December 2004 Blog Archives
Friday, December 31
8:46 AM I'm sitting here reading Acts 2 and thinking about evangelism. Now here's a missions opportunity that's just begging for me to participate in. I can already hear them playing "Aloha Oe" on their ukuleles. Or is it "Hawaii Pono I"? (Head slap.) Stop your dithering, Dave, the car shed roof is awaiting you.
8:43 AM Mark over at Gimme Back My Bullets joins the growing "chorus" of voices questioning the need for choirs in our churches. He has a nice summary of arguments. I don't want to speak for anyone but myself, but I know there's a grave need for more participation in our services than we currently have. At least our choir still sings the great hymns of the faith and a few of us can actually read music - which is becoming a lost art today. That's one of the prices we are paying for giving up hymnals and going with an overhead instead. If I had my druthers, I'd like to see the entire congregation bring whatever musical instrument they have and together blend their talents and voices in praise to God. I've seen this done, in fact, in home churches. Then again, in Ethiopia there was nary an instrument to be seen anywhere in church but some of the best praise music I have ever heard!
And one more thing: Stop with the cheeseball canned music already!
8:35 AM You should look up ninny in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then read this gushy essay:
8:18 AM It's hard to say what I loved the most about this great article about the short-lived Bush honeymoon. Folks, 3 million votes out of 120 million is hardly a mandate.
Thursday, December 30
5:36 PM Guess who's been nominated (scroll to the bottom) for the best culture blog of 2004? Let's see, there's Carmon Friedrich (great choice!), then there's Izzy Lyman (another great choice!), then there's little ol' DBO. I feel truly honored to be mentioned in such great company. Aakash, you are too much!
4:55 PM SERMON FOR DAVE: Yesterday I complained about being sore. Well, today I am sooooore. We got the basic structure of the car shed built today, which entailed lifting heavy cedar and pine posts into place and nailing them together with spikes (not nails). At the end of the work day I could hardly grip a pencil in my hand. I keep thinking of those pioneer farmers who did everything by hand. At least we have a tractor to help us with our building and farming. So while we can still call the land "the good earth" since God created it, it has been marred by sin, and as a result our labor is hard work permeated with "thorns and thistles" - i.e., tons of obstacles. It will be that way until Jesus comes, so get to use to it, Dave!
OK, sermon's over for tonight.
4:49 PM I'm not the first person to blog about how animals seem to have a sixth sense, but now the topic has come up with reference to the tragedy in the Indian Ocean.
I don't know what it is, but my Sheltie can tell just by looking in my eyes whether I'm telling him we're going for a walk or he is to bark or he can lick my ice cream bowl, or any number of other behaviors. And at least one of my horses needs absolutely no aids to get him to walk, trot, or canter. I just think it and it's done. It now seems that animals can feel subtle vibrations in the earth long before humans can. Amazing!
4:42 PM Pay attention to the "Peroutka 2004" site. It'll soon change to "God, Family, Republic." I just hope it keeps the John Lofton stuff.
8:59 AM Rewriting TULIP?
8:57 AM Growing up in Hawaii, we often heard the tsunami warning sirens whenever there was an earthquake in the Aleutians. Everyone had to evacuate to higher ground, causing considerable inconvenience to businesses (especially tourism). This happened on several occasions, but we had learned our lesson from the great April Fool's tidal wave that practically wiped out Hilo. So you can image that my eyes bugged out when I read this report that Thailand could have been warned about the approaching killer waves:
Perhaps they assumed that the tsunami would be blocked by Sumatra. I don't know. But tourism can't be that important, can it? Meanwhile, watch out for tsunami relief scams.
8:55 AM If you're reading this little blog of mine, you might be wondering which of my web pages receive the most hits. (OK, maybe you aren't wondering about it, but I am.) So, while I'm in a reflective mood, here are the Top Ten hits at DBO in the month of December:
8:43 AM I still think the Internet is underused by evangelicals to get the Word out. Especially among the post-literate. By the way, there's now a term for them: Generation Text.
8:40 AM Children, the hardest hit.
8:23 AM One of my daily stops is the Dow Blog. His posts are witty, insightful, and hopeful. His latest post on education is fantastic.
8:14 AM Antiquities trading in the Holy Land is, at best, a murky business.
7:45 AM I would never belong to a church that everyone knew as "Pastor So-and-So's church," this man usually being the "senior" pastor. The Bible makes it very clear that, while corporate instruction is limited to men (1 Tim, 2:11-12), all elders teach, not just one (1 Tim. 5:17). All elders are to be "apt to teach"( 1 Tim. 3:2). All elders are to be "pastor-teachers" (Eph. 4:11). To paraphrase Phil Lancaster, it is an affront to Jesus Christ and an insult to the other elders in the church for any pastor to assume the title Senior Pastor.
7:18 AM A Catholic theologian who was rebuked by the Pope for saying that all religions lead to God has died. Question: Why are evangelicals silent about our theologian-in-chief who says that Christians and Muslims pray to the same God? Immediately I'm struck by the RCC's willingness to confront (certain types of) heresy and our persistent head-in-the-sand approach toward theological heresy of the most egregious kind.
7:16 AM If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I think the world of this Greek professor. Here's a statement of his that is dynamite:
7:13 AM OK, we don't do the gift thing at Christmas, but if we did, I'd ask Santa for this book.
Wednesday, December 29
6:15 PM A warm welcome to the blogosphere, David. I look forward to reading your posts. Best wishes to you!
5:55 PM The other day I mentioned that my Arab and Thoroughbred have almost become inseparable. So today I rode both horses - at the same time. Well, not exactly. I saddled up Cody and off we went, Traveler cantering on the starboard side in gleeful abandon. The goats tried to follow but couldn't keep up. What a blast! What buddies!
5:43 PM Cutter and hauler. My son's job and mine, respectively. There's nothing like the smell of freshly cut pine and cedar. We hated to cut down such beautiful trees, but our 1820s-style "carriage house" (aka, carport) needs to be done before the heavy snows arrive next month. Some of the pines we hauled (by hand) topped 25 feet. Tomorrow we dig the post holes and begin construction. Tonight I feel - well, sore.
11:30 AM TSUNAMI UPDATE: Here's an important FYI from Baptist Press. Tonight I think we'll take an offering at our prayer meeting.
11:20 AM QOTD:
10:50 AM Just got a very kind invitation to teach Intermediate Greek at the Meserete Christos college in Addis Ababa next summer. This is the Mennonite school in whose chapel I spoke last November. I hope I can fit this in. I am already scheduled to teach elementary Greek for six weeks at the Evangelical Theological College there in June and July, after returning from our Reformation Tour to Germany, France, and Switzerland. It's shaping up to be another busy summer. Isn't God good?
