What Does it Mean to Accept Christ? A.W.Tozer

Tozer speaks on the phrase ‘accept Christ’, which he says is not a biblical phrase, however, it does have the connotation of Biblical truth. Tozer explains that while telling a man to „accept Christ” is relatively right, yet, if it is not carefully explained, it can make one think that Christ is waiting hat in hand on a person’s pleasure, neatly awaiting a person’s verdict on Him (Christ). It permits one to accept Christ by an impulse of their mind or their emotion and to accept Him painlessly and with no cost and no inconvenience.The sermon is closed-captioned-You can read it off the video’s screen.

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Francis Chan on the solar sytem and God

Getting the Creator-Creature Order Right, Justin Taylor

Getting the Creator-Creature Order Right.From the Gospel Coalition.

Many missteps in theology are on account of the implicit idea that God must be like us in some way.

(Note: After originally posting this, I read Albert Mohler’s response to Brian McLaren, and Mohler makes the point that McLaren’s piece explicitly exemplifies this kind of bottom-up methodology.)

In 2003 I read the following from Ardel Caneday and it helped me to see the importance of getting the Creator-creature relationship in the right order. This is worth reading slowly to grasp the point and the import.

Apprehension of God and relation to God are ours only in terms of analogies that derive from the fact that God made man in his own image.

God’s imprinted image is organic.

The Creator-creature analogy yields the Bible’s five primary analogical relationships within which we relate to God:

(1) king and subject;
(2) judge and defendant/litigant;
(3) husband and wife;
(4) father and child; and
(5) master and slave.

God, who made his creatures in his own image, is pleased to disclose himself to us in keeping with the God-like adornment with which he clothed us.

Here is the essence of anthropomorphism. God reveals himself to us in human terms, yet we must not compare God to us as if we were the ultimate reference point. God organically and indelibly impressed his image upon man so that our relationships to one another reflect his relationships with us.

We do not come to know God as creator ex nihilo because we know ourselves to be creative and imagine him to be greater. Instead, man creates because we are like God. God is the original; we are the organic image, the living copy.

We do not rightly speak of God as king by projecting onto him regal imagery because we think it is fitting for God. Rather, bowing before God who has dominion is proper because man, as king over creation, is the image of kingship; God, the true king, is the reality that casts the image of the earthly king.

It is not as if God looked around his creation and found marital union between male and female to be a fit pattern for his relationship with humans. “Male and female he created them” that they may “become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). The union of husband and wife is an earthly image or copy of the heavenly union of God, the true husband, with his people, the true bride. Paul understood marriage in Genesis 2:24 this way, for he cites the passage and explains, “This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:32).

—A. B. Caneday, “Veiled Glory: God’s Self-Revelation in Human Likeness—A Biblical Theology of God’s Anthropomorphic Self-Disclosure,” in Beyond the Bounds, ed. Piper, Taylor, and Helseth (Crossway, 2003), p. 163; my emphasis. [The whole book is online for free.]

In awe of Creation – The spectacular Sun – from NASA

I know I have a few readers who do not believe God is the Creator of this Universe, like I do. But I think we can firmly agree that we are certainly in awe of the vastness and complexity of our Universe. For some of us there is no doubt who gets the credit for it- ALMIGHTY GOD. So, even if you don’t believe God made this Universe, join me in an awe-filled  look at the sun, the moon and the Universe. (Now that we got that explained-I am going to post NASA pictures on the blog from time to time. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do)

Magnetic Loops A’Crackling on the Sun

The latest amazing close-up shot of solar activity is available courtesy of Steele Hill and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Steele is a Goddard media specialist who sends out packages of sun images and videos that get displayed in hundreds of museums and science centers. In Steele’s own words:

“When a substantial active region rotated into view, it was a hot-bed of dynamic motion and loops (Mar. 21-22, 2011). As observed by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in extreme ultraviolet light, the region’s powerful magnetic forces tangled, broke apart and reconnected with a vengeance, even popping off a few flares. Very tight close-ups such as this one had not been possible until the SDO began operations just a year ago.”

The sun erupting in 1973.

The Sun Erupts
Credit: NASA, Skylab

Explanation: The sun was captured in 1973 throwing one of the largest eruptive prominences ever recorded.  The sun will never explode, and a solar flare will never destroy the earth.  The sun is made of mostly hydrogen and helium. The sun’s center is so hot that when hydrogen nuclei collide, they stick together and release energy – a process called nuclear fusion No one knows why the center of the sun emits so few neutrinos.


The latest amazing close-up shot of solar activity is available courtesy of Steele Hill and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Steele is a Goddard media specialist who sends out packages of sun images and videos that get displayed in hundreds of museums and science centers. In Steele’s own words.

