The 56th American presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2008; and nearly everyone has an opinion about Barack Obama and John McCain, the apparent nominees for the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively. Quite a diverse field of third party contenders are lining up as well, hoping to snag a few votes and produce a couple of sound bites, but I doubt anyone considers them serious challengers to the two major parties.
A friend on mine suggests that choosing a presidential candidate in November may involve selecting “The Lesser of Two Evils,” but I’m not so sure I agree. Reading the responses to his article, I found myself drawn into the discussion and I posted a response that I thought might be worth posting here with a few modifications. Continue reading →
Things are moving quickly right now. Three weeks from today, I’ll be walking our youngest daughter down the aisle of an evangelical church in Cardiff. She met a young Welshman three years ago at a Christian conference in Aberystwyth and they’ve been engaged for eighteen months. After the wedding, they will be setting up house about ten miles away and begin a new life together.
So our nest is almost empty. Raising four children has been a real challenge that began in 1980, so we’re talking about a twenty-eight year investment that we trust will continue to pay handsome dividends until the final chapter of our lives. Our slobbering, smelly, clumsy toddlers have grown into responsible adults who are finding their own way in life, fully potty-trained and able to dress and feed themselves. It has been an amazing, joyful, though sometimes terrifying experience.
I’m sure the next chapter holds just as many surprises, but right now I have a father-of-the-bride speech to write, an interesting cultural difference from the typical American wedding. I’m not sure what to say, or if I’ll even be able to say it when the time comes. If things get quiet here over the next couple of weeks, you’ll know what I’m working on.
I had never heard of Louie Giglio until today, but I ran across the following clip from one of his messages from How Great Is Our God. If there had been no video, I would have sworn that I was listening to John Piper: the voice and the style sounds exactly like him, even Piper’s trademark usage of hyphenated phrases. Giglio is a powerful communicator, but more importantly he speaks of the power of God’s glory in His creation.
After watching this brief clip, my wife ordered this DVD for the Christian bookshop she manages in Pontypridd, Wales; and they seem to disappear as soon as she gets them on the shelf. The video excerpt below is just a small sample of the message.
So you’re having second thoughts about global warming? Not convinced by Al Gore or a growing number of scientists that climate change is being brought about by the human contribution to carbon emissions? Then you’re no better than Josef Fritzl, according to the Church of England’s Bishop of Stafford, Gordon Mursell. Horrific stories have surrounded Fritzl, the Austrian father who allegedly locked his daughter in a sound-proof, underground cell for twenty-four years and fathered numerous children with her while he frolicked in holiday resorts in Thailand. But to make his point in a recent pastoral letter, Bishop Mursell writes:
And yet Josef Fritzl represents merely the most extreme form of a very common philosophy of life: I will do what makes me happy, and if that causes others to suffer, hard luck. In fact you could argue that, by our refusal to face the truth about climate change, we are as guilty as he isâ€”we are in effect locking our children and grandchildren into a world with no future and throwing away the key. We are right to be disgusted at these crimes. Continue reading →
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