Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kudos to some terrific blogs...marking January 22nd....and welcome back, "Lost"!

Some of the blogs I highly regard and recommend have turned up on a list of the most-read church blogs.

Kudos to Tim Challies, who was number one!, Justin Taylor's Between Two Worlds (#2), PyroManiacs (#8), Evangelical Underground (#10), Adrian Warnock (#23), and Jollyblogger (#41.)

I've had the pleasure of interviewing Tim Challies, Justin Taylor and Phil Johnson of PyroManiacs.

A Day to Mourn

Today marks the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

One of the tenets I've come to feel ever more strongly about is the sanctity of human life. If we don't value the gift of life--whether that of the unborn (or preborn if you prefer that term), the handicapped, the ill or the aged--then our society is truly doomed.

Of course, to believe life is sacred, you have to believe there's a higher power who created it. And if you believe in God, it follows that there is such a thing as right and wrong. Good and evil. Absolute truth. All of those things fly in the face of secular humanism. I'm sorry, but I abhor a philosophy that devalues life.

For the past several years, I've posted on January 22nd something I wrote a few years ago. It's titled "January 22nd--A Day to Mourn."

I won't re-post all of it here, but here's a bit of it, and the link to the entire post if you'd like to read it:

When I was a junior in high school, I was delighted to hear that my older sister was pregnant with her third child. I adored my nieces, Shelly and Stephanie, and was looking forward to another little niece or nephew.

My sister gave birth that January to a beautiful little baby girl, and named her Deborah Leigh. But as perfect as Deborah looked, it quickly became obvious that something was wrong. Deborah's little heart was incomplete, and she died within a week of her birth.
--read more here

"Lost" is back!

Watching "Lost" again was like seeing old friends that have been away for a while. The time travel element is confusing, but fascinating...and I can't wait to see what's in store for our Losties.


Randy Spradlin said...
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Randy Spradlin said...


This will definitely fly in the face of many conservatives. I qualify my opening remarks for a reason. I consider myself a moderate conservative. I'm not a liberal by any stretch of the imagination although I do agree with some liberals on their viewpoints, however, without their vitriol.

Personally, and without attacking any one person, it's a waste of time to overthrow Roe V. Wade. Just as it is difficult to rid the U.S. of smoking, and some other areas. Now, do I agree with the aforementioned things. NO! A resounding, NO!

When Jesus came, he never tried to change government. He came to change hearts. My point is clarion clear: When you change hearts, you change behavior. Would it be nice to have some of the above things thrown out? Sure. No, I haven't shifted to the left. If there is compassion in believer's hearts to witness to girls in crisis, we may do 'more' to help that person than anything else.

We can "try" to legislate morality, however it really cannot be done. Sure, we have to impose laws against those who commit atrocities against other fellow humans, but legalizing a bill doesn't change the human heart. Only the blood of Christ can do that.

I have to smile in a way. Now, there are those "howling" that I've went around the bend one too many times. Yes, certain laws have to be in effect to hold back the tides of more evil unleashing itself. It's only a deterrent to protect the innocent. The real answer is to have the Holy Spirit change that person's life. When that happens, the Spirit of the Lord will override the tides of darkness.

Blessings to you,


Ann-Marie said...

I watched the Lost premiere with Candice and BJ. It was as wild as I'd hoped. I was so happy to see Bernard and Rose! But, boy, do I miss Charlie. He was my favorite. And shirtless Sawyer *fans self* I sort of like angry Sun!!!

Cindy Swanson said...

Ann-Marie, I was really happy to see Bernard and Rose again too. And I did miss Charlie...he wasn't even mentioned in the hour-long recap. :(

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