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I have not been to the MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, but my wife has mentioned going for the last few years. We/[she] have been recently disappointed with the local (Indianapolis – IAHE). I have heard that they have great speakers and a HUGE Exhibit Hall. Even though it is further away, it appears to be very AFFORDABLE REGISTRATION. Plus, it could be a mini-vacation, away from home (bonus for the Mrs.).

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Psalm 2

Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Mark my words, the bailout will cost us a lot more than $700 billion.

Not just money.

Short term, this may look good. The market will ralley, Obama will be our next president and there will be a chicken in every pot.

Long term (this means more than 4 years to politicians), this will be bad.

The House voted it down on Monday, but now it smelled right? What changed?

Any congressman who voted for this, should be fired.

Sen. Luger: FIRED.

Sen. Bayh: FIRED.

Sen. Obama: FIRED.

Sen. McCain: FIRED.

Any Representative who switched, should be fired, find out who should be fired here.

In the notion that we can “create” our own “truth” to express our “reality” which has no foundation on immutable, absolute, historical record or usage is exactly where we find ourselves today. We have gone from “…if it is right, then it is right for all…” to “…if it right for me, that is all that matters…”

Instead of a culture built on the Rock, an unshakable foundation, so that we may build high and broad on the shoulders of great men of the past, our postmodern culture is built on sand-not only is this foundation providing no stability at all, but the postmodern builders have torn down any work scabbed together by their humanist precursors.

Apparently “they” have now made another non-word a word (Mrs. foolarch will get a kick out of this):

irregardless: an erroneous word that, etymologically, means the exact opposite of what it is used to express, attested in non-standard writing from 1912, probably a blend of irrespective and regardless. Perhaps inspired by the double negative used as an emphatic.

Postmodern? Sure. Dumbing-down our culture? Yes. Tip-toeing toward Gomorrah? Absolutely.

This is a small example of the “big lie.”

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” This is the epotime of the Postmodern, liberal, humanist culture…but do you know who said it?

Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood,
who draw sin as with cart ropes,
who say: “Let him be quick,
let him speed his work
that we may see it;
let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near,
and let it come, that we may know it!”
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight!
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,
and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
and deprive the innocent of his right!

Isaiah 5:18-23

Lord, have mercy.

Today is a momentous day. My two youngest, Pooh (6) and Tigger (5), both culminated their transition to two-wheeler-hood: they are riding bicycles without training wheels.

We capped this day after dinner with our very first all-family bike ride in the neighborhood. They are getting so big and time is ticking away (…enter bump music from dcTalk…)

Riding bikes, wiggly teeth and the fading of the remnants of “baby talk”, they are growing up fast. Our baby will be six this year, Rabbit is ten. There is only limited time to invest in their lives now, before they begin their own families, have their own children and teach them to ride two-wheelers.

If that is all that life is, then we should “…eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.” If the good life is nothing more than a Hallmark card with the soft, hazy picture and some sentimental hogwash on the inside it is not worth it. Don’t get me wrong; I love spending time with my children doing fun things like teaching them to ride bikes, play chess or dribble left-handed. But if that is all of the legacy there is to life – teaching them manners, sharing some “warm, fuzzy” experiences and perfecting their jump shot – then that is not enough.

Life is hard. The Dread Pirate Roberts was correct, “Life is pain…and if anyone tells you differently then they are selling you something.” Without an ultimate purpose, why go on? Ah, despair, right?

No.

Without purpose: despair; with purpose, and living out of it: joy.

So, what is the purpose of life?

“The chief end [purpose] of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever” according to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q/A One.

In this short time I have with my children, I am to invest my time not only in training them to glorify and enjoy God, but doing it myself. Using all of life to disciple them, so that the purpose is both “caught” and “taught.”

The training wheels of the bikes are all off now, but the training wheels of their lives are still firmly in place. They are there for both guidance and protection.

I don’t want to extend the metaphor too far, but call one side “Law” and the other “Gospel.” Along the way, we train them by teaching them the Law of God (also the fact that no one can perfectly keep it and the consequences of not keeping it) as well as the Gospel of Christ (literally “good news”): Jesus Christ was perfectly obedient, keeping the entire Law to the point of death on a roman cross, the innocent willingly paying the penalty of the law-breaker and then being raised to life on the third day removing the sting of death for all who repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a process, though. First they ride safely in the driveway on the bike with the training wheels, then the wheels come off and they are stretched to apply their training (knowledge and experience) with dad firmly holding on to them and finally they ride on their own – eventually into the cruel world, busy streets and all – taking them places where they have never gone before now having unconsciously mastered what was once consciously difficult.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13,14 (ESV)

Oh, I pray that obedience and discipline will one day be unconsciously mastered by them. But, since I am still struggling on my own wobbly ride, I am beginning to understand a little more about the guarantee given to me and longing a little more for Glory.

My prayer is not that they never have difficulty or even that they never suffer, but that the do all things well (including suffering). My prayer is that they, with their whole lives, “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

Friday evening, April 18, 2008, I took my wife to see Caedmon’s Call live in concert at Grace UMC in Kokomo, In (my hometown). I have been a fan since they released their self-titled album “Caedmon’s Call” in 1997 and have every studio release since.

Spring Tour

The Band

I came to hear the band Before There Was Time to understand their lyrics; truly the music grabs your attentions, but There You Go, it is the lyrics that give you Hope to Carry On.