10:40 AM Yesterday I talked about visiting with my in-laws, who served in Ethiopia with SIM. It's now my turn, I guess, to receive letters from my (former) students in Ethiopia. May I share one with you?
8:37 AM In the vein of "making spirits bright" this essay should make you truly happy this Christmas season, especially if you thought Michael New was a traitor for not wearing UN Blue. For the full story, go here.
8:28 AM Here's what you get when baggage handlers call in "sick" on Christmas Day. Not to worry, though. The government has launched an "investigation."
8:23 AM DRAFT UPDATE: Here's another good reason to get your kids out of government schools pronto.
8:20 AM A post-9/11 bump in seminary enrolment?
7:25 AM Justin Raimondo suggests (tongue in cheek) that we should have nuked Iraq, thus saving American lives and limbs, citing this disturbing report recommending the intentional targeting of noncombatants. This is eerie, folks. When we look back at the Iraqi debacle years from now and begin writing the new history books, guys like Raimondo and Pat Buchanan will be chapters in those annals, as they deserve to be. Still, you have to wonder: How many more lives will it take before we declare "victory" and leave? As Raimondo writes:
7:18 AM You saw it here first (maybe).
7:10 AM The Real Lincoln : A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. Read it if you haven't already.
7:05 AM The reason the New Testament was written in Greek (and not some other language) is due to one fact: a man named Alexander. But do we really need a dumbed-down "version" of his (love) life? This is ridiculous, people! Stick to history!
7:01 AM Did you know that il Papa is speaking out against watching TV or football games on Sundays? Good for him. As far as I can tell, anyone who champs at the bit during the meeting of the church because he can't wait to get home to watch his favorite team has his priorities real messed up. Why not simply luxuriate in the Lord on the Day of His Resurrection? That's what they did in the early church when they had a communal meal and a time of mutual sharing/exhortation. (By the way, don't you love that term - luxuriate? Shades of Christian hedonism!)
Tuesday, December 28
1:14 PM This goes out to everyone thinking about making New Year's resolutions. Yes, it's very convicting. I think it's safe to call Jonathan Edwards a great Christian! Read 70 Effective Resolutions.
12:45 PM Let us remember that all authority has been given to Christ. Jesus said so Himself (Matt. 28:18). Leaders, therefore, are not "over" the church in authority. Be careful of faulty translations that might imply otherwise. One is Acts 20:28: "...over whom the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers." This mistranslates the Greek preposition en as "over." The text actually reads "among whom...." Another example is Hebrews 13:17. Are leaders to "rule" and are we to "obey"? In the Greek there is no idea whatsoever of authority/power on the one hand, or blind, slavish obedience on the other. "Rule" means "stand before" or "lead," while "obey" is in the passive voice and means "allow yourselves to be persuaded by." The point is clear:
Jesus Christ alone is the one Head of the Church.
If this is so, shouldn't our church structures reflect that fact?
Monday, December 27
2:30 PM For anyone looking for an intelligible explanation for the terrible tragedy that occurred in the Indian Ocean, I highly recommend you spend some time reading the wisdom of a great Baptist preacher of yesteryear, Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
10:18 AM I want to extend a warm welcome to new visitors to DBO from catholictradition.blogspot.com, wildernessvoices.org, and draughthorsepress.com. Thanks also to the editors of the sites for posting links to our site or referring to our essays!
10:14 AM Jim Rudd, who does a fantastic job at Covenant News, just sent me this email:
As usual, Jim is right. It is perhaps an understatement to say that the evangelical right is manipulated by the secular press. Statist mags such as World Magazine don't help much either.
9:10 AM My father-in-law just had an interesting question about the origin of language, and we found this great site with loads of information to help us. Check it out!
8:40 AM Emails like the following one always grab my attention. But I'm just wondering, why do most evangelicals still not get it?
8:34 AM ALEXA A FAD? Ever notice how Alexa ratings used to be a big deal at certain websites? I've noted that some of them (such as LRC and Dixie Daily News) have removed their Alexa charts after their ratings began plummeting. It's all become a big joke, really, as this "bolster-your-Alexa-ratings" site indicates. (Below: LRC's ratings slump.)
At the same time, some of the best sites on the web have abysmal Alexa ratings. I'd venture to guess most people don't care anyway, unless they're advertisers.
8:23 AM How's this for a knock-dead graphic? The story I found it in is also an eye-opener. Read Why Did George W. Bush Let Osama bin Laden Escape from Tora Bora?
8:15 AM Wow. A whole year has gone by. Here are some ideas for your reading wish list:
DBO’s Books of the Year
Sunday, December 26
1:55 PM TRUE CONFESSIONS: It is interesting to see some of my favorite bloggers leaving the blogosphere. I write online because I love writing, not because I don't have other things to do, and certainly not because I can't (or don't) write anywhere else. I simply have things in my head that have to come out. I try to tell the truth as I see it, but I don't assume that anyone will agree with what I have to say. After a year of blogging I still feel like I'm trying to find my voice, and I have a constant conversation within me about how to blog and when. For better or for worse, I opt not to remain silent about most topics, but writing down my thoughts is a good way of setting them in concrete. I also try to post interesting links on my site - within minutes of an important news story you can get the word out and even have a comment or two to make about it.
Of course, I need to be very careful about what I write or link - there's always a slim chance someone out there might read it!
At any rate, happy web-logging to me - and to you, fellow blogsters!
1:14 PM Speaking of Jim Elliott, here's my favorite quote of his:
12:55 PM This evening we will be with Mama B and Grand-Daddy (my wife's parents) at an Ethiopian restaurant in Raleigh for some of the best cuisine in the world. Hot and spicy. I can already taste the injera, the Doro Wat, the Kai Wat, the Ethiopian Coffee. I can't wait for my father-in-law to see the video tape we shot in Ethiopia, including the testimonies from dozens of his former students attesting the impact he and Mrs. Lapsley had in their lives. Jim Elliott, martyred missionary to the Auca Indians, put it in these memorable words:
God indeed granted mom and dad a "host of children," and it is now our generation's turn to do our part. But why am I blithering on this way? You already know how much we love the Ethiopians!
12:39 PM Our little congregation (25 in attendance on any given Sunday morning) has given more than $1,500 this month to missions, including a very generous gift to the church in Burji, Ethiopia. All out of a heart of love. They say good things often come in small packages.... How I love the folk at Averett Baptist Church!
9:15 AM Just got an email correcting my use of "cow" to refer to our male calf Bert. What a strange trip the cyber highway can be.
9:14 AM The way things are going in our nation....
9:10 AM Now here's a subversive thought.
He could have thrown in RatherGate and election politics for good measure.
8:48 AM Not to pound a dead horse, but the question of how many units of biblical languages should be required in our seminaries assumes we answer another question first: Are pastors "preachers" or "teachers"? As I've stated my opinion elsewhere (see below), I'll only add that although mastering the languages is a rough road, it's the only way to go if we want to be able to teach the Word with credibility and authority.
