Last night I was walking around in our backyard when I stumbled upon this little guy. He scared me at first, especially since it was only about 6 in the evening (he should have been sleeping!). After observing him for a couple of seconds I ran inside the house, ’cause I wanted to shoot him – being the kind person that I am I opted to shoot him with our camera instead of with my bow. Before I was able to do that I had to charge our digital camera.
By the time I was able to get the camera charged, the raccoon had walked into our front yard and was, slowly but surely, heading for the road. So I made my way up to him to give him some popcorn and a peach (my mother and sister being the kind providers of the food). I was trying to push him away from the road… unfortunately, I was only able to drive him into our neighbors yard; and that is where I had to leave him. So, I guess that doesn’t really count as a rescue, but, perhaps I helped to prolong his life for a few more hours… All is not lost though, we did get a few pictures of the cute little fella.
This picture is my favorite (thanks to a little Picasa editing):
This week I have lots and lots and lots to do; tests to take, papers to write, and a whole host of other things to attend to. I don’t think I will be posting anything this week (well, perhaps I could put up a quote or something)… so, happy trails to you, until we meet again, happy trials to you, keep smilin’ until then…
Many wonder if the inclusion of Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket for the ’08 election could cause a redefining of women’s roles in evangelicalism.
A Contradiction In Evangelicalism?
Because of Mrs. Palin’s conservative views, many evangelical Christians are beginning to support the Republican Party. Recently, CNN news anchor Kyra Phillips asked how evangelical church leaders could support a woman Vice President when they do not allow women to preach. This is a good question. Can one hold to male headship and leadership, yet still support a woman candidate for Vice President (I would contend that those two positions are reconcilable, mainly because the alternative – voting for the Obama/Biden or an independent – is an untenable position due to the explicit way the Bible esteems human life)? One would think that being at the center of a controversial issue like this (as Mrs. Palin is) would cause a person the react to the issue in some way. But, because Sarah Palin has already accepted her nomination to be John McCain’s running mate, there is not much she is able to do in response to the increased awareness of this issue (I suppose she could withdraw, or resign; but that seems highly unlikely).
Long Term Effect
There are some reporters and evangelical speakers who feel that the possibility of a woman Vice President will cause a shift in how Christians view the role of women; this view is highly unlikely. I believe that after the Presidential election, the interest in potentially redefining women’s roles in Christianity will fade away.
The Evangelical Response: Truth is Dictated by the Gospel
In response to the current increase in desire to redefine Biblical womanhood, the evangelical community should allow the text of the Bible to dictate the role women are to fill in society. The evangelical community needs to affirm the statement that Rev. Voddie Baucham so eloquently made, saying, “The culture doesn’t dictate truth, the gospel dictates truth.” Sola Scruptura (“by Scripture alone”) should once again be accepted and applied by evangelical churches as the standard for all things pertaining to life and doctrine.
Yesterday my friend, Jordan, and I got together to go witnessing at our college campus. We only talked to one guy, but it was a good conversation (I would have had audio to post, but I accidentally paused the recorder as we were approaching the guy). In talking to him we were able to go through all of the Ten Commandments, showing him how he was guilty of breaking each one – and, that because of his guilt he is deserving of God’s punishment. I was amazed at how his body language changed as we went through the commandments. When Joradan and I first approached this guy he was quite jovial. But after looking at all the commandments he was very hmm… sober; he did not look up much, and when he would speak his voice was very quiet.
After going showing him his situation before God, Jordan and I briefly tried to show him that Jesus and God are one and the same… I don’t think he bought it, but that is okay. We were able to proclaim the gospel to him, and for that I am glad.