Island News — October 16, 2006

Buffalo, New York still recovering.

“A state of emergency was in effect in Buffalo on Friday as cleanup from the destructive storm began. Up to two feet of heavy wet snow painted a surreal scene. Snow-laden tree branches and power lines lay draped across cars and houses and normally busy downtown streets were still. ‘I thought it was kind of pretty but eerie,’ said Ann Goff of Buffalo, who walked to her job at a Buffalo supermarket at 2:30 a.m. ‘It was scary listening to the cracking of the branches.’ … A 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway was closed for hours and food and water was being delivered by snowmobile to stranded motorists.”

Sure enough, the Bible is still true

“I’m what you call a Christian fundamentalist. That simply means I believe the Bible is literally true. So, a couple weeks ago I’m perusing the Tribune, and I find a headline that says something like: The first chapter of Genesis, that describes a six-day creation, is just a fable. Since the Bible’s creation story isn’t literally true, how can you rely on the rest of it? There’s nothing in it you can believe. Your entire world-view is a total disaster.”

Invoking God’s Blessing — but Whose God?

After listening to retired Chaplain Ron Benzig at the recent OBF Conference, this article was interesting for me to read. Along with that experience, a grad student at our church came in contact with an evangelical chaplain during officer training who didn’t have a problem with praying generic prayers and holding a joint Protestant-Roman Catholic mass. Please pray that God would send forth laborers to this needy harvest field.

Faith Based Politics

“George W. Bush, the man, is a person of profound faith and deep compassion for those who suffer. But President George W. Bush is a politician and is ultimately no different from any other politician, content to use religion for electoral gain more than for good works. Millions of Evangelicals may share Bush’s faith, but they would protect themselves—and their interests—better if they looked at him through the same coldly political lens with which he views them.”

Buckeyes bound for Arizona?

“Ohio State and USC hold the top spots in the first BCS Standings of 2006. That means, if the season ended today, the Buckeyes and the Trojans would play in the Tostitos National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona. But of course, the season doesn’t end today and there’s still a lot of football to be played.” Think the Bucks will make it?

The Watchmaker

This is a nice animated poem about creation and evolution.