Don’t Miss List: Floods, God’s Gender and ‘Setting the Record Straight …’

Washed Away – Obbie Todd

The flooding in Louisiana is a real tragedy and has robbed at least 13 people of their lives and damaged at least 40,000 houses. Here’s Pastor Obbie Todd’s first-person account of the 20 minute scramble to abandon his new home in order to protect himself, his wife and twin babies.

No, God Isn’t Transgender

Robert A.J. Gagnon criticizes a recent New York Times op-ed in which someone argued God is transgender. You can find it at First Things.

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Video: Do All Religions Lead to God?

Apologia Studies tackles one of the biggest theological questions in just six minutes: Do all religions lead to God?

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Persecution Updates: Burma/Myanmar

It turns out, that in spite of persecution, Christianity has grown in Burma (also known as Myanmar). My latest article:

New census shows Christianity spreading in Burma

The spread of the gospel has faced huge obstacles in Burma, including bloody civil war, violence against ethnic minorities, and radical Buddhist opposition. In spite of all that, Christianity has grown in Burma (also called Myanmar), according to new figures.

The United Nations Population Fund released new census data in July showing Christians made up about 6.3 percent of the population, up from 4.9 percent in 2004, World Watch Monitor reported. The country is 89.9 percent Buddhist; Chin state was the only majority-Christian region.

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What lasts according to Isaiah 40:8

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Photography copyright is my own (Julia A. Seymour).

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Music Monday: Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers

I present to you Jesus, I’ll Never Forget by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers.

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Man Rebels, ‘God comes into the wreckage’

The Bible asserts that man, though he has turned his back on God, still exists before him. And it is because of this that I keep preaching. It is because I believe that all who die in their sins not only go to judgment but go to hell that I keep proclaiming the message. If I believed that when we all die, that is just the end of it, that our bodies just dissolve and become part of the earth and that is all, then there would be no need of a gospel. But “it is appointed unto men”—all men—“once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Death is not the end. We go on, and we go on for all eternity. The judgment is announced; judgment is pronounced.

But, thank God, man is fallen, condemned, miserable, and helpless, but God intervenes! God comes into the wreckage. God visits man and calls him by name and addresses him. God, even at the moment of rebellion, tells man that he has a way to rescue him and to redeem him: “It [the seed of the woman] shall bruise thy [the serpent’s] head.”

Lloyd-Jones, Martyn (2009-10-07). The Gospel in Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith (pp. 21-22). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

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Don’t Miss List: Olympics, Sudan, Russia and Incredible Iceland video

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HRW Talks about the Olympics Refugee Team

The Rio Olympics are just days away and I just found out there is a team of refugees competing together. Their presence will highlight the massive and ongoing world refugee crisis. Human Rights Watch has a dispatch.

Michelle Lesley Tackles the Question: What is Contemplative Prayer?

She also tackles the follow up: is it biblical? The short answer is no, but check out her response here.

Infographic to help explain the Sudan/South Sudan history and conflict

Faith & Forced Migration has an explainer on Sudan and South Sudan, their history and some information on the recurring conflicts. Continue reading

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