Archive for March, 2005

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Tired of Post-Modernism…Lets Move On To Post-Post-Modernism

March 26, 2005

I was doing the random blog and the first on I came upon was one called Big Easy his opening sentence floored me…

“Cultural theorists may think we’re in the age of “post-post-modernism,” but our theologians are still simply contending with the impacts of Descartes, Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud. The most profound impact of modernity is that we can no longer base the authority of our religious testaments on history; our myths and our Gods are refuted by scientific reality. We lose our absolutes, and the sense of certainty they afforded us.

Considering the ramification of not doing anything as we enter and begin the journey of this post modern age…We miss out on reaching a culture who has lost faith in trivial things that do not matter.
This is exciting as we must understand that this means trivial and superficial is not the “cool” but is “on the out”.
As one puts his finger on the pulse of culture around us… We see people seeking something… “The Real”.
As a post modern Christian I see this as a real opportunity to introduce the ones who do not Know Jesus… The Real Jesus.
Modernity has gone it’s full road… The world has out grown moderns view of God and religion. But, no one can outgrow the Living God and His Son our Messiah.
If we believe that Jesus is Real… Then we have no fear in sharing this with others. Especially those who seek the Real.
It is as if those of postmodern age…Or as this thinker stated, the “post-post-modern age”, have become like children again in their attempt to see things in a new light…New experience as to see things as Real.
We must move forward…Not just think “attack Darwin and evolution” or other modern Demigods…who have failed on their own to answer life’s Real questions.
Jesus tells us “Do not fear for I am with you always”.
Do we believe this?

iggy

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Tired of Post-Modernism…Lets Move On To Post-Post-Modernism

March 26, 2005

I was doing the random blog and the first on I came upon was one called Big Easy his opening sentence floored me…

“Cultural theorists may think we’re in the age of “post-post-modernism,” but our theologians are still simply contending with the impacts of Descartes, Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud. The most profound impact of modernity is that we can no longer base the authority of our religious testaments on history; our myths and our Gods are refuted by scientific reality. We lose our absolutes, and the sense of certainty they afforded us.

Considering the ramification of not doing anything as we enter and begin the journey of this post modern age…We miss out on reaching a culture who has lost faith in trivial things that do not matter.
This is exciting as we must understand that this means trivial and superficial is not the “cool” but is “on the out”.
As one puts his finger on the pulse of culture around us… We see people seeking something… “The Real”.
As a post modern Christian I see this as a real opportunity to introduce the ones who do not Know Jesus… The Real Jesus.
Modernity has gone it’s full road… The world has out grown moderns view of God and religion. But, no one can outgrow the Living God and His Son our Messiah.
If we believe that Jesus is Real… Then we have no fear in sharing this with others. Especially those who seek the Real.
It is as if those of postmodern age…Or as this thinker stated, the “post-post-modern age”, have become like children again in their attempt to see things in a new light…New experience as to see things as Real.
We must move forward…Not just think “attack Darwin and evolution” or other modern Demigods…who have failed on their own to answer life’s Real questions.
Jesus tells us “Do not fear for I am with you always”.
Do we believe this?

iggy

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He Is Risen!

March 25, 2005

He Is Risen

1 Corinthians 15:12. But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (NIV)

And all I can say is Amen!

Happy resurrection Day!
Here is a Max Lucado presentation… in the words of late comedian Chris Farley…”It is awesome”.
Blessed,
iggy

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He Is Risen!

March 25, 2005

He Is Risen

1 Corinthians 15:12. But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (NIV)

And all I can say is Amen!

Happy resurrection Day!
Here is a Max Lucado presentation… in the words of late comedian Chris Farley…”It is awesome”.
Blessed,
iggy

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Things that bother me about Terri’s case

