Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bella Doing Better: Santorum Updates Us On His Daughter

Over the weekend, GOP Presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum rushed home to be with his youngest daughter Bella who was in the hospital. Bella, it turned out, had pneumonia but her Trisomy 18 and her young age makes such conditions serious. Santorum has sense gone back on the campaign trail and appeared on the Bill O'Reilly show on Fox News Monday night and gave an update on his daughter.

Please continue to pray for Bella not because of who her father is or what party he is running in, but because she is made in the image of God. Santorum says in the interview that one of the reasons he is running for the nation's highest office was for precious children like Bella in whom society, frankly, hates. Santorum is certainly the most pro-life candidate in the race right now in both policy and practice and like Sarah Palin four years ago (who has a son with Down Syndrome) he is a living example of the gift and beauty of all children, regarding of any condition they may have.






For more:
Blogizomai - Bella Makes Everything Better: Santorum's Down Syndrome Child
Blogizomai - Repost Friday | 99 Balloons: Finding God's Grace in Life's Tragedies
Blogizomai - The Other 10%    
Blogizomai - The Threat of Trig Palin:  The Return of Life Worthy of Life
Blogizomai - A Letter & Gift From God: Palin's Letter On Trig & the Challenge of Down Syndrome
Blogizomai - When Politics Hits Home:  Sarah Palin and the Defense to Save Trig
Blogizomai - Repost | Mephibosheth and the Sanctity of the Disable: God's Glory In the Face of Deformity
Blogizomai - The Question of Infanticide:  The "House of Horrors" & the Debate Over Life 
Blogizomai - "When You Bring Your Baby Home:"  Infanticide and Arbitrary Definitions of Life
Blogizomai - What To Do With An Abortion Survivor:  Italy, Infanticide, and Secular Moral Confusion 
Blogizomai - "Badly Botched" Abortion:  Another Way of Saying Infanticide and Murder
Blogizomai - Are Ultrasounds Enough:  The Centeredness of the Sacredness of Life in the Abortion Debate
Blogizomai - Which Will We Choose?:  The Theology of Death or the Theology of Life - Peter Singer, Evolution, & the Ethics of Human 

The Historical Jesus - Ben Witherington




HT: Ben Witherington

Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 Presidential Debate 19: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case

Last week, the four remaining GOP Presidential candidates gathered together for the last and final Florida debate before Tuesday's important primary. Again, not much changed. Most say that Romney and Santorum won, but leading into this debate, Newt was having a bad few days. Expect Romney to win in Florida and likely the nomination.

The real news here is that this is the last debate until February 22! And that debate will be the only debate in February. By then there may be less candidates (will Santorum or Newt drop out by then?) and the race will likely be drawing to a conclusion. Its hard to believe that we are coming up on the primary blitz. Following Florida things really pick up.

Nonetheless, here is the debate in full.






For more:
Blogizomai - Here We Go Again: Mormonism and Presidential Politics
Blogizomai - An Important Read: Is Mormonism "Having a Moment?"
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 1: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 2: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 3: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 4: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 5: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 6: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 7: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 8: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 9: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 10: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 11: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 12:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case 
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 13: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 14:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case   
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 15:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 16:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 17: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 18: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Discussion: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Forum 1: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Forum 2: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Hopefuls on Faith and Freedom
Blogizomai - The Cain-Gingrich Debate
Blogizomai - The Gingrich-Huntsman Debate
Blogizomai - "The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.": Romney's New Hampshire Victory Speech (Video & Text)
Blogizomai - Are You A Bigot?: Morgan Just Can't Help Himself
Blogizomai - Poverty and the Breakdown of the Family: Santorum Raises an Important Point
Blogizomai - Santorum Defends Traditional Marriage in a Hostile Environment
Blogizomai - Protect Life, Protect Liberty: Ron Paul's Pro-Life Libertarianism
Blogizomai - Is This the Dirtiest Campaign Season Ever?: Consider Circa 1800   
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 15: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - The Remarriage of Faith and Public Policy: Why Kennedy's Legacy Is a Farce

"The Meaning of Marriage" by Timothy Keller

There have been a lot of recent books out discussing the issue of marriage.  Among the most prominent are Mark and Grace Driscoll's book Real Marriage and Timothy and Kathy Keller The Meaning of Marriage:  Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God. Keller, in contrast to Driscoll, offers a book that is essentially free from controversy with a heavier emphasis on the gospel.

The Keller's offer a detail look into Paul's words in Ephesians 5 regarding marriage.  Each chapter looks carefully at what Paul, and more broadly the whole Bible, teaches on the many important issues in marriage like friendship, gender roles, sex, singleness, etc. But what I loved most about this book wasn't just his advice towards couples, but his emphasis on marriage being a picture of the gospel. What makes this book so rich is that it is a book that has the gospel as its driving force.  They write, for example:

In Ephesians 5, Paul shows us that even on earth Jesus did not use his power to oppress us but sacrificed everything to bring us into union with him.  And this takes us beyond the philosophical to the personal and the practical. If God had the gospel of Jesus's salvation in ind when he established marriage, then marriage only 'works' to the degree that approximates the pattern of God's self-giving love in Christ.  What Paul is saying not only answers the objection that marriage is oppressive and restrictive,but it also addresses the sense that the demands of marriage are overwhelming.  There is so much to do that we don't know where to start. Start here, Paul says.  Do for your spouse what God did for you in Jesus, and the rest will follow.


