Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Reformation Day

Love this speech of Martin Luther, and I love Joseph Fiennes' delivery of it.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dancing on Air

This guy is insane. I love the restraint in this type of movement.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Can You Pinpoint When You Were Saved?

Russell Moore:
Many believe if they really have embraced the gospel, they ought to have a moment, a date, they can point to as the instant they passed from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.

Sometimes our churches reinforce this misunderstanding. Preachers talk about assurance of salvation as though it were about remembering a past experience, and doing a mental autopsy on the sincerity of that. The people we allow to give “testimonies” in our churches and in our publications all seem to have a dramatic tale to tell.

That’s not what the gospel is about.

In our culture, we make a big-to-do about birthdays. Other cultures don’t. I could ask you right now, “When were you born” and you could probably tell me month, date, and year. But how do you know that? It’s because there were people there, usually your parents, who could tell you that information. You don’t remember emerging from the birth canal (and that’s probably a very good thing).

Other people, in other cultures at other times, don’t recognize dates but seasons. They might not know what day on the weekly calendar or what year in the solar calendar they were born. But do they then question whether they are alive? Of course not. How do you know if you were in fact born? You look to see if you’re alive…now.

It’s no accident that Jesus compares entrance into the kingdom of God to physical birth. There is a kind of helplessness that we experience in the biology and history of our births. No one can boast about an easy delivery. No one should feel guilty about prompting a Caesarean section. The important thing is that you’re here.

The same is true for the gospel. Some of you were brought to Christ suddenly and dramatically. Your past life as a prostitute or a drunk or a warlord gave way to a radically different direction as a disciple. In that, your situation is quite similar to the Apostle Paul’s. Others of you, though saved just as truly in some point in time, aren’t able to identify that time. Your memory is of a slow realization of the gospel, and you can’t necessarily pinpoint when you were converted in that time-frame. Your situation sounds more like that of Paul’s disciple Timothy. The point of the gospel isn’t celebrating an experience; it’s believing a Man who is your crucified, resurrected, reigning Life.

For Moms: When the Milkshake Runs Low

Really great post for moms here.
Have you ever noticed that when there is more than one straw in a milkshake, everyone sucks faster? Everyone knows they are competing, and every sip from someone else means less for you. People start breathing through their noses to minimize lost time.

I have felt for a long time that when you have little children, they have a straw that taps directly into your energy. The milkshake cup is me, and the milkshake is my energy, and every child is armed with a straw. Infants who are either in the womb or nursing have a competitive edge on this, and get to take as much as they want before it even hits the glass.

The thing is, when the glass is full, things are pretty pleasant. No matter how much milkshake the kids are drinking, there is still some left. It feels pretty good. I am happy to feed them all. But when you hit the last inch of milkshake, all the straws start making that horrible noise as they swab around in the bottom of the glass looking for anything they could snag. They all feel the panic of limited supply. They all start getting intense and sucking much, much harder. They are panicked. I am getting panicked. I want everyone to stop so I could have a chance to whip up a new batch. No one stops, because they are trying to get the last of the film off the glass, leaving nothing behind and all that.

The demands for your attention and energy get suddenly loud and obnoxious when you feel like there isn’t anything left to give. The truth is, your children aren’t demanding anything different than what they were made to need. Usually, when they use this straw, they get fed. Right now, when they use this straw, mom gets eggy...

...When we are at home with our children, this is our sanctification. This is the testing of our faith. And it is Christ’s faithfulness that enables ours. It is our job to cast off sins, to be faithful. It is Christ’s job to renew us. We need to be faithful, because He is faithful to us. We can trust him to fill our milkshakes, because His never runs low.
Read the whole post.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How Sermons Work

This new trailer for David Murray's book, How Sermons Work, might be the most creative one I've seen yet. Very entertaining.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How the Abortion-in-Response-to-Rape Question Could Go

Dan Phillips offers his example of an abortion-exception-for-rape conversation:
MORGAN: But you’ve had children, grandchildren. If one of your female children, grand children was raped, you would honestly want her to bring up that baby as her own?

