Aldous Huxley painted a picture in his A Brave New World of a world, not where information is tightly controlled and censored, but where there was so much information that it was hard to discern what was good. And when one found something good, no one really cared about any of it. Combine that with Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death and we have a decent composite picture of where our nation is as it relates to the economy.
We have so much to learn from the past, and we have so many wise advisors who have summarized vast amounts of data into digestible portions, and yet we (present company included) often don’t care. So in order to carry forward the problem of too much information, here is a great article on how Bush was a big-government-interventionist-who-claimed-to-be-Mr-Free-Market and how Obama is proving to be Bush-on-steroids. (“The Myth of the Laissez-Faire Bush Years”).
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson
Posted below are the sermon manuscripts I have preached since early November. Taking a break from the gospel according to Mark, I preached a series of advent sermons. After the first of the year I stepped down from my pulpit supply duties at Christ Pres and am now only preaching once a month.
gods putting on a new face-mk3.7-192
joy of promise in a not-yet world-Luke1.46-55
god is spelling it out for us-John-1.1-5,14
Life in Christ:retrospect/prospect-col-1.15-20
family is family…or is it-mk3_20-35
Please pray that the LORD continues to prosper His Bride here in Danville as well as grant me wisdom as I seek a call into full-time pastoral ministry.
Although I haven’t read the book myself, The Shack is a bit of inspirational fiction that has tapped into the evangelical desire for spirituality that is accompanied by a general disdain toward the organized church. The following is a quote by reformed pastor in Lynchburg that I came across when surfing the blogs.
“[The author of The Shack] goes out of his way to say that God is not interested in institutions or rituals. He thinks that those sorts of things are hollow solutions to man’s ills. The problem is that the God of the Bible has indeed created institutions and established rituals in those institutions. Of course, these should not be empty institutions and empty rituals. The Church needs to mean something. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper must do something.”
What would the bride of Christ be like if more evangelicals sought their authentic Christian experience in the common walks and means of the church? I can only say “Amen” to my brother in Christ in Lynchburg. May your tribe increase!
I watched the movie Idiocracy (2006) this evening with my wife. Oh boy… where do I start? The idea for this movie hits a little too close to the place where I work. The basic plot line of the movie is that a perfectly average guy is cryogenically frozen in 2005 and wakes up five hundred years later. But the world is overrun with … shall we say… people of below average intelligence (aka. idiots, morons, slowcoaches, etc.). The cause of this is explained by the fact that all the idiots were multiplying like crazy while the intellects of the world weren’t. This sort of stick-a-finger-in-the-eye-of-natural-selection approach to the movie is explained by the fact that, since humans have no natural predators to “thin the herd”, the sub-standard intelligentsia is allowed to pass its genetic material on to the next generation.
The main character, Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson), finds himself in a world where a former pro-wrestler/porn star is President of the US, and where Joe is the smartest person on the planet. He is catapulted through a series of events that leads him from jail, to a cabinet-level position, to a “death sentence”, to the position of US President himself… all while being assisted by a prostitute and a lawyer who’s favorite TV show is “Ow…My Balls!” Continue reading