Riding the Tsunami!

Don’t try this at home! I’ve never had a desire to surf, but I do respect those who do. It’s quite a sport, and fun to watch… from the comfort of my home… on the internet, far, far away from the pounding waves. Watch, and you will get an idea.

Be sure to leave your best surfer dude gnarly comments after watching!

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Saturday’s Happy Blog

I have not done a Happy Blog in a while, which is sad. Happy blogs are blogs that make you smile, just for the sake of making you smile. I came across this video of Matt Harding dancing all around the world. I saw it for the first time about a year ago, and then again on Flopping Aces on Friday. I might have even posted it before. But I can’t remember. It’s worth watching. Look out for the elephants and the sea lions!
Here is a follow up to the first one. Apparently he has created quite a following because everyone wants to dance with him, and the crowds join him. The one question that you will want to know is: “Matt, where do you get the money to go to all these places?” This is like National Geographic on YouTube steroids.

BTW, the first video was posted June 20, 2006 and it has been viewed 9.9 million times. Yes, you read that correctly. The video has been watched almost 10 million times in two years. That is some major coverage. There are shows that come out on the major networks that don’t get that many viewers!

Also, if you have high-speed internet, you can watch both videos in high quality at the Youtube site. Click here for the first video. And here for the second. When you get to that page, there will be the option just below the video to watch it in high quality.

Also, also, if you want to know more about Matt, go here. There you will find out interesting things about Matt, and his dance, which he says is the typical 3-year-old dance, that he just never quit doing. It’s the only dance he does, and still does it whenever he wants to get people going to lunch…

Castration for Child Rape

Hat tip: Rivka.

I think Bobby Jindal, Louisiana’s governor, has responded in an excellent fashion to the Supreme Court’s decision to over throw the death penalty for those who rape a child. His solution: castrate the perpetrator. He signed the bill into law this week. This means that those found guilty of raping a child below the age of 13 will be castrated, physically, not chemically.

That is quick action and one that I truly believe will lead to fewer crimes against children.

According to the WND story, here is what Jindal said when he signed the bill:

Hailing the new state castration law, Jindal said that as a father of three children, as well as a governor, he believes “sexually assaulting a child is one of the very worst crimes, and I am glad we have taken such strong measures in Louisiana to put a stop to these monsters’ brutal acts.”

“I want to send the message loud and clear – to the Supreme Court of the United States and beyond – make no mistake about it, if anyone wants to molest children and commit sexual assaults on kids they should not do so here in Louisiana,” said the governor.

“Here, we will do everything in our power to protect our children, and we will not rest until justice is won and we have fully punished those who harm them,” Jindal said.

I think that is a loud and clear message by Jindal. Just knowing how many respond when I have to preach about circumcision from the Old Testament, those men in the audience usually squirm when they think about what is taking place. Hopefully, the perps in Louisiana will get the message loud and clear: you rape a child, you lose your plumbing (I thought about using the term “manhood,” but those who rape children are not true men in any sense of the word. They are beasts and deserve the harshest penalties known to mankind.)

Hyper Individualist

One areas that the church struggles with is the idea of communion of the saints. Philip Ryken writes the following:

Christianity has never been a private religion. It is personal of course, because it involves a personal relationship with Jesus Christ… But in coming to Christ… every single Christian gets connected to every other Christian. Our union with Christ brings us into communion with His church as members of a local congregation.”

Ryken and others are writing against the over emphasized idea of individualistic Christianity. What is meant by this is that many people feel that sense Christianity is about a personal relationship with Christ, then this is as far as it goes. It’s personal. No need to share. No need to live in community. No need to be challenged or taught in the world.

Unfortunately, one of the verses used to support this idea is verse 11 from our section today.

Hebrews 8:11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

The hyper-individualist will take such a verse and say: “why do I need to sit under the teaching of another? Why do I need anyone else for that matter, for I can sit with my Bible open, and God will teach me.”

On the surface, this seems correct. But it could not be further from the truth. For in the giving of the New Covenant, God is not opening the door for us to be individual churches in and of ourselves. He is opening the door for the congregations to be in fellowship with Him. God’s purpose is never to save someone and leave them to themselves, but to raise up a body of believers, who live together, work together, and grow together in Christ.

Cinderella — Steven Curtis Chapman

Slow down with your children. Enjoy each moment. That is the central message behind Steven Curtis Chapman’s excellent song, Cinderella. After the song, he gives an explanation of how it came about. The beauty of Chapman’s songs is that they capture so much truth to life, and the true faith. Enjoy…

Follow the Money

WND is reporting that one of the 31,000 scientist who disagree with the global warming hoax, says that the entire hoax is centered on bringing about a global tax. That seems right. After all, what is the maxim? Follow the money!

Since most of those who support this silly idea that global warming is man made are Democrats and liberals, that makes sense. Their mode of operation is always about more taxes, more power, more in-your-face government. This type of action led Art Robinson to start the petition project. As he writes:

“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

Read the rest of the article here. The dominating source of false evidence is generated by a few hundred scientists found in the United Nations, in the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change. Robinson says that IPCC is more focused on their social agenda than science, and any report that it produces, is done so to support their social agenda.

