The Lord Reigns

I often talk about God being in control. But that seems to fly in the face of our lives which themselves often seem like chaos. Then we watch the news and see 127 dead and 180 wounded in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in France. What does “God reigns” mean in the face of so much chaos, suffering, and outright evil? How can God be in control when so many people are in rebellion against his reign? And while we’re at it, what does God’s sovereignty actually have to do with me anyway? If God is going to be sovereign with or without me, what difference does it make for me? We see the reign of God in stages in scripture. Currently Sovereign Across the spectrum of scripture God is declared as sovereign over all as both creator and Lord. One example of that comes in Isaiah: “…I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure…Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, […]

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.” (Revelation 19:6, ESV)

Art has value after all

I’m not a very artsy guy. I frequently lament that I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler.  That’s mostly true.  My lack of skill in the realm of arts somehow did not get passed on to the rest of my family.  My wife is a wonderful quilter.  My children can all draw, paint, and otherwise craft beautiful things. I’m so pathetic with color and blending that I have to ask my wife to match my suits, ties, and shirts for me. Since visual art doesn’t come to me at all, I have tended to discount it.  But the more I read Francis Schaeffer, as I read through his complete works,  the more I want to view art.  When I came upon his writing, “Art in the Bible” I began to race through it in a rather hurried fashion to get it over with. Then I repented. My eyes hit Schaeffer’s words concerning the false dichotomy of spiritual and unspiritual that smacks of Platonism. “The Lordship of Christ over the whole of life means that there are no Platonic areas in Christianity, no dichotomy or hierarchy V 2, p 376 between the body and the soul.” Francis A. Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview, […]

Who is buying all these Body Parts?

John Stonestreet gives a fine reprisal of the situation as it stands with Planned Parenthood’s murder spree. Unless you’ve been completely unplugged for the last several months, you know about the undercover Planned Parenthood videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. These videos show Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price of fetal body parts procured during abortions and admitting that they had altered the abortion procedures in order to procure those parts. On air and in front of Congress, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has denied that the organization ever profited via such transactions—but the videos tell a different story.Now Richards, after withering publicity, congressional scrutiny, state investigations, and calls for the federal government to defund the organization, says that Planned Parenthood will no longer take any money for fetal tissue used for medical research. Source: Planned Parenthood Changes Its Plans, But We Do not OK, so they’re not going to sell any more body parts.  Now they’ll just dismember babies and throw them away.  And we’re supposed to be fine with that?  I don’t think so. … For more information see: Answering the Arguments for Planned Parenthood. … Somewhere along the line I realized that few people seem concerned with the other end of the story.  just exactly who […]