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Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience (1 Peter 3:15b-16a ESV)



Updated: 2012-04-12T17:35:42.136-04:00

 



Going Out of Business!!!

2005-05-04T14:55:12.620-04:00

I'm shutting this site down!!The template is coming together over at the new place, so I'm going to stop posting here. You want the new stuff, head over there.I'll keep this site up, just because I may keep the archives up here rather than move everything over to the other site. Some posts will move: anything that is part of a series will be over there. Not sure if the dates will be the same



Prayer Request

2005-04-25T18:26:18.260-04:00

On top of everything else I have going on this week (paper, work, etc.), and everything I had going on last week (paper, work, etc.) I am preaching tomorrow morning. I appreciate everyone's prayers tomorrow as I preach on Genesis 3, and the results of the Fall.It's been interesting -- each class I've had this week had something to contribute to the subject. Especially the discussion of penal



Addition to the 'Roll

2005-04-22T17:50:32.356-04:00

I've added the ESV blog to the blogroll. Unfortunately, I did it too late to get the free Bible. :(Oh, well. It's still a worthwhile blog, and an outstanding translation. Maybe they'll have a contest to get one of the Study Bibles when they come out.



Still Here!

2005-04-22T17:39:10.796-04:00

... but I'll be pretty quiet for the next week. Major paper due, and I have a pretty good bit of work ahead of me.Might get a post in on the whole Al Mohler "pope is not a biblical office" fiasco today, might not. Dr. Mohler's right, btw, and it's pretty bad when a US Senator has no more of a grasp on history that he didn't know that there were Christian leaders who didn't recognize the



Habemus Papem

2005-04-19T13:12:35.086-04:00

The white smoke has been sent through the chimney at the Sistine Chapel.Cardinal Ratzinger is the new Pope. Pope Benedict XVI.Once the archbishop of Munich and for many years prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Ratzinger, 77, is one of the most powerful men in the Vatican and is widely acknowledged as a leading theologian. (from CNN.com)And of course, fans of Saint



The 'View From the Pew' Get a Clue Award

2005-04-16T11:53:13.086-04:00

I now have two awards -- the Pewie for Conspicuous Intolerant Tolerance (and I've changed the name of that one at least twice!), which I've awarded twice now, and the new VftP Get a Clue Award for conspicuous misuse of a religious term.The very first Clewie goes to Byron Williams at workingforchange.com. Byron calls himself a fundamentalist Christian who "trusts women to make the right choices



"Christian" Extremist?

2005-04-15T17:53:07.540-04:00

Double Toothpicks has a MUST READ post about Eric Rudolph.Eric Rudoplh is being billed as a "fundamentalist Christian." That is a lie, plain and simple. I cannot believe that the MSM would do such little research that they wouldn't know the difference between a fundamentalist Christian and a member of the Christian Identity movement. It seems to me that the information is readilly available,



Modern Man and Galatians

2005-04-10T22:01:35.556-04:00

Cruising though the pages of The Sacred Sandwich (which has been on the left-side links for a while now), I ran across this article in their archives.It's funny, but aren't we really like that? Don over at Locusts and Wild Honey recently critiqued one of Joel Osteen's sermons. I won't rehash what he said (though I agree with him) -- go there and read if you want the straight story. Read the



Beyond the Shadowlands: Introduction

2005-04-11T20:55:03.400-04:00

{NOTE: This is the first part of my blogging review of the book Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell by Dr. Wayne Martindale. I received this book through Mind and Media as a gift from the publisher (Crossway), who donated the books for the reviewers.}I am looking forward to this book, just from reading the author's Introduction. This quote will give you an idea why: "Somewhere



A Call for Help

2005-04-08T11:12:49.886-04:00

Not for me, this time!Mind and Media is looking for some bloggers who want to read and write about what they read. It's really a great gig -- closest thing many of us will ever come to getting paid to blog. You volunteer to read a book, and blog about it. In exchange, you get a free book -- and rumor has it there may be other incentives down the road.Crossway is using M&M, as is Baker, so you



My New Favorite Site

2005-04-07T12:17:48.343-04:00

Ok, I was looking through my referals and found that someone got here through a search for Chili Beef Ramen. Intrigued, I checked it out to see what other Ramen goodness I could find.I struck Ramen gold. The Official Ramen Homepage has recipes and everything -- even dessert Ramen!! Go there and check it out -- you'll be glad you did.Now I have to pick something out for lunch ...



