Monday, August 10, 2015

New St. Andrews College - Sword & Shovel

I’ve had the privilege of serving on the board of New St. Andrews College for two years now and I can honestly say that, having looked behind the curtain, I’m even more impressed with what’s being done at NSA than I was before, and I was pretty impressed before. My son was in the second NSA class [1995] and my daughter was in the fourth class―the day of small beginnings. Twenty years later, this cutting-edge classical Christian College is still a cutting-edge institution of higher learning. It matters who teaches our young adults, and it matters what they’re taught. Moreover, the culture they live in is also the culture they will export for the rest of their lives. 

NSA is an academic community centered on the lordship of Jesus Christ over all things. Our purpose at New Saint Andrews College is to graduate leaders who shape culture while living faithfully under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. What can you do with a degree from NSA? Educated and dedicated believers can do whatever they want to do.

To the Point: J.C. Ryle

John Charles Ryle: (1816 – 1900) was the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool.

  • It costs something to be a true Christian. Let that never be forgotten. To be a mere nominal Christian, and go to church, is cheap and easy work. But to hear Christ’s voice, follow Christ, believe in Christ, and confess Christ, requires much self-denial. It will cost us our sins, our self-righteousness, our ease, and our worldliness. All must be given up. We must fight an enemy who comes against us with thousands of followers. We must build a tower in troubled times. Our Lord Jesus Christ would have us thoroughly understand this. He bids us “count the cost.”
  • Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer. 
  • Hell is truth known too late.
  • There is a common, worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough-a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice-which costs nothing, and is worth nothing.
  • A true Christian is one who has not only peace of conscience, but war within. He may be known by his warfare as well as by his peace.
  • Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word.
  • I am one of those old-fashioned ministers who believe the whole Bible and everything that it contains.
  • One single soul saved shall outlive and outweigh all the kingdoms of the world.
  • Better to confess Christ 1000 times now and be despised by men, than be disowned by Christ before God on the Day of Judgment. 
  • If I never spoke of hell, I should think I had kept back something that was profitable, and should look on myself as an accomplice of the devil.
  • Sin forsaken is one of the best evidences of sin forgiven. 
  • Unity without the gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of hell. 
  • Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace. 
  • But depend on it, bad company in this life, is the sure way to procure worse company in the life to come.
  • The saddest road to hell is the one that runs under the pulpit, past the Bible, and through the middle of warnings and invitations. 
  • Beware of letting small faults pass unnoticed under the idea it is a little one. 
  • There are no little things in training children; all are important. Little weeds need plucking up as much as any. Leave them alone and they will soon be great. 
  • There is a common, worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough―a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice―which costs nothing, and is worth nothing.
  • Men fall in private long before they fall in public.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

We Were Babies

We were babies then (1974). Why did my parents let us get married so young? I think I know. Because they knew I could never do better than Marinell and that I couldn’t afford to let her get away. Perfect fit. While I don’t generally recommend that nineteen-year-olds get married, every now and then it’s the right thing to do. I’ve mentioned before that we were born in the same hospital just two months apart (there is only 1,100 numbers difference in our Social Security numbers); we grew up about five miles apart, met in the seventh grade, started dating when we were juniors in high school, and married after our first year of college. Three children, and fifteen grandchildren later, here we are surrounded with God’s blessings of love, family, friends, and countless other things. We’re still growing (up) after 41 years of marriage and looking forward to the rest of our journey.

Marinell is smart, talented, quiet, steady, beautiful, kind, patient, hard-working, loving, and so much more. I look up to my wife. I’m proud of my wife. I admire my wife. I learn from my wife. I give thanks for my wife. Marinell, I love you! Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Are We Listening?

  • Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you. ― Jeremiah 1:5
  • “Fetal tissue” implants are not that much different from Nazi lamp shades made of Jewish skin. Both intend to put by-products of murder to “good use.” ― David Kupelian and Mark Masters, journalists 
  • The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being... If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light. — John Calvin
  • To forbid birth is only quicker murder.... He is a man, who is to be a man; the fruit is always present in the seed. ― Tertullian
  • Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. — Elie Wiesel
  • The real question today is not when human life begins, but, What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law–the same right we have. — Ronald Reagan
  • It is a poverty that a “child must die”, So that you may live as you wish. ― Mother Teresa
  • I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. ― Ronald Reagan
  • Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh! thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impels her to the crime. ― Susan B. Anthony
  • My case was wrongfully decided, and has caused great harm to the women and children of our nation. ― Norma McCorvey (former plaintiff in Roe v. Wade)
  • Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive. ― Author Unknown
  • I got to where I couldn't stand to look at the little bodies anymore. ― Dr. Beverly McMillan, when asked why she stopped performing abortions.
  • We really need to get over this love affair with the fetus ... ― Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General
  • A person is a person no matter how small. ― Dr. Seuss
  • Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. ― J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. ― Thomas Jefferson
  • How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers. ― Mother Teresa
  • This is a debate about our understanding of human dignity, what it means to be a member of the human family, even though tiny, powerless and unwanted. ― Henry Hyde
  • It seems to me clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime. ― Gandhi
  • If anything, a fetus is merely a parasitical creature that uses the mother as its host. Tapeworms are parasites that house themselves in the intestinal tracts of humans, feeding off the food the host consumes. Comparatively, a fetus is little more than a tapeworm. It is quite common for humans to annihilate parasites with medications or toxins, so why not allow for fetuses to suffer the same fate? ― Shane Krouse, [MSU sophomore and State News columnist, MSU State News]
  • We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving. ― J.K. Rowling
  • It’s alright all of us all living saying “oh well there’s enough of us so we won’t have anymore, don’t let anybody else live.” I don’t believe in that. ―  John Lennon
  • The fight for the right to life is not the cause of a special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man. – Dr. Mildred Jefferson
  • The message that President Obama delivered in his speech at Notre Dame was: morality is immoral. Pro-life is the extremist position, not a moral position. Yet we should compromise and work to reduce abortions. Where's the compromise between life and death - and why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there's nothing wrong with them? ― Rush Limbaugh
  • Taking antibiotics terminates more life than an abortion. One organism ― the billions you kill with antibiotics….If you can believe an embryo is greater than a woman, I can believe bacteria has a right to live. ― Feminist Amanda Marcotte 
  • We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of statistics and figures. We succeeded because the time was right and the news media cooperated. We sensationalized the effects of illegal abortions, and fabricated polls which indicated that 85 percent of the public favored unrestricted abortion, when we knew it was only 5 percent. We unashamedly lied, and yet our statements were quoted [by the media] as though they had been written in law. ― Dr. Bernard Nathanson, [Co-founder of National Assn. for Repeal of Abortion Laws, now called National Abortion Reproductive Rights Action League. Today, Dr. Nathanson is a pro-life author and activist.]
  • To say a child is unwanted says nothing about the child, but it says much about the person who does not want his or her child... ― Jean Staker Garton, [co-founder and president of the national organization Lutherans for Life]
  • What an irony that a society confronted with plastic bags filled with the remains of aborted babies should be more concerned about the problem of recycling the plastic... ― Winifred Egan 
  • Birth control is nothing more or less than…weeding out the unfit. ― Margaret Sanger, [founder of Planned Parenthood]

Monday, August 3, 2015

True Christianity

True Christianity! Let us mind that word "true." There is a vast quantity of religion current in the world which is not true, genuine Christianity. It passes muster, it satisfies sleepy consciences; but it is not good money. It is not the authentic reality that called itself Christianity in the beginning. There are thousands of men and women who go to churches and chapels every Sunday and call themselves Christians. They make a "profession" of faith in Christ. Their names are in the baptismal register. They are reckoned Christians while they live. They are married with a Christian marriage service. They mean to be buried as Christians when they die. But you never see any "fight" about their religion! Of spiritual strife and exertion and conflict and self–denial and watching and warring they know literally nothing at all. Such Christianity may satisfy man, and those who say anything against it may be thought very hard and uncharitable; but it certainly is not the Christianity of the Bible. It is not the religion which the Lord Jesus founded and His apostles preached. It is not the religion which produces real holiness. True Christianity is "a fight. 
-J.C. Ryle 
[HT: Stacy Little]

Christin's Quote Book

  • When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become president; I’m beginning to believe it. —Clarence Darrow
  • The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. —Galileo Galilei
  • Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.—Michael Crichton
  • Every election is a sort of advance auction of stolen goods.—H. L. Mencken
  •  Wine is sunlight, held together by water. Galileo Galilei

Friday, July 31, 2015

Missionary to Many

Brevet Clinic Set-up in Haiti ― Emily Lawlace at the bottom-right.

A good friend and church member, Emily Lawlace, is currently off an adventure to the poor country of Haiti. Now this is not an adventure for adventure’s sake but rather for Christ’s sake. This young woman, (as has become her habit), pushes herself to venture outside her comfort-zone, testing her faith and denying herself. As her pastor and friend, I’m not only proud of her, I admire her; I want to be more like her. She has gone where she has never been, sacrificed her time, money and comfort, expanded her experience, gained new friends, taken risks, served others, and much more. She is not only a missionary to Haiti; she is a missionary to me and many others. Yes, if we could all be more like Emily the world would be better and we too would be better. Thank you Emily! We continue to pray for you and your adventure..

