Chariots Not-So-On Fire

Posted by admin in February 10th, 2020 | 4 comments 
Published in faith, Social Issues, Uncategorized

Remember the Academy-Award winning film, “Chariots of Fire”? It’s the true story of Olympic athlete and gold medalist Eric Liddell, known as the Flying Scotsman. Liddell had the eyes of the world on him when he refused to run his best event, the 100 meters, at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. He held the world record for that event and in global competitions, he’d never lost. But on a hot summer’s day in 1924, Eric Liddell refused to run. Why? Because the 100 meters race was held on a Sunday and Liddell wouldn’t run on the Lord’s Day. Eric Liddell was a true evangelical and the world took notice as he made a stand for his faith and refused to compete on the Sabbath. It was awesome! I still cry just thinking about it. After university and the Olympics, Liddell returned to his birth place of China, where he continued his parents’ missionary work in the northeast. Eric Liddel died in a Japanese concentration camp during WWII. He refused to be evacuated with other expats. As a result he was imprisoned and there he spent his life ministering to his fellow prisoners until his death in 1942. Eric […] Continue Reading…

Something is Rotten in Evangelicalism

Posted by admin in January 31st, 2020 | 2 comments 
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WOKE /wōk/ – adjective – [informal] alert to injustice in society, especially racism; referring to a perceived superior awareness of issues concerning social justice. A perceived recognition of social, racial, economic, and gender inequality.

If you’re a woke Christian in modern evangelicalism, you’re intimately familiar with the alphabet soup all the in crowd is consuming: SJW, #LOVEWINS, #WELCOMETHESTRANGER, LGBTQ, AFAB/AMAB, DACA, POC, #METOO, PC, and #BLM. There’s also an entire minefield out there on the environment, global warming, and even what we eat. Plant-based is the new term for, “if you eat meat, you’re a horrible person and I hate you.”

There is an elitism in modern-day evangelical circles that is starting to spread faster than any pandemic I’ve ever seen.

You’ve heard of body shaming, Trump shaming, and the fast rising virtue shaming or more commonly known as virtue signaling. This is when a person takes an obvious, but essentially useless action seemingly to support a good cause, but actually to show off how much more moral they are than you. It’s an odd kind of show-offy judgmentalism.

Virtue signaling is more popular in Christian circles, because there’s a trend among evangelical leaders to appear WOKE and hip enough to see that Jesus was nothing if He wasn’t a Social […] Continue Reading…

Why Trump – Now More Than Ever

Posted by admin in January 28th, 2020 | 10 comments 
Published in freedom, immigration, Politics, Social Issues, Trump

Right before Christmas, when Christians should’ve been focusing on Jesus’ birth and wholeheartedly celebrating, a well-known “Christian” magazine published a scathing editorial on President Donald Trump. The writer demanded Trump’s removal from office (based on the false accusations about Ukraine). But the article didn’t just criticize Trump, it went on to say that evangelicals who voted for Trump are guilty of, “gross immorality and ethical incompetence.” The writer further generalizes, in an interview, “Evangelicals who voted for Trump are ‘ethically naive’ and then, “there seems to be widespread ignorance” among Christians who support Trump. Really? You know all of us? You’ve sat down with every evangelical who voted for Trump and you heard their reasoning for their vote? Hmmm, I missed that call.

The next month, that same magazine, published an opinion piece that Christians who support Trump are statists–in other words, we advocate a political system over our faith in God; politics are more important to us than Jesus’ teachings. But I like the way my husband Daryl put it, “I believe that love for God and love for country are not mutually exclusive, any more than love for God and love for family are. Loving God should make […] Continue Reading…

What’s My Beef With Beth?

Posted by admin in January 25th, 2020 | 25 comments 
Published in faith, immigration, Social Issues, Uncategorized

Before starting, I’d like to say I’ve never read a Beth Moore Bible study or any of her books. I also want to say that my purpose here isn’t to denigrate my sister in Christ, nor is it to berate her. I have one purpose and that is to speak truth in love (Eph. 4:15). I have struggled with this post for over two years, but after the March for Life 2020, I just couldn’t put it off any longer. It started feeling like disobedience and that’s always a scary place to be. Please bear with me to the end of this post.  

In 2005, Donald Trump was secretly recorded saying inappropriate things about women to Billy Bush (of the Presidents Bush). Once the darling of media, Trump was adored by the liberal press (MSM). The recording was kept under wrap until Trump’s bid for president and then it was leaked by Billy’s employer, NBC, in 2016.  Less than 24 hours after the leak, Trump issued a rare apology.

Trump, “I’ve said and done things I regret…anyone who knows me knows that these words don’t reflect who I am. It was locker room talk and very inappropriate.” Trump went on, “I […] Continue Reading…

A Rose By Any Other Name…

Posted by admin in January 23rd, 2020 | 1 comment 
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Steve Martin, the comedian, used to have a routine about what would happen if parents taught their kid the wrong word for everything. He imagined what that child’s first day of school would be like. Hand raised, the child asks, “May I cow patch to the banana moon?” It’d be a cruel joke.

Sometimes my dear husband likes to explain himself, “Well, that’s just my way of saying…” or “What I meant by that was….” And I have to explain to him that no one has the right to their own form of English. Say what you mean and mean what you say. It’s a principle. It’s part of the civilization you were born into. Language has rules and part of those rules include a lexicon (a complete set of meaningful units in a language). This is what gives language meaning and without meaning we have no language. The very definition of a civilization includes the word, “organization.”  Civilization is defined as the process by which a society reaches a stage of social and cultural organization. Part of that organization is having an agreed upon understanding of language; having a common language requires a common, agreed upon definition of terms. The […] Continue Reading…

Guillotines and The Apocalypse

Posted by admin in January 16th, 2020 | 11 comments 
Published in faith, freedom, Waiting

When I was a kid we watched horrible movies at church about the last days. Thief in the Night and A Distant Thunder are such wretched films. They are badly directed, badly filmed, badly acted, and I’m not so sure they are theologically sound. Daryl told me he knew kids who became Christians because of those movies. Really? That’s hard to believe, but God can and does use anything.

