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General Patton Meets Mister Rogers At The Border

General Patton Meets Mister Rogers At The Border

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In my experience, most Christians – on the left no less than on the right – believe in whatever kind of God they want, or often need, to believe in. Fine. Fair enough. But in that case, neither left nor right can claim the name “Christian” and, at the same time, cite the Bible as, in any sense, being authoritative. If you are playing tennis, then you must abide by the rules of tennis. Therefore, you cannot play tennis and simultaneously claim to have defeated your opponent with a score of 5 under par. I.e., you cannot claim to worship God according to the dictates of your own private, idiosyncratic conscience, however enlightened such may be, and simultaneously play the “Christianity-game” by the rules of the publicly examinable document known as the Bible. If, as you claim, the Bible
Notes from a Calvinist Fitness Heretic

Notes from a Calvinist Fitness Heretic

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I hate exercise. In fact, I hate fitness. Well ... wait a minute … OK ... let’s back up a couple of steps. I do not hate fitness per se. What I hate is the contemporary American de facto religion of "Fitness-ianity", which is determinedly and relentlessly and remorselessly "Arminian" in its insistence that fitness is ... dammit all! ... a choice equally available to all and pristinely independent of one's genetics, physical limitations, aptitudes, and circumstances, per omnia saecula saeculorum, “Here endeth the lesson,” world without end, amen ... and while you're at it, gimme another toke offa that bong! I disagree. Based on my own life-experience, my family history, my (congenital utter lack of) athleticism, and my heredity, I am a confirmed hard-shell Calvinist. Why?  Because I know b
Prayer Leading to Action – Prayerful Tuesday

Prayer Leading to Action – Prayerful Tuesday

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I’ve been reading a book titled Never Pray Again[1] that explores prayer leading into action.  I have always been an advocate of prayer that gets me moving in the right direction.  I want prayers that get me up out of my chair, out of my house, out into my neighborhood and community to do my small part in fighting injustice, cleaning up creation, or sitting with someone in need of a friend.  Like the authors I believe that when we say those magic words “I will pray for you” we often think that is all we have to do, and that isn’t quite right.  God does answer prayers, but God cannot do it alone.  God needs our arms and legs, and yes even our imagination, to get the job done. We are to not just offer prayers of intercession but also intercede on behalf of those who cannot act by themselve