Too Late for Me

Some interesting discussion going on at TeamPyro over the video below. I’m guessing most people younger than me probably don’t know that the original song was, “Momas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys” made popular by by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Is the video funny or sad? My response is a pastor answer, “Yes.”

Also, thanks to a friend of mine, I found out Phil was on the Way of the Master Radio show last Thursday. You can listen to Hour one and Hour two. Of special interest to some of my readers will be Phil’s explanation of the correct pronunciation of Augustine.

You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly

Trapped in Neverland by Carl Trueman underscores the ugliness of today’s world “because it prevents many from ever growing up at all.” Here’s one more tempting bite:

I have had too many run-ins with students who act like five year olds and, when held to account, express all the pouting resentment that one comes to expect from a generation that demands respect but refuses to put in the time and effort to earn it.

I almost hate to tack on this link to Trueman’s sensible article, but for some (sick?) reason it brought back memories of my parents’ favorite song, You’re the Reason Our Kids are Ugly.

Monkeys in My Backyard

The following is not a joke. The Professor saw this poster on the wall at our local community college and “obtained” a copy for me. All I did was snap a photo and crop out the teacher’s contact information at the bottom. Again, there was no monkey business on my part regarding either the background image or any of the text. Feel free to click on the picture for a larger version.

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Beware of Dogs

During the night Nathan Busenitz posted his points about why Mark Driscoll is not justified in his particular use of provocative and offensive speech. By mid-morning Doug Wison responded with counterpoints.

Not that either one of them asked, or cared, but I really was tempted to add my two cents. Then I remembered: beware of dogs.

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
Proverbs 26:17

I am not calling these men dogs. I am keeping my hands out of the fray. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch…but really, beware of dogs.

Wilson Thinks Out Loud about Palin

I have told numerous people in the past couple weeks that they should read Doug Wilson’s posts on Sarah Palin. Whether you agree with his answers or not, the questions he’s raised are good ones. I tried to summarize the links with the idea that it might help you prioritize your click-tab reading.

Prior to Palin’s Speech at the RNC:

  • Kinda Spooky When You Think About It. “[R]emember that in the Bible Deborah was the dame who upstaged a fellow named Barak. Kinda spooky when you think about it.” Bottom line: Palin brings appeal back to the Republican party and to the Presidential campaign.
  • Cons and Pros on Palin. Framing the big issues, with acknowledgement that at the very least, Palin does threaten the leftist agenda.
  • And Another Thing…. A teenage pregnancy in the family certainly says something, but we might not know exactly what.
  • John Knox and Sarah Palin. Knox’s The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women can not be used against Palin.
  • Making Karl Rove Look Like a Piker. Why we should assume McCain’s advisors did proper vetting.
  • Palin Comparison. Palin’s potentially harmful, or beneficial, role-model to Christian young women.

Post Palin’s Speech at the RNC:

  • Secret Love Child of a Hot Dog Vendor. Perhaps Palin’s biggest negative is that she thinks highly of McCain. But like her or not, she is a game-changer.
  • An Epistemological Pileup. “The idea that women should be excluded from civil office, period, is an exegetical question, and one that I believe that can be settled because of the perspicuity of Scripture.” He also points out it has yet to be proven whether she can take care of her kids and do the VP job.
  • John Has Slain His Thousands. The potential that God has raised up Sarah Palin at such a time as this for knocking down feminism and abortion.
  • Babe-raham Lincoln. Tensions and questions about whether Palin’s politics are a reversal toward the right direction, or only slowing us down on the wrong way.
  • Two Marks of Deliverance. God’s deliverance is always different and surprising. Palin may fit into those shoes.
  • Sarah Palin, Candidate of Peace?. How Palin’s energy policy leads to peace, even though her foreign policy may need work.
  • The Single-File Column to Nowhere. The fact that God uses a woman doesn’t always and necessarily mean that all the men are wimps.
  • The Creation Order and Sarah. Biblical principles do not equal biblical legislation, so we can still endorse general patterns while leaving room for exceptions.
  • The Lipstick Affair. Palin isn’t the pig, but she has gotten into Obama’s head.
  • Barak was a Great Warrior. The difference between absolutism and non-sinful exceptions. Here’s the answer to why one woman in office doesn’t necessarily make us all feminists.
  • The Politics of Blood. Why the McCain/Palin pro-life policy is worth supporting, even though their foreign policy may be less than desirable.
  • Democrats of the Shining Dawn. More on what the creation order means concerning women in office. Short answer: it’s alright as an anomaly, not a normalcy.
  • UPDATE [11:32AM September 27]: A Slow-Moving Pharaoh. Clarifying why slower destruction is not deliverance, as well as noting the problems with both urban feminism and a certain kind of homeschooling feminism.

It’s difficult to keep pace with Wilson’s prolificity, so I realize he may have posted three more articles while I compiled this list. I’ll try to append applicable new posts as they appear.

Ethics for a Can of Worms

As I said last week, failing to understand God’s created order makes for all kinds of futility. Then we received our hard copy of Credenda/Agenda (Summer 2008, Vol. 20 Issue 2) and were greeted by the following news briefs.

A report in April prepared by an ethics committee for the Swiss government has determined that plants have “inherent worth” and that human beings have no right to wield “absolute ownership” over aforementioned plants. Cases must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Arbitrarily picking a wildflower would be unethical, while a farmer mowing his field would be okay. We are glad that’s settled.

An appeal has been filed in the European Court of Human Rights located (for those who are curious) in Strasbourg, France, in which the appeal court is being asked to declare that Matthew, a 26-year-old chimp, is a person. This will just open up a can of worms, and if we open up a can of worms then somebody will want them to be all declared persons. And how do we count animal years to determine voting privileges?

These are just a couple examples of what happens when foolish hearts are darkened.

My Middle Name Is Fun

Dave Cleland continues his torrid posting with today’s, Our Youth Ministry is no Fun! Here’s a taste:

Students who love Jesus expect more than fun when they come to church….They come to church to be encouraged, admonished and taught the word of God. They are looking for a place where they can pray together, sing together and fellowship together. Those who seek to make their youth ministry fun often do so at the expense of Christian teens.

But make no mistake, Dave is fun.

The Savanna Project

My friend, David W. Cleland, is now writing at and about The Savannah Project. He has moved a time zone, switched blogging platforms, and even converted blog genres (the third day of my week feels empty without Cat Tuesdays). More than that, he’s committed to planting a church in his hometown, a church he hopes will be rooted in the rich soil of God’s Word.