Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sound Theology

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The End is Near....Again

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(Cartoon Inspiration)
In much of popular literature about Bible prophecy, eschatological matters, are read through the lens of current events, with Bible-prophecy experts correlating biblical texts to current geopolitical crises.  This not only gives the Bible great relevance, we are told, but also ensures a never-ending stream of prophecy books designed to show how the Bible explains that a particular current event was foretold by the Hebrew prophets.  (A Case for Amillennialism, Kim Riddlebarger)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Without Excuse....

Without Excuse...
David Van Inwegen

What has really puzzled me for some time is that there are actually some who refer to themselves as "atheists". And I wonder, is there really any such thing as an "atheist"? I've heard there are no atheists in foxholes and there are no atheists in the hereafter. Here is the defintition: "An atheist is one who denies the existence of a deity or of divine beings". Now, bear in mind, as Christians we believe, that an atheist is created in the image of God..just as is the believer. In other words we all..atheist or believer..bear the marks of the One who has created us, e.g., with faculties of rationality, affections, a sense of morality, spirituality, etc. Paul says, "that which is known about God is evident within them.." (Rom 1:19) also has a definition for us concerning God: "the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe".

As a Christian, of course, I come with a Christian point of view..simply because I DO believe in the Christian God. And..I probably cannot be totally objective about this subject, at least in the mind of an atheist, because I presuppose God..and I presuppose the Christian therefore I will use what I consider to be His Holy..and Truthful Word. Again, the question: Is there any such thing as an "atheist"? And if so, upon what is his understanding based?

What would a universe based upon chance, without a creator and ruler, look like? Do you suppose it would be orderly or chaotic? I’ve visited my granddaughter’s playroom recently. It is normally in a chaotic state,, games and yo-yo’s (TG&Y) in a random state. I wasn’t disappointed. If I were to see it in an orderly state I would have to conclude that someone intervened in the normal course of events...mother or daughter. It is not normally in an orderly condition. Would a universe, without a creator and ruler, be in a orderly or a chaotic state? Surely the atheist would have to agree with the Christian believer that it would be in a chaotic state, random and unorganized. But..what do we actually observe about the universe? Chaos or order? Dependable laws and rules or ever changing and undependable physical laws? Magnificent and wonderfully made creations..or chaotic abstractions. Even our logic and reasoning are the results of an ordered, ruled, purposeful universe that has been brought into existence by One that must have the qualities of logic, reason, order and purpose. This is not "rocket science"! The atheist must muster logic and reasoning to make his anti-God statement. Ultimately, he must be omniscient (an attribute of God) to KNOW..there is no God.

So therefore, St Paul is able to say in the book of Romans Chapter 1, verse 20 without any hesitation, "they are without excuse". It is interesting, to me, that the word "excuse" can be literally translated "without an apologetic". An "apologetic" is the basis for a statement. To propose an "apologetic" one must use.."reason, logic, purpose and order" which are not the attributes of a chaotic, unpurposeful or random, godless state. One might even say.."how dare you use the things of God (purpose, logic, reason) to disprove the God of reason, purpose and logic"?  God might just say to them: “Get your own apologetic!".. However, here is what He does say to them (to quote from my presupposed book of authority): "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and they are without excuse."

And... amazingly God graciously pleads with him(us), "Come now, and let us reason together...though your sins be as scarlet..they shall be white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool". (Isa 1:18) And I would simply add this.."repent, and believe the Gospel". (Mark 1:15) Christ died for sinners!
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (I Tim 1:15)
(originally posted Mar 25, 2009)

Thursday, August 29, 2013


And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook. He put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, a lunch bag. His sling(shot) was in his hand. He drew near to the Philistine.  (1Sa 17:40)
Most of my reader(s) are very familar with the story above taken from I Samuel.  This particular slingshot story took place approximately 3050 years ago. Yes, slingshots are that old.  The ones in use during ancient biblical times are mostly referred to as shepherds slings.  These consisted of a pouch of some sort which held the projectile along with the sling made of  braided material such as flax, hemp or wool. The slings were used to create the centrifugal force for the release of the projectile.  Even the army infantry had their specialists in the art of slinging. “Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss. Judges 20:16”

One tends to think that in the biblical account between David and Goliath that the smooth stones David selected from the brook were smooth flat stones.  Now if you have ever picked up a smooth flat stone it cannot be hurled with any accuracy.  This particular type of stone would have sailed worse than any hook or slice you could hit with a golf ball.  The stones David used were smooth but probably round and about a third the size of a golf ball. These would have been best for the most accurate throw.  And, of course, if you are Reformed in your theology you know there was another hand involved in the slinging of that one particular stone.  David would acknowledge his total dependence upon his creator in Psalm 62:6 “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.”

Now, recently I have taken up the art of slinging.  Slinging, yes, but not the biblical or ancient type.  I have been creating and shooting various styles of 21st century slingshots which utilize either surgical tubing or theraband gold elastics.  As a side note, I am no where near slinging at “hair breadth” accuracy, although as with anything, practice does make for improved performance.

I’ve posted below some of the my favorite creations: (click images to enlarge)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Will Roger's Climate Change

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God's Climate Change:   "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22)

Here's an interesting article from Dr. Roy Spencer, climatologist, author and former NASA scientist.
Change its happened before

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Church Violence

I suspect that your fellowship or church probably would not like to talk openly with the congregation about this particular topic.  I envision this type of question being asked at a congregational meeting:  to the elders;  “do we have in place a “home security plan” or a security plan of some sort in the event that a “crazie” comes into our midst with violence on his/her mind”?  I would not expect an in depth answer from the leadership but would be satisfied with a simple “yes” or “no”. the event of a negative answer, an inquiry into the leadership’s desires to pursue a plan would be in order.

I sent the linked article to a dear friend whose advice I cherish.  He and I attend different churches that both preach repentance and turning to God.  His summation was that all “violence should be repented of ”.  This particular thought in my warped mind created this topics cartoon “du jour”.  I told him that I would split the profits for this cartoon with him since it was his inspiration that brought it about. ($0.00 / $0.00 = $0.00)

Click on this link to read this very interesting article on “The Heidelblog
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