Thursday, November 30, 2006


According to Sylvester Stallone, Rocky was based on Jesus. On the other hand, one can't disagree with this sentiment:
[H]e has now revealed the reasoning behind the film's opening shot of a painting of Jesus Christ looking down at Rocky fighting in a gym.
The 60-year-old says, "It's like he was being chosen.
"If you look to God, you can overcome your past."

Just so.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


The head of England's 'leading' abortion agency (a rather dubious position) states that abortion has lost its stigma:
Women are finding it more acceptable to have an abortion than to drift into an unplanned pregnancy, the head of Britain's leading abortion agency said yesterday.

Ann Furedi, the chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), said one women in five was now childless at the age of 45 and an increasing number were making the choice not to have children at all.

Ms Furedi said there had been a shift in public opinion about parenthood. The stigma of abortion had diminished but there was now concern about being a poor parent. "Parenting is considered to be very important and is taken seriously these days," she said. "The idea of just drifting into unplanned motherhood is seen not to be a good thing and you could argue that among many groups of people in society abortion is seen as a more responsible response to being a victim of uncontrolled fertility," she said.

Of course, we've known for some time now what causes pregnancy. Perhaps the issue might be addressed there.

And in an effort to reassert some stigma:
Abortion figures continue to rise year on year. Latest figures show that there are about 165,500 abortions for British residents a year.

Numbers are far higher in the US, of course.

It might be well to recall the words of Thomas Jefferson:
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

WOMEN TALK three times as much as men. Me + wife + three daughters. You do the math.

Monday, November 27, 2006

'NATIVITY' MOVIE debuts at the Vatican, opens later this week in the US. This one is on my list to go see.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I WILL praise the name of God with song
And magnify Him with thanksgiving.
--Psalm 69:30

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Sir Elton John has lashed out against religion:
From my point of view, I would ban religion completely. Organized religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate.

Well, there you have it. That would certainly solve the world's problems.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sunday, November 05, 2006

PREACHING TODAY...'Money Matters: Money, the Bible and You'. As we enter the spending season it's a good time to assess what Scripture has to say about money. It says a lot. Usually we're too uncomfortable to talk about it.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Head of the National Association of Evangelicals has resigned amidst allegations of a homosexual relationship:
The Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals on Thursday after being accused of paying a man for sex in monthly trysts over the past three years.

Haggard — an outspoken opponent of the drive for gay marriage — also stepped down as senior pastor at his 14,000-member New Life Church pending an investigation by a church panel, saying he could "not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations."

"I am voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so that the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity," Haggard said in a written statement. "I hope to be able to discuss this matter in more detail at a later date. In the interim, I will seek both spiritual advice and guidance."

Haggard, a married father of five, denied the allegations in an interview with KUSA-TV late Wednesday: "Never had a gay relationship with anybody, and I'm steady with my wife, I'm faithful to my wife."

Bad business, and the timing at least is politically motivated:
Mike Jones, 49, of Denver told the AP he decided to go public with his allegations because of the political fight.

"I just want people to step back and take a look and say, 'Look, we're all sinners, we all have faults, but if two people want to get married, just let them, and let them have a happy life,"' said Jones, who added that he isn't actively working for any political group.

Jones, who said he is gay, said he was also upset when he discovered Haggard and the New Life Church had publicly opposed same-sex marriage.

I would think if anything this would hurt the cause of homosexual 'marriage' rather than help it.

Christopher Dickey has an interesting column on Colombia's anti-Kate Moss campaign. They are making the cocaine sniffing model the poster child of the demand side of cocaine, the production of which has ravaged Colombia for decades:
“When she snorted a line of cocaine, she put land mines in Colombia, she killed people in Colombia, she displaced people in Colombia, she helped finance kidnapping,” said [Colombian Vice-President Francisco Santos Calderón], who himself spent time as a hostage of the Medellin drug cartel. “That’s the message that we want to put out.” Then he recalled another hot-button talking point meant to arouse European, and especially British, audiences. “She destroyed the environment!” said Santos. “We have lost 2 million hectares [almost 5 million acres] of pristine rain forest to drug trafficking.”

Having been to Colombia early this year, it is a shame that such a beautiful country is so ravaged by drug lords, and now, political rebels who control the drug trade. So many celebrities lecture everyone else on every conceivable subject, it's high time they were held responsible for their own actions.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


A new poll finds an increasingly high number of Americans are unsure of God's existence or whether He should be understood as male or female:
The survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 42 percent of US adults are not "absolutely certain" there is a God compared to 34 percent who felt that way when asked the same question three years ago.

Among the various religious groups, 76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics and 30 percent of Jews said they are "absolutely certain" there is a God while 93 percent of Christians who describe themselves as "Born Again" feel certain God exists.

When questioned on whether God is male or female, 36 percent of respondents said they think God is male, 37 percent said neither male nor female and 10 percent said "both male and female."

Only one percent think of God as a female, according to the poll.

Asked whether God has a human form, 41 percent said they think of God as "a spirit or power than can take on human form but is not inherently human."

As to whether God controls events on Earth, 29 percent believe that to be the case while 44 percent said God "observes but does not control what happens on Earth".

Of course, God is not a sexual being but has revealed Himself as the heavenly Father. As that is how He explains Himself that is how I can best understand Him.

What the results indicate is the great success those who stand opposed to a Biblical understanding of God have had through popular media. The solution is a consistent insistence on the Biblical record.