Reasonable Faith

It is one of my goals to use this blog to provide links to online resources that I consider to be worthwhile.  One such resource that I would recommend is a website called Reasonable Faith.  On this site you will find material from Dr. William Lane Craig, a Christian theologian and philosopher.  Craig is committed to providing thoughtful responses to current objections to Biblical Christianity.  I encourage you to check this site out, including the Reasonable Faith Podcast.

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Biblical Training Website

One of my favorite websites is Biblical Training.  This site includes audio lectures on a wide variety of biblical and theological topics from a broadly evangelical perspective.  Much of the material is available for free.

The content of the lectures ranges from material suitable for new believers to seminary-level instruction.  The lecturers include Bill Mounce, Bryan Chapell, Craig Blomberg, and Mark Strauss.  Personally, I would not agree with all the theological positions found on this site, but I do think there is much that is worthwhile.  A good place to begin is with the complete class list.

Bible Translation Day

The United States Senate requested that President Lyndon Johnson declare September 30, 1966 to be Bible Translation Day.  Another Bible Translation Day was held in 1967 and the tradition has been carried on by Wycliffe Bible Translators.  For more information about Bible Translation Day visit this page.

In keeping with the festivities, I will be reflecting on Bible translation today.  My passion for Bible translation flows from the necessity and importance of the undertaking.  My life has been transformed by God’s Word, and I want to do my part to help the Bible become available to every person in the world in their heart language, the language they know best.  The organization at the forefront of the worldwide Bible translation effort is Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Much of the information in this article comes from the Wycliffe website.

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken in the world today.  Of those languages, approximately 1,800 do not have a Bible translation project started.  Those languages represent 180 million people.  Some of those speakers are Christians who are struggling to grow spiritually without the opportunity to read God’s Word in their own language.  Many others do not yet have any knowledge of Jesus Christ.

With each passing day, people around the world die without having had the opportunity to hear God’s plan of salvation in their own language.  The staggering need for Bible translation has prompted Wycliffe to adopt Vision 2025.  Vision 2025 is a plan to see Bible translation begun in every language that still needs it by the year 2025.  Wycliffe is seeking to accomplish Vision 2025 through their Last Languages Campaign.  The Last Languages Campaign seeks to raise the funds that are needed for this thrust to complete the worldwide Bible translation effort.

Of the approximately 7,000 languages in the world today, approximately 550 have access to the entire Bible.  That means that only about 13% of the world’s languages have the entire Bible.  1,300 languages have the entire New Testament.  I am prompted to reflect on Revelation 5:9, which says “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (ESV, emphasis mine).  Since Jesus died for every tribe, language, people, and nation, we should seek to give them the opportunity to hear about Him.  Sharing God’s Word with the world is both a staggering responsibility and an incredible privilege.

 

http://www.wycliffe.org/About/Statistics.aspx

 

A number of other organizations that are committed to Bible translation:

All-Nations Bible Translation

Evangel Bible Translators

Pioneer Bible Translators

 

Try Covenant Eyes for Free

A Covenant Eyes article provides some statistics about pornography, including the statement that only 3% of boys and 17% of girls have never viewed pornography on the Internet.

Another article quotes the U.S. Department of Justice as saying, “Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions.”

What are you doing to protect yourself and your family from the 3-billion dollar per year Internet porn industry?

Covenant Eyes software provides Internet accountability and filtering services.  Covenant Eyes is one of the pioneers in Internet safety and is committed to helping people use the Internet responsibly.  Covenant Eyes recognizes that what you do online will impact your life offline.  The software is designed to provide protection to Internet users and provide tools that can be used to fight against the temptations that the Internet offers.

To learn more about Covenant Eyes, visit http://www.covenanteyes.com/?promocode=DY7.  If you are interested in signing up for the program, you can receive a 30-day free trial by signing up using this link: https://covenanteyes.com/signup/?promocode=DY7.  Give the program a test drive before you spend a cent.  Make sure that your Internet-enabled devices are not being used to help fuel the demand for online porn.  Porn destroys lives and families (56% of divorce cases involve one party having an obsessive interest in online porn).  Don’t allow pornography to destroy your life or your family.

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New Blog Directory

The Mennonite Game is a new blog directory which was created for the purpose of connecting interested readers with Mennonite bloggers.  The term “Mennonite game” has been applied to the habit of some Mennonites to make connections with those they are meeting for the first time.  The goal of those conversations is to discover if the two people have mutual friends, acquaintances, or even relatives.

The directory provides a list of all the bloggers who participate in the site.  Give it a look!

Internet Accountability

As an affiliate for Covenant Eyes, I am interested in promoting Internet accountability and filtering.  This is a letter I received from Ron DeHaas, the president of Covenant Eyes.  I submit this to you for your consideration and encourage you to think about the dangers of pornography, particularly how accessible sexually explicit material is on the Internet.

(This from Ron DeHaas)

As President of Covenant Eyes, I have witnessed first-hand the insidious nature of pornography, as well as the redeeming—and in some cases life-saving—results of a positive accountability relationship.

But I have an urgent and compelling need for your help. Are you a parent? Or a pastor or priest? Are you a single man or woman who uses the Internet? Are you part of a small group, such as a men’s or women’s study group? Are you alive and reading this? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, please help!

Pornography is destroying lives.

My growing sense of urgency comes from my own growing knowledge of the tsunami that is coming.

Every day I see new evidence of the relationship between pornography and sex trafficking (read this blog post for examples). Pornography is sex trafficking!

And every day, I hear nightmarish stories of lives that are devastated by pornography… broken relationships between husbands and wives, pastors or priests and their churches, men or women at work, and tragically, children and parents. (Just take a look at these comments to get a taste of what we hear.)

But at the same time, I hear the exciting stories of lives that are completely transformed by an accountable relationship. Marriages revitalized, ministries preserved, children saved—the transforming power of genuine relationship through accountability!

If you are interested in Internet accountability and filtering, please check out the Covenant Eyes website for more information.  You can also learn more by visiting my Internet Safety page.  If you are interested in Covenant Eyes, you can receive a 30-day free trial by signing up here.