Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Caribou Coffe--mmmmmmmmmmmm

On this the morning after Christmas Day there is but one thing on my mind at the moment--Spicy, Heavy Caribou Coffee (Thanks to whoever bequeathed it to me anonymously this Christmas). If it were not for this coffee on my desk I would be sleeping right now. Christmas celebrations were grand, but they have taken a toll as I'm sure your celebrations have. Saturday we enjoyed Christmas celebrations with extended family in Madison. Sunday we worshipped together with our church and then visited with family in town. Yesterday we had a wonderful time retelling our Savior's birth, singing hymns and opening presents with our little family at home. Then it was on to the Christmas dinner at our church where we were able to share both physical food and spiritual food with folks in need. Finally we celebrated with my wife's family last night. Much eggnog, turkey, cookies and other goodies have been consumed. Many presents have been opened.
So now what? As we catch our breath and prepare for the New Year I have one thought on my mind-- clarity of focus. May God give us all clear thinking to pause for a moment and consider what God has given to us and consider how we might offer it back to Him as a sweet smelling sacrifice of service. Moses' reflections are helpful at this point:

Psalm 90 A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. You turn man back into dust And say, "Return, O children of men." For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night. You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew. In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades and withers away. For we have been consumed by Your anger And by Your wrath we have been dismayed. You have placed our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your presence. For all our days have declined in Your fury; We have finished our years like a sigh. As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away. Who understands the power of Your anger And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You? So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom. Do return, O Lord; how long will it be? And be sorry for Your servants. O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, And the years we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants And Your majesty to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.NASB95

Monday, December 18, 2006

"The Mystery of Christmas" 48 hours

Last Saturday night 48 hours aired a show called "The Mystery of Christmas." While watching the first half I became sick to my stomach as "Christian Scholars" did their best destroy the record of the New Testament. What was so amazing, and I should expect this by now, is that they never once considered the possibility that the New Testament could have accurately recorded the birth of Christ. Their presupposition was all too obvious. They had decided at the outset that the witness of scripture could not be true because it deals with the supernatural and miraculous. It was almost hilarious to see them try to reconstruct the story of Christ without the text of scripture. It was pure guess work. The amazing thing is how arrogant they were as they touted their own opinions as real history and ignored the text of scripture which was completely written within 100 years of Christ's birth. John Dominic Crossan makes some amazing statements:

“We would like there to be records of all of this. And instead, what we have is Gospels...The interesting thing is, of the four gospels, Mark and John of course have no nativity story. Only Matthew and Luke...They agree that Mary and Joseph are the parents. They agree about a virgin birth. They agree about a birth in Bethlehem. But pretty much apart from that, the stories go completely their own way.”

Crossan mentions that the gospel writers had specific purposes in writing, but he claims that because of their purposes they created their stories to prove their points. However, there is no thought of the idea that the gospel writers might selectively choose what details of actual history to include based on what they were trying to teach. For example Luke sets out to give and orderly account of the things that took place. He is the historian (Luke 1:1-4). So we would expect that Luke would have the fullest account of the birth of Christ. Crossan also does not mention that nothing in the gospel accounts is contradictory. Any differences can easily be explained by considering that the writers selected details for a reason and that they represented different witnesses to the same events. If there were a car accident there would be various accounts as to what happened. The accounts would be different, but not neccasarily wrong. Each person would be able to share from their perspective what happened. The difference is that scripture claims to be sourced in God Himself (2 Tim. 3:16). So when we read scripture we find absolute coherence and absolute accuracy. We find absolute truth.

Crossan, Michael White and Elaine Pagels don't belive the testimony of scripture. The Jesus of the Bible is to them an invention of the writers of scripture, and yet they try to say that the metaphor of Chirst still has significant meaning and value for Christians. However, as C. S. Lewis said, "He is either liar or lunatic or Lord." Their is no middle ground. If the message of the Bible is false then their is no use in anyone being a Christian.

Thankfully, Ben Witherington from Asbury Theological Seminary was featured in the last part of the show. He simply took the witness of the 4 gospels as being absolutely true and then toured around the Holy land showing that everything that was said fits with what we can see. He shows that there are no huge dilemmas to overcome.