This is hardly science. It’s manipulation of facts to bring about their social agenda. That sad reality is that so many buy into this hoax, not realizing that the propagators of it are merely using junk science to push a social agenda.

What social agenda? “… to eradicate poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve mothers’ health, combat HIV/AIDS, ensure environmental sustainability and others…”

What does climate change, i.e. global warming, have to do with HIV/AIDS??? Nothing. I think Robinson is right. They are using the scare to bring about a global tax for their social agenda. Hopefully, they will fail in their attempt to bring about a tax on us.

666: The Number of the Blog

I couldn’t resist posting on this. This is my 666th blog post to date! Seeing that this number is a reference to the beast found in Revelation 13, it was too hard to pass up using the title and writing on it again. (See my earlier post here.)

Many people will cringe at the thought of this number, and rightly so. It’s the number that represents all that which is opposed to Christ and His Kingdom. It’s not a matter of having that number place on our foreheads. It’s there when we are born and it takes the movement of the Holy Spirit for it to be removed. The moment that we believe, we move from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. By God’s grace, we are rescued from the dominion of Satan and his darkness.

It is also by His hand that we remain in the Kingdom of Christ. In Him, we persevere. In Him, we have our being. In Him, the work that He began in us, will be completed on the Day of His coming. What a precious realization, that Jesus Christ truly saves us from our own wicked hearts, and the kingdom of darkness represented by the number of the beast.

As for my blog, we are moving right along. The readership is constant, about 1,200 hits per month, as well as the conversation here, about 150 comments per month. That is a good, steady flow of readers. Thank you!

So fear not, I will continue posting. Fear not the number of the beast. Fear God and believe in His Son.

Rylie Factor — He Gets Tutored!

Yup, as I write this, our poor dog Rylie is being tutored… Well, actually, neutered. I knew this day was coming and really wanted to post the Gary Larson comic depicting a dog hanging his head out of the back seat of the car, shouting to all his dog friends: “hey guys, I’m going to get tutored!” All the other dogs have the look on their faces expressing the reality that that dog is confused… it’s not tutored at all, but neutered. That is what we have been calling it for the sake of the laugh involved.

Apparently though, posting a Gary Larson comic is not something you want to do. The few web sites that I have found that have posted those comics, all received a very nice letter from Gary himself, talking about how each one of his comics are like his little children. Therefore, posting them is not a good idea, and if you continue to post them, you will receive a not very nice letter from Gary’s lawyers. All that to say, no Larson posts here!

We are really grateful this day has come because we are hoping that Rylie will be a bit calmer after this procedure. No telling how it will effect him. But one can hope. He really is a great dog. Full of energy. He loves to play. But potty training him has been quite a problem. Training in general has. Hopefully today that will change and we will see more success in this area. We’ll let you know…

UPDATE: I picked him up this afternoon, and the look he gave me on the way home was priceless: It said, “what have you done to me???” I think he is going to be fine though. I took him out just a while ago and he was slowly becoming a happy dog again.

GA Updates — Updated… And finally finished…

I’m here in Dallas with my family for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. I think this is the 37th meeting of the GA. I will post updates at the church’s unofficial blog: Grace of Aiken Blog.The first post is here. I will bring up the overtures as I learn more about them.

The Second Post is Here!!!

Final post on the events here!!!

I’m hoping to get some pictures of our golf tournament up on that blog next week when I get back. Also, there will be news of the church there, especially our up coming Evangelism Explosion VBS. It’s quite unique when it comes to VBS themes. Instead of just teaching kids about the gospel, this version, teaches kids to share the gospel. The goal is not only to share the gospel with the children, but teach them to share it with their friends using the Evangel Cube, an interesting little tool that the kids love. We’ll let you know how it goes.

Also, just wanted to let you know that on this trip I have visited with several bloggers. The first was Heath, who I mention from time to time. We stayed with him and his family in Jackson on the way to Texas. It’s always a join to spend time with Heath. God has really gifted him in many ways, although I’m not sure he would feel comfortable with me saying that.

I even ran into two of his professors at the conference, Derek Thomas and Guy Waters. Both spoke highly of Heath, and said he was an excellent student. You can visit his site here.

I wrote earlier about visiting with Julie and her blog below on the post Meers Burgers.

I also got to go to lunch with Gunny Hartman, of Semper Reformanda (Always Reforming). Both Gunny and I were at A&M and DTS at the same time, but we didn’t know one another. We went to lunch at Red, HOT & Blue for some barbecue to talk about things Reformed, and all the people we know. We know quite a few of the same people, but just never connected while at DTS. In fact, he is responsible for several of those people becoming first Calvinistic, then Reformed in their theology, through his infamous Slooge Sheet. It’s a document of nothing but Scripture that shows the Biblical truth pointing to both Calvinism and Reformed theology (a redundancy I know…). I have yet to see the Slooge Sheet, but can’t wait to look it over.

