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This Georgia Peach is a Bruiser… March 30, 2006

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In the interest of national security, an officer at the Capitol Wednesday asked an individual to return to the check-in counter and pass through the metal detector, a screening required for all visitors.

After refusing to stop, the unidentified individual was approached by Capitol Hill Police. Then, the young lady slugged the Capitol Hill Police Officer!

Who would attack an officer with such aggression in these days of orange and yellow terror warnings? Unbelievably, the offender was Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-4th Ga.), a U.S. Congressman from my home state. Her office issued a statement concerning the attack, which she describes as a “confrontation.” According to reports, the officer will press charges against Ms. McKinney after the congressional session adjourns.

While Georgia offers us many reasons to be proud, there are occasional incidents like this that keep us humble.

Emerging Church Movement in the Criswell College Journal March 28, 2006

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http://www.criswelljournal.com/

If you have not yet engaged in the fray over the “Emerging Church Movement,” then you will. If you want to hear what the voices on both sides are saying, then you need to subscribe to the CTR, the journal of Criswell College.

From Mark Driscoll to Brian McLaren, strong convictions collide in this issue.

If you need a kick-start to understand the movement or just a refresher, pick it up and read. Go to the CTR website:

www.CriswellJournal.com

White House CoS resigns March 28, 2006

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White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will turn the office over April 14 to Joshua Bolten, current budget director. (Click here for AP)

Don’t Waste your life — on Aisle 7 March 28, 2006

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You may have heard of Skyler Bartels this week in the news. He certainly has received a great deal of coverage as a result of the camping trip he took over spring break — to Wal-Mart. He spent day and night there until he was confronted by the management.

Here, the local press identifies his stayover as part sociology experiment, part school project.

Yesterday, The Des Moines Register reported his stay as less than comfortable. Sleeping in bathroom stalls, living off energy drinks, doughnuts, yogurt, and Subway sandwiches.

Far from his luxury loft in Lawn-n-Garden, today Skyler’s inbox is jammed with emails and his voicemail box is full.

He’s scheduled to appear on ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

From anonymity to stardom, this university student-turned-national media sensation for only 41 hours in a Supercenter.

Today, there’s a groundswell of students longing to live out their lives for some great and memorable moment. For Christians, that sense of adventure and thrill-seeking could be used for God’s glory on the mission field, or serving meals to the homeless at the Christian rescue mission.

Today, we hear a great deal about extreme sports and adrenaline junkies. Why not fuel that passion for the gospel, for God’s glory? Then, the rewards last forever, and not simply until the endorphines wear off.

Update: Evangelical Teens take more heat from other religious orgs in SF March 27, 2006

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Follow-up on the SF weekender, note the organizations identified as opposing the presence of Christians at their gathering. I want to caution readers that some of the links below may contain offensive or objectionable material on their websites.

Note the youth on the left, praying for the protesters (as should we). This website compares their gestures to a Nazi salute.

From elected officials to other religious non-profits (sheltered by the same protections under the free exercise clause), many San Franciscans are seeking to squelch the liberties that made their city and its eccentricities possible.

“Sister Mary Timothy” of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” shouts at Christians in SF. (Caution: link contains offensive and objectionable content)

Sign on left says, “Hitler Started with Youth Rallies.”

Tattoo from right arm to left, “Perverted sinner.”

Here, The Mercury News reports, “Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, told counterprotesters that while such fundamentalists may be small in number, ‘they’re loud, they’re obnoxious, they’re disgusting and they should get out of San Francisco.'”

Here, a conservative website has distilled more of the recent opposition:

“The Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, citing the city’s tradition of “tolerance,” issued a statement condemning the rally as an “act of provocation” by the “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organization. Despite the sold-out venue and the enthusiastic response of the young people, the Board accused the rally of attempting to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.”

“Tolerance, however, is reserved in San Francisco for those who agree with the sexual revolution and leftist political viewpoint. Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said Battle Cry’s “intolerance” of sexual promiscuity, pornography, the drug culture and homosexual deviance is “obnoxious” and “disgusting” and should, therefore, not be tolerated. “They should get out of San Francisco,” he said.

“SF Gate, the online Christian news source, quotes an organizer with Not In Our Name, an Oakland-based extreme left anti-war group, saying, “There is a real intolerancy (sic) to homosexuality in a lot of these organizations.”

“On Wednesday last week, the Board of Supervisors issued a similar declaration of official intolerance of Christian and traditional values. The Board said William Cardinal Levada’s instruction that Catholic Charities of San Francisco cease turning children over to homosexuals was “discriminatory and defamatory,” and “insulting.” They called Levada himself a “decidedly unqualified representative of his former home city.”

“Earlier this year, when pro-life San Franciscans held a March for Life attended by thousands, the city again condemned the public expression of opposition to the abortion and euthanasia movement. A pro-life participant in the San Francisco march created a lengthy online photo essay which summarizes the counter-protester’s understanding of freedom of speech: “But who the hell do they think they are, saying that s___ here?”

Here, another website opposes the SF Christian gathering.

“Tolerant and Progressive”–For all but the gospel March 26, 2006

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This week in San Francisco, a Texas-based evangelical group met for a “Battle Cry” event that calls on churches and Christians to guard their children against the world’s dark influence and its seductive call to our youth.

Whatever you think about this group or meetings like this in cities like SF, Christians everywhere should pay close attention to the city government’s actions that came as a result of this meeting.

