Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Colorado "Christian" Rockies?

Ya'll have really got to check out this article in USA Today. The title is "Team's rebuilding effort focuses on Christianity, character", By Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY.

I'll have to admit, I have not kept up with professional baseball too much in the last few years, but I have never heard this before about the Rockies organization. Sounds like I am not the only one. Here is a teaser from the article.

Music filled with obscenities, wildly popular with youth today and in many other clubhouses, is not played. A player will curse occasionally but usually in hushed tones. Quotes from Scripture are posted in the weight room. Chapel service is packed on Sundays. Prayer and fellowship groups each Tuesday are well-attended. It's not unusual for the front office executives to pray together.

Is this it. Are the postmillenials right and the golden age has started, at Coor's Field? I guess crazier, much crazier, things could happen. Is this a good thing? Bad thing? Little of both? What do you think???

Justin Martyr and How Early Christians Worshipped

Here is a very interesting short article with and exerpt from the Early Church Father (ECF) Justin Martyr's book "First Apology" (155 A.D.). The article is titled "How the Early Christians Worshipped."

You can click here for a brief bio on Justin Martyr.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Govenor Roy Moore???

Here is a link to a very interesting article on former Alabama State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. Here are some snippets I thought were interesting.

"When they don't understand that it wasn't about a monument, or the Ten Commandments, or disobedience of a federal court order, but about obedience to the U.S. Constitution and the acknowledgment of God which cannot be prohibited by any authority, then when you get that message out, you can go to the platform, [and] they start to see that."

"Every function of government is related" to the acknowledgment of God, he says. "For example, an understanding of God leads to an understanding of the fallen nature of man, which leads to the separation of powers, checks and balances. . . . Then you understand why judges can't make law, and legislators can't enforce law, and the executives can't put themselves above the law."

His arguments for limited government portray this political philosophy as the only one for those who believe in God. He quotes Jefferson: " 'Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.' Now that had a meaning back in 1700 which is true today. Tyrants are those who put [themselves] above the law of God and become all-powerful. They control everything--your life, your liberty, your pursuit of happiness. In this country, those things are given by God and government is there to secure them."

Can more than one deity, I ask, be held in official esteem in America? Not if religious tolerance is to be maintained, Mr. Moore argues: "The Judeo-Christian God is the one that gives religious liberty. The Muslim God, Allah, does not give religious liberty. If you want to prove that, go to Saudi Arabia and lift up your Bible on a street corner, and you'll find out what the Muslim God--they say--dictates.
"They dictate a form of worship through the government, and that's what their God mandates--they say. Our God does not mandate that at all. . . . Our God says that that freedom is between you and me, not you and government. That's the big difference. . . . And that's exactly why Muslims and Buddhists and others are free to worship [here] the way they want, not dictated by government."

Friday, May 26, 2006

Memorial Day this Monday

This is a good article about how to instill a sense of awareness in our children of what Memorial Day is all about. Interesting fact from the article is that the tradition of Memorial Day started as a way to remember those who fought, from both sides, in the so called "Civil War".

Not Just a Day Off: Remembering Our Fallen on Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Pat Robertson Leg Presses 2000 lbs ???

You are not going to believe this.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Da Vinci Response Part 2

A Christian Response to "The Da Vinci Code": What's the Attraction? (Part 2) by Dr. Albert Mohler


The Patriot Post
Founders' Quote Daily

"I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this
ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to
the states or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the
boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress,
is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer
susceptible of any definition."

-- Thomas Jefferson (Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National
Bank, 15 February 1791)

Reference: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Boyd, ed., vol. 19 (276)

Friday, May 19, 2006

More Code Breakers

With all the hubbub of the Davinci Code film releasing today I thought these two articles by Dr. Mohler would help some of us be able to discuss the issues confidently with those we come into contact with. I would be interested in any thoughts of how you think Christians should respond to movies such as this and the issues that are raised.

About the book:
Deciphering 'The Da Vinci Code' by Dr. Albert Mohler.

About the movie:
A Christian Response to "The DaVinci Code": What’s the Problem? By Dr. Albert Mohler

Da Vinci via The Journal

I would like to point out a couple of articles on the Da Vinci Code over at OpinionJournal, the online editorial arm of The Wall Street Journal. I think these articles show it really doesn't take much to disarm the "facts" behind this fictional work.

Holy Sepulcre! "The Da Vinci Code" shows that conspiracy theories have no limits. BY DANIEL HENNINGER

Debunking the Debunkers. C.S. Lewis's message to "Da Vinci Code" fans. BY JOSEPH LOCONTE

Friday, May 12, 2006


The Patriot Post
Founders' Quote Daily

"The foundation of national morality must be laid in private
families. . . . How is it possible that Children can have any
just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if,
from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in
habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as
constant Infidelity to their Mothers?"

