Archive for May, 2007

Please hold…

I will be traveling to Europe through June 12th and probably won’t post often during that time.  I am really excited about seeing many of the sites from the NT including Rome, Athens, Patmos and Ephesus.  I’ll have lots to share when I return.  In the meantime, I encourage you to visit the many fine blogs in my blogroll.  I look forward to rejoining the discussion!

Huckabee on the Fair Tax

In a conference call this morning, former governor Mike Huckabee fielded questions from bloggers around the country. The most interesting questions, from my perspective, involved the fair tax.

On May 15th, eight thousand Republicans filled the Carolina Coliseum to vote on which presidential candidate presented the most effective and comprehensive tax reform plan during that night’s presidential debate. Mike Huckabee was the overwhelming winner, garnering 42.5% of the vote. You can see the results here.

If you are not familiar with the fair tax, here is a brief synopsis:

The FairTax plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue replacement, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment. This nonpartisan legislation (HR 25/S 1025) abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax — administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities. The IRS is disbanded and defunded. The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system. (from www.fairtax.org)

Click here to listen to Mike Huckabee’s answers to questions this morning about the fair tax: huckabee52507.mp3.

You can take part in an active straw poll for the candidate(s) of your choice by clicking here.

My Friend Jason

janz_family.jpgI first met Jason Janz at Northland Baptist Bible College, in Dunbar, WI, where we both pursued our undergraduate degrees.  I was a senior when Jason arrived at NBBC.  He and I moved in different groups and I really didn’t get to know him at all my senior year.  After my graduation, I was invited to stay on staff and become the director of the extension ministries department.  I had some big ideas as to how to improve and expand the office; and to do that, I needed some personnel. 

Well, before I had even moved in to the office completely, a sophomore named Jason Janz asked for a job.  He got it. Continue reading

Selective Reduction or Cold-Blooded Murder?

fetus.gifEvery once in a while, it is good to remind ourselves of the graphic realities of life and death, righteousness and iniquity in a way that reinvigorates our moral unction.  Dr. Al Mohler has done that with his recent article on a chilling new abortion practice in Manhattan.

HT: Dan Burrell

Statement by former Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR) on the New Baptist Covenant Celebration:

“While I continue to have great respect for President Carter as a
fellow Christian believer and Baptist, I’m deeply disappointed by the
unusually harsh comments made in my state this past weekend regarding
President Bush, and feel that it represents an unprecedented personal attack
on a sitting president by a former president which is unbecoming the
office as well as unbecoming to one whose conference is supposed to be
about civility and bringing people together.

“President Carter violated an unspoken code that you don’t make
personal attacks on others who currently hold the job — you just don’t.

“I tentatively agreed to participate in the Baptist meeting with the
understanding that it was a celebration of faith and not a political
convocation. In light of the program and roster of speakers, as well as
the very harsh comments toward our president this weekend, I feel it
would be best for me to decline the invitation and to not appear to be
giving approval to what could be a political, rather than spiritual agenda.

“Had I spoken at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration, they would
have heard a very conservative message which would be unapologetically
pro-life, pro-family and by some definitions, fundamentalist in theology.
But I’m a conservative who’s not mad at anyone else and would not
want to knowingly participate in a program if the focus was to tear down
others instead of to lift Christ up.”

“Withdrawing from the gathering is one of the few ways that I can show
my disappointment in the comments that were made this weekend.”

Huckabee in His Own Words

This morning, I was again privileged to take part in a conference call with bloggers around the country and Governor Mike Huckabee, who is running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

In the attached audio clip, Huckabee addresses the passing of Dr. Jerry Falwell, the meaning of Christianity, his famous “John Edwards” comment in last night’s debate, and even the importance of music and the arts in the school system.

huckabee51607.mp3

What Is a False Teacher?

Of course, in the technical sense, anyone who teaches any error could qualify as a false teacher.  If you stand up in your high school geography class and teach that the world is flat and not a sphere, you are a false teacher.  If you tell your children that Santa Claus is a real person who delivers toys to all the children of the world on Christmas Eve, you are a false teacher.  If you deliver the weather report on most network television news programs, you are a false teacher…most of the time.

In the New Testament however, the false teacher is specifically described in a couple of key books.  I want to briefly survey those books and examine the description of the false teacher.  I’ll draw some general conclusions at the end for the purpose of discussion. Continue reading