Monthly Archives: October 2012

Life in prison for stealing golf clubs

Two months ago, Gary Ewing died at the age of forty-nine from pneumonia and colon cancer. Chances are, you’ve never heard of Ewing. Until recently neither had I. But his life and death are a kind of parable about the absurd lengths that fear and the desire to be safe at any cost will drive a society.

Like so many others in prison, Ewing was part of the crack cocaine epidemic. He was first arrested at 22 for theft and received a six-month suspended sentence. His second felony conviction, for grand theft auto, came four years later. He served a year in jail and three more on probation.

Then, in 2000, he entered the pro shop at the El Segundo Golf Course in California. He took three clubs, with a total value of $1,200, stuffed them down his pants leg and tried to walk out of the shop. An employee saw him limping suspiciously and called the police.

Clearly, whatever else Ewing may have been, “criminal mastermind” was not of them. Nor was he especially dangerous, except perhaps to himself.

None of this mattered, because under California’s “three-strikes” law, stuffing $1,200 worth of golf clubs down his pants earned Ewing life without the possibility of parole. Let me repeat: Life in prison for stealing golf clubs.
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Good Read for my Catholic Friends and evangelicals on the Reformation

Lets look back at some church history.

It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” on the church door at Wittenberg, thus starting the theological movement we know today as the Protestant Reformation.

For my Catholic friends who would like to read a quick read of what exactly were the foundations of the Reformation (which will also help you to understand the current convictions of us evangelicals.) I also encourage other evangelicals

like myself to read it.
( Five Key Concepts in the Reformation Understanding of Justification )


Thanks to my friend —
Denny Hartford for pointing out this piece to me.

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Nasty words from older souls who support Obama

Here is a sick video made in support of President Obama.
Be warned the older people in this video need their mouths washed out with soap. They use some nasty words. I was only able to watch a part of it but this shows what kind of people are supporting Obama.
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Today’s ( Tuesday ) Posts


One week to go
At this ‘Mormon Moment,’ convey truth & grace
Obama says Billy Graham is senile for backing Bible based values
October Baby


One week to go

One week from today is election day.
If you have not done so start praying for God’s will to be done. If you have been praying keep it up. Pray for our nation.
Then informed your friends and family how those running for office stand on the key issues.
No matter who wins the election America will still be the very best nation in the world. However America will be a different nation if the voters vote one way. No matter what we must keep our faith in God because no one is going to elect the Lord or take away the crown from him. He is truly King of Kings.


At this ‘Mormon Moment,’ convey truth & grace

NASHVILLE (BP) — Mormonism is something we cannot escape right now. We are in a “Mormon Moment” thanks to the candidacy of Gov. Mitt Romney. Southern Baptists need to address this moment with truth and grace.
Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, is seldom subtle, speaking boldly and clearly about what he believes. We’ve agreed many times and disagreed a couple. Though I might nuance it differently, I think Southern Baptists would do well to consider his words in the Washington Post, “I wouldn’t call a cult but it claims to be Christian and isn’t. Its theology is like a cult but socially and culturally it doesn’t act like a cult…. They don’t withdraw, they don’t live in communities and they’re not like Jehovah’s Witnesses or James Jones.”

Land is right to point out the difference. He did not deny that Mormonism is theologically a cult, but he did imply a difference between a “theological cult” and a “sociological cult.” That’s a helpful distinction that, current discussions aside, is the view taught at almost all SBC seminaries.

Furthermore, Mitt Romney is right. At Liberty University he spoke about people of different faiths, “your faith and mine.” Yes, those words were certainly chosen to assure evangelicals, but it hit the right tone — Mormonism is a different faith or religion. Three out of four Protestant pastors (and it’s higher for evangelicals) agree Mormons are not Christians.
As such, my suggestion is simple. Do what the North American Mission Board does and says.

— First, be unapologetic in saying that Mormonism does fit the definition of a theological cult. (I agree, and I was surprised to see that I was the only one who said so in an article that appeared in places like the Salt Lake Tribune.) I am thankful NAMB has not deleted that reality from its website, even when it is being scrutinized in this political season.

— Second, take a more winsome tone in evangelism and public conversation, in your words and your tone. To do so, learn about Mormonism. Phil Roberts and Tal Davis have helpful resources available at the NAMB website.

