The tagline of the article below is For true conservative victory, simply voting Republican won’t do. The author makes a pretty convincing historical case for such a claim.
Thought I’d share this wonderful quote from PCA pastor Robert Rayburn about the sufficiency of Sunday worship:
“No Christian should come to God’s house thinking anything else but that everything necessary for life and for happiness and for satisfaction and for fruitfulness is given to him or her in this worship service.”
When we as God’s people ponder the tragedy that rocked Haiti a week ago, many of us are left with confusion and lots of unanswered questions. The point of this post isn’t to answer all of our questions or take away all of our confusion, but what I hope to do is point out some biblical “handles” that we can hold onto as we contemplate the earthquake and the aftermath. In times like this, the Scriptures call us to remember at least 5 things: Read More…
It’s not all that often that a new movie is both successful at the box office and also praised by the critics. When a movie is received that well from all sides, chances are it is on its way to becoming a significant cultural phenomenon, at least for a while. Such is the case with James Cameron’s newest epic Avatar.
In light of the above, I decided to take a trip to the theaters and see what all the hype is about. What follows is a brief review laying out the pros and cons of the film. Read More…
His words below:
“Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.
Eden, the fall of man, the loss of grace, the coming doomsday—these are deeply held mythic structures. They are profoundly conservative beliefs. They may even be hard-wired in the brain, for all I know. I certainly don’t want to talk anybody out of them, as I don’t want to talk anybody out of a belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God who rose from the dead. But the reason I don’t want to talk anybody out of these beliefs is that I know that I can’t talk anybody out of them. These are not facts that can be argued. These are issues of faith.
And so it is, sadly, with environmentalism. Increasingly it seems facts aren’t necessary, because the tenets of environmentalism are all about belief. It’s about whether you are going to be a sinner, or saved. Whether you are going to be one of the people on the side of salvation, or on the side of doom. Whether you are going to be one of us, or one of them.”
He’s certainly onto something. As a matter of fact, the Church of the Environment even has a system of indulgences to atone for sins against nature. They’re called carbon credits.
As most of you surely know, congress is currently working overtime to pass some sort of health care reform bill. Meantime, debate over the proper contents of such a bill is swirling around the nation like a runaway cyclone. In most circles, debate over health care centers around one key question:
Is affordable health care a basic human right?
I read a lot, not as much as I probably should, but a good bit none the less. Anyway, no matter what the genre, I usually come to the end of a book and think, “Hmm, that was good. What’s next?”. But every once in a while, I read something that just knocks my socks off. I think, “I must tell everyone about this book. Everyone needs to read it. I need to read it again.”
I’m very excited to report that I have just read such a book. Read More…
So I was driving around the other day with my daughter in the backseat. I asked her what her favorite color was . She thought for a second and then said, “What’s your favorite color, Daddy?” “Blue”, I replied. “Me too,” she said.
I was putting my son to bed last week. Like every night, I put my hand on his head and began to give him his nightly blessing. As I began, he grabbed his stuffed Curious George, put his hand on George’s head, and mumbled the blessing right along with me. Monkey see; monkey do.
Children are hardwired by our wonderful Creator to imitate their parents. That’s why Prov. 22:6 can promise what it does: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” But hidden in that wonderful promise is a sober warning as well. Our children will learn to be like us. This includes the good, the bad, and often the ugly.
As I watch my children imitate me in good things, I also see my struggle with anger and frustration in both of them already. Do any of you have similar experiences? My guess is that all of us see our strengths and our weaknesses constantly displayed before our eyes in the lives of our little ones.
The one good that comes of seeing my children imitate my sinful behavior is that it drives me to confession and repentance, towards the Lord and towards them. By God’s grace, they will learn to imitate this most of all.
So much can be (and has been) said about the political shenanigans involved in last week’s “beer summit”. I will leave such commentary to more qualified folks. What I’d like to discuss are the beer choices of the participants.
The cop made a respectable choice, going with a pint of Blue Moon (I’m not a personal fan of Belgian Whites; but Blue Moon is at least a semi-adventurous brew). The Prof. represented his home town well by going with a Samuel Adams. Ok, it was Sam Adams Light; but still, what more can we expect from a stuffy, liberal academic? What really blew me away was Pres. Obama’s choice. Our Commander-in-Chief, the Leader of the Free World, calls a beer summit; and he downs a Bud Light. Travesty! Don’t even get me started about our VP showing up later with a non-alcoholic selection. I mean talk about emboldening our enemies!!
If ever elected President (no one hold their breath), I promise to proudly represent our great nation by downing real, manly beer for all to see. For my first beer summit, I think I’d down this little beauty.