Engaging Your World

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

GOOD MORNING MR? MRS? TEACHER?

Just when you think you cannot be any more shocked or disgusted, you are! This from the Modesto Bee in California;

"To students at Eagleswood Elementary School, she used to be Mr. McBeth. Now, after undergoing a sex change, 71-year-old Lily McBeth is ready to return to teaching as Miss McBeth. Despite criticism from parents, the school board on Monday stood by its decision to allow McBeth to resume working as a substitute teacher."

This guy had a sex change and is returning to an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL to teach! So in the wisdom of another fantastic school board, kindergarten through sixth grade children will have to now deal with a man who is now a woman? Can you believe this? Can you imagine being the parent of a child in that school and having to explain to your child how it is that Mr. Mcbeth became Miss Mcbeth? So these students are learning at a very young age that God makes mistakes and if you do not like the gender He made you then change it. They are learning that there is no such thing as right or wrong, nor is there anything as God's perfect design. A travesty to say the least. Any thinking parent would be pulling their child out of that school immediately!

But what about Mr. Mcbeth, and by the way he still is a Mr.! Can you imagine the tragedy and sorrow that is his life? Can you imagine being so down and depraved that you pay money to have your sex changed? While you are outraged at the incredible lack of sense from that school board, take a minute and pray for this man. Pray that Jesus Christ would come and save him from the wrath of God. Pray that he would receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. What a great testimony that would be for the Glory of God! And while your at it, pray for wisdom for the parents and protection of these poor children who are the mercy of another foolish wicked school board!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Monday, February 27, 2006

MR. HETERO DVD NOW AVAILABLE!

Have you heard all of the noise from the Mr. Heterosexual Contest? Have you been reading all of the articles about what a hate filled night it was? Oh that's right, you haven't because there was no hate that night. Isn't is amazing how quiet it is and how the loudest voices of dissent have gone away? That's what happens when you have a group of people like the rabid homosexual activists who caricature things to fuel their own existence. The reality is and always was that they distorted what the Hetero event was to meet their own needs. The good news is that the DVD for the Mr. Heterosexual Contest is now available. Got to www.engagingyourworld.com and click into the store, and you will be able to purchase one for yourself. It is 2 hours of great entertainment along with a great message.

More importantly you can see for yourself what the event was and what it was not. This DVD exposes just how uninformed those who opposed the event truly were. The DVD also exposes how foolish the Mayor of Worcester Timothy Murray, truly was to sign a protest, and how foolish he continues to be in not coming on my show to talk about it. Many of you heard for months how awful it was to have something like this. Some of you were part of that group. So here is your opportunity to see for yourself.

What we should learn from seeing the DVD is that we should not be reacting to headlines in the paper. We should not be settling on positions for or against without having primary information about the event. It was amazing to me throughout the course of this event how many people were rabidly opposed to something that had not happened. Opposed to an event that they knew nothing of, and had not bothered to contact those who were involved in the creation of it.

So, the DVD is available, check it out for yourself, see what Mr. Hetero was and what it was not. Oh by the way, Mayor Murray, if you get in touch with me I will be happy to give you a complimentary copy of it, as long as you agree to come on my show after you watch it!

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pastor tom

Friday, February 24, 2006

MORE FROM THE "RELIGION OF PEACE"

The "Religion of Peace", Islam continues to show its true colors around the world. This from the wires:

"Muslim rioters, incensed over the cartoons of Muhammad published in Denmark, were responsible for killing at least 130 Christians on the streets of Maiduguri and Onitsha in Nigeria, according to reports filtering out of the country from Voice of the Martyrs....Amidst the violence, six children were burned to ashes in front of their father, Joseph Tukwa, who was unable to rescue them."

One hundred thirty people killed by the hands of the "religion of peace." Six children burned to ashes in front of their father at the hands of the "religion of peace."

Why? Cartoons! Again nothing new, if you read historians contemporary with Mohammed like Ibn Ishaq you will read of people being killed for poems written about Mohammed. You will read of the Jewish tribe of the Qurayza 600-900 people put in trenches to have their heads cut off. If you go to primary sources of those who lived close to the time of Mohammed you will find that the scenes on your television of violence and murder over cartoons to be consistent with the one they worship.

