Sunday, May 30, 2010

Homosexual Marriage and the Constitution

[A few years ago] the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court discovered that the state constitution -- written in 1780 -- requires the state to allow gay marriages. The court gave the legislature six months to rewrite the law to comply with the heretofore unnoticed gay marriage provision in a 223-year-old constitution …

The Massachusetts Constitution was written by John Adams, who was quite religious. It is the most explicitly Christian document since the New Testament, with lots of references to "the great Legislator of the universe." Adams certainly would have been astonished to discover that the constitution he wrote provided for gay marriage -- though one can see how a reference to two men marrying might get lost among the minutiae about the common good and "duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe."

-Ann Coulter

Cultural Relativism

Robert Frost once famously said that writing free verse poetry was like playing tennis without a net.  Discussing culture with a cultural relativist is like playing tennis with some guy who says that your ace is just a cultural construct.  It’s the most elusive thing we have to deal with in our society … it’s all but impossible, simply because it’s a denial of reality.

-Mark Steyn 
[photo: Hillsdale College]

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Washington on Church and State

Today, an American President is limited to 8 years in office because of George Washington's example.  He declined an offer to serve a third term.  This is an excerpt from the farewell address he gave at the close of his Presidency, 1796:

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.
Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Government Healthcare Questionaire

Though an ardent "conservative", I am no revolutionary.  I'm for societal overhaul, not societal overthrow.  I do believe that government healthcare [along w/ most other 'welfare programs'] should be abolished, but not overnight.  Our road down has been a long one and our road back should be gradual as well.  But if we are to recover, it will be by simple, modest steps - taking responsibility for ourselves in basic ways, little by little.  Here is a humble proposal, of one such step.  Have everyone applying for government healthcare assistance answer these 20 questions every month. 

1.How many hours did you work last month?

2.Do you have a monthly budget?

3.Last month how much did you spend on:

... the cable bill?

4. Movie theater tickets?

5. Cell phone minutes, text messages included?

6. Tobacco products?

7. Alcohol?

8. Tatoos?

9-11. New clothing, shoes, and/or jewelry?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Latest 2010 College Grad Job Pay Survey

2010 College Graduate hiring and pay survey
By Anthony Balderrama, of [abridged] May 26, 2010

Of the Employers willing to hire college graduates this year:

• 33% will offer less annual salaries of less than $30,000
• 30% will offer $30 - $40,000
• 19% will offer $40 - $50,000

Employers will look for these types of relevant work experience on a prospective employees’ résumé:

• Internships – 62%
• Part-time jobs in another area or field – 50%
• Volunteer work – 40%
• Class work – 31%
• Involvement in school organizations – 23%
• Involvement managing activities for sororities/fraternities – 21%
• Participation in sports – 13%

Employers also cited these qualities as important:

• Good fit with company culture
• Comes in with good ideas and asks good questions
• Educational background
• Level of enthusiasm
• Comes to interview prepared, is knowledgeable about company

The survey was conducted from February 10 to March 2, 2010,
among 2,778 hiring managers and human resource professionals.[photo:]

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Birthday Shopping for my Bride ...

Martin's Bike Shop, Lancaster [Ephrata], Pennsylvania.  How could I not buy a bike here!?!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

"Civilization Exhaustion"

Mark Steyn on socialized healthcare as a symptom and cause of ‘civilization exhaustion’ – the lack of resolve and loss of will to preserve ourselves and our civilization.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Maybe two years ago, I got rid of cable, reasoning that while the world might be full of idiots, I wasn't going to pay $40 a month to look at them. 

– Fred Reed.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bork on the Courts as an Instrument of Cultural Change

The supreme court was never intended to decide cases like abortion and gay marriage – it was always to be the the elected legislature! 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Holiness: A Battle

Let not that man think he makes any progress in holiness while he walks not over the bellies of his lusts.

-John Owen

Monday, May 3, 2010

Time is Money by Gary North [abridged]

Time Is Money

by Gary North

A German man I know used to sell vacuum cleaners door to door. The man who trained him in sales once asked a group of trainees if they would pay him the equivalent of $10 if he would show them how to earn 25% more money. They all did. Then he showed them how. "Work 25% longer."

Did he cheat them? No. The salesman never forgot this lesson. For $10, that was cheap tuition.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Prayer of Petition - 4th Sunday of Eastertide

Our Father in Heaven, we bring our petitions to You now, knowing that You hear the prayers of Your people and delight to show Yourself mighty in reply.

We lift up our local and national authorities to You, that they might serve You in righteousness, kissing the Son and acknowledge Him as Lord.  

We remember our congregation's servicemen. ... We thank You for them and pray that You would uphold and protect them to be faithful to their duties both to God and man.  

We ask that You might bring our nation's conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq to a swift and successful end and that our troops might serve and even fight with honor and justice.  

In many ways, these things are in short supply among us, so we plead, Oh Lord, for Your mercy upon our nation, that You would grant us repentance, so that we might see the day when our leaders would say with all sincerity: 'Oh how we love Your law; it is our meditation day and night.'

Of course, we would not expect this from our government when it is not found in our churches, and so we cry out to You to send reformation, revival, and unity in this congregation, our denomination, and Your Church catholic.

We pray for our brothers and sisters within that Church who are persecuted overseas, particularly the Christians in Northern NIGERIA where a Pastor and his Wife were killed just last month — We pray for the Ishaku family, their church, and the Christians of that region.  We ask You to grant them increased resolve to love their enemies in sharing the gospel and seeking peace rather than vengeance which belongs to You alone.  

We also pray for the persecuted Church in Madhya Pradesh, India who were also attacked last month.  We ask You to comfort the mourning, heal the wounded survivors of the attack, and pour out your grace on those who live there in these circumstances every day.  

We ask Your blessing for each parent – that we might faithfully educate our children as you have commanded. God, give us their hearts, and cause them to rise up in faith and righteousness.  Uphold and enable each student, teacher, and administrator as the close of the academic year approaches that all might be done to the glory of Your name and the benefit of Your kingdom.

We’ve gathered to seek that kingdom on this, the first day of the week, that it might be made our first pursuit in every other way as well.  We look to You, Gracious Father, for all the other things: our food, shelter, and material comforts.  Please bless those among us who are struggling with regard to money.  Provide both the opportunities and abilities, and grant that we might, by Your Spirit, trust You for every physical need exemplifying contentment with all we’ve received from Your Hand. 

We remember our beloved Pastor and his wife as they travel.  Would you bless, refresh, and protect them as they travel.

Lastly, we look to You for the repentance and restoration of [our wayward ones] and the comfort and preservation of [their families].

Our Father, You are able to do exceedingly more than we ask or think.  So we bring our requests in the strong name of Jesus Christ.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Got Savings?

Most normal young families today [like mine] work and hope to one day be 'debt free'.  While this is certainly a praiseworthy goal, to put it in perspective, what we call 'debt free' our grandparents' generation called 'broke'.