PHILLIPS: As opposed to...?

MORGAN: < blinks > As opposed to allowing her freedom of choice.

PHILLIPS: Freedom of choice to...?

MORGAN: Well, to terminate the pregnancy.

PHILLIPS: Well Piers, every pregnancy terminates. You are a terminated pregnancy, I am a ter... I mean, it's not like our moms are still pregnant, right?

MORGAN: Yes, well, of course. That's not what we're talking about.

PHILLIPS: Oh? What are we talking about?

MORGAN: Abortion.

PHILLIPS: Okay, killing a baby before it's born. Or, if you're a Democrat, while it's being born. Or, if you're Senatrix Boxer, after it's born but before it's taken home. Yes, what is your question?

MORGAN: About rape. Would you make an exception for rape?

PHILLIPS: I'm not sure why you won't just say it plainly. Does your position embarrass you?

MORGAN: No, of course not. This isn't about my position.

PHILLIPS: All right. Well, what is your position?

MORGAN: No no no, this isn't about me. I'm not running for President. What is your position?

PHILLIPS: On abortion? Didn't I already say? I'm pro-life. Innocent children should be protected.

MORGAN: Even in rape?

PHILLIPS: Why? What'd the baby do?

MORGAN: Sorry?

PHILLIPS: What did the baby do? I didn't even know you were pro-death-penalty, and here you're suggesting a death-penalty for the baby. What did the baby do?

MORGAN: It isn't about the baby...

PHILLIPS: < scoff > If they could speak for themselves as the blades get closer, I think they'd beg to differ with you, Piers.

MORGAN: So, the woman is going through this terrible experience, and you would force her to keep that child.

PHILLIPS: The woman is going through a terrible experience, because she is a victim. I don't see how I would help her by turning her into a victimizer, by suggesting that she make her baby a victim. Wouldn't you say that being torn limb from limb or burnt to death is a "terrible experience"? How does having her put an innocent child through a terrible experience help her with her terrible experience — if that is our concern?

MORGAN: But --

PHILLIPS: Hang on a moment. We all agree, I hope: criminals should be punished. I hope we also all agree that only criminals should be punished. Right?

MORGAN: Okay, but --

PHILLIPS: Work with me here, Piers. You'll get your straight answer about the What, plus at no extra charge you'll get the Why. So criminals, and only criminals. OK, there's been a rape. Who's the criminal?

MORGAN: The rapist.

PHILLIPS: The rapist. Not the woman?

MORGAN: Of course not! That kind of thinking...

PHILLIPS: Oh, I agree. The woman is not a criminal, because she did not deserve this. Last question: did the baby deserve it? Did he do something? Should he be punished for his father's crime?

MORGAN: So you would prohibit abortion even in the case of rape.

PHILLIPS: < chuckles > The jury will note that you don't want to think rationally about this issue. But to give you the promised straight answer: a Phillips administration would oppose death penalties for innocent victims, including children of rape.

John Piper on Steve Jobs

John Piper:
Steve Jobs, the biography by Walter Isaacson, went on sale yesterday. In an interview Isaacson commented on the effect Jobs’ cancer had on his life focus.
He talked a lot to me about what happened when he got sick and how it focused him. He said he no longer wanted to go out, no longer wanted to travel the world. He would focus on the products. He knew the couple of things he wanted to do, which was the iPhone and then the iPad.
Wisdom in the House of Mourning

I just preached at a funeral. Funerals are high privileges for me. “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). So much wisdom is to be had there. “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). This is what the house of mourning is for: Lessons in mortality and the learning of wisdom.

Sometimes God makes us go to the house of mourning. He decrees cancer. We are forced to live in the shadow of our funeral—the school of wisdom.

The wisdom Steve Jobs learned, he said, was this: Do a couple things, and do them well. You don’t have time for much. And most of things are not lasting. So do two or three things, and do them amazingly.

Not a bad lesson. In fact, really good—as far as it goes.

