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Drew Brees on His Faith

Drew Brees sat down for an interview with Sharing the Victory magazine to talk about football and his faith. While he doesn’t talk about the gospel or what church he attends, his conversion testimony sounds like something one would experience in a church associated with the evangelical movement. He also says that coming to New Orleans was a “calling” for him. He believes that the shoulder injury that ended his career in San Diego and that brought him to New Orleans was the work of God. There’s also talk about his charitable work and his involvement with FCA.

I am a Christian, and I am a sports fan. So I have great interest in these kinds of stories. There are, however, numerous points in this interview that I wish the reporter would have probed more deeply about his faith. What kind of church did he grow up in and where does he attend now? Were his parents Christians? What is his understanding of the gospel and has it changed over the years? How did his Christianity help him cope with the death of his estranged mother?

In any case, it’s an interesting interview, and Christian sportsfans should have a look.

Driscoll in Haiti

Pastor Mark Driscoll filmed a video documentary of his trip to view the devastation in Haiti. He partnered with a group called “Churches Helping Churches” and was able to make contacts with numerous pastors and church leaders in Haiti. The scenes here are grim and disturbing. Driscoll and his crew witnessed a murder, which is also a part of the documentary. As you can imagine, this is hard to watch, but worth the time if you do.

Pray for Haiti and the churches in Port-au-Prince.

Galatians 6:10 “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

(HT: Justin Taylor)

Tebow Ad: Politics or Christianity?

I wrote last week about Tim Tebow’s pro-life commercial to be aired during the Superbowl. The spot has already sparked controversy even though no one has even seen the ad yet. ABC News reports that pro-choice and homosexual activist groups on the campus of the University of Florida are already taking shots at Tebow for going “political.”

Daniel Smith, UF associate professor of political science and faculty adviser to “Gators for Choice,” says that,

“It’s a big coming-out party for Tim Tebow in terms of moving from athletic superstar to the political realm. . . Whoever wants to pay for an ad during the Super Bowl should be able to do so. It’s more interesting that Focus on the Family was able to convince Tim Tebow to promote their organization and their issues.”

I think this professor’s remark comes off as patronizing. It’s an attempt to paint Tebow as a dupe for a political organization—as if his pro-life views weren’t really his own. I’m not buying that, and I’ll bet hardly anyone else will either. He’s a Christian (as practically everyone knows), and protecting innocent humans from being killed is a transcendent value for Christians. It’s simply a part of following Jesus’ command to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40).

I think the Tebow ad is less about Tebow’s politics than it is about his Christianity. Cynical professors notwithstanding, I’m betting that’s how most everyone else will see it too.

Leno as Hitler?

Where are the Editors at The Wall Street Journal? Not only do they allow an inane comparison between Jay Leno and Adolf Hitler, they also don’t realize that Jimmy Fallon (not Jimmy Kimmel) follows “The Tonight Show.” In his goofy Op-Ed, Joe Queenan writes,

“Mr. Leno will soon go after ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’ which follows ‘The Tonight Show,’ quite possibly demanding that NBC expand ‘Tonight’ to its original 90-minute length.”

I expect we’ll see a correction on the on the Kimmel gaffe. The only way to correct the rest of it would be to remove the article.

Meanwhile, Conan bows out gracefully.

Now as Forest Gump would say, that’s all I have to say about that!

Support Abortion Alternatives

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and I delivered the sermon this morning at my church here in Louisville, Kenwood Baptist Church. My text was Proverbs 24:10-12. At the end of the sermon, I exhorted the congregation to support alternatives to abortion with their prayer, time, and money. I mentioned two organizations in particular here in Louisville that they might consider supporting. Here are the names, links, and info about both of these groups.

A Woman’s Choice Resource Center is a crisis pregnancy center that assists pregnant women with free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, maternity/infant clothing, counseling, and information about adoption. The Center is a frontline effort at convincing women to keep their babies and at supporting them after they do.

The Lifehouse is a maternity home for women and families facing an unexpected pregnancy. They provide spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of pregnant and/or parenting teens and women and their children, both born and unborn, in a Christ-centered home environment.

You can be a part of delivering the innocent from being led away to death by supporting either one of these groups. I would encourage readers to consider working a monthly donation in to your family budgets for groups such as these. The two websites above have sections for making donations.

Proverbs 24:10-12:

10 If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter,
O hold them back.
12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?

Very Sad Picture from March for Life

I just came across this picture from a Washington Post video report on the 2010 “March for Life” in Washington, D. C. When I saw it today, it reminded me of another outrage from a 2006 “March for Life” (see below). I don’t think the pro-choicers realize how much these types of protests work against their cause. I think most people recoil at such displays.

The national Sanctity of Human Life Day is tomorrow.

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