Recently I heard an excellent Bible teacher present a seminar on grace. During the course of this seminar, he made several statements that truly arrested me. It has made me think about the nature of grace. Exactly what is grace? This teacher asked those in the seminar to define grace. The immediate response was “God’s unmerited favor.” The teacher affirmed and agreed with this definition. But he was another question, is there more to grace than just God having a favorable attitude towards us. Continue reading
Last year for Independence Day I posted a short essay on natural rights. Considering the importance of understanding this fundamental concept, I thought it prudent to repost the same essay for this Independence Day. – Victor Morris
On this Independence Day we celebrate the 241st birthday of our country. As we reflect on our history and heritage, let us also reflect on how our nation came to be, and the values underlying its founding. Indeed, let us consider the principle concepts that guided our Founding Fathers in creating this nation. As men grounded in an essentially Christian worldview, with a tradition of Judeo-Christian ethics and philosophy, these great statesmen were committed to the idea of liberty. And for them, liberty was not something that must be established by men. Indeed, it was just the opposite. Liberty was a God-ordained and God-given right of every human being. It was not a human creation at all. It was wholly divine in origin. Continue reading
We live in a world where there is a great deal of knowledge. Indeed, some say the sum total of human knowledge doubles every 13 months. Yes, we know a lot. Is this is a good thing? Yes. But a better question is this, do we know what to do with this knowledge? Another way to put this, are we wise? You see, wisdom and knowledge are not exactly the same thing. Continue reading
Right now I am working from my home. Unusual for me, especially on a Monday. I did go into the office today for a couple of hours, but left. The IT guy for ANM, Stan, is installing a new network server. This is quite a job in itself, but when you have to link 65 individual computers together, and have them interface properly with the network, it is a monumental chore. Kudos to Stan for all his hard work. Anyway, what this means for me is that my computer was not quite up to par today. I couldn’t access many files that I need, since they are stored on the network. So work just got more and more frustrating. So I came home, figuring I could get more work done here.
While driving home, the current situation at the office made me think of how dependent we have become on technology. And what can happen without it. Think about it. Networks go down. You lose internet access. The power goes out. Result? Work stops. We are largely technology bound in America today. Continue reading
At Advancing Native Missions we are now in a period of mourning. We have just recently lost one of the oldest members of our staff. The Reverend Gordon Shira was a part of ANM from the very beginning. Following a successful and varied ministerial career, he had spent the past 25 years doing volunteer work in our offices. He served as the mission chaplain for decades. He also did clerical work in our receipting department since the earliest days of this ministry. He was a generous, kind-hearted and deeply devout man of God. We will miss him greatly.
Being conscious of Gordon’s passing has made me aware of the issue of death, of the mortality that we all face. And it prompts me to write about death itself, and what happens when we die. May I tell you that this is an area where there is an abundance of myth and misunderstanding. Even in the church I often hear Christians make assertions about those who have died that are simply not true. We do not know everything about what happens when we die. But we do know quite a bit. The Scriptures are very clear on a number of things. Continue reading