What Matters Is United in One Thing

But when Paul described what he learned in the long shadow of his own funeral, it was based not merely on the inevitability of death, but on the death of death. “Death is swallowed up in victory”—through Jesus Christ.

Here’s the lesson: “Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

There is one thing, not two or three, that matters. All is united in one thing: “The work of the Lord.” It might be computers. It might be conversions. Whatever it is, in the shadow of your funeral, let it be “the work of the Lord.”

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). “Whatever you do, do everything in the name of the Lord” (Colossians 3:17). By faith in Jesus, every act becomes this one thing—the work of the Lord.

Let Us Learn

Get the wisdom of the house of mourning. Learn from the shadow of your own funeral. One thing matters. Whether you make an iPhone, or use an iPhone, let every breath, every thought, every deed be one thing—the “work of faith”—the work of the Lord.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Why Is Tim Tebow Hated so Much?

I've been a fan of Tim Tebow since he was at Florida. As a UK fan, the fact that he won me over despite being from Florida is an accomplishment in itself. I just admire the competitor he is and how he lives out an authentic faith in such pressure-filled circumstances.

That's what Denny Burk blogged about today as Tebow prepares to take over the starting quarterback position for the Broncos this weekend.
Tim Tebow has been the talk of the town since he was announced as the new starting quarterback for the Denver, Broncos. As usual, Tebow has gotten a lot of love from his fans and a lot of grief from his detractors. Jelisa Castrodale has a story at NBC Sports today that reminds me of why it might be a good idea to pray for the guy.

There are a lot of people out there pulling against Tebow, and I am not talking about football or the big game on Sunday. What I am talking about are the cynics out there who want Tebow not only to fail at football but also to fail at being a Christian. They are literally licking their chops to see him fall morally. It is an ugly, cruel ambition to root for a man’s ruin, but there are people who are doing just that. Castrodale writes:
The personal attacks and angry facial expressions that follow Tebow seem to have less to do with Denver’s 1-4 record than they do with Romans 1:16, which reads “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” … I do sympathize with Tebow for the slings and arrows he endures, including the endless examination of his beliefs…

There are those who sit with their hands hovering expectantly over their keyboards, just waiting for what they’ll see as his inevitable misstep… They want him to be exposed as a phony, a fraud or — to borrow a word from the New Testament — a hypocrite.
That Tebow or any other Christian would face this kind of opposition should not be a surprise. Jesus warned that this would happen. If Jesus went through it, so must his disciples (John 15:18-25). Following Jesus down that road is a part of what it means to be a Christian (Matthew 16:24).

Tebow’s fight of faith is played out on a stage that is much more public than the rest of us, and I’m sure it comes with a king-sized share of temptations. But Tebow is not the only Christian who has enemies pulling for his downfall. I am sure that there are many reading this blog who have experienced this kind of hatred as well. How do you pray when surrounded by enemies cheering for your demise? How do you pray for a brother or a sister walking that difficult road?

The prayer that comes to my mind is Psalm 57. I will pray this one for Tebow this weekend, I will pray it for others, and I will pray it for myself. Maybe you will too.

1 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in Thee;
And in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge,
Until destruction passes by.
2 I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches him who tramples upon me. Selah.
God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.
4 My soul is among lions;
I must lie among those who breathe forth fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword.
5 Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Thy glory be above all the earth.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They dug a pit before me;
They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!
8 Awake, my glory;
Awake, harp and lyre,
I will awaken the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to Thee among the nations.
10 For Thy lovingkindness is great to the heavens,
And Thy truth to the clouds.
11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Thy glory be above all the earth.

Kevin DeYoung: How to Articulate a Christian Worldview in 4 Easy Steps

Kevin DeYoung:
One God. We worship one, personal, knowable, holy God. There are not two gods or ten gods or ten million gods, only one. He has always been and will always be. He is not a product of our mind or imagination. He really exists and we can know him because he has spoken to us in his word.

