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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Oct292007

Who Said That?

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"Right now the United States is in many ways a theocratic state, not dissimilar to some of the other religious states in the world where religion has a huge part to play in government."

You know the drill!  Please, no google searches, or cheating.  Leave your guess in the comments section below. 

Monday
Oct292007

Good Riddance

a%20rod%203.jpgYes, I am very surprised that A-Rod opted out of his contract.  I'm even more surprised by the tacky way he did it.

Reportedly, the Yankees were offering huge bucks for a 5-year extension, but A-Rod opted out before even beginning negotiations with the Yanks.  He refused to return calls to the Steinbrenners and to GM Brian Cashman.  Since the Yanks have made it clear that they will not negotiate with A-Rod should he go down this road, he's gone.  Too bad, but certainly not the end of the world (to quote my least favorite player, Manny Ramirez).

Translation--A-Rod's agent (Scott Boras) must have a deal in place with someone else, and it will cost them upwards of the 230 million that would have been owed A-Rod if he played the next ten years for the Yankees.

Good luck to whoever signs this guy.  He's a great player, but he's driven by money, his agent is a snake, and he hasn't shown that he makes his team any better.  To make such an announcement during the final game of the World Series, stealing Boston's thunder, is about as tacky as it gets.  Don't forget that the Mariners won 116 games the first season after A-Rod left.

So, while I am surprised, I am not saddened.  The Yankees have not won a World Series with A-Rod.  They'll have oodles of money to spend on pitching.  And as we have seen with this year's Red Sox, last year's White Sox, and so on, it is pitching, pitching and more pitching which makes a team successful.

A-Rod is walking away from a chance to enter the Hall of Fame as a Yankee and have a plaque one day in his honor in Monument Park in the New Yankees Stadium.  Now he'll just be seen as a greedy hired gun, without a team, without a World Series ring, and without any shame.  As Pete Abraham puts it (Click here: The LoHud Yankees Blog), "he's now the homeless Hall of Famer."  He is, as Buster Olney puts it, trying to place himself above the game (Click here: ESPN - Olney: A-Rod upstages the World Series - MLB).  Baseball fans tend to frown on that. 

So, A-Rod, good riddance!  To you Angels, Dodgers and Red Sox fans who may end up with this guy, be careful what you wish for -- caveat emptor!

Thursday
Oct252007

Academy Lecture Posted

man%20of%20sin%20full%20cover.jpgThe final lecture in my Academy series "Eschatology and the Antichrist" has been posted on the Christ Reformed Church website. 

The lecture is entitled:  "The Date of the Book of Revelation--A Problem for Preterists."  In the lecture, I defend the traditional date given for the Book of Revelation, i.e., c. A.D. 95.

You can find the lecture here (along with the earlier lectures in the series):  Click here: Christ Reformed Info - MP3's and Real Audio (of Academy Lectures)

 

Tuesday
Oct232007

Fire Update

fires.jpgMany of you have emailed me asking about the fires spreading throughout much of So Cal.  So, here's the latest from the local OPC diaconal committee who have done yeoman's work in keeping everyone informed.

As for me and my house, we are in the northwest part of Orange County, well away from the fires--although with all the ash falling, I feel like I'm living in Pompeii.  Several of our church families live near the fire in south Orange County (the Santiago Fire), but to my knowledge, no one has been displaced.

But its a different story in northern San Diego County about 75 miles to the south of Christ Reformed.  The "Witch" fire burned very close to Westminster Seminary--at last report there were a few singed trees toward the back of the campus (if you've been there), but no damage to the campus itself.  Some of those professors who live near the seminary (the Hortons, the Strimples, the Van Drunens) were evacuated.  The Clarks were OK at last report--the Baughs were staying with them (having been evacuated from further out).  Those professors living in the northern part of town, were not evacuated.  As best as I can tell, the fire burned through the southeastern part of Escondido yesterday afternoon heading south to Rancho Bernardo, where so much damage was done.  The winds which, thankfully, are dying down, can cause burned areas to flare up again.  Once that fear is over, my guess is that the evacuees will be allowed home.

There are many URC, OPC and PCA churches and their members in San Diego County directly effected by this.  The siutation is quite fluid and all depends upon the winds.  Pray that the winds die down, and for the exhausted firefighters who are giving it their all.

At least governor Arnold didn't come out and announce in his thick accent, "Kalifornia is on fire," like he did last time.

Tuesday
Oct232007

My Wife's Greatest Fear

Monkeys%20in%20New%20Dehli.jpgAll things considered, my wife is pretty normal.  But like most everyone else, she has her phobias.  She's afraid of spiders and six-legged home invaders and is not fond of reptiles either.

