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June 7, 2009

the god that croaks?

Paganism at its worst: a frog that changes color is being worshiped as a god in India: Hundreds of curious followers flock to Reji Kumar’s home every day to pray and ask for miracles. Now one of the country’s top zoologists plans to study the rainbow frog. But Reji, 35,...
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July 30, 2007

We’ve been deceived in the most profound manner

Man vs Wild macho man Bear Grylls checked into hotels during his survival adventures and had his crew help out in difficult situations:But this British adventurer is now the subject of an investigation by U.K.'s Channel 4, which already has confirmed that Grylls checked into motels on a few occasions...
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June 25, 2007

Don't Live Your Faith

That's what Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told an audience of 10,000 at the United Church of Christ in Hartford:"Doing the Lord's work is a thread that's run through our politics since the very beginning," Obama told church members. "And it puts the lie to the notion that the separation of...
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November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Praise

"O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men." - Psalm 107:8 If we complained less, and praised more, we should be happier, and God would be more glorified. Let us daily praise God for common mercies-common as we...
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November 3, 2006

Haggard and Evangelical Hypocrisy

In the national media spotlight few scandals attract more prurient interest than that of a popular evangelical who is alleged to have committed immorality of shocking proportions. Such is the case of Ted Haggard, senior pastor at a 14,000-member megachurch in Colorado Springs, Colo., and president (until yesterday) of...
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October 7, 2006

False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel

The title of this post, a statement made by J. Gresham Machen, is quoted along with many other notable writers in this post by Theologica on the anti-intellectualism of the evangelical mind. I'm struck by the appeal to spiritualism that forms the basis for the modern (evangelical) Christian's drive away...
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February 9, 2006

Islamic Cartoons

The New York Times decided earlier this week not to reprint the cartoons that have led to widespread violent riots by Muslims. “That seems a reasonable choice for news organizations that usually refrain from gratuitous assaults on religions symbols,” The Times wrote on Feb. 7, 2006. The same editorial Board...
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December 20, 2005

A Belief System

... will not rise any higher than its concept of God - A.W. Tozer, (1897-1963)...
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December 19, 2005

Those Bleating Sheep

1 Samuel 15:13-14 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed [be] thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. And Samuel said, What [meaneth] then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?...
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November 23, 2005

Blessings to you on Thanksgiving Day

This day before Thanksgiving I'm coming out of hibernation to share a great statement by Len Munsil, Director of the Center for Arizona Policy:The whole point of this uniquely American holiday, as initiated by Congress, is directed at thanking our Creator. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a formal proclamation...
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June 20, 2005

A Lesson from the Life and Death of Terri Schiavo

Amid the ongoing controversies that surround the death of Terri Schiavo is the lesson that our courts and society have taken a low view of human life, one that measures a person’s worth by the scale of the young and healthy [HT: Captain Ed]. The core values of this death...
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June 19, 2005

Happy Father's Day

"Children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them" - Psalm 127:3-5...
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May 1, 2005

State Rules Church in China

The practice of religion is only allowed in China under "state-supervision" and in churches that reject outside sources of leadership. The arrangement places the humanistic government as the ultimate source of authority and power (i.e., god) and those who choose to seek God are often arrested, harassed and tortured for...
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March 29, 2005

The Value of Life Begins with God

God made the world or he didn't. God made you or he didn't. If he did, your little human life is, and has been, touched by the divine. If this is true, it would be true of all humans, not only some. And so--again, if it is true--each human life...
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March 24, 2005

Schiavo Neurologist is a Christian

Yesterday I published a post that quoted an affidavit by Dr. Cheshire, a neurologist who met with Terri and examined her medical record. Cheshire essentially concludes the Terri is not in a state of persistent vegetation and should not be killed via starvation. What I didn't realize is that his...
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March 18, 2005

Playing politics with Terri's life

A handful of Democrats decided late yesterday to begin to leverage the life of Terri Schiavo in an attempt to win concessions on certain provisions of other Senate action. The move was a despicable example of the level to which the Senate Democrats are willing to stoop to try to...
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March 14, 2005

Brief Comment on Causality versus Correlation

One of the great errors of those interpreting results from anecdotal observations and scientific studies is to conclude causality from correlation. Two variables that change together over time are correlated but not necessarily related. And, if you monitor enough variables over a short period of time there is a high...
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January 12, 2005

Bush's Faith in God

'I don't see how you can be president without a relationship with the Lord'... George W. Bush Reporters and editors from the Washington Times were granted an interview in the Oval Office during which the President outlined the role of faith in his life. Mr. Bush said he leans heavily...
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January 5, 2005

Meeting the Deeper Needs of the Soul

Changing Worldviews asks an insightful question after noting the tremendous international response in meeting the physical needs of Tsunami survivors: What of the deeper needs of the soul? Organizations, churches, and missionaries are also on the scene to help the survivors process through this violation of nature, emotionally, mentally and...
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January 1, 2005

