Wednesday, December 31, 2008
~Predictions for 2009.
~Should we celebrate the new year?
~Making and keeping new year’s resolutions.
Top news stories of 2008 by Christianity Today
Top 10 theology stories of 2008 by Christianity Today
Top 10 everything of 2008 by Time
Top 10 Christian stories of 2008 by Crosswalk
Top 10 religious stories by RNA.org
Innovation by Christian Science Monitor
How to fix your life in 2009 by Wall Street Journal
Top 10 stories of 2008 by Hulig.com
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
~What does it mean that “God’s Word does not return void?”
~Does the Sermon on the Mount require us to cut off our hands and poke out our eyes?
~Is prayer only about words?
~Is God humble?
Bible References: Humble, Humility
Humility by Wikipedia
Is God humble? by Shidon.blogspot.com
Is God humble? by LegionofAngels.net
How to be a force for peace by Justpeace.org
Pope asks God for peace by Catholic News Agency
Monday, December 29, 2008
Although I suppose some people dislike them, the vast majority of people like to take a vacation and explore some novel place and meet interesting people. But of course it’s possible to imagine that the most interesting places to visit would not merely be places but also times. So, today, in the spirit of Bill and Ted’s excellent thought experiment, I thought we could discuss what places and times (other than 33 AD Palestine, of course) would be the most interesting to visit, presuming that time and space travel were slightly more easy.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Though some people mistakenly claim that Christmas is not an important part of Christianity, the Bible says otherwise. God didn’t just give us Jesus suddenly. He prepared the way for Him with many prophecies that confirmed His identity in advance of His birth and His miraculous life. What are these prophecies, and how were they fulfilled? We’ll read the Scriptures and discover the answers.
Bible References: Gen 3:13-16, Gen 12:1-3, Gen 17:15-21, Gen 18:16-19, Gen 21:9-13, Gen 22:15-18, Gen 49:10, Numb 24:17, Deut 18:14-19, Psalm 2:7, Psalm 132:11, Isaiah 7:10-16, Isaiah 9:1-7, Isaiah 11:1-10, Isaiah 16:5, Isaiah 37:31, Jer 23:5-6, Jer 31:15, Jer 33:14-18, Daniel 9:24-26, Hosea 11:1, Micah 5:1-5, Matt 1:1-25, Matt 2:1-23, Matt 4:13-16, Luke 1:1-2:38, Luke 2:1-38, Luke 3:23-38, John 18:37, Acts 3:22-26, Rom 15:12, Gal 4:1-5, Eph 1:10
Links on Christmas and Prophecy:
Messianic prophecies by Christiananswers.net
Prophecy, the Bible, and Jesus by CARM.org
Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Biblia.com
Biblical prophecies fulfilled by Jesus by BPRC.org
Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Godonthe.net
Prophecy of Christ's birth by Bibletools.org
Messianic prophecies by ClarifyingChristianity.com
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
At this time every year, I like to take an hour and do what I’ve done every year for as long as I can remember: sing Christmas carols. So here’s the deal. You may call and sing a solo. You may call with a group of people and sing together. You may ask me to sing with you or tell me to be quiet. But there’s a catch. If you don’t call, I will sing by myself, and we know that nobody wants that to happen. So call and sing your favorite Christmas carols today from 5:00-6:00.
We’ve all received gifts given by other people that were either not what we expected, not what we wanted, or (at the very worst) things we decidedly did not want. Such experiences turn what could and should be a moment of great joy and closeness into a moment of difficulty, social etiquette, ethical conundrums, and relational crisis. The overwhelming consensus of advice in these situations is to smile, say, “Thank you,” and remind yourself that it’s the thought that counts. It’s a horrible thing to be honest in such moments and reward generosity with punishment. After all, you can just regift it to someone else later, right? But is this the best response in terms of Christian ethics? Is this the best response in terms of relational development? Is it possible, in fact, that someone who responds this way is actually doing something immoral and lazy compared with the best alternative?