Musically, the band’s sound is folksy-pop with smooth harmonies and a kick of rock. (Think Simon & Garfunkel’s “Concert in the Park” performing with a miltia of musicians by the likes of Carole King, Jimmi Hendrix, John Bonham and Neil Peart (at the same time, no less)! This may sound like Trouble, but let me tell you…”This World has nothing…” on these talented musicians.

Become infatuated with the music, but fall deeply in love with their lyrics. Their work is poetic, reformed theology the magnifies the great, Creator, Sustainer and Lover far above the daily grind of everyday. Be Thankful for the true, relevant juxtaposition of our earthen frame with that of the magnificent God; There’s Only One (Holy One) and we are sovereignly formed in the Hands of the Potter to bear the image of Christ. Listen to the words and you will know not only hear Who You Are, but also that There is a Reason for why and how you are.

The Concert

I have been anticipating this event since hearing (three months ago) they would be playing near me. I had never previously seen them in concert; this was my chance. I don’t get to many concerts; my last one was Audio Adrenaline/Mercy Me over one year ago.

Arriving at the church, I noticed quite the variety of concert-goers: I saw elderly women, a bus-load of junior-high youths as well as the expected twenty- and thirty-somethings. I thought maybe we had the incorrect venue or night based on the attendance.

The $12 general admission tickets were an unexpected blessing. The concert went for about three hours and the band played over 25 songs in this small venue (I would guess less than 500 seats max); it felt as if they were playing in my living room. This has to be the best ticket – not just in town – but ANYWHERE; the value (quality and quantity) far excelled the cost or expectations. I would have traded my 40 Acres for these tickets!

Derek Webb, a modern prophet, afflicted the comfortable and comforted the afflicted with his tongue-in-cheek satirical in-your-face style. Nothing was off limits (as expected): fundamentalism, politics, social justice, idolatry, politics, love and hope. It was a fabulous set of songs to Prepare Ye the Way of our hearts to the LORD and our ears to Caedmon’s Call.

Cliff Young, a bare-footed and cap-less Warrior of righteousness, lead the Church (that is, capital “C”) present in worship of the God of Wonders.

Did I mention there were two drummers? There is nothing like double percussion to get you juices flowing and worship the God of The Danse.

The absolute highlight for me had to be the performance of “Hands of the Potter” and “Thankful.” I am so thankful that my redemption and righteousness are not in my hands, that “nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the Cross I cling.” I praise the LORD that there is a reason for why/when/how/what things happen, and that I am in the loving and careful hands of the potter who will do with me what he will to conform me more the the image of His Son.

What began in my mind as a “concert” has become not just a worship experience that evening, but continues to roll through my mind these days following.

Jesus Christ is worthy of our worship.

Sola Scriptura | Sola Fide | Sola Gratia | Sola Christus | Soli Deo Gloria

In an age where boys sit on the couch, play video games and eat crap, this book is a breath of fresh air. Literally, boys will go outside. This book is so dangerous because it lets boys be boys, not the mamby-pamby, effeminate, androgynous version of what our politically-correct culture foists on us.

I purchased A Dangerous Book for Boys last week for my son…and I. This is going to be a fun summer!

I pray that this will be a summer of bruised knees, courage, and exploration.

Thanks CoffeeSwirls!

[HT: Neatorama]

My church played this message at our Good Friday service.

This stands for “One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven.”

What is that, you say?

  1. A Book by Mark Cahill.
  2. Sharing the Gospel with an unbeliever.

Mark was at my church tonight presenting the biblical basis for, and sharing practical tools so that every believer in Jesus Christ can share the Gospel as a way of life.

He shared that while being a witness for Christ there are only three outcomes:

  1. The person believes on Jesus Christ by faith for the forgiveness of sins; this is GOOD ~ eternal life for them & joy for you.
  2. The person does not believe, but a seed is planted; this is GOOD ~ a seed is planted & joy for you.
  3. The person rejects the good news, Jesus Christ and/or even you; according to 1 Peter 4:14 and Matthew 5:10-12 this is GOOD ~ reward for you in heaven.

The only time the sharing your faith is bad is when you do not do it.

Evangelism by all believers is not relegated to a few…with a special gift, but is a command to all believers (Matthew 28:18-20). Not sharing one’s faith is disobedience to Jesus Christ – it is a sin of omission.

I have not ever been active in sharing my faith in Christ; not only have I been disobeying my Lord, but I have not been living up to my Christ-justifying potential:

“and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.”

Philemon 1:6

LORD Jesus Christ, forgive my faithlessness.

Here is the lead-in to an article published over at OpinionJournal.com (registration required):

$34.06 an Hour

That’s how much the average public school teachers makes. Is that “underpaid”?
BY JAY P. GREENE AND MARCUS A. WINTERS
Friday, February 2, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST
Who, on average, is better paid–public school teachers or architects? How about teachers or economists? You might be surprised to learn that public school teachers are better paid than these and many other professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public school teachers earned $34.06 per hour in 2005, 36% more than the hourly wage of the average white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty or technical worker.

Being that my wife is a [former public school] teacher along with most of her family and I am an architect primarily serving public schools clientele, this stings.

Read the rest of the article here.

It seems that with every other profession, compensation is directly proportional to productivity. Not in public schools.

And don’t even bring that up at family gatherings. Or client meetings.

The real question that should be asked is: who is responsible for the education of my chldren? (Emphasis emphasized for a reason: wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

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