Cities of Refuge For The Slayer

I’m not a huge fan of the King James Version of the bible written in 1611, and one of the reasons is that the language has changed so much. I was killing time at church and they have one of those big coffee table bibles with the cool pictures in it. It was open to a painting of Daniel in the lion’s den, which strangely was the book of Joshua. I found this turn of phrase which was pretty cool

Hebron with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer;
Joshua 21:13

So if Buffy needs a place of safety, there are a number of cities in Israel for her.

Bono on Jesus, Grace and Karma

Only crazy people could think Bono isn’t Christian. In the passage quoted in this blog post Bono talks about Grace vs. Karma in a powerful, powerful way. He also incorporates Lewis’ trilema into his witness.

It is crazy for Christians to judge him because his “notoriously bad language, liberal politics, and rock star antics”. Or justify him because “he has been faithfully married for 23 years”. Why don’t we consider being the most famous advocate for the poor and AIDS infected in Africa as a sign he’s Christian?

It is a crazy mindset we of Christ have gotten into.

Parenting

This weekend I learned something as a father. It was, as most things, a combination of inputs and actions coming together in a perfect storm sufficient for me to get it. I’m coming to understand this is the way God often talks to me.

On Friday I had a strange role reversal with my youngest son where he discovered something I was doing that I shouldn’t be and confronted me. Then I had to deal with that fall out. I had to come up with the words you tell someone you know you have let down. It was very strange and effected me deeply for days.

Sunday I got into a yelling, screaming, berating, hurting argument with my eldest about his morality. In the end we were both balling and he was vomiting. I was brought to mind a passage in The Divine Conspiracy where Willard is talking about Matt 7 and judging others. He quotes C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves, where Lewis says he is rarely surprised by how children talk to their parents, but is often appalled by how parents talk to their children. They say the harshest, most damaging of things to the children. Things and said in a way, they would never talk to another person’s child. Yet supposedly they love their children more, yet they don’t even treat them with the courtesy they give strangers.

As I said to my wife I would never talk to my atheist friends the way I talked to E. I wouldn’t do it because it would be rude and because yelling and hurting people is not how you convince them to change.

So I’ve sought forgiveness from my sons, and their maker. I’ve also repented and turned away from that way of acting. Now I will show them the respect they deserve as humans, as young men and people I love. I can be firm without being harsh. I can questions and discuss without arguing. Above all I can love and be kind.

We had a youth minister candidate in this weekend at church. It was a busy weekend for all. Now with my new way of looking at parent/adult child/youth relationships, I realize we may not have shown the respect to the youth we would have shown to adults. I also realize we sometimes don’t show the respect to others we should.

I’m also very aware of how being a youth minister is different from being a parent. The YM is not their parent, he’s their minister. Ministers are there to equip and train the saints for good works. Parents are there to shape their offspring through love and discipline. When you put parents in charge of a youth group, they expand their parent role and don’t see what they are doing as equipping.

Shirley Manson is Pretty

As a red head or a punk blonde. And she can sing. A co-worker turned me on to Garbage over a year ago, but it wasn’t until today I realized they had a total hottie as lead singer.

Am I A Libertarian?

Recently I signed up for a Facebook account because all the cool kids were doing it. When they asked political party I checked Libertarian. Which is kind of strange because I’m a life long Republican. And the next election I’m planning on voting for Fred Thompson. So why did I do it?

One reason is the influence of Michael Z Willliamson’s Freehold. The idealistic view of a truly Libertarian world. Unfortunately, as I’ve discussed with Michael via email, I can’t see that happening unless you can start a new world and limit who can come in, which Freehold does.

The main reason came out of my apologetics class and an example J. P. Moreland gave in Love Your God With All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul. It is in the discussion on how if you know more you will see more. You’ll see things you haven’t seen before.

The example goes something like this. A politician said, “Just as the government must protect a child from abuse, they must protect a child’s right to day care.” Some political philosophers believe there are two kinds of rights, positive rights and negative rights. A negative right says the government has a duty to use force, in the form of the police, to stop someone from keeping you from doing the thing you have the right to. A positive right says the government has a duty to use force, in the form of taxation, to force those under its power to provide the thing you have a right to.

So back to the politician’s statement now. See how the rights aren’t the same? Protection from child abuse is a negative right and daycare is a positive right. Now you can see something you couldn’t see before.

Moreland says some people believe the government should only provide negative rights. And I find myself agreeing with that. It is a radical position in the world today. If some how the entire government accepted it tomorrow, we’d have a major change on our hands. For one the government would no longer provide the educational services it does today. There would be a whole new paradigm about what the government does.

I’d love to see the government only work on negative rights. It is subtly different that what I think of as Libertarianism, but I don’t see any political group that is any closer. So maybe I am a Libertarian. Both the other parties are just arguing about which positive rights they should force me to fund.

Since I don’t think the Republicans have much of a chance to win the Presidency next year, maybe I need to look at casting a protest vote for the Libertarian candidate.

Been A Long Time

Came by the blog today and realized its been a very long time since I posted last. Lots of stuff has been happening that have conspired to keep me away.

I did a trash the dress shoot a couple of weeks ago. I’ll post images once I get the processing done.

My grandfather came home from rehab/hospital with hospice last week. For those of you who don’t know that means they’ve done all they can for him and they plan on him dying soon. He has liver cancer and hadn’t been eating in the hospital, so it looked like it could be days till the end. So we dropped everything here and made a trip up there last Thursday. He’s doing a lot better since he came home. I think he’s happier and will stick around for awhile. Though not a long while.

If there is anyone I know who is living an eternal kind of life it’s Pappa Wiley. I kind of feel he’s so close to Jesus that this change won’t be that big a deal for him. I asked him how he felt about knowing the end was near. He said, “I’m afraid, but it isn’t unexpected. I’m almost 89 and it is a natural part of life”. I was kind of surprised he felt fear, but I guess that’s what we all experience in the face of change.

We were talking to my atheist son on the trip about what a person is. I contend that a person is something more than their brain and body. It is this thing we call the spirit. It is the thing that continues on when we die. I think the person that is Pappa is already partially gone. Death may not be an event that happens right at the moment your heart stops, or you brain waves flat line.

Have a shoot Thursday night which should be fun.

I missed last Sunday for my apologetics class. Had a buddy teach it. So he wouldn’t have to prepare, I gave him questions and had them break up into groups and deal with atheist statements. He said they were able to give the answers I had taught them, which is good. Except for the girls who just talked about shopping instead. Oh well, they are teenagers.

This Sunday will be my last class. It will be on the bible. What it is. Why we should trust it. How to study it. All in 40 minutes. Should be interesting. There is another class I would have taught, but we have a candidate for youth minister coming in and he’ll teach that Sunday.

So that’s me right now. I’ll try and post more.