Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This is not surprising info to me at all. I knew with the recent Ramirez revelation that Boston was just as guilty as any team, if not more.
While everyone was jumping all over my beloved Yankees the silence from Boston was deafening. Now we know why.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Q: If you were a lawyer again, what would you want to accomplish as a future feminist legal agenda?
JUSTICE GINSBURG: Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that had changed their abortion laws before Roe [to make abortion legal] are not going to change back. So we have a policy that affects only poor women, and it can never be otherwise, and I don’t know why this hasn’t been said more often.
Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?
JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.
See the rest of the article for yourself. It's typical pro-abortion garbage with no reference to the voiceless human being that will be dismembered but this statement about population growth in "populations that we don't want to have too many of" is surreal and sick.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
"Is my Redeemer thus magnified in me before the world and the Church? Oh, aim for a high standard! Do not be a common-place professor. Do not be an ordinary Christian. Shun not to be singular. Dare for the glory of Christ to come out of the world, not to touch the unclean thing, and to be separate, set apart for God alone. 'Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit! so shall you be my disciples.' Thank God for the little, but, oh, aim for the 'much fruit!' -strong faith, ardent love, self-consuming zeal, unreserved obedience, holy, and entire, and supreme surrender. 'From me is your fruit found.' Your union with Christ, your living in Christ, your close adherence to Christ, your constant drawing from Christ, will be found to involve the happy secret of that great fruitfulness which brings most glory to the Triune God. Come- drawn by grace, constrained by love, attracted by the glory and the preciousness of Jesus- come now to that one 'altar which sanctifies both the giver and the gift,' and as you lay yourself upon it, body, soul, and spirit, exclaim with the apostle, 'Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.' The solemn vow is taken! The holy surrender is made! It is seen, it is heard, it is ratified in heaven. May you be so strengthened from above, 'that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of God, even the Lord Jesus Christ,' is the devout and fervent desire of one who, with you, through time and through eternity, hopes to unite in the grateful, adoring, and never ceasing hallelujah, 'Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift!' "
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Brian and I were fortunate enough to be on hand for the Wizards/Galaxy game last night. We got to see one of the best goals of the year from Kansas City's Claudio Lopez.
Lopez is a a well-traveled veteran from Argentina who has played in all the major leagues of soccer. After the game he said this was one of his greatest goals ever. It's a dandy.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
- Loraine Boettner, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination
Friday, July 24, 2009
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Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
This shows how ridiculous things have gotten on several levels. First, the racism of Boxer's approach. Imagine if a Republican took this kind of angle with someone? Second, the foolish way "green" philosophy is driving the spending of money.
There's more...see for yourself.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Yesterday the Chicago Fire advanced to the Superliga final (a tournament made up of U.S. and Mexican clubs) with the free kick goal below. He also assisted on the Fire's first goal by Brian McBride.
To the lay person this goal may look unspectacular. To anyone who is familiar with the art of free kicks, it's a thing of beauty.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Most people will remember President Bush's visit to Africa a few years back where the various news outlets showed repeated video of him dancing with African greeting parties. That's how they roll in Africa when a foreign head of state visits. So Obama goes to Africa recently and receives the exact same kind of welcome and CNN's host makes it sound like it was a unique, even "unprecedented", display to welcome the "chosen one" to Africa. What a joke CNN is.
I love the response he gets from Mabuse.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The Second Council of Orange in 529 AD was an outgrowth of the controversy between Augustine and Pelagius from 120 years prior. To put it simply, this controversy had to do with the degree to which a human being is responsible for his or her own salvation, and the role of the grace of God in bringing about salvation. The Pelagians held that human beings are born in a state of innocence- that there is no such thing as a sinful nature or original sin.
The Council of Orange dealt with the Pelagian-fueled doctrine that the human race, though fallen and possessed of a sinful nature, is still "good" enough to able to lay hold of the grace of God through an act of unredeemed human will. The Council held to Augustine's view and repudiated Pelagius. Note one powerful statement by the Council of Orange-
If anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). If anyone affirms that we can form any right opinion or make any right choice which relates to the salvation of eternal life, or that we can be saved by assent to the preaching of the gospel through our natural powers without the effectual work of the Holy Spirit, who makes all whom He calls gladly and willingly assent to and believe in the truth, he is led astray from the plain teaching of Scripture by exalting the natural ability of man, and does not understand the voice of God who says in the Gospel, "For apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5), and the word of the Apostle, "Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God" (2 Cor. 3:5).
Despite this clear statement by various church leaders in 529 AD at Orange, the church drifted toward Pelagianism- a relatively common slide when biblical authority and sufficiency is neglected or marginalized by the "wisdom" of man. As the Roman Catholic Church grew in political power and influence it declined as an instrument of the grace of God that rightly handled the Word of Truth. Despite the above statement from Orange receiving "Papal Sanction", the doctrines of Pelagius gained more ground than those of Augustine during this 500 year period. Eventually, during the Reformation, the doctrines of Grace rightly understood at Orange were re-discovered.
Every era of the Church will struggle with a pull toward a man-centered "gospel" (which is no gospel at all). Despite this constant tug away from grace, God continuously grants reformation and revival making good on the promise of Christ to build His Church.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Jackson was a tragic figure on many levels, but one thing can't be taken away from him- he was a phenomenal dancer, I dare say unmatched. Aside from the annoying crotch-grab, his moves were mesmerizing. Here's a short clip that captures some of his signature moves.