Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The new Proctor pad

Hello, family and friends! Greetings to you from our new home on the Denver Seminary campus. We like our new place quite a bit so we wanted to share it with you! For this adventure, Samuel will be your tour guide. Notice the teeth, the walking, and even getting up from sitting on the ground without having to pull up on anything. This is a bit long, but we hope you enjoy it anyway!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Good read up on government, poverty, and welfare

Most interesting point made in the article by far: "By comparison, Browning has noted elsewhere that the first five years of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars cost $473 billion, less than half what the war on poverty spent in one year."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,387262,00.html

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Good write up on the E.F.C.A.

My denomination, the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), is getting good press from Christianity Today.

Feel free to read up: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/julyweb-only/129-11.0.html?start=1

My favorite line was this: "EFCA leaders often cite as their unofficial motto, "In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, charity. In all things, Jesus Christ." If that's the case, they must see substitutionary Atonement and justification by faith alone as gospel essentials."

I say AMEN to that last line!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Home Sweet Home


This morning (Sunday July 13, 2008) a building collapsed in my hometown of Indianola, IA. The address was 112 W. Ashland Ave, but here's the scary tidbit. My wife and I lived next door at 110 1/2 West Ashland for 3 months right after getting married. If you look at the picture, it's the 2nd story windows you see in the adjacent building to the right!! My dad's financial planning business is on the ground floor and he's not allowed to enter the building (or the new tenants who live above) for fear of heavy rains causing a chain reaction of buildings falling down.

You can read about it via a local news station: http://www.kcci.com/news/16868526/detail.html

It talks about my dad in the section I have italicized. It's so cool to have such celebrities in the family.

"Moore and other people who live and work in that adjoining building are not being allowed back until a structural engineer can examine it."

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Major Discovery

Maybe you have already read about this fascinating archaeological discovery: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,378523,00.html

Basically, archaelogists have determined the authenticity of an ancient relic. The discovered relic is a first century B.C. (100 years before the time of jesus Christ) stone with writing upon it. The writing is in Hebrew and has now been called the "Revelation of Gabriel." In it, the writer describes the death of a Messiah and his resurrection 3 days later.

Let me tell you just how this discovery will be interpreted:

1. If you are an atheist or liberal scholar who does not like Christianity: First you will argue that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is furthered explained away with even more certainty as a fabricated tale. His resurrection was simply extrapolated by a number of myths and expectations that were apparent in all f0rms of Jewish thought. The disciples had to think of something to explain Jesus' martyrdom and sacrifice and some guy said, "Hey, I read something somewhere, about an angel Gabriel or what not, that said the Messiah could resurrect from the grave 3 days after dying. Let's quit hiding and fleeing for our lives, and go out and proclaim that Jesus is back from the dead. Who cares that the Jews will hate us, and the Romans will probably kill us if we declare there is a King other than Caesar? But it's a really cute story and we should tell everyone about it."

2. If you are a good student of history and religion: You will recognize that the connection between Jewish beliefs before and around the time of Christ line up perfectly with the Gospel accounts of Jesus and His life, death, and resurrection. It will show that an understanding of the Old Testament prophecies pointing to a killed and resurrected Messiah was already dawning before it came to be in the person of Jesus Christ.

Which story do you think the Associated Press and the like will run with?

Monday, July 07, 2008

Zimbabwe Update - A Call to Pray

Here are the words of President George Bush in light of recent Zimbabwean events: "I care deeply about the people of Zimbabwe, I am extremely disappointed in the elections which I labelled a sham election."

A reminder of the past 4 months of events:

March 29: Zimbabweans vote peacefully in presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.

April 2: Opposition Movement for Democratic Change says its own tallies show Tsvangirai won presidential elections outright with 50.3 percent of vote.

April 4: Ruling ZANU-PF party says there will be a runoff and endorses President Robert Mugabe as its candidate. Opposition goes to court to try to force release of all election results; court rejects demand.

May 2: Electoral Commission releases presidential results, saying Tsvangirai won most votes, but not enough to avoid runoff with Mugabe, the second-place finisher.

May 10: Tsvangirai, who left Zimbabwe after the election, announces in South Africa that he will participate in presidential runoff.

May 13: United Nations warns that postelection violence is nearing crisis levels, with several people killed, hundreds hospitalized and many more displaced by violence.

May 16: Electoral Commission sets runoff date as June 27, after moving the deadline to 90 days after official election results are released -- beyond the legally required 21 days.

May 17: Tsvangirai postpones return to Zimbabwe after his party said he learned about a planned assassination attempt.

May 24: Tsvangirai returns to Zimbabwe.

May 27: Tsvangirai says politically motivated violence has killed 50 of his supporters since the election.

June 3: Government orders international aid groups to suspend operations, after accusing them of campaigning for the opposition.

June 4: Tsvangirai detained for nine hours north of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city.

June 5: A mob believed loyal to Mugabe assaults a convoy of U.S. and British diplomats, beating a local staffer. The government orders aid groups to halt operations indefinitely.

June 6: Tsvangirai detained briefly while campaigning near Bulawayo.

June 12: Zimbabwe's No. 2 opposition official, MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti, arrested at Harare airport upon returning from South Africa. Tsvangirai detained by police twice briefly while campaigning in the south.

June 19: Biti formally charged with treason, which can carry the death penalty.

June 20: Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights says it has recorded 85 deaths in political violence since the first round of voting.

June 22: Tsvangirai announces he is pulling out of the runoff, after thousands of ruling party militants blockade the site of the opposition's main election rally.


And the most recent affairs:

Violence rages up till June 27th election! Troops forced Zim civilians to vote for Mugabe and Mugabe wins by a landslide. That is what Bush has called sham election.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Postmodernism One Big Fat Hairy MYTH

"The idea that we live in a postmodern culture is a myth. In fact, a postmodern culture is an impossibility; it would be utterly unlivable. People are not relativistic when it comes to matters of science, engineering, and technology; rather, they are relativistic and pluralistic in matters of religion and ethics. But, of course, that's not postmodernism; that's modernism! That's just old-line verificationism, which held that anything you can't prove with your five senses is a matter of personal taste. We live in a culture that remains deeply modernist."
- Philosopher William Lane Craig

Read the whole Christianity Today article, "God is Not Dead Yet," by clicking HERE.