Thursday, April 25, 2002

"Though your faith is as weak as a single strand of a spider's web, if it is faith in Christ, it is saving faith; because it is not faith that saves, it is not even faith in Christ that saves, it is Christ who saves." - John Murray

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

I'm in the middle of listening to Rev. Jeffrey Meyers' lectures from the 1992 Biblical Horizons Conference (for taped copies of the lecture follow the link and scroll down to the Conference Tapes section) . He lectured on the Mercersburg Movement, named for the school at which John Nevin & Philip Schaff taught. There are many fascinating things in these lectures that I could blog about, but for now, chew on the following -- it is the Ninth thesis from Philip Schaff's The Principle of Protestantism :

The relation of the church to the world--with it's different spheres of science, art, government, social life--is neither one of destruction on her part, nor one of indifference. But the object of it is that she should transfuse the world with the purifying power of her own divine life and thus bring it at last to it's true and proper function.

Friday, April 19, 2002

The other day when I was teaching some of my teens at Sunshine Ministries I asked,

"Someone once asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, does anybody know what he said?"

The answer came back ..."Uhhh, Thou somethin'"

Monday, April 15, 2002

It's 6:35 p.m. CST and I just wrote the check for my federal return. My return is on the way to the post's the earliest I've ever filed by about 4 hours.

Saturday, April 13, 2002

I just turned 34 yesterday (4/12) and coincidentally I just created an Amazon Wish List, which is permanently linked below in the Red Column. So if you're feeling generous or wealthy or both, then spend away ;-)

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

While posting the last entry (McWhorter), I noticed that there's the new Spring 2002 issue of the City Journal has just been posted to the web!!

When was the last time you used the word pusillanimously in a sentence? If you'd like to read it in a sentence, then surf on over to John McWhorter's article on reparations in the City Journal. In case you're not familiar with McWhorter, he's an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language and Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America. McWhorter is extremely bright and belongs to the ever increasing, yet still unpopular, group of politically conservative black leaders who refuse to sign on to the agenda of victimhood and liberal social and economic policy so often touted by the likes of Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson. Here's how McWhorter closes his article:

What ails the black community today is the very illusion that holds the reparations gang in thrall—that serious black achievement is impossible except under ideal conditions, that white neglect must be at the root of any black-white disparity, and that only the actions of whites can significantly improve the conditions of blacks.

You can also hear McWhorter debate the merits of reparations on NPR's Talk of the Nation with Richard Newman (pro-reparations) who is the Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard.

On the Boilermaker front today...Purdue is ranked 30th in the nation in another pre-season poll, and Gene Keady lands a recruit for the 2003 season.

Tertullian (c.160-215) writes the following regarding the extent to which Christians had engaged the surrounding culture like so much yeast leavening a loaf:

We are but of yesterday, and we have filled every place among you—cities, islands, fortresses, towns, market-places, the very camp, tribes, companies, palace, senate, forum—we have left nothing to you but the temples of your gods.

Rather than retreating from the world in fear of being contaminated, these early Christians were in and among the world seasoning the culture by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, April 09, 2002

The kingdom is where the body of Christ is found, whether we speak of His body incarnate, sacramental, or ecclesiastical.

From Peter Leithart's The Kingdom and the Power: Rediscovering the Centrality of the Church .

This may be old news to some of you, but there's an accented Greek New Testament available on the web. It even has a some basic search features...and it's all free! I'd be interested in finding a similar site for the Hebrew OT. If any of you know of such a site please let me know.

In a pre-pre-pre-preseason college football poll, Purdue is picked number 20 in the nation. I think they'll be competitive, but that's really optimistic.

By the way, I was finally able to get the picture of Chalmers to work on my post below. Scroll down to March 18th to see it.

Monday, April 08, 2002

I've been a very baaad blogger -- 16 days without a post -- but I'm back and I hope to blog a little more frequently.

One of the books that I'm reading right now (ignore for now that list of books in the's several months old) is the new Teddy Roosevelt biography from Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex. Somehow I stumbled onto a Presidential Voice Library on the web and found a short section of a Roosevelt "trustbusting" speech there available in RealAudio & MP3 formats. I knew Teddy's voice was not particularly deep, but it's so much different than I imagined it. Based on both his physical appearance and his rough outdoorsman lifestyle, I expected a rugged, gravelly voice, instead I found his voice to be refined and his pronunciation delicate -- especially his T's and P's which are not forcefully expelled, and could almost pass for D's and B's respectively.

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