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  1. Doesn't the OP violate the rules against promoting contemporary music?
  2. They're a group for Christian men to come together and discuss family, manhood, and accountabiliy issues. While that all sounds great on the surface, the problem is that their ecuminism includes Catholics and Mormons and other non-Christians. And most of their ministry is based on pop-psychology and works-righteousness. I appreciate what they're trying to do, but they're going about it in a really bad way. If they would just stick to the Gospel, their issues would still be addressed Biblically and they would see some true growth in sanctification among their men and, dare I say, maybe even see a few guys get saved? There is a much better group that does stick to Biblical principles that addresses most of the same issues called the Center for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
  3. Unfortunately, you have me at a disadvantage. Because anything I say on this issue will be seen as promoting contemporary music, I'm not really able to say much about my views on this. So I'll just say I disagree, but respect your right to your opinion and leave it at that. All I'll say about it is that I think it's funny that that many people get so upset about it. It's about the most un-rock and roll-like music I think I've ever heard. The way I've heard the hymn played traditonally (and, incidentally, it's one of my favorite hymns, which may be why I don't like this version) is in a 4/4 march-like time, which I would think would be much worse.
  4. I have no problem with it. Not my style of music, but hymns are not scripture. They are open to interpretation. One of my favorite songs is "At the Cross", by the Sensational Nightingales, which is not the traditional "At the Cross", but is a conflation of two different hymns and set to a different beat.
  5. I'm not really sure where on these boards this topic would fit in, but I'd be happy to explain why we believe the differences between Catholics and Christians Just to clarify, Protestants didn't reject them. I'm not sure where you got that information, but we didn't reject them. We just do not consider them inspired and, as a result, chose not to add them. Actually, there are Protestant groups that existed long before the Reformation. I teach Church History and would be happy to answer any questions you might have in this area. Again, just to clarify, the Reformation (and, thus, Protestant churches) were not a rebellion against Catholicism, but an attempt within Catholicism to reform the Catholic Church (hence, the name Reformation) and return Christianity to its Biblical roots, at a time when the Catholic Church had become increasingly heretical and corrupt. That's a very common misconception among Catholics, but the truth is, we do agree. In fact we have confessions, catechisms, and creeds in Christianity that exist for the sole purpose of codifying our agreement. Not at all. To the contrary, I think it can be a good thing because it acts as a kind of pressure relief valve wherein we can fellowship with like minded believers, while avoiding non-essential doctrines and matters of adiaphora that can lead to squabbling and church splits. Does it shame you that there are more than 240 dvisions within the Catholic Church?
  6. I think that's subjective. If that's the message you take away from mohawks, then I think you have an obligation not to get a mohawk.
  7. I think it depends. First of all, let's remember that hairstyles are cultural and, thus, subjective. Remember that, in the 19th century, most men had long hair that would have been considered "sinful" by many Christians just fifty years later and, fifty years after that, would have been considered short by most Christians. While it's true that some hairstyles are associated with rebellion, I seriously doubt your five year old wants a mohawk to protest against societal norms. From what you've described, I don't see how you would be causing your parents to sin, but I would explain to your child, in age appropriate language, that how we present ourselves on the outside presents a message to the world about us. That's why we dress up when we go to church, because we have reverence for God, or why we dress for court or weddings, because we have respect for the sanctity of those institutions, or why we dress casually to go to a ball game, because that's about fun and recreation. Personally, when I see a mohawk, my first thought isn't about punks or rebellion, but "Airborne!"
