Cleaning Out the Garage

The weather’s gotten cold in the mornings — so cold that we have to scrape ice off our cars’ windshields in mornings. In October, no less. Must be global warming … (very unusual in west Alabama).

Anyway, it seems I have to clean out the garage tomorrow so we can park the cars out of the weather. And Sunday we have this marriage seminar thing at church … which continues through Tuesday or Wednesday. And then there’s this election thing coming up, which you may have heard of. Continue reading

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October Results (and Happy Halloween)

As is my custom, here are the most popular posts for October. 

I’m expecting my post on the Multiverse to go viral on the internet, now that Paris Hilton has written in! (By the way, I can read the return email address, and it traces back to Calabassas, CA! Too weird! Could it be …?) Continue reading

Why the Multiverse Theory is Wrong

multiverse.jpgI’ve been following the “intelligent design” discussions since I was a kid. But I’ve tried to stay away from such topics on this blog, mainly because the same ground has been covered very well by many others. I’m particularly a fan of Hugh Ross and John Clayton. But I’ve never seen this argument presented, and I think it’s an important one.

The multiverse theories (there are several) were created to explain the “problem” with the finetuning of the universe discovered by physicists. You see, there are scores of physical constants that, if they were just a little different, would make life impossible. It’s as though the universe were designed to accommodate life. Here’s a site where Hugh Ross makes the case very simply. Continue reading

Ironic Faith: Postmodern Theories of Language

McKnight concludes by referring to classic Postmodern arguments about the nature of language —

Finally, ironic faith grows out of emergents’ realization that language plays a large role in our faith and our claims to know the truth. Even a first-year college course in literature or criticism exposes students to philosophers Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Richard Rorty, or Stanley Fish, and few students are left unchanged and unchallenged. Emergents reason that theology is language-bound; language has its limits; the Bible is in language; that means the Bible, too, has the limits of language. The Christian faith, many emergents conclude, is language-shaped and that means it is culturally shaped. Why does one language—either ancient Middle Eastern or modern Western—get to tell the whole story? Emergents by and large plead for a multilingual approach to theology, which can lead to an ironic relationship to the language of the Bible and Western theology. Continue reading

“Faith Lessons” by Ray Vander Laan: The Lord is My Shepherd, Part 2

Psalm 23

Vander Laan makes a powerful point about “green pastures” in Ps 23. In the video, his class is sitting in the wilderness — the desert. He says, “This is green pasture!”

You can’t easily see it in the video, but as he explains in the CDs, although it rarely rains in the wilderness, each morning there is dew from the sea breezes — and a very small amount of vegetation grows, just a little each day. Continue reading

A Warning to Married Preachers

UA, UT, AC & DC

Good times …

Sorry, Matthew.