ALWAYS REFORMING: A sinner saved by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone adhering to Scripture alone to bring about reform personally, for his family, church, and world to the glory of God alone.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Are you trying to say, "capiche"? Well don't do it, 'cause it hurts my ears when you do it.
These aren't so much pet peeves as they are my contentions about how words ought to be pronounced.
- AGAIN - It should rhyme with "pain," and "rain," like the kind in Spain that stays mainly in the plain. I can only assume we changed this to spite our friends in Canada and/or the UK.
- KANSAS & ARKANSAS - It should either be "Can-Zes" & "Are-Can-Zes" OR "Ken-Saw" & "Are-Ken-Saw." The current inconsistency is unstable.
- While on the subject of pronunciation, I find it odd that "Course" and "Horse" and "Hoarse" and "Force" all rhyme.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I mean, that thing is good. I wanna be friends with it.
Some Good Friday thoughts ...
From Mike Gendron's address tonight at Providence Church regarding Christ's 6th saying on the cross: "It is finished." (John 19:30)
Q: What does Jesus mean by "it"?
A: 10 accomplishments of Jesus when "it" was finished:
- Jesus' blood was shed.
- Divine justice was satisfied.
- Atonement was achieved.
- Sin was forgiven.
- Redemption was paid.
- Reconciliation was accomplished.
- Death was conquered.
- Righteousness was perfected.
- Salvation was secured.
- Heaven was opened.
From Ted Winton's address tonight at Providence Church regarding Christ's 7th saying on the cross: "Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit!" (Luke 23:46)
Q: What does this saying mean?
A: What it means to Him ... A commitment and dedication to His Father's plan for His life.
A: What it means to us ... Something we must share with Jesus, trusting in the Father's will for our lives, our futures.
- To hear these or any of the 7 sayings of Christ on the cross addressed during our Good Friday service, check out the Providence Church sermons page.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I'll have four fried chickens and a coke. And some dry white toast.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I like what you've done here.
Some folks will fight you over Bible version choice with the vehemence of lifelong sports rivalries.
I have my own preferences as well, but I stumbled across a passage that gave me a greater appreciation for the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible).
New versions are often loathe to deviate from some of the more nostalgic renderings, even those which don't accurately convey the meaning of the original Hebrew or Greek.
One such example for me is John 3:16 ... "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (KJV)
Taken out of context, it's easy to understand how the verse is interpreted that God "sooooooooooo very much loved the world ... ," a comment on the degree of God's love.
However, I'd suggest to you the preceding context shows us that the verse is really a comment on the manner in which God loved the world (i.e., in the same way as the Israelites were saved by looking upon a bronze snake on a pole (Num 21:1-9), so now God's love is demonstrated to all types of people as Jew & Gentile alike are saved by looking in faith upon Him who was on a cross).
The Greek word translated "so" (οὕτως) means "in this manner" or "thus" or "in this way." The first version I've seen that clarifies that meaning in John 3:16 is the HCSB, putting an emphasis on "world."
"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."
I'm no expert on the HCSB and got my copy for free, but I've seen some things I like in there and would commend it for a look see.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Don't compromise. Compromise is a language of the devil. Run in God's name and let the world stand back and in wonder.
Today marks the 150th anniversary of Captain George S. James sending the first mortar round through the air at Fort Sumter (SC). It was April 12, 1861. The Civil War was begun.
Abraham Lincoln was a polarizing figure, to say the least. On his agenda was dealing with a issue for which there really was no satisfactory compromise--slavery.
Were black folks afforded the same unalienable rights by the Creator?
I wonder how we'd feel about a president who split the nation and effected the death of more than 600,000 Americans if it happened today. What issues are worth that much bloodshed? Was the liberation of the slaves worth the price?
Suppose feelings about abortion were apportioned along geographical lines. How would we feel about a president whose conviction that pre-born babies are endowed by the Creator with the same unalienable rights as others moved him to drastic measures? Suppose the effects of that conviction led to a civil war and great bloodshed. Would their liberation be worth the price?