When I was growing up in the church we heard a lot of sermons about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It was talked about, preached on, studied, and maybe it got a bit weird at times, but still the Church (capital C) included Christ’s return on its “important issues” list. And then it stopped.

In the 90s, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye brought a renewal of the topic with the Left Behind books. Later Kirk Cameron and Nicholas Cage starred in the series on the big screen. The movies were a bit silly – not their content, but again with the writing and the acting – let’s just say they didn’t win any awards. Movies by Christians about Jesus should be excellent. These were corny, trite, and not believable. Sadly.

But I bring all of […] Continue Reading…

The Manger and The Cross

Posted by admin in December 10th, 2019 | no comment 
Published in Uncategorized

Recently I was reading an article by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In it, Bonhoeffer makes a statement that shook me to the core,
“For the great and powerful of this world, there are only two places in which their courage fails them…These are the manger and the cross of Jesus Christ. No powerful person dares approach the manger, and this even included King Herod. For this is where thrones shake, the mighty fall, the prominent perish, because God is with the lowly…Before the young maiden, before the manger of Christ, before God in lowliness, the powerful come to naught…” God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).
The manger and the cross. The words jumped off the page and hit me like a hammer! The two most powerful images or places in the history of humankind; the two most anointed and significant events in all the world; the two symbols of humanity’s only way to salvation – the virgin birth of a poor infant born in a barn and the horrific death of a man on a trash heap between two criminals. Scandalous. Ridiculous. Absolutely insane and yet it is through the manger and the cross that […] Continue Reading…

Reefer Madness: There Is No Such Thing As Medical Marijuana

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019 | 2 comments 
Published in Marijuana, Social Issues, Uncategorized

There is no such thing as medical marijuana.
“What about all those children with epilepsy and my great aunt with glaucoma?” I am exhausted with the false narratives about the medical benefits of marijuana. The questions fundamentally miss one simple fact: there is NO SUCH THING AS medical marijuana!

The confusion is not surprising, as the marijuana advocacy community has done everything possible to disguise the way medical legalization works in the US.

Marijuana is not “prescribed” for anything. It can’t be, because the FDA has never approved it to treat any disease, and there is little to no evidence that marijuana, in any form, can or does help any diseases.

Pot doctors may “authorize” its use, usually after very short visits by patients. But it is important to understand that an authorization card is NOT a prescription. Less than 3% of MDs in the US have agreed to such authorizations. Most credible doctors, especially GPs, stay away from any form of “medical marijuana” because the research on its benefits and usefulness simply does not exist.

After receiving an authorization card, “patients” can then buy as much marijuana as they like for a year for any reason they choose. Three studies I read showed […] Continue Reading…

Reefer Madness: It Brings Injury and Death

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019 | no comment 
Published in Uncategorized

Marijuana use increases accidents and ER visits.
There is a strong link between marijuana use and dangerous driving. Berenson says, “The number of drivers in fatal accidents in Colorado and Washington state who test positive for marijuana has soared since legalization” (p. 219).

With recent changes in its legal status, the impact of marijuana on driving accidents is tragic! Marijuana is the most common illicit drug reported in motor vehicle accidents (MVA) nationwide! Experimental studies indicate that acute intoxication with marijuana affects a number of cognitive and motor skills that are necessary for safe driving, including reaction time, signal detection, information processing, and spatial memory—basically every skill necessary to drive safely.

But car accidents aren’t the only thing sending users to the ER.

Five years after Colorado first legalized marijuana, a new study shows the drug is sending more people to the emergency room than ever before. Inhaled marijuana caused the most severe problems, but marijuana-infused foods and candies, called edibles, led to the second most severe problems. Patients went to the ER with symptoms ranging from uncontrollable vomiting to psychotic episodes.

In a state-funded, post-legal-pot study at The University of Colorado Hospital, —2,567 emergency visits were without question caused by marijuana. Seventeen percent […] Continue Reading…

Reefer Madness: It Fries the Brain

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019 | no comment 
Published in Marijuana, Social Issues, Uncategorized

Marijuana causes impaired cognitive abilities.
Even among infrequent (non-daily) users, marijuana causes significant impairment to one’s ability to pay attention and to concentrate. A number of studies have shown that marijuana use significantly affects impulse control, the ability to do simple planning, decision making, and a person’s working memory—this is with nondaily, infrequent use.

But the enormous “Marijuana Legalization: Impact on Physicians and Public Health” study that I read shows that marijuana use results in:

slower response time in tasks and simple reaction time,
impairment of visuospatial (perception of distance between objects),
inhibits sustained attention and divided attention, and
it wreaks havoc on short-term memory, as well as impairment on motor control tasks.

With chronic, daily use of marijuana, users experience greater cognitive impairment and oftentimes, depending on the age of the user, that cognitive impairment does not repair itself after the users stops ingesting marijuana—resulting in long-term irreparable cognitive damage. Heartbreaking.

So, let’s look at some of the persistent effects of this drug. Chronic marijuana use is associated with:

persistent impairment of attention,
verbal memory loss,
working memory loss,
impaired decision making (the making of bad decisions) and
impaired decision-making function (unable to make any decisions at all).

Although early research indicated that […] Continue Reading…

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