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“We hold these truths to be self-evident…”, not all stories are created equal

There’s been a news story here in the Detroit area for the past week that is really starting to bother me. If you live in Metro Detroit you probably already know about the murder of Jane Bashara.  I don’t know how you couldn’t, it’s pretty much front and center in every newspaper, newscast, and news radio in Detroit. It’s even made some of the national shows (you know, hard hitting journalists like Nancy Grace) Continue reading

WWJD – What would Jesus drive?

Jesus riding on a donkey

This has not been a good year for cars in our house. Back in May we had to turn in a lease vehicle, which meant we had to find a new car. We visited a couple dealerships and settled on a 2011 Chevy Malibu. A fine, fairly modest automobile. Six short weeks later, on Memorial Day, blammo! The car was struck by lightning while parked in a friends driveway. Airbags went off, horn was blowing, wipers on, cooling fan on, and all this without even having a key in the ignition. Pretty cool, huh? Continue reading

I really have to start paying attention to what I write

Diagram from the accident report

Actual sketch from the accident report, I'm car #2

 

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post called “Be careful what you ask him for, He will probably answer“. I think, maybe, I should have taken my own advice. I’ve been writing this blog for almost a month now, and I actually find it quite enjoyable, at least considering that I really had no desire to do any writing just a couple months ago. I made a promise to myself that I would try to write a minimum of three times per week, and I figured in the process the blog could do three things: Continue reading

“Hey Dad, what do you think of the Tigers signing Prince Fielder?”

Prince Fielder

Today was a big day for my favorite baseball team, the Detroit Tigers. They signed one of the biggest free agents in baseball, Prince Fielder, to a nine year $214 million deal. Absolutely staggering, ridiculous money, but what do I care, it’s not my money. All afternoon my coworkers and I were talking about the big news, I read newspaper accounts, checked out twitter, listened to all the news  I could on the radio. There was only one thing missing – the phone call I would have normally had with my dad when something big like this happened. Continue reading

Did they retire from fishing, or just go on vacation?

“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

Every time I hear this I picture the same scene in my head. I imagine a boat sitting on the beach with someone working in it, think Tim Robbins at the end of The Shawshank Redemption. A guy comes walking down the beach and says “follow me, I’ll make you fishers of men”. The guys working on the boat glance at each other, shrug their shoulders, and jump down to the beach to follow the man. Then, the three of them walk a bit further down the beach and they see a couple men on the next boat working with their father. Continue reading

But whoever denies me before men…..

 

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Something interesting happened to me at work yesterday. I am currently taking The Great Adventure Bible Timeline by Jeff Cavins at my church, which I highly recommend, and class was last night. I hadn’t quite finished answering all of the questions the night before, so I took the materials to work with me so I could finish at lunch. When lunchtime came I took out my workbook and Bible and started doing my homework at my desk. My boss came by, we are pretty friendly with each other, and asked if I was studying something. Much to my surprise, I answered without hesitation “yeah, I’m doing Bible study homework.” Continue reading

Be careful what you ask Him for, He will probably answer

At mass today our deacon (Deacon Mike, my favorite deacon) mentioned the parable of the rich young man from the Gospel of Mark. As he mentioned it something struck me.  Isn’t it funny how the scriptures can do that? At certain times they just speak to you, sometimes the same verse hits you in different ways. Anyways, here is the parable in case you don’t remember it word for word: Continue reading

The Church of the Youtube Guy

re·li·gion/riˈlijən/

Noun:
  1. The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.
  2. Details of belief as taught or discussed.

This video currently has over six million views on youtube. I have a feeling that it has helped to form the opinions of at least some of those six million people, and that is a scary thought. Not that I disagree with everything the young man says, actually I agree with quite a bit of it, especially in the second half when he is talking about what Christ did for us even though we are not worthy.  A lot of it is very well thought out.  My problem is more with the “no religion” portion of the video.  It is fairly obvious that “religion” is a veiled reference to a specific church. Continue reading

An Atheistic Defense Of Tim Tebow | ThePostGame

Below is an excerpt of an article by Eric Adelson about American Atheist president Dave Silverman weighing in on the Tebow phenomena.  I mention this only because I can see where Mr. Silverman is coming from.  In my previous life it would have bothered me to no end that Tebow always thanks Jesus, just as it drove me nuts when Kurt Warner did it.  I always had this feeling that it was at least naive, and at worst disingenuous pandering on his part.  I honestly thought that nobody truly believed in Jesus as the Son of God, and if they did they must be incredibly naive.  I was the guy who at a Catholic wedding would feel proud when everyone went up for communion that I was smart enough to stay in my seat.  I was not one of the “sheep” walking up to eat a communion wafer just so everyone could see how holy I was.  Besides, I knew must of those people, and they were not holy.

Well, just like Mr. Silverman, I just didn’t “get it”.  Now, I couldn’t imagine a Sunday going by without receiving our Lord in holy communion.  But I still remember how I used to feel, and I’m glad I no longer feel that way.  Mr. Silverman would say that I’ve been brainwashed, just as he says Tebow is brainwashing himself by giving God all the credit.  I, however, know the truth, and I pray that Mr. Silverman and others like him will find the truth as well.  What do you think?

The article:

An Atheistic Defense Of Tim Tebow

Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:05 pmWritten by: Eric Adelson

It’s official: Everyone on the planet has an opinion on Tim Tebow. By now we’ve heard from everyone from Rick Perry to Bill Maher to the folks at Saturday Night Live. And of course those opinions result in even more opinions, so much so that Tim Tebow the human being is almost irrelevant next to Tim Tebow the idea. What Tebow represents can be almost anything to anyone, but the person we’re all talking about has faded away.

And that brings us to the atheist community.

They are certainly in the minority on Tim Tebow. In a recent nationwide poll, 43 percent of those who knew of Tebow said they believed divine intervention was at least partly responsible for his success. Atheists, obviously, disagree. They also dislike how Tebow is using his fame to promote Christianity. No surprise there.

But what is surprising is that one leading atheist makes an argument against Tebow that also serves as a roundabout defense of Tebow. And to illustrate that point, we begin with the president of American Atheists, Dave Silverman, Tebowing:

Silverman, 45, has added a clever twist to the fad. He is genuflecting like Tebow does when he prays, but he’s also mimicking Rodin’s The Thinker. This is a nod to the atheist or humanistic belief that it is man — not a higher power — who is purely in control of his fate. Silverman is Tebowing to his fellow man.

“The universe has a trillion stars,” he says. “Ninety five percent of it is dark matter. It’s hubris to think the Creator of all that wants the Broncos to win a football game.”

via An Atheistic Defense Of Tim Tebow | ThePostGame.