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Obama and His Preacher

I was certainly shocked and appalled when information about the kind of sermons being preached at the church Barrack Obama has been a member for nearly 20 years was revealed. Honestly, I am at a loss how any person who claims to be a Christian or claims to preach from the scriptures can teach against any race or gender. Perhaps these "ministers" have not read: "So Peter opened his mouth and said: 'Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,…

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The Kingdoms of Men

The following is excerpted from an article by Anita Wadhwani that appeared in The Tennessean on 11.29.06. It was submitted by Muriel McConnon for our consideration. I thought it important enough to post and to offer some commentary. You may see some other thoughts worthy of pondering beyond what I offer here. To live peacefully with Muslims and Jews, Christians must put aside the notion that their faith requires the creation of a Christian kingdom on Earth, a Lipscomb University…

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The Da Vinci Code: Sorting Fact From Fiction (5)

JEHOVAH The Da Vinci Code certainly plays upon the ignorance of the common reader in many of the charges laid against Christianity. One charge that I found particularly ridiculous is below: “The Jewish tetragrammaton YHWH--the sacred name of God--is in fact derived from Jehovah, an androgynous physical union between the masculine Jah and the pre-Hebraic name for Eve, Havah.” (309) This charge sounds very appealing if one is unwilling to lift a finger and double check Dan Brown’s “research.” Pick…

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The Da Vinci Code: Sorting Fact From Fiction (4)

THE COUNCIL OF NICAEA The Da Vinci Code is not the first book to make more out of The Council of Nicaea than what actually took place. Many charges are made about what took place in 325 A.D. at this council. Consider what The Da Vinci Code says took place at the Council of Nicaea: “At this gathering many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon--the date of Easter, the role of the bishops, the administration of sacraments, and,…

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The Da Vinci Code: Sorting Fact From Fiction (3)

THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR As we have noted previously, the idea of secrets and conspiracy are intriguing to the minds of all readers. The popularity of the television The X-Files a few years back shows that sprinkling mystery, hidden agendas, and government cover-up are a recipe for success. The Da Vinci Code, assuming that people know nothing about history, paint many hidden agendas and secrets to various historical people and groups, bringing excitement to the readers and they contemplate the possibility…

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The Da Vinci Code: Sorting Fact From Fiction (2)

THE PRIORY OF SION Not everything the Da Vinci Code claims has biblical importance. If one can show that the non-biblical claims of the book are inaccurate, then the foundation can be laid that one should not accept the claims against Jesus and the Bible without a thorough investigation. The first paragraph of the first page of the Da Vinci Code reads: “FACT: The Priory of Sion-- a European secret society founded in 1099-- is a real organization. In 1975…

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The Da Vinci Code: Sorting Fact From Fiction (1)

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE "Why should we pay attention to The Da Vinci Code? Isn't it simply a novel?" Many Christians may have this attitude toward this bestselling novel. This book has been out since 2003, but I did not pay attention to it until this year. For all of that time I simply figured that this book was one among thousands of fiction books that have tried to recast Jesus and the Bible in a different light than what…

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This Is My Bible, Joel Osteen! (2)

I am surprised that some of the things Joel Osteen has said and done have not drawn more criticism from other religious leaders in the various denominations that fill the religious landscape. I would like to comment on some of his proclamations and deeds. "This is my wallet" In a similar way, the 2001 Real Estate Guide valued Joel Osteens home at $1,265,500 (Google search). This should be outrageous to anyone who desires to follow in the footsteps of Jesus…

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This Is My Bible, Joel Osteen! (1)

You are probably aware of the latest splash in the religious world, attempting to make a mark in Christianity. Joel Osteen has had a meteoric rise as he has become well known through his book, television show, and television interviews. It is reported that he is the leader of the largest church in the United States, found in Houston, Texas with a membership that fills the citys former sports arena, The Summit. If you have not watched his program, allow…

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