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I am now a simple Grandpa who's life is made richer as each grandchild is born. My wife and I have raised five children and the 30 year love labor of raising them has begun to yield sweet fruit..... And then there are fruits of 30 years in ministry ... I am a satisfied old man full of the joy of the Lord.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Atheism Has Fueled The Greatest Mass Murders In World History

There is no way around it... Mass Murders come from Atheists, not from Christians. Political systems based on Atheisim have killed more people than all wars combined in the history of the earth. And most of this has been done during the "enlightened" "scientific" atheistic period of the last century. I am sick and tired of the attack on the Christian community. Take a look at this article that I found today.

Atheism Has Fueled Greatest Mass Murders In World History
By Rev. Louis P. Sheldon
Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

November 28, 2006 - As we approach Christmas, the one day a year that we set aside to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are hearing noises among intellectuals and rock stars about the “dangers” of Christianity to world peace and cultural tolerance.

The most recent attack on organized religion came from homosexual rock star Sir Elton John, who thinks that organized religion—specifically Christianity—turns people into “hateful lemmings.” According to John, “I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays.” His solution: “ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it.”

Atheist Richard Dawkins, writing in his new book, “The God Delusion,” claims that many of the world’s conflicts around the world are due to the murderous religious impulses. Columnist Robert Kuttner claims that “The Crusades slaughtered millions in the name of Jesus. The Inquisition brought the torture and murder of millions more. After Martin Luther, Christians did bloody battle with other Christians for another three centuries.”

Dinesh D’Souza, a Fellow at the Hoover Institution recently pointed out the glaring errors in such statements in the Christian Science Monitor. He noted, for example, that the Spanish Inquisition sentenced to death approximately 10,000 individuals. Some historians claim another 100,000 died in jail.

One of liberalism’s favorite anti-Christian boogeyman is the Salem witch trials. How many actually died as a result of those trials: fewer than 25.

And what of the Crusades? Most Americans probably have a negative view of the Crusades as an attempt by Christians to conquer peaceful Muslims. The opposite is true. British historian Paul Johnson has observed: “The Crusades, far from being an outrageous prototype of Western imperialism, as taught in most schools, were a mere episode in a struggle that lasted 1,400 years, and were one of the few occasions when Christians took the offensive to regain ‘occupied territories’ of the Holy Land.” The Crusades were launched to regain land conquered by Muslims and to prevent Muslim armies from invading and conquering any more nations! It was a defensive war against Muslim imperialism.

The Christian-haters should turn their attentions to militant Islam and Atheism as the most serious dangers to the world.

The fact is that while religious wars have been fought for centuries, militant atheism has slaughtered more people than religious zealots ever have. The greatest mass murders in history have been committed not by Christians but by Communists Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse Tung. More than 100 million have died at the hands of these militant atheists since the early 20th century.

And, one of the first genocides committed in the 20th century was by Turkish Muslims against Armenians between 1915 and 1918. An estimated 1.5 million Christian Armenians were killed during that slaughter.

Elton John, Robert Kuttner, Richard Dawkins and others may want to do more fact-checking before they launch into new tirades against Christianity.

The fact is that Christians have been at the forefront of expanding and defending human freedom around the globe ever since the First Century Church was founded. Christians, for example, were the ones who campaigned against the gladiator games in ancient Rome as well as against the slave trade in Britain and in the United States. It has been our Christian compassion that has led us into wars around the world to defend the downtrodden and to preserve freedom for individuals. (Alvin J. Schmidt, Ph.D., clearly explains this in his excellent history book, “How Christianity Changed The World.”)

Elton John’s ability to speak freely and attack Christianity in Britain is due to the fact that Britain has based its laws upon the Ten Commandments and Christian principles about free speech and freedom of conscience. John might not fare so well under Sharia law nor would his music be freely marketed under a Communist dictatorship.

As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, all of us should keep these truths in mind.

Friday, November 24, 2006

10 Top Photos From Space

Take a look at the 10 top space photos taken from the Hubble space telescope. Stunning.
You can look at them here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Eye Candy Ten

A special Thanksgiving feast for your eyes. Take a look at the scale of this mobile excavator.
I heard a rumor that this is how they built the Mississippi river.


Monday, November 13, 2006

The Nativity Story

My wife and I have just returned from the preview of The Nativity Story. It is a must see for everyone. Excellent in every way (for a Hollywood production)

I started off skeptical (I know, you can hardly believe that) I tried to be offended by the "great spirit" way in which the Holy Spirit was portrayed. And I wanted to be offended by what I, at first, saw as a "flirty" portrayal of Mary. But my wife turned to me and said that, "she was very young and she just wanted to go play with her friends."

Then I saw the mastery of the writers. They set up Mary to want to be normal, and then showed her to be a (reluctantly at first) submissive, modest, and humble woman. Submissive to the Holy Spirit and submissive to her parents. Nice !

This began to draw me in. The settings were superb. The costuming was excellent and even educational. Even the scenery was full of good detail. (Except they showed the temple in reverse a few times, but now I am picking nits. Few in the audience would know the difference and this way the ignorant would know it was the temple. ) I saw a machine that was used to move big blocks of stone (to build Herod's stuff) It was very believable. The houses, the scenes of families at night, sleeping all together in one room, the scenes of family meals, were all very accurate to the times. Even King Herod's family was shown to sit around a common meal and partake with their hands.

