You thought all Christian guys were girlie, well think again. Pastor Jesse at Mars Hill Church is the lead pastor at the Bellevue campus… and an aspiring MMA figher. So “If you’ve never seen a pastor get choked out, you can watch the video, along with footage of Jesse’s more dominant fights.”
Part 1 and Part 2 of Mr. Alatrogge’s insightful interview with the Puritan John Owen.
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
– Revelation 20:12-15
Charles Krauthammer, with usual wit and verve, explains why Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, and Jeremiah Wright are legitimate issues for Barack Obama.
Why are these associations important? Do I think Obama is as corrupt as Rezko? Or shares Wright’s angry racism or Ayers’ unreconstructed 1960s radicalism?No. But that does not make these associations irrelevant. They tell us two important things about Obama.
First, his cynicism and ruthlessness. He found these men useful, and use them he did. Would you attend a church whose pastor was spreading racial animosity from the pulpit? Would you even shake hands with — let alone serve on two boards with — an unrepentant terrorist, whether he bombed U.S. military installations or abortion clinics?
Most Americans would not, on the grounds of sheer indecency. Yet Obama did, if not out of conviction then out of expediency. He was a young man on the make, an unknown outsider working his way into Chicago politics. He played the game with everyone, without qualms and with obvious success.
Obama is not the first politician to rise through a corrupt political machine. But he is one of the rare few to then have the audacity to present himself as a transcendent healer, hovering above and bringing redemption to the “old politics” — of the kind he had enthusiastically embraced in Chicago in the service of his own ambition.
Second, and even more disturbing than the cynicism, is the window these associations give on Obama’s core beliefs. He doesn’t share Rev. Wright’s poisonous views of race nor Ayers’ views, past and present, about the evil that is American society. But Obama clearly did not consider these views beyond the pale. For many years he swam easily and without protest in that fetid pond.
Read the whole thing.
Alex Chediak finishes off his post with an interesting question, saying,
Incidentally, in Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Obama recounts Jeremiah Wright’s sermon on the day he first visited the church. It included statements like “white folks’ greed runs a world in need.” Can you imagine McCain’s political chances if he had spent twenty years in the church of a pastor with white supremacist leanings?
Every Friday the students at Oberlin College get together to chill (i.e. drink, smoke, and talk) outside the library. This event is called “Thank God It’s Friday” (duh!). Jordan and I figured this would be a great place to do some open air preaching, and that is precisely what we did this evening. When we first got there we tried to draw a crowd with trivia questions but that did not work too well. Though we did get into a conversation with a girl and three of her friends. With much difficulty we were able to present the gospel to them.
Since we were not able to draw a crowd to listen to us and since individual conversations with people did not seem to be working very well (as most everyone there was consuming an alcoholic beverage… and drinking people are really hard to reason with) we both took turns getting up on the soap box… err… bathroom stool to proclaim the law and the gospel. I thought this actually worked out fairly well because the people who were around us quieted down a bit to listen while we spoke. We did this twice in two different locations… here is the audio from the first session (it’s seven minutes long): 10.10.2008 – TGIF – Open Air.
I find Jonathan Edwards eighth resolution to be considerably difficult to apply, especially when involved in an argument with someone.
8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.
One News Now covers an interesting story on a choir of children who write and sing songs to the glory of God Mr. Obama:
A group of 5- to 12-year-old children in Venice, California, is writing and singing songs promoting Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and his familiar messages of “hope” and “change.” Some critics say the adults behind the “Sing for Change” choir are indoctrinating the young children involved.
Donning blue T-shirts bearing the phrase “Imagine Hope,” the group of 22 children recently recorded songs that repeat Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” slogan and declare, in a religious tone, that the Democratic presidential nominee is going to “change the world” and “spread happiness and freedom.” A video of the presentation is posted on YouTube and was produced by several Hollywood film industry professionals.
Bob Knight, director of the Culture and Media Institute, believes people in Hollywood are convinced Barack Obama is the “messiah” for America.
Read the whole thing.
Over at New Attitude, Justin Taylor responds to the question “How Can God Command Genocide in the Old Testament?” Here is an excerpt from the introduction of his article and the barebones outline of it:
This is a good, hard question. The way we answer it will both reflect and inform our understanding of justice and mercy.
The question is about what happens in the book of Joshua when God commands Israel to slaughter the Canaanites in order to occupy the Promised Land. It was a bloody war of total destruction where God used his people to execute his moral judgment against his wicked enemies. In moving toward an answer it will be helpful to think carefully about the building blocks of a Christian worldview related to God’s justice and mercy
- As the maker of all things and the ruler of all people, God has absolute rights of ownership over all people and places.
- God is not only the ultimate maker, ruler, and owner, but he is just and righteous in all that he does.
- All of us deserve God’s justice; none of us deserve God’s mercy.
- The Canaanites were enemies of God who deserved to be punished.
- God’s actions were not an example of ethnic cleansing.
- Why was it necessary to remove the Canaanites from the land?
- The destruction of the Canaanites is a picture of the final judgment.
Read the whole thing.
If you appreciate irony, then this will be quite humorous…
HT: Ray Comfort