MInTheGap

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

Counting the Cost

November 13th, 2018 Viewed 131 times

Luke 14:1-33

David enjoyed much favor from God, for he was a man after God’s own heart. In 2 Samuel 24 we catch up to David near the end of his life. David numbered the children of Israel, something the kings were told not to do—their victory was to be found in the Lord. Upon doing it, David realized his error, but he was punished anyway, and when he was given the chance to put an end and make a sacrifice he went to the threshing floor of Araunah. Araunah offered to give him the floor and the items for the offering, but David would have none of it. He would not offer an offering to God that cost him nothing.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Voting Irregularities in Florida

November 12th, 2018 Viewed 159 times

John Fund points out that there should be a lot more media attention paid toward Florida:

In [Florida,] Republican governor and Senate candidate Rick Scott’s lawsuit against Democratic Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher, the county court found that Bucher was illegally withholding over-votes and under-votes from the county canvassing board and barring public viewing of the counting.

Gov. Scott also filed a lawsuit against Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes last Thursday, alleging that her office was hiding information about the number of ballots left to be counted. Again, a county court ruled in his favor as Snipes kept “discovering” new ballots.

Despite these clear rulings, the Sunday morning programs on ABC News and NBC News ignored the court orders. While it’s certainly true that claims of election irregularities and fraud shouldn’t be blindly reported, the media has an obligation to pay attention to the context.

John Fund via Fox News

Florida was the epicenter of the issues of Bush v. Gore back in 2000, and I can’t remember an election where one wondered what they’d end up with in an electoral contest.

Now with ballots supposedly in AVIS rental cars, in a moving truck, and in a elementary school storage area and election supervisors with convictions of removing ballots, while not even including the fact that the Dem’s lawyers want illegal immigrant’s votes counted— this reeks of corruption.

Will this be enough to force Voter ID?

Are You All Talk?

November 12th, 2018 Viewed 135 times

There’s a saying that goes “talk is cheap” and with the invention of the Internet, we know just how true that is. While technically it costs something to post to social media or to blogs, it feels free– as free as speech itself. And because it is easy and feels free, we’re all experts on all sorts of topics, pontificating to whomever will listen in our expert tones… but do our lives match up?

You have the truth, are you making a difference?

Nowhere is this more pointed than in our spiritual lives. It is very easy for us to talk about how we should live the Christian life, but how does our talk and our walk measure up?

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Peter’s Teachings on Submission

October 12th, 2018 Viewed 276 times

One can only envision that as time passed from the Ascension, the Apostles started to realize how important it was to document their witness and describe in detail how to live the Christian faith. Only so much could be entrusted to people through teaching, and so we see the New Testament start to take shape.

Structure of relationships under Christ take shape in all of the these works– churches, marriages, slaves, government– as the Apostles fleshed out how believers were to both be citizens of another world, but inhabitants of this one. How do you be “in the world, but not of the world?”

So Peter is going to take us through our responsibilities as believers in this world.

Kavanaugh vs. Ford Would be Easier If There Were No Politics

October 4th, 2018 Viewed 349 times, 2 so far today
Sen. Feinstein and Judge Brett Kavanaugh

I’ve been thinking about the whole Kavanaugh debacle for the past few weeks and have been tweeting out different thoughts about it on Twitter. Having a chance now to hear and read a lot of different viewpoints on this topic, I figured I might as well get my perspective in among the mess and see if I could coherently come to any conclusion… and the biggest conclusion I could come to is that it would be a whole lot easier to get to the bottom of this if there were no politics involved– but then no one would care.

Abortion-Inducing Drugs

September 13th, 2018 Viewed 507 times

In her latest article on the Kavanaugh nomination, Ann Althouse discusses the question about what exactly birth control is supposed to do. Much of the pro-life movement wants to distance itself from the birth control discussion for obvious reasons; however, there is a link.

In the mind of many, abortion is just another form of birth control, only instead of preventing conception, fertilization or implantation, the abortion component of the debate has been limited to discussing the medical procedure needed to remove a baby/fetus from the womb after the pregnancy is discovered.

Has Trump Been Successful In Implementing His Agenda?

August 24th, 2018 Viewed 440 times, 1 so far today

In the middle of a discussion I was having on Twitter regarding whether it was right for the Department of Justice to have a guideline not to indict a sitting President, I broached the idea that the reason that we are even having this conversation is that there are many people that believe that Pres. Trump should be indicted and jailed. They are furious that no one will stop him using this means, mostly because they know that the Republican Congress and Senate will not impeach and convict him, so they believe that if they could get an indictment or, better yet a criminal conviction, then the Republicans would have to get rid of him.

This has been in back of the Russian Collusion narrative, the Stormy Daniels affair and the rest– the idea that there needs to be something, anything that can remove Trump from office.

How do we judge if we’re successful?

August 22nd, 2018 Viewed 382 times
Am I successful at the right things?

Everyone in life wants to be successful. They want to know that what they do and that their life matters.

What constitutes success is something we internalize from the culture around us. We’re shown examples of people that we are told are successful– the business person that has a lot of money, the politician that has a lot of power. The leaders in our lives that are able to attract attention, the person with the most Twitter followers or the most readers to their blog.

How does someone go about determining if they are truly successful? I mean, there are people out there that are competing at video games and making a bunch of money doing so– does this make them successful? Should we all go do that?

David Counted the Cost

August 21st, 2018 Viewed 450 times

David enjoyed much favor from God, for he was a man after God’s own heart. In 2 Samuel 24 we catch up to David near the end of his life. David numbered the children of Israel, something the kings were told not to do—their victory was to be found in the Lord.

Upon doing it, David realized his error, but he was punished anyway, and when he was given the chance to put an end and make a sacrifice he went to the threshing floor of Araunah. Araunah offered to give him the floor and the items for the offering, but David would have none of it.

He would not offer an offering to God that cost him nothing.

#QAnon Implies That Everything Ties to the Clinton Foundation

August 21st, 2018 Viewed 383 times

Part of the reason for so many people following QAnon is the fact that some of the things that are shared there are believable. I’m not saying that everything there is 100% truth– anyone who has followed for some time will state that some of what is said by Q is misinformation and what is not is cryptic at best.

Occasionally the links from Q are much less cryptic, as what has happened today, as Q links to a Reddit post that puts a lot of the puzzle pieces together into a coherent, believable whole:

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