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Twilight-A lot of people are reading it…should I ? (and more importantly, should I let my teens?)

Part 2 Should I let my teens read Twilight?

We will start the second part of this discussion with the presupposition that there are certain things that I can/should read that my children shouldn't. Some people disagree and say, "If my kids can't read it, I probably shouldn't either." I disagree, respectfully.  So, with that premise firmly in place it is the duty of the believing adult to consider whether he should allow his children to read this series.Read more ...

Published on October 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm |

Twilight-A lot of people are reading it…should I ? (and more importantly, should I let my teens?)

 

Part 1-Should I read "Twilight"?

The "Twilight" books (a four-part series by Stephenie Meyer ) and movies are a national phenomenon about which believers should probably have an opinion. To have any sort of reasonable conversation (and I hope it will be a conversation pastordrew@oasisoftruth.org) we need to get a few things in place. First, I have read all four books and watched the first movie. [I have read reviews of books before and thought, "I don't think that guy really read the book."]Second, if you are considering reading the books, I will be very vague and avoid plot spoilers. Third, I will consider the series from a Christian/moral perspective, a Christian/philosophical perspective, and a literary perspective. Ready...?Read more ...

Published on October 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm |

O For That Day

Enfield, Connecticut, is the town made famous by the preaching of Jonathan Edwards' sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." The band is so named because it was formed to play at the "Resolved Conference" (a ministry of Grace Community Church). The "Resolved" Conference derives its name from Jonathan Edwards' "Resolutions." These "Resolutions" were a series of commitments Edwards made to God when he realized his own sinfulness in view of God's holiness. Each resolution begins "Resolved, ________".

The theme of the 2009 conference (and the album produced for it) was sin and the rescue from sin that is and will be Heaven. I have never been more excited and about (and grateful because of) my rescue from sin to an eventual home in Heaven than I have been these past few weeks after falling in love with this album. I urge you to give the album the half-hearted listen with 30% of your attention that you likely typically give to an album. Then, I implore you to set aside 45 minutes to do nothing other than to listen to the album and to focus on its thrilling message!Read more ...

Published on July 23, 2009 at 4:57 pm |

The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
by Sally Lloyd Jones
Published 2007 by Zondervan 

The Jesus Storybook Bible"Some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn't do....Other people think the bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy..." begins Sally Lloyd Jones, in The Jesus Storybook Bible; "but the Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing.  It's about God and what he has done."  This God-centered focus continues throughout the book.  So much of what passes for Bible-based children's literature is merely rehashed, moralistic principles that could be just as easily found in Aesop's Fables.  This is excitedly not the case in Sally Lloyd Jones' book.  While it does contain moral lessons and principles, that is not the focus of the book.  The book focuses on a Hero who forsakes everything to come and rescue the people He loves.  Each of the stories in this book serves to point to the great Rescuer, Jesus.  As the subtitle of the book so aptly states it, "every story whispers his name."Read more ...

Published on July 17, 2009 at 12:35 am |

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