Saturday, January 31, 2009

Google Reader

Do you use Google Reader? All 3 of you who read my blog should check it out if you haven't already. Here's why:
  1. It's very user-friendly: The instructional video is clear and simple, and, like most things Google does, Reader is thorough enough that you don't have wish something or another were easier.
  2. It's the best way to keep up with blogs you like to read, including those of friends and family you would like to keep up with.
  3. The blogs I keep up with are helping me to blog better, which means I'm learning to write better, which means, hopefully, I will be able to communicate important things better.

Check it out!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Something Funny for Friday

You just gotta see this.

What a week!

What an intense week it's been.

Maybe you heard that Louisville received a snow/ice/sleet/snow/ice storm for a couple days. It was wild. Trees were bent over with the ice, many of them snapping like twigs (pun intended). In order to make sure my Starbucks was open for our hotel guests I had to stay in the hotel for 2 nights, waking at 5 to start the coffee. Classes were cancelled, my associates were stuck in their driveways, some losing their power due to trees falling on power lines, and it's been pretty darn cold.

But here's the good news: the Narnia movies will continue.

Have a great weekend.

HT: Justin Taylor

Monday, January 26, 2009

Our fragile lives. Our Faithful God.

Life is very, very fragile. In the book of James, chapter 4, we read,

"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit'— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring."

Do we keep that fact in mind regularly, that we don't even know what tomorrow will bring? Are we so bold (i.e. prideful) that we forget that the future is out of our control? James adds to this statement,

"yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.'

And the Lord who wills what happens each day has promised his children "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Heb. 13:5). Let us take comfort in the gracious promise of the Living God.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The High Cost of a High View of a Woman's Choice

This blog is my place to express how I view the Christian life. That is a large task because, obviously, 'life' involves quite a few things! One thing I would like to occasionally express is my view of politics through a Christian worldview. In other words, as I seek to obey the God who has revealed himself in the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the written Scriptures he has graciously given--which is how I would begin a definition of a Christian worldview--I have to be willing to sometimes say and believe things that aren't very popular.

President Barack Obama is very popular. Many view him as a kind of King Midas who turns everything he touches into gold. This is probably because he is an exceptionally inspiring person! And, truth be told, I like him as a person. But for his views on many things, I radically and passionately disagree with him. Once such view is that I think he is absolutely dead wrong on his views related to abortion and a woman's choice. For example, Justin Taylor has recently posted on one of President Obama's early acts as our country's executive. You can read about here.

The summarizing statement provided by Francis Beckwith at the end of that post is sobering:

"Apparently, the only way our daughters can be successful is if they are permitted to kill our grandchildren. So, without surgery so that women can be like men, women are unequal to men. Thus, according to Obama, women are congenitally inferior unless they can have abortions. I don't even think the worst chauvinists in the world have implied anything so outrageous."

I humbly submit my complete agreement to these bold comments.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Meditation...Christian, not Zen

This morning I had a great time alone with the Lord. I come away from it deeply aware of the greatness of God, and the smallness of me. I don't think this just happened by chance, though. I think what made my time so good today is the Christian discipline of meditation.

As the title of this post suggests, I don't mean the mind-emptying type of meditation avocated by Zen Buddhism and other Eastern worldviews. Christian meditation is about filling your mind with something. That something is the words of Scripture, and the words of Scripture are the very words of God. So to fill your mind with the words of God is, in effect, to think God's thoughts after him.

To read some good stuff about Christian meditation check out the book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney. Or you can go to Dr. Whitney's website by clicking here. I think there are a number of helpful resources there.

To leave you with something to think about, one Christian from the past has said something to this effect:

"The missing link between Scripture-reading and prayer is biblical meditation."

Do you sometimes wonder what to do when you've read the Word, but don't know what to do next? I think this quote is right. Meditation is...The Missing Link!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On This Inauguration Day

Below are some excellent questions posed hypothetically to the President by Pastor John Piper. He originally presented them as application in a sermon preached to his congregation before the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. They are still quite relevant:

  1. Are you willing to explain why a baby's right not to be killed is less important than a woman's right not to be pregnant?
  2. Or are you willing to explain why most cities have laws forbidding cruelty to animals, but you oppose laws forbidding cruelty to human fetuses? Are they not at least living animals?
  3. Or are you willing to explain why government is unwilling to take away the so-called right to abortion on demand even though it harms the unborn child; yet government is increasingly willing to take away the right to smoke, precisely because it harms innocent non-smokers, killing 3,000 non-smokers a year from cancer and as many as 40,000 non-smokers a year from other diseases?
  4. And if you say that everything hangs on whether the fetus is a human child, are you willing to go before national television in the oval office and defend your support for the "Freedom of Choice Act" by holding in your hand a 21 week old fetus and explaining why this little one does not have the fundamental, moral, and constitutional right to life? Are you willing to say to parents in this church who lost a child at that age and held him in their hands, this being in your hands is not and was not a child with any rights of its own under God or under law?

Read the whole thing.

HT: DG Blog

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bedtime for Eliot = Sanctification for Daddy

Putting Eliot to bed is always a challenge. He doesn't like having his diaper changed. He doesn't like being put into his pajamas. He doesn't like going to bed.

It has definitely taken me many, many months, but I don't get nearly as angry or impatient as I used to. This can only be the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. I take great comfort in knowing that the Lord is not through with me. He is making me more like Jesus every day as I trust him to work in me.