Friday, September 30, 2011

"Just kidding around"

I had the chance to stop in at Denver Seminary's annual book sale.  Of course, I just 'happened' to be there on the last day when they give the books away (hmm).  At any rate, in the pile of paperback pamphlets I found this little comic book with drawings by Robin Jensen, who was at the time Professor of Art, at Calvin College, and I am guessing because of the style of the comics, this dates to the mid-to-late 60's.

At any rate, I have copied with attribution a couple of his comics.  I may use more at a later date.

So, many thanks to Robin Jensen and his "Id-Bits."

And an update: I found Robin Jensen's web-site!  Go here for a gallery of Robin's art:http://www.jazz-art.org/index.htm




"Just waiting for an
inspiration."

"But of course, these Are my opinions!"




Saturday, September 24, 2011

Apologetics: "Always having an answer"

I am adding some ‘help’ to my blog. My friend Paul Ernst is a local of Boulder and has given me permission to share some of his email answers to local “New Age” and Atheist/Agnostic friends.


As Christians, we are called to “…always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is within you…” (1Peter 3:15) Below is an example of what this looks like.

Here is the back-story:

An acquaintance of Paul’s viewed a program on the History Channel on the Shroud of Turin and sent him an email with the question: “What difference does it make if Jesus rose from the dead?” This person is a self-professed “Gnostic” (New Age believer)…follow Paul’s answer and see if it can help you to explain questions to those who ask to know the “whys” of our faith.
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Last week you asked me why the resurrection mattered. You were the 2nd person that week to ask me that. I thought God might be prompting me to take my nose out of all those books about it and give an answer. So here goes.

The Jews had some very good reasons to think their scriptures (OT: Old Testament) were from God. Even so, the OT itself said it was incomplete and that a new deal was coming.

When Jesus came he claimed to be the promised messiah. Others had made the claim and it ended badly. Jesus claimed to be more than just the long awaited messiah, he claimed equality with God—God’s ONLY son. This was not some general notion that we are all sons of God in some sense. This was blasphemy to the Jews and it got him crucified. As with the other pretenders, he got killed and a dead messiah was a failed messiah—except for the resurrection.

No other leader of a world religion ever made that claim. Why would a proper orthodox Jew go around making that claim? CS Lewis called it the Lord, liar, lunatic dilemma.

Folks like Deepak Choprah want to make him into an Eastern guru. This violates Jesus personal self understanding and the worldview of Christians and Jews. I may say I don't believe someone else's religious claim, but for me to tell someone they don't understand their own religion, and I as an outsider do, is the height of arrogance.

So if the resurrection is true, Jesus is God; and what he says about man's relationship to God is the final authority on the matter. The resurrection is a matter of religious epistemology, it's how we know it’s true. The 1st Century Roman world is close enough to us and the documentary evidence good enough that we can get at this with the tools of the historian. As with anything in history, some will dispute. It is up to each to evaluate the evidence.

The resurrection proves the Incarnation (God took on flesh as a real person). This assumes God would not validate a false claim by resurrecting the perpetrator. The incarnation gives us the truest picture of who God is that we can understand. The Jews had some understanding from the prophets, who God had revealed himself to with dreams, visions, voices etc. God had the prophets predict certain future events like the Babylonian exile so the prophets themselves would be validated for inclusion in scripture. But the average OT Jew knew God through the mediation of a priesthood/temple system.

Philosophers could speculate about God; what it means to be "Omni" this or that. They could see God in the creation. The OT tells us about his character: good, just, hates sin, forgiving etc. But there is nothing like seeing the real thing. God can show us what he is like as a man, which is what we can understand. Most importantly he showed us what he is willing to do for us in order to reconcile us to himself. His suffering on the cross not only paid our sin debt (the Judge himself pays the penalty) but showed us his love in the most graphic way.

But why a physical resurrection?

