Here’s a bunch of interesting stuff I don’t have time to write about.
In Creation and the Courts, Norman Geisler traces the 80-year history of creation vs. evolution court cases, beginning with the famous Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925 and continuing to the Dover “Intelligent Design” (ID) case decided in 2005.
2. Books: Reformed Theology blog has a nice list of Top Ten Books on Piety, Sanctification, Spiritual Growth
3. Health: Who is sick?
gives you an idea of how many people are sick in your area, and with
what symptoms. Feel free to add your own sickness. Cool idea.
4. Legalism: Reformed Theology blog defines four classes of legalists
- Class-one legalists are auto-soterists; they declare what one must
do in order to obtain God’s favor or salvation. The rich young ruler
was a class-one legalist.
- Class-two legalists declare what good deeds or spiritual disciplines one must perform to retain God’s favor and salvation.
- Class-three legalists love the law so much they create new laws,
laws not found in Scripture, and require submission to them. The
Pharisees, who build fences around the law, were class-three legalists.
- Class-four legalists avoid these gross errors, but they so accentuate obedience to the law of God that other ideas shrivel up.
5. GLBT: Read about the 6-year old transgender child, who believes he is a girl in boy’s body. Should the parents be lauded, or accused of failing to parent the child properly (a.k.a. abuse)?
6. Fundamentalism: The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International (FBFI) has made some resolutions. Looks like
- they are not fond of church involvement in social programs (takes away from gospel ministry), though individuals may be involved in such without condemnation
- they support helping immigrants regardless of their legal status, but do NOT support breaking the laws of the land
- they are not fond of Intelligent Design, mostly because,
though it may be true, it will be of little import in the long run
because it has been neutered, in that it is a Godless philosophy, and
does not per se support Creationism
- they are not fond of Theonomy, a.k.a. the Cultural Mandate. Sounds like more cultural isolation for them, as it has always been. Salt and light?
7. Separation of Paganism and State? Feeling Argumentative blog asks why organizations who are pushing for separation of church and state have little interest in removing Pagan symbology from public life.
Many [religious] symbols … are blatantly
obvious in the government, yet puzzlingly are not seen by the FFRF as
any kind of worthy religious symbols to do away with. It has
enlightened me to the hypocrisy of saying "The U.S. government should
not be in the religion business" and yet allowing the US government
buildings to display religious symbols without the slightest action
against them, simply because they are not "Christian, Muslim or Jewish"
symbols? The cross and statues of Jesus or Mary on governement property
are violations of separation of church and state, but Minerva, Zeus,
Mercury, and Juno in the US Supreme Court building are not.
8. Geekness: How to sync MS Outlook with your Google Calendar for free (if your proxy lets you ;)
9. Liberal Media: MSNBC.com report shows that journalists give overwhelmingly to liberal politicians and causes. Only they will be surprised by this news.
MSNBC.com identified 143 journalists who made political contributions
from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the
public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom
checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and
liberal causes. Only 16 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties….
The pattern of donations, with nearly nine out
of 10 giving to Democratic candidates and causes, appears to confirm a
leftward tilt in newsrooms — at least among the donors, who are a tiny
fraction of the roughly 100,000 staffers in newsrooms across the
donors said they try to be fair in reporting and editing the news. One
of the recurring themes in the responses is that it’s better for
journalists to be transparent about their beliefs, and that editors who
insist on manufacturing an appearance of impartiality are being
deceptive to a public that already knows journalists aren’t without
10. Chickens coming home to roost: The Netherlands are known for their liberal social politics. But the "anything goes" freedom of morality-free liberalism is bearing it’s expected fruit of chaos and death, and the Dutch are realizing their error and turning back. I’m glad they are waking up.
"People in high political circles are saying it can’t be good to
have a society so liberal that everything is allowed," said Kranendonk,
editor of Reformist Daily and an increasingly influential voice that
resonates in the shifting mainstream of Dutch public opinion. "People
are saying we should have values; people are asking for more and more
rules in society."
In cities across the Netherlands,
mayors and town councils are closing down shops where marijuana is
sold, rolled and smoked. Municipalities are shuttering the brothels
where prostitutes have been allowed to ply their trade legally.
Parliament is considering a ban on the sale of hallucinogenic "magic
mushrooms." Orthodox Christian members of parliament have introduced a
bill that would allow civil officials with moral objections to refuse
to perform gay marriages. And Dutch authorities are trying to curtail
the activities of an abortion rights group that assists women in
neighboring countries where abortions are illegal….
Ivo Opstelten, the mayor of Rotterdam,
the second-largest Dutch city, announced this month that he will close
all marijuana shops within 250 yards of a school — nearly half of the
city’s 62 shops.
"We want to discourage the use of drugs among
young people," said Opstelten, a member of the Labor Party. "Studies
show soft drugs are detrimental to their health and brain development."
11. Blood Money: The MSM ignores the horrific truth of how Planned Parenthood is raking in the profits from it’s abortion "services." You and I are making them rich with our tax dollars, paying them to kill babies. This has to stop.
During its 2005-2006 fiscal year, the Planned Parenthood Federation of
America performed a record 264,943 abortions, attained a high profit of
$55.8 million and received record taxpayer funding of $305.3 million.
12. GLBT: Michael Glatze shares his tale of personal transformation in How a ‘gay rights’ leader became straight:
became clear to me, as I really thought about it – and really prayed
about it – that homosexuality prevents us from finding our true self
within. We cannot see the truth when we’re blinded by homosexuality.
We believe, under the influence of homosexuality, that lust is not
just acceptable, but a virtue. But there is no homosexual "desire" that
is apart from lust.
In denial of this fact, I’d fought to erase such truth at all costs,
and participated in the various popular ways of taking responsibility
out of human hands for challenging the temptations of lust and other
behaviors. I was sure – thanks to culture and world leaders – that I
was doing the right thing.
(HT: Evangelical Outpost)
13. Atheism: Stanley Fish chides atheism for straw man tactics, and superficial examination of life’s mysteries
Citing the atheists’ portrait of religion as unquestioning
obedienece, Fish writes, "I know of no religious framework that offers
such a complacement picture of the life of faith, a life that is always
presented as a minefield of difficulties, obstacles and temptations
that must be negotiated by a limited creature in the effort to become
aligned with the Infinite."
Fish’s conclusion: while religious people over the centuries have
dug deeply into the questions of life, along come our shallow atheists
who present arguments as if they first thought of them, arguments that
Christians have long examined with a seriousness and care that is
missing in contemporary atheist discourse.
(HT: Evangelical Outpost)
Dates are open to interpretation.
Except for baby
formula and food, product expiration dates are not required by Federal
regulations (some states, however, have their own rules requiring
product dating). Labels that give a “Best if Used By” date are more of
a suggestion than a safety issue—the food will taste best if eaten by
the date on the label, but won’t necessarily be unsafe if eaten after
that. If a product is stamped with a “Sell-By” date, that is how long
the store should display it. (HT: Evangelical Outpost)
15. Health: How to never be tired again
Give your pet his own separate sleeping space. At night, pets snore,
jiggle their tags, move around a lot, and even hog the covers and bed space.
It’s no wonder that 53 percent of pet owners who sleep with their pets in the
bedroom have some type of disrupted sleep every night, according to a study
from the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center in Rochester, MN. Consider
relocating your furry friend’s sleeping quarters to another area, even if it’s
just his own bed in your bedroom.