  8. I've been banned from CatholicForums.com several times for, in their words, "Prosletizing (sic) and promoting doctrines contrary to Catholicism", ironically, for presenting the Gospel to a group of people who insist that they're Christians. I was banned from two Christian message boards because of a misunderstanding and was later re-instated. In the first case, I dared to question a moderator's knowledge about music and he chose to abuse his moderator authority. I was reinstated and he was relieved of his duties. I didn't want him fired, I just wanted him to calm down and listen to what others had to say. In the second, I was talking to a poster and he inadvertantly said something that didn't make sense. I responded by making a reference to George Burns' standard response whenever Gracie would tell him something silly (nothing mean or insulting about it). The moderator in that forum was sixteen years old and didn't know who George Burns or Gracie Allen were and thought I was mocking the Christian doctrine of grace. I was also banned from a secular music board for saying that atheists always come across as being very angry (and they do). The message I got from the admin read (and this is verbatem...I had this as my sig for a long time): "You're welcome to stay here or to leave. But if you stay, the Jesus talk stops NOW". So, two were from non-Christian message boards and both were for standing up for Biblical principles. Two were from Christian boards, and both times were mistakes and the boards handled it very humbliy and impressively. There is another one, though, one I still laugh about. I was once banned from a Christian message board for pointing out that many Southern Gospel groups use studio musicians who also play on secular records. One of the mods threw a temper tantrum and started calling me a liar and telling me that he was friends with one of the bands I mentioned and how I was not allowed to slander them that way. The problem is that there is a website that lists the credits for various albums and I was able to copy and paste the credits from that band's albums and cross reference the credits of the studio musicians on that album with their other work. The guy's reaction was so over the top funny that it was almost worth getting banned.
  9. Auburn88

    Your Favorite Hymns?

    I don't think I have a favorite to sing. I like to sing them all. But to just sit back and reflect on the words, my favorite by far is "'Tis Finished, the Messiah Dies": 'Tis finished! The Messiah dies, Cut off for sins, but not His own: Accomplished is the sacrifice, The great redeeming work is done. 'Tis finished! all the debt is paid; Justice divine is satisfied; The grand and full atonement made; God for a guilty world hath died. The veil is rent in Christ alone; The living way to heaven is seen; The middle wall is broken down, And all mankind may enter in. The types and figures are fulfilled; Exacted is the legal pain; The precious promises are sealed; The spotless Lamb of God is slain. The reign of sin and death is o'er, And all may live from sin set free; Satan hath lost his mortal power; 'Tis swallowed up in victory. Saved from the legal curse I am, My Savior hangs on yonder tree: See there the meek, expiring Lamb! 'Tis finished! He expires for me. Accepted in the Well-beloved, And clothed in righteousness divine, I see the bar to heaven removed; And all Thy merits, Lord, are mine. Death, hell, and sin are now subdued; All grace is now to sinners given; And lo, I plead the atoning blood, And in Thy right I claim Thy heaven!
  10. Not familiar with the book, but here's something I posted recently on another message board that may help a little:
  11. Jerry, we live on a farm and we have sheep and goats. Every now and then, one of our sheep will wander out of the pen. I'll wake up in the morning or look out my window and there they'll be, bleating and walking around and around the pen, trying to find his way back intothe pen because he knows he's part of a flock and wants to be with the other sheep. Our goats, on the other hand, are another story. When one of them gets out of the pen (there's a fallen tree they like to play on and I think they use that to jump over the fence), I have to go and track them down. They fight me every step of the way, too. They don't want to go back in the pen because goats tend to be solitary animals and don't really care about their herd. People can be a lot like sheep and goats and the Bible makes a pretty frightening distinction between sheep and goats.
  12. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I almost voted for Buchanan once. The ideas expressed by Gingrich and Romney is a big reason I abandoned the Republican Party. It's time to bring our troops home from the Middle East, from Japan, Korea, from Europe, and soon to be from Australia and stop being the world's policeman. We've lost too many good young men over the last ten years because of this foolsihness. As it is, the only two people in the current GOP field I'd vote for are Johnson or possibly Paul.
  13. We have a strict no-fast food policy in our household. No McDonalds (although my wife has granted me a special dispensation for the duration of the McRib), no Burger King, no Wendy's, etc. Guess what the one exception is: Chik-fil-A. We love Chik-fil-A. Not only is the food good, but the service is a little shocking if all you're used to is snotty kids and surley managers who couldn't care whether you come back or not. I've never been in a Chik-fil-A where the kids weren't friendly and helpful. It actually reminds me a little (and I'm dating myself here) when you would pull into the Texaco station and a team of men would come out like a NASCAR pit crew to service your car while you were waiting. I like the way they have community nights to support local charities and I love and have a tremendous amount of respect for them for choosing to honor the Lord's Day, even though it results in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. There isn't one thing not to like about Chik-fil-A. Truett Cathy founded the company on Biblical principles and that's why it stands head and shoulders above the rest.