8:45 AM The Baptist Board is currently pondering this question: How much Greek and Hebrew should be required in seminary? Perhaps the best comment comes from PreachinJesus:
All I can say to that is: Amen.
Saturday, December 25
11:39 AM In the latest twist on reality, an artist has rendered Jesus' face at the age of 12, based on the Shroud of Turin. This discovery may be unprecedented in all of human history. I know these are troubling times, but do we really need this kind of humor to cheer us up?
10:12 AM The new issue of News With Views has a great essay by Paul Proctor on our pseudo-conservative government in Washington. Here's what we can expect from them:
1. Roe vs. Wade will not be
I think Paul is essentially correct that the emerging New Right in America will have little or no positive impact on the culture.
10:10 AM Well, as much as I want the whole Iraq thing to die down, I simply can't resist:
I'm sure this discussion will continue for a long time. I promise to pick it up again in future blog posts and essays.
10:05 AM CHRISTMAS PLANS: Get the house ready for my in-laws, who will be visiting us from Dallas. Cut down cedars for the car shed posts (weather permitting). Take puppy for long walk. Feed oats to horses. Sing at Meadowview, the convalescent hospital in town. (Can you believe that most of these folks never have a single visitor on Christmas? But that's a topic for another time.) Relax and listen to Hodie and Gloria.
9:55 AM Tom Ascol says to forget about trying to keep Christ in Christmas. We need to keep Christ in Christianity. So there you have it.
9:53 AM Robert Webber is the author of The Younger Evangelicals. In it he predicts: "Lots of people are starting neighborhood groups or house churches. The emerging church is being birthed underground. Give it a few years, and it's going to explode." There is a great deal of frustration out there with the traditional church. Perhaps the best comment comes from A. W. Tozer: “We must have a new reformation. There must come a violent break with the irresponsible, amusement-mad paganized pseudo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ and which is being spread all over the world by unspiritual men employing unscriptural methods to achieve their end.” Last year at this time I wondered the same thing about our Christmas celebrations, which tend to squeeze out the centrality of the cross. I'll have more to say later, but if you want my take on Christ's Mass, go here.
9:50 AM FARM UPDATE: We finished the smoke house yesterday. Just need to complete the shelving, then we'll store our reenacting stuff inside. What I'm still trying to figure out is: Why do people let these quaint old structures self-destruct through time and neglect? At any rate, their loss is (often) our gain. Now the question is: Anyone know of an old horse barn someone wants moved? Well, maybe we'll just do it ourselves and have an old-fashioned barn raising.
Friday, December 24
6:25 PM While we were in Azanou's village I sketched the portraits of the children we met. It was neat to see the expressions of glee when I presented the kids with their likenesses. I found drawing to be a good ice-breaker wherever we traveled in Ethiopia. The young lady I am sketching here finally sold me one of her baskets - after I had talked the price down about 50%. She kept pleading with me that she needed my ballpoint pen for her school work. Before we left the village, I gave it to her.
2:42 PM When I took the photo of Azanou that appears on today's front page and in our lead essay, I never imagined this picture would mean so much to us as it does today. My wife is holding a basket she bought for a dear friend of ours (the homeschooling mom of nine children) as well as the "lunch pail" she purchased from Azanou. It is this lunch pail that I will proudly use this coming semester when I take my lunch to work. Azanou himself is holding the lunch pail he gave us as a gift of his love. The boy next to him is holding a flask made from cow's horn (which we also purchased). You can see how happy these children are despite their living conditions (no electricity, no running water, etc.). I think you can also see how easy it was for us to be touched by Azanou's condition. I did not mention it, but Azanou is from the one and only Falasha village in Ethiopia, situated near the town of Gonder. The village is comprised mostly of Ethiopian Jews. Though most of them have emigrated to Israel, a handful of mix-blooded Falashas remain in this tiny village on the road to Axum. Our tour guide made special arrangements for us to tour this site, and now we see the hand of God in it. Please pray for us as we seek the Lord's guidance for Azanou's corneal transplant operation, and if any of you have had any experiences with this procedure, feel free to share with us your perspective. And thank you so much for your prayers on behalf of Azanou.
12:18 PM Rummy sent back to Iraq. Hmm, do ya think he shook hands with Saddam this time?
12:15 PM MODERN CHURCH MUSIC: OK, who said it?
The author was William Romaine, and the year was 1775.
11:23 AM It happened a week ago today. It was four o'clock in the morning when I heard a loud noise coming from the pasture. Our cow "Bert" was being savagely mauled by a hunting dog. I found Bert in the frigid pond, desperately trying to fend off his enemy. His nostrils had been reduced to mush, and he was suffering from hypothermia. Bert was dying. My son and I somehow managed to drag him out of the pond and we covered him with warm blankets. My wife administered Penicillin to ward off pneumonia. That day was freezing cold. Bert gasped for air through his mangled nose.
Today I am grateful to say that Bert is almost back to normal. The Lord healed his nostrils and he is eating normally. We spent hours tending to his needs, but it was God who brought him back to life.
I could not think of a better Christmas present.
11:20 AM Your kids will have a blast with this. I'm talking about the Dialectizer. If you haven't checked it out you simply must. Its "dialects" include Elmer Fudd:
This is weawwy neat!
Thursday, December 23
1:33 PM When studying in Israel I visited the ruins of the Pool of Bethesda but not of this pool.
1:25 PM AMERICA AS GOD: Bush divinizes America by ascribing to our nation what can only be said about Christ:
Remember this the next time you read John 1:1-5.
1:23 PM How's your handwriting? Find out by entering this contest. (Sorry, no cash prizes.)
10:55 AM In Malaysia, the government wants references to Christ to be removed from carols. They may be on to something here. It wouldn't hurt us to exercise some discernment when it comes to the words of our most beloved Christmas hymns, as this essay notes.
10:36 AM I often have students ask me where they can earn an accredited European doctorate without having to relocate. The Highland Theological College in Scotland offers just such an accredited Ph.D. program. This looks like an excellent course of study. From their online catalogue:
If you are interested in other opportunities, feel free to email me and I will send you some additional links.
10:23 AM Here's a handy bookstore for you students of one of the neatest languages in the world (other than Hawaiian Pidgin, of course).
10:16 AM The largest volcano in the solar system. And I thought Mauna Kea was big.
Wednesday, December 22
6:50 AM Le mot juste:
6:49 AM "Bush is the first incumbent president to have an approval rating below 50 percent one month after winning re-election." A new record - in failure! Not to worry, though. ABCCBSCNNNBCFochsNoose to the rescue!
6:47 AM Looking for that perfect Christmas gift?
