Agent Tim Interviews

Here at Agent Tim, we’ve got five interviewees lined up–all teen bloggers ready to share a little about themselves.
First off, we have Adrienne….
1. What is the best thing about where you live?
2. What has been your most exciting experience?
3. What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
4. What do you want to pursue as a career?
5. Who is your favorite recording artist? Why?
Adrienne’s interview is up here.
And Alex from Maine…
1. What is the best thing about you where you live?
2. Do you have a favorite dish or meal?
3. Why do you enjoy programming and web design?
4. If someone gave you $1000 and said you had to spend it on yourself, what would you buy?
5. Who is your favorite recording artist? Why?
Alex now has his interview up here
And also Tim B.. a military kid.
1. What is the best thing about where you live?
2. What is good about living in a military family and what’s bad?
3. What is your favorite food? Why?
4.If someone gave you $1000 and said you had to spend it on yourself, what would you buy?
5.When was the last time you went skiing or snowboarding?
And we have Jake from Oklahoma…
1.What is the best thing about where you live?
2. Why do you enjoy programming and web design?
3. What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
4. If you were allowed to visit only three buildings in D.C., what would they be?
5. If you weren’t a programmer, what would you be?
We have another OK resident, Travis, the Blogging Boy Scout…
1. What is the best thing about where you live?
2. What has been your favorite book of all time?
3. If you were allowed to visit only three buildings in D.C., what would they be?
4. What has been your most exciting experience?
5. What do you want to pursue as a career?
Travis has his great answers here
Just tell me when you have your interview up on your blog, and I’ll link you! Have fun!

International Interview!

I am now officially famous (well, not really). I’ve been asked by Catez of AllThings2All to answer some questions. I look forward to seeing what others say too. So here’s what happened.
“I walk into the T.V. Studio, the lights glare down and I flash a smile and wave my hand to the live audience. I walk up to the two chairs set up in the middle of the set, and sit down. I smile to the camera, straighten my shirt (blue antiqued shirt), and wave once more. Then the interview begins.
1. What is the best thing about where you live?
The best thing about where I live is being able to visit D.C. almost anytime I want. I can take a tour of the Capitol, snap some pictures of me in front of the White House, then head on over to the Supreme Court. I might even see a couple of news anchors or get on T.V.
2.What’s your idea of a great Saturday?
You knew I was a teen. So here it goes:
I sleep in until 10:30, get up, do my QT, take a shower, then blog for an hour. Then I lay back and watch a war movie, go outside and play soccer, then come back in and read a book. Then I go over to a friends house and play the guitar, sing some songs, and play a few video games. Then that night I go to a concert with all my favorite artists. And I never get tired and am ready for Church the next day.
3.What has been your greatest adventure?
Picture a long hallway with only a window on each end. Office doors all the way down the corridor. I’m dressed in my black trenchcoat (London Fog BTW), and I’m carrying a black suitcase full of secret

To Die For

In some of my recent posts, I have discussed a lot about Tongues and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Most of these issues are debated a great deal in churches and faith circles.
But I wish to say that I would not be willing to die for my view of tongues. It’s just not worth it.
What’s worth dying for is the belief that Jesus is God’s son he came to this earth, bled, and died for my sin, that I might have a restored fellowship with God. I would die for the belief that Christ rose again on the third day and will return again someday. I believe the Bible is God’s word, that it is perfect in every way and helps us grow closer to God. I believe we can speak directly to God, and that he can speak to us through his word or through anything else he pleases. I believe God is love, he is just, omnipotent, all powerful, and all-knowing.
I know my theology isn’t perfect. I know I can be wrong. But I’ll die for the fact that Jesus is my savior. We can debate many little things. But we must all agree that Jesus Christ can save us from our sins. He died and rose again, conquering sin and death, so that all who might believe shall be saved from eternal punishment.
Can I go so far as to say that this is the “simple gospel”?
We may debate the steps…But are you willing to die for you list?
In my article, Tolerating the Intolerable, I said, “I cannot and will not treat other beliefs as equal with The Truth. To do so would dishonor the holiness of God.”
That’s what we have to die for–The Truth of Jesus Christ.

