July 30, 2005

VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know that I'll be posting at all, since I don't know if I'll have internet access while we're away. SO I will leave you with this picture:
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Click on it for a larger picture. It's one of the few from last year's vacation that doesn't make me look like a beached whale.
{edit -- I've changed the date on this one so it will stay at the top of the page until I get back. Sorry for those of you who get the RSS subscription if this duplicates the post ...}

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July 21, 2005

PETA's Hypocrisy

PETA kills animals. more...

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July 19, 2005

Study of Mark: Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation." And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.
(Mark 8:11-13 ESV)
Short passage today, but one that has a lot of meaning for us today.
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July 17, 2005

What I'm Reading on Vacation

I'm going to throw this into the reviews category, but it isn't really.

Everybody else is talking about the Harry Potter book. I'm not reading it. NOT because I think it's Satanic or will make me run around att the full moon naked or something. I'm just not interested in it. My wife is reading the series: she reads one every year at the beach (which is next week). This year she is reading book 4. So far, she hasn't started casting spells or riding broomsticks, so I think we're safe.

I figured since everyone else is talking about reading Harry Potter, I'll talk about all the OTHER things I'm reading. more...

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July 14, 2005

Award Winning Book

Congrats to Nancy Pearcey, who has just been awarded the ECPA's Gold Medallion Award for best book in the category of “Christianity and Society” for her book Total Truth. I know that I enjoyed reading the book, and I would encourage others to read it, and take it's message to heart -- Christians need to live a consistent life, and need to realize that Christianity is a viable, rational worldview.

The press release for this announcement is below: more...

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July 13, 2005

A Good Question!

How we can, as Christian bloggers, begin to influence the wider culture rather than simply passing links around among the 4500 who are part of the Blogdom of God?
I'm getting a lot of good posting fodder by reading Tim Challies' blog. How can we influence the wider blogosphere? How do we get out of the Christian ghetto? I think we've been asking this question for a LONG time, and there aren't any easy answers.
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It's Over!!!

THe NHL lockout that has been the bane of my existance for the past 10 months is over. If it's the same deal that has been rumored, the players ended up getting a worse deal than they would have at the beginning, so it looks like the owners won.

Now the NHL has to face losing their broadcasting deal with ESPN as well as regaining the trust of its fans. I know more than a few fans who aren't really interested in going to another hockey game.

Me? Hockey, golf, and auto racing are the only sports I really follow. I'll watch hockey when it comes back to TV, and if I can afford to go to a game, I will (doubtful right now). And I may even laugh at the players who, if what I've heard is true, took a worse deal than they started out with, and lost a season of play to boot.

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July 12, 2005

New Feature

And a new toy for me to play with.

Over on the right side, at the very top, you will find a new section heading -- Podcasts. And below it, you can find buttons linking to podcasts that I have created. OK, so only one right now -- the podcast from my church. Click on the button, and you get a popup player that will let you listen to any of the broadcasts that have been made so far.

Soon, you can listen to the View from the Pew Radio podcast, which I am hoping to be able to do weekly (as I think I've mentioned before). It's a lot tougher to do than just doing an intro and outro for the Sunday sermon at your church, so I'm taking my time to make sure it's done well.

For those of you who have Podcasts, check out PupuPlayer v2. It's a free script (no download required) that lets you allow people to play your feed at your site. It SHOULD also show up on any subscription-tracking thing you might have (like Feedburner, which I use), so you can tell who is listening where. If I find out it doesn't, I'll let you know.

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Responsible Blogging

Cruising through the SBC Aggregator, as I do pretty much daily, I found this post by Marty Duren. He sets out pretty clearly what he wants to accomplish, and what he doesn't want to accomplish, with his blog.

Interesting that this should come up right now. Over at Blogcritics, we've had a bit of an uproar about a post that was borderline libelous (in some peoples' opinions) concerning an actor and his girlfriend. I can't comment on it, because I have only read the edited version of the post (and the comment storm that followed), but I DO know that it caused the editorial staff at BC to do some thinking about the fine line separating free speech and irresponsible journalism. And there has been talk around the internet about weblogs as online diaries, and what could happen in another ten or so years with those "innermost thoughts" that were put out for public consumption.