Tuesday, December 21
9:15 AM There's an interesting discussion on Bible translation over at the Baptist Forum and, for what it's worth, I'll jump into the discussion for a minute. (I will, of course, leave out of the discussion for the time being the International Standard Version - both because the Old Testament isn't completed yet and because I served as the New Testament editor and am therefore totally biased.) In my opinion, the major differences between modern English translations is not so much the reading level or style of the English per se as it is the underlying Greek text. As everyone knows, there is a huge debate today between those who prefer the modern critical Greek text and those who back the so-called Majority text (often confused with the Textus Receptus). From my limited study of the science of New Testament textual criticism, it is my conclusion that, in places of textual variation, the best reading is generally found in the Byzantine text type, which is represented by the majority of Greek manuscripts. This is not, however, to say that the Byzantine text type is a perfect or pure text type. All of the major text types have been corrupted to a greater or lesser degree by copyists' errors. What I have found in doing collations of Matthew's Gospel, for example, is that the Byzantine text type least often stands alone in places of variation, which, again in my view, attests its good quality. So then, in my opinion I would recommend that Bible readers use a translation that is based on the Majority/Byzantine text type - which means we are talking about the KJV or the NKJV. The Nelson Study Bible, which uses the NKJV, is an excellent resource for those wanting some built-in helps. If you would like to read more about my views on the text of the New Testament and Bible translation, you might want to take a peek at these books:
Even better, why not take a basic course in New Testament Greek then get yourself a Greek New Testament? With that in mind, Southeastern Seminary will be videotaping my Elementary Greek course this J-Term and Spring semester, and by this coming summer yall will be able to take my course on DVD!
8:10 AM Who says nothing good can come out of California? Here's a dandy of an essay by a fellow living in Oakland-by-the-Bay. A classic oxymoron - the Bushism "catastrophic success" - is its subject. Superb!
7:55 AM "The more things change...."
7:38 AM "Most bloggers are women" and other blog factlets you didn't know.
7:22 AM Bored? Try playing Bible Dingbats.
7:15 AM BAH HUMBUG: Another reason not to observe Christmas.
Monday, December 20
2:10 PM My gardener wife and I are looking for a book by Ruth Stout: Gardening Without Work. It is out of print. Anyone know where I can get a used copy?
1:05 PM Hadn't thought of this, Charles. Thanks!
Don't I have some awesome readers!
12:32 PM For 27 years I lived in the erstwhile Golden State. California is a symbol of America’s future if we do not stop illegal immigration. It is 40 billion dollars in debt and is being destroyed culturally and economically by illegal immigration. The federal government is not even trying to stop it. With the 160,000 troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan assigned to the defense of the United States of America, we could man the US/Mexico border from the Pacific to the Mexican Gulf with an armed soldier every 75 feet. I think Steve Greenhut is right. It's time to say Hasta la Vista, America!
9:55 AM Go LadyEagle!
9:50 AM Kinsley muses about blogging. I agree completely with his excellent assessment.
9:14 AM Despite its infelicities of grammar - or maybe precisely because of them - this is one of the most inspiring emails I have ever received:
7:50 AM DUMB DECISION OF THE YEAR: The man who said "We are resolved to root out terrorism wherever it exists to save the world from freedom" has been named Time Magazine's Poster Boy:
Time mistakes Bush's resolve for intransigence. Heads of states have to think. In Bush's regime there is no flexibility, only fear of weakness. Well, what do you expect from a nation that is stupefied by our newspapers and newsmagazines, however "left" or "right" the group-think.
7:45 AM John MacArthur on leadership (and its phony substitutes):
7:35 AM Here's a brief response to our essay on tithing. Very well put, I thought.
7:28 AM In his essay, “The Modern Threats to Religious Freedom: They Are Greater than One May Think,” William Anderson exposes the dangers awaiting America:
7:23 AM President Bush is vowing that the United States will never retreat from Iraq. It's called "quagmire," Mr. President.
7:20 AM The Baptists' unpardonable sin.
7:12 AM I don't have a lot of spare time, but I did manage to read Senator Robert Byrd's outstanding autobiography yesterday. Now here's a man who is willing to stand alone.
7:10 AM In his book Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Word, 1976, p. 21), former United States Senator Mark Hatfield has described the lack of ideals in the political world with great insight: “Such ideals are, for all practical purposes, disregarded. At best, they form stirring rhetoric for speeches to constituents. Rarely are they what move men and women to seek and preserve political power. A façade of statesmanlike idealism conceals a brothel of egomania and lust for power which prostitutes those in political life for often nothing more than personal vain-glory.” A brothel of egomania. Such seems to be the case with outgoing Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.
Saturday, December 18
9:50 PM Anyway you look at it, this story is heart-wrenching.
6:23 PM QOTD:
4:05 PM AMERICAN REBELS: "The revolution by which a self-governing, decentralized, diversified, and participatory republic (such as the one that the U.S. Constitution and its drafters originally founded) is replaced by an elite-ruled, centralized, uniform state, economy, and mass cultural empire - this is exactly what Americans now involved in grassroots protests are rebelling against." LINK.
4:00 PM I'd rather starve than pay for airline food. Come to think of it, even when they serve a meal I starve....
11:30 AM So you still want to tithe? Here's how one mega-church is doing it.
Link. (Kepi tip: Dr. Lyman.)
9:55 AM From today's mailbag:
It was very kind of you to write, John, and I appreciate your support and prayers. It was not so very long ago that I too just happened to "stumble" across a website that got me rethinking my priorities and values. Isn't God good?
7:36 AM Does the buck ever stop at the White House? It doesn't today, and it didn't in 1941 with the Pearl Harbor fiasco:
Read The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor. Our solders and sailors could have been warned - should have been warned - but were not. It is an unbelievable tale of an attack that most certainly was not a "surprise"!
7:34 AM STRANGE BUT TRUE: Now here's a first. Yesterday, as my son went to the store to buy more nails, I did what every hippomaniac would do. I saddled up and went for a ride. Now, my Arabian gelding and my Thoroughbred race horse are practically inseparable, and whenever I ride one horse, the other always runs hither and thither in a bout of grave and incurable anxiety for his friend. Alas, the pastures are all fenced in, making it impossible for the forsaken horse to meet up with his alter ego. Well, as I was returning to Bradford Hall on my Arab, guess who jumps in the pond and swims across to be with us? Can you believe that? Traveler swam across the deepest part of an acre and a half pond because he missed Cody. Don't tell me country living ain't interesting!
7:32 AM A former student of mine has started his own blog. It's called Faith and Dominion. Check it out - you'll like it!
7:30 AM It's official: The second most senior member in the Church of England has declared his nation is no longer "Christian." And yet we are lax about sending missionaries to Europe? I don't get it.
Friday, December 17
7:30 AM SPECIAL NOTICE:
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(OK, this is a spoof, inspired by today's front page of a widely read libertarian site. You know, somebody ought to write an essay about the shameless begging [er, appeals for financial support] that goes on all the time on the Internet. Come to think of it, someone already has.)
