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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Ignoring the Christian’s Greatest Power

August 31st, 2005 Viewed 948 times

Cal Thomas gets it right in his latest article, and it’s a message that he’s been saying for years. His point is that we need to be making a difference in people’s lives and following after Christ. He’s writing against Pat Robertson’s statement earlier in regards to his desire to see a world leader assassinated:

Too many Christians think if they shout loud enough and gain political strength the world will be improved. That is a false doctrine. I have never seen anyone “converted” to a Christian’s point of view (and those views are not uniform) through political power. I have frequently seen someone’s views changed after they have experienced true conversion and then live by different standards and live for goals beyond which political party controls the government.

Repeatedly in the Scriptures, which TV ministers regularly and selectively quote, are teachings, admonitions and commands that are antithetical to the high-octane rhetoric spanning the ideological and theological spectrum — from Pat Robertson to Jesse Jackson.

Here is a partial list: God’s strength is made perfect in human weakness;
humble yourself and God will exalt you; he who would be a leader among you must first be your servant; love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you; pray in secret, not publicly; give to the poor; God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; the last place at the table; the widow’s mite (the message is that she gave all she had, not great wealth); the mustard seed (about the smallest amount of genuine faith); the washing of feet (as demonstrated by Jesus).

This is right on. Thomas advises the following to get these “leaders” back in check:

If people who bear the label “Christian” want to reduce these
embarrassments, which interfere with the proclamation and the hearing of “true religion,” they should refrain from sending money to TV preachers and contribute more to their local church.

Local giving not only would allow the giver to better monitor how the money is spent, but also, if the pastor occasionally says something he should not have said, the embarrassment will remain within the walls and not be a rhetorical shot heard around the world.

Pat Robertson eventually apologized for his remarks about assassinating Hugo Chavez. His penance should be to retire and to take his bombastic conservative and liberal colleagues with him.

Dr. Phil’s Son is Engaged?

August 31st, 2005 Viewed 1700 times

Now, I’m not a Dr. Phil fan– frankly, I haven’t watched him nor do I have the desire, but I have heard many people talk about him– even to the point that some people believe he might be a Christian. Regardless, it does seem that his son has interesting choices in potential mates for life

LOS ANGELES – The son of TV psychologist Dr. Phil has proposed to former Playboy playmate Erica Dahm, one of the triplet Dahm sisters.

Jay McGraw, 26, got engaged to Dahm in Dallas, Chandler Hayes, a spokesman for Dr. Phil McGraw, said Monday.

Dahm exclaimed, “Oh gosh, is this real?” after the Aug. 26 proposal, Hayes said.

The couple will wed in Los Angeles but the date was not revealed.

Jay McGraw designed the 5-carat diamond, emerald and platinum engagement ring.

He told syndicated TV show “The Insider”: “I asked her father for her hand
in marriage first. I finally told my parents and they are ecstatic. She’s the one I want to spend the rest of my life with.”

Dahm, 27, and her two sisters appeared in the December 1998 Playboy.

McGraw is a best-selling author of self-help books himself. They include “Closing the Gap” and “The Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens.”

You would think that Dr. Phil’s family wouldn’t be ecstatic to have this kind of publicity (not to mention jokes about Dr. Phil seeing the pictures in playboy, etc), but who knows.

Signs in the Field

August 31st, 2005 Viewed 952 times
English: Cornfield in South Africa. Deutsch: M...

English: Cornfield in South Africa. Deutsch: Maisfeld in Südafrika. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now here’s a classified ad!

CANANDAIGUA, New York (AP) – A farmer who planted his own personal ad in a cornfield has received more than 700 replies, but he’s only been in touch with the writer of one.

Western New York cattle-and-crops farmer Pieter DeHond, a 41-year-old divorced father of two, planted a lovelorn message in his cow pasture using 50-foot (15-meter) letters made from corn stalks.

It said “S.W.F Got-2 (love symbol) Farm’n” (Single White Female Got to Love Farming). Since it was planted in May, the cornfield ad has generated media attention as far away as South Africa.

One California woman answering DeHond’s ad had a pizza delivered to his farmhouse door along with a note that included her first name and phone number.

“That seemed like a nice thing to do,” said DeHond, adding that he called to thank her.

Since then, they’ve exchanged calls and letters.

“A very attractive woman” is how DeHond described his new friend to his hometown newspaper the Daily Messenger of Canandaigua. He added they may eventually arrange to meet.

