While I occasionally enjoy writing about pop culture, I decided long ago not give undue attention to cultural angles in attempting to communicate the Gospel. The vision of The Forerunner is to exalt the Lordship of Jesus Christ and apply a biblical worldview to all areas of life.
Every so often, however, a cultural phenomenon grabs my attention by demanding that it be seen and heard.
The star of Two and a Half Men, Angus Jones, who plays the “half-man” Jake, is the subject of a YouTube video gone viral in which he pleads with his fans not to watch the show any longer.
“Please stop watching it. I’m on the show and I don’t want to be on it,” Jones says. “Please stop filling your head with filth.”
Nineteen-year-old Jones has been on the show since he was 10, but says he doesn’t want to be on it anymore. In the two part-video, he talks about his conversion to Christ and rants on about the “filth” of Two and a Half Men. The sitcom, which used to feature bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen until he was fired two years ago, remains heavy with sexual innuendo.
I discovered this video once I saw that my traffic had spiked in the last few days. Forerunner.com customarily gets between 1000 to 3000 visitors per day (depending on which statistics log I look at). In the past two days, our traffic has more than quadrupled. The reason is that people have been confusing forerunnerchronicles.com with our website as they have searched for the video. We also have a popular YouTube channel that recently passed the 3 million view mark.
Since The Forerunner newspaper was first published in 1981, numerous other publications and media ministries have arisen with that name. I was fortunate enough to have obtained the URL in 1996 just prior to the explosion in web site publishing.
Now I have begun to get frequent messages assuming that The Forerunner is the ministry that produced Angus Jones’ video. The main difference between our two groups is that I am not a Seventh Day Adventist and have some serious misgivings about the theology of the Adventist Church. But that is no matter. I wish Angus Jones well and I commend him for standing up for his Christian faith.
I have to admit I have never watched Two and a Half Men, although I have seen two of producer Chuck Lorre’s other hit programs, Dharma and Greg and The Big Bang Theory. I find the latter to be interesting in that no other sitcom uses such intellectual concepts as the Anthropic Principle as the preface for comedy. Yet Lorre is also compelled to include some of the crudest, most tasteless remarks on television to ruin what it otherwise some smart humor.
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“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
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Just what is Calvinism?
Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?
This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.
Running Time: 257 minutes
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After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.
Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.
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Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)
Running Time: 145 minutes
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What is true Revival and Spiritual Awakening?
Discover the answer in this eyewitness account by Dennis Kinlaw, President of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, who recounts the story of a visitation of the Holy Spirit in 1970. This is the presentation that has continued to spark the flames of Revival in the hearts of people around the world. Contains eyewitness footage from the Revival at Asbury College in 1970 in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Certain to challenge you to greater holiness and a deeper commitment to full-scale revival. Original news and private footage has been included. If you are a student who longs to see a spiritual awakening at your school, you must see this video!
“This simple video does a wonderful job of conveying something of God’s heart and power, Everyone we have ever shown this to has received an immediate impartation of faith for revival and the power of prayer.”
— Bob and Rose Weiner, Weiner Ministries Int’l
Running Time: 40 minutes
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