Awesome Astronomy Images of God’s Universe (APOD 1995 series + 1969 moon landing)

The Trifid Nebula –  Credit: Hopkins Observatory, Karen Gloria

Explanation: The vivid blue and violet colors present in the Trifid Nebula result from the abundance of young stars there. The light from young massive stars is quite blue and has the ability to remove electrons from surrounding gas. When these electrons re-combine with the gas, radiation rich in blue and violet light is emitted. Some of the nebula’s light also results from the reflection of star light off of extremely small carbon specks known as ‘dust’. This object is known to astronomers as M20 – the twentieth object on Charles Messier’s list of diffuse sky objects. This image was taken with a 6-inch refracting telescope. Many images of Messier objects can be found in The Electronic Universe Project’s The Galaxy Gallery: Messier Objects.

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy
Credit: The Electronic Universe Project

Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda’s image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier’s list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about 2 million years for light to reach us from there.

Earth’s Moon, A Familiar Face
Credit: Clementine, BMDO, NRL, LLNL

Explanation: The  mosaic of the Earth’s Moon was compiled from photos taken by the spacecraft Clementine in 1994. This image represents the side of the Moon familiar to Earth dwellers. The Moon revolves around the Earth about once every 28 days. Since its rate of rotation about its axis is also once in 28 days, it always keeps the same face toward the Earth. As the Moon travels around its orbit, the Earth based view of the half of the Moon that faces the Sun changes causing the regular monthly progression of Lunar phases. Humans first crashed a spacecraft into the Moon in 1959, but the first humans to reach the Moon landed in 1969. There are now golf balls on the Moon.

The Far Side
Credit: The Soviet Lunar Program

Explanation: This historic picture was humanity’s first glimpse of the far side of the Moon. It was taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 in October of 1959. Luna 3 followed closely on the heels of another Soviet probe, Luna 2, which had become the first spacecraft to impact the Moon on September 13th of that same year.

Why does the Moon have a far side? Gravitational tidal forces within the Earth-Moon system have synchronized the Moon’s period of rotation around its axis with its orbital period at about 28 days. So, as the Moon moves around its orbit its rotation exactly compensates, keeping the same face toward the Earth.

Standing on the Moon
Credit: NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Neil Armstrong

Explanation: Pictured, the second person to walk on the Moon: Edwin „Buzz” Aldrin. During this Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon while Michael Collins circled in the Command Module above. The lunar team erected a plaque on the surface that reads: HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH, FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON JULY 1969 A.D., WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND. The Apollo missions demonstrated that it is possible to land humans on the Moon and return them safely.

One Small Step
Credit: NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Neil Armstrong

Explanation: On July 20th, 1969, a human first set foot on the Moon. Pictured above is the first lunar footprint. The footprint and distinction of the first person to walk on the Moon belong to Neil Armstrong. It has been estimated that one billion people world-wide watched Armstrong’s first step – making the live transmission from a camera mounted on the lunar lander the highest rated television show ever. Upon setting foot on the moon, Armstrong said: „That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” The Apollo missions to the Moon have been described as the result of the greatest technological mobilization the world has known.

The video of the very first moon landing of the apollo 11 mission in 1969! Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon with his now legenday words „One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.” This is a truly amazing video from 1969!!!

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Dumitru Cornilescu predica audio din Monte Carlo, 1970-75 (si o scurta biografie a translatorului de Biblie)

Multumiri lui Marius Silvesan de la istorie evanghelica pentru semnalare a sitului. Situl se gaseste aici: Colegiul Evanghelic Dumitru Cornilescu

Dumitru CORNILESCU – (1891-1975)

P E R S O A N A

Dumitru Cornilescu s-a născut în comuna Slaşoma din judeţul Mehedinţi, în anul 1891. A fost întîiul născut într-o familie numeroasă, cu 12 copii dintre care doar 8 au rămas în viaţă. Tatăl, fost învăţător în sat, cu o lungă tradiţie cărturărească în familie, a dat la şcoală pe cei trei băieţi ai săi: Dumitru, Gheorghe şi Iulian.

Dumitru a absolvit şcoala primară în sat şi apoi a mers la Seminarul teologic ortodox din Bucureşti. A urmat Universitatea din Bucureşti, Facultatea de teologie, pe care a absolvit-o printre laureaţii promoţie 1916.

Încă din facultate a fost cunoscut ca harnic traducător şi editor al unor broşuri cu conţinut religios, pe care le împărţea enoriaşilor de la biserica Cuibul cu Barză din Bucureşti unde era cîntăreţ în parohia preotului Teodor Popescu.

După terminarea studiilor, este primit în monahie şi ajunge ierodiacon pe lîngă mănăstirea Dobrovăţ din Moldova. Prin înţelegere cu Episcopul de Huşi, Nicolae Munteanu, viitor Patriarh, i se permite „detaşarea” la conacul prinţesei Ralu Calimachi de la Stânceşti, lîngă Botoşani, pentru a lucra la noua traducere a Bibliei pe înţelesul poporului.

