By the grace of God, Pastor Tim has been able to start a blog called “Christ and Common Sense.” Christ and Common Sense was chosen as the title of the blog because those two subjects describe what is needed to live the Christian life well. The Christian needs to constantly have his or her mind renewed (Rom. 12). The foundational way to do this is by studying Jesus Christ. He is the pinnacle of human history. His death and resurrection made it possible for those who believe in him to be reconciled to God. Once a Christian is born again he is expected to “fight the good fight” by actively pursuing God by aligning his life to the word of God in the context of the local church (1 Tim. 1:18). Many of his articles have been published in the local paper, the Hanford Sentinel.
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I remember it was a Friday because the cleaner always comes in on Fridays. Our church secretary Linda was getting the bulletin ready in her office and I was in my study preparing Sunday’s sermon. Our offices share one wall with each other and one wall with the front of the sanctuary. I heard a commotion coming from the sanctuary, but I didn’t get up right away because I was in a sermon-writing groove and I didn’t want to let it go.
Read the Bible Like an Originalist
There are now three originalists on the Supreme Court. Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation this week means that she will raise the court’s originalist members to one third of the court. Justice Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch are the other two judges who are in agreement with Barrett’s originalist approach to reading the Constitution. She said, “I interpret the Constitution as a law, [that] I interpret its text as text, and I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified it… So that meaning doesn’t change over time and it’s not up to me to update it or infuse my own policy views into it.”
Imagine if a public relations firm started a national campaign to change the way our society thinks about math. Instead of thinking 1+1=2, the campaign would enlist progressive mathematicians who would introduce a new way to interpret the basics. The new formula would be 1+1=3. These woke mathematicians would argue that the old symbols have been misunderstood and repressed for thousands of years.
The Bible and Dinosaur Bones
Our Sunday morning Equipping Class just finished watching a fascinating documentary called Is Genesis History? I believe it is the best documentary on the subject because of its high production quality and its unique content. Everyone who watched it was encouraged to see scientific evidence that supports the Bible’s account of a literal six-day creation and a global flood. It made me think, “If this got out it could have a dramatic impact on how Christians think about the age of the earth.”