However, there is one huge dilemma. One must embrace scripture by faith. It is not blind faith because scripture is very reasonable. In fact, scripture if perfect reason, but because of sin people will not except the wisdom of God unless God opens their eyes. But when one with eyes wide open reads scripture and looks at the world things begin to come into focus. With focused eyes one can then look at the simple beauty of the birth of Christ and see the profound reality that He was in fact conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, the promised Messiah, the descendant of David, the eternal King, Yahweh Himself, the Son of the Most High, the Savior of the world! And what's more we can fall on our faces and worship our risen Lord and Savior today!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

An Unfortunate Burn Out

The London Times reports that on November 3rd a man named Michael Ritscher burned himself to death in Chicago in protest of the War on terror in Iraq. He meant it to be a public protest, but ironically people thought he was just a burning statue and took little notice of him at the time. Here is what he said in a suicide note:

"If I am required to pay for your barbaric war, I choose not to live in your world. I refuse to finance the mass murder of innocent civilians, who did nothing to threaten our country...Maybe some will be scared enough to wake from their walking dream state am I therefore a martyr or a terrorist? I would prefer to be thought of as a spiritual warrior."

Death is always tragic, but when someone takes their own life it is incredibly tragic. Death is always a product of sin (Romans 5:12). It is not that death is a direct cause of a particular sin that brings about the demise of the deceased. Instead because man sinned against God and because men are sinners the penalty of this is death (Romans 3:23). This death is physical, spiritual and eternal. However, when one commits suicide he brings about his own death by his own direct sin. There is nothing bold, brave or heroic about self murder. Let's just call it what it is: a violation of the 6th commandment. It is rebellion against God. We are made in the image of God for His glory. Everywhere in scripture the sanctity and preciousnessnes of life is upheld. When God says "you shall not murder" He is telling us that the taking of life without due cause is against His law and against His holiness.

Sadly this man who made himself a human torch does not offer any true light to the world, but only hopelessness. Not only was his opportunity for public protest wasted, but his suicide is an incredible waste of life. We find hope and light in Christ alone. There is something worth living for! We proclaim faith in Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and the redemptionion of mankind!

1 Timothy 4:10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially believersB95

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Kramer's Racist Tirade

USA TODAY Reports:

Comedian Michael Richards, better known as the character Kramer from TV's Seinfeld, apologized Monday night for a racist tirade at a West Los Angeles comedy club that was
captured in a grainy cellphone video and seen by millions of people on the Internet Monday.

"I lost my temper on stage," Richards, 57, said on Late Night With David Letterman. Excerpts
were shown on CBS Evening News.

"I was at a comedy club trying to do my act, and I got heckled and I took it badly and went
into a rage," Richards said. "For me to be at a comedy club and flip out and say this crap —
you know, I'm deeply, deeply sorry. I'm not a racist. That's what is so insane about this."

Does the "I lost my temper...I was in a rage" excuse really cut it? Someone has said what comes out of you when you are shoved is what was inside of you all along. But Jesus said it better:

Mark 7:14-23 After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. [“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”] When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.) And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”NASB95

So what we have in all of this is a window into Michael Richards' heart. What comes out of our heart when we are bumped? We all have the same fundamental problem. Our hearts are wicked. The only solution is that God gives us new hearts. Thankfully God is in the business of doing just that!

Ezekiel 36:25-27 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.NASB95

This is called the New Covenant and it is only possible for those who turn away from their sin and turn to Christ as their Savior and Lord.

Monday, November 20, 2006

"On Faith" Online Discussion

The Washington post is hosting a discussion amongst religious panelests about faith called "On Faith". The first question is this: "If some religious people believe they have a monopoly on truth, then are conversation and common ground possible? If so, what would be the difficulties and benefits of such a conversation?"

Al Mohler has given a response that is worth checking out. It is also very interesting to follow the discussion and see what kinf od responses Mohler gets.

