MY FAVORITE PODCAST is the White Horse Inn. For about 10 years, I have enjoyed the BEST Reformed Theology conversation that the Internet can provide.
Every week, I can’t wait to hear great conversations from the round-table of Mike Horton, Rod Rosenbladt, Kim Riddlebarger, and Ken Jones. Every topic is stimulating and edifying to my faith.
I am also a blog reader, and I have set my RSS reader to search out blog entries containing the words, “White Horse Inn,” so that I can read of others who enjoy this podcast; like myself. You can image my surprise when my newsreader hit an article containing the words “White Horse Inn” at weedentrepreneur.com.
This is NOT the tavern that brought the Reformation to the English-speaking world five centuries ago, but a new type of tavern in Colorado featuring a “recreational hash bar.” The White Horse Inn in Del Norte, Colorado is now open since the passage of Amendment 64 that allows Colorado residents over the age of 21 to consume marijuana for recreational use.
I have to wonder if Mike, Rod, Kim, and Ken have seen this story of the new White Horse Inn in Colorado? If they are like me, they are probably a little amused that there is a new bar like this called the White Horse Inn, and I bet there are little discussions about Reformed faith at this establishment
Please check out the story below:
When Amendment 64 was passed and allowed Colorado residents over the age of 21 years old to legally consume/possess marijuana for recreational use, social media buzz and water cooler conversations were a bit deafening. However, once the dust settled and all of the phony business ideas and social media posts joking of moving to Colorado for the “Green Rush of 2012″ faded, only a few stuck around. Some people just couldn’t get the idea of joining the legalization movement of marijuana in the United States out of their heads…
One of those people is Paul Lovato, owner of the White Horse Inn of Del Norte, Colorado. The inn plans to open on January 1, 2013 as “the first … << Click HERE to continue Reading on source’s site >>
HERE IS MY second post today on partisan politics.
However, this would be funny if it was’t so tragic, because it is illustrating that the United States is being lead off a cliff as blind sheep.
You can also read this on Doug Giles’ ClashDaily site. I don’t know if he wrote this parody or he read somewhere else.
A Psalm of Obama
(To be sung by children, K-12, every morning of their seven-day school week.)*
The State is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
It makes me lie down in federally owned pastures.
It leads me beside quiet waters in banned fishing areas.
It restores my soul through its control.
It guides me in the path of dependency for its namesake.
Even though our nation plunges into the valley of the shadow of debt,
I will fear no evil,
For Barack will be with me.
The Affordable Care Act and food stamps,
They comfort me.
You prepare a table of Michelle Obama approved foods before me in the presence of my Conservative and Libertarian enemies.
You anoint my head with hemp oil;
My government regulated 16-ounce cup overflows.
Surely mediocrity and an entitlement mentality will follow me
All the days of my life,
And I will dwell in a low-rent HUD home forever and ever.
*Special Note: For union workers teaching their subjects this psalm in government schools, it is to be regarded as a psalm of exquisite beauty. The main subject is the watchful care that the Government extends over its dependents and the consequent faux assurance that you must make them feel that the State will supply all their needs. The leading thought—the essential idea—is to get gullible Americans to fully believe that Big Government will provide for them and that they will never be left to want. Make certain the dumb bastards get that message, okay?
HERE IS A LITTLE PARTISAN politics for readers of After Skubalon, Light! blog.
For most people who know me, knows that my theology is Reformed, and my politics is very conservative. With that said, I do try to keep the “two kingdoms” separated as I comment on politics as much as I can.
It is not surprising to me what Carville says about “80% of Democrats are Politically Clueless,” because the proof is the result of the last election, or they know and they voted for what they wanted.
I am sure that (for being partisan) that political liberals are counting on the cluelessness of their base.
Below is an excerpt of what Carville said about Democrats:
“Ideologies aren’t all that important. What’s important is psychology.
The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd.
Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality.
What amazes me is that you could take a group of people who are hard workers and convince them that they should support social programs that were the exact opposite of their own personal convictions. Put a little fear here and there and you can get people to vote any way you want.
The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans.
Truth is relative. Truth is what you can make the voter believe is the truth. If you’re smart enough, truth is what you make the voter think it is. That’s why I’m a Democrat. I can make the Democratic voters think whatever I want them to.”
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Jeannine Hunter wrote a story on the Washington Post’s website about a fragment of a Coptic manuscript suggesting that some early “christians” believe that Jesus was married. I am SURE that SOME during the first, second, third centuries, and even today’s “church” believe that Jesus was married (“christian” and “church” in quotes on purpose).
However, if some “christians” believe that Jesus was married doesn’t make it so historically. There are no solid evidences that Jesus was ever married.
BTW:: Eric Metaxes had the best tweet on this,
“Why did we need a Coptic papyrus to tell us that Jesus had a wife? His Bride is the Church. And He will never leave her nor forsake her.”
Check out the video below by Kenneth Samples:
Freedom of religion requires freedom to offend
By Dr. Brian Lee
Does religious freedom include the freedom to give offense? Does our Constitution protect the offensive exercise of religion?
With a mob at the gates on 9/11, the U.S. Embassy in . . . << Click HERE to read at the sources page >>
THE PASTOR OF the church that I attend (and I am a member of) has approach me about leading a youth group. It will be a small group, and is needed because some of the children in the church are not children anymore. I agreed to do it (with another friend in the church), and I thought before I start the group that I need to write out a vision statement of what I think should be the focus of our new youth group. I have done youth groups before, and I intend NOT make the same mistakes I did years ago.
