Great. Commercial.

September 16, 2011

This is a great commercial.  And the message is exactly why I would not buy a G.M. or Chrysler product. 

Ford is smart.  With the climate of distrust in the Federal Goverment’s (read Obama adminstration) past and proposed solutions to the economic mess we are in, Ford is merely capitalizing on some unpopular facts about its American competitors to create a sellable point of difference, beyond simply the cars they make.  Furthermore, these commercials are essentially testimonials of actual customers, and are not scripted.

I can just imagine that the marketing execs had their mouths watering when they finally got someone to independently declare what thoughtful people already have in their minds.


Why limit it to the third trimester?

September 16, 2011

Last month I wrote an article about the ethical dilemma that the pro-baby killing folks are wrestling with regarding a practice known as “reduction.”  These are procedures performed in pregnancies that involve multiple babies (twins, triplets, etc.). Through selective abortion, one or more babies are killed, until the desired number remains, usually just one.  “Reduction.”  What a nice impersonal, unemotional sort of word.  But the nice word can only go so far in disguising what is going on in these procedures and they are causing all sorts of hand-wringing and heart burn among even the most ardent supporters of killing unborn babies.

Now, the legalized “killing of babies,” has taken on a new and even more comprehensive and precise meaning.  A Canadian appeals court has ruled that a mother who strangled her infant (that is, already born) son and threw his dead body over her fence into a neighbor’s yard, cannot be charged with any crime, or at least not one related to the killing of the child.  Re-read that if you like, but you probably read it correctly the first time.  A mother killed her already-born-son, and is guilty of no crime.  And get this…the judge’s logic in de-criminalizing what would otherwise be regarded as infanticide, relied on Canada’s abortion statutes that allow for killing of babies through the third trimester of pregnancy.  It appears that the good news for those who were not able to come to the decision to kill their child en utero, can now do so after he or she has been delivered.  I guess that the only remaining question, not yet adjudicated by the courts in Canada is exactly how long a mother has to exercise this frightening new privilege. 

Al Mohler has a sober and thoughtful article on this subject that is well worth the time to read.

Ten Questions

September 14, 2011

Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, by Donald S. Whitney is a book that I frankly cannot remember exactly how I came to possess.  I can say that it is the first book that I read on my recently acquired Kindle which was a gift.  (Imagine having the blessing of serving as your son’s Best Man in his wedding and getting a present on top of that!) Thanks, Ross, I am loving the Kindle.    Irrespective of how I got this book, I am glad that I did.  But that needs to be clarified a bit.  Because about a third or so of the way through the book, I was not so certain.

This book is not new.  Its copyright is dated 2001.  The author, Don Whitney, is a pastor and seminary professor in the Southern Baptist tradition although it was clear to me that his is a Reformed Baptist background.  He attended Law School for a time at the University of Arkansas before following a call to the ministry.

As the title suggests, Whitney poses 10 questions that any believer ought to be asking him/herself to diagnose their spiritual health.  Those 10 questions, which also serve as the chapter headings, are:

  1. Do you thirst for God?
  2. Are you governed increasingly by God’s Word
  3. Are you more loving?
  4. Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?
  5. Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
  6. Do you delight in the Bride of Christ?
  7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?
  8. Do you still grieve over sin?
  9. Are you a quicker forgiver?
  10. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

At the outset of this review, I mentioned that for the first third or so of the book, I was finding that there was nothing particularly challenging in what I was reading.  That ought to have been a cue to me that my pride and arrogance was getting in the way of very useful instruction.  Thankfully, the Holy Spirit gave me a good nudge because while the book is not a difficult read, nor is it particularly long (141 pages in the paperback version) it really is gently packed with some extraordinarily penetrating challenges,  provided you are willing to accept the examination of your spiritual health.  Many of the answers I had to these questions were not ones I like, so the real benefit to this book will be not the questions, but rather the response I have to the answers.

Just as we ought to respond in serious ways to the make the changes in our physical lives when we our doctors diagnose that we are gaining a bit too much weight and need a combination of changes in our diets and exercise regimine, there ought to be a serious response to the results of our spiritual diagnosis that flows from Whitney’s 10 questions.  Therein will be the benefit as we realize the benefits of our Progressive Sanctification.

While I read this book individually, I suspect that it could be useful for paired, or small group study, particularly in the context of  the formation of accountability.

Definitely a book worth reading.