Archive for the ‘Random Thoughts’ Category


“Faith is the refusal to panic” according to D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones…For my money, minor league baseball may be the best value going in terms of watching sports in person. You’re close to the action and may get to see a future major-leaguer. Ron Tonkin Field is a beautiful ballpark to boot. If you want to take that as an advertisement for the Hillsboro Hops, fell free…”Worldliness is whatever makes sin look normal and righteousness look strange” (Kevin DeYoung)…If you’re not listening to James White’s podcast “The Dividing Line,” you need to start. He demonstrates critical thinking and doctrinal clarity on every single episode…Will any of you be watching the Olympics? What sports or athletes?

So the United States government paid $400 million ransom to Iran for the return of hostages? No matter what the President or his mouthpieces (in both his administration and in the media) say, this was a ransom, not a “coincidence.” When I go to the coffee shop and give them a certain amount of money, they give me a sugar-free hazelnut latte – it’s not a coincidence. Sending the money, made up of Swiss Francs and Euros (cash in other words), on an unmarked plane to Tehran, at which point a plane carrying the hostages took off for the United States, certainly makes it look like a ransom. Paying ransom for hostages is unethical, immoral, and foolish. Does anyone think the Iranians won’t take more hostages now that they know they can demand, and receive, a hefty ransom? I don’t. I’m not that naive and I believe in the total depravity of man.

The incomparable Al Mohler os studies: “Remember that very clearly: ‘studies show.’ Studies show what studies show studying other studies that will be studied in the future in order to study what the studies mean. But it’s interesting: the studies always turn out to mean what the latest studier of the studies wants it to mean.” (From The Briefing)…In my opinion, if a study comes to a conclusion that goes against common sense, it’s wrong.

When taxes are raised on corporations, who ultimately pays the bill? The CEO doesn’t – they don’t take the money out of his or her salary. There’s no shoebox full of cash in the safe labeled “Money for  Corporate Taxes.” Increased taxes are passed on to the consumer – you and me  – in the form of higher prices for goods and services. If a 35 percent tax was placed on bananas, the price of bananas would rise at least 35 percent – simple economics. Some on the left of the political spectrum seem to think corporations have trees growing money or are ATM’s they can make withdrawals from whenever they feel like it.

Remember those who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ (Heb. 13:5). Pray for them and for their persecutors (Luke 6:27-28).


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Where do the people on TBN buy their clothes? Remind me not to shop there.

If the federal government can’t successfully manage “cash for clunkers,” why does anyone think it can manage health care with less cost and more quality?

Memo to the driver of a Prius on southbound I-5: Somewhere in your zeal to “save the planet,” can you please figure out what a turn signal is and use it, and stop darting in and out of lanes thus endangering every other driver. Just a thought.

Football is just around the corner. Yes!

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Some things that have been running through my mind lately…

It’s grilling season! Ahhhh.

I like the Shaquille O’Neal/Ben Stein commercials for Comcast. Clever.

The “Kingons” advertising campaign of Burger King was creepy.

Al Franken as a Unites States Senator is enough to cause nightmares.

Can we please move away from “all-Michael Jackson-all-the-time” TV coverage. Please!

That’s it for now.

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Some things that have come to my mind recently:

  1. I heard Christmas music in a store last week. Please, make it stop! If I was king for a day, I’d outlaw anything Christmas-related until 12:01 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving. Period.
  2. Now that the election is over, it’s time to take down all the campaign signs. While we’re at it, the bumperstickers can come off cars, too.
  3. Try not to have political conversations with members of your family you know you’ll disagree with – most of the time it isn’t worth it. A relationship is far more important than politics.
  4. The color of leaves has been especially beautiful this year – the contrast and intensity is incredible. Thank You, Lord!

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Cows face north when they’re in the field. Here’s the article that explains why. I don’t know what this piece of information means in the grand sweep of things – that’s why it’s in the “random thoughts” category.

I do use satellite dishes to navigate when I’m driving, though, because they always face south. Maybe I should pay more attention to the cows. The only problem is that they’re not as plentiful as satellite dishes where we live.

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A capable cell phone today has more computing power than the computer that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon.” (Vern Poythress, WORLD Magazine, July 26/August 2, 2008, p. 54)

Absolutely amazing!

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If I can’t read the bumpersticker on your car when I’m right behind you, it’s too small! The message might be fantastic (or it might not be), but if it can’t be read it isn’t very effective.

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim the other night without getting a single base hit. No kidding! It fits that the Dodgers are from the National League (the Junior Varsity of the American League). I don’t know what got into the Angels (from the American League). I hope they don’t meet up in the World Series.

I can’t wait for the next season of The Amazing Race! It’s just about the only reality show Karen and I actually like.


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