Bible References: Prov 21:14, Eccl 3:12-13, Eccl 5:18-20, Matt 5:21-24, Matt 5:40-42, Matt 6:11, Matt 7:6-12, Matt 10:8, Matt 19:21, Luke 6:30-36, Acts 2:38, Acts 20:35, 1 Cor 12, Rom 5:15-18, Eph 2:8-9, James 1:17, Rev 11:10
Articles by Andrew:
Bad Christmas gifts part 1, Not giving them
Bad Christmas gifts part 2, What to do when you get them
Parent Alert: Video Games To Avoid by ABC News
What To Do WIth Bad Gifts by Blackamericaweb.com
Top Ten Worst Gifts From Last Christmas by 1stholistic.com
Anatomy of a Bad Gift-Giver by 1stholistic.com
Bye-Bye, Bad Gifts by USA Weekend
Humor: Things To Say About Bad Gifts by Zozanga.com
The Gift That Keeps On Being Given by Orlando Sentinel
Marketing, Convenience Drive Gift Card Growth by USA Today
Regifting by Wikipedia
Regifting 101 by Regiftable.com
The Regifting Debate by CBS News
12 Rules For Regifting Without Fear by MSN.com
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sign the petition to protect parental rights
Rahm Emanuel talked to Blago about Seat by Chicago Tribune
Man throws shoe at Bush by Washington Post
Arabs respond to Bush shoe thrower by LA Times
Excommunicated priest’s rise and fall by AZ Republic
Nazi name for child generates response by LVET
Global cooling proves global warming by AP
No light sabers for minors in UK by Sunday Mercury
Montgomery eliminates honor roll by Washington Post
Rick Warren interview transcript by BeliefNet
Rick Warren interview video by BeliefNet
New York announces 88 new taxes by NY Post
Gay band to play at inauguration by KTVU
Warren to give invocation, gay leaders furious by Politico
Who’s the worst of the scoundrels? by Findlaw
Obama is person of the year by Time
Rate cut leads to refinancing boom by Fox News
How the rate cut affects you by LA Times
Romantic comedies hurt relationships by Fox News
Rom-coms spoil your love life by BBC News
The study by Heroit Watt University
“Church Check”, a new service? by Christianity Today
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
~It wouldn’t be fair to people who haven’t heard the Gospel to give them no pathway to God at all.
~Saying Jesus is the only way is extremely narrow-minded and arrogant.
~Nobody ever says, “I’m sure there’s only one way to God, but I have no idea what it is.” Claiming your religion is the only one is just self-serving propaganda.
~People throughout history have been widely recognized as having an extra large dose of the divine spark, even though they were clearly not Christians. Would you deny that these people were really tuned into God?
~Even the Bible says that there are many more things that Jesus taught than are contained herein. ~Maybe some of the other stuff is what shows up in other religions.
~If the single God at the heart of Christianity, Islam, Bahaism, and Judaism aren’t all the same ~Being, then suddenly you have two (or more) Gods, rather than just the one. Pirsig’s argument.
~There are certainly some elements of truth in all religions.
~Religions agree about a great many things, including the importance of living a holy life, being generous to the poor, and doing good things for other people.
~It’s not particularly loving to condemn people to hell for simply not having even the chance to respond to the Gospel.
~Even Jesus talked about how He only came for certain groups of people, like Jewish sinners, rather than the righteous or the non-Jews.
~If only those who accept Christ go to heaven, then Jesus certainly wasn’t a very good advertising executive. He should have gone to more places rather than just a few square miles of middle eastern desert.
~People can’t be judged for rejecting Christ if they never heard of Him, right?
~So much of Christianity instructs the same basic things as other religions, how different or unique can you really think it is?
Post-Show Thoughts: The key in responding to this idea is to ask the right questions. The first, most useful question is, "If Jesus is one of the ways, what do you think His way is?" or "What do you think the Christian way is?" Since no one who actually knows the Gospel would ever say this, all you have to do is listen for the ways in which they do not understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then lovingly explain it to them. A second question which can be very useful is, "Why do you think that Jesus had to die on the Cross?" This also will reveal what they do or do not know about the Gospel and point out the silliness of thinking that all religions are basically the same as Christianity. Other things are worth saying, but here's my basic advice. Try to avoid getting into an argument and instead try as much as possible to simply clarify the Gospel. The key is to know the difference between moralism and Christianity. Only someone who doesn't know this difference will be likely to be swayed by this argument. And remember that a Gospel is a world-changing event or fact that everyone must deal with. It is only by pondering the Gospel and embracing it that we are changed, at which point the rules are not rules but simply descriptions of how we already want to behave in honor and gratitude of Jesus Christ's gift to us.