7:24 AM We're putting the tin back on the roof of our new smoke house today. Just in time for the rain and light snow they're predicting for this weekend. These old buildings are just plain nifty and are a blast to reconstruct. My son (and fellow carpenter, really my BOSS) ran across this ditty that says it all:
7:22 AM ON A LIGHTER NOTE: Elvis is alive and well. As you know, he's working at MacDonald's in Waikiki. (Nostalgic note: I used to work in a restaurant in Waikiki when I took a semester off from college. I would surf all day and bus tables all night in one of those fancy, upscale restaurants. Then I would spend all my tip money eating - where else? - at the MacDonald's on Kalakua Blvd.)
7:20 AM You geeky types will enjoy this one (it's way over my head). The British government's intelligence service has launched a Christmas code cracker quiz in a bid to attract new recruits. It's based on the famous Enigma machine of WWII. If you take the challenge, let me know how you fared.
7:16 AM A friend of mine once asked me if I thought our generation would be the first one entirely equipped with hearing aids. Spiritually, we are just as hard of hearing. Blessed is the man who keeps his ears attuned to heaven (John 10:27), not the idiot box.
7:15 AM Rats! He beat me to it. I wanted to be the first educator to say you don't need a college education.
7:12 AM NEWS YOU CAN USE: Are you a "Woosie" preacher? Don't even know what the term means? Find out here.
7:10 AM I couldn't agree more, Mr. Moyers. The New Right has co-opted the media from Fox News to MSNBC to Sean Hannity, et. al. The press has indeed failed America. That's why I gave two cheers to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.
Happy retirement, by the way.
Thursday, December 16
7:55 AM It's infuriating! Soft-skinned trucks and Humvees. That's how much we think of our soldiers? Heads should roll, but the cover-up only continues.
7:50 AM "Three studies in the review have shown that women who have migraines and who take oral contraceptives were up to 8 times more likely to have a stroke than those not taking the pill. Strokes are caused when a blood clot forms and blocks the flow of blood in the brain. The researchers postulate that the increase of blood flow during a migraine attack is a cause." LINK.
7:48 AM Does the UK have its own Guantanamo?
7:45 AM QOTD:
From "Psalm of Life"- Longfellow.
Wednesday, December 15
10:10 AM FARM UPDATE: Today is the day, folks. The smoke house is going up. Yesterday we somehow managed to move the remaining walls and flooring from our neighbor's farm, and, as God gives us strength, up it goes today behind Bradford Hall. It'll make a perfect match for our garden shed. Don't yall just love old buildings?
10:07 AM Okay, our family doesn't do the gift thing, but if you're thinking about buying a good Christmas present that will last a while, why not boogie over to Carmon's site and check out the great book deals she has going? However annoying it is to see a title by Sean Hannity, it's still a bargain basement.
10:07 AM I'm sorry, I don't know much about local Afghani politics, but isn't the mayor of Kabul just a wee bit too expensive?
10:05 AM What would happen if you inputted just the first letter of a search on Google? Here's the answer.
9:55 AM Thanks to all who turned out for the third annual Christmas party at the Oxford Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp. You folks have every right to feel tired this morning. It was a period dance which my son called. He also instructed us on proper etiquette.
"Never dance without gloves. This is an imperative rule. It is best to carry two pair, as in the contact with dark dresses, or in handling refreshments, you may soil the pair you wear on entering the room, and will thus be under the necessity of offering your hand covered by a soiled glove, to some fair partner. You can slip unperceived from the room, change the soiled for a fresh pair, and then avoid that mortification."
8:31 AM Some good advice on laying down worldly things. Thanks for the tip, Charles.
Tuesday, December 14
7:59 AM LRC has a great read this morning on why most of us prefer the Internet to the newspapers. Now there's word that entire libraries of books are going to digitalized - by the good folks at Google, no less. This shouldn't be too hard nowadays. I sent my last three books to the publisher by the click of a mouse, after all.
7:45 AM "The Christians have no future here." Guess where?
7:25 AM Tithing Update: Here's another quote from David Jeremiah's booklet on teaching children how to tithe:
This, I'm afraid to say, is your average Baptist's understanding of giving. Give one-tenth to God, and you're scot-free to do whatever you want with the rest.
7:23 AM Is Iran next? I mean, this is as much a spiritual/ethical/moral issue as it is a political one, folks.
7:22 AM It's that time of the year. Big surf is back on the North Shore, and I mean some pretty radical stuff. Can anything beat a squeaky-clean Pipeline tuber like the one pictured below? I can literally feel the spray.
7:21 AM An "atta-boy" to John McCain for riding the prez hard on his Iraq policy. I bet he even voted for Kerry. One thing's for sure: The 2008 campaign is already heatin' up! Michael and Chuck, we haven't forgotten you!
7:20 AM VENDORS OF WORDS: It's with great joy that I announce that the DBO blog has been harassing cyberspace travelers for over a year now, joining about a zillion other self-styled pundits who have convinced themselves that other people might actually enjoy reading what they write. So, if I may be permitted to quote from my very first entry:
Yep, I really enjoy spreading ideas, especially when they're free. So here's to you for making this happen. After all, if it wasn't for your kind emails, this dribble probably would have dried up long ago.
7:18 AM Devvy Kidd has a new post about the latest GOP-approved "security" measure that flies in the face of our now-forgotten Bill of Rights. I found this article to be right on the money. Great stuff!
7:14 AM BATTLE OF THE BULGE: Does it bother anyone else that we (Baptists) are the most obese Christians in America? The only overweight people you find in Ethiopia are those who own cars (and there are only a handful of them). Anyway, I don't know about you, but by God's grace I'm determined to overcome the ubiquitous pastor's pouch.
7:12 AM Yet another theological oxymoron: "creative incoherence." Yeesh. Is it that easy to become educated beyond one's intelligence?
7:10 AM Got a nice email yesterday from somebody wanting to know if I had studied under Dr. Oscar Cullmann during my years in Basel. Actually, Cullmann had already retired by the time I arrived in Switzerland, but I did have several opportunities to meet with him in his home on the Birmannsgasse (the same street where I lived when I first came to Basel). I was deeply impressed with his scholarship and humility - that beautiful balance between humanitas and pietas that also characterized my Doktorvater, Prof. Bo Reicke. I still think Cullmann's Christology is the best book ever written on the subject (excluding the New Testament itself, of course). If you haven't read it yet, you simply must!
Monday, December 13
4:40 PM Since I've been blogging about Iraq today, I might as well go for the trifecta and post this link about this poor soul.
4:37 PM It must be 20 degrees out there. Could hardly hold the oat buckets for the horses. (Yep, I forgot my gloves.) The Million Dollar Question: When's the first snow?
