Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CLIMATEGATE!?

Saw these two articles on the Drudge Report tonight
seems some hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit
and found all this damning evidence about global warming
check them out

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/24/hiding-evidence-of-global-cooling/

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100017393/climategate-the-final-nail-in-the-coffin-of-anthropogenic-global-warming/

Pictures from Haiti

Here are some photos from Haiti i took with my phone
(& yes i had good reception most of the time)


















Friday, November 13, 2009

Mission Trip to Haiti

Tammy & I and a Team of about 15 from our church are off to Haiti tomorrow. Please pray for us and our team. I will be preaching Sunday in Bon Repos, a town about an hour north outside Port-au-Prince. The team will also be running a dental clinic & a medical clinic in the mountains.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Abby Johnson, Fighting for Life

Two Reviews


Collision: Well first off this is not really a debate but more of a documentary on several debates. It switches from venue to venue, following a theme or question not a particular debate. The overall question that is brought up again and again (did they repeat the same debate each night?!?) is the basis for morality. Hitchens, the atheist, has a well developed morality but claims it does not come from God but was passed on by evolution. And somehow this evolutionary morality applies to all people in all places. He repeated goes back to the OT story of Israel whipping out the Amlikites & claims this genocide shows God is really wicked. Murder is wrong because evolution says so?!? To which Wilson consistently & rightly replies "Why do you care?" How can an atheist have universal binding moral principles for all people? Wilson says in one clip that Hitchens is getting into the theist's car  and driving it into a tree!
Taking the Thesit of Christian's morality and judging them by it! Which is fine if you admit you got morality from God in the first place.

It is excellent & I highly recommended it - only drawback is that it is a bit too long (90 min) and at times the editing is jumpy & disconnected. The viewer cannot always stay wit hthe editing. the editing might be a bit too 'cool.' The movie really makes me want to watch a full debate between these two without any editing.







Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller is really one of the best books I have read this year. Here are sonme quotes:


“The human heart takes good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turns them into ultimate things. Our hearts deify them as the center of our lives, because, we think, they can give us significance and security, safety and fulfillment, if we attain them.”


"We think that idols are bad things, but that is almost never the case. The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life.”


"We never imagine that getting our heart's deepest desires might be the worst thing that can ever happen to us."


"If we are not willing to hurt our career in order to do God's will, our job will become a counterfeit god."


What then is an idol? “It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.”


How to beat an idol: "Jesus must become more beautiful to your imagination, more attractive to your heart, than your idol...If you uproot the idol and fail to 'plant' the love of Christ in its place, the idol will grow back."


"The idol of success cannot be just expelled, it must be replaced. The human heart's desire for a particular valuable object may be conquered, but its need to have some such object is unconquerable.


How do you tell if you have idols?


1. Look at your imagination. What do you think about in the privacy of your heart?
2. Look at how you spend your money. Patterns of spending reveal idols.
3. Look at what you are really living for. What is your real–not professed–god?
4. Look at your most uncontrollable emotions. When you pull your emotions up by the roots, you will often find your idols clinging to them.

This is a nice short book packed with profound Biblical truth.  I think it would make a great sermon series..........

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

9 Ways to know the Gospel of Christ is True

9 Ways to Know the Gospel of Christ Is True



November 6, 2009 By: John Piper
http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/2085_9_ways_to_know_the_gospel_of_christ_is_true/


1. Jesus Christ, as he is presented to us in the New Testament, and as he stands forth from all its writings, is too single and too great to have been invented so uniformly by all these writers.
The force of Jesus Christ unleashed these writings; the writings did not create the force. Jesus is far bigger and more compelling than any of his witnesses. His reality stands behind these writings as a great, global event stands behind a thousand newscasters. Something stupendous unleashed these diverse witnesses to tell these stunning and varied, yet unified, stories of Jesus Christ.


2. Nobody has ever explained the empty tomb of Jesus in the hostile environment of Jerusalem where the enemies of Jesus would have given anything to produce the corpse, but could not.
The earliest attempts to cover the scandal of resurrection were manifestly contradictory to all human experience—disciples do not steal a body (Matthew 28:13) and then sacrifice their lives to preach a glorious gospel of grace on the basis of the deception. Modern theories that Jesus didn't die but swooned, and then awoke in the tomb and moved the stone and tricked his skeptical disciples into believing he was risen as the Lord of the universe don't persuade.