Meanwhile, DeHond said he’s keeping all the letters and newspaper clippings in a box, “so 20 years from now I can look back and laugh and say, ‘Look what I stirred up.'”

Babies Feel Pain

August 31st, 2005 Viewed 1121 times
Happy

Happy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s article from Jill Stanek, she takes on the whole concept of whether babies feel pain. The point of this discussion is that the more a mother believes the child in her womb feels pain (ie. the doctor asks if she wants anesthesia for the baby, etc), the less likely she is to have an abortion, or so the logic goes.

Well, Jill decides to go back in time a little to before this was discovered to be a wedge type issue, and exposes the current deception for what it is:

My oldest grandson was born at the gestational age of 25 weeks. He weighed two pounds at the time and went down to one pound, 11 ounces. Watching him struggle to live hurt so much. But I couldn’t do what came naturally. We weren’t allowed to stroke him. We were warned his skin was hypersensitive to touch, and caressing him would only distress him and make matters worse.

That was in 2000. A researcher wrote in Neonatal Network that same year of the “well documented” negative physiological changes in premature babies in response to mere “touch and handling” – never mind approaching them with needles and knives – that were “particularly pronounced in the smaller and sicker infants,” identified as those under 28 weeks.

These included changes in blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rhythm and rate – including breathing stoppage – and neuroendocrine responses.

If in 2000 we knew that babies were this sensitive, the logic goes, what has changed? There was a study done stating that anesthesia needed to be used on preemies for surgery because of all of the pain. Basically…

Back then, doctors were committing torture on preemies by performing procedures on them without providing pain relief. That meant abortionists were committing torture on fetuses by drawing and quartering them without providing pain relief.

Almost 20 years later, the medical community has come a long way on the one hand. Doctors now routinely provide compassionate pain relief to neonates and preemies before performing procedures.

On the other hand, this so-called enlightened group demonstrates the darkest depravity and what would be laughable stupidity if the topic weren’t so critical by their increasingly convoluted attempts to rationalize how they can possibly condone abortion.

When you think your gas is expensive…

August 31st, 2005 Viewed 791 times, 1 so far today

This from the Drudge Report should give some perspective and make you thankful that you do have gas!

GAS SCARE HITS ATLANTA
Tue Aug 2005 30 22:23:23 ET

Metro Atlanta drivers are facing the possibility of paying considerably more than $3 a gallon for gas by Labor Day -- if they can get it at all, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting Wednesday.

The two pipelines that bring gasoline and jet fuel to the region are down -- powerless to pump as Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on electrical infrastructure.

The metro Atlanta region generally has about a 10-day supply of gasoline in inventory, said BP spokesman Michael Kumpf. The pipelines have been down for two days.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Colonial Pipeline Co., cut off from its suppliers on the Gulf Coast, is now pumping gas from huge storage tanks, many in Powder Springs, Ga. Whether electric power can be restored to the pipeline pumps before supplies run out is "the great uncertainty ... that hangs over all of us," said Daniel Moenter, a spokesman for Marathon Ashland Petroleum, a major supplier of metro Atlanta's fuel.

Developing...

(Text quoted in full since Drudge tends to reuse filenames)

Be Careful What You Say

August 30th, 2005 Viewed 743 times

We all know that words have amazing power. They have the power to build up and to tear down. They have the ability to convey complex ideas, and things can be miscommunicated. So goes the following story:

CANBERRA (Reuters) – The pilot of a small plane in Australia sparked an emergency terrorism alert after accidentally using the radio code word for hijack, authorities said on Tuesday.

The pilot of the twin-prop aircraft inadvertently used the secret code word while talking by radio with air traffic controllers soon after he took off from the eastern city of Brisbane bound for Melbourne with one passenger on Friday.

The National Office of Transport Security 24-hour operations room swung into action. The plane, which did not deviate from its flight path or change altitude, was monitored for a couple of hours until authorities were satisfied it had not been hijacked.

Wanted: Completely Perfect Legs…

August 29th, 2005 Viewed 949 times

Here’s a guy trying to change things from the top, but I don’t think it will work:

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The mayor of one Budapest district wants female City Hall staff to wear miniskirts only if they have “completely perfect legs” and the skirts are no shorter than 2-3 centimeters (about 1 inch) above the knee.

Gabor Mitynan, a conservative who runs the wealthy 12th district, also wants male employees to wear blazers in summer, and told the Website (www.index.hu) the dress code was needed because he had seen staff dressed like beggars or vacationers.

