Abortion Speech

24 02 2009

Blaise Pascal Quote

6 09 2008

O mankind, it is in vain that you seek within yourself the cure for your own miseries. All your insight only leads you to the knowledge that it is not in yourself that you will discover either truth or goodness. The philosophers made these promises, but they have failed to keep them. For they do not know what your true good is, nor what is your true state. How could they provide cures for ills they did not even recognize or diagnose? For your chief maladies are pride, which cuts you off from God; sensuality, which keeps you earth-bound; and all they have done is to keep at least one of these maladies forstered. If they have given you God for your object, it is only to pander to your pride. They have made you think that you are like Him and resemble God by your nature. And those who saw the vanity of such pretension have cast you down into that other abyss, by making you believe that your nature is like that of the beasts of the field, and have led you to seek your good in lust, which is the lot of the animals. – Blaise Pascal, The Mind On Fire, p. 113.  

Jesus is not a Life-enhancement Product!

8 03 2008

comedy_hg_wht_st.gifNASHVILLE, March 8 /Christian Newswire/ — “It is ironic that Christian broadcasters will be crowding into the Gaylord Opryland Resort’s Delta Ballroom on Monday night, March 10, for a “Night of Comedy,” says 50-year veteran Christian broadcaster, Dr. Vic Eliason, founder of the VCY America Radio Network and Channel 30 Television in Milwaukee. Eliason served in the past as president of Midwest NRB for two years and as NRB Board member for 18 years. He is currently attending the NRB Convention underway in Nashville.

“As Christian broadcasters we are facing a culture and nation that is increasingly hostile to biblical truth. We are looking at the possible resurrection of the Fairness Doctrine that would have a devastating impact on many of our ministries. We are facing one of the most important elections in our nation’s history that will have huge consequences in all areas of life. We face terrorism worries, economic tremors and a steady encroachment on our civil liberties,” he said. “The moral squalor in our land is ever worsening as evidenced by the multi-billion dollar porn industry that flows into our nation’s homes to the harm of our children. Nearly 50 million preborn Americans have lost their lives in the womb, and the numbers continue to mount. In the extremely limited time we have here in Nashville, it is tragically significant that Christian broadcasters are spending Monday evening laughing their sides off at three comedians at the Night of Comedy, and following that up with Monday Night Madness an hour later for a meet and greet with the air-brushed celebrities of the music industry.

Eliason says he has seen vast changes in the landscape in Christian broadcasting over the decades. “When I began in Christian broadcasting years ago, there was a seriousness, a gravity among those whose driving passion was to air an unadulterated Gospel message. Ministry was the focus. We now have an “Industry” focus that results in Disney and Fox consultants coming in to tell us how to present the Gospel.

“A Disney exec is going to be telling us about, ‘The Power of a Story’. We need the creators of Cinderella to tell us how to present the story of the living Christ? What ever happened to the power of the Holy Spirit?” asks Dr. Eliason. “The emphasis today is not on the preaching of the Word. We’re told that nobody will listen to preaching any longer, that only images will suffice. Yet Scripture tells us in I Corinthians 1:21 that it is through the preaching of the Word that the Holy Spirit works to convert souls. In our endless and expensive quest for cultural relevance, we are losing the heart of the Gospel message, which is to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Christ. Unlike what many religious broadcasters are airing today, Jesus is not a life-enhancement product.”

Dr. Eliason concludes by saying, “What a powerful thing it would be if all of those broadcasters who are still committed to getting the true Gospel out to the masses through media would kneel and seek God at a mass prayer meeting in the Delta Ballroom. We could confess corporately that all of our slick media techniques, all of the money that is now the motivation in so much of religious broadcasting, and all the man-made strategies are ultimately worthless in changing hearts without the power of God in our ministries. What we are needing as Christian broadcasters at this hour is repentance and a return to the core purpose for our vast media assets—to unapologetically preach Christ crucified, the only hope of the world.”

Dr. Vic Eliason served as a president of Midwest NRB and served on the NRB Board of Directors for 18 years. He is founder and Executive Director of the VCY America Radio Network and Channel 30 Television in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, Crosstalk, heard on 84 stations each day. Vic Eliason was a Christian radio pioneer in the Midwest back when FM was in its infancy and just celebrated 50 years of Christian broadcast ministry.

