January 2011


Next stop:  SUPER BOWL


Post by Ken Schmidt

I love the english language.  My wife and I often talk about words, the origin of them and the overuse of certain words/phrases.

Here are some words/phrases that I wonder of the origin:

  1. Opine: we first heard this word when President Bush uttered it in a press conference
  2. Concussed: this has become the buzzword in football circles…I am not sure it is a real word

Here are three words/phrases that I think have used up their 15 minutes of fame:

  1. Epic
  2. It is what it is
  3. Just sayin

I would be interested in words/phrases that you think should be retired.

Everyone is a theologian.  Everyone thinks thoughts about the existence and nature of God.  Even, maybe especially, secularist atheists.  Today I noticed a tweet from Lebron James the theologian that betrays his theological confusion that is common in our world and even churches.

He is referring to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their 55-point loss to the LA Lakers.  If you are unaware of Lebron and the Cavaliers, then I am amazed you are reading this because you may be dead.  Just kidding.  Lebron is the local boy (grew up near Cleveland) that played for the Cavaliers for 7 years before publicly humiliating them with a very hyped decision to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.  Cleveland now hates Lebron.  The situation is much like that of another villain, Brett Favre, but that is probably better left alone…

Here is the quote:

Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!

Did you get the theology of this statement.  It is a manifestation of the spiritual mindset of our culture.  Lebron takes a little eastern spirituality and mixes it with a little monotheism.  Karma is a concept from Indian eastern spirituality.  God, capital G, is the central element of the Big Three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

The irony of this is that eastern spirituality and monotheistic religions are fundamentally incompatible.  But, our pluralistic spirituality that passes the tolerance test sees no problem with the meshing of spiritual oil and water.

This should serve as a reminder of the importance of teaching biblical doctrine to our families and churches.  The common refrain is that doctrine divides.  Yes, but it rightly divides and truthfully unites.  Those who are soft on doctrinal purity are united by the tiniest of threads.  Once they are hurt or offended, that unity shatters.  Those who take Christian doctrine seriously are preparing themselves and others to weather the storms of sin and offense and in reality uniting in a truth that will never be shaken.

  Posted by Dean Paulson

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