Your Tiny Loan Can Go A Long Way

August 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Join me in supporting Kiva and its many small business owners from around the world that could use a hand-up in the form of a microloan.  You can click here to join me.  I’ve been making loans for a number of years now and love it.  Great way to put your money where your mouth is on alleviating poverty for people who just need a chance to shine.

An Open Blog Post To Republicans From An Average Guy

August 27th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Everyone knows the Republican Party is in the midst of a Civil War.

On one side you have those who would go the same direction the rest of the world is going, but in a much more “pragmatic” and “realistic” way.  They figured out most of the world’s problems between the 13th and 18th hole on Friday.  Libertarians and Social Conservatives call them RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).

The other side of the GOP is a coalition are the “Evangelicrats” aligned, strangely enough, with the Ron Paul crowd (aka: Paul-bots).  Evangelicrats would have you believe that every Founding Father was a born-again evangelical and that, regardless of the polling, “We The People” always and overwhelmingly agree with them.  The Ron Paul segment of this strange coalition is itself a diverse group consisting of constituencies ranging from Ayn Rand atheists to true Libertarians to chronic discontents and crazies who love the cult-like atmosphere surrounding Ron Paul.

I paint with a broad brush and the variables for individuals within these two major armies within the GOP are too numerous to stereotype down to the individual RINO or Right-Winger.  We basically, however, have “Democrat-light” on the left side of the Party and the always principled and angry hyper-right on the other side  with very few in the middle where wisdom and principled leadership usually reside.  (For what it’s worth, I believe base human nature is always liberal so the burden is on those with Judeo-Christian or Libertarian values to be accessible and relevant instead of chronically angry and weird if they want to be taken seriously.)

So what do people like me who doesn’t identify at all with either camp need to hear from the 2012 Republican National Convention?  What does does the average blue-dog Democrat (do they exist anymore?) or the moderate to conservative Independent voters need to hear this week from the Republicans to consider kicking Obama out of office?  How can a Party at war with itself present a message of unity that inspires a nation to support it? » Read the rest of this entry «

SBA List Bus Tour Stops in Iowa

August 21st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I attended the Susan B. Anthony List’s bus tour yesterday on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol.  The name of the bus tour is “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Healthcare” and the Iowa stops were sponsored by SBA List, Iowa Right to Life, Concerned Women for America, the Iowa Eagle Forum, Family Leader, and others.

I believe it may have been one of the most powerful line-ups of pro-life women ever put together.  The women had a combination of legislative experience, personal stories of survival, experience inside the abortion industry, and enough street cred. to make the most hardened pro-choicer question where he/she is at on the issue.

You can see great coverage of the Des Moines stop on Shane and Craig’s websites below:

Abortion survivor: Scalding a child in the womb is not healthcare

Pro-life Women Praise Steve King, Shred Vilsack, Obama

If you want to make an impact in the battle to change our culture to one that respects life, I highly suggest you visit Iowa Right to Life and SBA List‘s websites and open your wallet.

Perseverance Of The Saints

August 15th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

This is my last post on the individual doctrines of T.U.L.I.P. (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints).  I believe the doctrine of “eternal security” or “perseverance of the saints is – more than any of the others – unable to stand on its own.  It is like the clincher in a good story or a flower to the rest of the plant.  If we are elected, if we react to His grace, and if His action on the cross was efficacious, than doesn’t it make sense that God would “…complete it…?” (Phil. 1:6).  The doctrines of election and grace lead us to the logical (and Biblical) conclusion that there is certainty in salvation.

The Westminster Confession of Faith sums up the doctrine that has been held by most of the Church throughout history until recently this way:

They whom God hath accepted in his Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.

The confusion in this doctrine rarely comes from Scriptural back-and-forth but from how people “feel.”  We see people live the Christian lifestyle, profess a faith, walk as we walk, and then fall away.  We see people who were once pillars of faith renounce it altogether.  We have good friends, family, and church members slowly slip away as they make poor choices and succumb to modern-day idolatry.  We point to Jesus’ story of the seeds falling on different soil and figure that the state of being a plant is being saved instead of the state of being a seed means being human.

No where in the Scriptures does it say that everyone who professes the Christian faith are certain of heaven.  Only those who truly believe and are called as Saints persevere.  Many will profess or “pray the prayer” or whatever it is that modern evangelicals think equals salvation only to fall away, but they don’t fall away from salvation for they never had it!  Believers are tempted, fall into temptation, sin horribly, but are restored by their status as saints with new hearts that long after God even as it battles the “old man.”

Consider the covenant made between God and Abraham: God did all the work and promised the result.  Abraham was, at times, a real putz, but God made a promise.  We are his children because we believe in His Son.  We are the elect, the atoned for, and the grace-filled responding because we both have to and want to by loving our brother, our neighbor, and our Savior – imperfectly but as those sanctified.

John 3:36 – He who believes in the Son has eternal life…

John 10 – Jesus is the good Shepherd and no one can snatch us from his hand.

Romans 5:8-10 – He said those He died for shall be saved.

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