Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere. Go, tell it on the mountain,That Jesus Christ is born. While shepherds kept their watching Over silent flocks by night, Behold throughout the heavens There shone a holy light. The shepherds feared and trembled, When lo! above the earth, Rang out the angels chorus That hailed the Savior’s birth. Down in a lowly manger The humble Christ was born And God sent us salvation. That blessed Christmas morn. (empasis added)
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Athletes say their wealth and fame make them an easy target. Their status can cause jealousy or perhaps initiate a confrontation that would enable a person to file a lawsuit and be awarded a large sum of money.
I agree that pro athletes, especially high profile players (Tinsley qualifies as high-profile because we're talking about Indianapolis - only two pro franchises and a "small" big city), are targets. Elton Brand of the LA Clippers said:
You’re definitely a target. Anytime you’re in a bar, restaurant or club and someone wants to start trouble, you just have to back down and walk away from it because you have a lot more to lose. If you do something stupid, you’re in trouble. If they do something stupid, they’re famous.
According to what has been reported thus far, Tinsley and Pacer equipment manager Joe Qatato were victims. Victims of thugs, and victims of their own, especially in Tinsley's case, stupidity.
Monday, December 10, 2007
My beloved Hoosiers dismantled the woeful Wildcats at Assmebly Hall on Saturday afternoon. Sans Gordon and Basset the Hoosiers easily handled the Kittens from Kentucky. Too bad Gordon missed his only chance at an IU vs. UK game.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Here are some opinions on Romney's speech:
The innocuous Romney speech did not move or sway my position on the former Governor in the least. I am often accused, or it is frequently assumed, that I favor Mike Huckabee because he is a Baptist, and that I do not support Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon.
As I review the thin list of candidates for whom I could support, Mike Huckabee stands out above the rest. I will not support Rudy Giuliani; not now, not ever. I might be in favor of him as Attorney General, but not as President of the United States.
I do not support Mitt Romney because he is a political opportunist. To be elected governor of Massachusetts he had to be liberal on social issues; so he was. To earn the GOP Presidential nomination he has to be conservative on social issues; so he says he is. Whichever way the wind blows Romney hoists sail and heads in that direction.
My support for Huckabee has zero to do with his Baptist identity, and I do not withhold support for Romney because he is a Mormon. I wish this issue would die, but it will not, it cannot. We are doomed, it seems, to be forced to listen to and read journalists/pundits argue and wax eloquent on that which they are totally ignorant - theology.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Instead of discussing the differences between Mormons and Christians - Mormons are not Christians - I want to draw to your attention a well-written post on Christianity and politics by Nathan Busenitz of Pulpit Magazine. The post is subtitled "Bringing in the Kingdom one vote at a time?" and it is worth a read.
A casual perusal of this blog quickly reveals that I enjoy discussing politics and have strong political opinions. I do not think it sin for a Christian to hold political office, but I also do not believe that holding political office is the means by which God will bring righteousness to this or any nation. In his post Busenitz asks the questions:
Is it really the church’s mission, or even her responsibility, to gain political dominance? Should we preoccupy ourselves with congressional hearings, presidential campaigns, and economic plans? Do we need to form committees and coalitions who will raise millions of dollars to protect the Ten Commandments and vigilantly stand against any advance by the “immoral minority”?
No...Matthew 28:18-20 gives us the mission, or commission, with which we should be primarily concerned. It is hardly political in nature.
American Christians...must remember that our allegiance is first to God and only second to our government. Our primary concern then should be in saving souls rather than gaining votes. Rather than being consumed with political debates, we should be consumed with our responsibility as Christ’s ambassadors. These are the efforts and activities that have eternal value. And while we preoccupy ourselves with the spiritual rather than the political, we can rest in knowing that He is sovereign over the governments and affairs of this world. (Emphasis added)
I like politics. I enjoy debating political issues. I enjoy exercising my American rights and privileges, but I fear that far too many Christians equate political activism with Biblical orthodoxy. Being a social, fiscal conservative Republican is not synonymous with being a Christian.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The Golden Compass (it was published as Northern Lights in the UK) is actually the first installment of the His Dark Materials trilogy; a series of books written by the award winning British author and atheist Philip Pullman. Hanna Rosin of Atlantic Monthly interviewed Pullman, and Dr. Mohler repeatedly refers to that interview. I have linked to it here.
As one would expect, considering the author, The Golden Compass and the following two movies which may be produced, have an agenda. Mohler writes:
This is not just any fantasy trilogy or film project. Philip Pullman has an agenda about as subtle as an army tank...nothing less than to expose what he believes is the tyranny of the Christian faith and the Christian church. His hatred of the biblical storyline is clear. He is an atheist whose most important literary project is intended to offer a moral narrative that will reverse the biblical account of the fall and provide a liberating mythology for a new secular age.
By all accounts, the movie version of the book has softened the tone of anti-Christianity that is palpable in the book. I believe that to be a negative rather than a positive. I'd much rather the movie be true to the book, not because I like the book's thesis, but because I prefer an overt enemy to a covert one.
How should Christians respond to this movie? Here again is Dr. Mohler:
Pullman has an agenda that is clear, and Christians need to inform themselves of what this agenda is and what it means. At the same time, nothing would serve his agenda better than to have Christians speaking recklessly or unintelligently about the film or the books. This is about the battle of ideas and worldviews. While Christians will not celebrate the release of this film, we should recognize the mixture of challenge and opportunity that comes with millions of persons watching this film and talking about the issues it raises. When the movie is mentioned in the workplace, in school, on the playground, or in the college campus, this is a great opportunity to show that Christians are not afraid of the battle of ideas. (italics added)
Christians should be so clear. Clearly discerning what they should and shouldn't put before their eyes or the eyes of their children. In all things Christians should honor Christ their Lord as holy, always being prepared to answer anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet answering with gentleness and respect.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Eric Gordon is quite possibly the most talented freshmen at Indiana since Isiah Thomas. I did not say he was the next Thomas, but that he is the most talented frosh since Zeke. He is leading the team and the Big 10 in scoring, and I am thrilled that he is not in gross Illini orange.
- UPDATE - 12/4/07
My beloved Hoosiers remained perfect at Assembly Hall under the leadership of Coach Verizon by dispatching the titans of Tennessee State by the score of 84-72. (I have grown weary of the cupcakes on this team's schedule. Thus far IU has played two quality oppenents - Xavier and SIU - and they are 1-1 in those match-ups. This weekend's clash with their southern rival will be the last solid program faced by IU until the Big 10 schedule begins in '08.)
IU nation held its collevtive breath last evening when Eric Gordon had to leave the game because of a bruised tailbone. Sampson wisely held him from the remainder of the contest and he should be fit for the UK game. The positive to be taken from Gordon's absence was DJ's dominating presence. H had one of the best game's of his career; albeit against Tennessee State. Hopefully DJ will have a repeat performance on Saturday, and EJ will look like he has for most of this young season.
Since the IU - UK game will be played at home, I predict that IU will win 75 - 65.