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I’ll Be Over Here:

So coming back to this particular blog doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. However, the other blogs to which I’ve been contributing have been revamped and that’s where I’ll be spending most of my blogging time. Hope to see you over there!

Re: Fundamentals KJV Only Debate Blog

Let’s Get this Show on the Road

It’s true – once you stop, it’s hard to start again. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and I believe it is, but it can be labor-some as well. It’s hard to imagine I’d feel that way knowing that this little blog isn’t that popular, but I guess once you’re on the web you heap to yourself an obligation to keep it up. Though it’s a personal blog, I’ve had the promise of an after-new-years-relaunch looming over my head since December. So I think it’s about time I update a bit.

First, thank you to those who read. I started this thing in November of 2007 (“No More Decaf Theology!”), then TJ joined me in May 2008 and it became Return to Biblicism. Since it started, we’ve had about 140 posts, 330 comments, and 23,000 total views. I realize that’s nothing. But it’s something. So thank you.

As you can tell, the blog is solely mine again. (I might add more contributers in the future. Tony from Free From the Box and I have become good friends, and I considered a merge. But neither “Return to the Box” nor “Free from Biblicism” sound too good.) I’ve dropped my anonymity since I really have nothing to hide. Of course, I didn’t have anything to hide when I went under the name DT (couldn’t I be more clever?), but since we were saying some things that we know ruffled the feathers of fundamentalists, and both still involved in the IFB movement, it was probably better for us to go a bit incognito. Whether that was right or not, I really don’t know. But I have personally left the IFB world, never to return, and have no problem letting the world (those 5 people who read this blog) know who I am. It should also keep me from saying stupid things. I’m sure I will anyway, and it will be held against me. But I could always legally change my name.

My perspectives on some things have changed a bit over the last few months. Well, they’ve been fine tuned I guess. More on that later. Just realize that some of the things I’ve written in 2007 and early 2008 may not be how I feel now. Not much difference really – back then I was hesitant about Calvinism, still TR/KJV preferred, and defended the wearing of suits to church. Now I can confidently say I am a Calvinist, prefer the Critical Text over the TR, and, praise the Lord, haven’t worn a suit to church in two months! (Just for the record – I really don’t care what you do.) And I think the main difference between then and now is this: I no longer feel the need to rescue fundamentalism from its errors. I couldn’t do it if I tried.

So I am in the process of updating some links, the About and Gospel sections, and other stuff. I should have the first real blog post on Monday. (random thought: I find it weird that the WordPress spell check underlines the word “blog.”) Until then, here’s a quick topic on which I hope to get some feedback.

Most of us saw Rick Warren’s prayer at the Inauguration. I know we all had mixed feelings. I personally am not a big fan of Warren. I find his theology to be watered down, and the acceptance of him by the media (donning him “America’s Pastor) is a telltale sign of his compromise. He’s been under some fire, though, lately because of his stand on gay marriage as well as whether or not he’d pray in Jesus’ name at the Inauguration. He did, thankfully. But it came not without its critics.

Now I love Todd Friel, Way of the Master Radio, and the show Wretched. But I can’t help but think he went a little too far picking apart Warren’s prayer. What do you think?

The prayer: 

The criticism

Encouraging Sunday Video, 12.14.08

Although I have argued that the War on Christmas is a distraction from the main battle, I want to make clear that I also think Christmas time is a wonderful time of heightened spiritual interest. A friend referred me to this video, an encouragement to which we can all take heed this holiday Christmas season.

Keeping Christ in Christmas: Another Worldly Distraction

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A couple of years ago, I went to K-Mart during the Christmas season to see for myself just how anti-Christian things have become. As I stood back looking at the Christmas trees, I was amazed. I was angry. Every single box that contained a tree that would be used for nothing other than celebrating Christmas was labelled a “holiday tree.”

How dare K-Mart refuse to acknowledge my faith! How dare other secular companies change “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings!” This is all an example of secular society being so. . .so. . .so. . secular! And we Christians must stand up and do something about it. We must “Keep Christ in Christmas!” Right?

well. . .

That’s what I used to think. And that’s what many Christians seem to be devoting their time and energy to this time of year. Just recently I was invited to join a Facebook group called “Keep Christ in Christmas.” On the opposing side, groups like the ACLU somehow seemed concerned with not giving Christ the preeminence during this holiday or any other time. 

It’s obvious there’s a war going on. In particular, some have called this the War on Christmas. At large, we can classify this under the Culture Wars. But as with Proposition 8, I am prone to wonder: is this a battle in which Christians ought to fight? Or is this a worldly distraction? A soldier of Jesus Christ is not to be entangled with the affairs of this world (II Timothy 2:4). I’m afraid that’s exactly what the “Keeping Christ in Christmas” outrage is all about.

Before we choose to exhaust our God-given time and energy to any cause, we must consider if it is worthy. I pray that you would consider the following questions concerning this particular case.

Questions about Keeping Christ in Christmas:

1. Is there any biblical warrant for Christians to demand that society pay homage to Christianity?

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