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Resolutions

New Year

Religion/Spirituality

Resource: Jonathan Edwards, “The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards,” Desiring God

Summary:  Jonathan Edwards’ practice of making resolutions is an excellent example of disciplined self-reflection before God and commitment to pursuing Christ in all areas of life.

Report: With the dawn of the New Year, we often discuss our resolutions on how to improve some aspect of our life in the coming days. Jonathan Edwards, the American theologian and pastor (1703-1758), made a lifelong practice of making resolutions that he faithfully recorded in this journals. These resolutions range throughout all areas of his personal walk with Christ from reflections on his life mission, spiritual disciplines, character development and relationships. Edwards disciplined himself to review his resolutions once a week and made provisions to assess his progress on a regularly scheduled basis. For this year, I am personally resolving to review Edwards’ resolutions as a guide to developing my own. Matt Perman at Desiring God ministries has helpfully grouped Edwards’ 70 resolutions together by category to see both the heart and convictions which drove Edwards in his seeking after Christ and His Kingdom.


 
Islam

Islam

Religion/Spirituality

Islam: What the West Needs to Know, Produced and directed by Gregory M. Davis and Bryan Daly, Produced and distributed by Quixotic Media, LLC, USA 2006.

I recently had a purview at the website of Human Events having been encouraged by a fellow Centurion. As I clicked on one of their articles, I was brought to another website, The Right Scoop . Posted in the very lower right hand margin was a video clip: “Islam: What the West Needs to Know.” Had I seen this before? Sometimes Islam is in the margins of our lives. It is not my focus, yet I know it is on the front page of our times.  How much do I know about my Muslim neighbor? “It would be incorrect to regard Islam as primarily or solely a religion,” (Islam: What the West Needs to Know 1:11:35) Serge Trifkovic, author of The Sword of the Prophet, explains.

Did I know this? I clicked the spot. There I read, “Even though it is 98 minutes long, I put this in the category of MUST WATCH. Please take the time to watch it.” It did take up some time, but keeping this issue in the margins is not a question any longer.


 
New Age

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Culture/Religion


What does Pachamama have to do with my children? Dr. Peter Jones sites an example of how paganism creeps into a culture and its politics – in this case, Bolivian. He notes how insidiously this New Age mindset in our own country is infecting our children. The power of this very short article sends a message that should jolt us to action on our hands and knees. Mother Earth needs weeding, not worship.

Resource: Dr. Peter Jones, truthXchange, IO 78: Pachamama Wants Your Children, May 5, 2011

 
Family and Economics

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Culture/Institutions


Robert Rector
, The Heritage Foundation, “Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty,” September 16, 2010.

One of the biggest points made in the Doing the Right Thing ethics series was the importance of family. When this starts to break down, we’re in trouble. Child poverty or seeing the amount of folks on some sort of welfare is increasing. Why is that?

Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow in the Domestic Policy Studies Department at The Heritage Foundation, gives us a look, statistically, at the decrease in marriages in our country as the poverty level rises. Is there a connection? What can we be doing about this? A review of this report will help to clarify and confirm our need to strengthen and promote marriage as ordained from creation leading to a costly mistake if we fail.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/marriage-america-s-greatest-weapon-against-child-poverty

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Cultural Renewal

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Subject: Worldview

Resource: Dr. Tim Keller, “What is (Christian) Cultural Renewal? (Part 1)” Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, 2003. http://sermons2.redeemer.com/sermons/what-christian-cultural-renewal-part-1

Dr. Tim Keller explains Christian worldview versus dualism and legalism. This podcast, given to the leadership at Redeemer, explains in 38 quick minutes how we are to infiltrate our world for Christ. Packed with practical insight, he defines what the Church is not doing to influence those around us, but clearly shows how we can revise our view, thus carrying out the work of renewal.

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Irreducible Complexity Not Refuted

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Science/Technology


Resource: Jonathon D. “Michael Behe Hasn’t Been Refuted on the Flagellum,” The Discovery Institute: Evolution News and Views

Summary: Darwinian theorists are claiming to have refuted irreducible complexity, but that is not the case.

Report: Calling the basic mechanism of the flagellum “breathtakingly elegant and mesmerizing,” the author believes it “can’t be properly appreciated without a minimum a cursory knowledge of its underpinning operations.” While not easy to picture as a lay-person, he gives a stunning explanation of the complexity.

Not only is it complex but an expensive system to run, due to its demands on energy, and it must be put together with care as the “untimely expression of flagellum proteins may induce a strong immune response in the host system, something no bacterium wants to do. If the peptides present themselves at the wrong time, macrophages in the bacterium may “smell” an alien and do their job—to ingest foreign objects—to the demise of the bacterium. “The bottom line is that modern Darwinian theory – as classically understood – has come nowhere close to explaining the origin of this remarkably complex and sophisticated motor engine.”

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/03/michael_behe_hasnt_been_refute044801.html

Here are some other articles about intelligent design theory vs. Darwinism.

This article, “Venter vs. Dawkins … on the Tree of Life—Another Dawkins Whopper,” describes evidence of another “whopper” of deceit from Darwinians.
http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/03/venter_vs_dawkins_on_the_tree_044681.html

Robin D. Zimmer writes in the Tennessean his opinion of the legislation debate on amendment (HB 368) that would allow for better critical analysis of scientific theories within the public classroom. http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110311/OPINION03/103110362/-1/MICRO020701/Critical-thinking-analysis-foster-good-science

Discovery Institute adds its own support to the amendment (HB 368) in Tennessee.
http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/03/tennessee_academic_freedom_bil044761.html

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