All in all, this trip back to Texas has been wonderful, but tiring. Both boys have been cranky beyond belief, and Andy keeps saying, “Can we go home?” Not just yet. We are leaving Dallas today for Brenham, TX, for Father’s Day, and then we are going home on Monday… Lord willing.

 

Summer Vacation Part 2 — Or at least more pictures from part one!

Here is one of the dead animals we got to see at the museum. These are helpful in helping visitors get up close and seeing how big and majestic these animals can be. I say majestic because that is the sort of thing that environmentally sensitive writers would write about such animals. But, truth be known, they are just animals. They live, eat, poop, mate, and die. So there really is nothing majestic about them, other than the fact that God created them. Now that is something to think about. The many variations of animals that God created. But museums of this sort never think about such think. God is not allowed.
For some reason, Joey thought this little statue was funny.

Julie and her children again. Instead of saying cheese, they are saying something along the lines of “Go OSU Cowboys!” That show’s their loyalty to the school her husband Tim graduated from and now teaches at in the department of veterinary sciences.

Mormonism Exposed

Many of you know that I feel it is part of my pastoral duty to point out the errors of false religions. This is because it is necessary for you to not only know the Truth, which will set you free, but know that which is false, so that when it comes knocking at your door, you will see it for what it is.

I found this video at Neil’s site on the Book of Mormon vs. the Bible. It shows how the Bible is supported historically, archaeologically, textually, linguistically, anthropologically, etc., and how the Book of Mormon is not. While it is an hour long, it is worth watching every minute of it.

It even offers the current prophet of Mormonism saying that the Jesus they worship is not the historical Jesus of the Bible. This is vital to understand because many Mormons today are under the impression that they are trusting in the Jesus of history. Yet, their own prophet says otherwise. They are trusting in the Jesus of Joseph Smith’s imagination. That is not good. It’s not the same Jesus.

Get some coffee and a piece of cheesecake. That’s what Andy and I did, sit back and watch the video. The video is very helpful and will strengthen your faith in the authenticity of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ.

Our Summer Vacation — Part ONE

Below is Meers’ Hamburger joint. The hamburgers are so big, they are supposed to cover the entire plate, but are just shy of that. Yes, they are good. As I said on the other blog, this place has so much character with scorpions and all, that the burgers have to be good to get you in the place. I displayed this one in black and white. It just seemed right.

Here is Andy, pretending he has a camera. He is taking my picture of me taking his picture. Fortunately, we can actually see him with his imaginary camera.
We met Julie, and her three children, Aubrey, Lilly and Samuel for burgers. Julie is an old friend and currently blogs at 40 Acres and a Horse and a Mule, or something like that. She is trying to explain that she is not photogenic. Needless to say, that didn’t keep me from taking her picture.

Ahh! Time for some artsy type photos. This is my glass of lemonade. WE had a cool relationship for a while, but it has come to an end… yes, I know, as the budding photo artist, no one understands me…

Meers Burgers

Meers Burgers! To those iniated in this fine cuisine, one’s mind conjurs up some of the best burgers in the country. This is where my family and I dined yesterday, along with old friend Julie and her three children. Meers Burgers is located in the Wichita Mountains, in Oklahoma and is housed in an old building where a mine used to reside. It’s quite an interesting place. Old, broken in a lot of places, with creaky floors and lots of really old documents on the walls that have the added dead scorpion for effect. It has the perfect atmosphere that says: “you wouldn’t eat here unless our burgers were really, really good!

Of course, they are really, really good. That’s why we drove the 90 minutes to get there and meet with Julie, and her children.

Afterwards, we went exploring the mountains in the comfort of our minivan! Ah, yes, the conveniences of modern-day travel. We drove to the museum, which consisted of stuffed dead animals, and stories of how those stuffed dead animals are now protected. Meaning, there will be no new additions to the museum of stuff dead animals. But alas, they needed those animals to show us how precious they are. And they are precious, especially to the delicate eco system found in the Wichita Mountains.

They also had a lot of displays of weeds. Apparently, two of the women in our group coveted some of these weeds for their own flower gardens because there was a huge discussion going on about these weeds with one of the museum curators. So the museum not only contained dead animals, but a lot of pictures of weeds that grow naturally on the plains.

After viewing the stuff dead animals, we went in search of live animals. And we found some. There were prairie dogs, turkeys, cows, and buffalo. I will have pictures of all these animals next week. But for now, just imagine prairie dogs, turkeys, cows, and buffalo. Although, it was really only one turkey.

Then we made the long, dangerous trip to the top of Mount Scott. Normally, such a hike would be treachorous, but they have made it convenient so that you can drive to the top. There, the view was spectacular, and so was the wind. Joey found this extremely amusing. As our hair was plastered back by the gusts of wind, he laughed. Which, made us laugh as well.

Overall, the trip was a lot of fun. It was nice to view the scenery and feel like tourists. Maybe next time, we can shed the convenience of our minivan, and actually go camping…

UPDATE: Pictures now posted at the Nap!