This is the secret - that the gospel of Jesus and marriage explain one another. That when God invented marriage, he already had the saving work of Jesus in mind. (47-48)

This is just music to my ears.  Marriage is about the gospel.  It isn't about you, your plans, your ideals, nor is marriage to be a picture of chick flicks, Disney fairy tales, or romance novels, but of the gospel.  Its about Jesus, the cross, the resurrection, and the glory of God.  I am saying something about the gospel in my relationship with my wife. How I treat her, love her, serve her, sacrifice for her, and lead.  Its about the gospel.

This is the argument that drives the book. Marriage isn't about me.  Its about my spouse.  Its about the Savior. This is the key to happiness in marriage.  You will be more happy when you serve your spouse, not demand from them.  He writes:

Seek to serve one another rather than to be happy and you will find a new and deeper happiness.  Many couples have discovered this wonderful, unlooked-for reality.  Why would this be true?  It is because marriage is 'instituted of God.' It was established by the God for whom self-giving love is an essential attribute, and therefore it reflects his nature, particularly as it is revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ. (59)

Central to this understanding is how we understand the Trinity.  Though Keller might have gone in more detail here, he makes it clear that we can only understand and apply the gospel to marriage when we understand the Trinity and how they relate to one another.  They serve one another and love one another even though there seems to be, if we could use the word, a sort of hierarchy within the Trinity. The Son clearly submitted Himself to the Father as does the Spirit, yet they are in an eternal loving dance without jealousy or abuse.  This, in fact, explains the gospel.  Christ would not have sacrificed Himself in obedience to the Father without this loving relationship with the Father.  Christ died in obedience to God.  Imagine that! Yet how can we nag, whine, demand, and complain about everything in our marriages?

Consider for example the question of co-habitation.  The authors brilliantly show what this says about love.

But when the Bible speaks of love, it measures it primarily not by how much you want to receive but by how much you are willing to give of yourself to someone.  How much are you willing to lose for the sake of this person? How much of your freedom are you willing to forsake? How much of your precious time, emotion, and resources are you willing to invest in this person? And for that, the marriage vow is not just helpful but it is even a test.  In so many cases, when one person says to another, 'I love you, but let's not ruin it by getting married,' that person really means, 'I don't love you enough to close of all my options.  I don't love you enough to give myself to you that thoroughly.' To say, 'I don't need a piece of paper to love you' is basically to say, 'My love for you has not reached the marriage level.' (78)

More could be said about this book.  In all of its discussions and advice, what makes it s a great book is that it is focused on the gospel as revealed in Scripture.  Compared to other books on marriage, the emphasis isn't on just the sexual aspect (though there is an entire chapter dedicated to the subject), but on the gospel.  Its the gospel stupid and it is rare that such books come along.

Many have already praised this book and rightfully so, but I can't think of any better compliment to give to the authors than to say that one cannot read this book without a more profound appreciation, understanding, and love for the gospel and how that affects our relationships, our lives, and our marriages.  I highly recommend this well written, gospel-centered book.


For more:
Reviews - "Generous Justice" by Timothy Keller
Reviews - "The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World"
Reviews - "The Prodigal God
Blogizomai - "Is Hell For Real Or Does Everyone go To Heaven?"
Blogizomai - "After All, We'll Never Be the Right One Either": Stonestreet on "The Right One" Fairy Tale
Reviews - "Real Marriage" by Mark & Grace Driscoll  

Sunday, January 29, 2012

"The Greatness of Being a Slave" by John MacArthur

Here is an example of good exposition from Dr. John MacArthur. Best quote: "You want glory, [but]you don’t want suffering." That sums up this entire text.



Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jr. on Sr.: Louisville Guard Opens Up About His Dad

Another reason to love Louisville Cardinals starting guard Peyton Siva.

Around the World: Links For Your Weekend - January 28, 2012

Ben Witherington - And Now we Know the Rest of the Story about the Mayan Calendar | I love this. This explains everything.




Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. - “Abortion is as American as Apple Pie” — The Culture of Death Finds a Voice | A great article from Dr. Mohler and timely as it came right before Sanctity of Life Sunday.

Abortion is now America’s most common surgical procedure performed on adults. As many as one out of three women will have at least one abortion. In some American neighborhoods, the number of abortions far exceeds the number of live births.

Most Americans will pay little attention to the 38th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a woman has a constitutional right to arrange the killing of the unborn life within her. Since that decision was handed down, more than 50 million babies have been aborted, at a rate of over 3,000 each day.

One of the most chilling aspects of all this is the sense of normalcy in American life. Abortion statistics pile up from year to year, and each report gets filed. Moral sentiment on the issue of abortion has shifted discernibly in recent years, as ultrasound images and other technologies deliver unquestionable proof that the unborn child is just that — a child. Nevertheless, the larger picture of abortion in America is basically unchanged.


Dr. Russell Moore - Should I Marry a Man with Pornography Struggles? My Response | Although Dr. Moore doesn't directly answer the question the article raises, his advice to the young fiance is great and how he characterizes pornography is really helpful.

Far too many women are watching “The Notebook” or “Twilight” for indicators on what kind of man they should marry. Instead, you probably should watch “The Wolf Man.”

Have you ever seen any of those old werewolf movies? You know, those in which the terrified man, dripping with sweat, chains himself in the basement and says to his friends, “Whatever you do, no matter what I say or how I beg, don’t let me ought of there.” He sees the full-moon coming and he’s taking action to protect everyone against himself.