Mitynan also dislikes crop tops — popular in Budapest — saying “few women have well-trained bellies worth showing to people” and wants the city to legislate on stocking thickness, proposing 5-10 denier for summer, 15 for spring and autumn and 20 for winter.

Mitynan is a rarity in Budapest’s 23 mostly liberal and socialist districts, so his proposals stand almost no chance of being passed by the city assembly. Liberal Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky described the proposals as “crass,” according to the state news agency MTI.

There needs to be some rules, but this may be a little over the top.

Helicopter Parents

August 29th, 2005 Viewed 1112 times

I really don’t know which side of this thing I’m on, for once. But it was interesting, and I’d like your thoughts…

Today brings us an article from the AP regarding Helicopter Parents, those parents that choose to “hover” over their children when they go to college. It seems that children are calling their parents to straighten things out on campus more than they have ever been before. The article links this to the advent of more children/parents having cell phones. This presents a problem if the goal of the college is to take children and break dependance on the parents.

But here’s my problem… is that the college’s job? Should the college be educating them and preparing them as an arm of the parent’s educating their children, or should they be a stand in for the parents. If the parents are paying for the education (in the case of this article and Colgate U, $40,000 a year) shouldn’t they be able to have a say?

I think the problem is that the parents are training the children correctly on how to be responsible and not go to them before they go to college, so that they are still dependent after they get there. Some training for the parents could help here. But, I think you need to respect the parents wishes, and be up front about what kind of service you’re providing.

One of the families in our church sent a child off to the USMC a few months back. They were not allowed to communicate with them for a few weeks, and then it was by letter. There’s some logic there, though I would think that it’s for different reasons. The USMC wants to have the adult dependent on them and are afraid that people will quit. The colleges are just afraid that the parents will call up because Susie doesn’t like her roommate.

Woken?

August 29th, 2005 Viewed 1042 times

This, from Michael Ackley’s article today:

English is a living language. It’s a fact linguistic conservatives must abide. We’ve learned to live with “standing on line” when we used to stand in line; we grind our teeth and bear with “off-ten” for “often” and have grudgingly accepted the secondary pronunciation of “applicable,” with the accent on the second syllable.

But must we endure “woken”?

Don’t get us wrong. “Woken” is a word, though archaic and found chiefly in British dialect. However, it is the past participle of the verb “wake,” not a stand-alone verb itself.

We all should cringe, therefore, when we hear the almost ubiquitous, “He woken up.”

We have encountered this abomination in otherwise sophisticated novels and in the movies; we have read it in newspapers; we have heard it during TV news broadcasts. (Of course, in the latter, illiteracy is more or less accepted – and expected.)

There are a number of graceful ways to describe the ascent from sleep to consciousness: “He woke;” “he waked;” “he wakened;” and the most lilting, “he awakened.”

Generally, we don’t suggest letter-writing campaigns, but perhaps you could save these paragraphs somewhere on your hard drive, and when you find the participle misused, copy them and send them to the offending parties. They need to be woken up.

An Insult to the Creator

August 26th, 2005 Viewed 1131 times
London Zoo

London Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I first saw this article, I didn’t think much of it, except that it was stupid. When I read it this time, I was upset. I’ll show you why:

LONDON – Caged and barely clothed, eight men and women monkeyed around for the crowds Friday in an exhibit labeled “Humans” at the London Zoo.

“Warning: Humans in their Natural Environment” read the sign at the entrance to the exhibit, where the captives could be seen on a rock ledge in a bear enclosure, clad in bathing suits and pinned-on fig leaves. Some played with hula hoops, some waved.

Visitors stopped to point and laugh, and several children could be heard asking, “Why are there people in there?”

London Zoo spokeswoman Polly Wills says that’s exactly the question the zoo wants to answer.

“Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals … teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate,” Wills said.

What?! So it lies to the public?

Tom Mahoney, 26, decided to participate after his friend sent him an e-mail
about the contest as a joke. Anything that draws attention to apes, he said, has his support.

“A lot of people think humans are above other animals,” he told The Associated Press. “When they see humans as animals, here, it kind of reminds us that we’re not that special.”

Man, this bugs me! It’s probably because I just got done reading this morning about Belshazzar, and Nebuchadnezzar the day before, and how God had to take these kings down a notch because they refused to give glory to their Creator.

I mean, we are different than any animal on this planet– we make decisions based not on instinct, but because of a moral code. We feel guilt and have a moral compass. We were created different, and are the only beings on this Earth that can have a relationship with God! Jesus Christ came to die for us, not some animals!

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.