Monthly Archives: August 2009

Health Care Death Panels?

Former Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, accused the Obama Administration’s plan for healthcare reform of setting the stage for the establishment of healthcare “Death Panels.” Certainly, Ms. Palin’s statement is pretty inflammatory, but her logic is pretty reasonable, if you one accepts the premises.

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Why I Love Bible Translation

I do not think there is a better expression for the ultimate purpose of life than that found in the Westminster Larger Catechism: “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy Him forever.” And I do not think there is anything penned by human hands that more magnifies or greater glorifies Christ than the divinely ordained, God-breathed holy Bible. Read more »

Considerations on Universal Health Care

U.S. President, Barak Obama, has been pushing for health care reform. America’s health care system has a number of problems. First, American’s spend approximately twice as much as on health care costs than other Western countries. In fact, a leading cause of bankruptcy in America is debt caused by a catastrophic health incident.  Second, some reports contend that over 40 million residents lack health insurance and the number who are “under-insured” grows the number even more.  Read more »

Did God Encourage Lying? 1 Sam 16:1-2

While all sins are condemned in Scripture, lying is characterized as particularly evil in that its source is Satan, the Father of Lies (Jn 8:44). Lying destructiveness flows from its perversion of the truth. In this way, lying distorts reality and thereby endangers people both in the natural and eternal ways. In light of Scripture’s emphasis on truth telling, what are we to make of 1 Samuel 16:1-2?
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keswick convention sadness

A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip up to Keswick for a few days during the final week of the Keswick Convention. I often try to get to the event and have spent many happy hours there. When I’d only been a Christian for a few years, I found it a great encouragement and help. I suppose my first visit would have been around 1993. At that time, the Keswick hymn books had just dropped out of use and the words to hymns were printed in the centre of the programme, with books being available on request. Around 1994 or 1995, TV screens were introduced around the main tent displaying hymn words (amidst much complaining) and paper texts were dropped. Read more »

Why Christians Cannot Support Animal Rights

I am constantly amazed by the number of self-professed Christians who consider themselves supporters of animal rights. They cite the same tired arguments about how God watches the sparrows as proof that God cares (in an emotive sense)  for each and every animal as individuals.  I will address their abuse and twisting of scripture in future posts. But let’s just say for the time being, that the God that supposedly wants us to run myriads of animal shelters was the same God that killed untold millions of “innocent” animals in Noah’s flood. Read more »