March 25, 2005

This case is so disturbing on many different levels…
1. I do not want the gov’t to get involved in a tough enough decision as letting a loved one die.
2. Courts should not have the right to give the death sentence to an innocent.
3. Even if a hint of the possibility of an allegation of abuse and contributing to Terri’s condition was caused by her husband the court should step in to investigate “that”. Mean while leaving in the tube. This would show more respect for Terri if these allegations are remotely true.
4. Removing a feeding tube is not the same as removing a breathing machine or removing dialysis or any other “life support.
5. When my stepfather in-law was dying of cancer (starvation because he could no longer take any matter in) we were allowed to give comfort and put a wet sponge to his lips and tongue to relieve some of the pain…The morphine did the rest. Terri’s is being denied this comfort as she “humanely starves to death”.
6. Get a living will at the very least…A medical power of attorney is better…(I think that is what it is called).
7. If there is no real statement from the person (Terri) then who ever is willing to take care of the person should be able to…As in the family.
8. Who is to judge when a life has “quality of living” many handicapped people have more severe issues that Terri yet are allowed to live…For now.
9. I have seen animals treated and put to death more humanely than what we are witnessing here with Terri.
10. I see this as a huge change of values in America… I see this as leading toward something very sinister… I recently published a post on my other blog Baby Shelton update about fetal testing to find out if our baby might have down syndrome…We decided to not have the tests as we would love her anyway. It is sad to think some parents choose other wise and that we even have a choose. (I know this testing can scan for many other problems… But even those do not mean we have a right or privilege to take a life… Even if yet unborn. If we allow this case to set precedent that we can kill someone if they are deemed not as fit as the rest of us…Well, I can see the rise of Nazism in America…. ( our daughter seems to be healthy).
11. With at least 2 sworn affidavits saying Mike (Terri’s husband… Using that term perversely) saying he has called her a “bitch” and “when is she going to die?” even possible injecting her with insulin to cause her to go into shock…
12. Even though I see it should never had to involve Congress… But it did and they said to have a “new trial” why did a Fed Judge refuse to do this… I see this as contempt of congress.
13. We must realize that Judges are to view “the Law” which as someone said in this case…“Those who think law is the answer to our problems need to face the reality that law is a crude and blunt instrument.” I agree. As with the “Law of Moses” that we as Christians are no longer under as we are under Christ and the Higher Law of Love, there is no mercy under the Law.
14. Terri Schiavo wasn’t dying until she was denied food and water by court order. If a parent or pet owner locked their child or pet in a room without food and water, is that letting her die? Do you think a court would accept that as a defense?
15. If Terri has been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990. Why is she been known to respond to her parents and sit up and even swallow jello? When has her brain activity ceased?
16. If we depend on the legal system to create law… We the people will lose our freedoms. We need to diligently guard ourselves… So get that living will!
17. IF YOU DENY ANY ONE FOOD OR WATER THEY WILL DIE… So why can’t the family at least give her water? This is murder! Not letting her die…With dignity!
18. We being a so called “Christian” nation…(I don’t agree with that we are a Christian Nation) should never even be having this discussion…
19. Mike (Terri’s husband…Again using that term loosely) gave up his “right as husband when he shacked up with his new “common law” wife and had two kids with her… I am not judging him for moving on… Just “hanging on” without considering Terri’s families position.
iggy

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Things that bother me about Terri’s case