Two kinds of being. We are not gods. God is not found in the trees or the wind or in us. He created the universe and cares for all that he has made, but he is distinct from his creation. The story of the world is not about being released from the illusion of our existence or discovering the god within. The story is about God, the people he made, and how the creatures can learn to delight in, trust in, and obey their Creator.

Three persons. The one God exists eternally in three persons. The Father is God. The Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, is God. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father and the Son, is also God. And yet these three—equal in glory, rank, and power—are three persons. The doctrine of the Trinity helps explain how there can be true unity and diversity in our world. It also shows that our God is a relational God.

For us. Something happened in history that changed the world. The Son of God came into the world as a man, perfectly obeyed his Father, fulfilled Israel’s purpose, succeeded where Adam failed, and began the process of reversing the curse. Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. He rose again from the dead on the third day. By faith in him our sins can be forgiven and we can be assured of living forever with God and one day being raised from the dead like Christ.

Obviously, this doesn’t say everything that needs to be said about the Bible or Christianity. But I find it to be a helpful way to get a handle on some of the most important distinctives of a Christian worldview.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How Can Pastors Answer the Homosexuality Question in Interviews Better?

Trevin Wax has a great hypothetical conversation that turns some of the typical "gotcha" questions around well. Good ways to think about some of these things for normal conversations where this come up as well.

Here's a few samples. Check out the whole thing at Trevin's blog.
Host: But you said there, “We’re a place for sinners.” So you do believe that homosexuality is sinful, right?

Pastor: Yes, I do.

Host: So how do you reconcile the command to love all people with a position on homosexuality that some would say is radically intolerant?

Pastor: (smiling) If you think my position on homosexuality is radical, just wait until you hear what else I believe! I believe that a teenage guy and girl who have sex in the backseat of a pick-up are sinning. The unmarried heterosexual couple living down the street from me is sinning. In fact, any sexual activity that takes place outside of the marriage covenant between a husband and wife is sinful. What’s more, Jesus takes this sexual ethic a step further and goes to the heart of the matter. That means that any time I even lust after someone else, I am sinning. Jesus’ radical view of sexuality shows all of us up as sexual sinners, and that’s why He came to die. Jesus died to save lustful, homo- and heterosexual sinners and transform our hearts and minds and behavior. Because He died for me, I owe Him my all. And as a follower of Jesus, I’m bound to what He says about sex and morality.

Host: But who are you to condemn someone who doesn’t line up with your personal beliefs about sexuality?

Pastor: Who am I? No one. It’s not all that important what I think about these things. This conversation about homosexuality isn’t really about my personal beliefs. They’re about Jesus and what He says. I have no right to condemn or judge the world. That right belongs to Jesus. My hope is to follow Him faithfully. That means that whatever He says in regard to sexual practices is what I believe to be true, loving, and ultimately best for human flourishing – even when it seems out of step with the whims of contemporary culture.

Host: But you are judging. You are telling all the gay people watching this broadcast that they are sinners.

Pastor: I’m not singling out gay people. I’m pointing to Jesus as the answer to all sexual sinfulness.

Host: But you are referring to gay people. Why are you so focused on homosexuality?

Pastor: (smiling) With all due respect, you are the one who brought up this subject.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Best Sermon on Repentance I've Ever Heard

Dr. Russell Moore preached in Southern Seminary Chapel yesterday, and I honestly think this is the best sermon on repentance I've ever heard in my life. Preaching from 1 Sam. 4:1-22, Moore outlines the different types of repentance and why most of what we think of as repentance isn't really that.

If you have some time, I highly encourage you to watch this and allow the Holy Spirit to speak.

Beautiful Time-Lapse Video

I love these videos that keep popping up. It's amazing to see things like this and get a larger picture of what's going on the world. To be able to see the stars in the sky rotating and the world turns is fascinating to me. Enjoy.


HT: JT

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Russell Moore on Adoption

Russell Moore:
If you want your “dream baby,” do not adopt or foster a child: buy a cat and make-believe. Adopting an orphan isn’t ordering a consumer item or buying a pet. Such a mindset hurts the child, and countless other children and families. Adoption is about taking on risk as cross-bearing love.