In a very real sense, that’s what the Christian life is about. We all have points of vulnerability, areas of susceptibility to sin and self-destruction. There are beings afoot in the universe who watch these points and who know how to collaborate with our biology and our environment to slaughter us. . . .

Pornography is a universal temptation precisely because it does exactly what the satanic powers wish to do. It lashes out at the Trinitarian nature of reality, a loving communion of persons, replacing it with a masturbatory Unitarianism.

And pornography strikes out against the picture of Christ and his church by disrupting the one-flesh union, leaving couples like our prehistoric ancestors, hiding from one another and from God in the darkness of shame.

And pornography rages, as Satan always does, against Incarnation (1 Jn. 4:2-3), replacing flesh-to-flesh intimacy with the illusion of fleshless intimacy.


CNN (Albert Mohler) - My Take: Why the abortion issue won’t go away | Another great article from Dr. Mohler.

First, the radical character of Roe – overthrowing abortion laws in 49 states – galvanized pro-life forces. The judicial imposition of abortion on demand, virtually without restriction until the third trimester, produced both shock and outrage among those who believe that the unborn child has an inalienable right to life.

Within months of Roe, an organized pro-life movement came into shape, looking for any means of limiting and eventually ending the termination of unborn life.

Second, Roe also had the effect, surely unforeseen by the Supreme Court, of bringing millions of evangelical Christians into the fight on behalf of unborn life. Prior to Roe, even many evangelicals believed that abortion was a Roman Catholic issue.

Roe was a legal earthquake that awakened a massive number of evangelicals to the deadly reality of abortion. With remarkable speed, evangelicals soon educated themselves on the issue and then mobilized themselves both politically and culturally.

Third, the death spiral of abortion simply defies adequate calculation. Over a million abortions are performed in America each year. Reports last year indicated that over 40% of all pregnancies in New York end in abortion, a rate that increases to almost 60% of pregnancies among African-American women.

The sheer scale of the death toll sears the pro-life conscience. Young people can now see that millions are missing from their own generation.

Fourth, abortion has proved to be exactly what pro-life activists warned it would be: a deadly threat to human dignity that would target specific populations. Prenatal testing has produced a deadly reality for unborn babies considered less than acceptable by their parents.

The vast majority (90%) of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome are now aborted. Sex-selection abortions are legal in the wide-open “right” to abortion declared by the court. Prenatal testing of other characteristics means that parents can now abort a baby that does not meet their specifications and try again.

Fifth, powerful imaging technologies now allow a look inside the womb, a privilege unknown to previous generations. That window has transformed the equation, as millions of parents have seen their unborn children and witnessed the miracle of life.

They have seen the little human form and the actions of the unborn child, sucking its thumb as it nestles within its mother. Millions of siblings have seen the images of their unborn brothers and sisters taped to the refrigerator door.


Justin Taylor - Sex, Marriage, and Fairytales | The latest video from Jefferson Bethke.




Kevin DeYoung - What the Debates Say About America | Some good insights from DeYoung.  Here is number 6:

6. The debates over the past months, and the election in general, exposes a number of inconsistencies about Americans.

  • We want to be rich and want politicians who will promise to make us richer. But we don’t like our politicians themselves to be wealthy.
  • We want candidates to give straight answers and not dodge hard questions. But when they give specific answers to hard questions their answers will be ridiculed as dull or will be held against them.
  • We want our leaders to be super confident, super competent, and super intelligent. But we hate elites.
  • We want the president to be one of us and above us and unlike us at the same time.
  • We want someone to be an effective executive in the labyrinth of legislative, judicial, bureaucratic, military, and diplomatic tasks that face the modern President. But we also want him to be a complete outsider with no experience in how any of that works.
  • We want politicians unsullied by the real life tradeoffs, lobbyists, and interest groups of politics. But what they are like in the rest of life doesn’t really concern us. They can compromise in everything but politics.

Dr. Denny Burk - President Obama’s Asinine Remarks on the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade | The brief statement from the President is extremely problematic especially the closing sentence:  And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

It was the last line of the statement that provoked me the most. The President says he wants “our daughters [to] have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons.” Who could disagree with that statement? I agree with it totally. The problem is that President Obama does not really mean it. At the same time he calls us to protect our daughters’ rights, President Obama praises the decision that has led to the legal killing of at least 25 million of our unborn daughters. Clearly he does not want to protect the rights of all of our daughters, but only some of them. How can he not see the moral absurdity of his own words?

There was no reason for President Obama to speak today. In fact, I would rather that he would have put his hand over his mouth and kept silent. On today of all days, his calloused indifference toward our unborn daughters is a stunning and sad spectacle.


Past Imperfect - The Stalking of the President | An interesting article telling the story of the assassination of President Garfield. Wild.

President James A. Garfield lay in a rodent-infested sickroom in the White House, a bullet lodged in his body. Weeks had passed since the assassin had struck, but more than a dozen doctors were struggling to save him. Day after day, summer temperatures approached 100 degrees, and mosquitoes thrived in the swamps around Washington. Four White House staff members had contracted malaria recently, as had the first lady, Lucretia Garfield. The president’s internal infections raged and spread, fevers came and went, and his heart began to weaken. He felt it most in his lower extremities—the acute neurological sensations he called “tiger’s claws,” which seized him regularly. Aides at his bedside would squeeze his feet and calves with all their might to relieve the 49-year-old president’s pain.

