Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Intelligent Design Looses in Court

In a November post, I posted some of my feelings about Intelligent Design being taught in science classrooms. I am opposed to the teaching of I.D. in science classrooms not only as a first amendment violation, but because I don't think faith should ever be held up to the standards of science. (I'll be happy to explain my position in greater detail, just leave a comment and we can start a discussion. I am on my winter break from Divinity School right now, and just don't feel like writing that much!)

A federal appeals court ruled against the teaching of I.D. in science classrooms in Dover, PA. The Baptist Joint committee's new blog has just about all the information you need. You can go to the main blog site by clicking here. Or, here are a few links directly to articles on the blog:

Ouch

ID Judge: Adult or Child Could See...

You can read the whole decision by clicking here, and read a great commentary by Brent Walker by clicking here.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Keep Christ in Christmas! Just don't do it in church...

I am sure all of you have seen all of the controversy going around about Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas. Many Christians, specifically those on the religious right, are upset about, what they call, the secularization of Christmas. So, you would think that there would be no doubt that churches would be open on Christmas, right? Well, in many cases you would be wrong! Numerous mega-churches have announced they will not be open on Christmas! While I have no problem with reducing the number of services on Christmas day because of reduced attendance, churches should be opened. Christmas day is the reason that we have churches! Low attendance is not a reason to cancel church!

Here are just a few links to stories about churches that will be closed:

Churches in Miami

Willow Creek in Chicago
Churches in Atlanta
Church in Palm Beach
Church in Lexington, Kentucky

I could post even more links, but that gives you an idea.

Gay and I will be at FBC Statesville on Christmas morning, and then we will head back to Tampa after the service. Would we like to be back in Tampa on Christmas morning? Of course! But, we both understand the importance of having services on Christmas morning.

Care to chime in on this? Leave a comment!

I Made It Through!

1 semester down, 7 more to go! I turned in my last paper of the semester yesterday at 1. It was our take home final for Old Testament 1. We were given several articles on different theories of biblical authority, and asked to write a paper on the one we agreed with the most and why.

Our final in Christian History 1 was on Thursday from 2-5. It was 25 multiple choice questions and 3 essay questions, and it took me almost the entire 3 hours to finish it.

My last paper in Art of Ministry 1 was due on Tuesday, and it was an integration of 3 of the books we read this semester.

It is a relief to make it through the first semester, and I am looking forward to the next semester. Its a great feeling to know that I can do it. I can keep up with the reading. I can write the papers. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment, and just further validation that I am doing the right thing.