Monthly Archives: October 2015

“How do you set about praying? From our point of view, there is a fairly obvious order of priorities. We’re usually in some sort of mess, and we want God to get us out of it. Then we’ve usually got some fairly pressing needs, and we want God to supply them. It may strike us at that point that there’s a larger world out there. Again, we probably move from mess to wants: please sort out the Middle East, please feed the hungry, please house the homeless.
But then, once more, it may dawn on us that there’s not just a larger world out there; there’s a larger God out there. He’s not just a celestial cleaner-up and sorter-out of our messes and wants. He is God. He is the living God. And he is our Father. If we linger here, we may find our priorities quietly turned inside out. The contents may remain; the order p 7 will change. With that change, we move at last from paranoia to prayer; from fuss to faith.
The Lord’s Prayer is designed to help us make this change: a change of priority, not a change of content.”

Tom Wright, The Lord and His Prayer (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1996), 6–7.

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 […]

Iron Maiden’s New Old Music and the Quest for Eternity

Grandiose and epic. That’s the feeling I had as I listened to a band I haven’t listened to for almost thirty years. I wasn’t listening to an old album, but a brand new one. Still, within the first few notes of the first song I heard on youtube, my ears recognized Iron Maiden. It was the same driving rhythm, same guitar, and wait… really? Same vocalist? I did a bit of reading and there’s been all kinds of changes and restorations in Iron Maiden. Apparently as any metal head would know – and I didn’t, Bruce Dickinson left for awhile but came back. To my ears untainted with anything since “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” (1988) I was impressed and somewhat surprised to hear they had retained their very signature sound. The Book Of Souls sounds like every Iron Maiden I used to love. Now, what kind of preacher listens to bands like Iron Maiden? It’s a funny question to consider since, for years, I wouldn’t. I’m actually not sure I do today – though for a few days I did. Let’s suffice it to say that, spiritually speaking, there are parts of my teen years I don’t want to revisit. When I turned to Christ in repentance back then – […]