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

Dissention in the Ranks

October 27th, 2008 Viewed 2173 times, 1 so far today


Over the weekend we were treated to a storyline I saw coming—namely, the McCain camp setting up Gov. Palin to take the fall should their campaign fail to win the election.

This wasn’t a hard shot to call—by no means—for from the moment that Sen. McCain won the nomination back in the spring we were told that Sen. McCain was going to focus on independents and try to win the election by appealing to the middle—counting on the right to fall in line because of the fact that Sen. McCain wore an R at the end of his name.

The problem was, it didn’t seem to be working out that way.

Palintology and Patriots

October 25th, 2008 Viewed 2147 times, 1 so far today

Palintology:  the study of the making and menacing of the public perception of Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin has been Borked. Look up “Robert Bork” if you aren’t old enough to remember his time in the nation’s spotlight.

It is fascinating to me that when Sarah Palin first came on the scene, the initial response was one of admiration.  The conservative wing of the Republican party came alive, felt their hearts beating faster at the thought of the next manifestation of Ronald Reagan.  Even Reagan’s son, Michael, published a piece called “Welcome back, Dad.” That’s a pretty hefty endorsement, if you ask me, from a son who should know.

Then Sarah gave her convention speech.  I remember watching the post-speech spin.  There was silence, for a few moments, as the press was stunned by the natural and God-given skill of this novice from Alaska.


October 22nd, 2008 Viewed 1922 times

FE_DA_080829_palin_4People Magazine had another interview with Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd—and it was very friendly—but I really liked the answer to the last question:

People: Can you go home again and just be an Alaskan?

Sarah: I can always go home again and just be Mom and be perfectly happy and fulfilled with the blessings that God has given us.

Dishonest, But What Do You Expect?

October 22nd, 2008 Viewed 1362 times

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Some in the media would have you believe that Gov. Sarah Palin has no idea the job duties of the position she is running for.  In order to highlight this supposed deficit, they focus on a satirical video that was taken quite a while ago, but when that didn’t work, they decided to focus on a recent question and answer session.

Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, “What does the Vice President do?”

PALIN: That’s something that Piper would ask me! … [T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. [Emphasis Original]

Not Everyone Will Grow Up To Be President

October 18th, 2008 Viewed 1558 times

palin240There have been many interesting moments in this 2008 election campaign.  From the moment that Sen. McCain won New Hampshire and there was a battle between Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton for the Democrat nomination—that was so close that Rush Limbaugh decided that he had a chance to get involved and make a difference in that campaign—it was easy to tell that this would be a year like no other.

And yet, I don’t think that there has been a surprise this season to match the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin for the Vice Presidential spot.

Good To Know I’m Getting the Right Diapers

October 15th, 2008 Viewed 1766 times

Kevin Kelly/photo - Holding her youngest son Trig and flanked by security personnel, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin greeted shoppers at the Gallipolis Wal-Mart on Sunday. Palin was enroute to events in Marietta and St. Clairsville when she made her stop in Gallipolis.Looks like Gov. Palin is like most of us—at least in her choice of saving money on diapers.

Accompanied by her youngest son Trig, security, staffers and a small pool of news media, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stepped off the “Straight Talk Express” bus to enter the store around 1:30 p.m., where she purchased a bag of Parents’ Choice brand disposable diapers and a toy.

An Angry Mob?

October 12th, 2008 Viewed 1464 times

Senator John McCain with his wife Cindy, daughter Meghan and Gov. Sarah Palin at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday. (Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

Is it enthusiasm, or is it an angry mob.  If you just listen to the press, you’ll get the answer that hurts the McCain campaign the most.

Sarah Palin, on abortion: 10-11-08

October 11th, 2008 Viewed 2890 times

Sarah spoke these words today, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  How long has it been since we’ve heard someone from the top of the ticket speak so bravely in favor of all life?  God bless you, Sarah.

“In this same spirit, as defenders of the culture of life, John McCain and I believe in the goodness and potential of every innocent life. I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. And who is more vulnerable, or more innocent, than a child?

When I learned that my son Trig would have special needs, I had to prepare my heart for the challenges to come. At first I was scared, and Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. But I can tell you a few things I’ve learned already.

Yes, every innocent life matters. Everyone belongs in the circle of protection. Every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. There are the world’s standards of perfection … and then there are God’s, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake.

Gov. Palin Reminds Us of Reagan

October 3rd, 2008 Viewed 2713 times

Sen. Biden, Gov. Palin VP Debate (Larry Rubenstein/Reuters)From the start of the debate, it seemed like Gov. Palin had an advantage.  While Sen. Biden looked right at the moderator for his answers (for the first half hour, it seemed), Gov. Palin looked directly into the camera—so much that it looked like she was talking right to us.

And it didn’t hurt that she used common expressions and emphasized that she wasn’t from Washington.

Why the Moderator Matters

October 2nd, 2008 Viewed 2121 times, 1 so far today


It’s not a question of whether or not the person can be civil.  It’s not even a question of whether they can be fair.  The question is, what baggage do they enter with?

Two years ago this spring our church decided to close its Christian School.  It was a  difficult and complex decision, which ended up being decided primarily by money1.  When this tough subject came up, and we had a relatively new pastor, I was asked to be moderator.  But I had an opinion.

  1. Regardless of whether it should have been—it’s a moot point now. []


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