Even in spite of the rough start, I had an enjoyable morning.
Yep, forget Halloween, today is Reformation Day! The 491st anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg’s Schlosskirke.
Preacher/author Dr. John Piper:
“…When we bought our dog at the Humane Society, I picked up a brochure on the laws of Minnesota concerning animals. Statute 343.2, subdivision 1 says, ‘No person shall . . . unjustifiably injure, maim, mutilate or kill any animal.’ Subdivision 7 says, ‘No person shall willfully instigate or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal.’ The penalty: ‘A person who fails to comply with any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.’
Now this set me to pondering the rights of the unborn. An eight-week-old human fetus has a beating heart, an EKG, brain waves, thumb-sucking, pain sensitivity, finger-grasping, and genetic humanity, but under our present laws is not a human person with rights under the 14th Amendment, which says that ‘no state shall deprive any person of life . . . without due process of law.’ Well, I wondered, if the unborn do not qualify as persons, it seems that they could at least qualify as animals, say a dog, or at least a cat. Could we not at least charge abortion clinics with cruelty to animals under Statute 343.2, subdivision 7? Why is it legal to ’maim, mutilate and kill’ a pain-sensitive unborn human being but not an animal?
These reflections have confirmed my conviction never to vote for a person who endorses such an evil—even if he could balance the budget tomorrow and end all taxation.”
Among at least 24 aid workers killed in Somalia this year was one who was beheaded last month specifically for converting from Islam to Christianity, among other charges, according to an eyewitness. Muslim extremists from the al Shabab group fighting the transitional government on Sept. 23 sliced the head off of Mansuur Mohammed, 25, a World Food Program (WFP) worker, before horrified onlookers of Manyafulka village, 10 kilometers (six miles) from Baidoa.
The report recounts of Mohammed’s death.
Mohammed remained calm with an expressionless face, never uttering a word, said the eyewitness. As the chanting of “Allah Akubar [God is greater]” rose to a crescendo, one of the militiamen twisted his head, allowing the other to slit his neck. When the head was finally severed from the torso, the killers cheered as they displayed it to the petrified crowd.
While I love reading theology, I have recently found myself desiring to read some fiction. I believe Dan Taylors message at the recent Desiring God conference is what awakened this desire. As a result I have found myself reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have been able to read more of Lewis’ work and I am really enjoying it.
Unfortunately I believe end #2 from this post is being realized. That’s okay though, my parents have already enrolled me in a “Facebook recovery group.” ;)
I have also been listening to the Desiring God 2008 Spring Regional Conference, entitled “Don’t Waste Your Life.” Hopefully it will prove to be an effective anecdote to my recently acquired Facebooking addiction.
This afternoon I tried my luck at geocaching again. I went out in search of 3 different caches, I found 1. The cache I did find was hidden in a pipe. After looking for the second cache for 10 or so minutes I gave up and headed off to search for the third cache. The coordinates I had led me to a brier patch in someones back yard, so I figured I would leave that cache for someone else to discover. All in all it was a pretty good time, one that included a lot more walking than I had originally anticipated.