King's Evangelical Divinity School

23 May 2011

A Useful Book

Chosen People Ministries UK have just published a book on Jewish evangelism, which I was asked to endorse. I read through the book, a very helpful and practical guide on how to share your faith with Jewish people, as well as a thoroughly helpful book for anyone seeking to learn more about the Jewish root of Christianity and Messianic Judaism. CPM have opened a Facebook page to promote the book, which can be found here.

20 May 2011

Are You Ready For the Big Day?

About fifteen months ago during a visit to the United States I posted a brief comment about the beginning of the end of the world. Well,  I hope you're good and ready because that day has come upon us, and is, in fact, tomorrow (21 May, about tea-time, I think). If you want to know a little more about the event and the preacher who predicts it, the Independent ran a story about it back in March (interestingly listed as their most viewed story today).

Actually, I'm not too worried. As I said in my original comment last year, the fact Harold Camping doesn't have the best of track records on this issue, together with Jesus' words in Matthew 24:36, would rather suggest we'll still be here tomorrow evening. Incidentally, the New York Times offers an interesting piece looking at how the issue has divided some families. I can't help but feel some people are going to be feeling slightly embarrassed tomorrow. But when it doesn't happen, don't be too surprised to see the emergence of a Plan C with this preacher saying, "No, I really do have the right date now." (Who knows? Could be third time lucky.) Alternatively, he could just disappear with some of his followers, leaving the rest of us to wonder if indeed we missed the rapture.

13 May 2011

Pot, Kettle, Black

Last night on US television Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan made the following statement:

Let me give you a very clear message, I don't see Hamas as a terror organization. Hamas is a political party - it emerged as a political party that appeared as a political party... it is a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation. (Source: Haaretz)
One wonders how he would feel if other national leaders were to express similar views about the Kurdish PPK... wait, we already know. The words pot, kettle and black all come to mind.


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8 May 2011

Peas in a Pod?

Tonight a UK television channel aired a reality show following a popular medium who featured at one of the main entertainment venues in Margate (in fact, not too far from me). The similar methodology employed by Psychic Sally and several well-known televangelists was quite uncanny, including: the celebrity status of the medium/televangelist, the inevitable build up of expectations among attendees before the show, the announcement during the show of a name/illness/situation and asking the person affected to come forward (have you noticed how the relevant divine/spiritual authority never seems to provide the person on the stage with the full set of details, requiring them instead to go through a process of Twenty Questions?), providing further insight into that person's situation once they have come forward, and then - having had their their divine/magical credentials confirmed - offering advice/words of wisdom/solutions to seal the contract.

Unfortunately (and rather sadly), there are other ways in which such people are reminiscent of here-today-(not always)-gone-tomorrow televangelists, namely: the business nature of the contract, exploiting the genuine grief, suffering and/or expectations of the individuals seeking solace or help, the disproportionate impact of charletanry on the most vulnerable, granting of false hope, and the thoroughly business nature of the whole episode. Sadly, people like tonight's popular medium and her televangelist counterparts have existed for years. As the Preacher notes, "There is nothing new under the sun" (Ecc 1:9).

2 May 2011

You can't make peace with such people

We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.
          Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
          (reacting to the death of Osama bin Laden)

I rather suspect there will be little mercy for someone who remorselessly killed thousands and brought untold misery to many more. And these are the very leaders which people (including some Christians) expect Israel to make peace with. There can never be peace with Hamas.

(See Haaretz and Reuters for further details)