“Yes, I suffer some,” he told one attendant. “I suppose the tigers are coming back, but they don’t usually stay long. Don’t be alarmed, old boy!”

His three oldest children, Harry, James and Mollie, all teenagers, were taken into his room for visits, advised to do most of the talking and not to bring up anything unpleasant out of fear of aggravating their father’s condition. Doctors desperately probed Garfield’s abdomen with unsterilized tools and unwashed hands in search of the bullet, which had lodged harmlessly in soft tissue near his vertebrae. Such a gunshot wound today would require no more than a few days in the hospital. But the 20th president of the United States was spiraling rapidly and inevitably to his death—bravely and for the most part in good cheer as his physicians made one mistake after another, from nutrition to medication.


Take Your Vitamin Z - The Heavens Declare the Glory of God | Dido that!




Christianity Today - Sovereign Grace Ministries Reinstates C.J. Mahaney as President | Good news for CJ.

Six months after CT reported that C.J. Mahaney was taking a leave of absence from his role as president of Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), the organization announced Wednesday it has returned Mahaney to his role.

In a July 6 statement, Mahaney said he was taking leave because Brent Detwiler, a former SGM pastor, had raised concerns about “various expressions of pride, unentreatability, deceit, sinful judgment and hypocrisy” committed by Mahaney. SGM installed an interim board of directors that same month and established three separate review panels to determine if Mahaney should remain as president.

“After examining the reports of these three review panels, we find nothing in them that would disqualify C.J. from his role as President, nor do they in any way call into question his fitness for gospel ministry,” the Board said in a statement. “Therefore the Board has decided unanimously to return C.J. to the office of President, effective immediately.”



National Review - Gingrich and Reagan | This will only hurt the former Speaker of the House.  Newt has prided himself as the only Reagan conservative in the GOP Presidential race.  This article shows that while Reagan was in office, Newt was not exactly his biggest fan.  Hypocrisy?

But the most bitter battleground was often in Congress. Here at home, we faced vicious criticism from leading Democrats — Ted Kennedy, Christopher Dodd, Jim Wright, Tip O’Neill, and many more — who used every trick in the book to stop Reagan by denying authorities and funds to these efforts. On whom did we rely up on Capitol Hill? There were many stalwarts: Henry Hyde, elected in 1974; Dick Cheney, elected in 1978, the same year as Gingrich; Dan Burton and Connie Mack, elected in 1982; and Tom DeLay, elected in 1984, were among the leaders.

But not Newt Gingrich. He voted with the caucus, but his words should be remembered, for at the height of the bitter struggle with the Democratic leadership Gingrich chose to attack . . . Reagan.

The best examples come from a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986. This was right in the middle of the fight over funding for the Nicaraguan contras; the money had been cut off by Congress in 1985, though Reagan got $100 million for this cause in 1986. Here is Gingrich:

“Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing, and without a dramatic change in strategy will continue to fail. . . . President Reagan is clearly failing.” Why? This was due partly to “his administration’s weak policies, which are inadequate and will ultimately fail”; partly to CIA, State, and Defense, which “have no strategies to defeat the empire.” But of course “the burden of this failure frankly must be placed first on President Reagan.” Our efforts against the Communists in the Third World were “pathetically incompetent,” so those anti-Communist members of Congress who questioned the $100 million Reagan sought for the Nicaraguan “contra” rebels “are fundamentally right.” Such was Gingrich’s faith in President Reagan that in 1985, he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich
.”


Weekly Standard - What Reagan Thought of Newt | More bad news for Newt.  Here is the only place in the Reagan diaries where Newt Gingrich is mentioned.

"Newt Gingrich has a proposal for freezing the budget at the 1983 level. It's a tempting idea except that it would cripple our defense programs. And if we make an exception on that every special interest group will be asking for the same."


First Thought - Baby Tebows in the Womb | This is pretty funny.




Don't put these things in your microwave!!




HT: The Blaze

Friday, January 27, 2012

The State of Our Union 2012

Here is the 2012 State of the Union Address in full followed by the Republican response and the Tea Party response.  Also, consider the last two videos, each of which are short.




Here is the Republican response from Inidana Governor Mitch Daniels, someone that many wish had entered the GOP Presidential race and many have commented how well he did in contrasting Republicanism and Democraticism.




Here is Herman Cain's Tea Party response:




Here is my favorite hightlight from the night. It is of Representative Jason Chaffetz's reaction to President Obama's bad milk joke:




And here is the ad already made by the RNC. What I find so interesting about it isn't its promotion of a party, but of the point it makes. The similarities of Obama's State of the Unions is remarkable.




For more:
Blogizomai - The State Of Our Union 2011
Blogizomai - The Duel Over Debt: Obama and Boehner Speak to the Nation
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 1
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 2 
Blogizomai - The Economics of Greed:  What Economics Can Teach Us About the Gospel  
Blogizomai - Obama Addresses National Debt Crisis Live - 9 PM EST
Blogizomai - The Drawdown Begins:  Obama Announces Drawdown of US Troops From Afghanistan 
Blogizomai - "A Responsibility to Act":  Obama Explains Lybian Action to the Public   
Blogizomai - The Beginning of the End:  Obama Announces the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Blogizomai - "Justice Has Been Done":  President Obama Announces the Death of Osama bin Laden
Blogizomai - Prayer and Breakfast:  Obama at the 2011 National Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - President Obama at the 2011 Easter Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - The Contrasts Are Clear:  Obama and Jindal's Proposals  
Blogizomai - To Comfort a Nation:  Obama in Arizona and How the Nation Reacted

Repost | Christianity And . . .: The Subtle Formula of Idolatry

The best book I read last year was without a doubt Tullian Tchividjian's wonderful book "Jesus + Nothing = Everything." In one very helpful section, quoted at left below, Tchividjian reminds us of CS Lewis' book Screwtape Letters where Lewis, through the mouth of Screwtape, shows us how subtle idolatry can be even for the Christian.  Please read the following in full.