Happy New Year 2005

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom. 15:13...
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December 31, 2004

La Shawn Barber is Effective

Congratulations to La Shawn Barber whose effectiveness has been publicly recognized by the Left....
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December 29, 2004

Powerline's Daisy Chain

Minneapolis is a great place to live unless you are a liberal columnist for the Star-Tribune. Nick Coleman, one such writer, lambasted the Powerline guys for criticizing him and being, well, extreme. What is amazing is that Coleman takes issue with the journalistic integrity of bloggers and yet rightly characterizes...
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December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas from Around the Blog

Merry Christmas and God's blessing on you as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior and Risen King. God came to earth, a sacrificial gift for the sins of the world, so that man might know forgiveness, freedom, true Peace, and communion with Him. - TheGreatSeparation John 1:14And...
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December 22, 2004

Christian Carnival: Christmas Edition

The Christian Carnival is up at the Patriot Paradox. The theme is Christmas and there are several excellent posts. "And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the...
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December 5, 2004

Voter Demographics and Abortion

According to Phillip Longman, a demographer at the New America Foundation, Bush states had a 13 percent higher fertility rate than their blue counterparts, whose base, as he puts it, is essentially "non-replicating." [Joel Kotkin via Michelle Malkin] What defect would limit the blue state voters from replicating? Kotkin seems...
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November 10, 2004

Exploiting a Mistake (Mark Belling)

I’ve appreciated conservative talk show host Mark Belling (WISN, Milwaukee) for three reasons. First, and obviously, he is a conservative. While I’ve differed with his conclusions on a number of issues, I find his prevailing commentary refreshing. Second, Belling’s clarity of thought and analytical abilities are exceptional. Third, unlike many...
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November 4, 2004

If only more people had voted ...

Michelle Malkin comments on voter turn-out: Desperately clinging to the disabused notion that those at the bottom of the electoral barrel would have broken universally for Kerry, Democrats in denial will now blame computers, the Swift Boat Veterans, the rain, the heat, surfing conditions, sinister bus schedules and conspiratorial bloggers...
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November 1, 2004

Another Reason Why I'm Proud to be in a 'Red State'

November 1, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden warned in his October Surprise video that he will be closely monitoring the state-by-state election returns in tomorrow's presidential race — and will spare any state that votes against President Bush from being attacked, according to a new analysis of his...
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Who Will You Pick?

One day before the election the following headlines seem utterly absurd: Many undecided voters waiting until last minute. Choosing one of two grapefruit from a single tree in my backyard takes but a moment. Choosing a president from two polarized and well-defined candidates seems easier ... at least to me....
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October 27, 2004

Everything They Said About Bush is True . . .

... they just haven't found the evidence yet. [New York Daily News via Michelle Malkin]....
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October 18, 2004

Religion Matters in Politics - Bush vs Kerry

Decisions made by the President of the United States are based on what he believes to be right and wrong, which in turn flows from his religion (his beliefs about himself, the world and God). President Bush is comfortable speaking about his faith and his actions indicate that he is...
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October 17, 2004

Light Posting on a Beautiful Weekend

No blogging today (National Blog Free Day)....
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October 12, 2004

Initial Thoughts on Saddam's Deception and the U.S. Led Invasion

There is a point that I've been mulling around in my mind and contemplating related to the war in Iraq. I would appreciate some peer review prior to pursing the ideas further. There is a principle in Deut. 19 that penalizes a false witness according to the nature of his...
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October 11, 2004

John Kerry's Enigmatic Faith and Works

Albert Mohler, President of the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes about the Enigmatic Faith of John F. Kerry: When it comes to his religious convictions, John Kerry is a portrait in paradox.......
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October 9, 2004

Kerry's Criticism and Promises Ring Hollow

A statement I expected but did not hear during the debate: In four years President Bush has not found a cure for the common cold. I can do better. I have a plan. - John Kerry...
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October 6, 2004

Today's Affirmation

From the Kerry prayer team: Negativity bounces off of me as I run with John Kerry and John Edwards....
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October 2, 2004

Post Debate Thoughts - Bush is Steadfast - Kerry Caters

After the Presidential Debate, many news sources and some conservative bloggers tended to give Kerry the edge on the basis of his slick presentation. Bush’s style and effectiveness was lacking and he seemed to miss great opportunities to point out fundamental flaws and contradictions in his opponent's message. As I’ve...
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September 30, 2004

Interesting Forged Forgery

Looks like another forger has been exposed. This one, however, was attempting to show the forged CBS documents are authentic (a very difficult task). To do so the "expert" had to resort to using photoshop . . . "Here is a hint for the good Professor-- If you are going...
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September 29, 2004

Christian Carnival XXXVII

This weeks Christian Carnival is hosted by www.IntolerantElle.com. I entered a brief post on the plight of Christian college students who are fed to experienced theological wolves....
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September 26, 2004

