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Creative Commentary on the Ergun Caner Situation

I recently read a wonderful post by Phil Johnson entitled “How I Learned the Hard Way that Pious Gullibility is No Virtue.” I am generally not interested in reading long blog posts but this one is well-written, readable, and makes a clear point at the end.  Check it out for yourself.

Ergun Caner Press Article (2005)

Christian Authors and Mexican Drug Cartels

Apparently John Eldredge’s book, Wild at Heart, is being used by some Mexican drug cartel’s to indoctrinate their members and motivate them for their dastardly exploits.  It is a sad indictment when your writings can be used for gang warfare or pseudo-religious motivation.  Such is the result when one focuses on false machismo rather than the Bible.

I think Eldredge’s intention’s were well-meaning but misguided.  When perused this book (it required little more than a quick read) I felt it emphasized personal adventure and following one’s own “desires.”  Wild at Heart never gave a clear definition of the gospel or what it means to be a man of God.  If one’s presuppositions were to live a life of service to God, then this book might encourage you to risk your life for the cause of Christ but, if you are not a believer, this book might facilitate a pursuit of false masculinity that is accomplished by violence.

William and Mary Gets a New Mascot

I recently received my William & Mary alumni magazine in the mail.  On the cover was a full spread devoted to our new mascot, the Griffin.  I must admit, I had mixed feelings about a new mascot.  I am hesitant about change but have started to warm up to the Griffin.  There are some good things about the Griffin as a mascot choice:

1.  It’s better than no mascot at all.

2.  It’s better than a giant booger mascot with a tri-cornered hat (good riddins Colonel Ebirt).  Besides, when has it ever been cool or clever to spell your name backwards?

3.  It’s better than some of the other proposed options (e.g., a pug).

4.  It demonstrates some thoughtfulness (lion + eagle pays homage to Britain and the United States).

5.  The only consistent mascot that W&M has ever had was an Indian (which has been absent for decades).  If the NCAA won’t let us even have feathers in our logo, there’s no chance to have a caricatured Indian mascot on the sidelines.  I’m just thankful we have good enough lawyers to save our name as the W&M Tribe.

In the true spirit of W&M nerdiness, the Alumni magazine profiled the history of W&M mascots and nicknames.  Some poor undergrad history student was probably forced to dig through the archives of Swem library to write this stunning exposé.

Now we join the list of schools who have a mascot with no connection to their name (e.g., The University of Alabama Crimson Tide, mascot = Big Al the elephant).  Oh well, nice job on the mascot search W&M.  If it doesn’t work out, we can try again in a few years.

“Hark upon the gale.”

Ergun Caner Update

This story has been covered by many outlets and I just wanted to bring closure to the stories that I mentioned previouslyChristianity Today, the Associated Press, and other news agencies have relayed information from Liberty University that confirm Ergun Caner has “made factual statements that are self-contradictory.”  They fall short of calling his actions lies.  He will still be employed by Liberty University but will no longer be the dean of their seminary.

Liberty University’s actions and statement provide very little clarity to this situation.

Painter of Red and Blue Flashing Lights

I believe one of my duties is to provide a jaded realism to our otherwise cheery existence.  To that end…

Thomas Kinkade, the self-proclaimed painter of light, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.  Both Robert Cargill and Jim West alerted me to this story and provide some amusing coments.  Mr. Kinkade will have a little bit of image rehab to accomplish if he is to continue to be the American evangelicalism’s Bob Ross.

It looks like Heaven & Earth and other Christian novelty stores will need a new go-to faux artist to produce overwhelming amounts of kitschy prints.

BP Oil Spill ≠ Haiti

I recently read this insane Facebook spam on various friends’ statuses:

So where are all the “Save the Gulf” concerts? Where are the TV benefits with celebrities & musicians giving heartfelt speeches on the poor fisherman, wildlife, beaches, loss of income and sabotaged Gulf economy? I find it rather strange how these people (including our own government) are so quick to help Haiti & other countries, but sit on their hands for this American disaster. POST IN SUPPORT If YOU AGREE!

The silliness and insanity of this statement shocked me.  This statement signifies misplaced nationalism, lack of perspective, and an inappropriate concern with money rather than human lives.   The Gulf Coast will be seriously affected by BP’s ineptitude (e.g., tourism, wildlife, economy, jobs, etc.), but the earthquake in Haiti killed more than 200,000 people, left several other hundred thousand people injured, and many more homeless.

The death and injury of hundreds of thousands of human beings is incomparable to a the negative effects of the BP Gulf oil spill.

Atheist Pastors

I recently read this article about various pastors and worship leaders at Christian churches who have embraced atheism.  It is amazing that someone can get to such a position of leadership in a church without evidence of genuine salvation.  In addition, these pastors/worship leaders have kept their atheism a secret to maintain the income that comes with their church position.  The “atheist pastors” continually are affirming that they had to be “honest” with themselves about what they believe.  Apparently, that “honesty” does not include full disclosure to their congregation.

This is particularly depressing news, the kind that makes me think the situation with the “American” church is grim.

Thankfully, my hope is in Jesus and not dishonest “pastors.”