Manifesting the Life of Jesus

7 01 2008


Flywheel Recommendation

18 12 2007

flywheel.jpgI joyfully recommend this little movie (now out on DVD) about a used car salesman that repents of his godless ways and starts really living for the Lord.  

Yes, cinematically it is well below Hollywood standards. But it makes up for that lack by excelling in more important standards, Christian standards.  

The movie is an earlier project from the same church that made “Facing the Giants” (which I also enjoyed). 

The only criticism I have for both of these movies is that they teach that God grants prosperity and/or success to those who live for Him – the obvious, worldly type.

10 Truths that Transformed My Life

30 08 2007

me-haley1_1.jpg1. God is real.

2. God has revealed Himself.

3. The Bible is God’s Word.

4. Choices have consequences.

5. I am responsible for the consequences of my own decisions.

6. I am lost without Christ.

7. Jesus died for me.

8. I must believe to be saved.

9. Not doing what I know I should is sin (James 4:17).

10. Without love I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

Talk about Blind Faith…

9 07 2007

fail.jpgStylish certainties continue to fall under the weight of evidence.

The secular crowd fancies any alternative to the tried and true Christian worldview as automatically superior. They place their faith in theories and methods built on atheistic presuppositions and then look the other way as society disintegrates in direct proportion to the adoption of their ideologies.

 When will they realize that even small departures from the truth about the sinful nature of man and God’s gracious solution to that nature cannot be ignored without harmful consequences? Sadly, they continue to believe things like “positive reinforcement and praise” are superior to biblical training and discipline.

Even those who perceive the problems remain unable or unwilling to see the cause. For example:

Don Chance, a finance professor at Louisiana State University, says it dawned on him last spring. The semester was ending, and as usual, students were making a pilgrimage to his office, asking for the extra points needed to lift their grades to A’s.

“They felt so entitled,” he recalls, “and it just hit me. We can blame Mr. Rogers.” Fred Rogers, the late TV icon, told several generations of children that they were “special” just for being whoever they were. He meant well, and he was a sterling role model in many ways. But what often got lost in his self-esteem-building patter was the idea that being special comes from working hard and having high expectations for yourself.

Now Mr. Rogers, like Dr. Spock before him, has been targeted for re-evaluation. And he’s not the only one. As educators and researchers struggle to define the new parameters of parenting, circa 2007, some are revisiting the language of child ego-boosting. What are the downsides of telling kids they’re special? Is it a mistake to have children call us by our first names? When we focus all conversations on our children’s lives, are we denying them the insights found when adults talk about adult things?

Some are calling for a recalibration of the mind-sets and catch-phrases that have taken hold in recent decades. Among the expressions now being challenged:

“You’re special.” On the Yahoo Answers Web site, a discussion thread about Mr. Rogers begins with this posting: “Mr. Rogers spent years telling little creeps that he liked them just the way they were. He should have been telling them there was a lot of room for improvement. … Nice as he was, and as good as his intentions may have been, he did a disservice.” Signs of narcissism among college students have been rising for 25 years, according to a recent study led by a San Diego State University psychologist. Obviously, Mr. Rogers alone can’t be blamed for this. But as Prof. Chance sees it, “he’s representative of a culture of excessive doting.”

Prof. Chance teaches many Asian-born students, and says they accept whatever grade they’re given; they see B’s and C’s as an indication that they must work harder, and that their elders assessed them accurately. They didn’t grow up with Mr. Rogers or anyone else telling them they were born special.

By contrast, American students often view lower grades as a reason to “hit you up for an A because they came to class and feel they worked hard,” says Prof. Chance. He wishes more parents would offer kids this perspective: “The world owes you nothing. You have to work and compete. If you want to be special, you’ll have to prove it.”

“They’re just children.” When kids are rude, self-absorbed or disrespectful, some parents allow or endure it by saying, “Well, they’re just children.” The phrase is a worthy one when it’s applied to a teachable moment, such as telling kids not to stick their fingers in electrical sockets. But as an excuse or as justification for unacceptable behavior, “They’re just children” is just misguided. (See full story on WSJ.com)