I like Marty's list. From what I've read of his blog, he does an excellent job, and I wish I had found his blog sooner. And he's inspired me to try and write my own "purpose statement."

1. My primary goal is to educate. My pet peeve is Christians who have decided that logic and reason are the enemy, and have therefor abandoned all attempts at understanding anything. God is not the author of confusion. I don't believe that He would ever leave His creation without the capacity to understand Him. We do that through learning and study. We have a rich intellectual history, and we've all but abandoned it because of what other people have said about us.
2. I also want to challenge peoples thinking. I want to change what the perception of evangelical Christian is to many people -- for the better.
3. I want to hold up a mirror to Christian society. When we do something dumb, I want to show how dumb it was, NOT to bash people, but so that we can learn from our mistakes.
4. I want to learn. I end up learning about a LOT of things just by writing a blog post about them. I learn more when people comment.

There's my four. I'm not going to say what I don't want to do, since that will only jinx me. I WILL steal one of Marty's ideas and say that I need to be careful with humor, because I tend to be rather sarcastic. It becomes more obvious when you hear me than when you read what I say, so I may keep the humor to the podcast (whenever I get it started -- more on that later on).

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July 11, 2005

Best of Me Symphony #85

The latest Best of Me Symphony is up at The Owner's Manual. Head over there and check out the posts --- some great reading there.

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July 10, 2005

Breathing Easier

I never know how to pray in a hurricane. Al Mohler had a great post about this -- if the storm goes a different direction, people still are affected -- it's just not "us."

So all we can do is pray that the damage isn't severe, that our loved ones are safe, and that things turn out for the best. And that is what happened today. more...

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Storm Update

This is all that's on my mind today, so I figure I'll blog about it. Maybe I'll feel better.

Right now it looks like Dennis has come ashore about 30-40 miles from Mom's house. She's inland with some good friends of ours (their kids have almost adopted my Mom as a third grandmother) so she's with people who care about her, and who she cares about.

My biggest worry is that there is so much debris still left over from Ivan that hasn't been picked up yet. The county said that the state was supposed to clear it away, but the state said it was the county's job -- end result was that it didn't get done. Piles and piles of potential projectiles to fly through windows and crash through roofs.

But the house can be fixed. Mom is safe, and that's what matters.

Pray for the people in Fort Walton, Navarre, and points east. They are getting a bit more of this storm than they expected, so they may not be as prepared as they should be.

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July 09, 2005

And What Did YOU Get for Your Birthday??

My Mom's birthday is today.

She lives in Pensacola, Florida, about a mile from NAS Pensacola.

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And she just finished fixing everything from Ivan about a week or so ago. Happy birthday, Mom.

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July 08, 2005

Total Truth Part 3: How We Lost Our Minds and Summary

Part 3 of Total Truth focuses on a topic that has generated a lot of discussion and controversy in recent years, and is a main part of Pearcey's thesis -- the anti-intellectualism of evangelical Christianity. Unfortunately, it's also the section of the book I had the most trouble with.

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July 07, 2005

Swear on Which Book??

I've always wondered -- when a Jewish man or woman testifies in court, do they swear on the Christian Bible? What about a Muslim? And if they do -- does it really mean anything? After all, they are swearing on a book whose contents they largely (if not completely) disagree with.

And what about atheists? They're doing the equivalent of swearing on a copy of Mother Goose to us -- they're swearing on a book they consider to be a work of complete fiction.

In a society where Christians, while in a slight majority according to the polls, are not close to the only spiritual/philosophical group, why do we make everyone who testifies in court swear on the good old KJV?

There's a group in Guilford County, North Carolina who are asking the same question. They're petitioning the courts to use various religious texts in the swearing-in process.

The group - made up of more than 20 religious leaders from the area, including those of Christian, Jewish and Buddhist faiths - sent a letter Tuesday to Guilford Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Albright, who has said an oath on the Quran is not lawful.