24  The Lord bless you and keep you; 25  The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26  The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.―Numbers 6

Beware of the Do-Gooder

My grandfather was known to grumble about the "do-gooders," and all the trouble they cause. They have time for other people's business but little time to tend to their own. Do-gooders are found in the White House, the Congress, in the church and down the street. They know better than you do what's good for you and they’re going to help no matter how many have to suffer in the process. The Apostle Peter warns, "But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody [i.e., meddler] in other people's matters" (1 Peter 4:15). Murders and meddlers are in the same list with thieves and evildoers for a good reason: they both kill by taking what's not theirs to take. In the end, though pretending to do good, they actually do evil. C.S. Lewis described the do-gooder well when he wrote:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I Don't Want to Get Involved

4th Video- Planned Parenthood Exposed

You are involved; it’s unavoidable. It’s only a question of how you’re involved and whose side you’re on. I know, it makes us all uneasy. The left paints their opposition as kooky and as occupying the lunatic fringe. You are accused of being evil; of being “haters.” Who wants to be placed in those pigeonholes?  And so, while we think abortion is wrong, and we think same-sex marriage is wrong, we have also bought into the postmodern mantra: “who’s to say?” Everybody has their own opinion and we don’t want to get dragged into these controversies.  And so, we keep our opinions to ourselves. We think it noble and prudent to mind our own business. In so doing we defect. Of course we would like to change the subject, we would like to look the other way, but how can we? As Dr. Cornelius Van Til observed:

The war between Christ and Satan is a global war.... There is not a square inch of ground in heaven or on earth or under the earth in which there is peace between Christ and Satan…. No one can stand back, refusing to become involved.  He is involved from the day of his birth and even before his birth.  Jesus said: “He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”  If you say that you are not involved you are in fact involved on Satan’s side…. It is of the nature of the conflict between Christ and Satan to be all-comprehensive.

I know, this is scary and hard. I’m quite sympathetic to the personal struggle. It’s always been threatening and difficult. The Apostle Peter addressed this same problem when he wrote to the Christians of his day:

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. ―1 Peter 3:13-17

The Plan Behind Planned Parenthood

For a more complete exposé of Margaret Sanger’s views, I recommend the book: KillerAngel: A Short Biography of Planned Parenthood's Founder, Margaret Sanger, by George Grant.

Randy Booth

With the recent release of the undercover videos on Planned Parenthood, the curtain has been pulled back and the wizard has been exposed. Why are so many so surprised? Selling parts for Lamborghinis is the least of the problem. If we don’t clearly perceive the root cause of these wicked insanities, then we’ll forever be treating only the symptoms. Like sweeping water up hill, we see progress here and there but we’re ultimate overwhelmed by the flood. So, let’s hear from St. Margaret, the woman behind the curtain. Exactly what were those leavers she was pulling?  What was the plan behind Planned Parenthood? Let’s hear it I her own words.

“Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian Churches. I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity no less than Capitalism.”

“The lower down in the scale of human development we go the less sexual control we find. It is said the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets. According to one writer, the rapist has just enough brain development to raise him above the animal, but like the animal, when in heat, knows no law except nature, which impels him to procreate, whatever the result.

Sanger wrote that her concern was not just that feeble-mindedness leads to criminality but

“… there is sufficient evidence to lead us to believe that the so-called “borderline cases” are a greater menace than the out-and-out “defective delinquents” who can be supervised, controlled and prevented from procreating their kind. … the mental defective who is glib and plausible, bright looking and attractive, but with a mental vision of seven, eight or nine years, may not merely lower the whole level of intelligence in a school or in a society, but may be encouraged by church and state to increase and multiply until he dominates … an entire community. The presence in the public schools of the mentally defective children of men and women who should never have been parents is a problem that is becoming more and more difficult.

This woman behind the curtain argued for the elimination of human weeds, “for the cessation of charity, for the segregation of morons, misfits, and maladjusted,” and for the sterilization of “genetically inferior races.” Sanger was not one for subtlety in such matters. She bluntly defined “birth control,” a term she coined, as “the process of weeding out the unfit” aimed at “the creation of a superman.” She often expressed her view that “the most merciful thing that the large family does to one its infant members is to kill it,” and that “all our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class.”

Sanger wrote in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble in December 19, 1939: “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities.  The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Her magazine also made concrete policy proposals, such as the creation of “moron communities,” the forced production of children by the “fit,” and the compulsory sterilization and even elimination of the “unfit.” In 1939 she and Clarence Gamble made an infamous proposal called “Birth Control and the Negro,” which asserted that “the poorer areas, particularly in the South ... are producing alarmingly more than their share of future generations.” Her “religion of birth control” would, she wrote, “ease the financial load of caring for with public funds ... children destined to become a burden to themselves, to their family, and ultimately to the nation.”

An argument has been asserted by the supporters of Margaret Sanger that her racist views have now been abandoned by Planned Parenthood. Tell that to the millions of minority babies that are chopped, suctioned and sold every year by this corrupt organization. Planned Parenthood is now a thoroughly modern, politically correct, equal opportunity slaughterhouse. The plan behind Planned Parenthood is has an ugly history and an even uglier future.  There’s no possibility of unringing this bell. We’ve all heard it loud and clear.