The Christian Bard

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture

The Holy Bible speaks to all of life. One of the greatest triumphs of the Bible is that it has survived. If the Holy Bible had not survived, Christianity would not have survived.
The Scriptures speak to all of life through practice, principle and/or precept. Don't just read it; do it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

AD and BC vs. BCE and CE

Kentucky has just decided to remove from their school curricula references to BC and AD (Before Christ and Anno Domini) because of the religious meanings. Instead they are using the "scholarly" approach and using the designations BCE and CE (Before Common Era and Common Era).
This does two things: 1) It shows how preposterous people can be; and 2) it shows how intolerant people can be.
1) They're simply taking out the reference to Christ. What they don't understand is it's still based on Christ's birth. Jesus is still the only true Lord, and is the focal point of history.
2) People who want "tolerance" are really quite intolerant of Christians, because we have and know the truth.
It's as Francis Schaeffer said about the Roman persecution of the early Christians: Rome did not persecute Christians because they followed Christ; they persecuted Christians because Christians claimed that someone had higher authority than Rome.
The same idea is growing today -- so many in America are ok with Christianity as long as it doesn't tell them what to do. The US Government, and everyone in America, is under the authority of the Triune God. He is where we get our blessings

Read an article about it here. It's not a new topic overall, but it bears remark.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Fatherhood and the Future of Civilization

Sunday, April 16, 2006

A Resurrection Day Haiku

The new sun flowered
God's only begotten rose
Soon He will return

Friday, April 14, 2006

What's in a Name?

Easter -- many enjoy it, many Christians celebrate, and much of society has lost the meaning. The whole purpose of Easter is to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's what it's for -- it's a decidedly Christian holy day.
But it has become commercialized. Today, it is a money-maker. And many Christians fall for it.
Is there anything inherently wrong with hunting for eggs? Or eating chocolate bunnies? Nothing at all. But!...why are you doing it? If you're doing it all as an addition to celebrating the most important weekend in history, then more power to ya'. If you choose not to celebrate Easter and instead call it Resurrection day, then please continue that practice. If you are celebrating Easter with ONLY eggg hunts and chocolate bunnies, and it's the first time of each year that you go to Church (the other time being Christmas, which is another decidedly Christian holy day), even if you aren't a follower of Christ, then you can thank Jesus Christ for it, because He what makes it possible.
The term Easter comes from a pagan background (search for Easter and you'll know all you can about it), and as usual the Church worldwide, at least in the past, has either fought against a pagan day, such as Halloween, by making an opposing Christian holy day (in the case of Halloween, they made the following day All Saints' Day, and today many Churches celebrate Reformation Day on Oct. 31, and/or have costume parties); or the Church has subsumed, or sanitized, various pagan practices and symbols. What's good about this is that the Church is fighting the culture. What's bad, especially regarding Easter and Christmas, is that the Church has largely given up the fight. We have, as a whole in America, followed the world's leading and integrated their practices into our holy days. The commercial world has taken over Easter and Christmas, and it survives largely because of the revenue. They are alive, not because Jesus lives (He certainly does!), but because Christians keep buying the eggs and bunnies and gimmicks.
If the Church is to win, we must give up - give up buying all those things, stay home, teach your children the true meaning of life (to follow Jesus and keep His commands), and worship our Risen Savior.
What's in the name Easter? Christmas? We used to read the Bible to point us to the Triune God. Now we listen to retailers to point us to their sales.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Oh, That Men Were Men

Biblical Patriarchy

Friday, April 07, 2006

The Bible or the Bayonet

All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less they may have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government . . . Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, . . . either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet. It may do for other countries and other governments to talk about the State supporting religion. Here, under our own free institutions, it is Religion which must support the State.
--Robert Winthrop