I try to be a careful movie viewer these days by reading Plugged In Online before heading off to the theater. However there seems to be no escaping the proverbial swear word, crude sexual reference or simulated sex scene in the most seemingly benign movie. When it happens, I often wonder what was going through the minds of the writers and directors to make them decide, “I think a good expletive would be just perfect right there.” I also wonder if it will ever change.
Apparently there was an election on Tuesday. Who knew?!
OK, just kidding. I totally voted. I even got a sticker to prove it. It turns out that I wasn’t the only one my age out there casting a vote. According to a press release by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (longest name ever), preliminary results are showing that about 10 million young people (ages 18-29) voted in this midterm election.
Our first baby was born just weeks before the dawn of Y2K. Our second a few months after 9/11. And this time, our third baby was born the day Ted Haggard admitted his secret sins and days before a watershed election. It could just be the nature of news, but it seems like our children have appeared on days with headlines more bleak than most.
Still, I’m hopeful. And I’m not alone. On today’s Focus on the Family broadcast, Dr.
I’ve been the recipient of church discipline, and am grateful for it. But first, some background….
I’ve written a few posts addressing Ted Haggard’s scandalous sin, most recently commenting that while we’re all tempted and reliant on the Lord’s grace to resist temptation, falling into such egregious sin is not inevitable.
But sometimes you do. And in some circumstances, church discipline such as Pastor Haggard seems to be undertaking is a good thing.
According to 9Marks, church discipline consists of “formative” and “corrective” aspects, the latter being “that form of discipline which is restorative rather than preventative.
Fox News reports that scientists are finding ways around the ethical issues involved with stem cell research. Scientists have met with government blocks on embryonic stem cell research, but the article states:
In the meantime, scientists are busy looking for ways to harvest or create stem cells without harming human embryos or asking women to donate their eggs.
“We don’t need any eggs or embryos at all,” says Shinya Yamanaka, MD, a professor at the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences in Kyoto, Japan.
I want to bring balance to something I wrote recently about the Ted Haggard scandal.
I love how Tim Challies explored the issue, and I was convicted and drawn to the cross as I considered that the darkness of my sin isn’t much different from the darkness of Haggard’s.
However, while it’s true that I am a sinner daily in need of a Savior, and while it’s true that the Lord’s grace has kept me from pursuing the sin that daily tempts me, it is not inevitable that I follow in Pastor Haggard’s footsteps.
Last night was a long night for people who care about issues like the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, freedom of religious expression and other faith and family issues. What are we supposed to make of the mixed results of various ballot initiatives and races in which these issues were in the spotlight? We can expect lots of political commentary in the next few days proclaiming winners and losers and predicting trends and reactions, but what lies beyond the political?
I really liked Suzanne’s post, For or Against. The quote from Cal Thomas about people knowing Christians for what we’re against instead of what we’re for is something I’ve noticed lately.
The website I edit has a forum where our readers can post their thoughts about our articles. I’ve noticed that when we publish an article about community, pride, faith or even helping the poor, we don’t get more than a handful of comments. But when we publish an article about abortion, homosexuality, women’s roles or politics, we get people arguing about the topic for months.
I love our elections.
In 2004, my wife and I threw an election party to watch the results come in with a group of like-minded friends — it’s fun that way, like watching a football game. As many remember, early in the evening Democrats were giddy and Republicans were morose with exit polls reportedly showing massive turnout for Sen. Kerry. The moods soon flip-flopped in this world of new media with bloggers scooping the old media with more accurate numbers.
In light of election day (get out and vote!), I thought this post from Worldviews, World Magazine’s blog, was appropriate:
Newsweek sent a team of hunters into darkest America once again and spotted tribes of evangelicals. The headline on the magazine’s cover story: “An Evangelical Identity Crisis: Sex or social justice?” A more revealing headline would have been, “7th or 8th Commandment: Do not commit adultery or do not steal.” Hmmm — why not obey both, and a few others besides?