March 25, 2005

This case is so disturbing on many different levels…
1. I do not want the gov’t to get involved in a tough enough decision as letting a loved one die.
2. Courts should not have the right to give the death sentence to an innocent.
3. Even if a hint of the possibility of an allegation of abuse and contributing to Terri’s condition was caused by her husband the court should step in to investigate “that”. Mean while leaving in the tube. This would show more respect for Terri if these allegations are remotely true.
4. Removing a feeding tube is not the same as removing a breathing machine or removing dialysis or any other “life support.
5. When my stepfather in-law was dying of cancer (starvation because he could no longer take any matter in) we were allowed to give comfort and put a wet sponge to his lips and tongue to relieve some of the pain…The morphine did the rest. Terri’s is being denied this comfort as she “humanely starves to death”.
6. Get a living will at the very least…A medical power of attorney is better…(I think that is what it is called).
7. If there is no real statement from the person (Terri) then who ever is willing to take care of the person should be able to…As in the family.
8. Who is to judge when a life has “quality of living” many handicapped people have more severe issues that Terri yet are allowed to live…For now.
9. I have seen animals treated and put to death more humanely than what we are witnessing here with Terri.
10. I see this as a huge change of values in America… I see this as leading toward something very sinister… I recently published a post on my other blog Baby Shelton update about fetal testing to find out if our baby might have down syndrome…We decided to not have the tests as we would love her anyway. It is sad to think some parents choose other wise and that we even have a choose. (I know this testing can scan for many other problems… But even those do not mean we have a right or privilege to take a life… Even if yet unborn. If we allow this case to set precedent that we can kill someone if they are deemed not as fit as the rest of us…Well, I can see the rise of Nazism in America…. ( our daughter seems to be healthy).
11. With at least 2 sworn affidavits saying Mike (Terri’s husband… Using that term perversely) saying he has called her a “bitch” and “when is she going to die?” even possible injecting her with insulin to cause her to go into shock…
12. Even though I see it should never had to involve Congress… But it did and they said to have a “new trial” why did a Fed Judge refuse to do this… I see this as contempt of congress.
13. We must realize that Judges are to view “the Law” which as someone said in this case…“Those who think law is the answer to our problems need to face the reality that law is a crude and blunt instrument.” I agree. As with the “Law of Moses” that we as Christians are no longer under as we are under Christ and the Higher Law of Love, there is no mercy under the Law.
14. Terri Schiavo wasn’t dying until she was denied food and water by court order. If a parent or pet owner locked their child or pet in a room without food and water, is that letting her die? Do you think a court would accept that as a defense?
15. If Terri has been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990. Why is she been known to respond to her parents and sit up and even swallow jello? When has her brain activity ceased?
16. If we depend on the legal system to create law… We the people will lose our freedoms. We need to diligently guard ourselves… So get that living will!
17. IF YOU DENY ANY ONE FOOD OR WATER THEY WILL DIE… So why can’t the family at least give her water? This is murder! Not letting her die…With dignity!
18. We being a so called “Christian” nation…(I don’t agree with that we are a Christian Nation) should never even be having this discussion…
19. Mike (Terri’s husband…Again using that term loosely) gave up his “right as husband when he shacked up with his new “common law” wife and had two kids with her… I am not judging him for moving on… Just “hanging on” without considering Terri’s families position.
iggy

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Another Quiz ….I find my self Quaking…

March 23, 2005

OK,
My new friend “the token Catholic” Hugo, had this quiz link…. I did it and this was my results.
I do not think that the quiz truly represented my beliefs though.. As Question 12 I did not agree with any of the choices.
It is fun though.
Here is the thing I agree with #2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (92%) and am intrigued by #1 Orthodox Quaker (100%) … Would I be disqualified if i support the war on terrorism and would fight for my country? In many ways I am a pacifist, yet, I do not think I am pure enough to be a quaker.
but #3?
I do not hold that Saturday is “the” day of worship
nor do I agree with much of their doctrine. Maybe I am influenced by these Seventh day Bible books they sold my mom and I read when I was young.
#4. Eastern Orthodox (83%) I agree as It is a more mystical approach in belief… But still too legalistic for me.
#5. Roman Catholic (83%) I am called by my “anti-Catholic” friends…(using the term loosely) that I am a “Catholic lover”.
#6. I do seem to have a bit of a “liberal” bent at times (cuz I love Catholics?)hahaha.
#7. Orthodox Judaism (56%) Maybe Messianic Jew… But I doubt that is orthodox.
#8. Liberal Quakers (55%) Again with the Quakers? I may need to look into this more.
#9 – 27 HUH? I was accused of being a Unitarian…But they had no clue what they were talking about.

Here are the results.

1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (92%)
3. Seventh Day Adventist (86%)
4. Eastern Orthodox (83%)
5. Roman Catholic (83%)
6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (70%)
7. Orthodox Judaism (56%)
8. Liberal Quakers (55%)
9. Islam (54%)
10. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (52%)
11. Unitarian Universalism (51%)
12. Hinduism (49%)
13. Bahá’í Faith (44%)
14. Mahayana Buddhism (43%)
15. Theravada Buddhism (42%)
16. Jainism (41%)
17. Sikhism (41%)
18. Jehovah’s Witness (37%)
19. Reform Judaism (37%)
20. Neo-Pagan (35%)
21. New Age (34%)
22. Secular Humanism (27%)
23. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (24%)
24. Taoism (23%)
25. Nontheist (21%)
26. Scientology (20%)
27. New Thought (17%)

This is the top ten the second time I took it… it made a little more sense.
But still that Quaker thing?

1.
Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
2.
Orthodox Quaker (93%)
3.
Eastern Orthodox (87%)
4.
Roman Catholic (87%)
5.
Seventh Day Adventist (82%)
6.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (68%)
7.
Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (66%)
8.
Islam (64%)
9.
Orthodox Judaism (64%)
10.
Bahá’í Faith (51%)

Try it… maybe you will be surprised also! Or confused…
Blessed
iggy