Tuesday Funny – Climate Change Cult

February 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

A friend just forwarded an email to me with this graphic.  Regardless of how you feel about Climate Change, whether it’s happening, or what is responsible; this is funny:

Climate Change Cult

Time Is Strange

February 24th, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink

Time is strange.  I just realized recently that I’m the age my parents were when I graduated from high school.  I have a nine and 11 year old.  In less than five years I’ll have been married as long as I was single.  I’ve lived in my current city longer than I’d lived anywhere else combined (which is a long time for someone who moved around a lot as a kid!).

Time is weird.  And it slips away.

“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” – James 4:14b

Iowa House Introduces ESA Legislation

February 4th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

The Iowa House of Representatives has introduced ESA Legislation!

From Iowa Advocates for Choice in Education:

House File 2090, sponsored by Representatives Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights), Jake Highfill (R-Johnston) and Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines), calls for this revolutionary school choice initiative that gives every Iowa parent a grant of state funds to use toward nonpublic education expenses.  You can read the entire bill here:  HF 2090.

Reactions are starting to come in including this one from Jay P. Greene’s blog: “Education Savings Account Effort in Iowa

Our Nation’s Ugly Reproductive Past

October 21st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Our nation’s ugly reproductive past is almost as bad as its attitude toward reproduction in the present.  The following article was printed in Iowa in the late 60s.  This was the time between Margaret Sanger (PP Founder) saying “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it…” and the Roe v Wade decision that would come in the following decade.  Iowa was not immune to believing that State-sanctioned and paid-for sterilizations of people that might have children with birth defects was the right thing to do.  These people played God for people, many of whom were in their most vulnerable states of mind.

Iowa Eugenics Board: Sterilization of Iowans on the Decline

Iowa Eugenics Board Article

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish I had the rest of the story.  It is cut off.  But you get the point.  This article is a litmus test for your moral and spiritual health.  If you read it and aren’t ashamed that our State joined most others in behaving this way; you may have a conscience seared to the point of worthlessness.

The Antidote to Anemic Worship

August 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

The antidote to anemic worship, if bottled, could also be the elixir for a suffering generation.  My friend Shane Vander Hart posted the following article on Facebook and I appreciated the overall message in the post.  You can click the following link.  It’s a quick read:

Expository Preaching—The Antidote to Anemic Worship

A few things about this post:

1. The author, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., rightly describes the problem facing evangelicals: that they have bought into the entertainment culture of the church and are so focused on music and multi-media that the teaching of the Scriptures has taken a back seat – or been kicked out the door in many cases.

2. He makes an interesting statement:

“Thanks be to God, evangelism does take place in Christian worship. Confronted by the presentation of the gospel and the preaching of the word, sinners are drawn to faith in Jesus Christ and the offer of salvation is presented to all.”

It’s hard to argue with that…except to discuss what is supposed to happen at “church.”  Are we there to evangelize or is the purpose of our church gatherings to “equip the body/saints for the work of ministry?” (Eph. 4:12)  Can you conclude from Ephesians 4 that the gathering of the saints on Sunday (or whenever the Church meets) is not for the work of the ministry itself but to equip the body of Christ for the work of the ministry?

If so, then I fully agree with Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. that evangelism often takes place when a person attends a church service and the Holy Spirit moves them to the point of salvation or repentance.  I simply would postulate that this act of “evangelism” is incidental to the purpose of the gathering and is a wonderful thing that God often does in the midst of the equipping work of the church service.

3. I could not agree more with his final paragraph:

“The anemia of evangelical worship—all the music and energy aside—is directly attributable to the absence of genuine expository preaching. Such preaching would confront the congregation with nothing less than the living and active word of God. That confrontation will shape the congregation as the Holy Spirit accompanies the word, opens eyes, and applies that word to human hearts.”

A church fellowship without solid expositional teaching is like a person who is never weaned from spiritual milk and refuses to mature past weekly playdates.  We are created for so much more.

I hear many people who attend mega-churches, “seeker-driven churches,” “emerging churches” (does anyone still use that term?), or churches with plenty of bells and whistles and little meaningful teaching justify their choice by saying: “I feel like I’ve found a church where I finally get fed.”  They are insinuating that they are getting what they need to mature as believers.  Maybe.

I would argue that most choose such places to worship because we have fallen into the trap described in 2 Timothy 4.  Here Paul exhorts:

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Tim. 4:2-5

Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers must, by way of example, “preach the word,” “be watchful,” “endure afflictions,” and “do the work of an evangelist” before we can expect the Church as a whole to follow suit and fulfill its ministry.

Thank you to Dr. Mohler Jr. for hitting the nail right on the head.

A Look Back At Personal Posts

June 27th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

A look back at personal posts can be a healthy way to see where you’ve been and where you are.  I sometimes get a little insight in to where I’m going which can, at times, be both encouraging and scary.

I was telling someone earlier this week about me and my story and this person asked if I had ever written any of this stuff down.  Some.  A little.  Here are some links to posts I’ve written before that sum up my little life:

About Me – Who the heck am I?

