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The Gospel, Anger and Romans 13

Posted on August 14th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel

Anger has come to dominate the headlines. Members of Congress have ventured out from the safe haven of the Washington Beltway back to their home states. Their reception by the home folks has been less than peaceful. Many constituents have exchanged the traditional summer grilling of hot dogs and burgers for grilling their congressional leaders. One hallmark of town hall meetings has been anger. The proposed healthcare plans by the Senate, House, and White House all have provisions that have fed angry interchanges at meetings across the country. Since all.. read more

Good and the Celebrity Culture

Posted on June 29th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events

Psalm 73 is the story of a troubled soul who wonders about the goodness of God in the face of the apparent prosperity of people who openly mock God and delight in wickedness. As we have seen, the psalmist needed to redefine his concept of good, and he needed to stop seeing the actions of the wicked in light of a momentary perspective. Among other reasons, this psalm is recorded by the Holy Spirit because faithful servants of God throughout history face similar situations. All of us can identify with.. read more

Guard Your Heart! Love What is Truly Good

Posted on June 26th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events

This post is a last minute addition to the series on Psalm 73. The absolute necessity of being able trust God to define what is good for you has been painfully illustrated by the sad announcement of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s infidelity. Sanford decided that his “good” was a relationship with a woman who was not his wife. In his news conference, the governor appeared to struggle with giving up the “goodness” of his extra-marital relationship. Even though this relationship brought nothing but pain to his wife and children.. read more

What is Marriage?

Posted on May 10th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Maine has become the 5th State to change the definition of marriage. On Wednesday, May 5, 2009, Fox News  reported the event on its website: The Maine Senate voted 21-13, with one absent, for a bill that authorizes marriage between any two people rather than between one man and one woman, as state law currently allows. The House had passed the bill Tuesday. The reasoning behind this law is that any two people have the right to decide for themselves how marriage should be constituted. They believe it is unfair.. read more

Taxes & Tea

Posted on April 20th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events

Tea parties and taxes have taken center stage this week across the American landscape. Paying taxes in general, and on April 15th in particular, has long been a source of concern for many Americans. In addition, this year we have bail outs, stimulus plans and tea parties. It is safe to say that many Americans are disturbed about the direction of current events. Then, this week the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning about dangers from right wing extremists. Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this report is its.. read more

Who’s in Charge

Posted on April 5th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events

This has been an unprecedented week in America. No matter what one’s political persuasion, few, if any would have predicted that the President of the United States would orchestrate firing the CEO of General Motors. This really is change. It may not be the change many were expecting, but it is change. Some are no doubt asking about how much power can one person have? Is this new connection between the private business sector and government a good thing? At the moment, there are more questions than answers. While political.. read more

What Do You Deserve?

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

The news is filled with outrage about bonuses paid to employees of the government-bailed -out insurance giant AIG. Every day we hear cries of unfairness, greed and shock. Even the President has said that he is stunned by these bonuses. We seem to be caught in an unending series of outrageous events. Have you noticed the underlying conviction that is driving the outrage? This conviction has to do with fairness and what we deserve. We don’t deserve to have out of control spending and increased taxes. We don’t deserve to.. read more

Parenting, Ideology & Stem Cells

Posted on March 13th, 2009 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

This past Monday, March 9, 2009, President Obama reversed George W. Bush’s executive order regarding human embryonic stem cell research. In supporting his decision President Obama used extraordinary reasoning. He stated that scientific decisions should be based upon facts, not ideology. The President’s new executive order will have a major impact on your parenting. What does this have to do with parenting? That’s the critical question, but we need a little more information before giving the answer. First, here is the President’s quote in context:  "Our government has forced what.. read more

Need a Bailout?

Posted on March 7th, 2009 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

These days everyone is talking about bailouts. Whether on the economic or social front, things seem to be falling apart. Whether you are catching the headlines on Drudge, or the details on Fox News, or USA Today, the message is all the same. There is no way out without a bailout. As you watch, read or listen to the experts in these amazing times, the most important factor is always missing from the analysis and reporting. Talk show monologues, no-spin comments, and the latest from the financial markets—all have a.. read more

Guard Your Heart Weekend

Posted on January 30th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Godward Orientation, Sports

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8 Last year I did a number of posts about the Superbowl.  The links to those posts are listed below. While I don’t want to revisit all that was said in those posts here, I do want to draw your attention to combination of sport, spectacle and motivational manipulation that is the Superbowl. Even in a down economy NBC.. read more

Landing on the Hudson: Whose Miracle?

Posted on January 24th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.         He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth.         No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?" Daniel 4:35 Like most of you, I was amazed at the skill and split-second judgment of Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger of US Air Flight 1549, as he put the plane down in the Hudson River with no loss of life. I watched one video clip in astonishment.. read more

God is Good!

Posted on November 5th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High   will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,   my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:12 Yesterday we saw God at work, and we can declare that God is good. As yesterday’s post noted, God is always at work doing good for his people, but sometimes we need a uncommon event, such as a presidential election, to remind us of this truth. Parents, you have.. read more

A Little History

Posted on October 31st, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

All the peoples of the earth        are regarded as nothing.        He does as he pleases        with the powers of heaven        and the peoples of the earth.        No one can hold back his hand        or say to him: "What have you done?" Daniel 4:35 Nebuchadnezzar spoke these words after he had experienced God’s humbling power in his life. He thought he was in control, but as this verse shows, it is God who does as he pleases. As we enter the last weekend before the.. read more

Children, Possessions, Worry & the Markets

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Earthly Treasure, Worldview

Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."  Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"   Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not.. read more

God, Gas Prices and the Stock Market

Posted on October 17th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Earthly Treasure, Worldview, Worry

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. I Timothy 6:17 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15 Some of you may remember the post from last May about “God and gas prices.” Now, six.. read more

God Does not take Coffee Breaks

Posted on October 15th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

I know that the LORD is great,     that our Lord is greater than all gods.  The LORD does whatever pleases him,     in the heavens and on the earth,     in the seas and all their depths. Psalm 135:5&6 The last two weeks have seen wild swings in the financial markets; unsettled, even panicked, responses from government leaders; and anxiety regarding personal finances. As far as the public media is concerned, uncertainty rules. What’s next? The media answer is that no one knows. The Bible’s answer is that God.. read more

Mini Post: Thinking Biblically about the Banking Crisis

Posted on September 19th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events

Parents, here is a helpful post from Justin Taylor's blog about the current financial unrest. You can find the article here. Justin's blog, Between Two Worlds, is a great place to keep up with theological and cultural happenings.

Olympic Thoughts

Posted on August 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Sports, Worldview

Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD." 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." The Olympics are winding down this weekend. There have been many successes and many disappointments… read more

Perspective – Talking to Your Children about the Midwest Floods

Posted on June 18th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Shaping Influences, Worldview

Your path led through the sea,   your way through the mighty waters,   though your footprints were not seen. Psalm 77:19 Last month I did a series of posts about the Asian floods and earthquakes and how the news media reported these events. Because these events happened on the other side of the world, they may not have seemed to be of immediate concern. It’s too bad, but life goes on. But now floods have come to the Midwest, the heartland of America. Many readers of this blog live.. read more

God, Cyclones, Earthquakes and the News

Posted on May 15th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Parenting, Shaping Influences, Worldview

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17 In the latest mini-post I referenced the death and destruction that have occurred in Burma and China in the last few days. As of this date the AP reports that in Myanmar as many as 128,000 have died and over 2 ½.. read more