But she's also afraid of monkeys--very afraid of monkeys!  It all comes from a bad experience as a child with an organ-grinder and his money-grubbing spider monkey assistant.  The episode of the Twilight Zone with the monkey-like creature taking the wing apart on an airplane while a young William Shatner watched in horror, also had something to do with it.

So, imagine her reaction to the recent news headline, "Monkeys Attack Delhi Politician."  (Click here: BBC NEWS | South Asia | Monkeys attack Delhi politician).  This poor man was out on his balcony, and was suddenly attacked by a herd (swarm? pack? gaggle?) of monkeys and tragically fell to his death. 

From the look on her face, I now know that my wife's greatest fear would be to live in a place where gangs of monkeys ran wild and attacked people on their upstairs balcony!  I guess that means there will be no vacations in Delhi . . .  The zoo's probably "iffy" as well.

Tuesday
Oct232007

Who Saw the UFO?

UFO.jpgOne of the current presidential candidates claims to have seen a UFO.  If you guessed it was Dennis Kucinich, you'd be correct.

According to a new book by Shirley MacLaine (Click here: Kucinich sees UFO, new book claims - OPENERS - Ohio Politics Blog by The Plain Dealer), Congressman Kucinich "had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there. Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him. It hovered, soundless, for ten minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind."

Now if you were from another planet, would you come all the way to earth to observe Congressman Kucinich on Shirley MacLaine's porch?  Proof positive that there is no intelligent life in outer space.  

Monday
Oct222007

Joel Osteen's New Book . . .

Osteens%20Better%20Jesus.jpgOur old friend Brian Ring is at it again, this time with a slight modification to the cover of Joel Osteen's latest.

Brian's done some great work -- including a few White Horse Inn posters which have appeared here before.  You can check it out here:  Click here: My Fake Posters.

You can see Joel's earlier book, "Your Best Hair Now," along with "Three Dispys" and my personal favorite (for obvious reasons) "Born to Ride." 

Sunday
Oct212007

Academy Lecture Posted

Man%20of%20sin.gifThe third lecture in my recent Academy series, "Eschatology and the Antichrist" has been posted on the Christ Reformed Church website.  The lecture is entitled, "The Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet."

The lecture (real audio and MP3) can be found here: Click here: Christ Reformed Info - MP3's and Real Audio (of Academy Lectures)

Sunday
Oct212007

Who Said That?

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"Whilst Islam and Christianity are obviously different religions—and whilst there is no minimising some of their formal differences—it is clear that the Two Greatest Commandments are an area of common ground and a link between the Qur’an, the Torah and the New Testament. What prefaces the Two Commandments in the Torah and the New Testament, and what they arise out of, is the Unity of God—that there is only one God. For the Shema in the Torah, starts: (Deuteronomy 6:4) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Likewise, Jesus said: (Mark 12:29) `The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one”. Likewise,' God says in the Holy Qur’an: Say: He, God, is One. / God, the Self-Sufficient Besought of all. (Al-Ikhlas, 112:1-2). Thus the Unity of God, love of Him, and love of the neighbour form a common ground upon which Islam and Christianity (and Judaism) are founded."

Please, no google sreaches or cheating!  Leave your guesses in the comments section below!

Friday
Oct192007

Some Interesting Links

Links.jpgRather than write my own post on the Yankees' failure to resign Joe Torre, here's a link to an essay with which I whole heartedly concur.  Click here: SI.com - Writers - Jon Heyman: Despite fair offer, Torre knew it was time to go - Thursday October 18, 2007 9:03PM

I am an avid Civil War buff, so when Allen Guelzo (author of a great book on Lincoln, Redeemer President) offers his list of the five best books on the Civil War, you can bet I'll check it out.  I guess I'll need to get out my credit card, since I don't own any of them!  Click here: My Top 5 Books on the Civil War | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

I was encouraged when I saw this header:  Willow Creek Repents?  (Click here: Willow Creek Repents...)  But alas, it is not all good news.  As Scott Clark points out, it is one thing to repent of what doesn't work, it is quite another to do what is biblical (Click here: http://www.oceansideurc.org/ - The Heidelblog (Scott Clark) - - Was the Program-Driven Church A Mistake?)

I'm not going to touch this one with a stick. Click here: Is this Pope John Paul II waving from beyond the grave? Vatican TV director says yes | the Daily Mail.  Its been all over the net, but just look at the pictures and draw your own conclusions.

Finally, how about an Islamic-themed comic book series featuring "Mumita the Destroyer" and "Jabbar the Powerful."  You can find it here:  Click here: Islamic-themed comics come to Chicago :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State.  If evangelicals can do it, why can't Muslims?