Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
1. John 17:1-5 touches on various biblical themes which teach a deep reality about my personal salvation
- I am a believer in God through Christ entirely based on the GRACE (undeserved favor shown to me, a sinner, who deserves God's wrath) of God
- My salvation, my eternal life, is based on a long settled agreement between the Father and the Son, not because of something I have done to gain such favor with God.
- My security for now and eternity is based on the sure delight of God for the Son.
- My security for now and eternity is based on the accomplishment of God’s will by Jesus.
2. While containing profound doctrinal depth in John 17:1-5, verse 3 displays a beautiful simplicity about the basis for eternal life.
- For all the depth of the doctrine and theological insight i gain from this passage, I should not miss the simplicity of the gospel message as Jesus says it:
John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
No journalists were at the 15-minute encounter and the Vatican and the speaker's offices have not released any photos. However, according to their statements it appears the pope and the politician attended two different get-togethers.
"His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church's consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoins all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development," the Vatican wrote, having released the statement moments before the two met.
Several hours later, Pelosi's office gave her take on the tete-a-tete.
"It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI today," Pelosi said in a statement released hours after the meeting. "In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church's leadership in fighting poverty, hunger and global warming, as well as the Holy Father's dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family's papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren."
The pontiff has a long history of urging Catholic politicians to toe the line on abortion, and has said that those who don't shouldn't take communion. Pelosi supports abortion rights and says she's never been denied communion at her church in San Francisco.
In 2002, the Vatican issued a doctrinal note on "The Participation of Catholics in Political Life," which states rather succinctly that politicians who profess to be Catholic have a "grave and clear obligation" to oppose any law that attacks human life.
That note was approved by John Paul II but signed by none other than Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He's now the pope.
The speaker does not share that belief, and even got into a verbal slugfest with American bishops last August after her statements on a news program about the Church's view of when life begins.
"I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition. And St. Augustine said at three months, we don't know. The point is, is that it shouldn't have an impact on the woman's right to choose," she said at the time on NBC's "Meet the Press."
She then added that the Church has only held the view for 50 years or so that life begins at conception. The remarks earned her widespread corrections by Catholic clerics.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Lionel Messi is having an incredible season for Barcelona.
The Argentine phenom has been playing professional soccer at a high level since he was 16. Diego Maradona (arguably the greatest player of all time, next to Pele anyways) has dubbed Messi his successor. Here are a few highlights from Messi's career. He has already added several more this season, I'll post a reel of those when the season is over.
Even if you are not a soccer fan, you have to recognize the athletic brilliance of Messi.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Again, in the spirit of local credit for sweet chin whiskers, I give you none other than long-time chin-beard sporter- Chris "Barnezy" Barnes. The dude looks studly with the chin beard.
In an effort to scare people in to thinking the Federal government is the only hope for fixing the ailing economy, get a load of what Speaker Pelosi says- "every month we don't have a stimulus package 500 million Americans lose their jobs"!
This is an incredible statement given the current total U.S. Population is under 330 million people.
Why didn't the CNN correspondent catch it?