Friday, October 31, 2008

Thank you for the chuckle Fox News . . .

Heated Debate

The British Parliament passed a massive piece of global warming legislation Wednesday. The Register newspaper reports the House of Commons spent six hours debating a bill to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent over the next four decades.

But this debate over the need for immediate action to deal with the rapidly developing dangers of global warming occurred as Londoners experienced their first October snowfall since 1922. A blanket of snow covered the Parliament as the bill passed on its third reading 463 votes to three.

But, The Register states that recent polling indicates 60 percent of the British public now doubts man's influence on global warming.


From: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,445846,00.html

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What's the greatest moral issue of our day?

Read this whole article (http://www.boundless.org/aprint/aprint2003.cfm?url=http://www.boundless.org/regulars/office_hours/a0000958.html)

Here's one nugget:

"But something might be worse than abortion," said Theresa, "couldn't it?"

"Like what?" I asked.

Theresa thought for a moment. "Like an unjust war? There's a war going on right now."

"Do you think the war is unjust?" I asked.

"I don't think it's unjust, but some of our friends do. Besides, some wars really are unjust."

I nodded. "Through history, I'd say most wars have been unjust."

"Do you think this one is?"

"No," I said. "I think it's just."

"Just for purposes of argument," she persisted, "suppose candidate X supported abortion, and candidate Y opposed abortion but supported a war that was unjust. Like some of our friends think this one is."

"Okay," I said, "I'm supposing."

"Don't unjust wars also deliberately take innocent human life?"

"They do."

"So an unjust war would be a sanctity-of-life issue too, wouldn't it?" she asked. "Just like abortion."

"It would," I said, "and an unjust war certainly could be even worse than abortion. But let's think a little further. To be even worse than abortion, just how bad would the unjust war have to be?"

"Well," said Don, "since the main evil is the same in both cases — the slaughter of innocents — I guess there would have to be even an even greater rate of slaughter in the unjust war than there is through legalized abortion."

"Right," I said. "Do you happen to know how many innocent lives are lost each year through legalized abortion?"

"A lot."

"Do you know exactly?"

Don looked inquiringly at Theresa. "You remember things like that, Reesi. Do you know?"

"Just through surgical abortions? We're running at about 1.2 million a year," she said. "More than 44 million babies have been killed since abortion was legalized."

"A third of your generation," I said.

She nodded grimly.

"So to be worse than abortion," I asked, "wouldn't an unjust war have to kill even more than 1.2 million innocent people each year?"

"Hey, that's right," said Don.

"What's the death rate in the present war?"

"Not even close," he said. "Thanks! That'll help you talk with your friends, won't it, Reesi?"

Friday, October 10, 2008

You won't read this in your Sunday paper

A major conference is being held in Chicago this weekend called True Woman. As a conference, women from around the country, astute Bible teachers, and cultural experts are standing up for the dignity of femininity. They are not asking women to become men to be praised and accepted in society; they are recognizing woman have amazing gifts and unique callings that deserve great respect.

They recently released a manifesto on their view of being a true woman:

http://www.truewoman.com/assets/files/TW08_Manifesto.pdf

I thought this was a very powerful line in their manifesto: We believe that the creation of humanity as male and female was a purposeful and magnificent part of God’s wise plan, and that men and women were designed to reflect the image of God in complementary and distinct ways.


HT: JT

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Recent adventures

Here are Samuel's latest adventures, including animal sounds in the bathtub (this one's for you, Aunt JJ), Mommy's birthday hike, the first haircut, and today's wild hair and some kisses for you.

Quote of the Day - James MacDonald

Bottom line: at Harvest Bible Chapel we now have almost 20 years invested in the notion that church should not, better, must not be an audience-centered effort. NO MORE AUDIENCE-CENTERED CHURCH, unless of course we return to the biblical priority of God Himself being the audience. My thesis is that God simply does not attend most churches in America. He won’t work or manifest His presence in places where His Word is apologized for, His Son is polished and marketed, and His power is not sought in prayer or even anticipated. God does not attend churches where the gospel is watered down to a self-help pep talk about felt needs. God does not attend churches where Jesus’ crucified life is not proclaimed as the only hope for a fallen humanity. God does not attend churches where Bibles are not brought, and the gospel is reduced to a formula that a person can recite in 60 seconds. God does not attend churches where words, biblical words, like holiness, repentance, and Lordship are scrubbed from the vocabulary in an effort to . . . ? You may be able to get people to attend churches like that but God doesn’t show up much at all.

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Pastor James MacDoand, Harvest Bible Church

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Thoughts on women in ministry:

I am currently in class that is studying the Pastoral Epistles. Often in this class we discuss the various teachings that Paul had on church roles for men and women. This can be a very emotionally charged subject, but I think it is an important dialog.

I read something today from a respected New Testament Greek Professor, Dr. Daniel Wallace, that speaks similarly to how I feel most days on this topic:

"I must confess: attitudinally, I am an egalitarian. I find what scripture says on these matters very difficult to swallow at times. However, I am positionally a complementarian because I can't go against my conscience. For me at least, to read these passages in an egalitarian way is to do some exegetical gymnastics in which one twists and turns the text to conform it to their views . . . By the way, I think that Doug Moo's articles on 1 Tim 2:.11-15, posted at bible.org, should be a great summary of the exegetical reasons for a complementarian view of that passage. He has done perhaps the best exegesis of this passage in print."

Read the whole thing by Dr. Wallace: http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=6133

Read Dr. Moo's article: http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=2829

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Carrie's birthday and Samuel's first haircut




This morning we went on a hike to celebrate Carrie's birthday. We enjoyed seeing the fall colors at Lair of the Bear park.

Then this afternoon we went ahead and gave Samuel his first haircut. You get both the before and after pics.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Billions to pray about

In the past few minutes the $700,000,000,000 economic bailout passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This gives a vast amount of power and potential to the U.S. Treasury Department. Please pray for Henry Paulsen (U.S. Treasurer) and his staff as they will be making historic decisions in the coming days.

Also, pray that our nation becomes a nation at peace. We do not need to worry about our needs (Mt 6:25ff), but we have an obligation to focus our spending on those things that bring about God's kingdom (Mt 6:33). We have ceased to rest in God's provision and pursued our own peace through the accumulation of worldly possessions. This pursuit of the world has eroded the soul of American ingenuity and hard-work. It has probably costs the spiritual souls of many as well.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Pastor's Pulpit and Political Agendas

Many pastors across the country (31 pastors in 22 states) officially endorsed a candidate for president this past Sunday from their church pulpits. They are attempting to overthrow current IRS regulations. I'm personally unsettled by this and think it is not the best, and I think Christianity Today Editor Mark Galli should be commended on his recent thoughts (read his thoughts below).

In fact, I will no longer be addressing personalities in the political contest. Issues will still be discussed on this site and principles for proper government. But this will not be a pro-whoever website pandering to relevance at the cost of the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/septemberweb-only/140-41.0.html?start=1

A few quotes I liked:

Both have said — sincerely, I believe — that their highest priority is serving and proclaiming the truth of Jesus Christ. But given the insidious nature of politics (it aims to co-opt everything and everyone into its service), ministers' Christian identity gets swallowed up by their political views. They were ordained to be heralds of the Great King. Instead they end up, like it or not, being seen as marketers for a partisan agenda. What a waste of an ordination.

Do you want to be politically relevant? Then gather your people together each Sunday and lead them to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Remind your people through hymns and prayers and proclamation that there is a Leader who can do something more significant for the nation than protecting their investments or providing cheap health insurance.