"In North Carolina, we continue to be people who take our religious beliefs and practices very seriously. But we no longer live in the Bible Belt. Today, we live in the Bible-Talmud-Qur'an-Veda-Dhammapada-Guru Granth Sahib-Kitabiiqan Belt," the letter states.

This should be a no-brainer, folks. Those who are giving sworn testimony should do so on a book they consider holy -- whether that's the Bible, the Talmud, the Quran, or The Fountainhead.

And the local judge doesn't get it.

Albright, who sets policy for Guilford County's nine Superior Court courtrooms, has said that an oath on the Quran is not a lawful oath under state law, which refers to using the "Holy Scriptures."
But it doesn't say whose. That's the point the group is trying to make.

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A Day of Fasting and Prayer

One thing that blogging has done for me -- it's brought international events into a different perspective. Two years ago, the bombings in London would have outraged me, but from a purely "how dare they kill innocent people" point of view. Now, I know people in London. My first thoughts were about two bloggers I know who are in London right now, and the readers I have in London (I usually get 3 or 4 hits daily from London). The world is, indeed, a much smaller place.

Christians throughout the blogosphere have called for a day of fasting and prayer for our leaders, and for revival among God's people on July 11, 2005. Please participate with us. History shows that fervent, corporate prayer is the one sure cause of revival among God's people -- and that revival has a habit of extending throughout the world.

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London Attacked

By now everyone knows about this one. The tubes in London have been bombed. A bus has been blown up. And this time, it's not the IRA.

We're under attack. Not "we" as in the United States. "We" as in Western society. Western civilization. Everything that we believe as a society is under attack, and the people doing the attacking don't care who they hurt or what they have to do.

A list of links to check out:{Updated as of 10PM Thursday}


As they say, more on this as it develops.

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July 06, 2005

An Unregenerate Denomination?

I opened up my RSS reader this morning and saw a headline that at first made me mad. Tim Challies wrote about "Southern Baptists - An Unregenerate Denomination" and I admit that I was ready to charge forth.

Then I read what he wrote, and realized that he was right.

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July 03, 2005

Blogroll Cruise -- 7/3/05

More from the SBC Bloggers aggregator this time, picking up where I left off.

Joe Kennedy, who is Live... from New Orleans, has been interacting with a reader named Felipe concerning Catholics and Evangelicals. Tow posts so far, so read here first, then here for part 2.

Don at Locusts and Wild Honey has been posting the newest resolutions that were passed by the Southern Baptist Convention this year in Nashville. Of particular interest is the before and after look at the Resolution on Educating Children.

Aaron at Maranatha offers his comments on A Generous Orthodoxy. Agree or not, he's done a great deal of study and put a lot of thought into this one.

Justin at Marvelous Light is preparing for a missions trip (actually, by now he's gone!).

Matt at Matthewhall.net is offering some theological thought on providence and suffering. Read Matt -- he doesn't blog daily anymore (of course, he's a new Dad, so he's got more important things to do), but when he DOES blog, it's always worth reading. He was one of the first people I put on my daily-read list.

That's it for today -- I'll have more of this ever-expanding list of Southern Baptist bloggers later on this week. If you ARE a Southern Baptist blogger, or know someone who is, tell them about the aggregator, and tell them they need to let me know so I can add them. I THOUGHT about just adding every Southern Baptist blog I found, but there are some people who don't want to be a part of a group (for whatever reason), so I always ask if they want to be included. Unfortunately, I can't visit every SBC blog, so I'm asking for help. Thanks!!

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HEY!!!

You'll notice that there's a new button over on the left, for Blingo.

The theory is that you use them to search, and randomly during the day, they award prizes to people. Movie tickets, iPod Shuffles, Amazon gift cards.

And Sony PSPs.

I've been using it for a while now, but never put anything up here. I am doing it now because I just won.

A Sony PSP.

Really.

Actually, you have the option to take the prize or a Visa gift card for the purchase price of the item. I can't afford PSP games right now, so I got a gift card for $249 coming to me.

The cool thing is, the person who referred me (and I don't even remember who it was now, some site I wandered onto I think) won the same prize. And they may not even know it yet.

So go sign up for Blingo. Use the link over there on the lieft, to let them know I sent you. Then go win something cool.

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