The Emergent Mind of a Depraved Dogmatist

Thursday, March 23, 2006

New Home!

I've found a new home. please direct yourself to for future midrash from me !
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Foundations of Deconstructionism
By Ravi Zacharias

"...we have played a game with words and lied to ourselves a thousandfold. Let me say forthrightly that what we have actually done is smuggle in foundational strengths of Christian thought, buried far below the surface to maintain some stability, while above the ground we see humanism's bizarre experiments growing unchecked. If we truly put into place the same principles below the ground that we flaunt above the ground, we would completely self-destruct. And though in the classroom we have tried to dignify what we have done, the songwriters and artists have called our bluff.

An utterly fascinating illustration of this duping of ourselves is the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts at Ohio State University. This building, another one of our chimerical exploits in the name of intellectual advance, was branded by Newsweek as "America's first deconstructionist building" Its white scaffolding, red brick turrets, and Colorado grass pods evokes a double take. But puzzlement only intensifies when you enter the building, for inside you encounter stairways that go nowhere, pillars that hang from the ceiling without purpose, and angled surfaces configured to create a send of vertigo. The architect, we are duly informed, designed the building to reflect life itself--senseless and incoherent--and the "capriciousness of the rules that organize the built world." When the rationale was explained to me, I had just one question: Did he do the same with the foundation?

The laughter in response to my question unmasked the double standard our deconstructionists espouse. And that is precisely the double standard of antithesim!. It is possible to dress up and romanticize our bizarre experiments in social restructuring while disavowing truth or absolutes. But one dares not play such deadly games with the foundations of good thinking. And if one does toy at the foundational level, he or she will not only witness the collapse of all reason but at the same time will forfeit the right to criticize the starting point of any other worldview."

Excerpt from "Can Man Live Without God" by Ravi Zacharias, pg. 21, 22

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I took this test and it got me mostly right! I'm not fixated on it but find it interesting! What's your theological worldview?


You scored as Reformed Evangelical. You are a Reformed Evangelical. You take the Bible very seriously because it is God's Word. You most likely hold to TULIP and are sceptical about the possibilities of universal atonement or resistible grace.

Reformed Evangelical


Neo orthodox


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan






Roman Catholic




Classical Liberal


Modern Liberal


What's your theological worldview?
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Monday, March 13, 2006

The Reformation

Watermark: The Reformation
Spoken 03.05.06 by Pastor Christian Charette
The Church must change its posture. We must go from an assumed position of authority and become the suffering servant of Isaiah. God the Missionary has a church that must be obedient, incarnational and missional.
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A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess
Spoken 03.12.06 by Pastor
Christian Charette

Transformation takes time. Becoming the people God wants us to become is a life long progression that requires us to live the authenticity of honest love and embrace the power of the Gospel that transforms us. [MP3_53.1MB_58min] + Download + Play
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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Quote of Day

Yesterday's challenge was to find leaders who could help people discern Christ in the midst of godlessness, today's challenge is to find leaders who can help people discern Christ in the midst of rampant godliness.
`Tom bandy
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Fat Hearts

Fat Hearts
Spoken 02.19.06 by Pastor Christian CharetteWe seek to fatten our hearts with many things. The desire to be filled and the disatisfaction we expereince in temporary things is proof that we were made for another world and purpose. Finding our hope in Jesus is the only thing that we will find fatten are hearts with grace. It is what we are we are looking for.
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Friday, February 17, 2006