So if we aren’t naturally prone to look to the finished work of Jesus for us as it’s presented in the gospel for the ‘everything’ – where are we looking?
 

Typically, it’s not that Christians seek to blatantly replace the gospel. What we try to do is simply add to it. . . .
 

Maybe you recall how this ‘addition’ concept is brought out in C. S. Lewis’s famous work The Screwtape Letters.  As the high-ranking demon Screwtape trains his protege Wormwood in satanic strategies against Christians, he discusses how (in Screwtape’s words) ‘to keep them in the state of mind I call “Christianity And.”’ Screwtape gives a few examples (reflecting some fads from Lewis’s time . . .): ‘Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing,’ and even ‘Christianity and Vegetarianism.’ These were all various manifestations of the urgent, Devil-fostered temptation believers face to add something else to our faith in Jesus and the gospel – all b/c of those deficiencies we sense in our own experience.
 

Today, Screwtape’s list would doubtless look different.  The currently tempting formulas might include ‘Christian and coolness,’ ‘Christianity and self-affirmation,’ ‘Christianity and self-improvement,’ ‘Christianity and personal progress,’ or ‘Christianity and spiritual formation.’ There’s a host of causes that might crop up: ‘Christianity and environmentalism,’ ‘Christianity and home schooling,’ ‘Christianity and social justice,’ ‘Christianity and diversity and tolerance,’ not to mention abundant ‘Christianity and political action’ variations –liberal conservative, libertarian, hope-and-change, take-back-America, whatever.
 

Besides those, there are plenty of extras that have timeless appeal for any and all generations: ‘Christianity and popularity,’ ‘Christianity and success,’ ‘Christianity and power,’ ‘Christianity and social status,’ ‘Christianity and reform,’ even ‘Christianity and tradition.’
 

The list could go on and on.  It will include whatever we’re clinging to, whatever we won’t let go of b/c we’re using it to fill the void only God can fill.
 

Screwtape is telling the demon Wormwood that if he wants to distract Christians, if he wants to debilitate them, if he wants to keep them off course, powerless, and ineffective, simply make sure they never come to a place of believing that ‘mere Christianity’ is enough.  Make them feel god about affixing something further to the faith. It could be the latest fad; though perhaps far more likely it’s a more personal fixation or obsession that grips us b/c of our endless, aching search to fill our inner hollowness.
 

Christianity an . . . For many of us, it may be Jesus and our achievements, Jesus and our strengths, Jesus and our reputation, Jesus and our relationships, Jesus and our family’s prosperity, Jesus and our ambitions and goals and dreams, Jesus and our personal preferences and tastes and style, Jesus and our spiritual growth, Jesus and our hobbies and recreational pursuits and entertainment habits – and, especially, Jesus and our personal set of life rules.
 

Whatever it is our heart is drawn to – a cultural trend, a cause, a diversion, a personal ‘passion,’ a relationship, a pursuit, a venture, a comfortable routine – and however subtly it pulls us in, the cold, hard truth is that almost immediately it becomes an idol, and our heart grabs hold.  As Martin Luther once said, ‘Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God’ – your functional savior.   -38-40


From "Jesus + Nothing = Everything" by Tullian Tchividjian


For more:
Reviews - "Jesus + Nothing = Everything" by Tullian Tchividjian
Reviews - Top 11 Reads of 2011

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Watch the January 26 CNN GOP Presidential Debate Live

Tonight is the final debate among the four remaining GOP Presidential candidates in Florida.  The debate begins at 8 pm Eastern.




If the above video does not work, you can always go to CNN's site and watch there by clicking here and here.

Divine Simplicity: Theology Proper For Liberals & Calvinists

Of all of the attributes of God, one that is commonly overlooked and ignored is His Simplicity.  God is simple.  In a recent Point blog/podcast, John Stonestreet shows why this fundamental Theology Proper doctrine is central to our understanding of who God is and how we understand and apply his attributes.  First, Stonestreet begins with what we (don't) mean by simplicity:

When we hear the word simple, we tend to think easy to understand. When we talk of a simple person, we referring to someone not all that smart. But when Christians throughout history, like Thomas Aquinas and Iraneaus have said that God is simple, they don’t mean either of these things. What they mean is that God is not made of his attributes, God is identical to his attributes.

In other words, to say that God is simple is not to say that He is a simpleton. Kevin DeYoung helpful adds this in another post:

The simplicity of God means God is not made up of goodness, mercy, justice, and power. He is goodness, mercy, justice, and power. Every attribute of God is identical with his essence.

This is helpful.  God is not made up of His attributes, He is His attributes all at the same time.  In similar fashion, Stonestreet adds:

This idea means we can’t rank one of God’s attributes like his love or his justice over others. Though our intentions may be good, we end up making God in the image of the attribute. But God’s simplicity means His attributes can’t be separated because as Herman Bavinck said, “Whatever God is, He is that completely and simultaneously."