4:34 PM Been writing all day, so this brought some comic relief. I dig the beard, by the way.
11:46 AM Another interesting blog I just stumbled across. Check it out. Actually, the author happened to email me and provided a link. Thanks!
8:12 AM It's tempting, VERY tempting. But the ground's still too wet, methinks. Riding my thoroughbred Traveler, that is. Maybe tomorrow....
8:10 AM "Republican war can be acceptable as long as it's balanced by the participation of the überstatists at the United Nations. Mass murder is not a crime, you see – as long as you don't try to pull it off yourself." Read more.
7:59 AM This just in from my good friend Lee Shelton, editor of Ever Vigilant, a top dawg site if there ever was one. Lee's got some good thoughts on the tithe, and more....
7:45 AM This headline caught my attention. I'm thinking: Will this really make the Spanish people feel more safe?
7:43 AM Given the propensity of the GOP toward anti-leftism, institutional Republicans believe they have no reason to resist the government's unconstitutional anti-terrorism policies. The agreement among the GOP faithful to numerous pieces of "emergency" legislation that curtail civil liberties not only strengthens the president's hands but will play into his strategy of spreading democracy (i.e., secular humanism) worldwide. Fortunately for all of us, there are still some sane voices out there. Here's one.
7:40 AM Some of us may remember the jingle: As Tommy Snooks and Bessie Brooks were walking out one Sunday, said Tommy Snooks to Bessie Brooks, "Tomorrow will be Monday." This is thought to be a record low in inane conversation, but I'm not so sure.
7:37 AM Name the face (he was 21 at the time and a student at Oxford).* O the joys of youth.
* rialB ynoT
7:05 AM If there's one thing Baptists do well, it's giving. This week a friend who works with their church's AWANA program gave us a check for almost 150 dollars, raised by the children of their church to support the Lord's work in Burji, Ethiopia. This is half of what it costs to support a fulltime evangelist for a whole year. Someone else kicked in the remaining money, so now this little group of children in rural Virginia will have their very own Ethiopian missionary.
Sunday, December 12
6:37 PM Another theological oxymoron.
6:34 PM I can see this website becoming very addicting.
6:30 PM WANTED: Cyber-evangelist to the millions in China who surf the web. Predictions are that Chinese will become the predominant language of web users worldwide, overtaking English. Let's wise up, church, and take advantage of this!
6:23 PM QOTD:
1:43 PM This is one of my favorite portraits of General Lee. The reason I mention him is that this afternoon we are attending the Christmas concert of one of the youth in our church, which will be held in the Robert E. Lee auditorium on the school's campus in Chase City. Unbelievable that the name hasn't been changed by the PC crowd - yet. Speaking of the general, we are now in the planning stages of our annual Lee-Jackson dinner here at Bradford Hall - a formal, black tie affair followed by a period Lyceum. I'm just doing my civic duty as a proud citizen of Virginia....
1:15 PM The Dow Blog is talking about it...the movement in the SBC to rescue our kids from those government indoctrination centers. I know just how insidious they are since I am the product of three - Kainalu School, Kailua Intermediate School, and Kailua High School. That's why I like homeschooling so much. The big question, of course, is whether we are willing to take the Bible seriously on these matters (see Deut. 6; Eph. 6). Not that I'm too sure that belief in inerrancy always leads to saner or more biblical lifestyles....
12:30 PM Recently one of my students in Ethiopia sent me a letter asking my opinion on whether practicing polygamists who come to Christ should be allowed to be baptized. This was my response:
In short, although the New Testament teaches monogamy as the ideal or normal form of marriage, in my view it does not expressly prohibit polygamy except in the case of a church leader. Yet should not the qualifications for elders and deacons in 1 Timothy be traits that all of us should strive to emulate?
One final thought. In the Old Testament, there are dozens of passages where polygamy is mentioned, and it always results in trouble, jealousy, and strife. The subtle hint is that polygamy is a great temptation to evil. As you know, Solomon had 700 wives. We read in Deut. 17:17: “He [the king] must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray.” And then we read in 1 Kings 11:3: “His wives led him astray.” How tragic! Then there is the story of Lamech in Genesis 4 (where polygamy is mentioned for the first time in the Bible), a story that implies that polygamy is a corruption of God’s initial intention of what marriage should be. Therefore, it seems to me that just as God allowed divorce because of the sinfulness of man, so He evidently permitted polygamy for a time, even though it was (and probably still is) the cause of great heartache, much like divorce.
8:45 AM In other happy news: there's a giant statue of Jesus being erected along Interstate 75, but it'll have to compete with Larry Flint's billboards.
8:40 AM Will the next revival come as a result of Christian bloggers? I doubt it, but I do agree that more pastors could be blogging. I'm really a Johnny Come Lately to this whole blogging thing, but I do think it's going to become a trend among Christians. The key fact to remember is that blogging takes work and consistent effort. Blogs are being abandoned as quickly as they are being started, and even those I check regularly are rarely updated daily. These are not really blogs, in my opinion.
8:35 AM The Messiah was presented last night at the seminary. Kudos to Dr. John Davis and the choir for an outstanding job. And the orchestra? Magnificent!
Saturday, December 11
5:36 PM My son just heard this joke:
Sadly, this is not a joke.
8:55 AM The House of Degenhart just celebrated Multi-Cultural Day with an ode to their German ancestry. You'll love it. Since I've got more sauerkraut than spaghetti in my blood I can identify. And yes, the VW Beetle was the concoction of Adolph, believe it or not! (There were oodles of VWs in Ethiopia, by the way.)
8:43 AM Now this was refreshing. I'm excited to pass on the news that I am not alone in thinking this way!
8:35 AM Here's an interesting infographic:
8:34 AM Les blogs anglais comportent maintenant moins de 50% des blogs dans le monde entier. Englische blogs enthalten jetzt weniger als 50% von den blogs weltweit. Und so weiter....
Friday, December 10
9:32 PM BTW - tomorrow night is the performance of Handel's magnificent Messiah at the seminary's Binkley Chapel (shown below). Starts at 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
(BTW2 - The most stirring rendition of the Messiah I have ever heard was in Israel, as performed by a kibbutz choir with full orchestra.)
5:55 PM My political great awakening began just a few short years ago. Among the chief culprits on this religious-cleansing campaign was Lewis Goldberg, who until very recently published a website called the Patriotist. Lewis and his site constantly reminded me that it's impossible not to be committed to some value system, and his editorial labors will be sorely missed. God bless, and fare thee well, my friend.
5:43 PM The following is a sampling of letters I'm getting on my essays dealing with the New Right:
5:22 PM "Speaking outside the court after the hearing, a relieved Trevor Adams said: 'I will continue in my job as huntsman, and will continue to offer the pest control service the landowners and farmers have requested from us. I am personally very pleased that our interpretation of the new form of hunting has been supported by this judgment.'" Read more on Scotland's fox hunting "pest control service."