usual suspects

Amber and I had an experience in the last 2 days worth blogging about. as many of you know Amber, my wife, is a mortgage officer. Wednesday she went to the U.P.S. store to overnight some mortgage information. The clerk thought she looked like a girl on the local FBI picture behind his desk. He got her tag and called the police. (Not knowing that Amber actually worked for the owners of our local U.P.S stores and did their  books)
Wed. night we had a police at our door checking who Amber was and taking information. We gladly gave them information and cooperated. We even gave him Amber's mortgage business card so he could have a picture and eliminate any other suspicion. We did this not knowing that the person they were looking for is wanted for mortgage fraud. {big red lights going off in the Secret Service offices)
Thursday evening, I am doing our taxes and Amber was outside playing with the girls. Roaring down the street with neighbors looking on come a police cruiser and two unmarked cars. We were a little stunned. Two Pasco police officers with two SECRET SERVICE agents from HOMELAND SECURITY surrounded Amber outside? (neighbors more unlikely to attend my church now!)
After asking a thousand more questions and guarding the door while Amber went to the bathroom they informed us that they thought Amber was this girl. She had blonde hair, had a license picture with a headband like her and had 2 tattoos in the same places as Amber does, and Amber was in the mortgage business.......and since we just moved into our new house they were interpreting the boxes in the garage as a "moving out look".
They wanted Amber to come down to the station to be finger printed to eliminate their suspicions. They wouldn't let us drive our own car. We would have to ride in the back of the cruiser. (I watch way to much Law and Order and was not trusting this)Amber's mom who just arrived for a visit from North Carolina was getting a little ticked off and scared too. After some intimidating convincing we agreed to be put into the squad car un-handcuffed for the ride.
What we did not know was this girl they where looking for had no fingerprints on file but she was hanging out with a guy who had long hair and looked a lot like me. (Yes at this point I had played the Pastor card and this is the only time I have regretted not looking  like a Pastor)At this point, they thought they had the right people for sure. We could tell by their dripping suspicion and whispers.
While my Mother-in-law was at home holding an inpromptu prayer meeting with our terrified three girls we were being frisked and let into our local jail's booking room. They took Amber's finger prints (By the way, technically this was a CSI moment for me..they no longer use ink but have a computer scanner system that digitally takes your prints and puts it into the system. It was very cool, unless it is your finger prints going in there.)
After 20 minutes of more suspicious looks while the secret service agents where conferring with the lead agent in Atlanta (who apparently was at home in her underwear on her day off and wanted them to arrest us and hold us for 72 hours when she would be back on her shift - this is where the pastor card saved our butt!)We were getting a little impatient. I asked if I could get off jury duty for this and Amber jokingly said they owed her some free speeding around town now and a get out of jail free card. They were not amused.
After separating us, they asked me if I would be fingerprinted too. I protested a little and saw the "bait and switch" coming. See, they really didn't want Amber's only but mine because the guy had been arrested and the girl had not been. But they figured they needed to be sly about everything in order to get us both to the station where it is obviously easier to arrest someone.
I gave up the prints and put up with the feeling of being a usual suspect by the other officers in the precinct. Another 20 minutes and more suspicious looking activity and phone calls to Atlanta, they took us back into the booking room thinking they were going to be arresting and interrogating us. My prints, you will be glad to know, came back clean. Then it all came down to the tattoos.
While I peered through an office window a female officer checked my wife's tattoos I watched a group of officers stand around a computer as the pictures from Atlanta downloaded on the screen. They were pictures of the real criminals tattoos. Apparently, even thought she had never been arrested they had pictures of her tattoos. (You know, the ones your tattoo artist takes to display his work! maybe you don't!)The tattoos did not match even though they are in the exact same spots. The one on the girls back, the usual spot for females, was very different from Ambers but the one on her right hip was small and round and very similar. In the end, it came down to my unmatched prints and Ambers tattoos that got us off!
The Secret Service agents offered us a half hearted apology and looked disappointed. The officers drove us back home and were very apologetic while filling us in on the details: That Atlanta wanted them to arrest us and hold us for the standard 72 hours until we could prove we were not these people, that the local police sergeant refused to arrest us and to try the peaceful approach, that right up until the end they all thought we were the usual suspects.
Amber and I looked at each other about 10PM last night while I was finishing our unfinished taxes and were like "Holy crap, do you re realize what just happened to us tonight?" It was surreal and a very unusual emotional experience. We were glad we didn't lose our cool and kept a good attitude so we didn't give Jesus a bad representation to these officers.
This morning, in typical Pastor fashion, I thought of what Jesus must have felt as he was accused of my real crimes. I'm not an enemy of the state but I was an enemy of the King (Romans 5 ). Jesus, the totally innocent, stood accused and despised in my place. He who never knew any wrongdoing stood before the world and king and had mine and the worlds crimes put onto his record and carried it through his capitol punishment of death. While I only experienced a very small portion of shame yesterday and stood as an innocent suspect, Jesus, the Lord of innocence, took all the blame in order to buy back those He and the father choose before the world began (Eph 1-3).
I am thankful that in the heavenly courts the accuser is powerless because my crime has not been excused or looked over but paid for in full. Justice has already been met and I have been set free as a new man.
Like most criminals I tend to be tempted to return to my life of crime and habit. But then, in the light of what has been done on my behalf, I strive to honor the one who bore my penalty and live a different kind of life. See, I am the usual suspect with the ultimate lawyer who made me a friend of the king. I have much to live for. So the two-three hour ordeal Amber and I experienced was a small price pay to be reminded of the truth that has set us free.
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Friday, February 10, 2006


And now for a quote on dogma:
Mark Dever writes a post reminding us that there's nothing really new under the sun:

Bertrand Russell, the late, well-known, British philosopher wrote in 1950 that “The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment. This is the way opinions are held in science, as opposed to the way in which they are held in theology," (in “Philosophy and Politics,” in Unpopular Essays , [1950] p. 15). These days, I guess many are holding theological conclusions in such a "scientific" manner. But such hestitancy is not humility. The humility we want in our churches is to read the Bible and believe it--everything God has said, dogmatically, and humbly! It is not humble to be hesitant where God has been clear and plain.
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Unfunny Valentine

Valentine's Day is often loved by women and loathed by men who feel compelled to drop their hard-earned cash on flowers, jewelry, candy, and sappy cards. Perhaps comic Jay Leno expressed the male Valentine's Day dilemma best in one of his monologues, saying, “Today is Valentine's Day – or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day!” Conversely, the hopelessly romantic at heart enjoy the opportunity that Valentine's Day affords for thoughtful romance and unbridled passion.
Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day, the fact is that it has evolved into an enormous holiday. The question remains, however, who is Valentine and how did he come to be associated with everything from the color red to some secret known only by a woman named Victoria? While the details of his life are sketchy at best, Valentine was allegedly a Christian who was canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint. His name was common and is derived from the Latin word valens, meaning strong and powerful.
One legend claims that Emperor Claudius II (or Claudius the Goth) outlawed marriage because he decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families and he wanted to bolster the strength of his military. But a priest named Valentine secretly performed marriages, thereby defending romance and love. Another legend claims that just prior to being beheaded, Valentine prayed over the daughter of his jailer which led to the curing of her blindness and the conversion of her entire family, including her father, though he still put Valentine to death toward the end of the third century. Further contributing to all of the confusion is the fact that there may have been as many as three Christians named Valentine who were all martyred, making it seemingly impossible to know which stories are true and to which men they apply.
Although the celebration of the life of Saint Valentine was not initially met with much fanfare, he eventually grew in popularity for a very practical reason. Around AD 498, Pope Gelasius chose February 14 as the day for commemorating Valentine's life because that was the day he reportedly died as a Christian martyr around AD 270. That day proved to be serendipitous as the medieval legend emerged that birds selected their mates on February 14, thereby associating the day with romance and love. Also, Saint Valentine's Day fell the day before the Hefner-esque Roman fertility feast of Lupercalia on February 15. Lupercalia was a drunken, naked crazy-fest not unlike modern-day Mardi Gras celebrations and NBA locker rooms. Lupercalia was dedicated to the god of partying, Faunus, marked by the usual frat-boy nonsense of naked white guys running through the streets while crowds drank heavily, danced, and young singles enjoyed “hooking up.” Once Saint Valentine became connected with the debauchery of Lupercalia, his Christian influence on the holiday quickly waned as the two holidays essentially merged and the spirit of Lupercalia remained but was renamed Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day quickly grew in popularity. Its association with the color red may have been taken from the fact that the color red was chosen to commemorate the death of Valentine who died the bloody death of a martyr. Also, the association with the chubby, winged pseudo-angel Cupid, who is the mythical son of the Roman goddess of love, Venus, is a Lupercalia leftover from pagan mythology.
Perhaps the most common present-day tradition associated with Valentine's Day is the giving of valentine cards. No one is certain how this tradition began. One legend reports that Valentine actually sent the first valentine. The story goes that while in prison awaiting his execution he wrote a love letter to a woman and signed it, “From your Valentine.” Apparently the expression stuck and remains perennially popular. By the Middle Ages, Valentine's Day was widely celebrated. The first Valentine's Day card was reportedly a poem sent by Charles, the duke of Orleans, to his wife in 1415 while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. That card remains on display at the British Museum in London to this day. By 1450, to be someone's valentine was synonymous with being their sweetheart. By 1533, a valentine was synonymous with a piece of paper folded as a romantic card. By 1610, valentine gifts were also commonly given to sweethearts. By the mid-1700s, Valentine's Day grew in popularity throughout Great Britain and around that time Americans also began exchanging handmade valentine cards. And, by the 1840s, the commercial greeting card companies began mass-producing valentines marked by such girlie adornment as lace  and ribbon. Today, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, following Christmas.
Sadly, the holiday in his name completely ignores our Christian Brother Valentine. As a pastor, he likely would have been mortified at much of what is done in the name of love to commemorate the day his head was chopped off because of his love for Jesus.
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