  14. You don't always know you have a hearing problem. My hearing was severely damaged after twenty years of spending night after night in front of loud amplifiers and speakers. I got so used to people repeating themselves for me and reading their lips and facial expressions, that I honestly didn't know I had a problem until an incident occurred that made me realize I was almost deaf. Fortunately for me, my problem was relatively simple to repair and now I hear as well or better than I did when I was young. But sometimes, you just don't realize that you can't hear.
  15. I lived in Key West for about two years. The joke was always that the bars were always packed, but nobody drank. They just went there for the air conditioning.
  16. First thing I wouldn't do would be to make a big deal out of it. As the father of seven children, four of whom are teenagers, things like this come up all the time (not body piercing, thank goodness). I usually just pull out the ol' photo album and show them pictures of me with my bell bottoms, long hair, mullet, my earring, my vest (remember the early 90's when we decided that vests and bolo ties were a good idea?), my acid washed jeans, the leather pants, my wife's feathered hair, big hair, shoulder pads on ladies' dresses, etc. and I ask them how long they think those fads lasted. They usually laugh say something like, "That's so goofy looking. How could you possibly have thought that looked cool?" That's the part where I say, "BINGO!" Take that for what it's worth but, so far, it's kept my daughters from looking like Lydia the Tattooed Lady and my sons from looking like my daughters. That having been said, if they did get a piercing, it wouldn't really be a big deal. As long as I can resist the urge to stick refridgerator magnets to their face while they're asleep, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Just remember, the bigger deal you make out of something, the more children are going to want to do it.
  17. Don't have cicadas here. I miss them. But on the other hand, there's nothing quite as nice as listening to the breeze blow through the corn on a summer evening. Last night was so nice that my dog and I took the golf cart up to one of the fields and just walked. He chased deer and one fox, while I walked along and listened. It's very peaceful to hear the wind through the corn, just punctuated every few minutes by an owl calling his mate. A team of wild horses couldn't drag me back to the city.
  18. Funny you should mention this. I post on an extremely liberal "Christian" site and we just had this conversation. Is it wrong? I don't believe so. Is it wise, I don't believe it is because I believe it gives a false sense of holiness of the pastor. When somebody calls me "Reverend", I don't correct them, but I would never ask or encourage someone to call me that. "Pastor" or simply "Brother" is fine.
  19. I like Todd. I think he's a fine preacher, a good radio show host, and a nice guy. Although I don't really have a personal relationship with him, we've talked via email several times and he has shared my testimony on the air. Now that having been said, I think he does sometimes go a little overboard in his definitions. Not wrong, necessarily, just a little too aggressive. For example, I also disgaree with the way he defines coveting as any desire to have anything, whereas my understanding of the word would be not merely wanting something, but a jealousy that comes from being unsatisfied with God's provision (i.e. "That's not fair! I've been faithful! I should be the one God blessed with a new car, not that guy!"). In Todd's defense, he has acknowledged that he does this and has explained that the reason he does it is because he doesn't always know where the line is, so rather than crossing the line and dishonoring God, it's better just to stay as far away from the line as possible which, when put that way, I respect. "Idiot" and "moron" are clinical medical terms, so I'm not sure I agree with him using them as examples, but I get his point that when used outside of a medical context, they're often an indication of hatred or unjust anger. On a side note, older shows are available through Living Waters' website. I prefer the "phone fishing" of the older shows, when Trish, Aaron, Tony, et al, would go out on the street and witness. When Todd does it on Witness Wednesdays, it seems like every encounter is the same.
  20. What if you just want to dance with your wife? I dance with my wife all the time, but I don't see how that exalts the flesh. I dance with my daughters all the time and I certainly don't see how that exalts the flesh. Why can't you just dance for the sake of dancing or to be close to someone?
  21. I think it depends on what you mean. On the one hand, there is cheapening God's Word by not preaching reverently and on the other, there are some preachers (I think I'm one of them) who will sometimes say things in a funny way in order to make a point. Using humor just in the way we talk is fine. But turning Sunday morning into open mic night at the Chuckle Hut is not. I once entitled a sermon, "You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Psalm is About You". That's about as close as I get to outright comedy.
  22. Thanks. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. It just can't get here fast enough for me.
  23. I'm not sure what you mean by saying that homeschooled children are "sheltered". Our children are out in the "real world" far more than their government schooled counterparts.
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