You can try to deny it, you can call it hate speech, you can call it what you want, but if you take the time to do the research, the truth is there to be seen as recorded by the historians of the day. Mohammed is seen clearly in history as a violent sick man who killed by beheading. In fact one of the beheadings in Iraq in the last few years had the ones doing the beheading crying out something to the effect of "we follow in the path of our leader". Meaning that they were doing what it was that their prophet Mohammed did and taught.

Again I remind you, this is Islam, the "religion of peace!"

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pastor tom

Thursday, February 23, 2006

THIS IS NOT YOUR FOUNDERS HARVARD!

Well it happened, President Lawrence H. Summers has resigned as the President of Harvard. If you have not been paying attention, Mr. Summers had the audacity to suggest that there might be some differences between men and women and how they learn. Of course in a society like ours that is drunk on political correctness and tolerance you cannot say such things. So under the pressure, the man resigned. In light of this development I think it might be helpful to read the following it is lengthy but worth it if for nothing else to see how far Harvard has strayed from the intent of its founders;

Here is the text of Harvard's founding statement, known most commonly as "New England's First Fruits," (1640):

"AFTER GOD HAD carried us safe to New England, and we had built our houses, provided necessaries for our livelihood, reared convenient places for God's worship, and led the civil government, one of the next things we longed for and looked after was to advance learning and perpetuate it to posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches, when our present ministers shall lie in the dust. And as we were thinking and consulting how to effect this great work, it pleased God to stir up the heart of one Mr. Harvard (a godly gentleman and a lover of learning, there living among us) to give the one-half of his estate (it being in all about £700) toward the founding of a college, and all his library. After him, another gave £300; others after them cast in more; and the public hand of the state added the rest.

The college was, by common consent, appointed to be at Cambridge (a place very pleasant and accommodate) and is called (according to the name of the first founder) Harvard College. The edifice is very fair and comely within and without, having in it a spacious hall where they daily meet at commons, lectures, and exercises; and a large library with some books to it, the gifts of diverse of our friends, their chambers and studies also fitted for and possessed by the students, and all other rooms of office necessary and convenient with all needful offices thereto belonging. And by the side of the college, a fair grammar school, for the training up of young scholars and fitting of them for academical learning, that still as they are judged ripe they may be received into the college of this school. Master Corlet is the master who has very well approved himself for his abilities, dexterity, and painfulness in teaching and education of the youths under him.

Over the college is Master Dunster placed as president, a learned, a conscionable, and industrious man, who has so trained up his pupils in the tongues and arts, and so seasoned them with the principles of divinity and Christianity, that we have to our great comfort (and in truth) beyond our hopes, beheld their progress in learning and godliness also. The former of these has appeared in their public declamations in Latin and Greek, and disputations logic and philosophy which they have been wonted (besides their ordinary exercises in the college hall) in the audience of the magistrates, ministers, and other scholars for the probation of their growth in learning, upon set days, constantly once every month to make and uphold. The latter has been manifested in sundry of them by the savory things of their spirits in their godly versation; insomuch that we are confident, if these early blossoms may be cherished and warmed with the influence of the friends of learning and lovers of this pious work, they will, by the help of God, come to happy maturity in a short time.Over the college are twelve overseers chosen by the General Court, six of them are of the magistrates, the other six of the ministers, who are to promote the best good of it and (having a power of influence into all persons in it) are to see that everyone be diligent and proficient in his proper place."

Imagine that, an institution to promote Godliness and Christianity, a far cry from the Harvard of today.Harvard's drift is cultures drift, and both are drifting to a sure demise!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

WHAT WERE YOU DOING ON FEB 2?

The anniversary of my wedding is February second. If you remember I was away celebrating with my awesome wife up in Maine. While my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary on the second of February, this was happening in the Philippines;

"..at least five terrorists believed to be linked to al-Qaida murdered six or more Christians by gunfire after asking them if they believed in Christ on the front doorsteps of their homes.
The incident occurred on the morning of Feb. 2 in the village of Patikul on the small Philippine island of Jolo, which is predominantly Muslim. At least one witness said a baby girl was among the casualties. Five people were injured during the door-to-door questioning.

The Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, which means "Bearer of the Sword" is assumed responsible for the attacks, as well as for a series of kidnappings, murders and bombings in the southern Philippines over the past 15 years.

According to Voice of the Martyrs, five victims fatally shot were identified as 9-month-old Melanie Patinga, Selma Patinga, 45-year-old Itting Pontilla, 16-year-old Emma Casipong and Pedro Casipong."

A reminder to us that brothers and sisters in Christ are giving their lives as martyrs while we go about our day to day living in this country. This is also a reminder of the violence of Islam. The religion of peace that kills over cartoons, and goes to the doors of Christians and kills 9 month olds! What happened on the second of February will happen again today, in fact it is most likely happening even as you read this blog. I would suggest a visit to the Voice of the Martyrs website, www.persecution.com for more information.

Why not take a moment and lift up those from our family who are dying for the faith. Pray that they would die well, and hold to Christ. Pray that they would see the joy set before them as they endure the suffering that is leading to their death. Pray that many will see how well they die and be converted to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pray, it is the least we can do!

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pastor tom

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

AN INVITATION TO THE MAYOR OF WORCESTER!

I am hoping that this will be my final blog on the Mr. Hetero but this needs to be known by all. One of the groups that got together to protest the event formed a website in which they made this statement among others;

" public event will take place at Mechanics Hall in Worcester this weekend, with an announced content which will mock and denigrate segments of our society under the guise of free speech and religious conviction. Many of us believe and experience such speech as "hate speech".

Now I am all for people being allowed to protest and have consistently defended their right to do so. Good men and women have died on the battlefield to insure our right to protest, so I have no problem with the protest. But it is interesting to me that in their description of the event they call it "hate speech". Now anyone who was at the event including gay activists have stated it was anything but hate speech. But I am never concerned with rabid activists who will create their own version of events in order to fuel their existence. So their uninformed description of the event is not troubling. What is troubling is that the Mayor of Worcester Timothy Murray signed the statement. While he added his own statement, his signing the website statement means the Mayor agrees the event was hate speech, and opposed it. He made this decision without ever talking to me or anyone involved in the event. He made this decision without seeing the event, in short he made this decision misinformed and uninformed. This is a man who runs the second largest city in the state!

I have invited the Mayor to appear on my radio show and he refuses. I would be happy to talk to him on the air with his constituents listening and clear up his misunderstanding of the event and allow him as much time as he wants to state whatever he wants about the event. But yet he refuses. So the Mayor of Worcester, being incredibly misinformed, signs a protest statement, calls the event hate speech but yet refuses to come and talk to the creator of the event. I wonder if the Mayor runs the city of Worcester as poorly as he has handled himself on this occasion? Mr Mayor, you have an open invitation to my show!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Monday, February 20, 2006

FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF MR. HETERO

So here we are on the other side of Mr. Hetero and now everyone knows there was no hate at the event. There was no hate speech, there was no bigotry, in fact it was a great night by all accounts. One prominent gay activist spoke with me after the event and admitted the event had no hate in it, and in fact was a "fun night"! So what do we learn from all of this? We learn not to be intimidated by bullies who would try to stop things they are misinformed on. We learn to wait and see before giving an opinion on something. I have had countless people come up to me and tell me it was awesome, the Gospel message was awesome, the song was awesome the prayer etc.. Others have shared how powerful it was that some people were moved to pray about sin in their lives that night! I have had others who have heard from those who went,and regret their fear and apprehension of the event. They have heard that it was a fun, loving, awesome powerful night. A great night that glorified God!

So we move on from here, hopefully learning from this. If you are a believer who vocally opposed the event, I would encourage you to find someone who went and hear for yourself what it really was. If you are someone who is homosexual and opposed the event, contact some of the activists who attended and hear for yourself what really went on. We need to learn from this to not believe what we read or hear, but to research for ourselves and make our opinion from having primary source information. And by the way if you are the Mayor of Worcester and you signed the protest list without ever contacting me or anyone involved in the event, I will be in touch!