For years, I’ve called Christian churches and families to our James 1:27 mandate to care for widows and orphans in their distress, to live out the adoption we’ve received in the gospel by adopting and fostering children. At the same time, I’ve maintained that, while every Christian is called to care for orphans and widows, not every Christian is called to adopt or foster. As a matter of fact, there are many who, and I say this emphatically, should not.

Love of any kind brings risk, and, in a fallen world, brings hurt. Simeon tells our Lord’s mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, that a sword would pierce her heart. That’s true, in some sense, for every mother, every father. Even beyond that, every adoption, every orphan, represents a tragedy. Someone was killed, someone left, someone was impoverished, or someone was diseased. Wrapped up in each situation is some kind of hurt, and all that accompanies that. That’s the reason there really is no adoption that is not a “special needs” adoption; you just might not know on the front end what those special needs are.

We live in a time in which our commitments have become the opportunity often for simply a narcissistic self-realization...

...If what’s behind all of this isn’t crucified, war-fighting, eyes-open commitment, you are going to wind up with a child who is twice orphaned. He or she will be abandoned the first time by fatherlessness and the second time by the rejection of failing to live up to the expectations of parents who had no business imposing such expectations in the first place.

We need a battalion of Christians ready to adopt, foster, and minister to orphans. But that means we need Christians ready to care for real orphans, with all the brokenness and risk that comes with it. We need Christians who can reflect the adopting power of the gospel, which didn’t seek out a boutique nursery but a household of ex-orphans who were found wallowing in our own blood, with Satan’s genes in our bloodstreams.

If what you like is the idea of a baby who fulfills your needs and meets your expectations, just buy a cat. Decorate the nursery, if you’d like. Dress it up in pink or blue, and take pictures. And be sure to have it declawed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Princess Bride Cast Reunion

I'm of the opinion that The Princess Bride is one of the best movies of all-time. It's most definitely the most quotable. The cast of the movie recently got together 24 years after the movie's release. Really good stuff here.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

180 Movie: Thinking Clearly About Abortion

This video has been making the rounds of the internet, and I finally got a chance to watch it. Wow. It is very powerful and the arguments Ray Comfort uses to discuss issues of life and abortion are really good in places. It's not perfect, but this is very helpful when thinking about how to talk to people about abortion. Most people believe that no one ever changes their opinion on the issue. That's not true.

Take 30 minutes to watch this. It is a half an hour well-spent.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Personhood" and Abortion

(This is a short excerpt of a paper I wrote for my Ethics class at Southern Seminary on Gilbert Meilaender's book, Bioethics.)

Much of the discussion around abortion legislation centers on issues of “viability” of the baby. Since the baby cannot live outside the mother’s womb for the majority of its gestational life, it is a not a person with a life and value of his own. The mother, whose freedom (both moral and economic) is at stake, has a value that trumps the “potential” life of the baby. This thinking is entirely logical once one has defined personhood in terms of autonomy, independence, and utility. A child is not embedded with the Imago Dei. He is simply a dependent lump of cells that cannot exist on its own. Unborn children have become products that can be wanted or not, given life (and ultimately earn their personhood) or not because they lack the distinctive characteristics of persons. The problem with this thinking, as Gilbert Meilaender points out, is that “those who never had…certain distinctive human capacities should not be described as nonpersons; rather, they are simply the weakest and least advantaged members of the human community” (32).

The argument can become more complicated even when the mother wanted to become pregnant. Working with the world’s definition of personhood, what is to be thought of a baby that will be born with severe birth defects or mental insufficiencies that will all but guarantee a life of dependence and limited productivity in society? Without a Christian view of personhood, it is no wonder why the majority of these babies are aborted. After all, these babies will never attain the autonomy, independence, and productivity required to really be persons of value, so why subject them to that kind of life? In fact, the world has even seemingly come to an uneasy assuredness that it is doing these children a favor.

