Saturday, January 27, 2007
Random Musings for the Week of January 27, 2007
This week has not been necessarily an action packed on, but three interesting items to discuss: The Iraq War Resolutions, the March for Life and the 34th Ann. Of Rowe, and the National Review Institute gathering in Washington, D.C.
A Correction: Apparently after some investigative reporting we now know that Barak Obama did not attend a Madrassa school, but an Islamic school. For some reason I was given the idea that Barak had called it a Madrassa, but he had not. So, please take last week’s comments with that change. It is a still a question about why it took him a week to answer to the charge, and why he keeps telling everyone he was never a Muslim, when he was clearly raised as one in Indonesia. Again the question for me is not one of whether he was or was not, but openness and honesty and pride in one’s background.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Random Musings for the Week ending January 20, 2007 – On Obama, Marriage, and Global Warming
This is a new post type. As any reader of this site knows, I write really long posts in general, which means that I don’t post as often and topics go flying by. So from now on at the end of the week I will do a post that captures random thoughts for the week. Here goes issue #1.
Obama and the Madrassa – So someone tracked down that Barak Obama attended a madrassa (a type of religious school in Muslim communities that are focused solely on the Koran http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrasah). Is this a big deal?
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Monday, January 15, 2007
New Class - The Letters of John
This winter at First Presbyterian Church (Colorado Springs, CO) I am teaching a class on the letters of John, with obvious focus on 1 John. Last week was the first night of class, with class continuing until the beginning of Lent. Below find all the handouts and other materials from the class.
Week 1 - 1 John 1 - Handout Letters_of_John_-_Week_1.doc
Week 2 - 1 John 2 - Handout Letters_of_John_-_Week_2.doc
Week 3 - 1 John 3 - Handout Letters_of_John_-_Week_3.doc
Week 4 - 1 John 4 - Handout Letters_of_John_-_Week_4.doc
Week 5 - 1 John 5
Week 6 - The rest of John’s letters and his theology
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Monday, January 08, 2007
Mitt Romney - The Dilemma of a Mormon President
I have made no secret of the fact that I am a conservative and a registered Republican. I am not a religous conservative per se, because I
do tend to think that religous conservatives can be a bit out of wack at times, though I have lots of friends who are. For many Christians
the possible election of Mitt Romney presents a new quandry - do I go with my electoral self or my religious self.
Now let me be straight, yes I know that 1960 and the election of J.F. Kennedy answered whether or not there is a religious test in America. So, there
is no problem with a Mormon president is there? Well, at least for some of us, there is.
(Please note, these thoughts are not final, but are a present reflection and are my opinion and not those of my church, organization, or my beagle).
First off, the Catholic question and the Mormon question are very different. First, there were two issues with Catholics in 1960. First, would JFK’s loyalty
lie with Rome or with Washington. People gave scary scenarios of the Pope running American foreign policy as well as setting the moral tone for the country.
JFK made it clear that he was not going to take his marching orders from Rome and that he was going to be an American President first and a Roman Catholic
second. Personally, I think this is a glaring example of the modernist approach of seperating faith from the rest of self, but I do appreciate what President Kennedy
meant by it, and no doubt Governor Romney will say and mean the same thing - American policy will not be dictated from Salt Lake City.
A Final Thought on the Death of Darrent Williams - Why We Care?
As any follower of the NFL or the Denver Broncos know, 24 year old Darrent Williams was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Denver on New Years Day (3am). A lot has already been said, but after listening to commentary there is one question I want to answer.
Monday, January 01, 2007
The Execution of Saddam - A Few Thoughts
No one should rejoice at Saddam’s execution (after all, if God does not rejoice in the death of the wicked, neither should we). However, can we rejoice at the meaning of this man’s demise? And what about the repsonse from those who either don’t care or want to to see the execution of another President. Well, here are my thoughts…