Archive for December, 2008

“Unto you…”

December 21, 2008

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.–Luke 2:11

We are leaving for Texas early Monday morning, so you won’t hear from me for about two weeks.  I leave you with John Calvin’s wonderful meditation on the angel’s announcement to the shepherds in Luke 2:11, specifically the words “unto you”:

The pronoun “to you” is very emphatic, for it would have given no great delight to hear that the Author of salvation was “born” unless each person believed that for himself he was born.  In the same manner Isaiah says, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,” (Isaiah ix.6).

Good news is never abstract.  It is always personal.  Merry Christmas to all who will make Christ their own.

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Really?

December 18, 2008

Let me get this straight:

Barack Obama attends Trinity United Church of Christ for twenty years, sitting under the preaching of the anti-American extremist Jeremiah Wright, forming a close friendship with Wright, counting him as Obama’s own spiritual advisor, and having him baptize Obama’s own children, and the leftists who supported him have no problem.

President-elect Obama chooses Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration, and at least some leftists believe this is appalling. 

Is Rick Warren more offensive to the left than a hate-monger who actively spreads the lie that the government invented the AIDS virus to kill black people?  It appears so.  What, then, is the lesson in this?

UPDATE: Carl Trueman weighs in on the issue.  Good as always!

A Political Prediction

December 16, 2008

The Blagojevich scandal will lead to Rahm Emanuel’s resignation as President-Elect Obama’s Chief of Staff.  Perhaps some other Obama staff members will participate in taking the fall as well.  Obama himself will say he had no knowledge of the conversations Emanuel and Blagojevich were having about his former Senate seat.  The media will give him a free pass on this, and he will come away slightly wounded, but not crippled.

Merry Christmas

December 15, 2008

This brought tears to my eyes.  Prepare yourself for something utterly amazing.

Read This Book

December 13, 2008

I first met George Damoff when I took his class, “Man and the Environment” at East Texas Baptist University in the year 2000.  Although it was a science course, I remember Mr. Damoff having more of an impact on my theology, so deeply was he committed to the authority of Scripture and the supremacy of God. 

I subsequently came to find out that his wife, Jeanne, shares those same commitments.  And at some point I also learned about a tragedy that the Damoff family had endured a few years earlier when their oldest son, Jacob, nearly lost his life in a drowning accident.  The Damoffs are still on a long road toward recovery with Jacob, but the progress he has made to this point goes far beyond what most of the experts predicted, and the impact that Jacob’s story has had on the community of Marshall, Texas, has been amazing.

Now that impact is spreading.  Jeanne is a gifted writer, and she has published Jacob’s story in a book entitled Parting the Waters: Finding Beauty in Brokenness (Enumclaw, WA: WinePress, 2008).  It is available through Amazon.  Buy it.  Read it.  Today.  (Well, you probably can’t read it today, but you can buy it).

What I love most about this book is its God-exalting theology.  It shines through on every page.  Jeanne doesn’t try to “get God off the hook” for Jacob’s accident, the way so many misguided theologians do today any time a tragedy happens.  She exhibits a deep trust in a God who is completely sovereign and who permits suffering in the lives of his children for a purpose.  We do not, and cannot, know the full extent of that purpose in Jacob’s suffering.  God has not revealed that to us.  But he has revealed the truth about himself, the truth that he has not relinquished one ounce of control over the world he made.  And in that truth we rest, even when we do not understand. 

This book kicks God-belittling theologies like Open Theism in the teeth, simply by ignoring them.  Nowhere does Jeanne indicate that a redefinition of God’s sovereignty appeared on her radar screen as a theologically satisfying explanation for the sufferings her family was enduring.  And to my mind, as one who has endured a similar experience in my own family, there is no deeper or greater comfort than knowing that every tragedy we encounter has been foreordained by God for his glory and our good.

And He’s Not Even President Yet

December 11, 2008

Wright, Ayers, Rezko, and now Blagojevich. I’m beginning to wonder if there is any significant person in Barack Obama’s life who is not a crook, an America-hater, or both.

The Cure Is Worse Than the Disease!

December 4, 2008

In a close election, does a recount really resolve all questions about who won?  Hardly.  Witness the latest drama of the Coleman/Franken Senate race in Minnesota.  Hand recounts don’t solve anything.  They don’t provide answers; they only raise more questions and create more uncertainty.  That may be good if you’re Brian McLaren writing theology, but in the real world people generally prefer certainty on questions like this.

Is This What Feminism Is About?

December 2, 2008

As Albert Mohler points out, Michelle Obama has reignited the “Mommy Wars” by defining her role as a wife and mother.  Some feminists see this as “letting down the team.”  After all, Mrs. Obama is highly educated, experienced in the workforce, and will soon have a public platform that no other woman in America will have.  By voluntarily choosing to focus on her home and family, instead of practicing law or taking part in the formation of public policy, is Michelle Obama setting back all women? 

At least some feminists think so.  And this fact demonstrates that at least some forms of feminism are pushing an agenda that would effectively banish women from domesticity.  When voluntary homemakers are accused of “letting down the team,” it is evident that those who make that charge consider childrearing a second-class occupation.  Is this what feminism is all about?  Or will more moderate voices in the feminist movement speak out against those who insist that every woman share one narrow vision of womanhood, one that denigrates homemaking and, whether wittingly or not, devalues motherhood?

Same Old New Deal?

December 1, 2008

Make sure you read George Will’s excellent column on the current economic situation and the problem of excessive government intervention.