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In case you missed it, Rev. Dan Holstege broached the subject of artificial intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT for readers of the Standard Bearer in the August 2023 issue.1 He pointed out that some AI experts are concerned about the rapid development of AI and its impact on society, and that those experts have called for a pause on the training of AI systems. He also gave some important cautions for Christians as they evaluate and consider making use of AI in their everyday life. In this article, I will give some further introduction to AI and ChatGPT, and add to...

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Hit the pause on artificial intelligence! In an open letter published last March and signed by over a thousand of the world’s artificial intelligence (AI) experts, including the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, we read the following: AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs. As stated in the widely endorsed Asilomar AI Principles, Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth, and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources. Unfortunately, this...

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The Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “In 10 Years, Pope Francis Has Disrupted the Catholic Church.”1 We take a brief amount of space to note that this title misleads when it refers to the institution that Francis rules as the “Catholic Church.” Francis rules the Roman Catholic Church. Francis has no jurisdiction over the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church (to which we belong as Protestants) over which there is one Ruler, Jesus Christ. Duly noted; now we turn to the description of Francis as a disrupter. Francis certainly has instituted changes/disruptions in the Roman Catholic Church. The...

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There is power in media to promote a message. Through television, film, radio, podcast, and social media, getting a message out to the masses has never been easier. And the platforms to receive the message are owned by almost everyone, as smartphones, tablets, and televisions are becoming ubiquitous. Many are the messages that are being promoted, so many of which are dangerous to the Christian and to the church. What I will address in this article is The Chosen, the television series about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Dramatic productions of biblical narratives, and more specifically of Jesus,...

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The Asbury University revival What happened at Asbury University this past February? Asbury is a university that was founded in 1890 in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky by men of the Wesleyan and Methodist movement with its “tradition of revivals and a theology that teaches people to wait for a divine wind to blow.”1 On February 8, a regular morning chapel service at the Hughes Auditorium on campus unexpectedly did not end. After the choir sang a final chorus, according to one Asbury professor, “… something began to happen that defies easy description. Students did not leave. They were...

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The strategy itself It seems that no matter where one turns, the LGBT influence is everywhere. Every day there are new articles and reports defending, promoting, or flaunting the LGBT lifestyle or various forms of LGBT activism. For Christians who affirm biblical perspectives of sexuality and gender, it can be overwhelming. We cannot escape it; neither can our children. A recent article from World offers an explanation of the prevalence of the LGBT influence today by reflecting upon “the astounding success of a gay rights strategy.” 1 The author, Thaddeus Williams, writes from a Christian perspective and calls for Christians...

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The spirit of rebellion against God is manifested in every sphere of earthly life, one of which is the area of medicine and healthcare. What follows demonstrates this, as we consider three articles on the purpose of medicine, the goal of science, and the rise of assisted suicide. The first article, found on World Magazine’s website, is titled: “A Complete Divorce of Medicine from Healthcare.”1 It explains the implications, if passed, of proposed new non-discrimination regulations under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection Act. The basic idea of the regulations is that medicine no longer has as its purpose the...

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Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor of the Wingham PRC in Wingham, Ontario, Canada   Most of you know by now that the nation of Israel was attacked by Hamas in what was reportedly the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.1 Hamas is the radical Islamist group that has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007. The Gaza Strip refers to a narrow strip of land situated between Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. The Gaza Strip and West Bank, a territory sandwiched between Jerusalem and the Jordan River, are home to the Palestinian people, an Arabic people, most of whom bow to...

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“Young, Restless, and Reformed” today Back in September of 2006, the year I started seminary, Collin Hansen wrote a feature article for Christianity Today entitled “Young, Restless, and Reformed.” That phrase became the watchword for a movement of young people who were taking a greater interest in Reformed theology, many of whom were from the Baptist persuasion. In 2009, even Time magazine noticed and spoke of “The New Calvinism” as one of the most influential movements in the United States at the time. The heroes of the movement include John Piper, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, Tim Keller, D....

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As a Christian pastor and preacher, a common theme upon which I ponder is how believers in the church, myself included as a minister of the gospel, will experience the attack of the enemies of Christ. The Scriptures are clear: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Tim. 3:12). In describing the citizens of the kingdom of God, Jesus says: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:10). The entire teaching of the New Testament Scriptures on the last days and the coming...

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