Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Fool hath said on his billboard ...

There's probably no God,... well at least on the bus - that guy just checked for us.

Can you think of a more worrysome and unenjoyable idea than the death of God? There's probably no thinking behind this ad campaign - how about that one? Let's make it a bit more philosophically consistent: There's probably no God so stop worry and go kill yourself. That would make sense. There's probably no God so stop worrying about conventional morality and rape that woman sitting next to you - your genes deserve it. That's the logical flow of things. But joy? Relief?

If there is no God, all things are permissible.
- a worried Fyodor Dostoevski

Only Little Boys #37

"His only problem is the 'y' chromosome."

- A Doctor's reply to my question about the possibility that my son has a calcium deficiency or some other medical problem that may have caused his 4 broken bones in 4 months.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A True Mark

I don't care how much you cry during the singing or preaching, if you do not live a life marked by love toward others, the Bible has no encouragement for you to think that you're a Christian. None.

-Mark Dever

Friday, January 23, 2009

A New Era of Human Rights for All [who survive the womb]

Today is the 36th anniversary of the abhorant Supreme Court decision to legalize the slaughter of the unwanted unborn. Since then, the blood has risen past the horse's bridle. And sadly it gets worse. Geron Corporation announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a privately funded study in which human embryonic stem cells will be transplanted into subjects with spinal cord injuries. I thought the opening lines of Mark Carlton's Prayer for the New President rang chillingly true:

Father, Never in the history of American politics have so many celebrated a man who has accomplished so little. But I cannot join the celebration. For me this is a sad and depressing day, not just because of my misgivings about the man who will be our president, but because of the part your people have played in elevating this man to the throne.

Lord, much has been made of the proximity of President Obama’s inauguration to Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, and yet few have noticed that it comes just two days before the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. But you, no doubt remember. You have been hearing the silent screams of the unborn ever since.

Father, I grieve the fact that so many of your people found an excuse to tune out the silent screams of over 50 million innocent unborn that have been sacrificed on the altar of convenience since January 22, 1973.

I grieve that so many who call themselves Christians, many of whom will be raising their hands in worship this next week, have, chosen to cooperate with evil. ...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine

“I don’t know if OJ Simpson is guilty of murder, but I do know that he is guilty of making bad commercials.”

-Greg Bahnsen

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tolle Lege Americana

There is no fear that a modern king will attempt to override the constitution; it is more likely that he will ignore the constitution and work behind its back;

- G.K. Chesterton Orthodoxy

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Only Little Boys #22

Here's a wonderful excerpt from an accidentally-Kingdom-ushering-father-son-Saturday-morning-breakfast conversation:

Dad: And the biggest city near where we live is called 'Baltimore'.
Son: Do any Christians live there?
Dad: Yes, Christians live all around us. God has them spread all over the place.
Son: Well, do they have cars?
Dad: Yes, son, most Christians in our country have cars.
Son: Are they the cars that shoot fire out of the back?

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Preliminary Defense of Classical and Christian Education

Ironically, it’s those who are least familiar with what the philosophers have said who are most subject to being controlled by them. They think that just because they have an idea in their heads, that somehow it just popped in there from somewhere, and they don’t realize that what culture looks like in America [today] has been determined by some academic scribbler who wrote his books a hundred years ago. But if you make yourself familiar with the history of philosophy, then you can see how the ideas of men shape society. If you don’t know what the philosophers said then you cannot oppose them and you do not understand what is going on around you.

-John Robbins in his Summary and Conclusion of Biblical Apologetics

Getting In: Membership VS Eldership

For what it takes to be a member of a church, I think the front door of the church local should be about the same size as the front door of the Church universal – which is very wide, doctrinally. And I think the door into the eldership should be really tiny.

- John Piper in the Text; Context Conference address: Why I Trust the Bible