by Lita Cosner, Gary BatesAndy Stanley, pastor of Atlanta s North Point Community Church which averages 36,000 people per week across 6 campuses, recently presented a 3 part series of messages.1 In the series, he teaches that the Old Testament and the New Testament contradict each other, and that Christians should not ask What does the Bible say? but What does the New Testament say? or What does Jesus say? , and that we should not look to the Old Testament or the Ten Commandments for Christian norms.
First, Tuesday night and Wednesday mark the fifteenth day of the Jewish lunar month of Shvat, otherwise known as Tu B;Shvat, the new year for trees. Tu B;Shvat as the cut off date for calculating the age of a tree until it is permissible to eat its fruits in its fourth year. If the tree were planted before Tu B;Shvat, that time counts as one year by the time to holiday arrives even if we planted it one day before the new year. Other commandments also depend on Tu B;Shvat, but they involve bringing the first fruit as sacrifice in the Temple.Then there 's the moon eclipse, visible in the US before sunrise on Wednesday, and in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand during the moonrise on Wednesday morning. According to Gordon Johnston, program executive at NASA, Weather permitting, the west coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish, everyone else 's view won 't be quite as spectacular.
Consider that 14 years ago, a certain Republican Congressman from Florida championed Roy Moore 's fight to keep a granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments. "God 's name is on our currency, in our Pledge of Allegiance and mentioned throughout the very Constitution that is protecting Mr. Moore from a liberal activist judge, ” the Florida Congressman argued.
Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren, Ark., was taken into custody by Capitol police shortly after the incident. Reed streamed the event on Facebook Live, while driving the car into the structure at approximately 4:45 a.m. local time, according to one officer's report."I immediately exited my vehicle and placed the subject in custody," Corporal Chad Durham wrote in his police report.
Justifying the ways of God to men IN THE anteroom of Roy Moore s office hangs a large photograph of the granite slab that once cost him his job. The picture is one of the room s three depictions of the Ten Commandments, which also include a pair of wooden tablets carved by Mr Moore himself. Those caused a kerfuffle when he was a circuit court judge in the 1990s a warm up for the row in which a federal court ruled that the monument in the photo violated the constitution, Mr Moore refused to remove it from the rotunda of Alabama s judicial building, and, in 2003, was ousted as the state s chief justice. The religious memorabilia are now more discreet, but Mr Moore, reinstated in 2012, is not. He has picked a fight over an issue that has assumed apocalyptic proportions for many devout Americans: gay marriage.