Even before “Jesus” music, before Maranatha Music…there was Larry Norman. Long-haired and in love with Jesus, he gave certain pastors a lot to preach against, and created, birthed, empowered “contemporary Christian music.” Watch this video, and then google Larry and read more about this guy. A few hours before he died (Sunday morning) he said, “I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God’s hand reaching down to pick me up.”
You are aware, I trust, that more than three dozen Duke Lacrosse players are suing the school and the city because they “suffered emotional distress during the furor over the now-discredited rape case against three of their teammates.” Julie Ponzi writes this great observation/opinion:
Great. I’m sure they probably have a case. Much has been made of the lack of ethics involved in their prosecution. Much has been made of the girl’s lies. And I agreed with all of it. But missing–sorely missing!–from almost all discussion of this case, was any serious condemnation of the boys for engaging in behavior that was so irresponsible as to put them in an awkward and compromising position. There was plenty of unjust condemnation directed at them–about their supposed racism and imagined proclivities for sexual assault–but admitting that these guys acted like a bunch of stupid jerks who didn’t deserve a lot of sympathy would not have implied support for those moronic attacks. Team sponsored (whether “official” or not) drunken parties with strippers? I’m not so naive as to be shocked by the occurrence of these things . . . but I am offended by a call for my sympathy to be attached to the idiots who get caught with their pants down–so to speak. Boys, if you don’t want to end up in this situation here’s an idea . . . don’t go to these kind of things. Don’t hang out with drunk sluts you don’t know and can’t trust. Exercise some judgment if you can’t exercise your virtue. If you don’t, it may go badly for you. And, when it does, perhaps you’ll have a legal case if you don’t end up in jail. But so what? You’re still an idiot. And we all end up having to watch your sad spectacle and foot the bill for this kind of absurd litigation? Thanks so much for that.
>Jack the Human: “How can nine potential buyers rave about the house as they went through it Sunday and so far we haven’t got one purchase offer?”
Jack the Adopted Child of God : “Okay, Lord, You’ve opened the door for this move; I’ll trust you to sell the house in Your timing.”
Jack the Human: “What if we have to reduce the price to the point we don’t have enough for a down-payment on a new home in Missouri?”
Jack the Adopted Child of God : “In one way or other, the Lord will provide; it may not be your way, it may not be my way; yet in His own way, the Lord will provide.”
Jack the Human: “But Jane had a perfect house picked out in Saint Joseph…and now it’s gone.”
Jack the Adopted Child of God : “I take you at Your Word, Lord, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Jack the Human: “Yikes! It’s already almost March, and I’m done here at Family Life at the end of April. We can’t move until we sell the house!”
Jack the Adopted Child of God : “Our times are in Your hands, Lord. Thanks for Job 5:8,9:
“As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,
Who does great things and unsearchable,
marvelous things without number.”
>“There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are ‘perfect in Christ Jesus.’
It is no wonder that those who are dwelling upon their own corruption should wear such downcast looks; but surely if we call to mind that ‘Christ is made unto us righteousness,’ we shall be of good cheer.
There is nothing wanting in my Lord; Christ hath done it all. On the cross he said, ‘It is finished!’ and if it be finished, then am I complete in him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, ‘Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.’ ”- Charles Spurgeon
The patient is a doctor who did lethal injections at a prison. The woman is a prison chaplain. I don’t watch much tv, but, wow, this is good, challenging, and a reminder that most people are a whole lot more willing to listen than most of us are willing to speak of the gospel.