The good news is that Ray Comfort has produced a documentary about Noah to coincide with the release of Hollywood's. Turn Hollywood's attack into an opportunity to spread the gospel!
Hi ______ and team,Thank you for the great work you do keeping me apprized of the charges on my account. I wish all my suppliers had their accounting data so easy to access and understand.Recently you issued a large refund to my credit card for some credits that had been accumulating over the last few months. You also included a separate sheet explaining that you had accidentally refunded some charges in error – they were already paid – so you charged me again for these amounts. You were correct that I had already paid these charges, but you were incorrect to then charge me again for them; the amounts of the invoices had already been deducted from my large refund, so actually you should have refunded them to me.I have to kind of stand on my head and then do a somersault to understand this, but let’s see if I can explain to you how you have charged me three times for these two invoices.Invoice 1613313.001 was deducted from my refund on 3/13/14 for $47.25Invoice 1615744.001 was deducted from my refund on 3/13/14 for $78.25.In other words, my refund would have been $1078.69, but these two invoices lowered the refund to $953.19. So in effect, you charged me for these two invoices.Then the next day…Invoice 1613313.001 was charged to my card on 3/14/14 for $47.25Invoice 1615744.001 was charged to my card on 3/14/14 for $78.25.Then on 3/18/14, you discovered your mistake…But instead of refunding $125.50 to my card, you charged my card $125.50.So now I have paid three times, and I need you to refund two of the times (a total of $251.00) to my card.I hope this makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions.
These media tend to shorten attention spans, weaken discursive reasoning, lure people away from Scripture and prayer, disembody relationships, feed the fires of narcissism, cater to the craving for attention, fill the world with drivel, shrink the soul’s capacity for greatness, and make us second-handers who comment on life when we ought to be living it.Piper acknowledges these problems, but still seeks ways to use them redemptively. For example:
Now what about Twitter? I find Twitter to be a kind of taunt: “Okay, truth-lover, see what you can do with 140 characters! You say your mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things! Well, this is one of those ‘all things.’ Can you magnify Christ with this thimble-full of letters?”So pithy! Here are a sampling of other deep issues he tackles with brief, but not superficial, answers. Notice the precision with which he frames them:
To which I respond:
The sovereign Lord of the earth and sky
Puts camels through a needle’s eye.
And if his wisdom see it mete,
He will put worlds inside a tweet.
A modern parallel to Koine is the language of ebonics... Ebonics has spread throughout the world thanks to technological advancements and hip-hop culture. Rap music, the most recognized and vocal element of hip-hop culture, has broken down cultural, socioeconomic, and racial walls worldwide. As God used the spread of Greek civilization to later advance the gospel, so is He using ebonics and rap to spread the Good News today.
You know how you can tell when someone is gone off that lean by the way they walk and talk; in the same way, believers who are living Spirit-filled will show evidence. (Pg. 35, emphasis added)
What happens then when a local church tries to reach its community by saying, "We're smart and hip, too. So join us"? It subtly undermines the very message of the justification by faith and the free gift of righteousness because it invests value in hipness to unify people. Like the laws of Sinai that divided Israel from the nations, so this world divides itself according to laws of fashion, the laws of funny, the laws of intellectual sophistication, and the law of ethnic belonging... When you therefore say to the world, "Hey, don't count us among the uncool, but count us among the cool," you merely play into the hands of the world's systems of law, justification, and separation... (Pg. 78)Nor is this danger limited to books. A few weeks ago I had the chance to spend a couple hours talking about the things of the Lord with a young man. Afterwards I realized that I had tried to act groovy (probably rather pathetically) while I was with him. I had tried to act witty and smart and spontaneous and fun so that he would like me, and therefore like what I told him about Jesus. As if Jesus needs help with P.R.