Clear Word

Background

I like the fact that life happens and there are spiritual verses that we can use to reason through it.

I am hoping that this is a testimonial post.

 

Ravi Zacharias

Speaking the Truth

4 months or so ago, I was laying down after a hard day’s work and one of my wife’s cousin was going to call as were scheduled to have a phone conversation.

I did not know how to handle and manage that conversation.

It is not always easy been a champion of people; being an encourager.

And, so I was meandering.

But, then I again looked at the list of hits on our blog site and saw someone had clicked on one of Ravi Zachariah’s video.

I watched along, as well.

Less than a few minutes in, God’s word leapt to me.

Speak the truth to this person; no fluffs nothing.

Apologist

For a time there I took in all apologists that I could chew on.

My short list included :-

  1. RZIM
    • Ravi Zacharias
    • Michael Ramsden
    • Nabeel Qureshi
  2. Biola University
    • J.P. Moreland

But, lately, I am far more in to God’s presence ( Damon Thompson ) and Spiritual Warfare.

And, so I was surprised that when needing emotional clarity on how to speak to my wife’s cousin, God did not under girdle it with one of Damon Thompson’s words.

But, a straight up word from Ravi.

The words was get yourself together, tighten up your mind, and I, God, got this.

As an aside, Damon Thompson has spoken about taken in all of Apologetics that he could get his hands, on as well.

 

Wife’s Cousin Clear Word

She confessed where she was lacking.

My time with Stephen Ministry meant me not having to have her say more.

God’s ministry is not what we get, it is what we allow him to give.

It is proportional to that person’s faith, preparedness, and space they have created from the silly things and associations in life.

 

Outline

Family, we have to be cognizant and have internal honest conversations.

The list should include :-

  1. Promises
    • What promises are we back peddling on
  2. Traps
    • What traps are we setting for others
    • And, not realize that we are caught in the same trap
      • If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself ( Proverbs 26:27 )
  3. What is in it for me?
    • While in college, my college room-mate got in the habit of calling his uncle and asking for money
    • Finally, he realized that his uncle always switches things around and says I was just going to call your myself

 

Personal Take

I was involved in a good and long conversation this week.

He shared with me his take on why we have fallen leadership.

Again, Ravi Zacharias’s word bailed me out.

When one has a life of dissonance, eventually it will fall aside and apart.

Yes, there is incompetency.

But, also there is a life where people hold to failings and seek political advantages.

It takes a clear word from God and the gift of discernment to see through falsehoods.

Of course, we all need words of wisdom, words of knowledge.

These things are used to build communities; interconnect us through gifting.

They are used to reveal falsehood among brethren.

How ?

Bro, how can God use you, when he can not get a clear word out of you.

Amy Orr-Ewing, RZIM

Background

I have always been impressed by Ravi Zachariah’s ability to move the needle and make it cool to think into things.

And, hopefully move the heart as the mind washes out.

In the last few months, I have returned to find solace as a deep toes into matters of the heart.

I wanted to see which women outside of Alycia Wood is part of the RZIM’s ministry.

And, landed here. ( https://www.rzim.org/speakers )

Amy Orr-Ewing

Please listen along with me to Amy Orr-Ewing.

 

Videos

  1. Is Christianity bad news for women? | Amy Orr-Ewing
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Zacharias Trust
        Published On :- 2017-July-24th
        Link

In Depth

Is Christianity bad news for women? | Amy Orr-Ewing

  1. Gordon Brown
    • Isaiah
  2. Why not
    • Why not be sexist
  3. Accountability
    • We will be held in account for how we have lived
  4. Women
    • Objectified
      • Less Human
      • Physical Attributes
      • Sexual Object
    • Objectified Body
      • Seeing one self through the lens of an outside observer
        • Body Shaming
      • Consequence
        • Reduce perception of competence
    • Sexual Violence

Abdu Murray :- Walking in Wisdom towards outsiders

 

Scripture

  • Colossians 4:5-6 ( Link )
    • Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
      Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

 