4:45 PM Like most Americans I was glad when the election was over, but even gladder to see that more and more of us voted for principle over politics. The difference, as we've been writing about on these pages for two years now, is at a worldview level.
4:35 PM Heartiest thanks to those who attended our Ethiopian report last Sunday night at our wonderful home church in Virginia. We had 25 in attendance (a large Sunday evening crowd for our church) and raised over $600 to support the believers in Burji. The money will support two full time Ethiopian evangelists for one entire year! We wired the funds today, and this morning I spoke personally with the church's superintendent in Burji. These gifts are GREATLY appreciated and, needless to say, will meet many needs in the Horn of Africa. Thanks again to all who came and contributed.
4:28 PM My son, chicken farmer par excellence, thought this was funny:
Teddy Roosevelt Fathered the 'Bush Doctrine'," by William Marina
4:15 PM More kudos for Francis Schaeffer:
I've heard him speak, too, Rubén, and I agree totally with your assessment. By the way, we Jesus Freaks gotta stick together - we're not getting any younger!
4:05 PM My father-in-law is still serving the Ethiopian church. Here's his latest endeavor, http://www.good-amharic-books.co, along with his promo:
Thursday, December 9
12:56 PM Yes, I am a HUGE Francis Schaeffer fan. Since not everyone has heard about him (you know you're getting old when you say "Francis Schaeffer" and everyone goes "Who?"), here are a couple of good links:
My wife and I are doing something similar at our Virginia farm and enjoying it tremendously.
12:48 PM Day before yesterday I spent two hours on the phone with Dell Support trying to improve my monitor resolution. We tried this and that, but nothing worked. Later I called my IT guy at the seminary and in two seconds he had revolved the issue (I simply needed to adjust my Net Zero settings). This is the picture on the Dell technical support webpage. No wonder she couldn't help me - she was too busy posing for their ad.
12:36 PM Who said the Brits don't have a sense of humor? (Or is he perhaps being serious?)
12:20 PM BELIEVE IT OR NOT: "Britney Spears" is an anagram for "Presbyterians."
12:17 PM Too rainy to work outdoors today so checked my emails and received this heart-warming message:
Yes, it is good to be back. Thanks for sending me this gem of an email.
8:43 AM I devoted a whole chapter to this topic in my latest book, but to hear the same views expressed by a Yankee is like drinking a cup of Ethiopian coffee on the front porch of Bradford Hall (which, by the way, I am getting ready to do with my lovely wife). Read A Yankee Apology.
7:30 AM It's like being punched in the nose every morning. I'm talking about these superbly written devotions by Oswald Chambers. Read today's if you dare.
7:28 AM This was just posted by Dr. Lyman. I hope that parents here in the Old Dominion State will be more discerning about their children's education.
7:25 AM Only bloggers will want to read this.
7:23 AM The Herald-Sun of North Carolina is offering blogs to political candidates. If I run for governor, I might take them up on it.
Just kidding. Keep up the good work.
7:18 AM This is one for rottenessays.com.
Who are we to criticize Europe for being a bunch of wacko liberals? (Come to think of it, that's a pretty consistent theme among the New Right.)
7:16 AM Operation Streeeeeetch.
7:14 AM The day is coming when all of us - each and very one of us - will have to make a similar, fateful, life-changing decision.
7:12 AM There are plenty of people not named George Bush who aren't falling at the feet of Donald Rumsfeld, so I'm not surprised to see the anger of our troops coming to the surface. (Oh, by the way, charges will not be pressed. How gracious of our government. Aren't you relieved to know we are still the home of the free as well as the land of the brave?)
7:05 AM As an artist and a Christian I found the rush by evangelicals to canonize Gibson for making The Passion pretty inane. It's at best just a movie made by one man, and at worst a breach of the Second Commandment. Decide for yourself.
Wednesday, December 8
6:30 AM There are no easy answers to the question, How much time should I spend preparing my sermons? Here's one answer to that query.
6:25 AM HOMESCHOOL UPDATE: Moving from burden to lifestyle. An excellent essay by Charlene Notgrass.
6:23 AM Them Brits are at it again - inventing new verbs, and willfully engaging in other abuses of words, apostrophes, etc. The shame of it all!
6:20 AM I'll never forget attending an outdoor performance of Turandot with my wife while we were visiting Rome. Era magnifico! I see that La Scala has reopened. Now, attending an opera in that beautiful hall would be a real treat.
Tuesday, December 7
4:59 PM It's this Saturday night at the seminary chapel. Can't wait!
4:55 PM There are significant differences between the traditional church (like the one you might attend) and the New Testament church. Here's a succinct summary of those differences for your perusal and consideration. Perhaps you can use it as a basis for discussion in your Sunday School class or small group. Hope it helps.
4:45 PM The Abortion Abolitionist. A superb read!
4:12 PM Flash cards for the vocabulary in my beginning Greek grammar, Learn to Read New Testament Greek, are now available on the web at:
Sincerest thanks to Troy A. Griffitts of the CrossWire Bible Society for rendering this service to students of Greek.
2:59 PM I had a craving for these while in Ethiopia. Man alive, what makes them soooo gooood?
2:58 PM What do these words have in common?
The are all borrowed from this language. (J-Term students, take heart!)
2:57 PM Happy Birthday to Horace, Latin poet, born this day in 65 BC. He authored Ars Poetica, a book I still use to teach my students rhetoric.
11:14 AM DBO contributor Matt Gamel sent me these observations about TV. (You know, Matt, I too think I was born at least a century too late!)
8:17 AM When I was growing up, the "Day of Infamy" was December 7, 1941. Not so anymore. No doubt America's vision of empire, like Japan's Empire of the Sun, will one day pass. But at what cost?
8:15 AM "Just in time for Christmas, America's two largest news magazines devote this week's cover stories to debunking the story of Jesus' birth. Among the conclusions in Time and Newsweek: Jesus was born in Nazareth, not Bethlehem; there is little evidence of three kings following a star, and the story of the virgin birth may have been borrowed."
7:22 AM From today's mailbag:
7:20 AM Over the years bibliophile Carmon Friedrich has taken a lot of hits on her website - in fact, over a million. Kudos and heartiest congratulations!
7:18 AM Guess what? The Founders of our nation had an antipathy toward militarism - a fact well-documented in this essay by Jacob Hornberger.
7:15 AM A belated Happy Birthday, Terri.
7:12 AM December 7, 1941, is a day that had many "what ifs." For example, we know the Japanese were detected by a mobile radar station at Kahuku Point on Oahu's north shore 52 minutes before the attack began. The inexperienced operators reported the finding to headquarters. The young officer in charge mistook the formation as a flight of U.S. planes due from the West Coast. He told the operators to ignore the data. Many people also do not realize that the windward side of the island, where I grew up, saw action at both Kaneohe and Bellows Field. I remember climbing to the top of the pillboxes still in the area, including the one at Lanikai Point, which offers a superb 360 degree view of windward Oahu.