— Third, engage in public conversation and in private witnessing in a respectful way, caring more about people than scoring points. Talk about the true Gospel. Don’t be afraid to explain there are false gospels, but show the love of Jesus to your Mormon neighbor and to the world watching how you deal with that neighbor.
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Is it a sin to vote for Barack Obama and the Democrats? When you examine Paul’s warnings in the New Testament, this question is a no-brainer.

I think a lot of people assume this is a difficult subject for me to address. I hate to disappoint them, but it’s not.

I recently read an article from a self-proclaimed “Christian Democrat” explaining why they would be voting for Obama, and to a larger degree, supporting the Democratic Party. I am intentionally not linking to the original article for a reason. The article was full of the very kind of “fine-sounding arguments” that Paul warns us in Colossians to be on guard against. Given the sorry state of biblical Christianity in America, I know that several of these arguments could easily ensnare and trap a lot of confused Christians — and I won’t willfully provide a potential stumbling block to any believer.

It should be an axiom for Christ followers that while our faith should inform our politics, our politics should never inform our faith. But this particular author, as is often the case with Christian Democrats, has made an a priori commitment to supporting the Democrats and then seeks to find faith-based reasons to justify it. But here’s the uncomfortable truth such individuals must confront: while it’s certainly true that not every Republican is worthy of our support as Christians, any individual who runs under a platform that justifies the legal slaughter of innocent life made in the image of God is an unacceptable choice. Period.
None of this is saying that Christians should vote for Mitt Romney. That is an entirely separate question than whether they should vote for Barack Obama. Christians who accept the words of Scripture will not do the latter.



The Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. greeted everyone walking into his Texas church on Sundays with a big hug and an “I love you.” His weekdays were spent visiting folks in the hospital or mowing lawns and doing household repairs for members in need.

Parishioners, who described Kirk as a dedicated minister with a bubbly personality and a knack for remembering the names of his church’s 800 members, are now looking for answers following his violent death.

Police in the Fort Worth suburb of Forest Hill said Kirk was killed Monday by a man who rammed a car into a wall at his Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church, then chased Kirk and fatally beat him with an electric guitar.

Investigators said they don’t know the motive or if Kirk knew his attacker, who police subdued by using a Taser but who died after being taken into custody. His name hasn’t been released.

UPDATE: A suburban Fort Worth medical examiner’s office has released the name of the man who died in police custody after ramming his car into a church wall and then fatally beating the pastor. Thirty-three-year-old Derrick Birdow died Monday after being found unresponsive in the back of a patrol car.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the church, where crime-scene tape was wrapped around a small statue of Jesus near the wrecked car. Some hugged each other and cried, while others shared memories of Kirk.

“He really was concerned about our souls,” Montoya McNeil, a church member for eight years, said as she wiped away tears. “You looked forward to being here. … I’m not asking God why, because I know where he (Kirk) is, but we won’t get those big bear hugs and those great sermons anymore.”


Please keep the people on the East Coast in your prayers. ( Read more on this issue )

Obama says Billy Graham is senile for backing Bible based values

A conservative activist and a leader in the pro-family movement is outraged that an Obama backer has suggested that evangelist Billy Graham is senile.

During an interview on CNN, Markel Hutchins, a left-wing pastor and ardent supporter of Barack Obama, was asked what he thought of a full-page newspaper ad from Billy Graham that calls on Americans to defend the nation’s Judeo-Christian values at the ballot box November 6.

“I think one of the things that we know is that Reverend Graham is at a very seasoned and elder stage of his life,” Hutchins stated. “So we’ve got to wonder how much of this is genuinely coming from Billy Graham and how much is being fed to him and propositioned and heaped upon him by those who are around him — for example, his ultra-conservative son, the Reverend Franklin Graham.”

Gary Bauer, chairman of Campaign for Working Families, finds Hutchins’ comments very upsetting.

“President Obama is pro-same-sex marriage, he’s pro-abortion on demand; Mitt Romney is pro-normal marriage and pro-life,” Bauer points out.
Did these souls get upset when Billy Graham was defending President Bill Clinton after his sexual sin when he lied to the American people.
Rev. Graham has met and prayed with presidents no matter what their faith or political views are. At the same time Rev. Graham has said those of us who have a relationship with Jesus Christ must be submitted to the Lordship of God’s word in every part of our lives and that would include how we vote.
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