Quick Takes – 5/24/2008

Use the Antipodes Map to the find the other side of the world from any point on the globe. “In geography, the antipodes of any place on Earth is its antipodal point; that is, the region on the Earth’s surface which is diametrically opposite to it. Two points which are antipodal to one another are connected by a straight line through the centre of the Earth.”

The Christian Post reports on African witches coming to Christ through the Jesus film. “In a central African nation with a dark history of witchcraft, the Gospel message is breaking through and touching the hearts and lives of villagers, including witches. Screenings of the ‘Jesus’ film in the Central African Republic has led to tens of thousands of commitments for Christ, dozens of churches planted, and witches being freed from dark forces, according to The Jesus Film Project.”

Ray Ortlund shares a thought-provoking insight from the familiar Bible verse, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in …” (Revelation 3:20) “The church at Laodicea had to be told that Jesus was no longer inside. By now he was outside, standing at their door, knocking, asking to be welcomed back in. I wonder when he left them. I wonder why they didn’t notice. I wonder how they responded when they heard this knock on their door. I hope they ran to the door and threw it wide open.”

Craig Blomberg writes on the Shroud of Turin — again! “The case for the resurrection scarcely depends on the Turin Shroud (or any other ancient artifact) being proven to be the burial cloth of Jesus. But if a reasonable case could some day be made for such a conclusion, it would be dramatic corroboration of the biblical accounts of the crucifixion, complete with the nail marks in wrists and ankles (not palms and feet as typical in medieval artwork) and a puncture wound in the side the size and shape of an average Roman sword thrust.”

Roger Nicole writes about the apologetics of C. S. Lewis. “C.S. Lewis was very well prepared for this task because until late in his twenties he was a devotee of atheism without any reference to Jesus Christ and was twenty-nine years old before being converted and embracing a Christian world-and-life view. Thus, he was more knowledgeable than many Christian apologists who know the views that they dispute only from the outside. He also experienced personally the gravity of the problems that the atheist has to face and the way in which such problems may force a person of integrity to look beyond atheism for a suitable philosophical and religious outlook.”

Al Mohler challenges us to pay attention in a digital world. “Refuse the seductions of the mind-numbing allure of all things digital — at least long enough to think a great thought, hear a great lecture, enjoy a quality conversation (with a real, live face-to-face human being), listen to a great sermon, visit a museum, read a good book, or take in a beautiful sunset. People who cannot maintain mental attention cannot know the intimacy of prayer, and God does not maintain a Facebook page. Our ability to focus attention is not just about the mind, for it is also a reflection of the soul. Our Christian discipleship demands that we give attention to our attention.”

R. C. Sproul reviews former atheist Anthony Flew’s book, There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. “As a result of his reexamination of the evidence, Antony Flew has come to the conclusion that the universe was created by a self-existent, immutable, immaterial, omnipotent, and omniscient being. He states that he is not yet come full circle to affirming doctrines found in biblical revelation. He has thus far restricted his findings to natural theology. He indicates that he is open to more consideration of biblical revelation … Flew ends the body of the work itself with this statement: Someday I may hear a Voice, that says, ‘Can you hear me now?'”

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