Videos

  1. Abdu Murray – Securing Sacredness
    • Profile
      • Livestream Abdu Murray speaking at Skeptics Night at CCV SoCal this Sunday, March 10, at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Abdu will share a brief message followed by a Q&A with the audience. If you or your friends have doubts or questions about the Christian faith, we encourage you to join us online.
        ( Short Clip on Sacredness )
    • Videos
      • Video
        Channel :- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
        Link
  2. Abdu Murray speaking at Skeptics Night at CCV SoCal
    • Profile
      • Livestream Abdu Murray speaking at Skeptics Night at CCV SoCal this Sunday, March 10, at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Abdu will share a brief message followed by a Q&A with the audience. If you or your friends have doubts or questions about the Christian faith, we encourage you to join us online.
    • Videos
      • Video
        Channel :- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
        Streamed live on Mar 10, 2019
        Link
  3. Saving Truth, Abdu Murray, Session 1: The Blossoming of the Culture of Confusion
    • Profile
      • Livestream Abdu Murray speaking at Skeptics Night at CCV SoCal this Sunday, March 10, at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Abdu will share a brief message followed by a Q&A with the audience. If you or your friends have doubts or questions about the Christian faith, we encourage you to join us online.
    • Videos
      • Video
        Channel :- zondervan
        Published On :- 2019-March-25th
        Link

 

Saving Truth

What does it mean to live as a Christian in a “post-truth” age?

In this course, you’ll learn how to answer the deepest questions about reality, and you’ll learn a framework for defending truth in a culture of confusion.

Increasingly, Western culture embraces confusion as a virtue and decries certainty as a sin. Those who are confused about sexuality and identity are viewed as heroes. Those who are confused about morality are progressive pioneers. Those who are confused about spirituality are praised as tolerant. Conversely, those who express certainty about any of these issues are seen as bigoted, oppressive, arrogant, or intolerant.

This cultural phenomenon led the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary to name “post-truth” their word of the year in 2016. How can Christians offer truth and clarity to a world that shuns both?

By accurately describing the Culture of Confusion and how it has affected our society, author Abdu Murray seeks to awaken Westerners to the plight we find ourselves in. He also challenges Christians to consider how they have played a part in fostering the Culture of Confusion through bad arguments, unwise labeling, and emotional attacks.

Ultimately, Saving Truth provides arguments from a Christian perspective for the foundation of truth and how those foundations apply to sexuality, identity, morality, and spirituality. For those enmeshed in the culture of confusion, the book offers a way to untangle oneself and find hope in the clarity that Christ offers.

Ravi Zacharias / Q and A

 

Videos

  1. Hiddeness of God
    • The Hiddeness of God
      • Profile
        • Dr. Zacharias addresses a question on the hiddenness of God during the question and answer session at the Arizona State University Open Forum. Close to 10,000 people joined international speakers Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, Stuart McAllister, and Professor John Lennox of Oxford University as they spoke at this one-night only open forum at Arizona State University to address the intellectual assumptions of atheism while contrasting the validity of the Christian faith.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
          Published On :- 2005-April-23rd
          Link
  2. Is Christianity Necessary?
    • Dr. Ravi Zacharias Brilliant Reply
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Pr. JESTIN JACOB
          Published on Nov 15, 2017
          Link
  3. Homosexuality
    • Ravi Zacharias on the Christian View of Homosexuality #Apologetics
      • Profile
        • This video is part of “Answering the Biggest Objections to Christianity,” a live Q&A with author and scholar Dr. Ravi Zacharias on April 12, 2015 at Christ Community Chapel.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Christ Community Chapel
          Published On :- 2015-April-29th
          Link
  4. Roman Catholicism
    • Is Roman Catholicism a cult? – Ravi Zacharias at Texas A&M’s Veritas Forum
      • Profile
        • Dr. Ravi Zacharias answers the question, “Is Roman Catholicism another example of how unity does not equal uniformity within the Christian community or is it at its core a derivative of true Christianity?” at Texas A&M’s Veritas Forum on March 19, 2014.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Fiat Lux
          Published On :- 2014-March-20th
          Link
  5. Q&A: Why Does the Path to Heaven Seem So Narrow? #Apologetics
    • Q&A: Why Does the Path to Heaven Seem So Narrow? #Apologetics
      • Profile
        • This video is part of “Answering the Biggest Objections to Christianity,” a live Q&A with author and scholar Dr. Ravi Zacharias on April 12, 2015 at Christ Community Chapel.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Christ Community Chapel
          Published On :- 2015-April-29th
          Link
  6. Ravi Zacharias Q & A- Marriage in Heaven
    • Ravi Zacharias Q & A- Marriage in Heaven
      • Profile
        • This video is part of “Answering the Biggest Objections to Christianity,” a live Q&A with author and scholar Dr. Ravi Zacharias on April 12, 2015 at Christ Community Chapel.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- JUST THINKING
          Published On :- 2017-June-5th
          Link

 

Quotes

Homosexuality

Ravi Zacharias on the Christian View of Homosexuality #Apologetics

  1. God gives you the most sacred gift of the prerogative of choice but not the privilege of determining a different outcome to what the choice will entail
  2. Consequences are bound to the choice

 

Requirements

Is Christianity Necessary?

