Tuesday, 30 September 2008

The Whole World is Upside down

I read recently about a guy in Holland who was arrested for smoking in a cafe. His crime? He was smoking tobacco instead of marijuana. Apparently it is illegal to smoke regular cigarettes in Dutch coffee shops, but quite legal to smoke grass, which I understand is several times more carcinogenic.

Do the people responsible for this wierd reversal of common sense ralize how ridiculous it is? Are they at least embarassed by it?

Or are the lunatics really taking over?

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Monday, 29 September 2008

More Than We Can Bear? No.

By now you may be familiar with this tragic story of Emily Stauffer, our pastor's daughter.
I have not said anything because, frankly, I really couldn't think of anything to say. Words eluded me. Having said that, it is wonderful to see the outpouring of heartfelt support in the comments on Pastor Terry's Blog

The full import of what happened did not hit me until church, Sunday morning. As I arrived and was greeted with tears by the ushers, and as I sat before the service just reading through some of the Psalms, I felt almost oblivious to what was going on around me. I felt, almost literally, as if I had been hit by a truck.

The one thing I know, having been through the loss of a child (in our case, a grandchild) is that, rather than being able to identify; to be able to say, "I know how you feel," I can only say, "I don't know how you feel. I can't." Nor can anybody else. Grief is so personal, and such deep grief is unfathomable.

But the verse that did come to me for them at the time is I Corinthians 10:13 God has promised that He will not allow us to be tested beyond what we can bear, but when we are, He will give us a way out so we can stand up under it. I didn't quote it to them, or post it in a comment, but I did appropriate it and pray it on his behalf.

How wonderful is God's word. How wonderful that it is true and valid whether or not we, in any particular situation, can actually say we believe it without a doubt at the moment and in the circumstance. And to be truthful, there may be some times when we have trouble accepting the actual truth of it. But it is true whether we can believe or not.

Some circumstances, in the intensity of a moment, may seem to be too much to bear. But for the Christian, they are not. If we think they are, we are wrong. And however long a moment, or even a millisecond of doubt may last; however fierce the enemy's fiery darts, God will indeed carry us through and prove His faithfulness.

These are my own thoughts. Far be it from me to apply them universally, or even specifically to this situation.

But in any case, and in all circumstances,

TGBTG

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Thursday, 25 September 2008

No Doubt They Thought It Was a Good Idea at the Time

Published: September 30, 1999

Fannie Mae, the nation's biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stock holders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits.

Read it all Here...

H/T TitusOneNine

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Saturday, 20 September 2008

Dawkins Again

We saw, "Expelled" this past week. Which once again brought to my mind Richard Dawkins, one of the gurus of atheism.

And I don't know why he is. He is considered somewhat of a hero amongst the atheist and darwinist communities, but I'm afraid I find his arguments to be quite shallow, his reasoning faulty in many places, and some of his logic to be contradictory and even downright dishonest in places. If not dishonest, at least suffering from a kind of intellectual tunnel vision.

Here is one more example of his speaking out of both sides of his mouth, or thinking out of both sides of his brain, and not letting one side know what the other is thinking.

He insists throughout his book (The God Delusion) that God (if He exists) must be very complicated to have created the universe and everything in it because the creator, he argues, must necessarily be more complex than its creation.

But then, on page 117, he says this:
That scientifically savvy philosopher Daniel Dennett pointed out that evolution counters one of the oldest ideas we have: 'the idea that it takes a big fancy smart thing to make a lesser thing...' Darwin's discovery of a workable process that does that very counter-intuitive thing is what makes his contribution to human thought so revolutionary...

Of course, he does not see, and cannot admit, that the existence of God is also a 'workable process' that accomplishes, and indeed has accomplished, the very same thing. Counter-intuitive? Perhaps, but here he counters his very argument against the existence of God.

Emporer Dawkins, I'm afraid, has no clothes. At the very least he is walking about in his underwear.

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Monday, 15 September 2008

Why???? Do They Think He's Listening?

Here is what can only be described as the silliest of stories, regarding the most pointless of empty gestures, that can do nothing but heap embarassment on the fuzzy-thinking heads of the bend-over-backwards types in the CofE.
Charles Darwin to receive apology from the Church of England for rejecting evolution

Need any more be said?

H/T to Doug Wilson

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Sunday, 14 September 2008

Choice? Only If It's The Right One

This story is a few days old, but I found it belatedly and some of you may not yet have seen it. It regards US VP nominee Sarah Palin's decision not to terminate a pregnancy knowing that the baby would be born with Down syndrome.
Particularly troubling is the opinion of André Lalonde, executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada(!)
...Ms. Palin's widely discussed decision to keep her baby, knowing he would be born with the condition, may inadvertently influence other women who may lack the necessary emotional and financial support to do the same...
Dr. Lalonde said that above all else, women must be free to choose, and that popular messages to the contrary could have detrimental effects on women and their families.
"The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada," he said.

Thanks to Felix Hominum for this story. From his blog,
I recall Dr Lalonde's last comments in a national Canadian newspaper. The SOCG began recommending genetic testing for all pregnant women and "automatic" genetic testing for pregnant women over 40. "Choice"? What exactly does it mean to be automatically given a test? Here is what he had to say in comment to the National Post: “Yes, it’s going to lead to more termination, but it’s going to be fair to these women who are 24 who say, ‘How come I have to raise an infant with Down’s syndrome, whereas my cousin who was 35 didn’t have to?'" Think that one through. Carefully.
Dr Lalonde, who says that "above all else, women must be free to choose", seems in fact to be worried by one choice in particular: Sarah Palin's choice to have a child with Down Syndrome.

Obviously, some people who declare themselves to be pro choice really approve only of choices with which they agree. (BTW, check out the beautiful picture at the end of the aforelinked Felix Hominum post.)

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Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Sadly Inevitable

In the wake of the recent revelation regarding the pregnancy of Sarah Palin's daughter, I must post again about a subject on which I have written before; the too-early sexualization of our kids. I recently spoke with a seventeen year old girl who was living with her boy friend. She found herself pregnant, and was torn about what to do, because she really didn't like the guy and was thinking about moving out. She mentioned she had seven other friends who were pregnant, many of whom weren't going to continue in their relationships with their babies' fathers, but who all planned to keep their children. Thanks be to God, none of them apparently had considered terminating their pregnancies, but it is an indication of just how ordinary the beautiful God-given gift of sexual intimacy has become. Intercourse seems to have become the new hand-holding.

Then, there is something sad, yet somehow unsurprising about this story. Here we read about a 15-year-old girl declaring herself to be bisexual. The head-shaker to me is that she "came out" two years ago. She would have been about 13! How does a thirteen year old girl come out as a bisexual? I might, tongue in cheek, say that thirteen year olds, to the extent that they are sexual at all, probably all have confusing feelings in different directions. But I really believe that in the case of this girl, there had to be some adult pressure, either societal or parental. For some reason she felt she had to declare her sexual orientation way before I believe a thirteen-year-old would really have done so of her own accord.

Off topic, but it's also interesting how the term, 'queer' has been embraced by the GLBT (a term which itself sounds like some kind of deli sandwich) community, almost like the formerly despised epithet, 'nigger' has been adopted by certain blacks.

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