This is where the rubber really meets the road. Many modern misunderstandings of the gospel and of God are rooted in a confusion of this fundamental doctrine.  The context of Stonesteet's words is the viral video "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus but it could be applied beyond that.  Take Process Theology for example.  Process theologians begin with the attribute of God's Love and make Him love.  So yes God is Love, but the opposite is what they really promote:  Love is God. Everything, then, is determined by love and all else is trumped by it. So thoughts of wrath, judgment, or justice are either pushed to the side or completely ignored in favor of a soft-serve God who forgives, but does not condemn.

Most of the debate over doctrines like hell (remember Rob Bell's book?) is a confusion over this doctrine.  The concept of eternal torment separated from God appears antithetical to the fundamental belief that God is love.  So to many, we have to choose.  Either God is an angry God waiting to punish those who don't adopt a certain number of doctrines or He is "simply" love. So we can write off many of the Old Testament texts of judgment as an old idea of God in which we have evolved to have a better understanding of now.  Or we can simply say that that God is false.  Jesus, exemplified by His love (thus ignoring the times He acts like dear old Dad and gets angry) is the real portrait of God.

The fundamental rejection, or at least confusion, of this doctrine has immense implications. Like the Process crowd (now infiltrating the Emergent community) many want to heighten human freedom to a level of autonomous sovereignty. Thus God does not override us or our decision. As a result, we deny or at least redefine God's Sovereignty and Providence binding His hands behind His back.

Or perhaps we could use another example.  How about the conservative Christians in general and Calvinists (including the Young, Restless, and Reformed type) in particular?  As one who sympathizes with much in this movement and have read many of the leading authors in it (like DeYoung and even Stonestreet mentioned above), there is a real danger here. Unlike Process Theology, most YRR and old Calvinists don't limit God by His love but speak so much of His Sovereignty or His Providence and Holiness that at times we might forget His other attributes.

A little honesty.  When people hear Calvinists why is it that they automatically think almost exclusively of Sovereignty? Why are the majority of conversations among Calvinists about election and providence? Are we guilty of the same theological fallacy as our liberal and even heretical counterparts? 

God is not made up of Sovereignty.  He is Sovereign.  Sovereignty is not God.  But God is Sovereign.

As a minister of the gospel I have found great comfort in the understanding and application of such wonderful attributes like Sovereignty and Providence.  As I sit in the kitchen with parents dealing the loss or with a wife of 50 years who is now a widow I quickly turn the page to discuss sovereignty. Or when I deal with rebellious Christians content in their sin, God's holiness matters.  Or when today doesn't make much sense and I want to quit the ministry, Providence matters.  But Providence is not God.

So as we preach, study, and proclaim let us present to our congregations and to our fallen world a simple God not defined by a buffet in which we pick and choose which part of Him we like. Or a God who is ranked by His attributes. After all, we all want a forgiving God after the fallout of sin, but we dare not forget His less popular attributes as well.  At the same time, we may want to preach sovereignty in order to sure up our five points, but we dare not preach sovereignty without grace.

Something for us simpletons to remember.


The Point (John Stonestreet) - The Simplicity of God  
Kevin DeYoung - The Simplicity of God 


For more:
Blogizomai - Does God Suffer?: Aquinas on Divine Impassibility
Blogizomai - Repost | Will the Two Become One?: Emergents Turn to Process Theology
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Introduction (Part 1)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Scriptural Foundation (Part 2)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Scriptural Challenges (Part 3)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Theological Challenges (Part 4)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Practical Implications (Part 5) 
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Theological Applications (Part 6)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Theodicy & God's Sovereignty (Part 7)
GBC - Luther, Depression, and the Sovereignty of God  
GBC - MacDonald on the Sovereignty of God 
GBC - Charles Hodge on Sovereignty 
GBC - God's Sovereignty Defined:  AW Pink on God's Sovereignty 
Theology -  Jim Wallis & Open Theology 
Reviews - "Process Theology"
Sermon Podcast - October 10, 2010 - God is Sovereign
Sermon Podcast - April 26, 2010 - The Immutability of God
Blogizomai - God's Many Names?: Emergent Pluralism in the Extreme
Theology - Orthopraxy is Rooted in Orthodoxy - The Postmodern Return to Rome

Repost | Does God Suffer?: Aquinas on Divine Impassibility

What did Thomas Aquinas believe about Divine Impassibility?  Probably not a question you thought about when you woke up this morning, but I did find the following article written by Paul Helm in Credo Magazine.  I am still not sure what I believe on this issue, but one thing I do know is that Jesus Christ did have passions so as a pastor I emphasize that.

The real danger here in suggesting that God suffers or has emotions (in human terms) is the modalistic implications.  Did God suffer with Christ while on the cross?  Etc.

At the same time, to suggest that God is impassible (without emotion, does not suffer, etc.) makes God sound rather uncaring and distant.  Pastorally, it makes sense to tell those who suffer that God suffers with them.  It is here that I sympathize, but without clear biblical evidence on the subject, I instead emphasize the suffering of Christ on the cross.  The Emergent Church has promoted this view that God suffers which is another reason for me to think in favor of Aquinas' argument here.

Though these sound like small issues, there are dangers in what and why we believe on this issue. Nonetheless, here is a portion of the article.  To read the rest, click here.

What of impassibility, then? This is some of what Aquinas says. First argument: passion is connected with the appetites, and appetites with the body. But God does not have a body, not does he have appetites. [Aquinas deals with the Incarnation elsewhere than here, and we here leave it to one side. But you can be sure that God’s having a body in the person of the Logos uniting with human nature, body and soul, in no way diminishes or compromises the full deity of the Logos).