Here is the comment that I left on Mohler's response page:

You hit the nail right on the head Dr. Mohler. There is no point in having a discussion about what we believe unless we really believe it. The best thing to do is just be honest about what you believe. Why must everyone become offended when one says that he simply believes the Bible? Everyone, no matter what they say, has a standard of truth. That standard may simply be their own opinion, or it may be the consensus of scholarship, or it may be the holy book of their religion, or it may be an institution. But the fact remains that everyone appeals to something to define their reality. The question is what truth is really true? A good discussion, then, cannot take place on a superficial level. Instead it must begin with ones standard of truth. The question then is: Does your standard of truth give you the capability of understand life as it really is. I am a born again Christian. I only understand myself, the world, God, others, the future because God's word defines reality. It is only because of this that I can make sense of anything. These are the questions that need to be asked: How do you make sense of everything? Does it really make sense? Do you have answers to ultimate questions?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Apple Has Rolled Down The Hill

Tony Campolo has grown more liberal over the years. He has joined in with the emergent church crowd which claims that the message of scripture is often fuzzy so we need to give much latitude for various doctrines. Well, the apple has not fallen far from the tree, but it has rolled down the hill a ways. His son Bart has popped off recently. He has decided that he doesn't want any God except one he can fashion for himself. As Justin Taylor says, this would make him an idolater. If we hold the truth loosely our children may just let it go altogether.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hmmmmm Do You Think He Did It?

Well, if there was every any question as to if O. J. did it, those questions must now be answered. Simpson is to do an interview with FOX called "If I did it." This is to be followed by a book by the same title. Let's just be honest here. If somone were to murder a loved one of yours and you were to be wrongly accused of the murder, would you ever, ever, ever consider writing a book discussing how you would have committed the murder even though you didn't? Come on now. This is too much! I hope that Simpson some how perjures himself and he is brought to justice.

But do be sure that you know that a day of justice is coming.

Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. I said to myself, “God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,” for a time for every matter and for every deed is there.NASB95

Changing Your Sex Is Getting Easier

In NY City at least it is going to be as simple as having a note from your doctor. Once you have that all important note, your birth certificate can be altered to identify you as the opposite sex. This is such a testimony to the confusion of our times. If you an one specialist think that you are a man instead of a woman or vice versa then it is so. What if I think I am a lion and one specialist agrees, can I change my birth record to read "lion."

Isn't it a bit more simple to just accept ourselves the way that God has made us?

Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.NASB95

Anything less is really just rebellion aginst the creator. Christians call that sin, but there is an answer to the problem: Christ.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.NASB95

Are Disabled Babies Worth Saving?

Al Mohler has posted a blog today entitled "Overriding the Protection of Life? A Shocking Development in England."

The Church of England is now suggesting that their are some babies whose lives are not worth saving! Perhaps they should have consulted Jesus first.

Luke 18:15-17 And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”NASB95

Monday, November 13, 2006

Not a Lone Wolf

Al Mohler posted a blog last Friday about the new presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA, who just happens to be a woman! Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori exemplifies the utter lack integrity that has plagued pulpits around our country under the name of "Christianity." When you read Mohler's blog you will see that she is clearly preaching another gospel (Gal. 1:8-9). What is more is that in doing so she is dishonest because the contradicts her own church's Articles of Faith:

Article XVIII:

They also are to be had accursed that presume to say, That every man shall be saved by the Law or Sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that Law, and the light of Nature. For Holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved.

This would then make Schori a wolf in sheep’s clothing, would it not? She runs with quite a pack.

These are interesting times that we live in today. We have a woman pastor leading a Christian denomination violating (1 Tim. 2:12) who is accursed because she is preaching another gospel (Gal. 1:8-9) and who is lying to the whole world by serving a church whose confession she does not agree with.

I wish she would just have enough honesty to go and start a new religion.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Key Of Knowledge

As I was thinking about the results of the elections I was reminded again that our hope is not in government. Some will see the loss to so many conservatives as a crushing blow. What is so ironic is that people place there hope and trust in government and yet again and again government lets people down. Historically in America whatever party has been leading the nation is ousted the very next term in favor of the other party who people think will fix everything.

Look at what our Lord Jesus said in Luke 11:52

Luke 11:52 "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering."NASB95

The experts in the Law of God had failed to understand and apply the true meaning of God's Word. They held people in bondage to their sin rather than teach the life giving truth of the Messiah. Now they were rejecting Christ and carrying on the awful legacy of their wicked fathers who killed the prophets from Abel to Zechariah. Notice that when the did not teach the truth of God's word they took away the key of knowledge.

