Archive for April, 2006

Toward a Biblical Understanding of Music, Part 1

violin3.jpgIn the next several days, I want to go on a journey of the Scripture with you, looking at the major truths that relate to music, and make a plea to you to practice the truths we discover. There are so many different directions we could go in discussing music and worship. It’s a little like trying to communicate the vastness of the solar system from the relatively small space inside a planetarium. Music itself is a vast topic and God’s Word addresses that topic over 800 times in its sixty-six books. So we will begin a journey, painfully aware of our own ignorance and inadequacy yet confident in our Guidebook. I also want to take some time in these sessions to deal with specific questions you have. So, as you read each of these posts and a question comes into your mind, post it and I will do my best to address that issue. Continue reading

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The Da Vinci Code and the Bible

dvc.jpg(This paper was originally presented as part of a series on The Da Vinci Code for Red Rocks Baptist Church on April 26, 2006.  It deals with the erroneous claims the book makes about the canon of Scripture.)

SYNOPSIS OF THE DA VINCI CODE
While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. Solving the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci…clues visible for all to see…and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.   Continue reading

Cal Thomas: Christian Columnist

briancal.jpgIn four short days, I will have the privilege of being reacquainted with nationally-syndicated columnist Cal Thomas.  He is coming to speak at our school's development banquet this weekend.  It's been just over a year since I first interacted with Cal in a SharperIron interview.  Although I prepared for that interview to meet a famous journalist, I came away from the meeting having come to know a dear brother in Christ.  Cal is a dedicated Christian as was evidenced by many of his statements in that SI interview.  One question he was asked was "You've been a columnist for years, talk show host, an author, a Fox News host—do you have dreams and aspirations that are yet unfulfilled and what would that be?"  Cal's reply was precious: Continue reading

Midterms

paintingmapred.jpgA while back, I read a post at Dan Burrell's blog, Whirled Views, about his worry for the Republican Party (GOP) with the upcoming midterm elections.  As a staunch Republican myself, I vehemently disagreed with him.  Upon more reflection, I began to be convinced that he may be right after all.  I didn't and do not agree with Dan's assessment of the GOP; however, I think the public's opinion about the GOP may be eroding, based on recent polls.  In that sense, the GOP is in real trouble.  Perception is as important, or perhaps more important, than reality in politics. Continue reading

To My Sinning Brother, With Love

j0284981.jpgThis is a letter I wrote almost two years ago to a dear brother in Christ who chose sin over obedient love to the Lord.  The name has been changed to protect his privacy.   Tonight, one of our church members called me up and put me on a speakerphone as he witnessed to a man who claimed once to be born again but now espouses a Gnostic faith.  Continue reading

Desire

ice cream.jpgI'm feeling rather blah.  It's a miserably rainy morning in Colorado.  It's 33 degrees with the tremendously bright prospect of getting a whole 6 degrees warmer at the peak of the day.  My daughter's field trip to the zoo is canceled.  This would be a great day to cancel a good many things.

I'm exhausted.  Did I mention it's Monday morning?  There is no doubt that Monday morning is my most difficult day of the week.  I don't want to get out of bed.  I don't want to teach high schoolers.  I don't want to think.  I want to sleep. 

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Finally…

silogo.jpgWith great joy, I observed the return of SharperIron this morning.  I like the new look (thanks, Austin!); and, despite a few bugs, I'm sure SI will be humming again in no time.  It was a HUGE bummer to lose all the forum discussions of the last 6 months.  I wonder how quickly/slowly these conversations will re-emerge?