Archive for July, 2007

Attention All Planet Hating Breeders…

July 30, 2007

The AGW crowd is a mixed bag.  There are some folks don’t know much for sure,  but feel that it is better safe than sorry, so they buy carbon offsets.  Others are absolutely sure that my minivan is a huge part of the problem and they have no qualms about asking me to give it up, my family of 6 be damned.   Then there is this group:  The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.  Here is a taste…

“Each time another one of us decides to not add another one of us to the burgeoning billions already squatting on this ravaged planet, another ray of hope shines through the gloom.
    When every human chooses to stop breeding, Earth’s biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory, and all remaining creatures will be free to live, die, evolve (if they believe in evolution), and will perhaps pass away, as so many of Nature’s “experiments” have done throughout the eons. “

Notice the bold section if you will… There was a golden age for the earth… it was B.H., Before Humans.  In Earth B.H. everything was glorious!  Dying and evolving were joys to behold (though no one was there to behold them) and “experiments” passed away with nary a torch song.  Ah, the good old days.

Someone asked me awhile back, “Why do Conservative Christians have such heartburn over manmade Global Warming?”  I guess it is because just under the surface of every guy who wants to save flipper I sense this bubbling hatred of human life.  (As an aside: I’d like to know if anyone has stats on a correlation between a firm belief in AGW and a firm belief in a right to abortion?)

Here is one reason Christians have such a hard time with AGW:

Isaiah 45:18

For thus says the LORD,
      Who created the heavens,
      Who is God,
      Who formed the earth and made it,
      Who has established it,
      Who did not create it in vain,
      Who formed it to be inhabited:

“ I am the LORD, and there is no other.

The earth was not formed for flipper, the bald eagle or the towering redwood tree.  It was formed by God and for man!  Haters.   

Al sends

The Sub-dominate Gospel

July 28, 2007

I went to a new blog this weekend and stumbled across this post about Sean Hannity and Montgomery Gentry.  They are putting on Freedom Concerts, raising money to support the families of fallen soldiers.  A worthy cause to be sure… Boneman, the writer of this new found blog, noticed a glaring contradiction during the event though.

When we were walking to our seats we noticed that there were huge silhouetted woman decals decorating the stage.  We later learned this was part of the Montgomery-Gentry country music act.  Fair enough, but imagine the jarring disconnect of this backdrop while Michael W. Smith sang Gospel music.  I’m sorry, but it was too big to miss.  Add to that a bunch of ass-kicking “my town” song / talk, and you have yourself one heck of an interesting experience!  Go America! (?) 

The decals to which he refers are most often found on the mudflaps of our more risqué truckers.  Them ladies are nekkid you might say.  Anyway…

 I wrote the following in his comments section…

As the saying goes, Politics makes for strange bedfellows.   

In America we tend to compartmentalize much of our life.  The Lordship of Christ is put into a separate category of our being.  We are then taken aback when things don’t work out that way in reality.   

Many Christians think that they can keep their politics and their faith ontologically separate.  What happens in real life is a grafting in of the gospel into politics, making it a part of the whole.   This would be great if the gospel were dominate, but the fact is when we (Christians) enter politics we do everything we can to keep Christ separate… from actually taking over.

It happened to the liberals with their state as savior theology and it has happened to conservatives and their moral majority.

Not only is the gospel made part of the whole it is subdued and made to say things that are not true, neither of Christ and his glorious gospel nor the “kick-ass” politico/music act.  To subdue the gospel like this is to hand a cloak for vice to the masses who take in your music/polical speech.  And we are not to use our Gospel liberty that way.

 1 Peter 2:15-17
15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men —  16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice , but as bondservants of God.

al sends

Super-duper

July 27, 2007

HT: Trey Austin 

Frank Turk, have you taken the Super Hero quiz yet? 

Here are my results….  This quiz does not try to capture pessimism so there is no possible way they could tell my eyes would be immediately drawn to the bottom of the rankings.  Supergirl listed higher than Batman or the Hulk? Are you kidding me?

In Batman’s case it may be the tights but the Hulk?  Come on people!  I am much more Hulk like than I am Barbra Gordonish.  I mean really.

