• Smart Phones: A Blessing or a Curse?

    by Shawn Merithew on May 29, 2012

    They are everywhere.  The person next to you in the gym has their headphones plugged in to theirs so they can listen to music as they work out.  The teenager at the restaurant booth with their parents is tuned out of the family’s conversation, watching Youtube videos as they wait for their entree.   The young man next to you in the movie theater is busily responding to text messages, typing on a miniature keyboard with incredible speed, undistracted by the action of the show.  Your fellow church members have them, too.  Some are dutifully listening as they follow along on their Bible “App,” while others may be counting the moments until the service ends, looking for distraction in a game of “Angry Birds” or keeping up with the news feeds on Facebook.  Yes, smart phones are everywhere.

    I have one, and I am thankful for it.  I can contact my wife and family from virtually anywhere on the globe.  Within this small electronic device on my hip is my (more…)

  • Excerpt from "Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism" by R. Albert Mohler

    by Shawn Merithew on May 3, 2012

    A shot now reverberating around the evangelical world was fired by Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley in recent days. Preaching at North Point Community Church, in a sermon series known as “Christian,” Stanley preached a message titled “When Gracie Met Truthy” on April 15, 2012. With reference to John 1:14, Stanley described the challenge of affirming grace and truth in full measure. He spoke of grace and truth as a tension, warning that “if you resolve it, you give up something important.”

    The message was insightful and winsome, and Andy Stanley is a master communicator. Early in the message he spoke of homosexuals in attendance, mentioning (more…)

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