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pastor tom

Friday, February 17, 2006

THE TIME HAS COME!

So here we are on the eve of the Mr. Heterosexual Contest, and yes it is going to happen. It has been quite a journey since last November. God has shown repeatedly in a variety of ways that this was something that He would have happen. As we head into the event it would be great for us to remember some things and also consider some things to pray about. First remember if you are coming to the event that you represent Jesus Christ. Please do not be drawn into any confrontation with any protestors who might be there. Let them have their protest, it will speak for itself. If you do have interaction be respectful and loving. And pray. Pray that God would be glorified in the event itself. He already has in so many ways, as literally millions of people have heard the Gospel since November. But pray for the night, for the speaker who will share Christ's victory in his life. Pray that God would draw people to Himself that night. Pray that those involved would remember His control over all. Pray!

I am looking forward to tomorrow night. I know many of you who read this have prayed and will pray, that means more to me than you will ever know. To God be the Glory, great things He has done and will continue to do!

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pastor tom

Thursday, February 16, 2006

A GLOVE AFFAIR?

Have you heard of a party known as a "Glove Affair"? Have your kids mentioned anything about it? Well the Los Angeles Times is reporting that teenagers are going to parties called "Glove Affairs", that are actually condom parties. One of the incredible things about this is that schools are hosting parties. From the wires:

"Writer Randye Hoder described the parties, with particular reference to the party her own eighth-grade daughter (age 13) attended:

The truth is, when Emma arrived home the previous Saturday night clutching a goody bag from Glove Affair, my liberal credentials were instantly tested. One by one I pulled the following from her white plastic sack: a condom; pamphlets on masturbation, oral sex and intercourse; the "Rubber Bible," featuring alternative names for prophylactics, such as "********" and "*********, and an information wheel labeled "Condom Comebacks," which included a list of excuses boys might make for not wearing a condom and possible rejoinders a girl could offer.

Him: "It doesn't feel good." Her: "I've got moves rubbers can't stop."

I tried to play it cool. As it turned out, I was a little too cool. While standing in the kitchen with my daughter and her friend, getting all the post-party gossip, I absentmindedly reached into the bag and handed my 8-year-old son a squishy red toy that resembled one of those ubiquitous M&M candy guys. The girls burst out laughing. "What's so funny?" I asked. They snatched the trinket from my son and turned it upside down. Printed there was the web address stopthesores.org. This was no candy icon; it was a toy syphilis lesion, bright red, with feet."

Schools hosting the parties and parents either don't know or don't care? Is this what they call health education in the public school system? No, it is just the usual plan, create events that will encourage your kids to have as much sex as possible before marriage. So stay involved mom and dad and do not think a party at the public school is some innocent gathering. I remember the days when the term a glove affair had more to do with baseball than sex.

blog you later,
pastor tom

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

IT 11 PM DO YOU KNOW WHERE ON THE WEB YOUR KIDS ARE?

This is about as troubling as it can get from the wires:

"Japanese police said yesterday that a record 91 people had committed suicide together after meeting via the web in 2005, up from 55 people the previous year. The figure has tripled since the police began keeping records in 2003. Most of the victims were in their teens, twenties and thirties and sought each other out via websites that allow the suicidal to swap e-mail addresses, share stories and offer advice on the surest, least painful ways to die."

Incredible that young people via the net are going online and discussing ways to kill themselves and then making a pact and doing it! If ever you needed a reason or motivation to keep tabs on your child's internet activity here it is. Check their histories and be sure you know where they are going and who they are talking to on the web. The internet has become an increasingly dangerous place for young people to be. Dateline television has recently been running programs where they pretend to have children in their teens offering to have sex with adults at a certain location. They have hidden cameras set up as well as police waiting. In one day they had arrested over 50 people that came to the house given on the net!