~It’s always subjective, there are only degrees of subjectivity.
~Students learn to work for an extrinsic reward rather than for the sake of learning itself.
~Grades turn education into a coercive transaction rather than a voluntary or pleasurable one.
~Good students idolize grades and derive their sense of worth and identity from them, which makes them arrogant and also sets them up for devastation when they go to Princeton, where someone has to get the Cs.
~Bad students also idolize grades and derive their sense of worthlessness from them, which blinds them to their unique talents and their intrinsic value as people.
~The school setting is so artificial that grades are always misleading. It’s dominated by the visual/auditory learning style. Test-taking aptitude is the primary skill which most testing certifies. ~And creativity is heavily stifled in school.
~Graded events like tests, mid-terms, and finals primarily reward effective cramming rather than long-term retention and integration of material.
~It’s very harmful to children’s self-esteem to get bad grades.
~You can get great grades and be really stupid.
~You can get great grades and be a moral wretch.
~You can get great grades and have lousy social skills.
~When you get into your first real job, after the first year or so, the grades you got, the degree you got, and the place you got them become practically the same as worthless.
~The bell curve only applies to large numbers but it gets applied to small samples, such as 25 students.
~Different graders will assign different grades.
~When so much emphasis is put on grades, people will do anything to get them, such as exhibit cutthroat behavior and cheat.
~Grades create an adversarial rather than a collaborative environment in schools, but collaboration is one of the very best educational paradigms for both parties.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
~What does it mean that “God’s Word does not return void?”
~Does the Sermon on the Mount require us to cut off our hands and poke out our eyes?
~Is prayer only about words?
Monday, December 15, 2008
Every year, we do a show on this topic because it’s such an important part of Christmas. Why, exactly, do we give gifts? What are the key ingredients to a good (and a bad) gift? What should you do when you get a gift you don’t want? Should you be honest with the person? Aren’t Christians supposed to tell the truth? Would you want to know if you failed at giving someone else a gift?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Pakistan strikes at Mumbai planners by NY Times
Gitmo detainees want to be executed by NY Times
Factory sit-in stymies Bank of America in IL by NY Times
Leno to get prime-time gig by LA Times
Valley foreclosures down by AZ Republic
Study shows migrants eager to learn English by AZ Republic
Economic crisis even affecting brothels by Int’l Herald Trib
What would Obama do? by the Globe and Mail
Should anthropologists help soldiers? by USA Today
Florida forced to allow adoption by gays by Findlaw
Day without a gay by SF Chronicle
Couple buys nothing new for one year by CS Monitor
Blago: Not crazy by Chicago standards by Chicago Tribune
Blago: Obama and the curse of Illinois by Chicago Tribune
Blago: Obama denies involvement by Chicago Tribune
Blago: Elected on reform platform by Chicago Tribune
Blago: What’s next (scenarios) by Chicago Tribune
Blago: Obama calls on Gov to resign by Chicago Tribune
Blago: His foul-mouthed side by Chicago Tribune
Blago: Trib withheld publishing by Chicago Tribune
Blago: Tried to get columnist fired by Chicago Tribune
F-18 crash kills family, man holds no grudge by Michelle Malkin
Obama pledges massive public works program by NY Times
Light rail might allow ads by AZ Republic
Schools eliminating F grade by ABC News
Planned Parenthood offers gift certificates by FOX news
Monday, December 8, 2008
After the disheartening experience reading a Newsweek article today explaining to me that the Bible actually embraces gay marriage and hearing that Iowa of all places is next to consider judicially mandated gay marriage, I thought it might be useful to step back and examine the ethical question of whether we are really doing the right thing in fighting gay marriage. This may seem like an easy question to answer, but I hope to raise some issues you may not have considered and at least try to clarify our objectives in this discussion.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The war on peanuts by IBD