În vara anului 1923, după agitaţia publică stârnită de activitatea duhovnicească a preotului Teodor Popescu(apoi de caterisirea sa), a plecat cu acesta din ţară în concediu în Germania -dar, după mai multe vizite în oraşe din Germania, apoi Franţa, Anglia ( la Londra, pentru supravegherea tipăririi Bibliei), Elveţia, rămâne şi se stabileşte la Oberageri, Cantonul Zug,(lîngă Zurich),în Elveţia, unde se căsătoreşte şi devine pentru mulţi  ani (1927-1951) capelanul şi apoi directorul Sanatoriului Landli.

De-a lungul anilor l-a sfătuit îndeaproape pe Teodor Popescu cu privire la la mersul tinerei adunări reformate evanghelic din Bucureşti, (construită pe str. Carol Davilla nr.48 din cartierul Cotroceni de Societatea pe acţiuni TREZIREA), care avea o puternică înfluenţă spirituală  şi o curajoasă lucrare de misiune în multe localităţi din ţară.
Din anul 1965 cînd vizitează SUA, colaborează strâns cu posturi creştine de radio din Cleveland, Bonaire-Caraibe, Monte Carlo-Monaco, precum şi cu numeroase reviste creştine printre care „Unter dem Kreutz”(Sub Cruce-Elveţia)  şi „Luminătorul”(Chicago,SUA).
S-a stins din viaţă în anul 1975, fiind omagiat de credincioşii  români din SUA şi din lumea întreagă şi „Radio Monte Carlo”, post de radio unde obişnuia în ultima parte a vieţii să vorbească românilor despre Dumnezeu şi să cânte chiar în româneşte. Toată viaţa sa a analizat şi a re-analizat, cântărind fiecare cuvânt al traducerii pe care o realizase în tinereţe.

L U C R A R E A

Între 1916-1921, Dumitru Cornilescu a tradus Biblia în limba română modernă din originale greceşti şi ebraice şi a tipărit în 1920 Psalmii,  în cadrul Editurii SOCIETATEA EVANGHELICĂ ROMÂNĂ înfiinţată de el în Bucureşti.

În 1921 se tipăreşte Noul Testament şi în întregime Biblia, la aceiaşi editură, cu susţinerea publică şi binecuvîntarea unor membri marcanţi ai Sfîntului Sinod al Bisericii Ortodoxe Române.

În anul 1917 trăise la Stânceşti, Botoşani, experienţa convertirii la adevărata credinţa creştină, aceea a cunoaşterii personale a Mîntuitorului Cel viu, Isus Cristos. Deşi era teolog şi traducător al Sfintei Scripturi a trebuit să recunoască minunea întoarcerii conştiente la Dumnezeu. Acest lucru îl marchează atât de profund încât hotăreşte să-şi dedice viaţa acestui măreţ ideal: de a spune şi altor oameni despre minunea transformării sau a renaşterii spirituale, care i se poate întîmpla oricărui om care crede şi se încrede în Cristos cel răstignit şi înviat.

Prin mărturia sa, în anul 1919 şi Teodor Popescu, parohul său de la Cuibul cu Barză din Bucureşti se întoarce la Dumnezeu începând o amplă mişcare de reformă, sau trezire spirituală, în biserica sa.

Între anii 1920-1924 cei doi activează pe tărâm spiritual, de lucrarea lor fiind legat un amplu scandal în presa vremii de atunci, cunoscut sub numele de “Minunea de la Cuibul cu Barză“. Prin aducerea în faţa opiniei publice a fundamentelor credinţei creştine moştenite de noi, românii, prin Ortodoxism, s-a produs o mare dezbatere naţională, teologică, etică şi morală.

În perioada locuirii în străinătate, mai lucrează (1924-1931) o a doua traducere, literală, a Sfintei Scripturi pe care o tipăreşte la Bucureşti în 1931, într-un număr mic de exemplare, sub egida Societăţii Biblice pentru Britania şi străinătate.
Din anul 1965, deşi era bolnav, vizitează biserici ale credincioşilor români din SUA, primind o unanimă recunoaştere spirituală şi teologică.
În 1971, la împlinirea a opt decenii de viaţă şi 50 de ani de la prima traducere a Bibliei, primeşte la Geneva titlul onorific de PREŞEDINTE DE ONOARE PE VIAŢĂ al Societăţii Biblice pentru Britania şi Străinătate, cea mai onorantă recunoaştere internaţională a vreunui teolog român.


M E S A J U L

Colecţia de predici audio dela RADIO MONTE-CARLO, Monaco, 1970-1974


Colegiul Evanghelic Dumitru Cornilescu, infiintat 2009. Bucuresti, apartine Biserica nr.1, Str. Carol Davila 48: www.ber.ro


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  1. Simpozionul video– Dumitru Cornilescu cu Iosif Ton, Petru Hututui, Timotei Mitrofan si Daniel Cuculea
  2. Cum M-am Intors la Dumnezeu, marturie scrisa de Dumitru Cornilescu – traducatorul Bibliei in Limba Romana
  3. Viata si Lucrarea lui Dumitru Cornilescu (carte online) via Cristianet
  4. Din viata si lucrarea lui Teodor Popescu (Crestin dupa Evanghelie si prietenul lui Dumitru Cornilescu)

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