John Piper: “How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation”

John Piper has just responded to Barack Obama’s decision to invite Gene Robinson to pray at his inauguration, and it is hard-hitting material. The title says it all: “How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation.” Piper concludes:

“The gospel, with its forgiveness and deliverance from homosexual practice, offers salvation. Gene Robinson, with his blessing and approval of homosexual practice, offers damnation. And he does it in the name of Christ.

“It is as though Obama sought out a church which blessed stealing and adultery, and then chose its most well-known thief and adulterer, and asked him to pray.

“One more time: The issue here is not that presidents may need to tolerate things they don’t approve of. The issue is this: In linking the Christian ministry to the approval of homosexual activity, Christ is made a minister of condemnation.”


Review of Biblical Literature gets RSS

The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) is the professional guild for scholars of the Bible. The Society includes members from all over the theological, philosophical, and educational spectrums. SBL publishes two main periodicals: The Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL) and Review of Biblical Literature (RBL).

RBL has recently reached the milestone of having published its 5,000th book review. In connection with this achievement, RBL is making its free access to book reviews even easier. RBL now has its own blog, where the reviews published each month will be listed for easy reference: Each book reviewed will be listed in a separate blog entry. The great thing about the blog is that you can easily subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed, and every time a new review appears it will also appear instantly in your reader.

This is a great resource that I hope more people will take advantage of.


National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Today President George W. Bush declared January 18, 2009 as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day” (NSHLD). President Reagan began the tradition of designating this annual observance (which typically falls on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, January 22, 1973).

One thing to note about the President’s action today. Reagan, Bush, and Bush all made the annual proclamation, while Clinton did not. Given his record of support for abortion rights, it is unlikely that Obama will continue the tradition during his administration. So this is probably the last presidential proclamation of NSHLD that we will see for at least the next 4-8 years.

Here’s the entire text of President Bush’s proclamation: Continue Reading →


Government Enforced Playoff for NCAA Football?

Like I said before, a playoff would be change that I can believe in. Here’s the lede from NBC Sports:

“The incoming chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said he will hold hearings and possibly subpoena NCAA officials, college presidents, players, coaches and athletics directors in an effort to force a playoff in Division 1-A football, USA Today reports.”

Also from this story:

“Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is moving forward with an inquiry into whether the BCS system violates antitrust laws.”

Yes, that’s the Attorney General of Utah, the state that was perhaps most deleteriously affected by the BCS this year. I for one will be really interested to see how these efforts pan out.


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