Agent Report: Snow Etc.

I took a break from blogging yesterday, and haven’t had much time today, but I wanted to do another Agent Report this week. I’ve been getting lots of feedback on my article. I even have gotten some opposing views–proving my article to be true!
Also, I talked a friend of mine to start blogging. He’s started off well, and he’s shown he’s got what it takes.
Another blog I stumbled upon was The Southern Scribe, a pastor’s blog. I found his blog to be a really interesting read–any pastor’s blog is really neat to read. Keep up the good work Pastor Calloway!
Last night I was able to play for our youth praise team for the first time (on the guitar). I did great, but the guys in the sound booth messed up a little. Oh well.
Lastly, I wondered where the best place to find out who is linking to you is? Technorati seems to give me old links. And TLB gives me links from in the TLB lists. Just a thought.
Tomorrow I will be able to do some more blogging, including an article on Terri Shiavo. Many blogs I’m linking to are blogging on the subject and I encourage you to do so also.
God Bless,

Tongues Again

I have lately been studying the topic of speaking in tongues, mostly in reference to Adrian Warnock’s“simple gospel.” The poor guy is having his wife’s gospel presentation ripped to shreds by the blogshprere, and I came so close to accepting the presentation. But I do not believe the charismatic viewpoint displayed in the last step. (My response has been dubbed “the nine-point gospel”).
Tongues, a major part of charismatic churches theology, began in the beginning stages of the Christian Church. God used tongues (the speaking of other languages) to show who was an authentic Apostle of God. Of course, this was just one of many signs (miracles and other gifts of the Spirit).
As Charles Stanley puts it in his book “The Glorious Journey”, “I want to be sensitive and clear as I possibly can be.”
What was the position, the rank, of tongues, in the New Testament? According to Paul, the least gift is actually being able to speak in tongues. The greatest gift is being and apostle and then down the list we go. We find this list of greater gifts to least gifts in 1 Corinthians 12…

“God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.”

As you can see in this list, tongues is the last on the list. The first gift is being an Apostle, which none of us can be, because we have not seen Jesus with our own eyes. The next on the list, prophecy, can also be defined as proclaiming the truth, not necessarily telling the future. Then it would be miracle workers, also those who have the power to heal, like doctors. Then comes administrators (leaders), then lastly tongues and the gift of being able to interpret.
You may now be saying…”You forgot a list!” No, I have now come to that. Looking back earlier in the chapter, we find a list of the spiritual gifts:
12:8-10 (Summary)

Miraculous Powers
Distinguishing Spirits
Speaking in Tongues (and interpretation)

Again we see that tongues is of the least importance. My point here: Charismatic churches are focused too much on the least gift. That would be the error in their theology, which (I believe) focuses on tongues far too much. They should not be consumed with the least gift
What does the Scripture say about Tongues? We are to desire prophecy, not tongues. Tongues not used to share the gospel, but prophecy is. The one who has the gift of tongues only edifies himself, but the man who has the gift of prophecy edifies others. He is greater than the one who speaks in tongues.
Paul says of tongues:

“Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them are without meaning. ”

And also:

“For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says….If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving since he does not know what you are saying?”

And my favorite:

If the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say you are out of your mind?”

So the rules for speaking in tongues are as follows:

If anyone speaks in a tongue, two–or at the most three–should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.”

Paul told these things (I Corinthians 14) to the immature Christians at Corinth. Tongues was used to “validate and authenticate the message and the messenger” (Stanley). But the question is “Do we need that authentication today.” We have the full revelation of God, which the early believer did not have. The Holy Spirit shows us what God is telling us through his word. The Church is now mature because we have the complete canon of Scripture.
No verse supports the view that Tongues validates whether or not someone has received the Holy Spirit. Paul would have told us if that was so. We are to make much of the Cross, not tongues. We are to glory in the cross, not signs. We must avoid tongues as a “spiritual high” and the ultimate experience.
Also, remember that you did not earn salvation, nor did you earn your gift. We must remember it is the gift of God to those who believe.
Take the steps to find your spiritual gift. Talk to your pastor. And use it to glorify God with a humble heart.
(If you are of a different Denomination, this article was intended for Charismatic Churches. Talk to your pastor to find out more about what your church believes about the spiritual gifts, and continue to read 1 Corinthians 12 and 14.

