An Age of Theological Uncertainty
MidwestOutreach.org, 1/14/20, “The Church in an Age of Theological Uncertainty” [Excerpts]: For most of my life since I became a Christian over 45 years ago, the church in general was concerned about sound biblical teaching and developing a biblical worldview. There are essential issues of the faith which all biblically informed Christians agree. Exhibiting grace even in disagreement should be a hallmark of the faithful. With a shift from God—centered/Christocentric theology to human-centered theology also comes embracing of Eastern mysticism as noted above or Progressivism and CRT. These reshape our worldview and how we interact with believers and unbelievers alike as well as social issues. Larry Alex Taunton gives these issues some consideration in The American Spectator article, “The Salt That Has Lost Its Savor: The Woke Church and the Undoing of America.”
A generation ago, pop star Bonnie Tyler famously asked the question, “Where have all the good men gone?” Since then, the situation has only gotten worse, Bonnie. Men in the Western world have largely been emasculated, and men in the Church are seldom an exception to this decades-long trend. To stand strong for one’s faith in Jesus Christ and push back at a culture that, in the words of Isaiah:5:20, “call[s] evil good and good evil” is today seen to be “divisive,” “unloving,” “bigoted,” and “intolerant.”
Lessons From The Least of These
FrontPageMag.com, 1/26/21, “Lessons from the least of these” [Excerpts]: At the heart of charity lies a great deal of moral sadism. For many left-liberals who stake the moral meaning and purpose of their lives on relieving black suffering in order for their own lives to have continued meaning and purpose, they not only must see black people suffer, but they must also create policies that perpetuate black poverty and block the initiatives of blacks in their efforts towards self-reliance.
In his book Lessons From The Least of These: The Woodson Principles, civil rights leader and founder of the Woodson Center, Robert L. Woodson, Sr., has developed such a philosophy for blacks, poor whites, or any racial or ethnic group that has been on the receiving end of state welfare and liberal white dependency. Woodson’s book is a detailed study of the resilience and grit of former drug addicts, gang members, prison convicts and residents of derelict neighborhoods who today, through faith-based initiatives and community building, are living thriving and enterprising lives.
Woodson develops ten time-tested principles ranging from integrity, grace, agency, inspiration and innovation to transparency in order to inoculate anyone, regardless of racial or ethnic lineage, from surrendering their dignity as a condition for receiving help.
The book is filled with myriad case studies of people who have been written out of history—and deemed casualties of life. But Woodson reveals via a universal Christian ethic of love, grace and forgiveness, that no human being who shows a willingness to recover his or her compromised agency should ever be expelled from the pantheon of the human community.
Human Genome Radically Different From Chimp
ICR.org, 1/7/21, “3-D Human Genome Radically Different from Chimp” [Excerpts]: All plant and animal genomes studied so far exhibit complex and distinct three-dimensional (3-D) structures in their chromosome configurations depending on the type of cell (e.g., heart, liver, brain, etc.). Given the incredible variability among genome configurations within a single type of creature, let alone that which exists between creatures (e.g., human vs. chimpanzee), this area of evolutionary comparison has been difficult for secular researchers. Now a new study published in Trends in Genetics evaluates research in this emerging field that shows the human 3-D genome is distinctly unique to humans, confirming previous research that showed it is as different compared to chimp as it is to mouse.
This new study, along with many others, is continuing to debunk evolution and confirm the uniqueness of the human genome. For example, previous research by this author has shown that the human and chimp genomes are no more than 85 percent similar, and it’s likely the final findings will be far less than that. The Bible clearly states that humans were created uniquely in the image of God. Modern genetics research increasingly confirms this profound truth.