ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans” – “Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of a successful TV show, has involved himself in some, um, questionable cures for what ails you. According to a Fox News report, a recent study showed that ‘Half of Dr. Oz’s health advice is bad.’ Die-hard Oz fans will more than likely ignore the study results and continue tuning into his TV show for advice from him and the panel of doctors that appear regularly, even knowing that Oz and the other doctors often recommend products straight out of Quacksville.”
UCLA Broadcasting Muslim Call to Prayer Declaring ‘Allah is Great’ on Campus – “Less than a week after controversy erupted over an announcement that a Muslim call to prayer would be broadcast at North Carolina’s Duke University, it has come to light that students at UCLA in California have been doing so for some time.”
Franklin Graham, Muslims, “Secret Church”, Easy-Believeism – “The Apostle Paul, who was put to death as a result of (or at least partly as a result) his Christian evangelism, wrote to the Ephesian church saying ‘For to me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.’ Paul’s bold attitude, exhibited in the midst of intense persecution, is starkly contrasted by the one advocated by Franklin Graham, President of Billy Graham Ministries and Samaritan’s Purse, in a live panel interview with Sean Hannity that was broadcast on Fox News this week. When asked about his vociferous and public opposition to Islam, Graham responded with a short, token condemnation of Islam.”
Dave Miller Calls Critics of SBC Leaders “Social Media Terrorists” – “The New York Times. The London Telegraph. The UK Daily Mail. Fox News, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News. The Washington Post. The Los Angeles Times. The Christian Post. Christianity Today. These are all media outlets that have covered Alex Malarkey’s open letter to Lifeway, admonishing Thom Rainer for selling Heaven Tourism. This story, according to at least one major newspaper editor, was the biggest story in the world the day it broke. Some outlets, like Salon Magazine and the Christian News Network, focused exclusively on Thom Rainer’s 8 month advance notice that the book was a sham and his choice to ignore the information and do nothing. Several national news outlets are planning not just one, but several more follow-ups that detail Lifeway’s culpability in great detail – meaning that if Southern Baptists think the story is going away any time soon, they are wrong. It’s just going to get worse in the coming days.”
Terminology Tuesday: Immanence – The idea that God is present in, close to and involved with creation. Unlike pantheism, which teaches that God and the world are one or that God is the “soul” (animating principle) of the world, Christian theology teaches that God is constantly involved with creation without actually becoming exhausted by creation or ceasing to be divine in any way.