Purposes, Foundation, Future
Our Men’s Bible Study (aka MBS) had its regular weekly Zoom meeting on Thursday morning with a good turnout of faithful and mature believers in attendance. Today it was again my quarterly turn to share the message. After finishing the second book in Course 2, entitled Kingdom, I took a bit of a break to read and study a challenging book written by the Christian historian, Gregg L. Frazer, entitled The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution. His work addresses the question, Was the United States founded as a Christian nation? After a very thorough analysis of the lives and writings of the Founders in the context of the foundational teachings of both Christian faith and the Enlightenment, he came to a clear conclusion: No. The founding philosophy was a civil ideology he identifies as “theistic rationalism.” Without trying to elaborate on Frazer’s conclusion in this blog post, I will commend you to the presentation of his analysis and findings that I gave to our MBS group.
Frazer’s analysis, if read carefully, presents a matching question to its readers: What is your faith founded on, my friend? My MBS presentation lasted nearly an hour and stimulated some lively and illuminating discussion. Click here to download and view a PDF of my PowerPoint presentation and/or here (with Passcode LRB@*99W) to link to a Zoom video recording of the presentation with a split screen showing the PowerPoint.
PS: The Zoom format has also proven to be an excellent venue for Celebrate Salvation groups. If you’re interested, have any questions about my recent talk or groups in general, or would like some support in getting a group going in your neighborhood or church, please feel free to contact me!