So, passions are appetites. But (second argument, passions are disturbances.
Again, in every passion of the appetite, the patient is somehow drawn out of his usual, calm or connatural disposition. A sign of this is that such passion, if intensified, brings death to animals. But it is not possible for God to be somehow drawn outside His natural condition, since He is absolutely immutable, as has been shown. (ch.13)
Since the onset of a spasm of anger, or jealousy, is a change, God, who cannot change, much less change in his nature, cannot be subject to such spasms.

Third argument: not only is the very idea of passion foreign to God, particular passions are unworthy of God, ‘unbefitting to God’. That is, even if God might be subject to passions, certain passions would be contrary to his character. Which passions? ‘Sorrow or pain, for its subject is the already present evil, just as the object of joy is the good present and possessed. Sorrow and pain, therefore, of their very nature cannot be found in God’. Sometimes passions are distinguished by what Thomas calls their mode. The mode is intrinsic to the passion, as is seen from the distinction between joy and hope. Hope has as its object a good that is not yet possessed. ‘This cannot befit God, because of His perfection, which is so great that nothing can be added to it. Hope therefore, cannot be found in God. And likewise, neither can the desire of some [for] something not possessed’. Other passions are connected with evil, as is fear. ‘By a twofold reason╔.therefore, is fear excluded from God: both because it belongs only to one existing in potency and because it has for its object a threatening evil.’

Thomas’s word ‘potency’ gives us the clue to the assumption that drives this entire discussion. This is, that God possesses fullness of being. He does not lack anything, or need anything. Therefore he does not nor cannot move from potency (potentiality?) to actuality, and therefore he cannot have passions which arise from a lack of some sort.

Another consequence of these arguments connects directly with Reformed discussion. Thomas writes
Again, repentance implies a change of affection. Therefore the nature of repentance likewise is repugnant to God, not only because it is a species of sadness, but also because it implies a change of will.
Returning to Thomas, there is one more thing to notice. God is not angry. Anger is the appetite of another’s evil for the sake of revenge. Anger, therefore is far from God according to the nature of its species, not only because it is an effect of sadness, but likewise because it is an appetite for revenge arising from sadness due to an injury received.

So, God is not angry (Aquinas), but he does hate all sin (West. Conf.) More to think about here.
One last remark. Whatever one may think of Aquinas’s position, it is a thoughtful one, in that he thinks through the consequences of God being a pure spirit from a number of angles. He is a thousand miles away from the Legoland ‘The God I Want’ approach that is characteristic of so much present-day evangelical (and other) theology.


Credo Magazine - Aquinas on Divine Impassibility 
Kevin DeYoung - 'Tis Mystery All, the Immortal Dies | Also consider the argument put forward by Kevin DeYoung on the question of Divine Impassibility.
Tony Jones - God Is Not Static


For more:
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Introduction (Part 1)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Scriptural Foundation (Part 2)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Scriptural Challenges (Part 3)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Theological Challenges (Part 4)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Practical Implications (Part 5) 
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Theological Applications (Part 6)
Theology - The Immutability of God:  Its Truth and Relevancy - Theodicy & God's Sovereignty (Part 7)
Sermon Podcast - October 10, 2010 - God is Sovereign  
Sermon Podcast - April 26, 2010 - The Immutability of God 
Sermon Podcast - November 29, 2009 - The Transcendence of the Gospel
GBC - Luther, Depression, and the Sovereignty of God  
GBC - MacDonald on the Sovereignty of God 
GBC - Charles Hodge on Sovereignty 
GBC - God's Sovereignty Defined:  AW Pink on God's Sovereignty 
Theology - Jim Wallis and Open Theism 
Theology - The Sovereignty of God
GBC - Tony Evens on God and Purpose  

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 Presidential Debate 18: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case

On Monday, the four remaining GOP Presidential candidates met for yet another debate, this one is the first of two before the Florida primary next week (The second one is tonight). Though this was one of the highest rated debates to date, not much changed as a result.  Here it is in full.





For more:
Blogizomai - Here We Go Again: Mormonism and Presidential Politics
Blogizomai - An Important Read: Is Mormonism "Having a Moment?"
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 1: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 2: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 3: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 4: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 5: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 6: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 7: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 8: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 9: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 10: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 11: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 12:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case 
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 13: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 14:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case   
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 15:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 16:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 17: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Discussion: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Forum 1: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Forum 2: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Hopefuls on Faith and Freedom
Blogizomai - The Cain-Gingrich Debate
Blogizomai - The Gingrich-Huntsman Debate
Blogizomai - "The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.": Romney's New Hampshire Victory Speech (Video & Text)
Blogizomai - Are You A Bigot?: Morgan Just Can't Help Himself
Blogizomai - Poverty and the Breakdown of the Family: Santorum Raises an Important Point
Blogizomai - Santorum Defends Traditional Marriage in a Hostile Environment
Blogizomai - Protect Life, Protect Liberty: Ron Paul's Pro-Life Libertarianism
Blogizomai - Is This the Dirtiest Campaign Season Ever?: Consider Circa 1800   
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 15: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - The Remarriage of Faith and Public Policy: Why Kennedy's Legacy Is a Farce

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Blogizomai - Humorous Hump Day: Mark Lowry's Mamma Had Enough
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Blogizomai - The BCS Applied in Real Life
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Watch the State of the Union Address Live

Tonight the President gives his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. It starts at 9 pm Eastern. You can watch live below. Live streaming starts right before the speech.  In the meantime, here is a video offered by the White House with some behind the scenes into the writing of the State of the Union address.




