Monthly Archives: November 2007

Miami Pastor’s Conference Blog

I have added a link to the Miami Pastors’ Conference Blog on my blogroll. Check it out. I have repented for not being at the conference.

Commentary on NT Use of OT at WTS Bookstore; Decline of African American Theology

 Westminster Bookstore now has the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (eds. G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson, Baker, 2007) for a great price! After reading the excerpt, I am sure you will quickly want to purchase this text. It is quite impressive. 

I am anticipating their stocking of The Decline of African American Theology. Read the author’s impetus for the book here. 

Gene Veith on Barack Obama

In a previous post, I have talked about my admiration for Gene Veith. I appreciate his intellectual integrity, which remains consistent even when speaking of Barack Obama. Of course, the discussion of politics and presidential succession is never simple. I am thankful to the Lord for the grace of having Prof. Veith in the body of Christ. 

More Sad News, Diabetes and Adoption Too

LaShawn Barber has some strong words about the disproportionate number of HIV/AIDS cases in the African American community and some other related things here. I like the boldness with which she proclaims the truth. And for those of you who are not regular LaShawn Barber readers, be assured that she is not advocating the non-marriage option she mentions. (For more on that, see her Rebelliously Chaste post.) Instead, it seems that she is hoping that the fools who will not heed God’s word on marriage-then-sex might be spared of suffering an STD from their foolishness.

I do not wish HIV/AIDS or any STD on anyone either. But the Scriptures are clear that fools do not learn after many blows, and that those in sexual immorality create a mysterious union – a unholy one albeit, unlike marriage – that needs the power of the death and resurrection of Christ to break it:

A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. (Prov. 17:10, ESV.)

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. (Prov. 26:3, ESV.)

Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (I Cor. 6:14-18, ESV..

So there will always be those who ignore the warning of God’s word and hasten toward an STD. I only hope LaShawn’s post can be heard by the people who need to hear it most. Why not pass on this message to your networks so that the seriousness of the situation can get to people in our community?

November is also American Diabetes Month and National Adoption Month. The messages of diabetes care and adoption opportunities also need to be heard by members of the African American community. As an adoptive parent and as one who lives in a home where diabetes is a daily factor in our lives, I cannot emphasize enough the joy to be had in adoption, and the vigilance needed to care for one you love who has diabetes.

Oh, here’s an idea.

Mike Huckabee, Dark Horse?

The Washington Post is not counting Mike Huckabee out. Read the whole thing here.

Frank Rich, The Hypocrisy Slayer

We are very familiar with Satan’s accusation that people only served God because of his benevolent gifts, not because we are pro-God with unswerving conviction regardless of wealth and health. I am thankful that Job did not sin with his lips. 

Now New York Times OP-ED columnist Frank Rich suggests that Christian social conservatives only vote Republican when they know they can win the Presidency, not because we are pro-life with unswerving conviction before God regardless of the chances of the most pro-life candidate. Of the “czars’ of Christian social conservatism, Rich wirtes, 

If they really believed uncompromisingly in their issues and principles, they would have long since endorsed either Sam Brownback, the zealous Kansas senator fond of using fetus photos as political props, or Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who spent 15 years as a Baptist preacher, calls abortion a “holocaust” and believes in intelligent design rather than evolution.  

But they gave Senator Brownback so little moral and financial support that he folded his candidacy a week ago. And they continue to stop well short of embracing Mr. Huckabee, no matter how many rave reviews his affable personality receives on the campaign trail. They shun him because they know he’ll lose, and they would rather compromise principle than back a loser.  

His article is well written although this sort of attack is not new. 

Are Christian social conservatives guilty as charged? I had been waiting for the Reformed cultural commentators to pick up this discussion. I am asking he question so we can start the discussion here. But be careful not to sin with your lips. 

If you see thoughts on Rich’s accusation at another’s blog, please send me the URL.

UPDATE, NOVEMBER 9!  (HT: Ben Stevenson): Apparently things have changed in Dobson’s mind:

 http://ihearthuckabee.blogspot.com/2007/11/james-dobson-to-endorse-huckabeee.html.

Let’s see if anyone follows Dobson.

Another Mob Hit: George F. Will on American Gangster

George Will makes a great cultural analysis of the messages within American Gangster. The comparison to The Godfather is significant. Will is correct: Family values should not be able to coexist with criminality.

 In other news, I am thankful that there are sharp but compassionate police officers like Detective Sherry Prince serving our society. I know Sherry to be a believer; I remember her Cross-shaped poise when she lived on the campus of a nearby Christian college where I used to work. Hats off to Washington Post Staff writer Candace Rondeaux for not editing out, “when the interview ended, the two women prayed together.” I am grateful for a positive story about the Prince George’s County Police Department and integrity in journalism.

 In other reading, did you see that call for courage by Piper? I agree with the Minneapolis Pastor even though I know someone like Sherry is better trained than me to handle a confrontation.

The Future of Justification at a Great Price

The Future of Justification is available from Westminster Bookstore for $11.99. I would recommend it as a stocking stuffer. Tony Remke has a good Christmas list at Shepherd’s Scrapbook. He also has a review of The Future of Justification. My copy of the book is on order.