There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

new thread on an old subject: the baptism of babies

You’re a member (or at least a visitor) of a Reformed Church, a designation having an historical dimension (The Reformation of the 16th century) as it relates to its theological dimension (salvation is by faith alone).  In this Reformed church you see the monthly practice of baptism, and usually the baptism of infants.  That is what you find here.

But as one located in the “buckle” of the Bible Belt, you find yourself surrounded primarily by churches of a Baptistic nature.  If in a baptistic church, then baptism is reserved for those who can make a personal profession of faith; it is therefore not to be extended to infants or children who cannot enunciate their profession of faith because they do not know that profession. Read the rest of this entry »

state of the economy for dummies

the flood of commentary on the state of the American economy in recent weeks can lead one to believe thatwe’re talking about another Enron-kind-of-complicated matter here. The folks at Between Two Worlds have done us the favor of pointing us to a brief on this labyrinthine issue.

To understand the financial matters afoot is not merely a matter for economists or pundits. What’s happening in the highest echelons of commerce and government is an issue worth the consideration of Christians, too. Read the rest of this entry »

More vérité about cinema

If Sir Heffner has gotten you thinking about what film requires of you, here’s some more wisdom that will serve you: a book review of Tony Watkins’ Focus: The Art of Soul and Cinema.

Before you plunk down another $10-spot on a film at NorthPark, you might plunk down $15 (or less if you use addall.com) on his book.

the award for. . .

. . .most likely to appear in a Flannery O’Connor short story if she were alive today-goes to:

Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys!

Consider this gem of self-aggrandizement:

”It doesn’t matter what they say about me now,” Owens said. ”The Lord has obviously blessed me with a lot of talent.”

Don’t look now, but. . .

. . .is Anne Burns moonlighting as a “worship”-leader at a church whose identity is being withheld for its own sake?

Marriage question 1:

as we promised a couple weeks ago, we’d like to post every few days one of the questions we didn’t have time for during our panel discussion on Aug 28th with married folks from within our community.  


WIthout further ado, question 1: “what is the ONE piece of advice you have for singles wanting to get married?”

is it possible to transact love and commitment without dating as we know it?

Thanks to all who participated in our panel discussion on Marriage last Sunday. Your questions were honest and insightful, as were the answers. As promised, tomorrow we’ll begin posting some of the questions here we didn’t have time for Sunday, and invite those on the panel to contribute short or long responses.

Today, though, a thought related to dating. Sunday afternoon brought us in touch with one of Ken Burns’ American Stories. Here’s the link of the relevant segment:

PBS – THE WEST – P.S. I Like You Very Much

In this segment, Burns lets Ethel Waxman and George Schlichting tell of their courtship by way of their letters to one another over several years. Read the rest of this entry »