New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

Is it just me, or does New Orleans’ mayor seem to be the total opposite of a guy like Rudy Guiliani? Why does he do nothing but whine and carp and lash out? Do we see images of him at the Superdome or the convention center, taking charge? I think I see the end of his political career anyway. (But don’t count anyone down in Louisiana, where you basically have to be crooked to be a politician anyway.)

[UPDATE] It’s not just me. I’m not going crazy. Tim Challies has noticed it, and has commented far more eloquently than I could. But the major media websites (cnn, msnbc, fox, etc) simply parrot his pronouncements.

Texas History Movies

All true native Texans should be well versed in the famous Texas History Movies, a comic book version of Texas history. Take the quiz to see how up on this (skewed but lovable) version of Texas you are….

PS - I got eight out of ten.

The Omission of the Gospel

Yes, we are all guilty of it. I am guilty of it in my dealings every day. Even with Christians, but especially with non-Christians. It’s not that we don’t “preach the gospel” or “witness” to the world. Some of us do that, sometimes. We think of it as a separate activity. But what about the 99% of the rest of the time, when we pursue our unwritten, unspoken agreement with the world, to live life publicly among them as if we share a common foundation?

(Yes, Reformed theologians, I know the doctrine of common grace, and I’m not contradicting it here.)

We essentially allow our neighbors, friends, co-workers to believe that what motivates them motivates us. But it simply can’t. At times like 9/11, we realize how utterly futile any motives and trustings are which aren’t rooted in the one true God. But most of the time, we guiltily go along with the public fiction that we are, essentially, pulling in the same direction as most of our fellow men and women. Even if we know differently inside, we aren’t willing to say so. Where is our duty to fellow man?

This posting is just a weak reflection of the excellent musings I found today on Rob Wilkerson’s post on Adrian Warnock’s blog. Thanks brother for the careful thinking.

Our Unfaithfulness vs. God’s Faithfulness

I could post this once a week, but here it is anyway, as if today is worse than any other.

How can God continue to forgive and love his people when we act so hateful towards him? Derek Webb wonders this in his own unique way:

So could you love this bastard child
though I donĂ¢??t trust you to provide,
with one hand in a pot of gold
and with the other in your side? *
I am so easily satisfied
by the call of lovers less wild
that I would take a little cash
over your very flesh and blood…

* Reference is to John 20:27.

C. S. Lewis on the Fear of God

I am, indeed, far from agreeing with those who think all religious fear barbarous and degrading and demand that it should be banished from the spiritual life. Perfect love, we know, casteth out fear. But so do several other things - ignorance, alcohol, passion, presumption, and stupidity. It is very desirable that we should all advance to that perfection of love in which we shall fear no longer; but it is very undesirable, until we have reached that stage, that we should allow any inferior agent to cast out our fear.

– “The World’s Last Night

Ellen’s postcard from Oxford

Ellen wrote Saturday from Oxford: “This is a great picture - that’s the roof of Blackwell’s in the bottom left corner, above the seal you can just see the Bridge over the road, that’s the Bodleian with the green roof, and I climbed up into the towers of the church in the top right, where I had a great view of the colleges. They’re all so old and beautiful!”

Well you are getting old too, Daughter. I’ll be glad to have you back.

(You can click on the picture to get a nice big version.)

“Chilly” dog in Texas

Hey, a “cold” front roared through North Texas last night! It was 70 degrees for dinner instead of 90. To celebrate, we sat outside at Sonic.

Harry Potter vs. George Bailey

It seems to me that every Christian parent who is trying to get a handle on pop culture, especially stuff like Harry Potter, should read this post from Phil Johnson. Every day his blog is good, but this post was especially helpful. We need to understand that we don’t necessarily judge a book by whether it has wizards in it. What if it has angels, like It’s A Wonderful Life? Does that make it OK? Read what Phil says.

Firewheel Town Center official web site

There is an official site here: Firewheel Town Center. Check out the demographics, and especially the detailed site plan, buildings, 3D views, and animations.

“A Cup of Joe” blogs Firewheel

My Internet neighbor Joe has been investigating the hidden details of Firewheel Town Center. His findings are published here.