A theology that praises humans…

In light of the wide exposure that the mass media have given, and continues to give, to rock ‘n’ roll, together with the ever-present phenomenon of secularization, it seemed inevitable that rock music would someday invade Christian circles—and it did. Its users call it “Christian rock.” Often it is called “contemporary Christian music”…. Some Christian rock songs have religious titles or themes while others focus only on love and romance. In regard to the later, there often is little or no difference in the lyrics of these songs from those of non-Christian rock music. Even selections that have religious titles or themes often reflect a theology that indirectly praises humans rather than God. For example, one song (“Cartoons” by Chris Rice) says it is great to sing “praise in a whole new way.” Continue reading

The lives that he transformed…

Jesus never entertained an evil thought; he practiced no deceit, had no selfish desires, engaged in no false pretenses, harmed no one, and voiced no guile or hatred, even to those who maligned and mistreated him. He understood people like no other person did, and he spoke and taught as one “who had authority” (Matthew 7:29), a fact that even his critics admitted. Yet he received no honor or accolades. Continue reading

He changed millions more than…

Jesus was no political figure; he had no connection with Herod or the Sanhedrin; he took no political action; his disciples were relatively uneducated. Yet he changed millions more than Alexander the Great, Mohammed, and Napoleon put together. It all happened because his message and his physical resurrection transformed his early followers, Continue reading