Archives for Feb 2012

The Destroyer at Dehra Dun

I had expected much more. From outside, the Hindu temple in Dehra Dun, northern India, was ornate and impressive. But as Anand Samuel and I entered the temple, it was just a big room with cold concrete flooring. (We had removed our shoes before entering.) There were no priests, no teaching, no choirs, although music played outside all day long over loudspeakers. Painted flowers and Hindi signage covered the walls inside, warning adherents not to offer money to Shiva, the "Destroyer," and not to be flippant in their acts of worship but to take them seriously.

Numbers in the Church: Is Bigger Badder or Better?

Churches can be big or small for all the right reasons. Or for all the wrong reasons. We simply should not conclude that bigger is better or smaller is more sanctified. In God's eyes, the success of your church and your pastor are measured by criteria more important than weekend attendance.

The Herald - February 2012

What are idols? Are they just those metal or wooden busts that Hindus worship or is there more to it? How should Christians think about idolatry? How should we guard our hearts against idols? What role does the Word of God play in all of this? For all this and more see this months Herald.