Does God run homeland security? by CBS News
Polanski wants child abuse conviction dropped by LA Times
Napolitano’s legacy by AZ Republic
Complaints end zoo/Creation cooperation by Christian Post
UAW makes concessions to get bailout by NY Times
Episcopals split over gay ordination by NY Times
Mumbai attacks test Pakistan by NY Times
Mukasey discourages terror pardons by NY Times
Single people have no life? by NY Times
No charges in Scientology guard shooting by LA Times
Mystery shrouds chained teenager by LA Times
Same-sex marriage too limiting by LA Times
Dale Hausner excels at Bible study by AZ Republic
Israel may strike Iran without US consent by Fox News
Coleman, Franken, and the Georgia vote by ABC News
Atheist sign posted by nativity in rotunda by The Olympian
USSC hears case against Obama citizenship by Chicago Tribune
Al-Quaeda in Mumbai? by CS Monitor
The bailout behavior trap by CS Monitor
Christmas without Bibles by Christian Post
Family of trampled worker sues Wal-Mart by USA Today
500 dead in Zimbabwe cholera outbreak by BBC News
Captured Mumbai terrorist speaks by Times Online
Genetic test predicts child sports talent by IHT
Couples abstains on kissing til marriage by Chicago Sun Times
The rationale of terror by Pat Buchanan
The rabbi and the terrorists by Dennis Prager
Obama’s win bad for Al-Quaeda by Cynthia Tucker
Just one Iranian warhead is too much by WSJ
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
~He traveled doing ministry without working for 3 years.
~He had a treasurer.
~His followers owned homes and tombs.
~He consorted with the wealthy easily.
~The disciples were businessmen.
~So many people teaching it, it must be true.
~Why would God allow His beloved Son to be poor?
~The three wise men set him up for life.
~Jesus came to give us an abundant life, would He not have one Himself?
~Paul prays for us to prosper. Would Jesus not have done so Himself?
~The patriarchs prospered: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon.
Was Jesus rich? by Come let us reason
Was Jesus wealthy or poor? By E-Ggospel
Was Jesus rich or poor? by Claude Mariottini
Wealth and poverty by Kerby Anderson
Note: Before reading the following arguments, please understand that they are not what I believe. On Wednesdays, I deliberately argue for wrong ideas, challenging my listeners to call and defend the obvious right answer, which is usually far harder than one would expect. This is a summary of what Wacky Andrew will be arguing, not a representation of what real Andrew believes.
~Didn’t Jesus say they’ll always be with us?
~If you can’t make it in America, what’s your problem?
~They’re blessed already, don’t interfere with that.
~They’re ungrateful for any help you give them.
~If we really believe in freedom and capitalism, we would allow the poor to suffer the consequences of their choices just as we do for the wealthy.
~Don’t I have an obligation to be a good provider for my family?
~The poor are already more than taken care of by our government, and all those foreigners who are poor aren’t really my responsibility.
Bible References: Lev 19:18, 1 Sam 2:8, Psalms 82:3, Prov 14:31, Prov 19:17, Prov 21:13, Prov 22:9, Prov 28:27, Isaiah 58:6-11, Matt 5:43-45, Matt 11:1-6, Matt 19:16-19, Matt 22:35-40, Matt 25:14-30, Matt 25:31-46, Mark 12:31-33, Luke 3:9-11, Luke 4:14-37, Luke 6:20-38, Luke 10:25-37, Luke 12:30-34, 2 Cor 9:7-15, Eph 2:8-10, James 1:27, James 2:8, James 2:14-24, 1 John 3:17-19, Rom 13:9, Gal 5:14, 1 Tim 6:17-19
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
To help end the Bible famine in Africa
For more information about the Bible League
Monday, December 1, 2008
2 pounds frozen corn
1 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp butter
2-3 tsp salt (to taste)
2-3 tbsp sugar (to taste)
2 tsp corn starch
4-5 oz FRESH shredded parmesan cheese
In a pot, bring corn, cream, butter, salt, and sugar to boil (adjust salt and sugar to taste, but you should be able to clearly taste both the salt and the sugar when it's right). Reduce heat to low, and add corn starch, stirring until mixture thickens slightly. (It should still be a liquid in consistency.) Sprinkle or shred (blocks make the best result) the cheese over the top and broil until the cheese is brown (5 minutes or so).