What Does It Mean That The Bible Is "Inspired"

The Bible is inspired in the sense that Spirit-moved men wrote God-breathed words which are divinely authoritative for Christian faith and practice.

– Norman Geisler & William Nix, From God to Us (Chicago, Il: Moody Publishers), 12.

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

I felt the lyrics of this hymn were particularly fitting on this immensely historic day:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

– Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates

The State of This Blog

Sorry about the recent inactivity… but hey, check it out! I have a new domain name – and hence, a new blog – joshuacentanni.com. This is where my blog will be hosted from now on (Lord willing). The old blog “The Good Life” will no longer be updated. If you have a link to my site it would be awful kind of you to update it with the new url. Also, if you are subscribed to the blog, don’t worry, nothing has changed, you will continue receiving updates just like usual (unless I decided to change the feed url, which may happen in the future, but if it does I’ll make sure to let you know…).

Since school and friends (believe it or not, I actually have real friends) are taking up the majority of my time, I think that a majority of the new postage will be in the form of quotes. I have to do lots of reading for my classes and with that lots of reading I have been running across great quotations, so I will be using the blogging medium to pass along those quotes which I find most helpful.

Who Would Jesus Smack Down?

While it is long, this NYT article on Mark Driscoll is absolutely worth reading. It starts like this:

Mark Driscoll’s sermons are mostly too racy to post on GodTube, the evangelical Christian “family friendly” video-posting Web site. With titles like “Biblical Oral Sex” and “Pleasuring Your Spouse,” his clips do not stand a chance against the site’s content filters. No matter: YouTube is where Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, would rather be. Unsuspecting sinners who type in popular keywords may suddenly find themselves face to face with a husky-voiced preacher in a black skateboarder’s jacket and skull T-shirt. An “Under 17 Requires Adult Permission” warning flashes before the video cuts to evening services at Mars Hill, where an anonymous audience member has just text-messaged a question to the screen onstage: “Pastor Mark, is masturbation a valid form of birth control?”

Read the whole thing.