"For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. " 1 Corinthians 2:2

Welcome back Mike!

After the move…and the unpacking, and a new assignment…and the unpacking….Mike presents a brand new program. Today he comments on issues such as McCain/Palin and calling Obama to account; also ….

  • Rather than boycott the Bill Maher film, put it in it’s place…
  • PCUSA theologian claims Bible does not condemn homosexuality
  • 12 Theses on missions in 21st Century
  • and A Hollow Confession, Eric Landry article on the fall of orthodoxy

Can cultures be changed?

A listener is New Zealand writes, “I personally think Christians are far too involved in trying to redeem the culture rather than proclaiming the Gospel to all the lost within the diverse cultures. It is people that are redeemed not cultures.It is people Jesus saves not cultures.”

A great point! So how do we approach cultures? Mike shares citing an article by John MacArthur and audio from a sermon by Alistair Begg.

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Christian Rap Music?

Mike welcomes James Bowman, Jr. as they discuss the definition, appeal, and value of Rap Music, specifically Chrsitian Rap Music. Is it a valid tool for ministry? How far is too far when it comes to style and substance? James shares from his vast experience in the Rap music industry to draw some clear definitions.

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Beyond Culture Wars-Dr. Michael Horton

R. C. Sproul tells of the story of his letter to the best selling author of Lords of Discipline commending him on his style. The trend setting novelist replied from his flat in Rome informing Sproul that he had been the first Christian to compliment him on the novel. Raised in a fundamentalist home, this author told Sproul that the familiar circle from which he was raised now denounces him and proudly brands his literature satanic. The only time it seems that evangelicals get involved in main stream society is to register some complaint, some degree of hostility. And when our bright, energetic, talented thinkers, artists and workers go out into the world to fulfill their calling as a calling, they are often gunned down by the brethren for selling out to the world.

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Theology at the Bottleworks…Visited

On the Monday January 21 edition of The Mike Corley Program, I shared an interview with Jonathan McIntosh, one of the pastors at The Journey in St. Louis, MO, as we discussed the event Theology at the Bottleworks. Jonathan and I talk about the formation of the event, its goals and what role it plays in missions and evangelism. Our conversation was recorded from the lobby of the Schafly Bottleworks immediately following the Midrash event for January.

Listen to Theology at the Bottleworks…Visited HERE!

Oprah’s promotion of porn and adultery shameful, says Christian attorney

A special counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is blasting talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey for promoting pornography on her program.

On a recent show titled “237 Reasons to Have Sex,” Winfrey featured a number of so-called “experts” on marriage and intimacy. Among them was a woman who traveled worldwide experiencing one night stands — and then wrote a book about the experience. Another guest advocated the use of pornography for couples to enhance their marriage.

ADF special counsel Pat Trueman says it is shameful that Winfrey would advocate destructive behavior on her national talk show. “Shame on Oprah!” says Truman. “There are lots of children who watch the show. Many adults; many, many Christians; she’s got a loyal following because she does have good things on her show.”

But he argues that because of Winfrey’s status, giving a forum to people with what he describes as “anti-Christian” and “sinful” values only serves to popularize such behavior — and that encouraging adultery and pornography can only harm marriages.

“They had a show the same week on the bipolar disorder that many people suffer from,” notes the attorney. And he points out that in the past, Winfrey has aired shows examining the topic of pornography addiction. “She has shows on a variety of issues that are helpful, so she’s built up a solid reputation.”

Trueman suggests that Winfrey think twice before using her top-rated program to promote such things as adultery and pornography.

Challies on Evan Almighty

Once again, Tim Challies has done a superb  job of  providing biblical insight, this time expressing some tremendous points concerning the upcoming film Evan Almighty. Sadly, the film is being pushed to a largely gullible “Christian” audience, with Salem Radio Network even airing a multitude of commercials promoting the films release. You must read Tim Challies article on this. Thanks Tim.

