Thursday, February 5, 2004

February 5, 2004

6:30 PM The big storm we’ve been waiting for all day finally hit a few minutes ago. We’ve decided to leave for Alabama tonight. We’ll drive to Indianapolis, spend the night, and travel the rest of the way tomorrow. Here’s a story about my niece Megan and the rest of the Bradshaw Bruins. They are ranked #6 in the 5A classification and will host the #1 4A team tomorrow night. By the way, there’s a picture with the story. I think Megan is on the other side of the group, peering through their uplifted arms toward the camera. 8:50 AM George Cominos sent this in:

Oxymoron: “A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined.” EXAMPLE: “Oxymoron” – Removing the Ten Commandments from the courthouse while making people swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God, while your hand is on the Bible in courtrooms.

8:38 AM Stanley Kurtz says that gay marriage leads to the death of marriage as an institution. Yesterday’s decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in one more step toward the destruction of marriage in America. 8:22 AM Last night a good friend asked me (after the Wednesday night supper at church), “When are you going to say something nice about a Democrat?” I knew what she meant. Last SundayI mentioned Howard Dean’s anger in my Ponder This column, and in my sermon I referenced Jimmy Carter’s criticism of the proposed policy that would drop the word “evolution” from the biology curriculum in Georgia. Okay, I’ll say something nice. I like Joe Lieberman because he seems to take his Orthodox Judaism seriously. I think Al Sharpton is the best speaker. John Kerry served his country in Vietnam-and was wounded as a result. For the record: It’s quite true that I’m conservative both in my theology and in my political views. But I do not believe that being a Christian always means voting Republican. I can’t and won’t tell anyone else how to vote. I do say, Take your Christian convictions with you into the voting booth. That doesn’t always mean voting for a certain party. A few years ago I voted for the Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois. I’m glad I did because the man who won (it wasn’t the Democrat) was recently indicted. I don’t know if the man is guilty or not, but I’m happy I didn’t vote for him. 6:54 AM The New York Times exposes the shocking truth: Christians plan to use Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Jesus Christ as an evangelistic tool. 6:52 To reach a generation steeped in evolutionary thinking, we must explain the truth about creation as part of our gospel preaching. 6:40 AM We’re watching the weather closely, tracking the big storm heading our way from the southwest because tomorrow morning Marlene and I are driving to Florence, Alabama. My niece, Megan, is the starting forward for the Bradshaw Bruins girls basketball team, currently 24-4 and one of the top-ranked teams in Alabama. Megan is a senior and plays her final home game Friday night. We’ll be staying with my brother Andy on Friday and Saturday nights; we drive to Nashville on Sunday to visit Marlene’s brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Ruth Wolery. Then back to Oak Park on Monday. The snow and ice will make for slippery, slow travel tomorrow.

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