Roundup

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New addition to the blogroll: Musings from a Theo-Geek.  Marie has a passion for the truth and the persecuted church, among other things.  Go check out this well written blog.  I’ll wait here.

Maybe evolution is real after all — at least in mainstream media reports about Sarah Palin.  It only took AP three tries to do a remotely unbiased piece on the birth of Sarah Palin’s grandson.

Tina Fey looks as much like Caroline Kennedy as she does Sarah Palin.  So you have to know that Fey will be skewering Kennedy just as much as she did Gov. Palin, ya know?

Redefining “Global Warming” to support an agenda — Here’s my definition: Global Warming is a tautological catalyst for an unprecedented, unlimited and permanent political power grab.  Regardless of the actual weather they’ll claim that their plans worked, so that is proof that they need to maintain control, or the plans didn’t work, so they need even more control.

If there was global warming, it is probably over and probably not man-made.

Turns out that I agree with Gene Robinson on a religious topic.  From a post by Ms. Green:

Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an Obama supporter, was upset about Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to lead the invocation at his inauguration.

Gene was quoted by the Times as saying, “we’re talking about putting someone up front and center at what will be the most-watched inauguration in history, and asking his blessing on the nation. And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.

That’s what we’ve been saying all along!  I’m glad we agree on this. 

I found Robinson’s comments ironic on multiple levels.  He spoke the truth for a change, even though he probably didn’t realize that. 

But consider how wounded liberal theologians get when you point out how they hold seriously different views from orthodox Christians.  Will they criticize Robinson for being so divisive? 

And don’t people like him think that all religions lead to God?  Why is he being so critical of “another” faith now?  Or is his claim that all religions except Rick Warren’s lead to God? 

I wonder if Robinson would have complained if a Muslim Imam or some other religion would have said the prayer?

14 thoughts on “Roundup”

  1. Thanks Neil! I appreciate the vote of confidence.

    Edgar, I don’t know if I’m really an “apologist”, but having studied the Bible and defenses of it comes in handy. I had to (yet again) defend the Bible’s inerrancy to my Father over Christmas. Even as a history teacher, he didn’t know what a telescoped genealogy is – but was prepared to tear down Matthew and Luke. My husband could barely contain his glee as this “female apologist” set him straight. 🙂

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  2. I don’t know what a telescoped geeology is, so feel free to enlighten me!

    I’m reading “The Church History” by Eusebius (written roughly 300 AD) and have found many interesting comments about matters that still provoke controversy today. One of them was the Matthew / Luke geneologies. Eusebius wrote fairly thoroughly about how to reconcile them. If nothing else, it shows how these things are really not very new!

    P.S. Good job navigating with your dad! Those conversations can get out of control rather easily. I just visited my in-laws and avoided politics as best I could. One relative was rather insistent so I just politely asked how much conservative media he reads or watches. When the answer came back (“None”) I just pointed out how I consume plenty of liberal media in addition to conservative sources. I didn’t have to say anything else. It was a huge time saver, because while I could have rebutted all his pro-Obama / anti-business arguments he wouldn’t have listened. I’ve shared the Gospel with him before but he is quite polarized and I doubt I’ll be the one God uses to reach him.

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  3. http://theo-geek.blogspot.com/2008/10/understanding-genealogies-in-matthew.html

    Here ya go….

    Yeah, it used to drive me crazy that the 2 were so obviously different – many apparent “contradictions” in the Bible have had that effect on me. So, I would research and try to find out what theologians have come up with – and if we still don’t know something or there’s a difference of opinion (like over that “preaching to the spirits in prison” verse in 1 Peter), we can admit we don’t know.

    What bugs me is the attitude of arrogance and know-it-all-itis with which my father, like other atheists or agnostics, will deride the Bible – NEVER HAVING STUDIED IT. As you know, there are a handful of “soundbyte” arguments against Scripture that skeptics will pull out of their arsenal, supposedly designed to sting and silence us Christians. Problem is, that doesn’t work with those of us who have had the same questions, then done our homework. That’s when a little study helps us be prepared to give a “ready answer”. ;0

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  4. Amen, and amen, to what Robinson said. That is something I’ve been saying for years. We don’t worship the same God that liberals, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, etc. do. We worship the living and true God of the Bible, and no other, with all HIS intolerance for sin, and grace for His children.

    Finally, we are on the same page with Robinson!
    Blessings

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  5. Gene was quoted by the Times as saying, “we’re talking about putting someone up front and center at what will be the most-watched inauguration in history, and asking his blessing on the nation. And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.”

    If only Robinson could read this and understand…

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  6. Timothy & LorMarie — I found Robinson’s comments ironic on multiple levels. Mainly, he spoke the truth for a change, even though he probably didn’t realize that.

    But consider how wounded liberal theologians get when you point out how they hold seriously different views from orthodox Christians. Will they criticize Robinson for being so divisive?

    And don’t people like him think that all religions lead to God? Why is he being so critical of “another” faith now? Or is his claim that all religions except Rick Warren’s lead to God?

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  7. Happy New Year Neil!

    I like what you said here,

    “I found Robinson’s comments ironic on multiple levels. Mainly, he spoke the truth for a change, even though he probably didn’t realize that.”

    Lol, that was evident when he said:

    “And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.”

    Love it when folks speak truth that they aren’t even aware is truth!

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  8. “I wonder if Robinson would have complained if a Muslim Imam or some other religion would have said the prayer?”

    My guess is that he would not have complained, but would have embraced the idea instead.

    Make no mistake, there is a spiritual battle going on here, and we must always read between the lines and remember that.

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  9. Great round-up, as always.

    Happy New Year. 🙂

    Agree that Fey will never skewer Kennedy the way that she did Palin. Problematically, Fey has yet to realise that life is long, and things will come back to haunt you. The weapons that she handed the male, misogynistic establishment are not going to be returned to her hands, simply because the next woman to come along is more to her liking. The power that Fey handed to men – to deride an incredibly accomplished woman as stupid and a joke, without any fear of social repercussions – is incredible. It will take women many years to begin to recover that, and to be able to demand that all female politicians be treated with respect and dignity.

    Moreover, the damage to little girls cannot be underestimated. They see a woman who is a joke, a laugh, and something to mock – never mind that she is incredibly influential and the first female VP nominee that anyone born after November of 1966 could have voted for.

    I hope that Fey does not mock Kennedy’s intelligence, mostly because I’m sick of seeing people do that to women. Fey’s just made it a whole lot easier to keep women out of politics – either to keep them from succeeding, or keep them from entering in the first place and being the victims of her misogyny – and I hope she doesn’t continue to do so, even if Caroline Kennedy is horrifically unqualified.

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