Monday, October 31, 2005

Planes, Trains, and Automatic Weapons

Or in this case... a sword. In the Ottawa Citizen newspaper this week, there was an argument going back and forth over the terrible infringement on religious freedom when a Sikh was forced off of a train for wearing a sword on his person. This religious, ceremonial sword or "kirpan" (see above photo) was argued to be no threat because it is not a weapon, but a sacred symbol.
I am thoroughly amazed that people will defend the right to carry swords onto trains because it is not supposedly a weapon but a ceremonial symbol. I seem to remember that on Sept. 11 the Muslim terrorists also did not use weapons but box cutters from Home Depot. If thousands can die from utility knives (that aren't weapons) on airplanes, then surely "swords" (that aren't weapons) should be banned from trains. What do we say to the pious man who wants to carry a sacred pistol with ceremonial bullets onto a plane? As a religious person myself I believe in individual freedoms. But I also know that sometimes, in order to retain one's religious rights, in this case to carry a kirpan, one has to suffer to walk or drive a car and stay off
of public transportation... if indeed they are truly faithful followers of their religion. Please do not try to compare this Sikh on the train to a Rosa Parks-like victim; Ms. Parks wasn't wielding a sword, whether it be a symbol or a weapon.

I sent the above response to the Citizen and they called to tell me it was being considered for publication, but it wasn't in this morning's paper...

Friday, October 28, 2005

October 31: a Great Holiday

-Love John Paul, George, and Ringo

On Oct. 31, 1517, the Protestant Reformation was sparked when Martin Luther posted his complaints against the Roman Catholic Church's policy of buying souls out of purgatory, and the rest -as they say- is church history.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Belli Belly

My beautiful wife is growing, or I should say, our baby is growing. The little munchkin is about 1.5 lbs. The baby's quite active and moves around a lot, except when I try to feel it. It stops as soon as its father puts his hand on mommy's belly... the brat! It's already rebellious.

Friday, October 21, 2005

What Are the Odds?

TRUE STORY: Friday, 10-14-05, a SUBWAY owner -Emily's boss- gets a call from Airport Security at Ottawa International Airport. They tell him, "We have a man here trying to board an airplane with a SUBWAY sub and he has a knife in his sandwich. He claims it is not his. Could you please describe the knives you use at your store." After describing the knives to the security officers, they thanked him and said they just wanted to confirm that the knife indeed was from Subway.


1)The customer, of all people it could of happened to, purchased a sub at a store at one end of the city on his way to the airport way on the other end of Ottawa,
2)A new employee at that particular SUBWAY accidentally included a knife with the sub, and
3)That man happened to be boarding an airplane before eating his sub. What are the odds?

That poor guy has a story to tell for years to come and, apparently, so do I.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Google = Liberal

So the Google search engine, which I use everyday, is as liberal
as Michael Moore with two left shoes on. You would think that when you type a keyword in the search field, an unbiased, digital computer program would present you with relevant websites that feature your keyword. Well that would be in an ideal world. Don't think Google is liberal? Type in "failure" and see what comes up....

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Ambrosia Nera

Yes, that's right.
Next to vino, espresso is the greatest beverage in the world. Why? you may ask. Well, do I really need to explain? What other drink is made with a machine as beautiful as this (see below)? With such color, aroma, perfect for dunking biscotti!
I am currently looking into the coffee business. The trend's end is nowhere in sight, and much money is to be generated from this "black gold, Tuscan tea" (yeah, you heard that, don't steal it!). I want to stay away from franchises because I wouldn't have freedom, especially having to close on Sundays. And besides, I want my espresso bar to be more European in style than the current franchises offer. Any thoughts or helpful hints on this business venture?

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Marxist Philosophy 101

"Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped."
Groucho Marx in Monkey Business (1931)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Our New England Meetinghouse

The construction of the meetinghouse for my church,Lakeville Christian Fellowship (Lakeville, Mass.), is well underway and will be closed in for winter. Our 10.2 acre lot is private and the building itself is surrounded by towering pines, a beautiful natural sanctuary in and of itself. Our info, as well as full manuscript sermons, is available on the website. We are Reformed Baptist, adhering to the London Baptist Confession of 1689, and we worship together as families, i.e. not separating children and adults in the common worship of our God.
It is an exciting work in New England! Actually when a Time magazine journalist shouted to Senator Hillary Clinton in a crowd about the building project, she was so excited about the work, exclaiming, "Hallelujah!! Bill and I have been looking for a Calvinist, neo-Puritan church in New England, and with Italians there to boot!"

Our own Sen. Kennedy didn't express quite the same enthusiasm, but quietly asked, "Does this church of yooahs use real wine fooah communion or that Welch's gahbage? 'Cuz Teddy like wine. Teddy like wine very much. And licka."

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Pakistan Needs Prayer

Another tragedy has hit the globe. No, it's not the end of the world, we just have faster media. The country of Pakistan is fascinating. It has a large Christian population, and actually it has the largest synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church. However, persecution of Christians has grown severe recently, and, like the Romans before them, the Pakistani government blames every malady on the Christians. When Muslims blow up vehicles to kill other Muslims, who gets blamed? Well, the Christians obviously. This very situation occured last year when there was a bombing by Muslim terrorists. The government's response was quite logical: let's shut down the Presbyterian pastors' conference. Dr. Jack Whytock
of Charlottetown, PEI was the speaker and from that moment on, all teaching/preaching engagements he had were accompanied by armed soldiers.
Now my point is not to blame the persecution for the earthquake, because I don't have the mind of God, but it is imperative that we pray that the Christian hospitals and churches would have a radical impact on the Muslim community during this devastation. Throughout history, a great witness has been demonstrated by Christian compassion, whether it be ancient plagues or war, or hurricanes. Pray for Gospel impact in Pakistan at this time.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Learn a New Ancient Song!

(versified by David T. Koyzis)
Click on "PSALM 5" for the melody and sing along. Also check out David Koyzis's great online Genevan Psalter. IT WORKS NOW!

Lord, let my words receive a hearing,
and think upon my restless sighs;
my God and King, attend my cries.
Lord, as the day breaks I implore you
and pray before you.

You, God, do not delight in evil;
with you the wicked find no place,
boasters are banished from your face.
You put an end to the deceitful,
spurning the hateful.

But through the fullness of your mercy,
I enter in your dwelling place
and worship you before your face.
In righteous ways, O Lord, now guide me,
and stand beside me.

The wicked's lies cannot be trusted;
their thoughts are as an open tomb,
their tongues are filled with words of doom.
May their intrigues recoil upon them,
their guilt be on them.

Let all exult who seek your shelter;
joyfully may they ever sing.
Shield them with your protecting wing.
To all the righteous you show favour,
you are their saviour.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Anyone can Post

I have changed my settings so anyone who visits this site may comment. Someone try it!

Studio Ergo Sum

"I study, therefore I am." My four courses require much time and thought. The days scurry out from under me while I'm just trying to get books read. Jonathan Edwards , my Massachusetts Puritan ancestor and human figurehead of the Great Awakening -who preached the fiery "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" -would wake up between 4 and 5 am and often be in his study 13 hours a day! If I had a fraction of his discipline, I could change the world!... or maybe just my ability to sit still. Pray that I will study long, tireless hours.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Mmmm... Dutch beer chilled by corpse-infested floodwater...

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Baby! 21.5 Weeks Old

This just in! No, this isn't two babies, it's the same one. I flipped the pictures obviously, so it's really lying on it's back. In the one on the right you can see its legs curled up, so it actually has them over its head! (I'm using the word "it" because I don't want to get used to "he"). The face is clear, and I think it looks like Emily.