Hey Dojo readers, At the end of 2014 I did a podcast with a minister friend who’s a missionary in Lima, Peru. Check out his site and our discussion about a number of things related to popular end-times teachings that many Christians have been misled into believing and promulgated far and wide over the past […]
“Yes, there were far deeper and more foundational theological reasons for Jesus’ death…but from the perspective of the Empire, it was simply business as usual to keep peace and control over a hard-to-control province.”
“I don’t know the state of John Hagee’s soul. That is between him and the One to whom he will have to give an account of every careless word spoken (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12) while being held to a higher standard (James 3:1)…just as I will. But I believe that words like Hagee’s in the videos above do not serve the Prince of Peace, the God of Israel or the Spirit of Truth. Rather, whether knowingly or not, they serve to forward the agenda of the one who seeks only to kill and destroy (John 10:10).”
How can we identify such teachers or movements? There’s no cookie-cutter method for delineating between unlearned zeal and full-fledged cultishness. However, here are a few points I find helpful to keep in mind when encountering such people…
“During a recent visit for a peacemakers’ conference in Bethlehem, I had a chance to see the wall and experience the checkpoints firsthand. While it was heartbreaking to see the collective punishment inflicted on the majority of residents who had nothing to do with the violence of the Intifada and who sincerely desire to live peaceful lives alongside their Israeli neighbors, it was also inspiring to see how many are committed to strictly non-violent means of protest and engagement in the peacemaking process.
Here are a number of images I captured while there…”
” I knew that I had to spend an afternoon at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in order to come face to face with the unbelievable suffering and horrors that my Jewish brothers and sisters endured less than a century ago in Europe.”
We barely had time to scratch the surface last night, but it was a great introduction to the numerous strands that make up the knot…
“This was my first encounter with tear gas, stun grenades or rubber-coated bullets.
But it wouldn’t be my last.”
Continued from part 1 I made it from the airport to Bethlehem in just over an hour. The first thing I was blown away by was just how mountainous the Jerusalem/Bethlehem area is. There are no rolling bills or valleys; these are rugged, terraced, limestone cliffs jutting up from deep valleys. People in Biblical times […]
“Due to the sensitivity issues surrounding travel throughout the West Bank/Palestine (Israeli security has been known to hassle people who visit Palestine and an Isreali official released a semi-threatening comment the day before the conference regarding people planning on attending), I decided to wait and write about the trip when I was back home rather than blog about it live. So here are some of my reflections from my very first (but hopefully not my last!) trip to the Holy Land…”