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Baptisms, the Fourth of July, and Other Interesting Stuff from Around the Web

Rick Warren will be hosting both Barack Obama and John McCain at a meeting at Saddleback.  I wonder if they are also going to the "hula" worship service?   Click here: Presumed Presidential Nominees McCain and Obama to Make First Joint Campaign Appearance on August 16 at Saddleback

Here's a great new tax deduction.  You simply declare that your house is a church, and then you stop paying your property taxes.  Somehow I get the feeling that this is not going to work in Orange County.  Click here: Lake Bluff man declares his home a church, gets tax break --

It shouldn't come as a surprise that baptisms, boating, and the Fourth of July don't quite go together.  Nothing ruins a good Fourth of July water skiing party like an outdoor baptism at the local boat dock.   Click here: 7/19/2008 - Baptisms, Boaters Clashing In Soddy-Daisy - Breaking News -

No, this is not a Reformed program for life extension, but here's a guy who hit 100, who smoked 10 cigars a day, as well as enjoying a wee bit of whiskey in his morning tea.  Its in the genes, I guess.   Click here: Smoker who has 10 cigars a day celebrates his 100th birthday - Telegraph

Reader Comments (8)

The cigars should not be surprising since our taste buds are in our mouth not our lungs; but the fact that he has smoked 715,400 cigarettes surprises me that he is still alive.
July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Kurschner
Hmm... a person's house can be called a church. The body of the Christian is the dwelling place of God through the indwelling of the Spirit. Perhaps I could start a religion with fully tax exempt status as a selling point! Oh wait, That's been done before.
July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug
So is August 16 the date when Rick Warren announces his intention to run for president?

(I'm assuming the meeting will be purpose driven...)
July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Rohde
Oh boy! Doesn't it seem that it only happens in America, where Christians keep confusing the two kingdoms? When I wear my hat as a citizen of the Kingdon of God, I really get excited because I love to crack open the Word of God, and my books, and learn about my Creator God (the Trinity). I get excited because of the providence of God, and I know that everything will work out for me, my family, and my fellow believers (Rom 8:28).

Hovever, when I wear my hat as a citizen in the kingdom of man, it is a different story. I see the government telling me that the price of gas keeps going up, because the price for oil keeps going up. They don't tell me that the U.S. dollar has declined 40% against the Euro over a six year period. (Oil would only be about 88 dollars a barrel with a strong U.S. dollar.) They try to keep it quiet that the average citizen in the kingdom of man will have to pay about a half a million bucks just to bail out social security. There is a lot more, both good and bad.

Unfortunately, I'll just have to hold my nose and vote for one of them (McCain). Perhaps, the best advice, came from one of my customers, when she said that she is going to write in Mickey Mouse for president! There is already a Mickey Mouse at "Saddleback", and he has never even heard of the "two kingdoms."
July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd
When will American (ana)bqaptists learn that sprinkling or pouring are equally valid modes of applying the Sacrament?
July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie
Mode is not as important as timing, of course, but unless something prevents it, why not do it the way it was done in the NT... with lots of water?
July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDave

"When will American (ana)bqaptists learn that sprinkling or pouring are equally valid modes of applying the Sacrament? "

When the Biblical evidence shows it. Until then, it is under the water you go.
July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArthur Sido
I found the story in the Chicago Tribune about Mr. Michael particularly engaging. I have a hard time having any sympathy for the city, wondering how they're going to make up for "losing" $80,000/year in property taxes.
August 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

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