Something you likely didn't know and wouldn't guess is that Mary Lee and I are environmental wackos. Our home is a Touchstone/Energy Star home with a HERS raing of 52--geothermal with an ERV and all that.
The first two cars we bought were diesel VW Rabbits. The summer of 1979, one pulled a trailer weighing 1,950 pounds from Madison to Boulder. If I'd touched the brakes we would have crashed. Used third gear the whole way at 55 MPH and averaged 37 MPG!
The brave members of the Escondido Theology R2K Sanhedrin out at Westminster Seminary (Escondido) wage war against pastors and elders who warn their flocks and neighbors about the growing bloodshed and totalitarianism of these United States. Old people are regularly murdered, little babies are subject to the wholesale slaughter protected by SCOTUS and all its law enforcement apparatus, these evils will only grow under Obamacare's nationalized healthcare...
Meanwhile the R2K Sanhedrin is desperate to silence all those Reformed voices speaking out against the Third Reichification of nursing homes and hospitals and Ethical Review Committees.
You have, of course, noticed all those Reformed pastors and elders speaking out against the Third Reichification of our hospitals and nursing homes, haven't you? Likely you yourself have a Reformed pastor or session in your own community that regularly pickets your county nursing home. Your hospital. A graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary who writes letters to your state's board of medical ethics...
Good article on IU's basketball coach, Tom Crean. Note the testimony of his players to the fruit of his confession of Jesus Christ. Praise God for his witness! May the Holy Spirit keep him from all the temptations he faces. (TB, w/thanks to David W.)
Here's a true story showing how important it is for pastors and elders to challenge one another's motives. Our session (elders board) had been working with a schismatic family of our church for years when MTW TE David Wegener came home on home assigment one year.
We have a policy that David is a pastor of our church when he's here. He'd served our congregation before leaving for Zambia and we have never wanted to lose his wisdom and counsel, as well as that of his wife, Terri, when they're in town. So David favors us with his presence when we have session meetings each month and he often gets into the yoke with us on some of our thornier pastoral matters. Terri teaches our women's groups and David preaches in worship and teaches in Clearnote Pastors College as often as he and Terri are not out deputizing at their supporting churches.
So this particular evening we were again discussing the latest schismatic behavior of this family and David had just gotten back in town and was present. He knew the family well, including that they were quite wealthy...
If anyone's still wondering why newspapers aren't doing so well, did you all notice Gannett Blog reports 25 of its impartial journalists working at Wisconsin papers violated Gannett's Principles of Ethical Conduct for Newsrooms by signing petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker? We're shocked, aren't we?
Add to that our own Bloomington Herald Times banning Scott Tibbs for doing precisely what Editor Bob Zaltsberg demanded he do. The issue was the paper's paper-thin sensitivity about precisely how its readers would be allowed to refer to the slaughter of unborn children carried out just up the street from Zaltsberg's office, at Planned Parenthood's abortuary. So they gagged Mr. Tibbs for a time, then restored his commenting privileges this weekend sending Mr. Tibbs the following announcment that his punishment was over...
Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. (Galatians 6:12, 13)
Sin is not what Reformed men do. Everyone knows that. It seems stupid to say it. Reformed men have enough money and class to keep their hands clean. We're scrupulous and the worst we can be accused of is not yet having attained the vocabluary necessary to be proficient at teaching doctors, lawyers, engineers, pharmacists, professors, architects and their husbands in our churches' adult discipleship programs. Maybe occasionally bad doctrine seeps in, but never bad practice and never ever bad motives which led to that bad practice. And don't you ever forget it!
It's not simply David-and-Bathsheba-pregnancy-and-murder public sins which have left the earth on UFOs. We don't even sin privately and we can't remember the last time we had to examine our hearts. All our motives are pure--that one you had better get. Don't ever make the mistake of questioning a Reformed man's motives or you'll pay for it; especially if he's an elder or pastor. "How dare you question my motives! What gives you the right? Who are you to talk? Judge not lest you be judged!"
We shed innocent blood when we withdraw food and water from patients, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters whose deaths otherwise are neither imminent nor inevitable. And this is true whether or not the patient or loved one is in what's sometimes called a "persistent vegetative state."
The teaching of the Westminster Standards is clear on this as they open up Scripture to us. The Sixth Commandment requires of all men the provision of the basic care necessary for the sustaining of life, and not to give it is to murder a man made in the Image of God.
This matter comes up again and again in pastoral ministry. Most recently it's been in the front of the minds of believers in Houston watching physicians murder the much-loved father and husband, Willie, whose family was helpless as they sought to defend his life against all the medical ghouls determined to murder him.
Speaking of the NFL, Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow joined at the hip just outside Gotham? I'm finding it hard to get my brain around this one. Little Red Riding Hood played out just four hours down the road from Darth Hoodie who's watching and wondering why he can't have the Jets. Meanwhile Denver's holding its breath--all season long--and Indy's hoping Pagano's another Crean with the Luck of the draw.
Speaking of Crean, tomorrow night's the game of the season excitement-wise.
After hammering the Saints coaches and front office with well-deserved penalties for paying bounties to players who injured opponents, then lied about it, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is now set to meet with the Players Association to discuss penalties against players.
Word's out there was an earlier brainstorming session in the Saints MPA (Mothers Players Association) where a new proposal came forward that mothers and players agreed would make the NFL a safe place. Odds are it won't be adopted, but mothers everywhere should rejoice it's even on the table. And it says much about the remorse of the Saints defensive line that they're standing with their mothers in taking the proposal to Commissioner Goodell.
Anyhow, here's a video of the Saints MPA proposal...
(TB: this is a guest post by David Wegener.) A lot of pastoral care these days concerns the problem identified in this article: young men who haven’t grown up, aren’t growing up and don’t have much of a shot at growing up. The related problem is dealing with middle-aged men who never did grow up and have turned pouting and temper tantrums into an art form...