3. Cynical opponents of Christianity abounded where claims were made that many eyewitnesses were available to consult concerning the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
"After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:6). Such claims would be exposed as immediate falsehood if they could. But we know of no exposure. Eyewitnesses of the risen Lord abounded when the crucial claims were being made.


4. The early church was an indomitable force of faith and love and sacrifice on the basis of the reality of Jesus Christ.
The character of this church, and the nature of the gospel of grace and forgiveness, and the undaunted courage of men and women—even unto death—do not fit the hypothesis of mass hysteria. They simply were not like that. Something utterly real and magnificent had happened in the world and they were close enough to know it, and be assured of it, and be gripped by its power. That something was Jesus Christ, as all of them testified, even as they died singing.


5. The prophesies of the Old Testament find stunning fulfillment in the history of Jesus Christ.
The witness to these fulfillments are too many, too diverse, too subtle and too interwoven into the history of the New Testament church and its many writings to be fabricated by some great conspiracy. Down to the details, Jesus Christ fulfilled dozens of Old Testament prophecies that vindicate his truth.


6. The witnesses to Jesus Christ who wrote the New Testament gospels and letters are not gullible or deceitful or demented.
This is manifest from the writings themselves. The books bear the marks of intelligence and clear-headedness and maturity and a moral vision that is compelling. They win our trust as witnesses, especially when all taken together with one great unifying, but distinctively told, message about Jesus Christ.


7. The worldview that emerges from the writings of the New Testament makes more sense out of more reality than any other worldview.
It not only fits the human heart, but also the cosmos and history and God as he reveals himself in nature and conscience. Some may come to this conclusion after much reflection, others may arrive at this conviction by a pre-reflective, intuitive sense of the deep suitability of Christ and his message to the world that they know.


8. When one sees Christ as he is portrayed truly in the gospel, there shines forth a spiritual light that is a self-authenticating.
This is "the light of the knowledge of the glory of God" (2 Corinthians 4:6), and it is as immediately perceived by the Spirit-awakened heart as light is perceived by the open eye. The eye does not argue that there is light. It sees light.


9. When we see and believe the glory of God in the gospel, the Holy Spirit is given to us so that the love of God might be "poured out in our hearts" (Romans 5:5).
This experience of the love of God known in the heart through the gospel of Him who died for us while we were yet ungodly assures us that the hope awakened by all the evidences we have seen will not disappoint us.

Thoughts on Ft. Hood Terrorist

It is amazing how all the media (I've seen at least) have refused to call Major Hasan a terrorist - and refuse to link any thing back to his Muslim faith.  Even in the face of the overwhelming evidence. 

Dr. Phil quoted in WSJ
shocked Dr. Phil, appalled that the guest had publicly mentioned Maj. Hasan's Islamic identity, went on to present what was, in essence, the case for Maj. Hasan as victim. Victim of deployment, of the Army, of the stresses of a new kind of terrible war unlike any other we have known. Unlike, can he have meant, the kind endured by those lucky Americans who fought and died at Iwo Jima, say, or the Ardennes?

The quality and thrust of this argument was best captured by the impassioned Dr. Phil, who asked us to consider, "how far out of touch with reality do you have to be to kill your fellow Americans . . . this is not a well act." And how far out of touch with reality is such a question, one asks in return—not only of Dr. Phil, but of the legions of commentators like him immersed in the labyrinths of motive hunting even as the details of Maj. Hasan's proclivities became ever clearer and more ominous.
To kill your fellow Americans—as many as possible, unarmed and in the most helpless of circumstances, while shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great), requires, of course, only murderous hatred—the sort of mindset that regularly eludes the Dr. Phils of our world as the motive for mass murder of this kind.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704402404574525831785724114.html

The New York Times:
When Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan did that in Fort Hood, Tex., last week, many Americans had an understandable and, in some ways, admirable reaction. They didn’t want the horror to become a pretext for anti-Muslim bigotry.


