In today’s Wall Street Journal, William McGurn praises Senator Barack Obama for a speech that he delivered two years ago on religion and public life. In the speech, Obama rebuked liberals for pushing religious opinions out of the public square. Obama’s take on religion sounds pretty positive, and McGurn’s take on the speech is therefore pretty upbeat as well. You can read Obama’s speech here: “One Nation . . . Under God?” Continue Reading →
You’ve seen the bumper sticker: “Bush lied, people died.” The slogan expresses in a nutshell the nefarious narrative embraced by many critics of the Iraq War. It’s very simple, and it goes like this. The President lied about Iraq’s having WMD’s and about Iraq’s connections to terrorism. Those lies were the basis for the American public’s support of the invasion. The invasion has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, costing the United States dearly in blood and treasure and resulting in the deaths of over a 100,000 Iraqis. Thus, Bush lied, people died. Continue Reading →
Some professors from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary have just started a new blog that you may be interested in reading. It is called “Between the Times,” and I’m certain it will be must-read material for all of my fellow Southern Baptists. Contributors include Danny Akin, Nathan Finn, Bruce Ashford, David Nelson, and Ken Keathley.
The first post is already up, and it is entitled “Toward a Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention: Part One” by Bruce Ashford.
I haven’t mentioned Joseph Kony on this blog since 2005. Maybe it’s because he’s someone whom I would rather forget. His crimes are so horrifying that it’s hard to let yourself imagine that it’s real. But it is.
Michael Gerson of the Washington Post writes today about Kony and about what the U. S. and the international community might do about him. Gerson warns,
We are seeing the second coming — surrounded by an army of children and trailing clouds of death — of Joseph Kony. If this is not a cause for horror — and a justified cause for international action — it is difficult to imagine what would be.
Gerson’s piece is not for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned as you pray with me, “Maranatha.” Continue Reading →
Today’s Wall Street Journal has an Op-Ed calling Senator Obama the most “antilife presidential candidate ever.” When you look at the reasons given for this notorious distinction, it’s hard to disagree. Here’s an excerpt.
‘According to Barack Obama, Gianna Jessen shouldn’t exist.
‘Miss Jessen is an exquisite example of what antiabortion advocates call a “survivor.” Well into her third trimester of pregnancy, Gianna’s biological mother was injected with a saline solution intended to induce a chemical abortion at a Los Angeles County abortion center. Eighteen hours later, and precious minutes before the abortionist’s arrival, Gianna emerged. Premature and with severe injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy. But alive.
‘Had the abortionist been present at her birth, Gianna would have been killed, perhaps by suffocation. As it was, a startled nurse called an ambulance, and Gianna was rushed to a nearby hospital, where, weighing just two pounds, she was placed in an incubator, then, months later, in foster care.
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Pastor Tommy Nelson is trying to get the word out about an upcoming series of messages that will be hosted by Denton Bible Church beginning on Sunday, June 15. There will be three messages delivered over three Sundays from three different speakers, each of whom will be addressing the question, “Can a woman be in authority over a man in the local church?” Here’s the line-up:
June 15 â€“ Pastor Tommy Nelson
June 22 â€“ Dr. Bruce Ware
June 29 â€“ Dr. Russell Moore
If you are in the area for any or all of these Sundays, I would recommend attending Denton Bible Church. Pastor Nelson has written an open-letter to area pastors that explains more about the series. You can read it below. Continue Reading →
The Democrat primary season has finally wound up, and Senator Barack Obama has secured enough delegates to clinch the Democrat nomination for President. When the polls closed last night in South Dakota and Montana, the cable news networks made the announcement. Almost instantly, the talking heads began reflecting on the historic candidacy of Senator Obamaâ€”the first African American to be nominated by a major party for president of the United States. Continue Reading →
Lee Irons has put together a plan for reading through the Greek New Testament every year (HT: Jim Hamilton). He has some great suggestions, and I think you should take a look at them if you are in a position to take up this challenge.
On a related note, here are some other online resources that might be useful to all you Greek scholars out there.
- Greek New Testament Website – zhubert.com – Excellent website with a browsable, Web-based interface to the Greek New Testament. Passing the mouse over any word brings up an information box that parses and defines each word of the New Testament. Great tool.
- Greek New Testament Website – This website provides a browsable, Web-based interface to the Greek New Testament. Click on any word in the text, and the website will parse the word.
- Greek Fonts – The SP Legacy Fonts, developed by James Adair, are available on the Society of Biblical Literature’s website. At their website, you can download a Greek font (SPIonic) and Hebrew fonts (SPEzra and SPTiberian). The website contains instructions for downloading and installing the fonts. Click here for a keyboard map of the Greek font SPIonic.
Some of you may have noticed that one of my posts has been deleted. The post in question was a video from another website, and a reader just pointed out to me some distasteful comments scrolling at the bottom of the video that I had not noticed when I posted it here. I watched the video more than once before posting it, and so did my wife. But neither of us caught the offensive remarks. In any case, that’s why the post is gone. I apologize and ask your pardon for not being more careful.
Thanks, Mark Tucker, for helping a brother out!
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Dr. John Piper has twenty reasons why he will not take “potshots” at fundamentalists. You should read these, and note especially the final reason that he gives for not criticizing the fundy’s:
“20. Everybody to my left thinks I am one. And there are a lot of people to my left.” Continue Reading →