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Michael Horton has written an insightful piece on Joel Osteen’s ministry entitled, Joel Osteen and the Glory Story: A Case Study. He concludes it like this:

This gospel of “submission,” “commitment,” “decision,” and “having a personal relationship with God” fails to realize, first of all, that everyone has a personal relationship with God already: either as a condemned criminal standing before a righteous judge or as a justified co-heir with Christ and adopted child of the Father. “How can I be right with God?” is no longer a question when my happiness rather than God’s holiness is the main issue. My concern is that Joel Osteen is simply the latest in a long line of self-help evangelists who appeal to the native American obsession with pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps. Salvation is not a matter of divine rescue from the judgment that is coming on the world, but a matter of self-improvement in order to have your best life now.

As such, I have a new appreciation for the ability of Yahoo’s spam filter to block bad e-mails from entering my inbox (click on the picture for a larger view):

A Lesson From Dad: To Enjoy the Means of Knowing God

I am grateful to my Dad for a lot of things. He has provided an excellent home to grow up in, he has done his best to “train up [lots of] child[ren; i.e. my brother and sisters] in the way [they] should go,” (Proverbs 22:6), he has been an example in intentionally avoiding anything that even hints of sexual immorality, he is one of the few people I know who actually practices an active hatred of sin… and the list goes on.

But one thing (that’s rather unconventional) really seems to stick out. My Dad – through constantly putting different blurbs, articles and commentaries in front of me – has engendered in me a love for reading.

Now, reading isn’t really all that special in and of itself, it is just like any other hobby. But – as my Dad frequently points out – God has revealed Himself to humanity through a Book. A love for reading has caused my nose to be in the Bible more than it would be if I didn’t enjoy reading. And it’s in the Bible, that I get to meet with God. My Dad has trained me to enjoy being in the very place where God actually shows Himself to people – that is, in reading the Bible.

In that, my Dad has taught me both to love God and to enjoy the means by which I may come to know God more.

Thanks a lot, Dad!

A Posting Schedule

You may have already noticed, but recently I have been posting once a week, on Tuesday. Lord willing, I plan to continue doing so. Prior to this, posting has been entirely sporadic, with large lulls and then short bursts of lots of posts. Anyways, this will provide some structure for future posts.

So, you can expect to see new content every Tuesday (with occasional posts on other days as well) from here on out, until I die – alright, probably not that long, but you get the picture. See you next Tuesday!

15 Things I Love About My Two Little Twin Sisters

15. They comment on almost all of my Facebook status updates. A seemingly insignificant, yet still meaningful way of letting me know they care.
14. They send me more Facebook messages than anyone else. Again, another seemingly insignificant, yet meaningful way of letting me know they care.
13. They no longer use their nails to scratch me when I tease them too much.
12. They have not (yet?) passed me up in physical stature – which is something their 5’6″ big brother appreciates.
11. They are both excellent musicians.
10. They read books, which is something most 15-year-olds could care less about doing.
9. They read good books, written by guys like Bill O’Reilly, K.P. Yohannan and A.W. Tozer.
8. They read the Good Book.
7. Though not perfect at it, they are both becoming more self-controlled (Titus 2:3-5).
6. They both see and love God’s sovereignty.
5. They are already cultivating a love for the local church – desiring services and sermons to be biblically sound.
4. Though they are both very pretty, they don’t go around flaunting their bodies in immodest ways – which is something that makes their big brother very very proud.
3. It is super rare to find two teenage girls who would give even one hoot about theology, but both of my little sisters are shaping into excellent theologians in their own right. This is important because…
2. Caring about properly understanding and knowing God will lead them to continue to adorn “the hidden person of [their] heart[s] with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.” In other words, they strive for that beauty “which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:3-4).
1. They love Jesus, and I love Jesus; so I get to be their brother twice!

Happy 15th birthday Shekinah and Rhema! I love you two!


If I set the sun beside the moon,
And if I set the land beside the sea,
And if I set the town beside the country,
And if I set the man beside the woman,
I suppose some fool would talk about one being better.

– G.K. Chesterton, Comparisons. As quoted by Doug Wilson in Future Men (Moscow, Id: Canon Press 2001), 18. Picture courtesy of Ms. Eck.

7 Lessons Learned From Nannying

It is official. I have logged over one week nannying for two three-month-old girls – and they just so happen to be my adorable nieces (see picture). In this time I have already learned many important lessons, seven of which I thought might be valuable to you:

  1. A sleeping baby in hand does not necessarily equal a sleeping baby in swing. The transition from hand to swing does not always go as smoothly as one would hope – generally, the amount of things one has to accomplish and the probability of the baby in hand waking up as one tries to put them in the swing are inversely related.
  2. After the baby burps, everyone feels better.
  3. For some strange reason, bouncing up and down seems to have a miraculous calming affect on cranky babies. As such, one must take full advantage of this knowledge by (gently) bouncing the baby as frequently as possible.*
  4. When the babies are napping, one may use the ice maker on the front of the fridge only if one wants nap time to end; otherwise, water with no ice will work.
  5. When on the baby, the difference between a good diaper and a bad diaper is the difference between cush and mush.
  6. Beware of this chain of events: 1) you go to change the baby’s diaper, 2) you open the baby’s diaper, 3) the open diaper contains only a moderate amount of fecal matter, 4) the baby begins to smile. If these things happen, close the diaper as quickly as possible – more is probably on the way out.
  7. When it is safe to open said diaper, one must make sure to get a good hold onto the babies ankles, otherwise they will move those little feet right into said mess.

So, parents, nanny’s, are there any other lessons you would include?

*Note, this procedure does have side effects. One may find oneself bouncing their Bible, school books, or phone up and down as well. This is unnecessary and it generally causes one to look foolish. If a person were to catch themself doing this, they are to 1) stop bouncing both the children they watch and whatever other possession they find themself bouncing and 2) they are to immideately consult their physician as this could be an indication that they have a serious medical condition.