of God, and that is because the pastors are compromisers and apostates who fear the people more than they fear God and who care more about their individual bottom line than about the truth. 

The fundamental element is the spiritual compromise and apostasy of professing Christians and churches that name the name of Jesus Christ, particularly in America which is a nation filled with churches and professing Christians.

We need to stop wasting hours listening to the Rush Limbaughs and the Sean Hannitys and the Glenn Becks and spend serious time in God’s Word and prayer and get out into the harvest fields with the gospel and make our churches stronger and more solidly biblical...

[The average Christian] has no passion to improve his understanding. He is a spiritual pygmy. He is as passionate about such vanities as professional sports and as carried away with the misguided observations of conservative political pundits as his pagan neighbor. He is ignorant of important issues that we are facing and isn’t interested in being educated. He will read a fishing magazine and listen to sports radio and watch some empty-headed late night comedian and she will devour “Christian” romance novels, but they wouldn’t dream of reading a book to educate themselves about the Emerging Church or the New Age movement or New Evangelicalism or Contemplative Prayer or Contemporary Worship Music or other spiritual enemies that they and their families and churches are facing and will face. As a result, as the prophet said about Israel of old, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).

Men cannot believe unless they hear the gospel. They have enough light in creation and conscience to condemn them and to leave them without excuse, but not enough to save them. 

Since the five-fold repetition of the Great Commission is a powerful emphasis (Matthew 28, Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20; Acts 1), teaching us that this is something that Christ is passionate about, one of the most important ways that I can get God’s blessing on my life, my family, and my church--other things being right--is to take world evangelism seriously.

How many people heard the gospel at your hands and through your mouth in the last month?

How many missionaries were helped through your offerings? 

How many missionaries and preachers do you intercede for daily?

Brethren, these are the things that we need to focus on like a laser beam, laying aside those things that are hindering our spiritual progress and power! 

Categoría: Apostasy

I ran into this article today and wanted to pass it along (pay attention, also, to the comments made by Tom Chantry): 

The Pastoral "Call," and how there isn't one [PDF]

Finally... a voice of reason based on Scripture. If you think God might want you in "vocational / pastoral / full-time" ministry, you should: 

  • Study the Bible (lots).
  • Evangelize the lost (intentionally).
  • Edify the saved (preaching and teaching the Bible).
  • And then, if a church or congregation says, "Please come be our pastor," then you check your desire (1Tim 3.1). If you want to, go do it. 

The problem arises when no church or congregation wants you as their pastor (or the people you are currently "ministering" to are fairly vocal about you not being qualified for the job). That should be a pivotal moment in your life when you start making some long-term plans to pursue another vocation.

Categoría: Ministry

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