Welcome to the April edition of “Pop Goes the Gospel“. Each edition of “Pop Goes the Gospel” will be posted on the 30th of each month. Please be sure to get your submissions in by the 25th to be included in each month’s edition. Any article that relates scripture to “pop culture” will be accepted. Take note: Any submission that does not meet the requirements of traditional Christian values may be refused.
This month is our best ever “Pop Goes the Gospel”. I am so blessed to be able to offer 14 excellent articles for your enrichment. There did seem to be a common theme this month as many of the articles focused on an aspect of our relationship with God and each other. Each article will be worth your while to read and ponder. Take the time to read through each one perhaps more than once on some of the more indepth articles. You can always link directly to “Pop Goes the Gospel” so you can come back often. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an article to this month’s blog carnival and an even bigger thank you to all of you who stopped by to read it. Now then onto the journey.
This Month’s feature article
Paul Gable presents Confront This Evil posted at Paul Gable, Although Paul offers no scriptural support for his positions I felt that because of the political and economic upheavals our country is facing, Paul offers a thought provoking post and it was worth featuring in “Pop Goes the Gospel”. I will leave you with this thought as you head on over to read Paul’s offering, the words of Edmund Burke– ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.’
Anthony Delgado presents The Jesus Film Project posted at eInquisitive | Giving you something productive to think about!.Why not take time during passion week to watch the Jesus Film and perhaps you will take away a deeper devotion to Christ.
In Church Life
Jim DeSantis presents How I Go Boldly to the Throne Every Day posted at On Line Tribune | Spiritual Matters Blog, saying, “Thirteen times, in the book of Hebrews, the author uses an edifying, faith building Greek device. This device usually begins with the expression “let us.” I call it simply a “let us exhortation.””
Thank you for the invitation Jim. The way has been opened into the very presence of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We can boldly go where no man has gone before because of what Christ has done. Just remember you are standing in the presence of God, and just like you would not stand before a King irreverently neither should you be irreverent before God. GO, ENTER!
Travis Morgan presents Where do you live? posted at My Glory to Glory, saying, “So I was driving to the bank, and on the way, I just had it. I said, “God, it’s so hard to live here.” You know what He said back to me?
“Then don’t live there.”
Wow, four words and God shut me up. Here I was, trying to complain to God, and He just made it so simple that I couldn’t complain anymore.”
Travis along with Kiesha’a article Trade Your Mope for Hope reminds us to look up when things are looking down. Although you may be walking through a valley the God of the mountaintop is the same God in the valley. The Psalmist says that although I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil for thou art with me… So stop living as if you are in a valley, start living as if you are on top of the mountain.
andriel presents The Emerging Ecumenicism: “We’re Ready to Believe You!” posted at ReturningKing.com.
As usual andriel presents a thought provoking article. This one deals with familiar spirits and meditation. This one will require a cup of coffee and some time to digest. Not for the timid.
Nathan tackles the idea of religious tolerance. Can’t we all just get along? Doesn’t all roads lead to the same place? Some worship god one way and some others but as long as you are sincere then what is the problem? Okay I took license in my description but I think you will see Nathan’s points quite clearly. ALL can not be true, or there would be no truth, and if there is no truth, then really what does it matter? Thus we have the circular logic of those who espouse all roads lead to the same place, that place according to Nathan is ignorance. A MUST READ! Thank you Nathan!
“A devotion on God’s love for the World, or cosmos, and God’s great love for humanity as well!”
Yolanda offers a devotion taken from the simple song ‘Oh How I love Jesus’. And it shows in her post. If you are in need of a whole lot of lovin’ race over to Yolanda’s post and get your love tank full. Thank you Yolanda!
Kiesha, a first time poster to “Pop Goes the Gospel”, submitted a great article. She was reminded that hope was simply one call away. Jesus is only a whisper away or like the song writer put it, ‘He’s as Close as the Mention of His Name‘. Thank Gordon Jensen and thank you Kiesha for the comforting words.
Tiffany Partin presents Fathom Deep: Sounding the Depths of God: Hide & Seek posted at Fathom Deep: Sounding the Depths of God.
Tiffany never disappoints, her writings are filled with the love of a mother and over flows with the love of the Father. This month she shares the joy of knowing her children are walking in truth as she relates the joy of hearing her 3 year old quoting scripture. You are never too young to learn the word of God and you are never too old to stop learning the word of God. Well done Tiffany, and thanks for sharing the joys of motherhood.
Cale, another first timer here at “Pop Goes the Gospel’, hits a nerve when he points out the obvious. Church is not a place for perfect people, but a place where imperfect people can commune with a perfect God and by so doing learn how to love perfectly all the imperfect people in the world. For God so loved all of us imperfect ones that he died for us all. And if CHRIST died for us then who among us can condemn us? We are His and therefore our imperfections are also His. So whatever we do to the LEAST of these we do unto Christ. Let us remember that the next time we think about pointing out someone’s imperfections. Well done Cale!
Ann says that although the covers were the same what was inside was not. Ann soon discovered that her new cookbook did not contain the same old tried and true recipes she grew up on. So just because they looked alike, they were completely different. It is not what is on the outside that matters but what is on the inside. SO it is with our walk with the Lord, we maybe trying to look good or hip or culturally relevant but what is on the inside? Maybe we really do not need a new cook book after all?
christiantwopointoh presents Sex and Drugs posted at Christian2.0, saying, “Everyone is dong it? Literally, they are doing it. What are the lasting effects of sexual liberation? Could there be hidden consequences to our indulgence?”
Sex and drugs what more does a blog post need? Temperance. This article does a good job of highlighting the issue but requires further study to fully grasp the complete picture. His main point however was the Lord’s ways are liberating while our ways are enslaving. Freedom or slavery which do you prefer?
Victor Schultz presents St. Peters Square and Plaza | St. Peters Square, Vatican City posted at St. Peters Square, Vatican City, saying, “I had the great pleasure on touring the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. I wanted to give you just a glimpse of what you might see, if you were to visit the Holy See in Vatican City, Rome, Italy. Obviously, any tour of the Vatican is best in person. If you cannot go there, then a tour with pictures is perhaps the second best approach to seeing the Vatican and all the beauty and splendor that it has to offer.”
For all our Catholic readers here is a virtual pictorial tour of Vatican city. Enjoy!
It took the cross the break through the blackness of sin, and it still takes the cross to break through the blackness of night and the fog of unbelief. It is the cross the speaks to the world about the love of God. It is the cross that stands as a beacon to light the darkness and point us toward heaven. Thank God for the cross! And thank you hopeful spirit for the inspiring true story. Just in time for Passion week.
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Pop Goes the Gospel using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
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