Saturday, August 30, 2008

Kinda spooky when you think about it...

Excerpt from Doug Wilson on Sarah Palin for V.P.:
"One more thing. An issue that will be discussed among some conservative Christians is the propriety of electing a woman. Evangelical Christians are overwhelmingly hostile to feminism, and so what is with that? I have argued before from Isaiah 3:12 -- "children are their oppressors, and women rule over them" -- that feminism is one of the things Scripture uses as an indicator of God's judgment on a culture. I still believe that, and also believe that we are in fact under this particular judgment in our culture. But as a biblical absolutist, and not a simple traditionalist, I also want to make room for the occasional Deborah. Life is funny, and you should remember that in the Bible Deborah was the dame who upstaged a fellow named Barak. Kinda spooky when you think about it."

Read the rest here>>> (HT: Anne)

It also creates a bit of a quandry for we complimentarians who firmly believe in voting Pro-Life, but who also have reservations about female authority, the roles of women, and the responsibility of young mothers. It will be interesting to see how or if votes are affected in the long term.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Tina Fey may return to SNL...

Sorry, if my thought seems inappropriate, but this is all I could think of while watching the announcement of Sarah Palin to Vice Presidential candidate this morning. :)













Could be a better skit than Amy Poehler as Hillary.

Friday, August 22, 2008

A Beautiful Mind

An incredible story of an autistic man who is gifted in ways that we 'normal' people are definitely not. Take a few minutes and watch this amazing video and I think you too will be amazed:

Marvelous Light

I love this song. The lyrics say it all and the video images are powerful. Hope you enjoy it - All Glory to God in the Highest.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

JESUS WON & Michael Phelps Biblical Illustrations

John at Stuff Christians Like>>> uses the biblical examples of Samuel, Samson and David as possible ways to compare Michael Phelps.
But my personal favorite was during the Sunday sermon at our church, when Pastor Dan related his reaction to Michael Phelps making history and winning yet another gold medal on Saturday. As he watched the close race, down to the 1/10th of a second, Dan jumped up out of his seat and shouted, "We Won! USA Won!" To which his wife puzzled, "WE won? What do you mean WE? WE didn't actually do anything."

It was a pretty simple illustration of how Jesus is the one who fights the battle, beats our opponents, and wins the victory. He is the one who has run the race perfectly, and it is credited to US, because we are on His team - we are citizens of Christ's nation and can boldly claim our crown - because He won it for us. Ultimately, we know how the "olympics" of this eartly existance ends - with Jesus on the Throne and his people at His feet - celebrating-worshipping in victory. It's a done deal. Signed, sealed and delivered.

This is an awesome message for me at this season of faith. As I find myself feeling a bit defeated and ineffective at work, I take solace in the FACT that because Jesus Won, I don't have to. I don't need to find my identity in high achievement and superior results. Not that I'm satified with under achieving or poor performance. I strive for excellence and pray for strength that I might glorify God through what I am able to contribute at work and church and home. But, if I don't succeed, I don't need to feel crushed or a loss of who I am at the the core. Because what I do is not who I am. Who I am is what Christ has done for me by paying the penalty for my sin on the cross, dying and then raising to life, to the right hand of the Father. That is the grounding of who I am, and if I remember that, I can remain gracious and loving even when trial or failure lurks. If I am resting in my own ability or works, and I end up failing or not performing well enough, I'm crushed. So, that is why this simple illustration is so profound for me. Jesus Won! I don't have to win to feel like a success.

And for now, we can enjoy some affinity with Michael Phelps and all of his gold medals at Beijing. They are accredited to the USA's Olympic records. But this is not even a vague shadow, not even a blip, in comparison with the eternal life Christ has gained for us on the cross. Jesus Won! May we remain in the knowledge of His grace - that thru Him our record is accredited with victory in all eternity.

Organic Food for Thought - How a Simple Act of Service Changed the Whole Org

Have you ever thought that a bagger afflicted with Downs Syndrome could help you to build customer loyalty for your organization? Watch this video you will come to know how a simple idea can spark a transformation.


(ht:considerablegrace.com)

Michael Phelps and the American Plight of Fatherlessness


Within our denomination, we tout the doctrine of Covenant Theology and celebrate our successes in sustaining traditional nuclear families. Many who have grown up in and around the denomination's doctrine may not have firsthand knowledge or experience with broken families. Amen to that! To the devout, broken families are hoped to be anomolies rather than commonplace. However, the reality in this country is quite different. Most people my age or younger (genX and genY) come from divorced families. More than 2/3's of the kids I went to school with had divorced parents.

Even given this stark reality, I'm shocked about the story of Michael Phelps' relationship with his father. Can you imagine the biological father of the world's most talented athlete being so completely indifferent? Link to NY Post article>>>



In some ways the whole situation is mindboggling. In other ways, Phelps is just a present day, commonplace reality for the postmodern majority of society. The situation presents both a sad backdrop and an outstanding opportunity. Some would say it is the opportunity to preach or teach the imperative of the sanctity of marriage and the nuclear family. Certainly, this would be one side of the coin. However, IMHO, the better opportunity is to share the Truth about our perfect Father in Heaven .

Our earthly parents can be stumbling blocks to our relationship with our Heavenly Father, not just by being poor examples, but also when they are elevated to the level of an idol. Those who have never set up their earthly relationships with their father as an idol are better open to the truth of what true and real Fatherhood looks like.

More often, it is the "orphans" of this world who are able to eagerly embrace the lovingkindness of our everlasting God. I see young people who have been abandoned (-not abused!-) by their earthly fathers as true "orphans," and I see o-p-p-o-r-t-u-n-i-t-y above challenge in the plight of American fatherlessness.


Monday, August 11, 2008

To the ends of the earth

"Every heart with Christ, a missionary; every heart without Christ, a mission field."
- Dick Hillis, former American Protestant Christian missionary to China

Here is an awesome study of modern missions: "Salvation to the Ends of the Earth" by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Peter T. O'Brien. I've only read about 1/3, but seriously recommend it to anyone interested in biblically rigorous theology on what God's Word says from Genesis to Revelation on the topic of mission.

Here is an introduction to Monergism.com's book review:
In light of the overwhelming abundance of materials on the practical aspects and New Testament examples of Christian mission, the relative scarcity of works intending to set forth the foundational principles of mission from the entire gamut of scriptural witness is conspicuous. This self-styled “biblical theology of mission” admirably fulfills a much-needed role in the pursuit of a rigorously biblical and redemptive-historically comprehensive framework for modern mission. more...

From God's Word: “he says: ‘It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.’” – Isaiah 49:6

Friday, August 1, 2008