Let’s start with one of the big ones first:
Time is that dimension in which cause and effect phenomena occur. And we have these theorems that tell us that we have the universe come into existence before time exists ,” noted Ross.
“Which implies for the creator of the universe, that creator must have access to at least the equivalent of two independent dimensions of time.”
By noting that God can exist on a different timeline, Ross explained that this means “that God would have no beginning, no ending, and would be uncreated.”
This is a very convoluted answer that brings up more questions and does not answer the important one. In this world, everything has a creator. Nature was created by God. Airplanes by man and so on. BUT outside of this world, this universe, there can be a being that has no creator. There can be eternal existence. This is a fact that is hard to comprehend by our finite minds.
Yet we do not have to fully comprehend something to understand the truth. There can be someone or something without a beginning or end. In other words, the answer to the question is: no one. God is eternal and had no creator. Existence is not limited to this world.
#2. If you do not feel qualified– https://www.christianpost.com/news/most-pastors-dont-feel-qualified-to-address-touchy-sexual-issues-abuse-in-church-survey-228543/
New research reveals that while pastors routinely face questions about sexuality issues, particularly areas of pain and brokenness, few feel qualified to speak to them.
Pastors need to realize who they are and who called them to be pastors. They are men God deems worthy even if they do not have all the knowledge in the world to handle life’s problems. God has given them instructions in the very Bible that they preach from. When God says get knowledge, he is not excluding pastors from that instruction.
That means his shepherds should be getting qualified to speak on these issues. Spiritual work is not limited to preaching sermons and teaching Sunday school class. The people need to know how to proceed in these issues, Pastors should be learning the truth and God’s way to handle these problems, then teaching their congregations that same information.
These issues cannot be left to the secular world. Pastors need to let God direct them, give them the strength and knowledge to correctly handle these issues
Dave Ramsey has urged pastors to refrain from preaching sermons about tithing “to broke people” — unless they first address debt and budgeting from the pulpit.
Tithing is a command of God no matter the financial position of the people. Tithing is not God trying to oppress poor people or keep them poor. Tithing is the people showing obedience to God, and their love for him. It is the parents’ job to teach budgeting and debt issues. Pastors cannot do everything and it is time for people to stop dumping everything in the laps of the Pastor and making them responsible for their duties.
If people are concerned about debt, tithing and budgeting, nothing is stopping them from getting God’s truth on the topic and teaching it properly. I am sure the Pastor would enjoy having the help.
#4. He misses the mark on humanity– https://www.christianpost.com/voice/does-youth-ministry-need-a-redesign-for-generation-z.html
As I travel the nation and talk to youth leaders I hear the same things when it comes to this generation of teenagers (nicknamed “Gen Z”) and youth ministry in general:
First, we do not like these labels placed on humanity. For 2,000 years labels were not needed to identify anyone, yet since the end of WW2, labels seem to have been needed to identify humans. We do not mind the Baby Boom label because it was something that was borne out of a natural phenomenon. The other labels bother us because there is no real reason for their existence.
What the labels do is distort the view of people and hide the fact that the same sins are being practiced that have been since God created everything. The only problem now is that those sins seem to be getting far too much acceptance. Teens are humans and like every generation before them, they have their favorite activities and go to sites. This does not mean we revolutionize how we deal with their sins and their issues.
While we can use different media outlets, etc., that does not take away from the fact that teens are human and need a personal touch. Christian teens need to be taught how to be a Christian not given a YouTube lecture, or cartoonish video. That teaching needs to come from their parents, religious leaders and it must not be hypocritical.
It needs to be the truth, which is presented in love and humbleness. Then, any gospel activity does not need to be reframed or renamed. That is not how Christ taught us to do gospel ministry. The church is not trying to keep up with the times but setting the right example to show the world the difference between God’s kingdom and the secular world.
#5. Don’t waste time calling on the government to do something– https://www.christianpost.com/news/bible-students-escape-mynamar-army-not-fed-days-suffering-health-psychological-problems-228546/
A pastor has revealed that 17 Bible students managed to escape an ethnic minority army in Mynamar, but they have not been fed for days and are suffering health problems.
A pastor identified as Rev. Lazarus, general secretary of the Lahu Baptist Convention in Kyaing Tong, told UCAnews.com that the 17 male students fled the United Wa State Army in the Wa hills near Myanmar’s border with China in groups of two or three, with the last arriving to safety on Monday.
Needs are going to rise every day. Too many people waste time appealing to different government agencies and those who need help fail to get it. If you see a need do something about it. The example of the Good Samaritan supports this instruction. He saw a need but did not waste anytime by meeting with social services, government agencies or charities. He took care of the need himself.
You do not need permission, laws or approval to do good. Paul tells us that being good has no law made against it. Doing good is something that Christians should do regardless of the religious beliefs of the needy. That is how we plant and water seeds for the gospel. That is how God gets glory. It is not the job of the government, charity or social service to meet every need that arises.
But keep in mind, we do not blindly do good deeds. The Good Samaritan had the resources to handle the need. You do not make your family suffer because you want to do good for someone else. You also have to be discerning when meeting those needs. In the example of the Good Samaritan, you may not have the financial resources to get a hurt person to a motel and pay their expenses but you may have the resources and ability to get them to a good hospital or medical clinic.
Think before you act and make sure you have God’s support and direction as you meet rising needs.