The first thing I decided is to NOT call it a youth group, because youth groups tend keep kids forever immature in the faith with endless parties, games, and pizza. They grow up, and as adults they go to churches that has worship services like giant youth group parties. I believe that a youth group should be gear to assist them to become men and women that have a strong foundation in the faith that hunger for solid food of the word instead of the weak milk that a lot churches serves them.
Below is what I wrote out for a youth group that I believe will be pleasing to God. BTW, I am calling it Young Adults Discipleship Group instead of youth group and I think below will be a good explanation of why ::
Young Adults Group Vision (v 1.1)
- The Young Adults Discipleship Group will be Christ centered, cross focused.
- The primary emphasis will be on the gospel and discipleship as we in the Reformed faith understand it, and as it is expressed in the five Solas (Sola scriptura, Sola fide, Sola gratia, Solus Christus, Soli Deo Gloria).
- Discipleship will include teaching a solid foundation in the faith; moving from the milk to solid food of the word (Hebrews 5:12-14).
- Discipleship will be encouraging maturity as our young people move into adulthood. As we grow, we need to put away childish ways (1 Corinthians 13:11).
- Scripture says that we are “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 ESV). The Young Adults Discipleship Group will have their minds challenged.
- Apologetic will be stressed and discussed. Our young people will be presented with persuasive argument of our faith, and will be challenged to think about these arguments, and learn to articulate our faith better. As Peter instructed us that we should in our “hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
- Since there will be apologetic discussions, those in the Young Adults Discipleship Group ARE permitted to ask questions, even if a question(s) is challenging to for the leaders to answer. Engaging honest questions are welcome in our group because we “prefer to appeal to” (Philemon 1:9) our young people by giving solid answers to questions instead of dictating to our young people WHAT to believe.
- The Young Adults Discipleship Group is an extension of the pastor’s catechism Sunday school class, which we will be building on this foundation.
- The purpose of the Young Adults Discipleship Group is to NOT segregate them into a sub group of our church. The young adults will be encouraged to worship, fellowship, edify with all ages of our congregation. They will learn what it means to be a part to the church universal, which include the old, young, past, present, future, and all nationalities.
PAT ROBERTSON HAS made a career in corrupting the Christian gospel with his dispensational, heath and wealth, and charismatic theology. Now he is really really really saying stupid stuff that MAYBE he should step down? Just a thought.
Check out this article on Caffeinated Thoughts:
Pat Robertson Needs to Step Down From 700 Club and Public Speaking ~
Today on the 700 Club Pat Robertson jokingly advised a viewer of his show today to move to Saudia Arabia so he would be able to beat his wife. . . << Click HERE to continue to read at the source page >>
I DON’T KNOW if it is a good idea for students in primary and secondary schools to have no “textbooks” for their classes. What will be next? Perhaps writing on paper using a pencil?
I have noticed that teachers in public school are teaching less, and computer are doing more of the instruction. Many lessons for teacher are already pre-package with Point Presentations.
I don’t think this will be good for the future of education. For one thing, electronic devices tend to be a distraction. Check this story below from a local Catholic School (I live in West Virginia) using iPads instead of traditional textbooks:
No More Textbooks
Some students at Bishop Donahue High School are not lugging around textbooks this year, but instead just an iPad.
The private Catholic school in Marshall County is undergoing an iPad program in which their ninth and tenth graders have iPads with their books loaded on it.
“All of their classes are basically e-textbooks that are loaded onto the iPad and so all their classes are basically accessed from one device,” said Bishop Donahue Principal Tom Wise.
The school was able to secure about $25,000 in donations from benefactors to purchase about 60 iPads for the . . . << Click HERE to read the entire story on the source page >>
ON THE WHITE Horse Inn Blog (Out of the Horse’s Mouth), Mike Horton posted an entry responding to a cover story article in The Christian Century titled The gospel in seven words. I don’t know if one could sufficiently sum up the gospel in seven words or less, but I know that in seven words or less in trying many would formulate false gospels that now plaques America.
D. L. Moody once said, “I can write the gospel on a dime.” Many of us were raised with the primary question of personal evangelism: “If you had less than a minute in the elevator with someone, how would you share the gospel?”
So how would you summarize the gospel—the very heart of the Christian message—in seven words? . . . << Click HERE to read the post on the sources blog >>
DOCTOR BRIAN LEE, pastor of Christ Reformed Church in our nation’s capitol, has written a thought provocative article about Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan’s prayer at the RNC and DNC.
I would caution any Christian (Reformed or not) on how idolatrous participation in politics can be, especially if you believe that “right” kind of political power will bring our nation back to God or make us more moral.
By Dr. Brian Lee
My first thought as I listened to Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan’s prayer last week in Tampa was — “Holy Benediction, Batman! That’s a long prayer!” Many of the sentiments in the prayer were good and commendable, though it wasn’t altogether clear whether it was a prayer — that is, an utterance intended to be heard by God — or something simply intended to be heard by the delegates on the floor or the people watching in TV-land. But even before he invoked Divine Providence, his appearance caused something of a stir.
Dolan is the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York as well as the head of the U.S. Conference of Bishops, and therefore the titular head of Roman Catholicism in our country. Was his benediction a too-warm embrace of the Republican Party? Was this a coup for the Mormon Romney, who is seeking to capture a larger wedge of a traditionally Democratic Catholic constituency?
Tonight, Dolan will perform the same role for the Democrats in Charlotte, after initially having his offer to . . . << Read more by Clicking HERE >>