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.
I’m not exactly sure what to say about this… a few thoughts:
The electric guitar player has some sweet moves
Watching this video (almost) completely eliminates your ability to make fun of any other song that has been created up till now… alright, that might be a bit cruel, watch the video and decide for yourself. Is this song in the top 5 best songs you’ve ever heard, or the top 5 worst songs you’ve ever heard?
Today at school a couple of friends and I got together to go and share Christ with those on our college campus. At first we were going to try to do an open air session, but we were quite unsuccessful at drawing a crowd – to our credit, there weren’t very many people out to begin with. There was one young guy that did come over when we were attempting to draw a crowd (who I will now refer to as “Bob”… I always wanted to write something like that, you know, to protect the lives of the innocent and…), and since he seemed to be the only person interested in talking to us I decided that it would be nicer to talk to Bob face to face, as opposed to yelling at him from my soapbox (or bathroom stool as the case was today).
My friends and I had a very nice conversation with Bob. We all talked for probably around one and a half hours… instead of trying to give an accurate account of our whole discussion, I think it would be more beneficial to share the 3 thoughts that came to my mind upon reflecting on this witnessing encounter.
The gospel is foolish. This is kinda’ a no-brainer, but Paul was 120% correct when he said that “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18). The deeper we got into the gospel, the more Bob would express (both physically and verbally) how foolish, and ignorant it seemed to him. After some explanation, and reading through parts of Isaiah 53, Bob finally understood that Jesus was punished for the crimes that he had committed. Upon realizing this he scoffed a the idea that God “spanked” Jesus for our sins (I thought this was incredible, Bob chose to scoff at one of the most attractive pieces of the gospel!).
The gospel is offensive. In Galatians 5:11 Paul speaks of the “offense of the cross.” This was very obvious when witnessing to Bob today. We were able to talk about the cannon of scripture, supposed errors in scripture and other things of that sort without any problem. But when I, or any of the friends that I was witnessing with would make a direct claim to the truth of a particular part of scripture then we had problems. We were able to dialog and reason about general morality in a very calm manner. But once we asserted that Romans 1:18-23 is an accurate description of Bob, he started to get a bit heated (Bob did a decent job of keeping his cool, and he was by no means reckless, but it was very clear that he was moderately angered by the claims we were making). Staying in the apolagetical (is that even a word?) realm is easy, no ones feelings get hurt; but the offensive nature of the gospel is really made known when the discussion turns to the “weighter things of the law.”
If someone asserts that they have free will, have them prove it. I am not sure how it came up, but we did get around to talking about free will. Bob (and the friend that had joined him at this point) both asserted that they had free will. I told them that they were slaves to sin (Romans 6:17), so their “free will” was limited. Now, upon looking back at this encounter, I really wish that I had asked them to prove that they really did have free will, by responding to the gospel with repentance and faith. I think this would have been a great idea because both of the possible outcomes would have been beneficial to them. They would have either 1) responded with genuine repentance and faith (which would have been awesome) or 2) they would have not responded with genuine repentance and faith. You many wonder why the second option would have been a good thing. I think that if they had consciously chose to not respond with repentance and faith, it may have then been possible to show them, in a deeper way, their spiritual impotency (Ephesians 2:1)
Those are the 3 main things that I was able to take away from my witnessing encounter with Bob.
Here is a four minute video of Ray Comfort open air preaching at the University of Nevada. I was particularly helped by this video because I was able to see how Mr. Comfort goes about drawing a crowd of people. I know from past experiences, that unless you have a captive audience, getting guilty sinners to stop and listen to you proclaim the gospel rather difficult… So, for all the aspiring open air preachers out there, get out your note pad and pen, and check out this video!
“Isn’t it amazing that if you’ve sinned for 60 years, and broken every law in the Decalogue, and committed every sin a man could commit, that one drop of the precious blood of Jesus Christ will purge you whiter than snow! You happen to have a record as foul as any man that ever lived; but such is the gospel of redeeming grace, that if you come with humility and you come with brokenness and contrition you can be cleansed.”
Much of Christian worship today has degenerated into entertainment or pop psychology, involving anything but offering a sacrifice of praise and reverence to a holy God. I know that there are all different kinds of styles and shapes and forms of worship, but however our worship is framed, it must focus on God, on His holiness, on His transcendent majesty. Our spirits must be moved to a sense of awe and reverence for Him.