Below is a photo of Lanikai with Flat Island in the foreground and Kaneohe (where our aircraft were attacked on Dec. 7) in the background.
7:10 AM He was a New Testament scholar who waged war not only against theological liberalism but also against ever-increasing government power. Read about him here.
7:05 AM Here's a very interesting aspect of television viewing that I overlooked in my essay TV Or Not TV? Thanks to a perceptive DBO reader for pointing this out to me:
7:03 AM Church growth methods that are highly questionable.
Monday, December 6
4:03 PM Tired of the neo-dark ages? Fresh agrarian winds are a-blowin'.
4:00 PM The real Lincoln. (In other words, we've had this problem for a long time, folks.)
9:34 AM J-Term Greek students, take a look at this link on learning New Testament Greek. It will blow you away!
7:58 AM Guess who made this loving statement:
7:55 AM Russmo just about says it all:
7:52 AM From the mailbag:
Thank you, Sir, for this very kind expression of support.
7:50 AM HISTORY UPDATE: November 28 is a little-known holiday. In the Kingdom of Hawaii, November 28 was an official holiday called Ka La Kuokoa, or Independence Day, commemorating the day in 1843 when England and France formally recognized Hawaii's independence. Because I was born and raised in Hawaii as a kamaaina, I have little stomach for the illegal overthrow of the monarchy that took place a century ago through a faked revolution and puppet government. Not surprisingly, the native Hawaiians are seeking recognition of their sovereignty and are also seeking justice through legal means, a fulfillment of trust commitments, and the settlement of land claims.
7:47 AM I have never made the case for the appeasement of our Islamic enemies; but policies that are likely to diminish terrorism are saner than those which merely perpetuate the violence. It's interesting to note that even the Pentagon is now admitting that we have lost the hearts of minds of Islamists worldwide, despite our efforts at "pacification."
7:45 AM Three great thoughts from a marvelous New Testament and Greek professor of yesteryear:
7:42 AM Government grade school costs more than college. And the results are just as abysmal. Read about it here.
7:40 AM The consequences of constitutional ignorance.
7:35 AM Lindsey Hurd reviews How to Read a Book.
7:33 AM Ban truth, reap tyranny. Read the latest updated essay by Berit Kjos.
7:30 AM The Bikehiker is being impeccably logical, again:
Saturday, December 4
9:45 AM From my morning devotional:
8:32 AM I can identify with Phil Kent's frustrations and struggles to be a good father. Read his testimony and let it encourage and motivate you this day to at least begin PRAYING more fervently that God would help you to become a godly leader in your home.
8:28 AM Want to teach your kids what real life is all about? Here's how.
8:23 AM "Bush Elected, Work Done."
8:19 AM And the winner is:
7:34 AM Youth Ministry Update: In 1968 W. J. Seaton wrote this essay on The Problem of Youth in our Evangelical Churches. I was a freshman in high school at the time and leading our church "youth group." I am convinced now that this did more harm than good, as our youth group become a clique within the congregation and did very little by way of service to the senior adults. I can only wish that I had been exposed to essays such as the one by Mr. Seaton long before I left for college in California.
7:32 AM Destroying Fallujah to Save It: The following email I received yesterday is the perfect caption to Clay Bennett's latest cartoon on Iraq.
7:31 AM Meet "Rambo." He actually thinks America is safer because of the Department of Homeland Security.
Friday, December 3
7:15 PM I had an extremely busy day at the seminary, meeting with students and getting caught up with my faculty colleagues, so blogging has been kind of slow, but I did want to alert you to an excellent essay published today by Debbie O'Hare, who (like so many of us) thinks the Christian right has taken a hard turn to the left. Here's a teaser:
I'm hoping to add many more items to tomorrow's blog just as soon as we set up my new PC and reinstall Front Page. Till then, God bless, and have a great evening.
Thursday, December 2
2:35 PM John Leone's excellent series on our culture wars is now complete:
THE IMAGINARY GODS
The foundation of the authority of the church
The substitution of authority by the enemy within
Termites in our church foundations
The "Outdated Book" - Can it address our problems?
When churches ignore the Bible
Will you go to heaven if you are a "good person"?
Don't believe the false teachers
The uninvolved God
The emotionless universe of the Deist
Omniscient? Or not?
The futile mind of the spiritual deadman
Imposing on the Almighty One
2:31 PM I meet constantly with pastors who are alive to the very real need for reformation within our churches. What kind of man does God use in revival? Here are some insights from the Founders Journal:
1:15 PM The Bikehiker shares our concern about Bush's militarism. He writes:
9:41 AM Here's an interesting website. Orange Ukraine is written by a Ukraine resident who writes first-hand accounts of what is going on in the protesters' tent city in Kiev. I remain very concerned about the situation there as I have a good friend from America who teaches at a seminary in Kiev.
9:30 AM Want a Christian name? You can forget it if you live here.
Wednesday, December 1
5:24 PM Wisdom from the House of Degenhart:
5:15 PM My son and I just got back from kidnapping our pastor's wife and taking her to a nice restaurant in South Boston (the nearest "big town" to our rural community) for lunch. What a blast! Then just a few minutes ago I checked in on the animals. What fun to be totally surrounded by all the horses and goats. Even the cows were trying to MOO-ve in on the action. Amazing how popular a bucket of Southern States Reliance 12 pellets can make you. Tonight it's Prayer Meeting - and I mean praying the WHOLE time we are there. Simply marvelous. I hope you had as great a day as I did!
9:59 AM Jonathan Grubbs just posted this helpful information for homeschoolers. Thanks, Jon, for the heads-up.
The Homeschool Tracker is a software program for your Microsoft Windows computer. It was designed to consolidate all of your tracking, reporting and record keeping tasks that we found ourselves performing as homeschool parents. Whether or not your state or school district has lenient reporting requirements, with Tracker's powerful and easy to use planning and scheduling features you will want to use the Tracker, not only for your mandatory recording and reporting tasks, but every day for management of assignments, reading lists, general record keeping, keeping track of attendance and grades/scores. This application was written using the latest Microsoft software development tools, and is available for Microsoft Windows only. The Basic Edition is offered for free (no strings attached, and no expiration date). The Plus Edition is available for purchase from their web site at a competitive price.
9:50 AM Your new school prayer (tip: Jim Rudd):
9:14 AM Dr. Mark Walton, pastor at Glenwood Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and a Southeastern graduate, has graciously invited me to give their Winter Bible Study this January. Mark has done a lot of study in the area of men's and women's roles in the church and has just published an essay at the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood website. You can access it here.