Well God has committed the key of knowledge to His church today: His Word! The answer to all of the problems in our country will not be found in government. It is found only when Christ's church clearly teaches His Word: the Gospel! May we not fall under the condemnation of Christ as the scribes did.

May we take the key of knowledge and unlock the door to paradise through His Spirit for the lost world around us!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Reformation Day!

Go to the Ligonier Ministry Website to celebrate reformation day by enjoying a soul stiring audio rendition of Martin Luther's great reformation stand!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Hey Man Check Out Naaman

So I was reading a Bible story about Naaman with my boys this morning and I was just struck by Naaman in a way I had never been before. If you know the story Naaman is a Syrian captain who has leprosy. One of the servant girls of the king of Syria is an Israelite. She tells the king about a prophet who can heal leprosy and so the king sends Naaman down to look for him. He comes to the King of Israel, Joram, who has no clue what to do and thinks it's a trap. Elisha the prophet of God sends word for Naaman to come to him. Now Naaman is a great captain so he expects a warm and fitting reception from the prophet for his entourage, but instead Elisha sends his servant to tell Naaman to go dip in the Jordan river 7 times and he will be cleansed. Naaman gets mad because he was thinking their would be some great ceremony where the prophet waves his hands over the great Naaman to take his leprosy away. Because of his pride Naaman heads for home where he says he could take a dip in a river quite easily. Finally his servants talk him into obeying the prophet. Since he would have done a great task if the prophet had asked, why not this? Naaman realizes that his pride has gotten the better of him and remembers his need for healing and his hopeless situation. He goes and dips in the Jordan seven times and on the seventh time his leprous white skin turns to normal healthy skin! He is healed. he realizes that the God of Israel has saved him. he goes back to Elisha and promises to worship the God of Israel and even takes dirt from Israel to Syria to build and altar unto this God!
But as I though about this I couldn't help but see the parallel to present the present day. There are people all over the world who need healing from a horrible disease. The disease is sin and it goes down to the soul. Mankind has no cure and people look for answers. Sometimes they come to church for the answers, but when they see the simple message of the gospel (turn from your sin and trust in Christ Jesus as Lord because of what He has done for you) they get angry and prideful and think that this is below them. They would gladly rise to a challenge of works, but simply to plunge into the life giving fountain that Christ offers--to fall upon His grace--this they will not do. But let us be like Naaman's servants who say why not take the plunge? And let us pray that the Spirit of God would open their eyes!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

USA Today Reports that Claudia Mitchell ("The Four Million Dollar Woman") is the first woman to have a truly bionic arm!

This is amazing. Every kid probably thinks of how cool it would be to have bionic parts. Of course they don't think of the cost of losing the real ones! Now the idea of replacing Luke Skywalker's hand slashed off by Darth Vader is a real one. This is going to be wonderful for many amputees in the future. Hopefully they can bring the cost down just a little.

It will be interesting to see what stories come out of this. Will the next Professional Baseball dilemna be that Jim Abbott has returned with a 150 mph bionic fastball with his opposite hand?

This little article also made me think of the real flesh and blood arms that we have been given. We marvel at this bionic wonder, and yet the technology that most of us all walk and wave with everyday will never be duplicated!

Psalm 139:13-14 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.NASB95

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Topics We are Studying

During our teaching times at Living Proof, the Junior High-High School ministry at Bethel Baptist Church, we will devoting on Wednesday Session a month to a key topic in addition to our exposition of the book of Philippians. Here are some topic ideas I am thinking of: The value of godly friends, Being a Witness in Your School and Community, Relativism, Spiritual Gifts. For my students, what are some other topics you would like to have me speak on from a biblical perspective? For other, what are some topics you would recommend for teens today?

Monday, July 31, 2006

God's Sovereignty & Man's Responsibility

Yesterday I taught a JH/HS SS class on Phil. 2:12-13.

The Main Point: Believers must strive to work out their salvation because the same God who worked in Christ Jesus is working in them! The specific application to the Philippians is to take on the mindset of Christ in pouring themselves out for others knowing that God was working in it to bring them to final glory. This is the obedience—Phil. 2:8. The trouble was that they were seeking their own interest to the exclusion of others. This was not in concert with them being citizens fitting to the gospel they proclaimed. They should be obeying reverently, fearfully, quakingly knowing that they are citizens of heaven whom God pleases to dwell in work in cooperate with for His pleasure and glory.