From Challies.com:

“But I think my greatest and overarching concern is this: this movie, like the one before it, makes light of our faith. When people walked out of Bruce Almighty I don’t think they had a greater and deeper understanding of God. They did not have greater love for and respect for Him. The genre simply could not bring so serious and important and biblical a message. Amidst all of the laughs and vulgarity there would simply not have been opportunity to really help people understand God better, despite the filmmaker’s attempts. And when people walk away from Evan Almighty they will not love God more. I don’t think they will have a greater understanding of the Bible. In fact, I suspect they’ll see the biblical story of the flood as being as fictional as this movie–a quaint plot but completely unrealistic and implausible. Mere fiction. This movie will not and cannot bring anyone closer to God. Rather, it will necessarily project a false image of God, a false understanding of Him. And we’re being told to watch this, to enjoy this, and to bring our families to see it so they can laugh with us.

No thanks.”

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Lighthouse Trails Top Stories of 2006

We are going to be offering various ministries opinion of what the top stories were in 2006. We begin with Lighthouse Trails Research.

Lighthouse Trails Research – Top Stories of 2006

Source: Lighthouse Trails

1. Rick Warren Predicts Christian Fundamentalism To Be Enemy of 21st Century!
2. Awana Clubs:Are They Heading Toward Contemplative/Emergent?
3. Purpose Driven Resisters – Must Leave or Die
4. Will the Next Billy Graham be a Mystic?
5. Max Lucado Hops into the Contemplative Camp
6. Beth Moore Gives Thumbs Up to Be Still DVD
7. Calvary Chapel Rejects Purpose Driven and Emerging Spirituality
8. Willow Creek Leadership Summit – Speaker Promotes the New Age
9. Focus on the Family Says OK to Contemplative Prayer
10. Celebration of Discipline – 27 Years of Influence
11. David Jeremiah Proposes “Major Paradigm Shift” for His Church
12. Can Rick Warren “Save the World”?
13. NOTICE TO PARENTS: Christian Schools Introducing Teens to Mysticism Proponent
14. Haggard’s Replacement Promotes Contemplative Spirituality and the Emerging Church

This article or excerpt was posted on December 31, 2006@ 8:13 pm .

Where do your affections lie?

Galatians 3:2 says, ” Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

I continue to perhaps naively be amazed at the seemingly apathetic attitude of many who claim the Name of Christ have when it comes to standing for the Gospel, or for those who do. I am not speaking of just myself or our work, but the ministry as a whole.

Everyday I wondered why? Why would someone who calls himself or herself a Christian partner with a person or organization that is directly opposed to and in direct defiance of the Word of God? Why would a believer or a congregation be hesitant in fully and enthusiastically endorsing and supporting any effort to scripturally proclaim the truth of God’s Word? Why would any person who says they are saved by the blood of Christ and follow the Lord of Lords balk at or refuse to support any biblically faithful ministry whose aim is to do fulfill the Great Commission? Indeed a lot of questions.

I am 45 years old and I have been around as they say. Sometimes I ask myself and the Lord, ‘what else could happen?’. When I read another story of a church or Christian who for years was faithful to the call, suddenly switch their allegiance from the Word of God to the word of a mortal man, I scream inside, ‘WHATS GOING ON HERE!’

When I read of a church who decides its a good thing, and strangely in their minds, a God-honoring thing to offer courses to their congregants that are based in materials that are diametrically opposed to the scriptures, my heart breaks. Whether its the purpose drive, seeker sensitive, or now the emergent church movement, not a day goes that I don’t read or hear another instance where another church, church member or church leader decides that God’s ways are wrong, old-fashioned or obsolete and that the intelligence of a man is better.

I send out email alerts from time to time to let pastors and leaders know about issues we are covering or alarming trends in the church. After sending out an alert recently concerning the fact that Willow Creek Church was hosting a circus act in their church as part of a Christmas program, one local pastor emailed me a reply demanding I remove him from my email list and never send him emails like this again. What?

Why would any minister not want to know about such things, unless of course they approve of such foolishness or they just don’t to be bothered with it?

I wish I could come on this blog and say everything is okay and things are getting better, but I cannot. The situation is bad and growing worse everyday. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 tells us,

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Also, in 2 Timothy 4:1,2

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”

I believe we are in the times spoken of in these scriptures, and I sincerely believe that the only hope we have is the return of the Savior. May we turn to Him now in repentance and obedience.