Some people have asked me to relate the story behind The Forerunner, how it came to be, what is my past and present involvement. I hope to relate a short biography of my life since I became a Christian in 1985. “The Forerunner Manifesto” is a history of my ministry work. I have tried to be as transparent as possible here. I focus mainly on the positive because this is really my perspective, but I also tell about some of my struggles. At the same time, I have tried not to present myself as a perfect person living in a perfect world. I will also try to answer any questions that you may have.
The Forerunner Manifesto
It’s been said: “If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will get you there. But if you know where you have been, you have an idea of the road you need to travel.”
Most people encountering The Forerunner see it as a website that was started in 1996. In fact, the website is a privately owned yet related component to a non-profit group I started in 1994 called Media House International. From 1990 to 1993, The Forerunner was a small newspaper published eight to ten times a year under the auspices of Bob Weiner Ministries. From 1981 to 1989, it was a nationally distributed monthly publication of Maranatha Ministries. Few people today make the connection between the current ministry of The Forerunner and Maranatha Ministries since that organization ceased to exist almost 17 years ago. I was part of Maranatha from 1987 to 1989 and a member of three churches during that time: Amherst, Boston and Gainesville. I enjoyed the time I spent with my pastors. some of whom remain well-loved friends. In that short period of time, I made many other friends and ministry associates who remain close to me even today. Even though this was a brief time, the association with Maranatha was foundational to everything I have done since.
Where I am at in July of 2006
I currently live in Kissimmee, Florida. I am married to a Venezuelan woman and teach English in an urban populated public high school. I am a member of St Andrew’s Chapel, an independent Presbyterian Church pastored by R.C. Sproul. In my part-time, I am actively involved in Christian media projects, I manage a teacher’s softball team and I take an occasional graduate level English course.
I am sure you’ve heard the story of two men who were working construction and were asked what they were doing: One said, “I’m laying bricks.” The other, “I’m building a cathedral.” The point is that people often lose the glorious big picture by concentrating on the tough details.
A similar story might be told of one of The Forerunner’s former contributing editors, who laid aside his six-figure income in a major investment corporation to pursue ministry. After two years of frustration with church politics, he decided to pursue a seminary doctorate in biblical archaeology and languages. His ultimate goal is to teach at the seminary level in order to train ministers to preach the gospel. Last fall, I asked him how it was going. He said, “I don’t know because I haven’t learned much yet.” In the first stages, he is learning Greek and Hebrew and taking an Old Testament survey class. Many people lose their faith while squandering years in seminary because they get fed liberalism and never get an opportunity to participate in ministry and see lives changed. Having known this brilliant man for the past 20 years, I have great hope that he will rise above this “brick-layer” syndrome.
Similarly, I feel as though the last five years of my life have been wasted in this way as far as “Christian ministry” is concerned. In 2001, I was married for the first time and realized that I needed to teach high school again and build a stable career and family life. I know it was God’s will for me to take this time after living on a shoestring budget for many years as a single person. It has been a drastic change of pace, teaching in a public school and not being surrounded 100 percent of the time by Christian activists and missionaries. However, since January 2006, I’ve experienced a rekindling of the vision for The Forerunner. Partly this was because I spent some time redesigning the website and I came to think about where I have been and where in the world I want to go.
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Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
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All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
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A Reasonable Response to Christian Postmodernism
Includes a response to the book Christian Jihad by Colonel V. Doner
The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.
Part 1 is a response to some of the recent writings by Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Francis Schaeffer. This was originally written as a defense against Frank’s attacks on pro-life street activism – a movement that his father helped bring into being through his books, A Christian Manifesto, How Should We Then Live? and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? These works have impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christian activists.
Part 2 is a response to Colonel Doner and his book, Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America. Doner was one of the key architects of the Christian Right that emerged in the 1980s, who now represents the disillusionment and defection many Christian activists experienced in the 1990s and 2000s. There is still great hope for America to be reformed according to biblical principles. As a new generation is emerging, it is important to recognize the mistakes that Christian activists have made in the past even while holding to a vision for the future.
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“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
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