The detail was astounding. Even the preparing and marketing of goods was quite accurate to the times. The entire movie is full of little insights into the life and times of Mary and Joseph.
They are deeply troubled and saddened by the behavior of others towards them during their predicament. The time Mary spends with her Aunt Elizabeth (John the Baptists mother) is precious.

Another example of detail is the staging of people walking through the wilderness on narrow paths in ever increasing numbers as they traveled to Jerusalem for the feasts. (It would have been great if the director had included the group singing of a couple of the Psalms of Ascents )

The details you learn about the "Wise Men" more than make up for a few liberties. Few have heard the meaning of "Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh" but you will in the film. And who would have ever thought about the shepherds life as a solitary one, and thus, when they heard the glad tidings, they independently walked to the place of Jesus birth? I don't know about you, but I have always thought them to all be sitting around a fire or something and leaving in a group to visit Jesus. What a night that must have been ! With glory all around the silent dark countryside.

The movie comes out on Dec. 4th. Let others know. Take your parents and kids. My thoughts at the end of the movie were, " You did a great job. Now, when are you going to tell the rest of the story?" They definitely had the sensitivity and talent to tell the whole story of Jesus like nobody has before.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

How The Religions Voted

Here is a graph showing how the religions voted.


Evangelical Atheists

It seems that atheists in America have gone evangelical. They are sending paid preaches of futility to university campuses. Once there, they share the wonders of "reason" in open air and private settings.

I guess if the Christian church won't shout it from the housetops, the anti-faith folks will.
Imagine ! You can read more here.


Friday, November 10, 2006

Huge Storm On Saturn

Here is a photo of a huge "hurricane" type storm on Saturn taken by the Cassini Space Probe.
It is 5000 miles across. That means it would cover 2/3rd's of the earth. Uff da !

Mercury Passes Across The Face Of The Sun

Here is a photo of the planet Mercury passing across the face of the sun. Can you see it?
It is the black dot left of center at about 9 o'clock. The brownish areas near it are small "sun spots." Mercury is the circular black dot.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"Tongues" Are Mindless !

In a fascinating new study out of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine it was discovered, through brain imaging research, that brain activity in the frontal lobes decreased while Pentecostal subjects spoke in tongues. Why is this significant? The usual language centers are not used while speaking in tongues. There is a lack of intentional control.

This helps to explain why you can even do math while speaking in tongues. Speaking in tongues is more like tapping the foot while doing math than it is really speaking a language while calculating. This confirms that you are only talking to God and not to men or angels. This also explains why it needs "interpretation", (not like language interpreters) , and becomes the equivalent to prophecy.

Interesting research. It appears in the Nov. issue of the Journal of Psychiatry Research.
Source UPI and Breaking Christian News.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Supreme Court Rumor

This is from a web site called

From a piece in Human Events:

For the past several weeks, there has been a rumor circulating among high-level officials in Washington, D.C., that a member of the U.S. Supreme Court has received grave medical news and will announce his or her retirement by year’s end. While such rumors are not unusual in the nation’s capital, this one comes from credible sources.

Bruce says... Maybe it is Justice Stevens. A Ford appointee. A liberal. 86 years old.
Not the worst, but not the best either.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Kerry Sends Compassionate Grade School Teachers To Comfort Troops In Iraq

John Kerry showed himself to be a compassionate hero today. After seeing the above photo from Iraq, Kerry sent eleventeen grade school teachers to help educate the troops who are suffering in ignorance in Iraq. They will be teaching the troops inclusive sex education and the look/see method of reading and writing. "Students should be allowed to play. They learn through play," said one spokesman for the group.
It is really reassuring that when the going gets tough, true leadership steps forward into action.
Thanks John Kerry. ;-)

Election Blog 3 Judges, Judges, Judges

One of the hardest things to do is to vote for Judges, School Board, Sheriff, Soil and Water Supervisors, etc. There is almost no information on these races. I am posting here what I have from one Christian believer on the Judges race. These are the races that are contested. The uncontested races will also be on your ballot but there is nobody running against them.

Dan's List A Christian Perspective for the MN Judges 2006 Election (his choices in red)

General Election
Court of Appeals
Seat 11
Christopher Dietzen (i)
Daniel L. Griffith
1st District
Seat 26
Scott J. Newman
Michael R. Savre (i)
2nd District
Seat 28
Jay Benanav
Elena L. Ostby (i)
4th District
Seat 44
Patricia Karasov (i)
Dee Rowe
Seat 48
Kevin J. Kolosky
John Q. McShane (i)
6th District
Seat 8
Shaun R. Floerke (i)
Timothy Little
Seat 10
Gordon P. Coldagelli
Mark M. Starr (i)
9th District
Seat 7
Terrance Holter (i)
John G. Melbye

If you go to the Secretary of States web site and look at the sample ballot for your voting place you will see that some of the candidates will have blued names. This indicates that they have web sites that you can go to by clicking on the name. This might help you a little on the School Board, Sheriff, Supervisors decisions. Give them a try.