The Christian clearly sees this kind of logic as absurd, however. Speaking of people in situations of diminished capacity, but clearly relevant here, Meilaender states, “Our task is not to judge the worth of this person’s life relative to possible or actual lives. Our task is to care for the life he has as best we can” (79). To argue that lifelong dependence is justification for abortion is to lie to oneself about humanity’s state in general. “We are dependent beings, and to think otherwise…is to live a lie, to fly in the face of reality” (57). As argued above, the Christian believes human beings are created and sustained by God. “Dependence is part of the story of a person’s life” (6).

The language of autonomy rampant in society has infiltrated the thinking of people and caused them to treat others in disgusting, vile, and deadly ways. Christians must resist the temptation to view people as simply “productive products” that must earn their personhood in some way and recognize that personhood begins at conception and ends when the Lord decides. Rather than autonomy, it would seem dependence is the truly defining characteristic of personhood. In a world that will likely face a tidal wave of new medical and ethical issues stemming from these ideas in the coming years, Christians must be willing to stand for those members of the human community who are the weakest, most vulnerable, and most dependent. It could be argued that they are really the most human of us all.

*Meilaender, Gilbert. Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Trevin Wax Reviews Courageous

Trevin Wax:
  • Courageous is, by far, the best film that Sherwood Pictures has made. Facing the Giants was their break-out hit but was quite hokey in its concept and delivery (not to mention the prosperity-gospel message). Fireproof was a major leap forward, but Courageous goes even further. Alex Kendrick shows great improvement as an actor. The screenplay is several steps above Fireproof. The filmmaking of the action sequences rivals those put out by Hollywood. And one scene in particular (“The Snake Kings”) is laugh-out-loud funny.
  • The message of Courageous is timely. The importance of fathers and the difficulties associated with fatherlessness are underscored by realistic examples of family-life. I think John Piper is right: “I would willingly take anyone to see this film, assuming they can handle suspense. And I think the conversations afterward would not be superficial.” The conversations afterward may prove to be more powerful and life-changing than the movie itself. But it’s good to see the message of Courageous igniting important questions about fathers and families.
  • I get frustrated when Christians who bemoan the Church’s lack of engagement with the arts sneer at the perceived lack of artistry in movies like Courageous. It seems to me that whatever your thoughts on artistry and filmmaking might be, if you are looking for Christians to take a more active role in culture-making, then you should applaud and support anyone attempting to do something, even if you think the finished product could have been stronger. Evangelicalism has too many critics and not enough creators.
  • Courageous is heavily didactic and a bit preachy at times, but I found this style to be part of its effectiveness. It’s preachy in the way that Uncle Tom’s Cabin was. Harriet Beecher Stowe was so passionate about the subject of slavery that she couldn’t help but begin sermonizing at times. The creators of Courageous feel the same way about the subject they are tackling. The purpose isn’t to create a classic movie but to get across a message. Seen in this light, it makes the didactic elements less distracting and helps make sense of the film’s purpose.
  • About three quarters of the way through the movie, the plot line meanders a bit. Fifteen minutes or so could have been shaved off the film and it would have been stronger overall. Still, the characters are engaging, and there is enough character development to keep viewers interested.
  • The truth that God raised Jesus from the dead is proclaimed after a tragedy. And the truth that the only way to escape judgment is by trusting in Jesus as our Substitute is presented in a way that works seamlessly into the movie. I was impressed by a scene in which one of the men complains about “feeling guilty,” to which the Christian replies, “I’ve got news for you; you are guilty.”
  • The movie puts major emphasis on fathers resolving to “call out the men in their sons.” The movie condemns passivity in men as the leaders of their homes. The filmmakers want men to step up and fulfill their duty.
  • One might quibble here and there with the emphasis on willpower – particularly when considering the pervasiveness of sin, but the script makes sure to ground good intentions in one’s relationship with God. “You’ve got to get right with God before you can get right with your son,” one character says. And the end of the movie features the main character calling the men of his church to step up and resolve to live courageously as fathers. Who will protect the family? “By God’s grace, I will!” he says. May all Christian fathers have such resolve!

Monday, October 3, 2011

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