LSU Wins with a Mediocre Performance

LSU beat South Carolina tonight, and as a fan I can’t be anything but happy about that. The Tigers move to 5-1 and are second in the SEC West behind Alabama. [Watch ESPN’s recap here.]

Nevertheless, I don’t think that LSU looked very impressive at all. Without question, they stunk up the 1st half. Against a better team, they would have been trailing by a big margin going into halftime. When that happens, it’s a different game. That’s exactly what happened when they played Florida, and I’m afraid it’s going to happen again when they play Alabama and perhaps Georgia.

I hate to be pessimistic, but I can see LSU ending the season with at least 2-3 losses. As far as championship contention is concerned, this is an off-year for LSU. I hope I’m wrong.


Wall Street Journal on Liberal Majorities

This is from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

“If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.

“Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all. . .

“Americans voting for ‘change’ should know they may get far more than they ever imagined.”

The rest of the article predicts massive expansions of government—expansions that most Americans probably haven’t bargained for. You’ll have to read the rest to see the particulars.

“A Liberal Supermajority” – Wall Street Journal


Joseph Is a Single-Issue Evangelical

In Southern Seminary’s chapel today, Russell Moore delivered one of the most prophetic pro-life messages I have ever heard. You can download it here or listen to it below.


One of the most powerful sections of the sermon comes when Moore makes a comparison between “Christians” of a former generation who tolerated the lynching of African-Americans and “Christians” of this generation who tolerate the atrocity of abortion:

“There are churches, and there are pastors, and there are young evangelical leaders who are saying to us, ‘We ought not be single-issue evangelicals. We ought to be concerned about more issues than simply abortion.’ Which means that we ought to be willing to join ourselves and to vote for and to support candidates who will support legalized abortion, who will deny the personhood of children who are still in the womb, because we are able to support them on other issues . . . Many of them are in a desperate quest to say to their congregations and to people potentially in their congregations, ‘I’m not Jerry Falwell.’ And many of them believe that it is missional to speak to people while blunting or silencing a witness about the life of children so that you can reach them with the gospel. . . Some will tell us there are many other issues: economics, global warming—issues I’m very concerned about too. Previous generations have said that as well. Previous generations of preachers have stood in the pulpit and preached until they were red in the face about card-playing and movie-going and tax-policy and personal morality and tobacco-smoking and a thousand other issues, but would not speak to the fact that there were African-American brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus swinging in the trees! And there is judgment of God upon that. And there is here too.”

This is a message that needs to be distributed far and wide. I hope you will do so.

“Joseph of Nazareth Is a Single-Issue Evangelical: The Father of Jesus, the Cries of the Helpless, and Change You Can Believe In” (Matt. 2:13-23) – by Russell Moore


Gerson on McCain’s “Incompetence”

Michael Gerson argued yesterday that the McCain campaign has been overcome by history. One line sums up the situation as good as anything I’ve seen:

“While America remains a center-right country, this may well be a Marxist election in which economic realities are determining the political superstructure.”

“Ambushed by History” – by Michael Gerson (Washington Post)


Obama Misleads on His Abortion Record

In tonight’s debate, Senator Barack Obama did not tell the truth about his record on abortion. You can watch the exchange above, but the short of it is this. John McCain brought up the fact that Obama refused to support legislation to protect the lives of infants born alive after botched abortions. Obama denied it. Obama’s denial was false. I won’t rehearse all the facts here again. I simply direct you to Robert George’s essay and my previous posts on this subject.

Obama’s record on abortion is abominable. He refuses to recognize the human rights of an entire class of human beings—the unborn. As far as Obama is concerned, living persons in the womb and living persons outside of the womb who survive abortions do not have an inalienable right to life.

Obama unequivocally supports the regime of Roe v. Wade—a decisions which legalized the killing of 50 million babies since 1973. In other words, Obama believes it should be legal to kill babies at any point from 0-9 months gestation, and he also believes that babies who are born alive as a result of botched abortions should not have their right to life protected.

Obama’s rhetoric and tone is that of a moderate, but he is not moderate on this issue. He is the most pro-abortion candidate of all time. And any candidate who will not recognize the right to life of innocent human beings is not qualified to be President. Continue Reading →


The Most Extreme Pro-Abortion Candidate Ever

Princeton University professor Robert George has penned a chillingly accurate description of Barack Obama’s record on abortion:

“Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.”

He goes on: Continue Reading →


Against Slavery? Don’t Own One.

There is a snarky pro-abortion bumper sticker that I have seen from time to time, and it reads like this. “Against abortion? Don’t have one.” I concede that it’s a pretty clever slogan, but the line actually amounts to an endorsement of moral anarchy. Libertarianism can never be an ultimate ethic, and no one would be able to tolerate it if it were tried as a matter of public policy.

If you don’t believe me, then consider a little thought experiment, and see if the bumper-sticker ethic really works. Try these on for size:

“Against wife-beating? Don’t beat yours.”

“Against rape? Don’t assault anyone.”

“Against murder? Don’t kill anyone.”

“Against slavery? Don’t own one.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these formulations don’t work at all. Wife-beating, rape, murder, and slavery are not matters of private morality in which the state has no interest. All three instances are moral issues that relate to the sanctity and dignity of human life, and a just society will always enforce laws prohibiting each one.

In reality, the bumper-sticker is a dodge. When it comes to protecting innocent human life, we are not talking about a matter of preference. It has been and always will be a great evil to kill an innocent human being, and that’s the problem with the bumper sticker. It denies the humanity of the unborn. Anyone who would promote this kind of dodge is guilty of the same denial.


Michael Horton on N. T. Wright

I was just alerted to a radio program from last summer in which Michael Horton examines the theology of N. T. Wright. You can listen to it here or click the play button below.


For the most part, the critique focuses on Wright’s “new perspective” reading of Paul. But there is also discussion of Wright’s counterimperial interpretation of Paul.


That’s All I Have To Say about That

Last night, I had a dream that LSU was losing really badly to Florida, but in the end the Tigers staged a comeback and pulled out a win. It was a great dream. It was also totally fictional. In real life, LSU lost miserably, and I can hardly think of any redeeming aspect of LSU’s performance last night.

What does this mean for the program this year? I don’t think that LSU looks like a championship caliber team. Florida was the first real test for the Tigers, and they failed it miserably. Before that, their two biggest wins were Auburn and Mississippi State (neither of which are looking very impressive this year). LSU is doing the tag-team quarterback thing, and neither one is all that consistent. Bo Pelini, Glenn Dorsey, and Craig Steltz are gone, and it showed last night. Where’s the defense?

Anyway, there’s much more that could be complained about, but (as Forest Gump would say) that’s all I have to say about that.


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