As you carefully read the article in the SF Gate, the alarming element in this case of evangelical-teens-meet-“anything-goes”-radical-city-dwellers is that the city Board of Supervisors (pictured below) were the unloving and intolerant ones. To prove it, they met and actually passed a resolution against the youth gathering.

The SF Gate reports (here), “Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the ‘act of provocation’ by what it termed an ‘anti-gay,’ ‘anti-choice’ organization that aimed to ‘negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.'”

Now–in this city filled with self-absorbed, self-proclaimed tolerance and progression and liberty, could someone please explain how prefixed “anti” this-and-thats are allowed to be thrown around without prosecution to the fullest extent of the law?

And as for hypocrisy, if SF’s Board of Supervisors, under the charge of Tom Ammiano, could pass a resolution against organizations that “negatively influence the politics . . .” of a certain region, then should someone please notify Congress that most of America has a resolution that they would like to pass with respect to said city that possesses similar “negatively influential” characteristics?

If the Board can resolve to condemn a group of teens, then can another group resolve to condemn a city?

This diverse Board should meet again to discuss a broader definition of the word “diversity.” Better still, they should meet and read the US constitution together. Or, perhaps they should read the Kabul Times or Outlook and learn from the Afghans.

In light of this confrontation and others like it in Afghanistan, Christians should thank God for religious liberty and the free exercise clause in our nation’s constitution. Second, Christians should pray for those who live in or travel to these cities in order to minister to those who desperately need the grace and mercy of Christ. Pray for their boldness and safety. Pray for their wisdom and sensitivity. The gospel of Christ is powerful and passionate, and in it alone is found that city’s salvation. Only He is capable of turning hearts back toward his glory.

The man after whom the city of San Francisco was named, Francis of Assisi, prayed this prayer:

“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.”

Whether in the Far East or the Far West, this world is full of cities filled with the former, only Christ is filled with the latter.

Let us take up the model of Christ and sow His seed as we walk and preach to this generation.

Update: Christian Afghan to be set Free March 26, 2006

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After days of pressure from the West and prayer from believers around the world, the AP reports here that Abdul Rahman would be released as soon as Monday evening in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Welfare and Worldviews–Conservative Economics and the Importance of the Christian Worldview March 25, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Culture/Society, Politics/Public Policy.
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Thanks to pro-blogger, JTaylor, I was directed down memory lane this weekend. He directed me to a WSJ interview with Thomas Sowell, noted black conservative and classical economist.

I remember the first time someone confronted me with the reality that the discipline of economics wasn’t just profits in numbers and charts and theory, but philosophy. Utility, Cost, Supply, Demand, Benefit, Value–each of these must calculate the long-range consequences of decisions that create short-term returns. Every economic decision is moral and the consequences are lasting.

This link between morality and economy should drive Christians to think about our lifestyles and what consequences result from our daily decisions in the marketplace. Whether Target or Tuesday Morning, every believer should take care to submit every purchase to the Lordship of Christ. It is Him before whom we will stand and give an “account” (cf Rom 14:12) for every PO–approved and unapproved. Remember, He is the One who created the first economy and said it was “good.”

One would do well to read this piece, and also some of Sowell’s latest, greatest books (here).

Useful Aids to Pray for Afghans and Beyond March 22, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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Friends,
In a previous post, I mentioned the pending trial of our Christian friend, Abdul Rahman. The gripping thread of this story is that believers all over the world tonight suffer for Christ. This reality brings to my daily walk a powerful reminder of our brothers and sisters around the world who desperately need our prayer. As you pray for Abdul and others who are taking upon themselves the sufferings of Christ, you may find the following sites helpful:

Joshua Project (focus: unreached / least-reached peoples)

Operation World (focus: daily prayer for global missions)

Operation World (interactive website with each country’s information)

Beyond the Wall (IMB website on Muslim countries)

Mislinks (Missions General Directory)

“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” — Heb 13:3

Phil 1:29, 3:8-11.

Death for Christ in the new land of liberty? March 22, 2006

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This week in Kabul, Afghanistan, a Muslim-born Afghan faces the trial of his life.

The Offense: Conversion to Christianity — The Penalty: Death
Judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada (shown above, holding the evidence–a Bible that belongs to the suspect) said Abdul Rahman, 41, was arrested after his family informed authorities of his conversion. Under the Afghan constitution, rooted in Sharia, the law of Islam, rejecting Islam is punishable by death.

Christians have faced death and martyrdom for thousands of years with courage and for the cause of the Gospel. But after spending billions of US dollars to tear down a regime and rebuild a nation, concerned Christians and citiziens are outraged that under the new constitution, conversion to any religion should be a protected liberty.

The United States has expressed concern this week to visiting Afghan official Abdullah Abdullah. The State Department said Tuesday at a news conference that his religion is his right. Rahman converted from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago while working for a mission relief organization.

What Can you do? First, pray for God’s greatest glory in Abdul’s life. Pray that the Lord of Light will be exalted over in this dark land.

Second, correspond with the following:

Write the embassy of Afghanistan:
Ambassador Said T. Jawad
Embassy of Afghanistan
2341 Wyoming Avenue
NWWashington, DC 20008
info@embassyofafghanistan.org

Contact the State Department:
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street
NWWashington, DC 20520
Main Switchboard:202-647-4000

Sign a petition supporting Abdul

Email President Bush through the AFA
(HT: MM)