Taking a Stand

January 24, 2012

I applaud you:

‘Tim Thomas was the only Boston Bruins player from their 2011 Stanley Cup championship team that chose not to attend a White House celebration of their achievement. Cam Neely, the Bruins’ team president, cited Thomas’s “own opinions and political beliefs” for that absence.

On the official Facebook page for Tim Thomas — his other page is for his hockey camps — the Bruins goalie and playoff MVP clarified his absence from the White House event:

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

“This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

“Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

“This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

Something tells me that with Thomas slated to appear in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game this weekend, this might not be the only public statement he’ll make on this controversy. It’s overshadowed the Bruins’ visit to the White House. It’ll likely do the same for Thomas’s participation in the midseason classic.

“As an organization we were honored by President Obama’s invitation to the White House. It was a great day and a perfect way to cap our team’s achievement from last season. It was a day that none of us will soon forget. We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization. This will be the last public comment from the Bruins organization on this subject.”‘

Come Praise and Glorify

January 23, 2012

Verse 1
Come praise and glorify our God
The Father of our Lord
In Christ He has in heav’nly realms
His blessings on us poured
For pure and blameless in His sight
He destined us to be
And now we’ve been adopted through
His Son eternally

Chorus
To the praise of Your glory
To the praise of Your mercy and grace
To the praise of Your glory
You are the God who saves

Verse 2
Come praise and glorify our God
Who gives His grace in Christ
In Him our sins are washed away
Redeemed through sacrifice
In Him God has made known to us
The myst’ry of His will
That Christ should be the head of all
His purpose to fulfill

Verse 3
Come praise and glorify our God
For we’ve believed the Word
And through our faith we have a seal
The Spirit of the Lord
The Spirit guarantees our hope
Until redemption’s done
Until we join in endless praise
To God, the Three in One

credits
from The Gathering: Live from WorshipGod11, released 15 November 2011
Music by Bob Kauflin, words by Tim Chester
© 2011 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

R.I.P.

January 23, 2012

R.I.P. JoePa.

Listing for 2012

January 18, 2012

I thought it would be cool to keep an ongoing list of things and events that are “in” for 2012, and then I’ll go back and do decades, so feel free to add to the list.

2012

iPod nano watch
Words with Friends

Confucius

January 11, 2012

Tell me and I may forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.

450 AD

An Upset Milk Jug

January 5, 2012

“Questioner: Materialists and some astronomers suggest that the solar
planetary system and life as we know it was brought about by an
accidental stellar collision. What is the Christian view of this
theory?

Lewis: If the solar system was brought about by an accidental
collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also
an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If
so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents — the accidental
by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts
of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But
if their thoughts — i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy — are merely
accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see
no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a
correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting that
the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk jug
should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it
was upset.”

C. S. Lewis, “Answers to Questions on Christianity,” in God in the
Dock (Grand Rapids, 1970), pages 52-53.

My Prayer for 2012

January 3, 2012

I am inspired by Charles Spurgeon’s words: “Let us not see the face of man today till we have seen Jesus.”  A good thought for the new year.