Move in Progress

2005-04-06T22:05:03.020-04:00

I'm working on relocating to my mu.nu site. Total redesign of the blog -- and not the one I was showing everyone. I think I'm going for a little cleaner look.I have no idea how long it will take -- I'm still working on papers for school, and I'm preaching April 24th in the morning service, so I kinda need to have something prepared for that. Then I have finals.But my goal is to have it done



On Death and Dying

2005-04-04T21:26:02.676-04:00

What a pleasant topic, huh? But with recent events, it has been on my mind a bit lately.Contrast the two recent deaths for a moment. Terri Shiavo, for years on death's door. She's suffered, she's been through therapy and been withdrawn from therapy. What did she want? Who really knows -- from what I saw, it didn't really matter. It was about what everyone else wanted, simply because she



News from the Pew

2005-04-04T19:05:29.590-04:00

Ok, maybe not news. Maybe more like shameless self promotion, but titling a post "Shameless Self Promotion from the Pew" just doesn't have the same ring to it, you know?I've set up a "bookstore" at Lulu.com, where you will be able to get PDF copies of whatever papers I've written for school for free. Why would you want them? I don't know, but they're free, so you won't be throwing any money



Why I Read and Use the ESV

2005-04-02T13:44:11.176-05:00

{Tip o' the hat to Adrian Warnock}This article/essay/message from John Piper sums up my feelings pretty well. I still often use the King James or New King James when preaching, simply because that is what most, if not all, of the people I am speaking to are using. In my personal study, I use the ESV almost exclusively -- I also will use the NASB and my MacArthur NKJV Study Bible, but the ESV is



News from the Pew

2005-04-02T11:08:33.853-05:00

First of all, slow posting this week, and probably slow posting for the month of April. I have a 10-13 page sermon due for systematic theology on the 22nd, and a 20-page paper on Andrew Fuller and Assurance of Salvation due on the 28th. Of course, I've actually started writing neither of them, so I have a bit of work to do. At least I've done the research on these already.Second, there is a



A Gem From Kristof

2005-03-28T22:04:18.646-05:00

Hate to say this, but Kristof has nailed it this time.I especially like this quote -- I think it's particularly relevant.Yet conservative Christians in the U.S. should take heed. Christianity is thriving where it faces obstacles, like repression in China or suspicion of evangelicals in parts of Latin America and Africa. In those countries where religion enjoys privileges - Britain, Italy, Ireland



Downright Pigheaded

2005-03-28T19:09:09.980-05:00

I don't like PETA much at all. That should come as no great shock to anyone, given my carnivorous tendencies -- I won't be eating any veggie Ramen any time soon. I ate meat on March 15 (International Eat an Animal for PETA Day), but that wasn't much of a special event for me; I regularly consume copious quantities of cooked animal. If God hadn't meant for us to eat animals, He wouldn't have



More Ramen Goodness!

2005-03-27T22:54:38.413-05:00

{Edit: My wife has officially dubbed me Iron Chef Ramen. Food Network, here I come!}Figured I'd post this one while everyone else was napping. TWO Ramen recipes for your culinary pleasure.Chili Pepper Ramen -- Same as the Jerk Ramen, but substitute chili powder for the jerk seasoning, and add about a half-tablespoon of crushed red pepper close to the end, right before you take the noodles off



Happy Easter

2005-03-27T13:39:44.186-05:00

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they



My Blogiversary

2005-03-26T22:16:16.046-05:00

Thursday, March 31, 2005 marks my one-year blogiversary.Wow. One year of inflicting my rantings, opinions, and insights-of-dubious-value on unsuspecting readers all over the world. And I do mean all over the world. I think the one thing that has shocked me the most is how many different countries have been represented by visitors to my blog. Obviously, the US and Canada are the most



And So It Ends -- And A New Pewie Award Winner

2005-03-26T16:48:03.970-05:00

LSU 90LU 48LU is still winless against Southeastern Conference teams, but they are still riding high on the heels of a school-first Sweet Sixteen appearance.Nobody expected them to get this far. In fact, I sometimes wonder if anyone realized that Liberty's women's basketball team had been so dominant in the Big South for the past nine years. And other people question whether any conservative



Good Friday

2005-03-25T12:47:43.603-05:00

Today is the day that Christians remember the day that Christ died. It seems that, especially in recent years, Good Friday has stayed a religious holiday while Easter Sunday has been completely commercialized. Even so, it's easy to miss the importance of the event. In the rush to Easter,and the preparations for cantatas and Passion plays, not to mention the Easter Bunny pereperations, it's



Raman Noodles

2005-03-24T16:19:53.923-05:00

I've been revisiting my undergraduate days lately, and eating Ramen noodles for lunch. Problem is, Ramen noodles are boring. I'm not a boring person.So I kick my Ramen up a notch or two. Here's a great recipe for Ramen that I just might send to the Carnival of Recipes this week.Kicked Up Jerky RamenIngredients:1 package Chicken-flavored Ramen noodles2 tblspn Carribean Jerk Seasoning (I



This Week in Church History

2005-03-24T13:42:03.046-05:00

March 23, 322.This is the anniversary of the death of Gregory the Illuminator. Gregory is credited with helping in the creation of the first Christian nation in the world. And it wasn't the United States.There were certainly Christians in Armenia when Gregory was born -- tradition says that Bartholomew and Thaddeus both visited the country and preached Christ to them in the first century AD.