The Christian Problem and Gay Marriage

I have been thinking about this, but I have not found the words:

‘Gay Marriage’ and Religious Freedom Are Not Compatible – please read it all.

As long as there are still Christians who actually follow Christ and uphold his word, a vast amount of people around the world — never mind Islam — will never ever see gay marriage as anything other than a legal encroachment of God’s intent.

So those Christians must be silenced. The left exerted a great deal of energy to convince everyone that the gay lifestyle is an alternative form of normal. It then has exerted a great deal of energy convincing people that because the gay lifestyle is just another variation of normal, gay marriage must be normalized. Continue reading

Thinking matters

I think ideas matter. And I think that the 62 million to 78 million people who were killed in World War II: they died over ideas. The Fascists, the Communists, the Democracies; they had different worldviews — different ideas. I think thinking matters. I think reading matters.

– Ken Samples, audio source

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Border Patrol Raptor?

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I saw this US Border Patrol vehicle in Dexter, NM, tonight. While at some level, this makes sense, I am, on another level, shocked that the Department of Homeland Security can spend this kind of money on vehicles. BP vehicles will see tremendous abuse in daily service, but still….

[UPDATE] Kindle version of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

[UPDATE 28.mar.2013 1:48 p.m.] Apparently, this Kindle title is no longer free. Bummer.

Thanks to Eternity Matters for letting me know that  Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels for Kindle is available for free today!  “Even if you don’t have a Kindle you can read it on your PC or tablet.  Whether you are a skeptic or a believer you should study this topic.”

Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator.

Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity. Continue reading

Top Ten Things I Love About the Emergent Church

  1. If you disagree with them, they cuss at you
  2. If you question them, they cuss at you
  3. If you challenge their teachings, they cuss at you
  4. If you ask how they get to orthopraxy (right acting) without orthodoxy (right belief), they cuss at you
  5. If you ask about their tattoos, they cuss at you Continue reading

… you might be Reformed.

If you think prayer is more than just trying to manipulate God into giving you what you want, …

If you think that there are things more important to God than your comfort, …

If you think the Bible has more to say about the Church than just the second chapter of Acts, …

If you suspect that how you *think* about God might be at least as important as how you *feel* about God, … Continue reading

Purchasing A Gun vs. Purchasing An Abortion.

I saw this at Eternity Matters, and had to reshare it:

Purchasing A Gun vs. Purchasing An Abortion.

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Let’s take a look at the differences and similarities between purchasing a gun and purchasing an abortion.

Both guns and abortions are goods or services which are produced and purchased on the free market.

When a gun is purchased, there’s a 99%  chance that gun will never result in the death of a single individual. When an abortion is purchased, there is a 99% chance the abortion will result in the death of an individual.

My tax dollars aren’t used to purchase a gun for someone who can’t afford it. My tax dollars are used to purchase an abortion for a woman or a girl who can’t afford it. Continue reading

How to Know When You’re Not Listening

Real communication consists of information flowing in two directions. The obvious direction being “out,” the other direction is “in.” “Incoming” information is often referred to as “listening,” which can be literally listening as well as reading, watching, etc. If you are not listening, you are not actually communicating. Even if you are speaking/talking/writing, if there is no input/listening, you are not communicating, you are broadcasting.

It is important, then, to know when you are not listening. The first and most obvious sign that you are not listening is that you are talking. This, however, is not the only time that you are not listening.

Here is an incomplete list of indicators that you are not listening: Continue reading

Happiness Makes You Happy

Your whole world smiles with you,” LA Times, December 05, 2008, Karen Kaplan, Times staff writer.

In a study published online today (December 05, 2008) by the British Medical Journal, scientists from Harvard University and UC San Diego showed that happiness spreads readily through social networks of family members, friends and neighbors.

Knowing someone who is happy makes you 15.3% more likely to be happy yourself, the study found. A happy friend of a friend increases your odds of happiness by 9.8%, and even your neighbor’s sister’s friend can give you a 5.6% boost.

“Your emotional state depends not just on actions and choices that you make, but also on actions and choices of other people, many of which you don’t even know,” said Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis, a physician and medical sociologist at Harvard who co-wrote the study. Continue reading

Raising Children and Monsters – MonstreX Ultra!

Monstrex Ultra

Monstrex Ultra

Apparently, sometime in 2001, we started having a problem with “monsters under the bed” and in the closet of the boys room and in any dark or shady area….  I still remember hiding under the covers with my brother around the age of 5-6, so I was very sympathetic toward the boys.  Somewhere along the way, I got the bright idea that we should spray the room for monsters, and “MonstreX Ultra” was born! I was in a hurry, so I grabbed the first background I could find that would do the job, scaled the image to fit the spray bottle we had on hand, printed, cropped, taped, and and sprayed.  We left the bottle in the boys room for several weeks.  The monsters went away that night!
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The Four Horses of the A-CROPalypse

I was looking back through some old photos, and I found this image from June, 2009.

And I am thinking, “Meh. It is not a bad photo, but it is not good…. Maybe it needs to be cropped. Maybe I captured too much. Maybe it lacks focus.”

So, I hacked away at it, just for fun. The various crops follow: Continue reading

Eight Issues That Do NOT Make or Break Christianity – Apologetics 315

Apologetics 315 posted a piece by Michael Patton of Credo House Ministries this morning, “Eight Issues That Do NOT Make or Break Christianity.”

  1. Young Earth Creationism
  2. The authorship of the Pastoral Epistles
  3. The inerrancy of Scripture Continue reading