Virtue Magazine Issue #4

Virtue Magazineis now out! Please lend them some support by reading. You will find some really interesting articles in this issue, many of which touch on some very controversial issues that are sure to be debated. So stop by and read this new awesome magazine.

Saving Life

The roundup or bloggers has closed. But I want the blogstorm to continue. So I will continue. (More info here)
Life. It’s so precious, so valuable. Yet we throw it away like its trash every day in out country.
On Tuesday, Terri Shiavo will have her feeding tube unplugged. They will basically starve and dehydrate her, by her eestranged-husband’s wishes.
Her family, though, is still attempting to save her life. Blogs are trying to save her too. We’re all backing them up.
Every life is precious to God. He created each and every one of us, and has a plan for each and every one of us. For the disabled and the healthy. We all have a purpose for being on this earth.
“God created man in His own image…”
God loves all of his creation, but he does hate sin. He cares for all of us, the good and bad, every day. He gives them the air they need, perhaps rain, or sunshine. Any kind of general grace.
God has created the disabled. He loves them just as much as anyone.
If this lady can survive–even without a feeding tube–pulling “the plug” would be an act of murder. Life isn’t something to play around with.
Some would say she is a “vegetable.” She can do nothing. She just sits and gets fed by a machine. Why let her suffer. (We know know that this is not true).
Suffer? You think that starving and dehydrating someone is not letting them suffer?
This lady deserves life, just as much as any of us. Put yourself in her place. What would you want?
So who has the right to “call the shots”? Is it her estranged-husband? Or is it her parents? I have no legal background so I cannot answer these questions. But if she lives and regains her mind (somewhat more) and her speech, I would hate to be her husband. He has shown he does not truly care for her. He hid the truth about her from the public.
She is not brain-dead. Let her live.
We deeply oppose killing Mrs. Shiavo.
We pray for her life.

I Dare You!

What a statement. So powerful. So amazing. It is a statement that brings our attention to the speaker, and challenges us. We want to show people that we can do it. Many times, people (mostly kids), will dare another kid to do something. It is usually bad, but in the case of William Danforth’s book, “I Dare You!”, these dares are for your good.
In his book, he puts forth a number of dares.
I dare you to become bigger than you are. I dare you to adventure, to be strong, to think creatively, to develop a magnetic personality, to build character, to share, and to launch out into the deep.
He challenges–he dares you–to become even better than you can dream. He dares you to never settle with mediocre, but to go over and beyond. He dares you to conquer your fears and your problems. He dares you to exercise every day. To think hard, work hard, and read the best books. To meet great people and go places you’ve never gone. His dare is to live life to the fullest–not on frivolous pleasure, but in a way that is pleasing to God.
This is a book I dare you to read (that’s so bad). Go get a copy from somewhere as soon as possible. Take the words to heart. And see if you’re up to the dare.
And I can tell you, as I read the 11th edition (1942), how impacted I was from this little red book in my hands, written duringThe Depression. I was hardly up to the dare…But I’m taking it and working to show Mr. Danforth I can do it. And so can you, if you’re up to living life as it was meant to be lived.

Living the Life

My Great-Grandpa and Grandma, while in seminary, heard the seminary president’s wife speak to all the pastors and their wives. She challenged all of them to “Live in such a way that every Mother can point to you and say to her children, ‘I want you to be just like him.'”
What a challenge! What kind of life are you living right now? Would someone say to their child, “I want you to be just like him?”
That’s a tall order to live that way.
But it can be done. I am in the process of reading “I Dare You!”. The post will hopefully be up tomorrow, but in the meantime, read this book review.
We need to wake up each morning and tell ourselves we’re going to live a life worth copying. It’s that simple. Or is it?