You are Superman

Superman
70%
The Flash
55%
Spider-Man
50%
Green Lantern
45%
Iron Man
40%
Supergirl
38%
Robin
33%
Hulk
30%
Catwoman
30%
Wonder Woman
28%
Batman
25%
You are mild-mannered, good, strong and you love to helpothers.


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

al sends

Meet the Death Kitty

July 26, 2007

How would you like this Kitty to crawl up in your lap, while you are eating a tuna sandwich?

 Death Kitty

I thought not!

 al sends

New Wine

July 25, 2007

When the Lord presided over the first Lord’s Supper, Jesus said to the disciples:  Matt 26:29 “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”  Much like the kingdom, this newness is here and is still to come.  Jesus could have said bread instead of wine, eat instead of drink, His point was not the wine but the newness of the Kingdom.  After the resurrection, when He would eat and drink again, everything would be new.  Reality would be reborn and the leaven would begin working through the loaf.

But there will come a day when the kingdom will come to complete fulfillment and the Savior will make wine new yet again.  There will be a new heave and a new earth, and therefor a new wine.  We will have wine that is not affected by sin.  Its color will be viewed by sinless eyes, its aroma will not be filtered by corruption and its taste shall be pure delight.  It is the presence of the Savior, in all of His glory, that will change the creation and we long for the day that His Kingdom comes.

But this bread is His body and this cup is the new covenant in His blood, though spiritually discerned, nevertheless He is here.  And it is His presence through the word that enlivens our faith to see, smell and taste things that are and are not yet.  So come believing, baptized saints of the King of Kings, come taste and see that the Lord is good.

Am I Pathetic?

July 23, 2007

Have you wondered how this happened:

Deathly Hallows Breaks Records

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final volume of J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series, sold a record 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours on sale in the United States, Scholastic Inc. reported to the Associated Press.  (HT: Dale Courtney)

I have three daughters and a wife, all of whom are old enough to read Harry Potter.  We pre-ordered two copies of the book but by Saturday evening the arguments over how long so-and-so had the book and the over all mood of the readers had ruined the peace of my happy home.  So I manned up, flexed all my spiritual acumen and…

went to the store and bought another copy.

Am I pathetic?

Makes Me Tipsy Just Thinking About It

July 21, 2007

Church sign spotted near my neighborhood:

Salvation is a helmet, not a nightcap.

Hmm. Sure it’s cute and all, but I’m not certain what to make of this one. But let’s have a thought experiment: if salvation were a cocktail before bedtime, what kind of cocktail would it be?

Adults and Adolescents

July 19, 2007

John Barach over at Kata Iwannhn posted a thoughtful piece about how the church perpetuates immaturity, especially in her young men. We need to sit up and listen. Check it out here.

Messiah on a Couch

July 19, 2007

I generally am not a fan of contemporary authors putting Jesus in a scenario and imagining Him having a conversation with someone. Generally.

But I read a book recently called A Scandalous Beauty by Thomas Schmidt that has this very kind of thing in it. It communicates some quite profound things, though you have to be careful not to push all the details too far. The scenario has Jesus speaking to a modern psychologist.

Here’s an excerpt from pp. 55-57:

P: That’s great, Jesus, but I need to challenge you on this because I’m sensing some denial issues here. Let’s keep talking about your relationship with your Father. (more…)

Past, Present and Future

July 18, 2007

The Lord beckons you to a meal of bread and wine; where, in Spirit and by faith, the Lord’s body and blood are taken and enjoyed.

Have you ever thought on this… The Communion Meal we enjoy was enjoyed last week… Not only last week but the week before that and the week before that – till we arrive at 12 men sitting around a table in Jerusalem hanging on every word of their Lord and Master. The words they heard were the words we will hear… ‘This is my body’ – ‘This is my blood.’ Their Salvation was right before them.

If it is God’s will we will meet again next Sunday and the bread will be broken and the wine poured and the Savior’s words will wash over us again – and the Sunday after that and the Sunday after that – until one day we will sit around a table where the shadow will pass and the light of the Lamb will fill our minds. We will see the living bread, whose blood has been interposed between God and man since the foundation of the world. Our Salvation will be right there before us. Look back, look forward and look here at this table your salvation draws nigh. Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.