I am certainly not saying the only problem the young people in Japan had was internet access, but it would have been helpful if someone in their lives loved them enough to check their internet use. So tonight when you walk by your son or daughter who is on the computer, take a look at what they are doing, and if they click off real quick when you walk by, it is time to have a chat. And yes, mom and dad you have every right to check their history when they are not around, in fact it is your responsibility. You do not want to be standing over their coffins with the only redeeming thought in your mind being that you respected their privacy!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

WHAT DID YOUR CHURCH CELEBRATE LAST SUNDAY?

Sorry about missing yesterday, but we had no internet service, as the cable service was down due to the storm, but we are back at it today. This past Sunday was a celebration by over 400 "Christian" churches, of Darwin's Evolution. That's right these alleged Christian churches celebrated Evolution on Evolution Sunday. In fact, even more amazing than this is that over 10,000 clergy signed a statement that had this statement as a part of it;

"the theory of evolution is "a foundational scientific truth." To reject it, the letter continues, "is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children."

It is interesting that they would call the rejection of Evolution as scientific ignorance when in fact the probability of evolution occurring the way Darwin stated is inherently un-scientific. The odds of Evolution having happened, or that we came from apes is so improbable that it is way beyond scientific probability. But that does not stop our culture from embracing it as truth. Incredibly, schools still mandate the teaching of evolution, and make no mistake about it, it is taught as fact and it is also taught that any who would think differently are void of intellect.

Not surprising, that the churches celebrating Evolution were mainline churches. Churches who have long forgotten their history of faithfulness to the Word of God. But it is interesting to consider what will be next. What could the next celebration Sunday be from the liberal mainline church? How sad to think of how quickly churches can go from faithfulness to Gods Word to calling for an Evolution Sunday. A good reminder and warning to us all!

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pastor tom

Friday, February 10, 2006

NEW DIRECTION FOR THE BLOG AND NEW TRIBES MISSIONARIES!

Well today is a new day at the Engaging Your World blog. It has become apparent to me that there are parts of this endeavor that are not glorifying to God. By that I mean it is not good when I find myself spending more time checking the comments on the blog than I do in the Word of God. That cannot be pleasing to God. In thinking about this I have to believe that this might be the case with others as well. This blog was never intended to be a vehicle that would distract people from the Lord. I know for myself it can be that, if I am not careful. So to help me, and maybe some of you, all the comments from past entries are gone. If you want to comment you still can and at some point in the day I will try to post the comments. But I want this blog to be something that makes us think about God and His world and what He would have us do for Him. I do not want this to be a forum where people get so caught up in it, that it becomes a soap opera like addiction. So today we begin anew and afresh.

Some of you might not know that Venezuala's President Hugo Chavez has ordered all New Tribes Missionaries to leave their jungle outposts. Chavez accuses these missionaries of being spies for the CIA. This is a trying time for these missionaries some like one Canadian women who had worked tirelessly for 40 years in the field. New Tribes has been in Venezuela since 1946. This is also a blow to those indigenous people that were helped and aided tremendously by the presence of these missionaries. So I would encourage all to pray for our brothers and sisters who have just been uprooted from their homes and ministries. History tells us that when missionaries are kicked out, the gospel spreads like wildfire. Maybe this is the beginning of a revival like Venezuela has never seen before!

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pastor tom

Thursday, February 09, 2006

DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

And here is the consequence of tolerance, political correctness and the fear of offending anyone, from the wires:

"A Florida city has barred three paintings from a city hall display celebrating Black History Month because they contain small references to the Christian faith.

Officials at the city of Deltona, Fla., say hanging the colorful photos by artist Lloyd Marcus would be tantamount to the town favoring a specific religion.
One of the banned paintings is a joyful New Orleans funeral procession. Another, entitled "3 a.m.," shows a partial Bible and part of the word "Jesus" on a church sign. "The Christmas Basket" shows a clergyman delivering food to a black family. With him are two people, one of whom wears a cap bearing the message "I (heart) Jesus."

According to the News-Journal, Marcus, director of the Deltona Arts & Historical Center, was contacted by the city to donate the paintings from a published series titled, "STOREFRONTS: Fond memories of growing up in my minister dad's east Baltimore church."

