Theological Indifference

The tragedy is that our eternal welfare depends upon our hearing and we have trained our ears not to hear. — A.W. Tozer

As I look at the Church (the universal church) these days I am struck by the fact that so many believers are indifferent when it comes to theology.  Theology in general is not considered to be important to living daily as believers.  There seem to be whole movements founded on the fact that doctrine is less important (or not important at all) than “living out the gospel”.  The seeker sensitive movement in particular is inundated with the “social gospel” and post-modern humanism which teaches people that anything that divides (doctrine & theology) is to be avoided for the sake of maintaining community unity.

As the Tozer quote alludes to, we have a whole generation of believers that have been trained not to hear certain things.  The consequence is that we have a whole generation of believers that don’t know what they believe and why they believe it.  They have been trained to think that this does not matter, that living out the gospel in community is what really matters.  Living out our faith does matter but it should be a result of our understanding of what our faith teaches us and not what we trust for our salvation.

So, what can we do to remedy this situation.  The answer is not difficult to identify but it might be difficult to implement.  Theology needs to be taught starting at the earliest age possible in our churches.  We need to add an apologetics component as well as a church history aspect.  Over time the problem will be beaten as people are taught and embrace the importance of theology in understanding and living out our faith.

Do you agree?  Are there other steps you would recommend?  Do you believe this is not really a problem?  Leave a comment and tell me, and others, what your thoughts are on this.

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To Homeschool or Not?

My wife and I have been discussing whether or not to homeschool next year.  We have homeschooled our daughters in the past but not the last couple years.  Next year we have decided to homeshool again, unless something unforeseen happens between now and then. They will be entering the 6th and 3rd grades.

We have been looking at curriculum again.  We really like the Bob Jones homeschool curriculum (that is what we used before) but the video formats didn’t work well with my daughters.  We have been considering the Switched On Schoolhouse curriculum.  The computer based curriculum should work well with our daughters.  We are also looking at some electives for them.  We will probably use Spanish as one elective (they have many friends who are Mexican immigrants – the kids speak English and Spanish but most of the parents don’t know much English).

Do you homeschool?  If so, what curriculum do you use?  What are its strengths and weaknesses?  Would you recommend it to others?

Do Creationists Think That Various Scientific Disciplines Represent A Vast Conspiracy?

Let’s be honest here, shall we? As a young earth creationist, I think it’s fair to assume that you think that geology, biology, and astronomy, among other fields, all represent a vast conspiracy.  (posted by Dan in the comment section of this post)

Dan and I are discussing whether evolution should be classified as a science or a religion.  Dan made the above comment as part of our discussion.  I now come to you…do you think that young earth creationists look at the various fields of scientific study that Dan listed represent a conspiracy against creation and creationists?  I don’t and you will see my response to Dan if you read the all comments.

Basically I told Dan the creationists and evolutionists have the same data and the we just interpret it differently.  This difference arises due to our different presuppositions.  Do you agree with my thoughts here?  If not, how would you answer Dan’s comment?

I am looking forward to your responses as I they will be very enlightening.

Is Evolution Science Or Religion?

Belief in evolutionary theory is a matter of sheer faith. And dogmatic belief in any naturalistic theory is no more “scientific” than any other kind of religious faith.

This quote is from a short article published by Pulpit Magazine. Click here to read the article. It makes a strong case for the fact that evolution is, in fact, a religion. This is a case I have seen others make for some time. It is still a relevant point though because of the damage this religion of evolution has done to our world.

What do you think? Agree or disagree?

Joy Derived From Watching My Daughter Play Softball

I was an athlete when I was a kid. No matter what sport I was playing I really, really enjoyed playing. I know now that it was the competition. I enjoyed the challenge of competing. I hated to lose. I still hate to lose but I deal with it much better now than I did when I was younger.

My daughters have reached ages where they are now beginning to play sports. My 11 year old has not been into sports much but has decided she now wants to play basketball and softball. My 7 year old (turns 8 next month) has played T-ball for a couple years and has moved up to the “minors” this year. Instead of the tee, she will now hit off the pitching machine. Just in case you are curious the machine is set at 35 miles per hour. I am not coaching her this year. I don’t have time to be the head coach but I usually volunteer to be an assistant. I did so again this year but there were already enough assistant coaches. It is killing me not to be able to coach especially since my daughter wants me to but it may be better for her if I don’t this year.

Yesterday I was watching the team practice and a huge wave of joy and pride suddenly hit me. It actually caught me off guard. I have always been proud of my kids but it was something more (for lack of a better description) yesterday. My daughter will not be the best player on her team but nobody will give more effort that she does. I can see how much she enjoys playing.  I also noticed how coachable she has become (she is not that way when I try to work with her). I can’t describe the feelings of joy I had as I was watching her learning how to field grounders (it looks like she is going to be playing third base) and what to do with the ball in the different situations she will encounter in a game. I can see the competitiveness growing in her almost daily.

I know that sports are unimportant in the grand scheme of things but kids can, and do, learn many valuable life lessons from playing sports. There are so many teaching opportunities for parents that arise as a result of kids playing sports that it is well worth the time and money it costs (usually). I try hard to take advantage of those opportunities and it gives me a chance to spend some time with my kids doing some we all enjoy.

My joy is also greatly increased by the fact that I know God is dealing with this same daughter.  It appears it will only be a matter of time before the Lord calls her and she becomes His child.  That is much more important than anything else.  I don’t think I will be able to contain my joy when that happens.   I was unable to contain it when my 11 year old became His child and she loves to tell people about how I cried.

This has reminded me of the fact that children are a gift from God.  The joy and blessings we receive from them far out weighs any hurt or problems we might have from them (check back with me when they hit the teenage years…I might think differently then).   We are to be stewards of the children God gives us by  raising our children in His ways and preparing them for the tasks He is going to give them later in life.  Keep an eternal perspective and you can’t go wrong.