The Path of The Fatherless – a little about my childhood.

The Great Anger – the most defining time in my life.

Loving Your Enemy – Something I’m working on.  Enemies aren’t the hardest to love…”frenemies” are.

Christians In Politics – an old post outlining my thoughts on people of faith in the public policy arena.

There are others on this blog and elsewhere on the interwebs.  I hope my experiences in my relatively young life resonate with you in some way.  I don’t post as much as I used to but I am an open book.  You can drop me a line on my “About Me” page any time or leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Summer!

June 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Happy Summer!  It’s been interesting this year for me.  Usually, I have a rather protracted break right after the legislative session that gives me time to chillax.  Not this year.  Here is a summary of my session:

You can click on the Iowa Association of Christian School’s newsletter link to see their take on our work this session.  I was very proud of the Board and member schools for supporting me so well this year and getting some amazing things done for private schools and parental choice in education.

The results on the pro-life front weren’t as laudable.  We were attacked by the Personhood-only crowd, undermined by groups claiming to straddle the fence between pro-life groups and hateful personhood-only groups, undercut by legislators that had last minute demands on the webcam abortion bill minutes before it needed to be moved to avoid being killed by the funnel deadline, etc. etc.  The biggest enemy of progress on the life issue isn’t the abortion industry.  It’s “pro-life” groups and legislators that refuse to save any baby unless they save them all…their way.  We have plans to overcome this.  It will take some time but we’ll prevail in order to save lives and end the practice of elective abortion in the U.S. for good.

On a spiritual note, I’ve been reading through a chronological reading plan on YouVersion’s iOS app.  I’m loving it.  It’s interesting to see the character of the books come out in the prophets as they often describe the same king’s stories with emphasis on different aspects of the events.  I’m also really learning more and more about the intersection of wisdom and holiness.  My job makes it a constant challenge to be shrewd and innocent, positive and resolute.  How do I check emotion while maintaining passion?  I have been diving in to God’s character on this.  Sovereignty and the fruits of the Spirit.  It’s fascinating.  Ask me about it sometime.  I may not shut up for 30 minutes.

That’s it for today.  I’ll try to post from my adventures this Summer.  There is a trip to Colorado with the in-laws and extended in-law/out-law family, RAGBRAI, and a trip to Florida on the horizon.  Fun times!  Hope you have an amazing Summer.

My Information Workflow

April 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

My information workflow gets me up-to-speed every morning.  I’ve had a number of people ask me what apps I use, what websites I check, and how I stay on top of things at work.  The answer: I don’t stay on top of things like I would like…there is simply too much information out there.  But with a few good apps and websites, you can get a good big picture for whether the world is still spinning each morning.

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Action Alert From The Iowa Association Of Christian Schools

March 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Action Alert From the Iowa Association of Christian Schools:

IA Assoc. Of Christian Schools

March 21, 2013 – House Study Bill 225 would increase the amount of tax credits for school tuition organizations to $12 million (currently at $8.75 million). The credits are made available for those who donate to scholarship funds for nonpublic school students through School Tuition Organizations (STOs).

Last fall more than 10,400 low-income students received a grant through the program to attend the school of their choice. More than $11.3 million in scholarships were awarded.

We support the bill because it helps parents get assistance in choosing the school that best fits their child’s learning needs.

Please send a message to your member of the Iowa House asking him or her to support HSB 225 by clicking here.  We are partnering with the Iowa Catholic Conference to send out emails and encourage you to do so today!

Very happy to see school choice get such bipartisan support in Iowa.  Click the link above and help keep it that way!  I highly encourage you to sign up for their email list at www.iowachristianschools.org.  They don’t spam, only send out action alerts when big things are happening at the Capitol, and they are a great resource for information on education, education reform, and private school choice.  They are there every day during the legislative session and have a great Board of Directors.

Why Christian Radio?

February 28th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Radio is a powerful medium for communication.  In the U.S. alone there are over 550 million radios in use including more than 170 million in vehicles as standard equipment.  That amounts to almost six radios per household! Additionally, a huge percentage of Americans have access to streaming radio through Apple TV, Roku box, a browser, or apps on smartphones and iPods.  Americans utilize radio more than any other medium during the workday, averaging over 2 hours per day listening in their cars alone!  Granted, the average commute varies greatly from metro area to metro area, but those listening averages are mind blowing! An incredible 96% of adults age 25-54 listen to radio on a regular basis with the 12+ demographic not far behind!

Why is radio so compelling that most every American family has six radios and spends hours per day listening to it?  It is, like broadcast TV, a free and over-the-air medium.  Unlike TV, however, it is a more “psychological medium.”  It draws out the listener’s imagination, emotion, and sets a creative stage in the theatre of the mind more than TV because we feel the need to picture what we are hearing, to guess at the DJ’s face, to respond to the spirit of the music, and react to advertising messages that beg us to intersect our lives with the advertiser’s product.

So one obvious question is how best to utilize this powerful medium for the Kingdom of God.

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