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Monthly Archives: May 2009

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Baal and the dry spell


I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.   1 Kings 18:18  NKJV We’ve had a dry couple of years in central Florida because rainfall totals have been a few percent below normal.  Citrus County puts up […]

Failure: The key to success?


Honda has a cool video on failure being the key to success.  It features, among other things, their enviable track record making engines for Indy-car racers.  After exploding a lot of engines in their first couple of racing seasons, they continued making improvements based on what they learned.  Honda is now the world’s sole supplier […]

How life probably didn’t get started


Science News on line has published a short review of work by some British scientists who have been working on the problem of how life got started.  It turns out to be a difficult problem, and author Solmaz Barazesh is refreshingly forthright about some of the snags even though the difficulties never shake his evolutionary […]

Twilight Zone on Planet Ugly


I remember an episode of The Twilight Zone where some people had a baby so ugly it had to be deported to another planet to be with other hideous freaks like itself.  At the end, the camera pulls back so you can see that the parents are the monsters, and their “monster” child is a […]

Cardox and the EPA


The hoax continues.  The administrator has proposed a finding that CO2 is a “pollutant,” along with several other gases including methane.  Despite the EPA’s assertions about taking scientific knowledge into account, the finding is absurd.  Pie charts in the linked document show that emissions from vehicles contribute greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere and falsely […]

Tasty treat for Scottish Presbyterian readers


It’s haggis.  You can find the original recipe here.  The ingredients list is: 1 sheep’s lung 1 sheep’s stomach 1 sheep heart 1 sheep liver 1/2 lb fresh suet 3/4 cup oatmeal, ground not rolled 3 onions, finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 3/4 cup […]

Manasseh’s repentance


John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. King Manasseh was judged one of the worst kings Judah ever had.  He used the power of his government to coax Judah into doing every evil thing the heathen […]

Wellinghoff finally getting challenged


I noted recently that FERC chairman Jon Wellinghoff had made a stunningly ignorant comment about America never needing baseload power plants again.  Republican lawmakers are finally asking him to explain himself.  It needs to be repeated that a man who could make a comment like this knows too little about the power business to be […]

Law awaiting collapse is no law


3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. I spoke with a self-described “not religious” friend today who was venting about the plight of Carrie Prejean.  Miss Prejean, you’ll recall, is the contestant from California whose views on gay marriage cost her the title of Miss […]

Gilda Radner, Annette Funicello, and church


Gilda Radner had a comedy routine where she played Annette Funicello, the Mousketeer who later became even more famous for all those 1950s, surfin’ and jigglin’ on the beach movies co-starring Frankie Avalon.  In Radner’s parody, “Annette” walks up to a guy to shake hands and says, “Hi, I’m Annette and these are my breasts!” […]

Blog and Mablog on hate crimes and the Gospel


Here’s one of those articles where the author frames his topic just right.  Doug Wilson’s seriously excellent post on hate crime legislation, which will be pretty much the end point of religious liberty in America,  is really about the Gospel and how we ought to spread it even in tough times.

A story of lawlessness in Kansas


In this article, I am using the word “lawless” advisedly.  One of the great paradoxes of government is that the more laws you have, the less they actually mean.  Laws become tools of obstruction so that the power of the individual politician reigns supreme.  The more laws, the more lawlessness.  Just so, Kansas… and America. […]

The role of faith


Faith is believing the word of God to the degree that you’re willing to act on it.  That’s the definition I’ve taught from church pulpits for many years, and it’s still true.  It presumes knowledge, requires trust, and demands action. The knowledge part of this is where most people believe they’re struggling, but I’m not […]

Some things God mostly won’t do, and one he will


James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  (ESV) When people ask about the will of God during a period of important decision making, they’re usually asking about three different things, one of which God will help you […]