Blessed Insurance

by Kirk Spencer Did you hear about the victory lap celebration in the Rose Garden? On April Fools Day of all days. There was much handclapping because 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance. It was a standing O for Obama Care. No one there seemed to notice how foolish it was to celebrate obedience to something that was mandated by lawtax law in fact, that carries the threat … Continue reading

Ownership, Welfare, and Christian Response

by Winston Hottman The concept of private property comes natural to most children. After mama and dada one of the first words we learn to wield is mine (or to be more precise, Mine!!). The sense of ownership develops rather easily. Sharing, on the other hand, is more difficult to learn. Parents typically begin teaching us how to share by going the authoritarian route, i.e. involuntary sharing. The procedure involves … Continue reading

Are Baptists Still Relevant?

by Brandon Smith Over at the Baptist Press, Jimmy Draper (serving as Interim President of Criswell College)shares eight reasons whySouthern Baptists are relevantin the 21st century. Heres a snippet: It does us no good and actually does us harm to dwell on our size, numerical goals and our heritage. We cant live in the past. Our heritage is only as meaningful as its most recent application, meaning that all we … Continue reading

Alpha Dogs and Dumbbells

by Kirk Spencer Dumbbells At my gym, there is a long racks of dumbbells; all sizes of dumbbells, from tiny ones, that barely fit into your hand at one end to Godzilla size at the other end. One day, when no one was around, I went to the Godzilla end of the rack and grabbed the largest dumbbell in the room (the largest dumbbell I had ever seen). It was … Continue reading

Five Benefits of Celebrating Others’ Successes

By David Henderson *This piece originally appeared at Dr. Hendersons blog, Purpose Beyond Pain. Recently, I did a post on the seven people waiting when you fall (The Vulture, Vampire, Voyeur, Freak, Fixer, Father, and Friend). If you missed it, you can check it out byclicking hereor you can tune in tonight at 6:30pm or 10:30pm to 90.9 KCBI and hear some of my thoughts on the subject. Once the … Continue reading

Not Just For Show

by Kirk Spencer One of my favorite actors just died. Cant say that I liked any of the characters he played, but I liked his skill at playing them. For you see, he was especially good at playing bad guysthe kinds you love to hate. I especially remember a particular preacher he played. This Man of God had beautiful golden curly hair (of which he was perversely proud) along with … Continue reading

Go Hard or Go Home!

At his blog, Purpose Beyond Pain, Dr. David Henderson explains the problems with a go hard or go home mentalityand how to respond to that way of thinking: How about your view ofyourself? If you are not the star athlete, the top sales associate, the supermom or dad, the greatest [fill in the blank], that does not mean you are stupid, unsuccessful, insignificant, or a failure. Most of us are … Continue reading

Judas Kiss

by Kirk Spencer Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people? Now he … Continue reading

The War on Poverty and Income Inequality: Between Downtown and the Dump

by Kirk Spencer In the summer of 2001, I visited the Philippines. My first day in Manila was spent with the children that roam the streets and tin shanties, along the banks of muddy drainage channels. Their faces were dirty and their hair streaked red-blond from vitamin deficiencies. Though they were very poor, they were friendly and playful. They gathered round me asking questions, wanting to know about me, wanting … Continue reading

What Does Coke Mean by “America is Beautiful”?

by Joe Wooddell I dont know about you, but I was surprised to see Seattle pull out such an amazing win. Congratulations to them. The commercials during the Super Bowl are always interesting, and this year was no different. (The Tim Tebow ones were pretty funny this year.) But what does Coke mean by America is Beautiful? Coke did a commercial that started off great a cowboy out in the … Continue reading