Volume 8, Issue 4: Cave of Adullam
Mutterings on the Regnant Follies
The President of the United States is an interesting fellow. One never knows what he will be caught doing next. This time he has been caught . . . in Bible study. World magazine reports that apparently he and Bill Hybels, pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church, and pioneer in the "make your church look as much like a bad youth group for troubled teens as possible" movement, have a monthly Bible study in the Oval Office. We have no word on whether Hillary and her fortune-teller attend.
This explains more than we wanted explained.
Great Experiments in Telepathy
Reg Barrow is the president of Still Waters Revival Books. He hasn't read John Frame's new book on worship, but he thinks it is heresy anyway. In a public on-line discussion of the book he calls it "subtle and dangerous." He finds Frame's view that we are allowed to sing hymns, whether new and old, a little hotter than he can handle. And Frame is acting "contrary to the second commandment," and is a "real sectarian." And to top off his musings, Barrow claims that Calvin would have excommunicated Frame "without a second thought." And all this insight without reading the book!
We have not read all Barrow's comments on Frame, and that which we did read was not read very carefully--but that should present no barrier to the rigorous exchange of ideas!
Honor Where Honor is Due
In Arizona the remains of a brave man have been found. Highway patrolmen discovered what was apparently an airplane crash site. But it wasn't an airplane, it was a 1967 Chevy Impala. The problem lay in the fact that the wreck occurred 125 feet up the side of a cliff. Eventually the story was pieced together. Somehow a lad of unusual daring had gotten a hold of a JATO unit (Jet Assisted Take-Off). It is a solid fuel rocket that helps get heavy planes off the ground. This fella strapped it to his Chevy Impala in a quest for the ultimate rush. He then drove into the desert and found himself a nice straight stretch of road about three miles from the crash site, where he lit up the JATO. This was determined by the patch of melted and scorched asphalt at that location.
The JATO would have reached full thrust within 5 seconds, which would mean a speed of about 350 mph. The man behind the wheel would be experiencing a G-force level usually reserved for fighter pilots on afterburners. The Impala remained on the road for about 2.5 miles, or 15 seconds. At this point the pilot applied and melted his brakes, blew all four tires and became airborne for the remaining 1.4 miles of the ride. 9 seconds later he encountered a cliff face about 125 feet above the road. Not much of him was found, but there is quite a crater in the cliff.
We are not sure if there is a deeper meaning for this one.
Doings in D.C.
Chronicles reports that a homosexual quasi-orgy took place in a federal building in Washington, D.C. The building was the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. The Cherry Jubilee "Main Event" occurred this last April 13. "Among the sponsors of the event were a GOP congressman and a host of corporations." The dance included "public nudity, illicit sexual activity, and illegal drug use."
But hey, at least there was no prayer on public property.
National Review reports that, according to Americans for Tax Reform, "Independence Day" came on July 7 this year. This is the date when we have all paid in enough taxes to foot the annual tax bill, the interest on the national debt, and the cost of federal regs. From July 7 to the end of the year, you get to keep what you earn.
After that, back in the slammer.
Christianity Today tells the story in "Actors Who Just Say No" of various young Christian actors busy performing in such productions as Revenge of the Nerds, Karate Kid, Roseanne, Batman Returns, Melrose Place, etc. No, they didn't boycott lame plotting. It turns out, oddly enough, that they run into moral dilemmas in Hollywood(!). Sometimes they even turn down immoral roles and refuse to take part in distasteful scenes. Their actors' fellowship also visits public schools and tells those crazy kids to "Dare to dream big, set goals, and don't do anything stupid." Memorize that.
Opposing public nudity is keen, but now, hopefully, they will dream bigger and help the world by smacking Tom Cruise around until he drops that eternal smart-aleck thing.
In Regeneration Quarterly, Jenell Williams, Ph.D. anthropology in process, defines a feminist as "a person of either sex who works to restore social, economic, and political justice between women and men in a given society." No, that definition won't work. Moses did that much. Later she notes that "Biblical feminists have often worked with other feminists in developing critiques of oppression. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, Christian feminists were on the cutting edge of social action, mobilized for abolition, women's suffrage, and temperance."
Hiding the beer! Now that's oppression. Moses would never have done that.