Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Philip the evangelist, like Jesus, was not a respecter of persons. He showed no partiality
or disdain for any man.
This, in spite of the fact
that he encountered all kinds of men, some whom many would love and some that most would despise.
He helped the poor Grecian widows (Acts 6).
He preached to a mongrel race of people that was a mix of the Ten Tribes and heathen immigrants — the Samaritans
(Acts 8). They were held to mockery by many.
We are expressly told that Jews had no dealings with Samaritans (John 4:9).
Calling someone a “Samaritan” was to belittle and ridicule him as the scum of the
earth. That’s why the Jews called Jesus a “Samaritan” and said he possessed a
demon (John 8:48). But Philip worked among them and converted many
to Christ. He even converted a popular charlatan of his time, Simon the sorcerer. Later, he converted
a government dignitary, the Ethiopian nobleman (Acts
8). He was a good man who raised his family well (Acts 21:9).
A Loss of Close Friends One of Philip’s co-laborers
was Stephen, also a truly good man and the first martyr for the faith that we have on record (Acts 6:5). Not everyone has experienced the same joy over Christianity
as those who first embraced it (Acts 2:41). What a great cause for
dismay to know that some hated Christ and his followers to the point that they would murder his
disciples. It surely struck home as one of the saddest moments in Philip’s life when Stephen,
his co-worker, was put to death for being a Christian.
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More Popular Than Jesus??
It’s now been just over 50 years ago that on Sunday, February
9, 1964 The Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show and “Beatlemania”
effectually (if not yet officially) took over American pop culture. Less than two months later, on April 4, 1964 the
takeover did indeed become official as The Beatles firmly held the top five positions on the
Billboard Hot 100 music chart. In the wake of the hysteria that followed them wherever they went,
The Beatles themselves managed to maintain a pretty good image in the eyes of the American public.
If not loved by one and all, they were at least considered harmless. That is, until July 29,
1966 when popular teen magazine Datebook published part of an interview with John Lennon that had appeared in
the London Evening Standard nearly five months earlier.
“Christianity will go,” Lennon said. ”It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t
argue about that. I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than
Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity” Read Entire Article
Bill Nye: The (Pseudo)
of the coming debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on February 4th, we wish to recall your attention
to Bill Nye’s statements several months ago regarding Creation and evolution.]
Many of us who are scientists grew up watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” and learned
to love science in the process. Sadly, Bill Nye came out in 2012 with a video that indicates he
is vehemently opposed to parents who teach children that evolutionary theory is false. In a YouTube
video posted by BigThink.com, Nye said:
Denial of evolution is unique to the United States…. People
still move to the United States, and that’s largely because of the intellectual capital
we have—the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population
that doesn’t believe in that, it holds everybody back. Really. Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science.
In all of biology. It’s like, it’s very much analogous to trying to do geology without
believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. Your whole
world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place…. Once in awhile I get
people that really, or, that claim, they don’t believe in evolution. And my response, generally,
is, “Why not? Really. Why not?” Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t
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