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Pete Carroll is a Classy Guy

Did anyone see the classy gesture made by USC coach Pete Carroll in the middle of the first quarter against Idaho? Continue reading

Definition of “interact”

One of the debates in the response to FV/NPP/AAT is whether critics are ‘interacting’ with the original authors, and whether they are doing so in a Christian-ly way.*

I think the root of the debate is over the definition of ‘interact’. The anti-FV guys, and their writings, claim to ‘interact’ with the FV. Yet, the FV guys will describe how they tried to contact the author, how they were never contacted or allowed to defend themselves, etc…

After seeing being defenders and detractors pollute the blogosphere with comments, it seems apparent that to the FV/pro-FV side, “interact” means “calls, emails, visits, or otherwise contacts the individual/writing being discussed”. To the anti-FV side, it appears that “interact” is limited to mean “properly footnote my claims.”

Understanding this, perhaps FV/pro-FV will have more patience with the anti-FV side when they claim to have ‘interacted’. Perhaps also, it will help the anti-FV crowd understand how they might modify their methods to be more persuasive.

*If you really need sources, google: “Federal Vision” OR FV.

King’s Meadow Classical Christian College Survey

George Grant et al in Franklin are trying to start-up a Classical Christian college. A former colleague has been brought in to do a lot of the ground work, and from his reports the state of TN requires A LOT of ground work. You can help them fulfill their requirements by taking this survey.


More Thoughts on ’08

I missed the Dems, but did hear some choice bits on NPR. A reader on Andrew Sullivan’s blog wonders why the media is going through the dog-and-pony show of having every single candidate up there, but really only focusing on three or four. From what I’ve heard of the Dem debate, it looks like it is Hillary/Edwards/Obama. I think folks have thought that for a while, and I really wouldn’t be surprised.

Republicans, however, are up in the air. You have some of the big names (Rudy, McCain, Romney), but I don’t think they are firin’ up the base — which is why people will continue to speculate about Thompson and Newt. It wouldn’t surprise me if Thompson or Newt wound up with the nomination.

Bringing Sullivan up again. His post on the evolution question really irked me. First, he seems to dismiss that some of those guys can really be genuine, conservative, evangelical Christians. He claims that its part of the “Rove strategy”. Well, what Gov/Rev Huckabee said, wasn’t Rove strategy. He spoke like a real Baptist. Brownback articulates a true, Christian vision of sanctity of Life. Romney is a Mormon. I don’t think there are any ‘cultural’ Mormons or ‘nominal’ Mormons. I think Rudy is a Catholic like Kerry was, but respects the Bishops (he is Italian) and isn’t as arrogant.

Second, Sullivan is out-of-step with the ‘problem’ of the early chapters of Genesis in the evangelical world. It isn’t like Leviticus or other portions of the Bible. Faithful readers of the Bible who would subscribe to an errant, God-breathed interpretation of the bible, allow themselves to fundamentally disagree on the particulars of Genesis. We allow for Old Earth / New Earth and literal 6-Day vs. Day/Age. Sullivan doesn’t get that and is off-base if he considers Huckabee’s wavering as politicizing.

Right now, I have absolutely no idea. Democrat or Republican. Nothing.

I did find out (via Wikipedia) that Huckabee was named one of the Top 5 governors by Time magazine, so perhaps I should lend more weight to his executive experience. Though, as much as they seem to be great guys, I can’t see Huckabee or Brownback in the oval office.

McCain surprised me and didn’t look as old as I expected.

Ron Paul made a few good points. I think he was marginalized a bit, but he wasn’t the rubble-rouser like in the last debate. That honor goes to Tom Tancredo from Colorado who outdid everyone by claiming that he wouldn’t allow any immigrants to enter the country, except for families and asylum. He also wanted to see immigrants drop their cultural and familial ties, and completely assimilate to an American lifestyle.

Okay, that’s enough for tonight. I’m tired and bummed that I recorded the debate and didn’t get the commentary afterwards. :0/

My Thoughts Towards ’08

McCain: Depends on his running mate ’cause he’s looking a lot more frail than in 2000.

Paul: I love to listen to this guy. He may very well be an example of ‘book smarts’ vs. ‘street wise’ that my Dad always lectured me on, but I do like to listen.

Thompson: I think I’d pay to watch him campaign against Hillary/Obama/Edwards. If he’d treat them like he did Michael Moore, it’d be a pay-per-view event. He reminds me of a smart, savvy, witty John Wayne.

Rudy: I like that he actually has executive leadership. Yes, yes. Kristen brought up Huckebee (or whomever), but, really, I think it takes more leadership to run NYC than it does to run Arkansas. Would Houston Nutt be treated like than in NYC. I doubt it.

In all seriousness, I’ve been ready Rudy’s book on leadership (aptly titled, Leadership). The principles are rather run-of-the-mill, but I love the insight into running NYC, all the stories, especially how they relate to 9/11.

Your thoughts? BTW, this is Michael, Kristen’s husband.


Apparently the PCA Federal Vision / NPP Committee Report is a living document.

Take that, Michael Moore.

Michael Moore challenges Fred Thompson to a health care debate (ht: drudge).

Fred Thompson replies (ht:pb). In a year when none of the candidates are exciting me, I could really like this guy.

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Yahoo!s Bible Study Page

Yahoo! recently updated the My Yahoo! personalized homepage. It is now more AJAX-y and looks more web2.0 than their previous web1.0 browser.

On the interesting additions is the ability to share your pages (e.g., like netvibes) and it also offers pre-packaged pages. When I saw the ‘Bible Study’ page, I had to give it a shot.

It contains:
ESV One Year Bible Readings
Daily Bible Readings from KJV
Bible Study Reflections — looks like a daily devo.
Pastor Jon’s Blog
Christian Links:Bible
Christian Blogs

I found it interesting that made it onto Yahoo!’s radar, and that the ESV is the top module, set to get some major looks. I guess it helps me to feel more ‘mainstream’ in the Christian world.

Loving Your City for Christ

What a beautiful article. If you don’t subscribe to Comment, you really ought to. And be sure to tell your friends how to sign up or else you’ll find all your issues ‘missing’.

50 Things I love about life in NYC by Linnea Leonard Kickasola.

Books Read in 2006

Thrill of the Chaste, by Dawn Eden