Why does this matter? Why should we spend any time, or so much time on issues like this? It matters because this is the context of the culture in which we live. It matters because so many believers are being sucked into the vacuum of the culture of our day, unable to see the forest for the trees. It matters because there is coming a day for all believers when they will have to choose to stand for Him or deny their faith. It all works together, the school doing away with the game of tag, the lack of courage of the press to publish cartoons of Mohammed, the banning of these paintings, the appearance of the Emerging Church Movement.

These and others are not isolated situations with no connection. It is a coming together of a world against Christ and His Word. I do not mean to give a doomsday message here, but I do believe it is important for us to be reminded of the continuing, ongoing, never ending assault on Christianity. Why? So we will not be taken by surprise when it hits our doorstep. So we will be ready to rejoice in it as the Lord Jesus Christ instructs us to. So we will be able to think through issues and dialog with others about the reality of the issues of the day. So we will think!

We are obligated to think and dialog with the issues of our day. To be aware of what is going on outside of us. Our call as believers is to be Amabassadors of Christ, as though God is making His appeal through us. And that means not only knowing our Bible, but also being able to have an informed discussion with the unbelievers around us. To be up on the issues of the day as much as possible, gives us entry into discussions that we otherwise might not have.

I would pray that these blogs are not just informative and interesting but could be used by those who read them to be conversation starters with unbelievers. I would pray that these blogs are not just opportunities for people to grind a personal ax, but are discussions that encourage us to become a people who can think and dialog with the issues of the day. If you look at the history of the Church you will find that to be consistent throughout the years. It is always God people who are engaged in the issues of the day. It is always Gods people who are standing and speaking for His righteousness. Men and women of God who have given their lives in cultures and societies around the world, seeking to speak His truth into those cultures and societies.

So some paintings were taken down in Deltona Florida because you could see in those paintings some small references to Christianity. Does it matter? I think it does!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

NO CARTOON NETWORK!

Have you seen them? What did you think? Oh that's right most of the hypocritical media outlets in our country refuse to show them, so you probably do not know what I am talking about. The "dreaded" cartoons depicting Mohammed that have caused the followers of this "religion of peace" to burn buildings and kill people. You might not have seen them because in this country most of the media are too afraid to show them to you. In an unprecedented act of fear, those who would preach the freedom of the press have bowed to the terrorists. At this point you could count on one hand the number of newspapers that have run the cartoons. These are the same newspapers that recently ran a cartoon of a wounded soldier without legs speaking to Donald Rumsfeld, certainly disparaging his or her service, or at least could be taken that way by one who suffered such fate in the war.

That cartoon was ok because there was no rabid terrorist group to oppose it. Where is the freedom of the press? Where is freedom of speech? By the way, where is the ACLU? These ideas and organizations are only there when it fits their politically correct agenda. It is a sad comment on the media of our country that they would be bullied into submission on this issue. What it means is that there is no longer a freedom of the press. Which means soon there will no longer be a free society. When the press is co-opted and some would say it has been for a while, then so is society.

Islam does not want a free press, nor a free society. They seek to subjugate, discriminate and oppress people. And most of the media in our country is following their lead and example on this issue. They will deny it and claim the cartoons are too offensive, which is disingenuous. They are simply afraid. And if we are going to be honest the depiction of Mohammed with a bomb on his turban is a pretty accurate depiction of the man. There could have been much worse depictions, particularly considering he was a pedophile. Could there be things so offensive that they should not be published? Sure. But these cartoons do not meet that standard, based on other cartoons that have already been published by those who presently cower in fear. Fortunately there have been a few newspapers and media outlets who have had the courage to exercise the obligation of their profession.

It is interesting that in many countries in Europe, the press is showing much more courage than here in America. Who would have thought that we would need to look across the pond to see a better example of true American freedom than we actually have here in America!

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pastor tom

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

TAG, YOUR IT!

