Where is Old Fart?

June 30, 2008

You have heard of Waldo and Carmen Sandiego.  Now it’s time to guess where Oldfart is sitting.  Take your best guess by looking at the following picture and give me your guesses.  I will try to keep it in the Angelina county area.  If you know me, then you will have no problem finding the right place.  I hope this will be fun.  Here is the easy one.

Have fun…


A Little Perspective, A Lot of Truth

June 30, 2008

For more, check out Michael Ramirez at IBD.  He’s brilliant.

H/T: Duxfine (yep, still alive and wit-kicking)


Planet 56 and the Pew Forum Report

June 29, 2008

The Pew Forum released their U.S. Religious Landscape survey this past week.  ABC News gushed about the survey results on their nightly news cast.  Who would have thought that 2/3 of the Protestants surveyed would have agreed that other religions can lead to eternal life?  Anybody ever heard of John 14:6?

Planet 56 is our Sunday School class for fifth and sixth graders at Lufkin’s First Baptist Church.  Our goal has been to teach the children about the providence of God and to develop a Christian world-and-life view.  We are just finishing up our first year in Planet 56 using the Children Desiring God literature.

We took a few of the Pew Forum questions and devised our own survey.  As luck would have it, we had an attendance of 20 today (our largest ever!) and 12 preteens took the survey (others were late and did not have time).  We were surprised by some of the answers, and by the fact that the percentages were not that different from the Pew Forum’s nationwide results for Evangelicals.  Now, please keep in mind that there could have been confusion in the questions (for both our survey and theirs!) and that our 12 is not a statistically valid sample.  Nevertheless, here are their answers, but don’t take the results too seriously.

1.  Do you agree that many religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc) can lead to eternal life?

6 YES  6 NO

2.  Do you agree there is only one true way to interpret the teachings of your religion?

6 YES 6 NO

3.  Do you believe in God?

12 YES

4.  Do you believe God is a personal God or an impersonal force?

8 PERSONAL  0 IMPERSONAL  4 NOT SURE

5.  Are you absolutely certain there is a God?

10 YES   2 NOT ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN

6.  Do you believe in Heaven?

12 YES

7.  Do you believe in Hell?

11 YES 1 NO

8.  Do you believe your religion conflicts with modern society?

5 YES  7 NO

9.  Do you believe your religious values are threatened by Hollywood?

5 YES 7 NO

Does the 50/50 split on Question 1 mean we are not doing our jobs as Sunday School teachers? Parents? Also, I thought the brilliant young man sitting next to me had a great response to Question 9.  He said that he voted “no” on that question because he wasn’t going to let Hollywood threaten his values.

I wish I could say the same.

Thanks to OldFart for letting me post the results on his blog.


Poor Pigeons Plastered

June 25, 2008

 

I am not sure why I looked at this story today, but I do know how I felt after reading it.  The full story can be found here.

Wimbledon came under fire from animal activists on Tuesday for using marksmen to shoot down dive-bombing pigeons.

The tournament employs two hawks to scare away pigeons who had become a pest swooping down on Centre Court and distracting players in the middle of tense matches.

But the hawks failed to keep the pigeons away from the players’ lawn and the open-air media restaurant so marksmen were called in.

The only question I came up with is this:

How come you never hear about PETA visiting the many rural areas of Texas to push their agenda?


What does this say to you?

June 20, 2008

 

From Matthew 7

13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

What does this say to me?  It basically and literally tells me that everyone who makes a profession of faith in Jesus Christ will not be going to Heaven.  Why you may ask?  Read what it plainly says in verse 14.  “Only a few find it.”  Then again in verse 21 it reads; “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

 

Again, literally, I feel that this passage tells us that if we do not live each and every day according to the will of the Father, who is in heaven, then the likely-hood of verse 23 will easily come to fruition. 

 

You may say something like, “But God is a forgiving God!”  How can He forgive a continual carnal lifestyle?  Is it judgmental of me to look at all the members of the church I attend and wonder how many will NOT enter the kingdom of heaven?  The proof is in the pudding folks.  Verses 15 through 20 explain very clearly those who will enter into the kingdom of heaven.  I, sadly, am guilty also.  “God help me!”

 

Is this passage controversial?  NO!!  Is my interpretation?  Maybe.

 

What do you think?

 

 


Pop go the brain cells

June 15, 2008

I love blackberry-flavored popcorn.

Fact or fiction?


A Challenge

June 14, 2008

A challenge to Pat the Stache….

Find a “yeah, but” about Tiger Woods’ third round performance in the U.S. Open!

The dude is the best ever…no if, ands, or Pitt Stop butts about it!

Note: If he folds tomorrow, that is a valid “yeah, but.”   If he does fold, it’ll be because his knee folds.