Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Eleventh Commandment - Thou Shalt Not Offend

The president of a major Christian denomination (The Southern Baptist Convention) was quoted as saying, "...it is impossible for all Christian parents to be able to afford private and Christian education. That is a fact and we must not make them feel like second rate citizens or bad Christian parents."

Perhaps there is something to this. Let's apply it to some other issues.

Taking this into consideration the church probably shouldn't address the issue of divorce. Particularly in light of the fact that parishioners in some dominations divorce more frequently than the general public. We must not make them feel like second rate citizens.

The church probably shouldn't address the issue of tithing. After all, only a small percentage of the church tithes, and many say they really can't afford it. We must not make them feel like second rate citizens.

The church probably shouldn't address the issue of sex. After all many in our church participate in sex outside of marriage, what we like to call peccadillo's. We must not make them feel like second rate citizens.

The church definitely shouldn't address the issue of sin. After all we're all sinners, and we must not make them feel like second rate citizens.

The church probably shouldn't address the issue of salvation. If we point out that salvation involves repentance and a change in life style, some may wonder if they are really saved. Since that isn't evident in many, we must not make them feel like second rate citizens.

The church probably shouldn't address the issues of adultery, homosexuality, abortion, evangelism, welfare, voting or the Cultural Mandate, Bible study, drinking, drugs, cursing, or smoking. These issues are all controversial, and we must not make anyone feel like second rate citizens.

I guess the church probably shouldn't address the issue of education although it seriously troubles me not to do so, since according to studies 88% of children attending public schools leave the church. However, I guess the president of a 16 million (member) Christian denomination knows best. We had probably not point out that Christian Children Need A Christian Education. We must not make them feel like second rate citizens. After all, even educators have begun to take the lead from the church. They are considering banning the word "fail" from use in classrooms and replaced with the phrase "deferred success" to avoid making students feel bad.

The church needs to remember to be loving, and not be so critical. If we take the lead from social groups and country clubs, and make everyone comfortable, I'm sure we will see an increase in church growth.

Perhaps we should make "Lets Not Offend" the 11th Commandment!

(This article is by Dr. Bob Dreyfus, who works with Exodus Mandate in Florida, and who spoke to the S.B.C. Resolution on Education this June at the S.B.C. Convention in Nashville, TN. In the article, Dr. Dreyfus challenges the most recent mantra of those in leadership in the S.B.C. as to why they cannot support a Christian education for Christian children.)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dan Phillips On Barack Obama

Guy Davies (Exiled Preacher) interviewing Dan Phillips asks, "What is your early assessment of your President and the "Leader of the Free World", Barak Obama?"

Dan Phillips responds: "Obama is the triumph of postmodernism. America elected a hollow image, a human projection-screen, prepped and served by our media. They gave arguably the most powerful office in the world to a man with no accomplishments, no preparation, and no qualifications. Worse, they elected a faux-Christian who sat under a viciously racist, marxist ministry for 20 years, who embraces abortion in every form and wants to crush liberty under totalitarian governmental control."

"Otherwise, no opinion."

Dan Phillips is one of the contributors to the Excellent Blog, Pyromaniacs.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Advocates Of Baby Dismemberment


"Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born."


Ronald Reagan

A Gay Rhino Party


Young Miss Rhinoceros gave a beach party;

She greeted her friends with a welcome most hearty.

They laughed and they joked and they swam in the sea,

And the party was gay, as a party should be.

From ANIMAL CHILDREN
By Edith Brown Kirkwood

Illustration by M. T. Ross

Copyright 1913 P. F. Volland & Co.

Shooting The Messenger

"Not everyone is called to be a watchman. However, some are. Do you remember Jeremiah in the Old Testament? God called him to tell the children of Israel the truth. The children of Israel did not want to hear the truth. The people hated Jeremiah. The people devised plans against Jeremiah. Does that make Jeremiah a bad guy because he was telling people what God had said?

Today, like in the past, when a watchman warns what is ahead, the people don’t want to hear it. They want to shoot the watchman or destroy the watchman with their words.

God’s Word should be our standard for truth. Check it out."


