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.
As of a couple of days ago I created a facebook account. I know a few of my family members are on facebook, so hopefully this will provide another avenue to stay in touch with them.
I forsee two possible outcomes of my new found relationship with facebook:
- I may be bored with it by tomorrow, terminate my account and thus end my facebooking career.
- I may spend a disproportionately large amount of time facebooking, and thus end any hopes of doing anything useful with my life.
Hopefully neither of those ends will be realised…
This evening I decided I would try my hand at Geocaching once again. Unfortunately, due to an equipment failure I was unable to find any caches.
Justin Taylor’s post on abortion and “single-issue voters” ends with this:
Nevertheless, the fact remains that abortion is the great moral outrage of our day–and no one, for example, in the mainstream media (or in many churches) makes a peep about the daily slaughter of the weakest members of the human race.
The following video is very painful to watch–but I believe it is necessary as a reminder that we are not discussing abstract policies and arguments but rather innocent lives being systematically killed:
This happens every week night at 8:00.
This weekend I was able to help out at my churches children’s conference by playing acoustic guitar during worship… I had a really enjoyable time. But as a result I have got some of the little kids music stuck in my head. Below are the songs that I can’t get out of my brain… and why I like each one!
Jesus In My Life – Between the super catchy chorus and the spoken word part (1:50) this song could go on forever.
On The March – The bass line is sweet! And the spoken word part (2:03) is pretty cool as well.
On October 16, Zhang Jian, the elder son of Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan, was severely beaten by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials in Beijing, China Aid Association (CAA) reported.
Zhang Jian was at home with his mother, Xie Fenglan, when PSB officials entered their residence and secured the exits before severely beating him with iron bars for nearly half an hour. As Zhang lay bleeding profusely, his mother called the ambulance, but the receptionist told her that a higher government authority gave a directive not to dispatch an ambulance to rescue Zhang because he is related to Pastor Bike CAA reported. Xie Fenglan called her younger son, who rushed to the house and was also beaten by the same authorities. CAA added.
“Serie A: Roma 0-4 Inter ” Alright! That is quite a stomping… Zlatan scored two goals, which is pretty sweet. He is currently in excellent form; if he continues to maintain his form Inter Milan will do well both in Serie A and in the Champions League.
Yep, here is the description:
Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science.
The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.
In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes…
When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
Here is your daily dose of news links:
- Youngsters treaded to lesbian ‘wedding’
Pro-family groups in California are pointing to a recent first-grade field triip as an example of the importance of passing Proposition 8.
- Perspective – Help wanted: President – no experience required
Would you make someone with 143 days’ experience CEO of your corporation? Nah — didn’t think so.
Okay, so it’s only two news stories. But I found them both rather insightful.
Of First Importance is one of the blogs in my feedreader, I was particularly blessed by the post this morning so I thought I would pass it on.
“Our sins are great; every sin is great; but there are some that in our apprehension seem to be greater than others. There are crimes that the lip of modesty could not mention. I might go far in this pulpit this morning in describing the degradation of human nature in the sins which it has invented. It is amazing how the ingenuity of man seems to have exhausted itself in inventing fresh crimes. Surely there is not the possibility of the invention of a new sin. But if there be, ere long man will invent it, for man seemeth exceedingly cunning, and full of wisdom in the discovery of means of destroying himself and the endeavor to injure his Maker. But there are some sins that show a diabolical extent of degraded ingenuity — some sins of which it were a shame to speak, of which it were disgraceful to think.
But note here: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin.’ There may be some sins of which a man cannot speak, but there is no sin which the blood of Christ cannot wash away. Blasphemy, however profane, lust, however bestial; covetousness, however far it may have gone into theft and rapine; breach of the commandments of God, however much of riot it may have run, all this may be pardoned and washed away through the blood of Jesus Christ. In all the long list of human sins, though that be long as time, there standeth but one sin that is unpardonable, and that one no sinner has committed if he feels within himself a longing for mercy, for that sin once committed, the soul becomes hardened, dead, and seared, and never desireth afterwards to find peace with God.”
– Charles Spurgeon, The Evil and Its Remedy
The silliness of the arguments used to endorse abortion show their true colors when used to justify any other moral evil. For an exhaustive study on this, see the videos below.
Part 1 (3:44).