-- John Adams (Diary, 2 June 1778)

Reference: The Works of John Adams, C.F. Adams, ed., vol. 3 (171)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

143rd Anniversary of the death of Stonewall Jackson

Click here for a short blog on this anniversary.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Man in Black

My wife and I recently watched "Walk the Line", the film version of the Life, part of the life at least, of the late singer/songwriter and black wearing Johnny Cash. I remember growing up listening to country music from my parents radios, and vaguely recall the voice of Johnny Cash coming in over the speakers. I have always liked his music, but after seeing this movie and reading a bit more about "the man in black", I have developed quite an affinity for his music, and for the man. To me, it is just real. Cash, and his wife June Carter, lived lives of searching. There seemed to be something always in the way of happiness. Was was that something? Here is a commentary from Russell Moore after he saw the movie.

Walking the Line by Russell Moore

Walking the Line
Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I participated last night in a pre-release screening of Walk the Line, the film based on the autobiographies of singer/songwriter Johnny Cash. I anticipated hating the film, but found myself sitting through the credits with a silent "Amen," not only because the movie was so true to the Cash story, but because it was so true to the parable of the Prodigal Son and the Book of Proverbs.

My prejudice was based partly on my love for Cash and his music, so certain I was that the film would get it wrong. Joaquin Phoenix singing "Cry, Cry, Cry" in his own voice? Legally Blonde's Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash? I also though understood from other reviewers the film was yet another offering of the arc of humble beginnings, rise to fame, fall to the perils of fame, and renewal that we have seen in Ray and other films. At the same time, many Christian reviewers have noted that the faith aspect of Cash's life is muted, if not obliterated, in the film.

I was wrong.

First of all, Reese Witherspoon was completely convincing as June Carter. My dread of seeing June as a mall girl with a fake southern accent proved to be unfounded. Witherspoon portrayed June with a mystique and transparency that should earn her an Academy Award. Phoenix meanwhile seemed to start off the movie with an almost parodic rendering of Cash (think of all the bad Elvis Presley life story movies we've seen), but, as the film went on, seemed to morph into Cash.

Yes, the film is similar to Ray, complete with a loving mother and a dead brother, whose blood-guilt lay on the protagonist for the rest of his life. Yes, like Ray Charles and countless others, Cash falls to the allure of sex and addiction as his celebrity grows. And yet, this is precisely because Cash and Charles and other artists actually did live this kind of life. What makes Cash's story unique is the way his art was fired, not just by a sense of sadness, but by conviction of sin.

It is true that the film does not feature Cash's conversion to Christ. But it does feature Johnny and June walking into the First Baptist Church, a hint of something very biblical that evangelical conversion stories often miss: the prodigal doesn't just come to his senses and leave the pigpen; he returns to his family. It also demonstrates the allure and devastation of sin.

The Carter/Cash interaction is not a gushingly romantic love story. Their adulterous passion is portrayed as having devastating consequences of two families, and on their own souls. So often in our churches we pretend as though the temptation to adultery is found in the wiles of an evil, cunning harlot. And yet, Scripture tells us that the path to infidelity is much more deceptive than that (Prov 7). In the Carter/Cash love story we see less the rapacious womanizing of Ray Charles than we see the tortured affair of David and Bathsheba, an affair that ends in marriage. Like David, the singers are led to sing of the pain and guilt of the "Ring of Fire" (Psalm 51).

The film does not feature explicitly Cash's conversion, and that's a shame. One cannot understand the love into old age of Cash and Carter without understanding how they were able to transcend the "burning flame" of illicit guilt. And yet, the film does show something of redemption and mission. When Cash dons black and begins playing concerts for prisoners, he is told that his constituency on Christians and they don't want him playing music for murderers and rapists. "Then they're not Christians," the Cash character responds. The theater audience around me erupted into applause.

My sons know Johnny Cash quite well because they hear his music around them all the time. My infant son's lullaby each night is a Carter Family song. When they are older, we'll watch Walk the Line. But we'll follow it up with a reminder from Scripture that sums up Johnny and June more than celebrity can ever explain: They loved much for they were forgiven much. There was a Man in Black, not because of a marketing gimmick, but because he understood with lifelong pain what it means to descend into a "Ring of Fire" and to find a Deliverer on the other side.

I wish the movie would have delved deeper into the spiritual conversion that Johnny underwent. I wish it would have been more clear that the affects of adultery and addiction are lost lives and shattered dreams. But it did show that God's grace is always around the bend. That lives can be restored. And only God can rescue selfish sinners from the flames of fire.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


I have added a new blog to my bloglist on the right. Tis The Riddleblog: Devoted to Reformed Theology and Eschatology.

Lots of cool stuff, mostly from an Ammillenial position, which is of course, the Reformed Eschatological position. :)

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