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Posted April 26, 2016

Bono meets Eugene Peterson


David Taylor of Fuller Seminary, Bono and Eugene Peterson (Source)

By Pastor Jim Jenkins 

It’s entirely possible to look at something so long that you can’t really see it anymore. For years I have been calling people back to simple faith in the inerrancy of God’s Word. I’ve been patronized, mocked and more times than not, simply ignored.

I completed my doctorate at Fuller Seminary at the height of the Church Growth movement. I was exposed to all the marketing influence, the obsession with numerical growth of churches—and it was there that I was first introduced to the term “Progressive Christian.”

We were required to read the book Marketing the Church by George Barna. Some notables at Fuller at the time were C. Peter Wagner, Bob Logan, Carl George, and Eddie Gibbs. The message that permeated the core of the Doctor of Ministry Degree program was that the Church needed to be run as a business, and that the message needed to be contextualized against the backdrop of the culture.

Today Fuller Seminary rolled out its inaugural video of a new media site FULLER studio. It is a 20-minute piece featuring Eugene Peterson, author of The Message Bible which sold 17,000,000 copies and the rock star Bono. They are discussing their joint affinity for the Psalms. Accompanying the video is the above picture of Bono with the Petersons at their home in Montana.[1] Bono is lifting his index finger. Many believers would say, “Oh, I didn’t know Bono was a Christian.” 

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Posted April 12, 2016

Mainstreaming the Mystic Force
Part 5 - Christianizing the Force

Read Part 1: Star Wars Awakens

Read Part 2: Merchandi$ing the Force

Read Part 3: Manipulating the Force

Read Part 4: Syncretizing the Force


To open their eyes,
and to turn them from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan unto God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins,
and inheritance among them which are sanctified
by faith that is in Me.
(Acts 26:18)


Exhibit: The Martial Arts born from Indian/Chinese Yoga[110]

More than a clear understanding of the Bible and the Christian way of life, instructors need to have God’s blessing to facilitate the development of youth in the martial arts and the Christian way of life, by meeting their unique needs.
~ Wendy Williamson, Black Belt Instructor,
Author of Martial Arts, the Christian Way


By Gaylene Goodroad 

YOGA: Mother of the MARTIAL ARTS
During the past few years, many strong voices within the Church have sprung up, sounding the alarm concerning the spiritual dangers of Yoga. They expressed concern as so-called “Christian” Yoga groups cropped up all over the country seducing unsuspecting believers away from the simplicity in Christ. Many of these discerning speakers and authors have not made the connection with the Martial Arts to its Eastern mother, Yoga

This troubling oversight is what prompted me, in part, to write about these things, especially as I searched in vain to find thorough warnings on this subject. As evidenced in Part 4 of this article series, the syncretism of Christianity with the Martial Arts is proliferating at an alarming rate. Just as believers who practice Yoga will assert that they are divorcing the movements from its Eastern religion foundation, the same is being claimed by those who practice Martial Arts. What most avid practitioners of both systems do not realize, however, is that they are dabbling in Eastern religion even if they don't recognize it. This Eastern mystical way opposes Christianity—and it is a spirituality that will seduce them away from Christ and into the occult. (Read my testimony in Part 1.)

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Posted April 7, 2016

Mainstreaming the Mystic Force
Part 4 - Syncretizing the Force

Read Part 1: Star Wars Awakens

Read Part 2: Merchandi$ing the Force

Read Part 3: Manipulating the Force

"For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war according to the flesh,
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh,
but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses."
(2 Cor. 10:3-4)


Punch Thy Neighbor - Source

The martial arts is a philosophy that is pretty much the principles in the Bible. Even though we can’t talk about Jesus, we can talk about what Jesus talks about in the Bible – love, loving your neighbor, being good people. Even though we can’t quote Scripture, we can say what Jesus says in the Bible or what the Apostle Paul says or what St. Peter says. We can say that in an indirect way, which we do.

~ Chuck Norris, Christian and Martial Arts Master[82] [bold added]


By Gaylene Goodroad

ears after I renounced my martial arts black belts, I was teaching a women’s Bible study two times a week in the basement of a large church. Thursday evenings became problematic for me because of excessive noise upstairs above my classroom. At times, the roof seemed to rumble, which created an unpleasant distraction to our Bible study. One night, I traveled up to the first floor to see what the ruckus was about. To my utter dismay, the upstairs area of the church—as well as the sanctuary—was teeming with martial artists of all ages who were yelling, kicking, screaming, and wielding practice karate weapons. That night, I found out that the church I was a member of hosted a karate class every week—in the large room above my class. Later I would discover a favorable article about this karate class on the church website—along with a prominent photo of the black belt instructor, arm-and-arm, with the senior pastor! This unsettling situation, I learned, has become all too common within the Christian church.

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