So immediately the coverage took on a certain cast. The possibility of Islamic extremism was immediately played down. This was an isolated personal breakdown, not an ideological assault, many people emphasized.
Major Hasan was portrayed as a disturbed individual who was under a lot of stress. We learned about pre-traumatic stress syndrome, and secondary stress disorder, which one gets from hearing about other people’s stress. We heard the theory (unlikely in retrospect) that Hasan was so traumatized by the thought of going into a combat zone that he decided to take a gun and create one of his own.
A shroud of political correctness settled over the conversation. Hasan was portrayed as a victim of society, a poor soul who was pushed over the edge by prejudice and unhappiness.
There was a national rush to therapy. Hasan was a loner who had trouble finding a wife and socializing with his neighbors.
This response was understandable. It’s important to tamp down vengeful hatreds in moments of passion. But it was also patronizing. Public commentators assumed the air of kindergarten teachers who had to protect their children from thinking certain impermissible and intolerant thoughts. If public commentary wasn’t carefully policed, the assumption seemed to be, then the great mass of unwashed yahoos in Middle America would go off on a racist rampage.
Worse, it absolved Hasan — before the real evidence was in — of his responsibility. He didn’t have the choice to be lonely or unhappy. But he did have a choice over what story to build out of those circumstances. And evidence is now mounting to suggest he chose the extremist War on Islam narrative that so often leads to murderous results.
The conversation in the first few days after the massacre was well intentioned, but it suggested a willful flight from reality. It ignored the fact that the war narrative of the struggle against Islam is the central feature of American foreign policy. It ignored the fact that this narrative can be embraced by a self-radicalizing individual in the U.S. as much as by groups in Tehran, Gaza or Kandahar.
It denied, before the evidence was in, the possibility of evil. It sought to reduce a heinous act to social maladjustment. It wasn’t the reaction of a morally or politically serious nation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/opinion/10brooks.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

Imagine if this was some crazy fundamentalist christian!?
Listen to Franky Schaffer say the real danger is middle age white American Christian men!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

No one laughs at God in a hospital

i saw this a few months ago and it really moved me

Prosperity Gospel on the Skids?

Interesting article in Christianity Today this week. Seems the health & wealth teaching in America is ‘suffering’ a bit.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/february/2.12.html

But the spread of this teaching is still prevalent in places like Africa and Latin America. Check out this very telling video.

The Prosperity Gospel from The Global Conversation on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dinesh D'Souza VS Peter Singer

Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, is one of the most famous atheist in the world today. In my view he is by far the most consistent atheist out of all the famous Darwinian atheists (Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, etc). He actually carries his evolutionary thinking to its logical conclusions. He famously has said things like: a pig is more valuable that a human baby & parents should be able to kill their children up to 28 weeks after birth. I find him to be the best representative of atheism. He does not try and incorporate theistic moralism into his atheism.

Dinesh D'Souza looks like he is about 15 years old but is sharp as a tack and one of the best debaters & writers on a Christian world view today. His excellent book "What's so great about Christianity" is a mandatory resource for anyone serious about defending their faith. I stumbled on these debates on the web & they are excellent. Below is the opening statement from D'Souza - the rest of the debate is on yourtube or here: http://ygod.web2.onlinenw.com/index.php?pr=Dinesh_vs_Singer#princeton

Three reasons to root for the Yankees

Here are my top three reasons to root for the Yankees to win the World Series

1. If the Yankees win history tells us that it will turn the economy around


From the Wall Street Journal:
"Since 1930, the Yankees -- who would clinch their 27th World Series trophy with a win tonight -- have been a harbinger of average 5 percent GDP growth in years following a series victory."

and

" Win or lose, just an appearance by the Yankees in the World Series seems to foretell the next year’s growth. The economy grew an average of 4% in years after the Yankees lost the World Series. We’d also note that the last time the Yankees played the Phillies in the World Series (the Yankees won in four games) the economy grew a robust 7.7% the following year."

Read the whole things here:
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2009/11/02/yankees-world-series-victories-boost-economic-growth/



2. If the Phillies win history tells us we are headed to more financial hardship

From the Philadelphia paper The Intelligencer
"The 2008 champion Phillies sparked the current economic turmoil and unemployment spike. Just as the Phils concluded their September run last year to overtake the Mets, the Dow Jones lost 778 points in the biggest single-day point loss ever, knocking out $1.2 trillion in market value"

And

"The annual deficit has increased by $1 trillion since Brad Lidge struck out Tampa Bay's Eric Hinske to clinch the 2008 World Series. With the team poised for another crown, President Barack Obama, the most famous White Sox fan, was asked about providing a potential bailout to the Yankees to thwart the Phillies attempt at baseball domination and economic annihilation.
"Hey, look over there, it's Fox news," the president replied.

Read the whole thing here: http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer/the_intelligencer_news_details/article/27/2009/october/28/when-phillies-win-economy-loses.html


3. The Biggest Reason

Derek Jeter
enough said