From Shepherds Or Wolves

Commentary by Roger Oakland at Understand The Times



Thursday, June 11, 2009

What I Want For Father's Day

Since I didn't get what I wanted for my birthday, maybe my kids will get me one of these new nail guns, for Father's Day. It's made by DeWALT. It can drive a 16-D nail through a 2 X 4 at 200 yards.
This makes construction a breeze. Think about it. You could sit in your lawn chair and build a fence. Just get someone like your wife to hold the fence boards in place while you sit back, relax with a cold glass of iced tea and, when she has the board in the right place, fire away. With the hundred round magazine, you can build the fence with a minimum of reloading.

And, the best part is, after a day of fence building with the new DeWalt Rapid fire nail gun, she probably won't ask you to build or fix anything else ever again.

So much for dreaming; I'll probably get another tie!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

There Are Still A Few Conservative Voices In The Republican Party

This is the kind of leadership we need.

"Saber Rattling" Doesn't Work With Terrorists

Here's an update on my problem with the crows that were "terrorizing" us for weeks.

Prior to the writing of this post, I had taken several shots at them to no avail. Obviously, "shooting across the bow" didn't bother them. They scattered temporarily but always came back in full force.

Then I hit one. That's all it took; one single, direct hit. One crow dropping like a lead balloon. Once the band of terrorists figured out that I was serious, they vanished.

I'm actually kind of dissappointed. I come home every afternoon, load up and go outside hoping to line one up in my scope. But no, there are none. They haven't been back since the kill.



There might be a lesson here for liberals in charge of our national security. Terrorists don't respect weakness or symbolic finger wagging. Terrorists only respect "big sticks."

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Health of Our Church Is More Important Than Our Size and Comfort

An Interesting Perspective From Jason Robertson, Pastor of Murrieta Valley Church, Murrieta, CA. Posted on Fide-o.

Blessed with One Worship Service

"About a year ago our church decided that we would no longer have two worship services on Sunday mornings. We made this decision based on our ecclessiology. We knew that having two worship services had caused a division in our church body and had robbed the body from enjoying the gifts and blessings of all of the members. Furthermore, we worship with the Lord’s Supper every Sunday and it was important for us to do so as one congregation.

So we did away with both our 8:00 am service and our 10:45 am service. We now only have one which starts at 10:15 am. In this one service our congregation is united in worship, Scripture reading, the ordinances, preaching, prayer, giving, and fellowship.

We knew this would cause seating issues and parking issues for us, but the health of our church was more important to us than our size and comfort. Six months later God blessed us with a move to a larger facility so that we could continue to meet as one body. The health and unity of our congregation has increased in ways that only can be understood by those who are in attendance.

I will write more on this subject in the future. But for now, I hope to at least draw the attention of pastors to this important issue of single vs. multiple worship services."

Go here for a little further reading from "The Deliberate Church" by Mark Dever.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Salvation Comes to GM

I wonder if anyone else noticed. A couple days ago, the man who currently occupies the White House; the new CEO of Government Motors Corporation announced the GM bankruptcy restructuring. In His speech He made this comment about similar actions He took in the bankruptcy of the Chrysler Corporation:
"...many experts said that a quick, surgical bankruptcy was impossible. They were wrong. Others predicted that Chrysler's decision to enter bankruptcy would lead to an immediate collapse in consumer confidence that would send car sales over a cliff. They were wrong, as well. In fact, Chrysler sold more cars in May than it did in April, in part because consumers were comforted by our extraordinary commitment to stand behind a quick bankruptcy process. All in all, it's a dramatic -- an outcome dramatically better than what appeared likely when this process began." (emphasis mine)

Did you see that? He is taking credit for more car sales in May than in April. Isn't it a little early to gloat?

When my brother, Greg, heard that, he postulated that auto sales might ordinarily increase in April over May regardless of any divine intervention from the new savior of the world. I thought his reasoning was plausible; he suggested that there might be several factors to account for the increase. In April many people are concerned about paying their income taxes but, by May, they are looking forward to graduations, Father's Day, and Summer vacations - all of which may be occasions when people might shop for new cars.

He tested that. He called several Ford, Chrysler, and GM auto dealers all over the State of Washington and asked them if sales typically increase in May and June. The answers he got all confirmed his suspicions. One salesman said, "...yeah, that's called the Spring Market. And typically sales increase in May, June, and July by as much as 50%."

So, did Chrysler's sales increase as a result of the bankruptcy or was this little bump far less than what would be normally expected without Obama's intervention? This kind of spin is reminiscent of the economic "good news" we heard just a couple weeks ago which, properly interpreted means, "the economy isn't slowing as fast as it has been.