Bias Pervasive in MSM Reporting - an Example

Hindrocket over at Powerline has a good article exposing deep bias and conflict of interest on the part of an Associated Press reporter. As I read it I recalled today’s AP article, Kerry Rips Bush on 'Mission Accomplished' Remark, and noted an interesting pattern....
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September 25, 2004

The Case of the Biased Killian-Memo Poll

Over the past weeks I’ve written several posts about the CBS debacle involving forged memos and Dan Rather. For those interested, I created a poll with the following question and answers: CBS’ Killian Memos Are Fake True Who Cares Authentic I don’t know With great amusement I watched as 95%...
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September 24, 2004

Know Your Liberals - an Easy Self-Test

What founder of a well-known and widely publicized U.S. based organization said the following: “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it” “[aboriginal Australians are] the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the...
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September 15, 2004

The Twists and Turns of CBS's Memo Controversy

The CBS controversy is based on the use of forged documents by 60-minutes and CBS. This is what the experts tell us. President Bush may or may not have conducted himself poorly during his military service. The former is what Democrats want to be true. Items 1 and 2 are...
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September 14, 2004

Lead Expert Admits Forgery Possible

In a New York Times article, Marcel Matley, CBS' lone "document" expert, has now admitted that the signature he authenticated in several Texas National Guard Memos could have been previously lifted from any document for the purpose of forgery. Asked if the signature could have been lifted from an official...
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September 10, 2004

Islamic Scholars asked to Rule on Terrorism

Here is a surprising message from the Family Research Institute on a bizarre request by Islamic terrorists....
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September 8, 2004

Respecting Politicians During Elections

There is a respect that God requires us to give to our leaders. Not because they are great individuals who have merited our admiration but because all authority is derived, ultimately from God. Consequently, disrespect for those in authority is a disrespect for God. Leaders do not have to "earn"...
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September 6, 2004

A Few Verses to Consider on Labor Day

Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to...
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August 28, 2004

Short Shots v1

Church - You like your church but do they give you chocolate? [more] Culture - A cultural brushfire is ablaze in Christian civilization. [more] Culture - If a counter culture does not want to become a corner culture it will have to do more than just proclaim the truth;...
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August 26, 2004

Eugenics and its Link to Evolution and Abortion

There is a side to evolution that few acknowledge or discuss; perhaps because the Judeo-Christian heritage of Western scientists leads to a sense of morality that is inconsistent with Naturalism. A belief that man ultimately evolved through a process involving mutation and biological evaluation (the survival of the fitness) necessarily...
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August 18, 2004

Thoughts on Patriarchalism and the Family

But the most important, most helpful part of patriarchy is not exercising authority, but submitting to it. (And submitting to the intangible Jesus in our mind doesn’t quite cut it.) That is, those who would lead must learn how to follow. We shouldn’t be surprised if we find that our...
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August 14, 2004

Another Cup of Coffee?

When we begin to use our intellects in the service of our Creator and Savior, we will naturally wish to do so with the best efforts and quality available. It is obvious in the pages of the New Testament that this was the case for the disciples, whether they were...
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July 16, 2004

The Character of John Calvin

I recently came across this excellent article on John Calvin's character. What strikes me as significant is the manner in which he deals with those who are in error. There is firmness and lack of compromise together with humility and optimisism that reveal his desire for good in the life...
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June 30, 2004

Saddam, Genocide and Abortion

Saddam Hussein has been accused of genocide, ordering the murder of as many as 180,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers (what war investigators have found about Saddam's crimes). His debauchery has ended and he has been brought to trial. Saddam deserves condemnation. Consider the ongoing campaign that, since 1973, has claimed...
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May 12, 2004

Ladder of Inference

I recently was emailed this helpful model for explaining failures in human communication: In the real world: Observable data and experiences that I see and hear Then, inside my head: I select Data from what I observe I add Meanings (cultural and personal.) I make Assumptions based on the meanings...
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May 7, 2004

Iraqi Humiliation

Good job by the American press, which has exposed the mistreatment suffered by Iraqi prisoners by publishing embarrassing photos. Bravo! I’m sure those who were humiliated appreciate the integrity and nobility of the journalists who uncompromisingly distributed pictures of them in embarrassing situations. Their children and families will be forever...
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April 15, 2004

Tax Allergies

Have you ever noticed the correspondence between tax and allergy seasons?...
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April 13, 2004

Constructive Action

Following-up my prior post, here is constructive action Christians can take to be influential in government (from Biblical Principles for Africa). Citizens should use Prayer and Pressure to achieve Political Justice Our Lord taught that Christians should be salt and light in all areas of life. (Matthew 5:13-20) As salt...
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April 12, 2004

Following Legitimate Authority

God teaches not only that His creatures are responsible for recognizing the limitations He has placed on them, but also for refusing to go beyond those bounds, lest God be forced to destroy them along with their wicked rulers.

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