Here are two live stream videos of the speech.











For more:
Blogizomai - The State Of Our Union 2011
Blogizomai - The Duel Over Debt: Obama and Boehner Speak to the Nation
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 1
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the National Debt:  Why Only the Cross Can Save Us From Ourselves - Part 2 
Blogizomai - The Economics of Greed:  What Economics Can Teach Us About the Gospel  
Blogizomai - Obama Addresses National Debt Crisis Live - 9 PM EST
Blogizomai - The Drawdown Begins:  Obama Announces Drawdown of US Troops From Afghanistan 
Blogizomai - "A Responsibility to Act":  Obama Explains Lybian Action to the Public   
Blogizomai - The Beginning of the End:  Obama Announces the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Blogizomai - "Justice Has Been Done":  President Obama Announces the Death of Osama bin Laden
Blogizomai - Prayer and Breakfast:  Obama at the 2011 National Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - President Obama at the 2011 Easter Prayer Breakfast 
Blogizomai - The Contrasts Are Clear:  Obama and Jindal's Proposals  
Blogizomai - To Comfort a Nation:  Obama in Arizona and How the Nation Reacted

McDonald On How to Ensure the Children of Pastors Don’t Grow Bitter Toward Ministry

Some good insight here from Dr. James MacDonald during an Elephant Room session.  As a pastor with two children this is a great concern for me.  When do I invite my children to join me on hospital visits?  How am I to respond to negativity towards me from the church as a father to my children?  Etc.  Here is what MacDonald had to say:



Keep PK's from Bitterness from Harvest Bible Chapel on Vimeo.


HT:  Vertical Church


For more:
Theology - McDonald: I Want the Whole Gospel  

Theology - Dever, Driscoll, and McDonald on Evangelism and the Local Church
Theology - "Why James MacDonald Is Not Emerging"  


Theology - MacDonald:  Congregationalism is From Satan
Theology - Congregationalism is From Satan: Congregationalists Respond
Theology - Churches Helping Churches: MacDonald Makes His Plea

Ligionier Ministries: 10 Distinguishing Marks of John Calvin’s Preaching

I found this post over at the Ligonier Ministries blog written by Nathan W. Bingham helpful regarding 10 Distinguishing Marks of John Calvin’s Preaching. I will simply list the ten marks removing the explanations which I hope you will go to the link and read.

1. John Calvin’s preaching was biblical in its substance.
2. John Calvin’s preaching was sequential in its pattern.
3. John Calvin’s preaching was direct in its message.
4. John Calvin’s preaching was extemporaneous in its delivery.
5. John Calvin’s preaching was exegetical in its approach.
6. John Calvin’s preaching was accessible in its simplicity.
7. John Calvin’s preaching was pastoral in its tone.
8. John Calvin’s preaching was polemic in its defense of the truth.
9. John Calvin’s preaching was passionate in its outreach.
10. John Calvin’s preaching was doxological in its conclusion.



Ligonier Ministries (Nathan W. Bingham) - 10 Distinguishing Marks of John Calvin’s Preaching


For more:
Reviews - John Calvin:  A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology 

Reviews - "On the Necessity of Reforming the Church" by John Calvin
Reviews - The Theology of the Reformers
Reviews - "The Unquenchable Flame"   
Reviews - "Young, Restless, and Reformed"  
Reviews - Christianity's Dangerous Idea  
Reviews - "Five Leading Reformers
Blogizomai - Was Calvin a Calvinists?: Helm Weighs In
Blogizomai - Theology Thursday | Calvin on the Redemptive Necessity of the Resurrection
Blogizomai - Dungeons & Dragons, and Calvin, O My!: Moore's Exhortation to the New Calvinists
Theology - Calvinist Baptists and the Many (False) Misconceptions
GBC - "Without the Gospel": A Gem From John Calvin
GBC - Calvin on God in Theology and the Christian Life
GBC - Calvin on Providence
GBC - Calvin on Treasures in Heaven
GBC - Calvin on Fasting
GBC - Calvin on Prayer: Why Bother?
Blogizomai - He Turned the Water Into Wine: MacArthur, Alcohol, & Christian Liberty
Blogizomai - Reformed in Grace But Arminian Everywhere Else: MacArthur on the Future of the YRR Movement

Monday, January 23, 2012

Watch the January 23 NBC News GOP Presidential Debate Live

Tonight the four remaining GOP Presidential contenders meet in Florida for the first of two debates between the next primary. You can watch the debate live here starting at 9 pm eastern.





For more:
Blogizomai - Here We Go Again: Mormonism and Presidential Politics
Blogizomai - An Important Read: Is Mormonism "Having a Moment?"
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 1: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 2: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 3: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 4: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 5: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 6: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 7: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 8: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 9: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 10: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 11: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 12:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case 
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 13: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 14:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case   
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 15:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 16:  Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Debate 17: Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Discussion: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Forum 1: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Forum 2: Some Republican Hopefuls Make Their Case
Blogizomai - 2012 Presidential Hopefuls on Faith and Freedom
Blogizomai - The Cain-Gingrich Debate
Blogizomai - The Gingrich-Huntsman Debate
Blogizomai - "The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.": Romney's New Hampshire Victory Speech (Video & Text)
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