Here are some illustrations of God's Soveriegnty working with man's responsibility in scripture:

God told Adam & Eve to have dominion over all the earth, to be fruitful and multiply, to name all of the animals, and to tend the garden, but they wouldn’t be able to do these things unless, God subjected the earth to him, gave them children, gave them wisdom, and gave them increase in their garden.
--why didn’t God just run the earth, name the animals, make the garden maintenance free, and create a world full of people?

God told Noah to build a gigantic boat and put all the animals on it, but God would have had to send him all of the animals.
--why didn’t God just supernaturally protect the animals w/out Noah?

God told Abraham to have a child with Sarah, but unless God worked a special miracle that would never happen.
--why didn’t God just send a baby down or give them a child naturally when they were younger.

God told Moses to stretch his rod over the red sea to part it, to hit the rock, to raise the serpent, to talk to the rock etc.
--why didn’t he just part the sea, make water flow automatically, make a serpent in the sky?

God told the children of Israel to take the promised land, but they weren’t strong enough to do it. So God gave them miraculous victories as they fought.
--why didn’t God just drive the wicked people out w/out Israel?

= God did all of these things because He delights in working out His soveriegn will by granting faith and ability to people who will then respond and accomplish His desires!


  • God wants you to evangelize your friends and yet they won’t believe unless God opens their hearts:

Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?NIV
Acts 16:14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.NIV

  • God wants you to grow spiritually.

1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,NIV
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.NIV
2 Peter 1:4-10 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,NIV

  • God wants you to serve in the church.

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. NASB95
Romans 12:6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; NASB95

  • God’s wants you to be pure and unspotted with sin.

Colossians 3:5-11 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. NASB95
Jude 24-25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.NASB95

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Answers In Genesis Museum

Well it's been a long time since I posted, but I am going to try to keep up with this now.

A group from our church recently went on a missions trip to help with the construction of the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum. We took a great group of adults and teens down, and we had a blast working down there. Our team grew tremendously together and in our walk with God. Before we went we had a great apreciation for AIG and there stand on a literal interpretation of Genesis and the days of creation, but now having experience the ministry first hand we feel even more confident and committed to this great group. The museum is going to be absolutely world class! Imagine a state of the art Museum/Theme Park only this time committed to the truth of scripture and the exaltation of Jesus Christ! We found Ken Ham and the whole staff at AIG to be delightful and wonderfully approachable and exemplary of Christian virtue. On the way home I heard a bit of a radio broadcast from Ken Ham, and I was pleased to here that he will not go anywhere to speak on creation if he cannot also freely proclaim the gospel of Christ!

The museum is set to open in May of next year. Make your plans to go and see this great edifice of truth to the glory of God!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Upside of Liberalism

Al Mohler has an article on his website called The Return of Patriarchy? Fatherhood and the Future of Civilization. He comments on Phillip Longman's article in the current issue of Foreign Policy. Longman has pursued a very interesting line of thought. Basically what he is saying is that feminists and liberals will eventually wipe out their chances of promoting their view because they do not procreate. Conservatives on the other hand are populating the world. To me it is just another clear indication of the wisdom of God. We are to be fruitful and multiply and the man is to be the head of his home (Gen 1:28; Eph 5:22ff). When we don't live by God's Word our lives are reduced to absurdity and oblivion.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Favre Makes His Players Better to the End

Disappointing as the Packers season was this year, cheeseheads never tired of watching 15 year vetran Brett Favre passionatetly leading his team to be better. Despite injuries and heartbreaking losses, Favre always played every game as if it was the superbowl. In the packer's final game of the season, late in the game, Antonio Chatman missed a pass that could have led to a touchdown because he ran the wrong route. Favre got right in his face about it and told him what he should have done, but the very next play he went to Chatman on a slant and got the first down with a nice gain. I have to admit that I got a little choked up when I saw that play. Here was Favre in possibly the last game of the season still making the players around him better. You have to admire a quarterback like Favre who leaves nothing on the field, who plays every game body & soul, and who inspires others to be better.

May we leave nothing on the field!

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. NASB95