Not Gettin an iPhone

Well, folks, today’s the big day–the day that the iPhone hits the streets.

I will not be joining the rabid throngs of humanity bursting down the doors of the iPhone stores because they gotta have one.  I don’t need it.  My phone works just fine, thank you.  And whatever needs, issues, and problems I have in my life are way too deep-rooted to be fixed by a new phone.

The World Was a Different Place When I Was in College (the First Time Around)

This week’s excursion in the time machine a couple of posts back got me thinking:  Gosh, the world sure was a different place when I was in college (the first time around).  So let’s take another excursion in the time machine and see just what the world was like back then:

  • Ray Goof was still the head football coach at Georgia.
  • Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were still with us, and O. J. Simpson had yet to begin his life of evading justice on the golf courses of America.
  • Nancy Kerrigan’s kneecaps were still intact, and Tonya Harding was known more for her prowess as a figure skater than her prowess (or lack thereof) as a professional wrestler.
  • Britney Spears was not yet known for her prowess at singing or attacking cars.
  • Paris Hilton was in grade school, not in jail.
  • Al Gore had not yet invented the Internet.
  • Pink was a color, not a pop singer or a Victoria’s Secret clothing line.
  • Chris Farley, Michael Kennedy, and Sonny Bono had not yet had their run-ins with white powder and smack.
  • Princess Di had not yet experienced the lethal effects of carpool tunnel syndrome.
  • Atlanta did not cover the entire northern half of Georgia and extend into portions of North Carolina, as it does today.

The Skinny on Labor Day

I’ve had a lot of people come through here the last couple of weeks looking for information on Labor Day.  (I know this because WordPress has this neat feature that lets you see what search terms people use to find your blog.)  So here’s what I know at the present time:

  • Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and Searching for God Knows What, is speaking.  I’ve never heard him speak, but I’ve read the books.  He’s good.  You don’t want to miss him.
  • Registration doesn’t start until July, so you’ve got another few days.  Take a chill pill, people.  Registration is NOW OPEN!!!!!  Click here to register online.  But you only have until the 29th, so you’d better hurry up and get cracking.
  • If you have any other questions, check out the North Point website.

Digging DEEP Into the Vault: Christians Shouldn’t Judge Gays

Today we are going to dig deep into the vault and reach WAAAAAAAY back to a piece that I wrote for the school paper when I was in college (the first time around).  Just to give you an idea how far back in time we are going–Ray Goof was still the head football coach at Georgia when this was written.

I figured that this piece would be timely right now because we just had Gay Pride weekend down in Midtown this weekend.  A lot of the conversations at lunch after church today had to do with the craziness down there.  There was a fairly good bit of laughing and joking about gays–which we as evangelicals figure is okay because homosexuality is condemned as sinful in the Bible, and we aren’t like that.  So I just quietly smiled and laughed along–and then ran home to my blog to say what I REALLY think.

If I had written this piece today, it would probably be very different.  It would probably be a bare-knuckled rant addressed to fellow evangelicals with a much heavier emphasis on the fact that we need to lay off making fun of gays and relate to them as real people.  It is definitely an interesting experience to see how one’s thinking changes over time.

At any rate, just kick back and enjoy a little bit of vintage writing from way back in the day. Continue reading “Digging DEEP Into the Vault: Christians Shouldn’t Judge Gays”

Alastair on Missions

Here is another Alastair post that I would like to commend to your attention.  (Wow.  Two Alastair posts in two days.  What’s up with that?)

This post is a very lengthy post, and it may require some effort to get your head around everything that Alastair says.  But if you are willing to expend the effort, I think you will find it to be very much worth it.  It is part two of a series that Alastair is doing on denominations, denominationalism, and Christian unity that has come out of the post I linked yesterday.  The first installment of this series is here.  I would recommend that one to you as well.  It serves as a reminder that God’s purposes in history are not always what we would expect, and it makes the point that perhaps God has a purpose for the present denominational order of things in the Church that we can’t even begin to suspect. Continue reading “Alastair on Missions”

Alastair on the Denominational Church

Today I would like to commend to your attention a post from Alastair at Adversaria on denominationalism in the church.

The Federal Vision is presently a huge controversy in the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) and the OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church).  If you don’t know what the Federal Vision is, you probably don’t want to know.  Alastair begins his post with a quote from one voice which is asking supporters of the Federal Vision to take pause in light of the fact that a majority of Presbyterians are against it:

Maybe I am weak in my nerves, but when the corporate body of Christ speaks with such unison, I am humbled. Yes, assemblies and counsels may err, but this is the Visible Church speaking here! Aren’t we to have a high regard for the Visible Church? Is she not our nursing mother to feed and nourish us spiritually? Has she not spoken a word of admonition to you? Do you not honor her? Do you not heed the voice of your spiritual mother?

Now, this would be all well and good–IF the PCA and the OPC were synonymous with the visible Church.  But here’s the rub–they’re not.  They are simply denominations. Continue reading “Alastair on the Denominational Church”

Of Marlups, Nargs, and Frinkle Kump

Today I would like to give you a little taste of the kinds of things that we are doing in my education classes.

This semester, one of my classes is in teaching reading in the upper elementary grades (grades 3-5).  During the first week of class we discussed a story called “The Marlup Story”.  This is fairly instructive, because it gives you an idea of what it must be like for children who are learning to read.

Here is the Marlup Story.  Read it and see if you can answer the questions that follow. Continue reading “Of Marlups, Nargs, and Frinkle Kump”