Most Outrageous Quotes of the Year

The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog organization, always gives out awards at the end of the year for the silliest and/or most outrageous–even disturbing–quotes of the year, primarily from those who claim to report the news or celebrities who think their job is to offer expert commentary on the news. For a combined thoughtful, agonizing, and hilarious read, go to http://www.mediaresearch.org/notablequotables/bestof/2008/welcome.asp Which quote stands out to you?

Just What Exactly Did Those Angels Say?

We all know the words, as recorded in the King James Bible and placed in a number of Christmas carols: “peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” But that was the King James version, and I’ve always questioned its accuracy. It seems rather indiscriminate, this goodwill to men, almost like sentimental humanism. It’s always best to check other translations: For instance, the New American Standard says, “peace on earth among men with whom He is pleased.” Now that is different. It… Read more »

What's in a Name?

If Hillary Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State, someone will need to fill her spot as Senator from New York. It appears, as of today, that the leading contender for the seat is Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK. What particular qualifications does she possess that would make her the best senator for the state? As many are noting, her biggest qualification seems to be her name. If she gets the seat, it will be by appointment of the governor…. Read more »

Warren & the President-Elect

The latest political controversy that involves the Christian faith is one I’ve had to think about more than usual. Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback megachurch in California, has been tabbed by Obama to offer the invocation at the inauguration. My first reaction was one of disbelief: how could Warren possibly join Obama on the platform and invoke God’s blessing on his administration? My second reaction was to think more about the responsibility we all have as Christians to pray for… Read more »

Does Anyone Consider Constitutionality Anymore?

We are naturally focused on the billions being poured out currently to stave off economic collapse (which it may do temporarily, but not long-term). Yet the only reason we find it so easy to spend that money is because we have a culture in the government that says everyone should receive something from the taxpayers. Every so often, someone releases a list of where taxpayer money is going. Thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma for the latest. Here are… Read more »

Teaching in Puerto Rico

I am in Puerto Rico this week, teaching church history at the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) base in Juncos. I have been coming here for the last six years, teaching primarily in the School of the Bible. Besides church history, I also offer a week-long series on Biblical worldview and another on American history. Being here is always a highlight for me. The students are eager to learn and devoted to developing into what the Lord wants them to… Read more »