God is spirit. God created a spiritual realm (angelic beings) and I suppose he could have stopped there. For his own reasons, he wanted to create something "other"…a material world. I guess he just likes the stuff. He pronounced it “good" and humanity “very good!” The Jews understood this. The Greeks, following Plato, didn’t. They despised the material world. God becoming man was blasphemy to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks. If you tried to invent a religion for the 1st century you couldn't come up with a worse story.

But only in Christianity are you more in death than in life. Buddhism is nothingness, Hinduism (after enough tries) is union with the impersonal. Gnosticism (ancient/New Age) is a merger with a "world soul". Islam has the sexual fantasy thing but you won’t enjoy God, because Allah is "totally other" and cannot be personally known. Only his will (Quran) is known.

Christianity, with reunion with loved ones and the fellowship of other believers, all enjoying God forever, with perfect bodies in a new creation (a real world of some sort), would seem to be the best alternative. The resurrection gives us warrant for believing it’s true. The others are just guessing.
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Now the ‘verdict’ (so to speak) is still out as far as I know.

Perhaps this man will see the truth, eventually.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sharing from "The Cold and Lonely Truth": Joe Wright's Kansas Senate Prayer

This was posted yesterday, September 18th, 2011 at Arthur Khachatryan’s blog “The Cold and Lonely Truth”. The link to track back is here.

I have read this before, but I think we all need to read it again.  Thanks for posting this Arthur.

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This prayer was delivered on January 23, 1996 by the Rev. Joe Wright in Kansas. It was said that most of those in attendance were outraged and some walked out. Without a doubt, it is a blunt and direct indictment on modern culture. Within just a few weeks, the Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, received thousands of phone calls. Surprisingly, only a few dozen of those calls were from those who were responding negatively. In the weeks to follow the church received international requests for copies of this prayer from all over the world.

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance. We know your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we’ve done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values.


We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of your Word and called it moral pluralism.


We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.


We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.


We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.


We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.


We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.


We have killed our unborn and called it choice.


We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.


We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem.


We have abused power and called it political savvy.


We have coveted our neighbors’ possessions and called it ambition.


We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.


We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our fore-fathers and called it enlightenment.


Search us O God and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.


Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by you, to govern this great state. Grant them your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of your will. I ask it in the name of your son, the living savior, Jesus Christ.


Amen.”



Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Taking a break"




To all my readers;

Due to "life" issues, I will be taking a little break from blogging.  Those who pray, please keep me in your prayers.

Thank you for your kind support.

May God bless you,

Alice E. (Lisa) Guinther

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A video 'fly-by' of Saturn

Here is an amazing link to an animated 'fly-by' of saturn.http://www.tecca.com/news/2011/03/15/saturn-fly-by-video/

Now I absolutely believe that our God is an artist...take the time to look at the amazing range of colors an pattern on the atmosphere of Saturn.http://vimeo.com/11386048

I've never added a video to my blog before...so this is an experiment.

Blessings,
Lisa

Monday, September 5, 2011

Psalm 91 Prayer for Protection

Psalm 91 Prayer for Protection.

Father, I thank you that I dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
I abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I say to you my Lord; that you are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.
For it is You who delivers me from the snare of the trapper, and from the deadly pestilence.

You shield me the way an eagle protects her young, and they take refuge under her wings.
Your faithfulness is a shield and high wall around me.

I am not afraid of the terror by night, or the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that lays waste at noon.

A thousand may fall at my side; and ten thousand at my right hand;
But it will not come near me, and I will see the wicked punished.

For I have made the Lord my refuge, even the Most High my dwelling place.
No evil will befall me, nor will any plague come near my tent.

For You give Your angels charge concerning me, to guard me in all my ways.
They bear me up in their hands lest I stumble over a rock.

I tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent I will trample down.
Because I love you Lord, You will deliver me;

You set me securely on high, because I know Your name.
You are with me in trouble, You rescue me and honor me,
With a long life You satisfy me, and let me behold Your salvation.

*Amen*