Daily Archives: 11 Sep 2011

At This Point in Time…

I’m watching the amazing film on 9/11 on CBS hosted by Robert De Niro… It’s the bravest documentary I’ve seen. Just breathtaking.

Actor Robert De Niro will host CBS’ update of its award-winning film on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to mark the 10th anniversary next month. CBS will revisit its film, “9/11,” first broadcast in 2002, including new interviews with firefighters and others who were part of the first film. The Peabody Award-winning film contains the only known footage of the first plane striking the World Trade Center.

Rob Bell Proves Himself a Heretic yet Again

Mars Hill church must have lost all theological bearings and now wants to do the unthinkable. Seeing this latest jubilant tweet from Shane Hipps (Rob Bell’s co-pastor) :

Inviting Muslims to Communion is like asking Jews to a pork barbecue. Communion belongs to Christianity. It represents the Body of Christ, the belonging together of those who have faith in Him. If even Christians who are living out of fellowship with Christ are disinvited, what sense does it make to commune at the table with believers in another religion?

Rob Bell really is an incompetent theologian. Indeed, he is a pseudo-theologian, interested in nothing but making a name for himself. He understands absolutely nothing about the Christian faith and, apparently, neither do the people at his pseudo-church.

His isn’t an informed Christianity or a loving faith; his is a humanism devoid of theology.

Mozart’s Music Captures My Mood

Even on 9/11. It’s as if Mozart wrote at least one piece for my every mood. I think he did. Which is why I give thanks to God regularly for the gift of Mozart.

How Not to Celebrate a Month of Sobriety: Getting Drunk, and Drowning…


A law student drowned in the River Thames after getting drunk to celebrate a month of sobriety, a London inquest found this week. Niall Pawsey, 20, drank more than four times the legal driving limit after winning a bet to go 28 days without alcohol. Kicked out of a pub for singing, Pawsey joined friends to the Thames, stripped to his undies, and jumped in. He was 15 feet from the shore when he went under, theDaily Mail reports.

That’s profoundly unintelligent.  And sad.  And yet another milestone in the journey on the road of boozing.

On Peace

The righteous man has peace with God but affliction in the world, because he lives in the Spirit.

The unrighteous man has peace with the world but affliction and tribulation with God, because he lives in the flesh.

But as the Spirit is eternal, so also will be the peace of the righteous man and the tribulation of the unrighteous.

And as the flesh is temporal, so will be the tribulation of the righteous and the peace of the unrighteous. — Martin Luther

It Isn’t The Publicity Seeking Loons You Have to Worry About…

Because real terrorists won’t announce their plans.  So these aren’t real terrorists, they’re little lunatics.

Amid heightened security as the nation marks a decade since 9/11, feds are investigating threats posted on the White House’s Facebook page, reports NBC New York. “We’ll come back U.S.A. One day only 11/9/2011,” says one post, which shows a photo of Osama bin Laden. The second and third: “We’ll come to u white house sooooooooooon,” and “We’ll come back 11/9/2011 to kill u all.”

Terrorists?  No.  Losers?  Undoubtedly.  But that doesn’t make their total depravity any less real.

A Note on Christianity and Patriotism

Sometimes, when I read my friends’ blogs or their Facebook pages I get the feeling that some of them believe that patriotism is the same thing as nationalism and that Christianity and patriotism are incompatible. So, first,

Patriotism isn’t the same thing as nationalism. Patriotism is respecting and honoring one’s native land so that one supports it, prays for it, and stands by it through thick or thin. Nationalism, on the other hand, is the exaltation of the State above all other considerations including practiced faith. Nationalism is worshiping one’s native land as though it were divine. But of course, only God is divine and must never be replaced as the highest object of one’s allegiance under any circumstance.

Nationalism and Christianity are incompatible but Patriotism and Christianity are certainly not, as it is every Christian’s duty to pray for the State and support it through taxes and abide within society as a good and proper citizen.

The sometimes spoken and sometimes unspoken assumption among some that Christianity and Patriotism are mutually exclusive betrays a profound misunderstanding by those holding that assumption concerning the meaning of both patriotism and Christianity.

If Christians feel a patriotic stirring on this, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it is neither wrong nor improper. What is improper is the divorce of personal faith from public life. Christians can no more compartmentalize their lives in that way than they can deny Christ: because such compartmentalization IS denial of Christ.

Beth Mardutho

From Jack Sasson-

Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute [has] launched its new web site at www.bethmardutho.org. In addition to providing information about the Institute, the site contains the following resources:

1. Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (it has been moved now from CUA and articles are freely available and can be read online using a PDF viewer).
2. Meltho Syriac fonts (under Download).
3. eBethArke, or the Syriac library (under Library)
4. Mardu: The Institute’s newsletter is available freely (under About BM)

Subscriptions to the printed edition of Hugoye, as well as membership to the institute can now be done online (under Membership).

President Obama Read Psalm 46

So how long will it be before the angry atheists are up in arms?  I’m sure it won’t be long because the A.A. so hate Christianity (of all religions it’s the only one they target) that they’re bound to let the whining commence shortly.

Remembering 9/11 Around the World

NZZ observes

Zum zehnten Jahrestag der Anschläge von 11. September gedenken Menschen in aller Welt der Opfer des Terrors. Am frühen Sonntagmorgen (MESZ) begannen im Pazifikraum erste Gedenkfeiern, bei denen sich Politiker und Angehörige der Toten versammelten. Von Sydney bis New York finden Zeremonien statt, die an die beinahe 3000 Menschen aus mehr als 90 Ländern erinnern sollen, die bei den Anschlägen ums Leben kamen.

The last is an important point which we Americans too often forget- people from over 90 countries died on that horrible day. The world mourned then and remembers now.

Yes, even in Australia and Malaysia, they’re remembering:

Auch in Malaysia und Australien gedachten Familien ihrer Angehörigen, die bei den Anschlägen auf das World Trade Center getötet wurden. In Tokio verharrten Trauernde vor einem Stück Stahl von Ground Zero in Erinnerung an Bankangestellte, die bei den Anschlägen ihr Leben verloren.

9/11 wasn’t simply an attack on America, it was an attack on the world.

Egyptian Democracy #Fail

Angry Egyptians have attacked various news outlets reporting on the storming of the Israeli embassy, including Al-Jazeera’s Cairo Bureau.  Egypt, that’s a big #fail!  They also went after CNN-

An angry crowd lingering near the Israeli embassy in Cairo after an attack on the building a day earlier turned on journalists reporting the incident Saturday, accusing at least one of being an Israeli spy.  As a CNN crew filmed the embassy from across the street, another crew from American public television — led by Egyptian television producer Dina Amer — approached the building.  The crew’s Russian cameraman was preparing to film the embassy when a woman in the crowd began hurling insults at the TV team, Amer said.  “There was this older lady who decided to follow me and rally people against me,” Amer recalled.  “She said ‘you’re a spy working with the Americans.’ Then they swarmed me and I was a target.”

Egyptians need to let the press work freely.  That’s what a democracy does.  And, oh, in democratic societies, Embassy’s aren’t attacked either!