No winners, no losers, no keeping score, all the mantra of the politically correct among us that do want any child anywhere to ever feel bad about anything. Well today we see the height of political correctness in Spokane Washington's Adams elementary school. It is here that the notorious evil dangerous life threatening game of tag has been banned. That's right, and why did it take so long for adults to come to their senses and ban this over the top activity? Are you kidding me, tag? They have banned tag! Principal Mary Weber said the games were getting to rough. So she bans the game of tag. A bunch of questions come to my mind but lets consider this one, were the kids being forced to play tag? Was this a non optional requirement where the kids were marched outside under threat of punishment if they did not play tag? I will go out on a limb here and say that the kids that were playing tag, WANTED TO PLAY TAG. And if it was rough, well maybe they were having fun, God forbid kids would have fun and even fall down.

Enter our hero of the day, Kubby Boyd, a third grader. Kubby has started a petition to get the game of tag back, good for him. It is a sad statement on our culture when a third grader has to petition to get the game of tag back. But this is the result of the politically correct, no one loses, time out crazy society we live in. I remember a day when we not only played tag, but dodge ball, where kids tried to hit you with the ball. And if you were throwing the ball you threw it as hard as you could. The ball was rubber, and believe it or not, no one ever died or was maimed playing the game. No one had to be talked down off the roof of the school because of dodge ball. I even remember going to the park and playing tackle football without pads. And kids from time to time would bleed, can you believe it?

What does it say about our society when a kid in third grade named Kubby is smarter than his principal?

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pastor tom

Monday, February 06, 2006

RELIGION OF PEACE?

You have to wonder why anyone would call Islam a religion of peace. You only have to look at the founder Mohammed to see that it is anything but a religion of peace. If you do any research at all in the Koran you will find it obvious that it is anything but a religion of peace. But these days it is much easier to see the truth of Islam. Just look at the reaction to the cartoon drawing that was put out by a Danish cartoonist. In it there were images of Mohammed, with one of the images having a bomb on top of his turban. Under the Islamic belief system you cannot have any images of Mohammed, so this cartoon was offensive to the Muslim community. I understand that, and can understand given their belief system why they were offended.

So what do they do? In being offended they take to the streets and seek to burn Danish Embassies along with others that printed the cartoons. They resort to violence, to the degree that the cartoonist goes into hiding. It is an incredible display of the truth of Islam. Their belief system calls for violence and death to infidels, defined as those who are not Muslims. Regardless of who they might have out in public declaring they are not for the violence, you can be sure this is Islam. When offended by even a cartoon, look to destroy and kill, that is Islam.

How anyone can take this belief system seriously in the arena of peace, particularly considering the founder, Mohammed. This man was not only a man of violence but a known pedophile. Does Aisha ring a bell with anyone? This was the nine year old girl that Mohammed took, in spite of his advisors dismay, as his own. Meaning he had sex with a nine year old girl. That is the leader and founder of Islam the one that you cannot see an image of, the one that is worshipped. Truth be told, Muslims are devoted to a pedophile, but the rest of the world in fear and trembling play along.

So before you call Islam a religion of peace, do some research, into just who and what it is that they truly believe in. While you are at it, get some transcripts from when their public speakers speak in their native tongue as opposed to when they speak in English. You might be surprised at the difference in their message of "peace"!

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pastor tom

Thursday, February 02, 2006

EMERGENT HERESY PART 4

So here we are at the beginning of Congress 2006 where Brian Mclaren will be given the perceived credibility of a keynote speaker. It would have been great if Congress had the courage of the Kentucky Baptist Convention who last year withdrew the invitation for Mclaren to speak at their conference. The conference director in his statement said while he respected Mclaren; " Dr. McLaren's position diverges too greatly to be appropriate for this conference". What was it about Mclaren's position that caused a conference to un-invite Mclaren? It was the following position he put forth in his book, "A Generous Orthodoxy". Here is Mclaren from the book;

"I must add, though, that I don't believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion. It may be advisable in many (not all!) circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain within their Buddhist, Hindu, or Jewish contexts."

Is that salvation, staying in the context of your false religion after salvation? Let us consider briefly some snapshots from the beliefs of the contexts that Mclaren would have believers stay in;

Buddhists do not believe in a personal god; their beliefs are to do with the nature of life and human existence.

The Three Signs of Being
Buddhists believe that these three signs are at the root of all human existence:
Annica -(impermanence) everything is unstable, changing and, eventually ceases to exist.
Anatta - (no soul) there is no permanent, unchanging soul in any one. In effect, existence is an illusion.
Dukkha - (suffering) suffering is part of the human condition.

