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Thriving in Babylon

June 18, 2015

I live in South Africa. Our president has multiple wives, has had numerous trials for corruption and other crimes, and it has been proven he used millions of public money for his personal house. Even so, compared to some other presidents around the world, ours is a saint.

The multitude of Facebook comments from America reflect a similar frustration with politics and leaders. I would argue whoever occupies the White House is “not that bad” compared to many world leaders, but the frustration remains. In fact, it seems to be despair at times.

Dr. Larry Osborne’s new book, Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture addresses this sense of despair by looking at the life of Daniel.

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Daniel saw his beloved city, Jerusalem,  destroyed and was taken captive to a pagan land of Babylon. He was made to learn its culture and religion. Daniel thrived in Babylon by having a different perspective. He faced evil and endured physical hardship, knowing God had a plan.

The End May Not Be Near

February 10, 2014

The end may not be near.

Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I was bombarded with predictions and prophecies about the end of the world. I was on the tale end of the The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey craze and on the front end of the Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins hoopla.

I’ve seen multiple predictions about the 2nd coming come and go.

What if the end times may not happen in our lifetime? Or another hundred lifetimes for that matter.

Richard Abanes, in his fascinating book, End-Time Visions: The Road to Armageddon, details how every generation from Christ til the present day have thought they were the ones to see the return of Christ.

So far they have all been wrong.

Recently I came across an article which stated that Harold Camping will no longer proclaim to know the date of the end of the world and the Return of Christ.

Thank God!

If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Camping, he has proclaimed the end of the world on several occasions. His evangelism of this idea was not limited to the United States. While in Swaziland, I saw countless billboards which touted May 21, 2011 as Judgment Day.

As we all know, this day came and went.

As a missionary, this message makes our job much more difficult. We lose respect and look like fanatics among those we attempt to make inroads with.

Camping finally acknowledged his error. In the article mentioned above, it reports that Camping, age 90,  said he had “learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God’s hands and he will end time in his time, not ours.” He also said he “humbly recognizes that God may not tell his people the date of his return.”