History has been kind to Lincoln, though it helps that his side was militarily successful. But, how would Americans 150 years later regard a president in our day who forced the issue on an issue for which there is no satisfactory compromise?
I honestly anticipate generations after us will see us as barbaric in our national lack of regard for the rights of those without a voice in our society, much as we view the proponents of slavery today.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.
Check out this Joshua Harris video clip: "Don't waste your [participation in] church."
Read about the Marine sergeant who took a sniper bullet to the head in Afghanistan and was smokin' & jokin' 15 minutes later.
Check out 100 things to make your home safer.
Read some thoughts on forgiveness by Paul Tripp: A Bitter Harvest?
See Graeme Goldsworthy's Outline of Biblical History.
Check out illegal immigrants protesting for access to higher education. (N.B. illegal immigrants)
Check out Herman Cain's thoughts on why he thinks he could beat President Obama in 2012.
Check out Stuff Christians Life #954: Using a fear of legalism as an excuse to be lazy.
Check out the possible response had Paul's letter to the Galatians been published in Christianity Today. (HT Audrey)
Read Jim Elliff's thoughts on a Different Style of Evangelist: Laborers on the Loose.
Check out this CNN story about the US military burning boxes of unsolicited Bibles in Afghanistan. (One Koran burning and it's an outrage. Bibles burned and it's all good?)
Check out Chaplain Galyon's book review of Randy Alcorn's If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.
Read Christopher Hitchens' thoughts on Roman Polanski's rape of a child in a global context: "What does Roman Polanski's victim have in common with a Yemeni child bride?"
Read about what happened at the "Ten Cent Beer" baseball promotion game between the Rangers and Indians.
Read Steve Baldwin's article "The Mystery of Barack Obama Continues."
Check out Jason Leeman's presentation of his book The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love in four talks.
Read What To Choose For Home Defense: Pepperspray, Shotguns, Pistols, or What?
Read about Texas considering the highest speed limits in the country.
Read Thom Rainer's thoughts on what churches can learn from Southwest Airlines.
Read about President Obama's occasions of longing for a simpler, more "anonymous" lifestyle. (Kudos to him for using the term "kabuki dance.")
Read as Mark Noll considers the potential benefits and dangers of The Gospel Coalition. (HT Brent Thomas)
Browse this list of some outrageous executive perks. (HT Brent Thomas)
Read about the return of the Commodore 64. (HT Brent Thomas)
Check out this National Geographic video detailing the "World's Most Typical Person."
Check out the Top 4 Snottiest Comebacks.
Check out Chaplain Galyon's all time favorite military movies.
Watch this great CBS News segment on Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Read about the black man indicted for making racist threats on behalf of the KKK to authorities in O'Fallon, IL. (I can't help but think of Dave Chapelle as Clayton Bigsby, Black White Supremecist.)
Read about the most dangerous thing about disobedience according to Thabiti Anyabwile.
Check out the controversial ban of Islamic veils going into effect today in France.
Friday, April 08, 2011
There's a snake in my boot!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
That was so fetch!
Whoop! A hearty congratulations to Sydney Colson & her fellow Aggies winning the NCAA Women's Championship!
It was an amazing and impressive drive, beating a 1-seeded Baylor team that had handed them 3 of their 5 losses on the season. Then they another 1-seed, Stanford, the only team that had given 2 time defending champs UConn a loss this season. Then they sent the Fightin' Irish home sad.
It's a good day to be an Aggie. Thanks, gals!
(Here's another great Aggie video, though the man wouldn't let me embed.)
Monday, April 04, 2011
Good answer. Good answer. I like the way you think. I'm gonna be watching you.
Bible scholar Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was once robbed of his wallet. Knowing he was to give thanks in everything (cf. 1 Thess 5:18), he reflected on this incident and recorded the following in his diary:
"Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed."