February 2004

29 Feb 2004 02:52 pm

Q.79. What is the tenth commandment?

A. The tenth commandment is: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or his maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

29 Feb 2004 03:14 am

Headline Valley News Dispatch: Most wrestlers’ careers end in heartache

29 Feb 2004 03:03 am

Headline Detroit Free Press: After chase, large guy brandishes a tiny dog

After leading an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase Thursday, a burly contractor got out of his pickup and attacked the officer with his tiny French poodle, swinging the dog on his leash.

The report doesn’t say if he had a license for his dog.

Source: Dave Barry’s blog.

28 Feb 2004 09:21 pm

One of the most common questions we get here at mj is a very practical question. It goes like this: “Dear Knilram, Should I turn to an ice cream store for a correct understanding of theology? If so, which one? Best Regards, A Seeker.”

Well, to all those who ask, we at mj counsel they steer clear of ice cream stores as a source for theological knowledge. Although they are a fount of great milkshakes and other frozen desserts, ice cream stores are generally not well suited for correctly interpreting Biblical knowledge.

As a case in point, we submit the following sign at a local ice cream store.


28 Feb 2004 05:37 am

AP Photo:

Caption: “Undated file photo of the signpost to the village of Lost in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which has been forced to changed its name to Lost Farm after at least five signs have disappeared in recent years. (AP Photo/ Harvey Wood)”

28 Feb 2004 05:21 am

Headline Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer: 3d man charged in armed robbery

28 Feb 2004 04:51 am

Proving once again that most of what passes for Christianity is just an attempt to be like the world, but without the hard edges, I submit for you the following news article

Headline AP: Racetrack welcoming churches for evangelism

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – The Summerville Speedway will feature another Faster Pastor race next month and won’t be selling beer to race fans this year so local churches feel comfortable using the track for evangelism.

“If we’re going to be involved with churches as much as we are this year, (selling beer) wouldn’t be practical,” owner Charles Powell said on Thursday.

As Paul put it, “Don’t drink, smoke or chew, or go with girls who do.”

Powell met earlier with local pastors planning Godspeed Week at the 6,500-seat NASCAR-sanctioned track….

About three dozen churches have signed up for Godspeed Week and organizers hope for 60, said the Rev. Carl Wiggins of Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Ladson.

The clergy will race in an event called the Faster Pastor 100. Wiggins himself drives a 1989 Nissan 240SX, with a No. 3 shaped like a white dove.

Nice touch, the white dove. Since this is an evangelistic outreach, I’ll bet someone has a fish on their car, too.

Only cars with unmodified four-cylinder engines are permitted in the race. All the drivers must be ordained ministers and none can be professional drivers.

Hey, my pastor’s got a pretty mean Subaru that would qualify.

As great as this sounds, what about the women? We wouldn’t want them to be left out.

Godspeed Week will also include a race between pastor’s spouses and church secretaries as well as golf-cart rides, chances for fans to ride around the track.

The event will also feature Christian music and messages.

But why call this evangelism? It just sounds like a day at the races to me.

“Everybody is already saved at church,” Powell told the local pastors Thursday. “Where are you going to get sinners from? We’re providing you the place.”…

“A church is not a building, it’s the people,” Powell said. “We’re breaking new ground here.”

Well it isn’t exactly puppets or mimes, so it is unique in that respect. As silly as it is to call this evangelism, we might as well end with a variation on the old joke.

Having pastors race in cars is entirely scriptural. Scripture tells us that on Pentecost, just before Peter preached his sermon that resulted in the conversion of three thousand souls , the apostles were all in “one accord” (Acts 2:1).

28 Feb 2004 03:59 am

In case you haven’t noticed, church membership is fattening.

Churches traditionally haven’t worried much about waistlines, but as nutritionist Autumn Marshall at Church of Christ-affiliated Lipscomb University in Nashville explains, most evangelical Christians don’t drink, smoke, curse or commit adultery.

So they eat.

While the Bible frequently condemns gluttony, Marshall said “it just appears to be a more acceptable vice.”

A 1998 study by a Purdue University sociologist found that church members were likelier to be overweight than others.

Broken down by religious groups, Southern Baptists were heaviest, while Jews, Muslims and Buddhists were less likely to be overweight.

So, if you see a group of skinny people discussing the Westminster Confession, you can rightly say, “They don’t look like Presbyterians to me.”

28 Feb 2004 03:41 am

Headline NFL.com: Give Broncos edge in Bailey-for-Portis swap

27 Feb 2004 04:29 am

AP Photo:

Caption: “The obliterated remains of a baseball sits in pieces inside a clear case after being blown up Thursday, February 26, 2004 in Chicago. The baseball was deflected by a fan during the Chicago Cubs’ loss in Game 6 of the 2003 National League championship series against the Florida Marlins and blown up to help Cubs fans forget about the incident. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)”

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