Hindu
Reincarnation
Hindus believe that every soul is reincarnated many times here on earth. When one body dies, the soul goes into a newly born body. How a person is reincarnated depends on his/her karma - the balance of good and bad actions accumulated through life. The caste system provided a structure for such reincarnations. Traditionally Hindu society is divided into four rigid classes or castes

Hindus also believe in many gods!

Judaism, simply put the Jewish community does not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, He is not God in flesh to them.

So these are the beliefs, as well as many, or probably any others that Mclaren would recommend staying in the context of in his generous orthodoxy. Again the only problem with what Mclaren writes is Scripture. Does not God uses the book of Galatians to not only warn against a different gospel but also warn against going back to what you were saved out of?

It would have been good if Vision New England had shown the courage and respect for Gods Word that those in Kentucky did last year when they un-invited Mclaren due to his "generous orthodoxy". But that did not happen and Mclaren will have his platform. His orthodoxy is "generous", his Christian is a "new kind", but the reality is his teaching is neither orthodox or Christian in the biblical sense, and isn't that what should matter?

On another note I am off today with my wonderful wife for a few days to celebrate our 21st anniversary, so I will not be blogging tomorrow and maybe Monday. So play nice until I get back!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

EMERGENT HERESY PART 3

We continue on in our look at the Emergent Church movement and the beliefs of its leaders. Again as we undertake this exercise, it is good to be reminded that these are not made up accusations, they are the statements and/or the writings of these men. It is our obligation to test everything and see of what Spirit it truly is, and the only way to do that is to work with actual writings and quotes of these men. Today we jump back to Brian Mclaren and his recent statements on homosexuality. Consider what this pastor has to say in the latest issue of Leadership magazine;

"Frankly, many of us don't know what we should think about homosexuality. We've heard all sides but no position has yet won our confidence so that we can say "it seems good to the Holy Spirit and us."

Can he actually believe that and still say he holds to a belief in Scripture? How can he claim to believe in the Word of God and make this proclamation of not knowing what to think about homosexuality? Has he read Romans 1:26-27, Genesis 18-20, Leviticus 18:22; or 20:13? Has he read any passages on God's instruction on marriage? You cannot have it both ways, and here is where I have a problem with Mr. Mclaren on a personal level. It seems to me that he is very adept at playing both sides of the fence, without holding to any truth. It seems he desires to fit everywhere and is careful to speak in ways that this can happen. Which , by the way, is classic postmodern thinking. There is only one way that Mclaren cannot know what to think about homosexuality and that is to deny the Word of God which he clearly does. But let us not stop here, let us hear more from Mclaren on what he thinks as a pastor should be done about the issue of homosexuality;

"Perhaps we need a five-year moratorium on making pronouncements. In the meantime, we'll practice prayerful Christian dialogue, listening respectfully, disagreeing agreeably. When decisions need to be made, they'll be admittedly provisional. We'll keep our ears attuned to scholars in biblical studies, theology, ethics, psychology, genetics, sociology, and related fields. Then in five years, if we have clarity, we'll speak; if not, we'll set another five years for ongoing reflection. After all, many important issues in church history took centuries to figure out. Maybe this moratorium would help us resist the "winds of doctrine" blowing furiously from the left and right, so we can patiently wait for the wind of the Spirit to set our course."

So his idea is to not speak about it for five years. And get back together and see if have more clarity and if not we will wait another five, so lets hold on for ten years. Incredibly he likens having a biblical position on homosexuality to "winds of doctrine". His desire is to wait for the "wind of the Spirit to set our course". Could I suggest to Mr. Mclaren that the wind of the Spirit has set our course in His Scripture!

But this is classic Mclaren and classic Emergent philosophy. Take a clear truth of Gods Word and relegate it to just an idea blowing in the wind. Again we see the result of Mclaren reacting against the small Plymouth Brethren upbringing he had. But in doing that he has lost his perspective of the Word of God, and tragically for him and his followers the God of the Word!

blog you later,
pastor tom