  1. There is a sequence in the Christian faith
  2. It is not just logical, it is chronological
  3. The pathway is
    • Redemption
    • Righteousness
    • Worship
  4. Who can go up to the mountains of the Lord without clean hands
  5. Matthew Parris
    • Daily Mirror
      • Redemption seems indispensable from the transformation
      • I found myself surprising myself from having to say this
  6. The hunger in your heart must change
  7. Need for forgiveness from God himself
  8. Source is God himself

Comments

Homosexuality

Ravi Zacharias on the Christian View of Homosexuality #Apologetics

  1. Lmatthews
    • now this man… I can gladly call my brother in Christ

Referenced Work

Matthew Parris

  1. Matthew Parris – As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God
    Link

 

Dr. Mark Yarhouse, A Christian take on Gender Dysphoria

 

Background

Unfortunately on smart phone it is easy to click on one story after another.

I am ever a click bait when Ravi Zacharias’ name is mentioned and ended up reading a story titled ‘RZIM Doubles Down on Jesus “Body Dysphoria”’.

 

Videos

  1. Gender Dysphoria
    • Videos
      • Gender Dysphoria | Dr. Mark Yarhouse @ Covenant College
        Channel :- Covenant College
        Published On :- 2016-Oct-12th
        Link

 

In depth

  1. Patient
    • Seminary Graduate
      • Actuality
        • She is female
        • And, presents as a female
      • Answer ?
        • Secular
          • Transition
        • Christian
          • Receive healing
        • Reality
          • Reality is we live with this everyday
        • Live
          • We live with suffering
          • We live with between the times
    • Music Family
      • Dissonance
  2. Brain Sex Theory
    • Male dominated brain
    • Genital maps a different way
    • Unifying Theory
  3. Discipline
    • Integrity Framework
      • Cross-gender classification
      • Essential maleness and Essential femaleness
      • Denial of one self
      • Passages
        • Deuteronomy
      • God’s creation intent
      • Our fall impact’s help
      • Normally one will see a fall between
      • Does motivation manner?
      • creation, fall, redemption, and resurrection
      • pastoral care
    • Disability Framework
      • Non-moral morality
        • Dysfunction that happens in nature
        • Normally one would expect to see congruence between biological self and sexual identity
        • It is not a choice, it happens and one might have to respond with compassion
        • Creation Matters
        • Impact of the fall
        • What is left to resolve ?
          • Redemption
          • Glorification
    • Diversity Framework
      • Person to be celebrated
      • People trying to survive
      • Cultural war they can quickly become casualty
      • walk with them well
      • Begins with Good theology
      • Pope Francis
        • Gender Theology and walking with People
        • Thinking Deeply and Well
        • When it occurs
          • Not just go celebrate it
          • In every case when it exists, accompany it
          • Discern it
          • Walk with the person
      • Oliver O Donovan
        • talks about this
        • terms of escathon
      • Oscar Coleman
        • what do we do with it today

 

  1. Looking under the surface
  2. Communal question
  3. what kind of help would you have wanted with the church
  4. what advice would you give to church elders
  5. Redemptive suffering
  6. Melinda Selma
    • Suffering in Christianity is not meaningless
  7. Change from
    • sin
    • mental illness
    • celebrated

 

References

  1. Reformation Church
    • RZIM Says We Can Trust Jesus With Our Gender Because Jesus Experienced a Body Mis-Match
      Link

Francis Schaeffer :- “This is That” Fallacy

Quotes

  1. Abandon from preaching the bible and move to wild prophetic revelation
    • Francis Schaeffer
      • This event in our time is a fulfillment of that prophecy in the bible.

 

Videos

  1. Francis Schaeffer

 

Reflections

  1. Os Guinness
    • Crosswalk ( Link )
      • Question
        • Do people ask you if we are living in the end times. If so what do you say?
      • Response
        • Os Guinness says, My short answer is that I don’t know. In other words, clearly there are circumstances in our generation that have all the makings of the signs of the end. But there is a great danger in what used to be called the “this is that” fallacy. In other words, when we say that this in our times is that in the scripture. When it doesn’t pan out people don’t say, “Hal Lindsey was wrong”. (Which he was.) They say the “Bible was wrong.” But the bible didn’t say it… Hal Lindsey did
        • Os Guinness says, the other problem with an over fascination of the end times is that it cuts the nerve of Christian engagement with society; so the Church is no longer salt and light.