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Biblical Worldview Lecture Series

October 21, 2014 - Borders: Stopping Governments, Not People: A Look At Biblical Immigration Theory

November 2, 2014 - Old-Fashioned Election Day Sermon - Pastor John Weaver

Biblical Worldview Lecture Series
Tuesday
May132014

The Covenantal Nature of Reality

What is the basis of good and bad behavior?

How do we know?

Would you like to understand more about God's covenants?


God's covenants receive too little recognition and consideration in today's church, despite their critical importance and key role in understanding our relationship to Him.  Through this month's lecture you will learn foundational truths about how God communicates His Truth to us and how we respond.

Come out and bring a friend for a great time of dining, fellowship, and learning.  We hope to see you there!


 

Dinner 6:00

Lecture 7:00

Chef Alan's American Bistro  

6th Ave. & Penn Street West Reading, PA

Monday
Mar312014

John Lofton On His Way To MARS!

John Lofton

 


 

"What can one person do?"

Mr. Lofton will be glad you asked.  Come hear his presentation of the God and Government Project, through which you can be equipped to easily participate in local or county government.

Please consider forwarding this invitation to your friends and associates who might benefit from this very interesting and useful presentation!

For more than 40 years John Lofton has covered national politics and cultural/religious issues as a journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist, TV-radio commentator/analyst and political advisor.
Wednesday
Feb262014

Pennsylvania House Bill 671

Back in March and April of 2013 our topic was "The Biblical Doctrine of Self Defense". We learned that because the responsibility to keep and bear arms is God-given, no one except God can withdraw or limit their use. Christians were given the responsibility to keep and bear arms long before the ratification of the Constitution (See Psalm 149:6-9).

We asked the question: Is state licensing (permission) required to perform God-given responsibilities?

Even though the answer is a resounding NO, most of us prefer to work to change unbiblical law from outside the prison system. In addition to "Firearms Permits", there are many other permits, taxation schemes, property use restrictions, etc. that need to be eliminated.

I bring to your attention Pennsylvania House Bill 671.

This bill seems to be a step in the right direction regarding licensing of firearms holders in that it repeals certain sections of Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses).

The main description of the bill is as follows:

The General Assembly finds that:

(1)  The laws in existence regulating firearms ownership, possession and use are ineffectual in preventing crime and only interfere with the natural rights of law abiding citizens.

(2)  It is necessary to codify the inherent right to the carrying of firearms, whether openly or concealed, and that the right to self-defense is an inherent natural right that shall not be questioned as stated in section 21 of Article I of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The bill goes on to say:

Section 3.  Section 6106 of Title 18 is repealed:

[§ 6106.  Firearms not to be carried without a license.

In addition, Section 6122 (Proof of license and exception) is also repealed.

You can read H.B. 671 in its entirety here.

I ask our Pennsylvania readers to contact their State Representatives and encourage them to sign on as a co-sponsor to this bill or thank them if they already have.

~ Toby Grater

Sunday
Feb092014

Bill Nye / Ken Ham, Debating the Debate

Last minute change to our February Biblical Worldview Lecture!

 

Tuesday
Feb042014

Stupor Bowl

This was the opposite of all those “What were you doing when John Kennedy was shot?” or “Where were you when you found out about the Twin Towers?” questions. This is more like “What do you wish you would have been doing instead of dragging your formerly conscious brain through that culturally iconic snorefest now only dimly remembered as Super Bowl XLVIII (I think that’s ‘Super Bowl 48’—if anyone remembers or cares by now).

So here are a few lessons learned from this most Irrelevant National Exercise:

1) Did you notice (see above) how the Super Bowl sequential numerals are always displayed as a Roman numeral? Remember, this is America, where plenty of functional illiterates can’t even read Arabic numerals.

So why the Roman numerals? Well, if we realize that this is/was Super Bowl number 48, we might realize that there have already been 47 of these events, and maybe we don’t have to believe that this is the event of the millennium. We just might figure out that it’s just another Super Bowl (Did I just say that—“Just another Super Bowl”)? Almost sounds blasphemous.

2) The past is not always prologue. Those Orange Guys were supposed to come any play a professional football game. Instead, we got a football version of the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals. It should at least have been a game.

But it wasn’t. This is something that almost no one predicted.

Which brings me to:

3) Tonight’s debate: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?” between Bill Nye (he’s a Science Guy) and Ken Ham (he is, to hear the anti-Christians tell it, a trying-hard-look-like-a-Science-Guy-but-is-really-just-a-bible-thumping-Christian-Fundamentalist-Neanderthal guy).

But truly, if the past is not prologue, then I think we can confidently say that the prologue is not the past. And, isn’t that what evolutionary theory is all about? Doesn’t evolutionary theory depend on millions, even billions of years based on the maxim that the prologue really does interpret the past?

OK, I get it: That embarrassing shellacking that the Denver Broncos took from the Seattle Seahawks does not disprove the theory of goo-to-you-mega-million-year-old existence of the universe.

But it does show that you can’t always judge the present by the past any more than you can judge the past by the present.

Oh, and this just in: Bill Nye has already lost the debate.

Joel Saint pastor’s the Independence Reformed Bible Church, and is the Executive Director of the Mid Atlantic Reformation Society.