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Very cool Christmas surprise for the children of a woman on an unexpected Christmas leave from a tour in Iraq

Rick Warren will give the invocation for Barrack Obama.  I’m not a huge Warren fan.  He makes some good points but takes verses out of context too much and has too much social gospel vs. too little real Gospel for my tastes. 

What is interesting is that not only are conservatives upset that Warren is doing this for the radically pro-abortion Obama, but lying false teachers don’t like Warren because he has the audacity to be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage.  What an awful, awful message for a Christian pastor to send, eh?  Apparently “mainstream Christianity” now means “doesn’t take the Bible seriously,” so you wouldn’t want a pastor who even hints at being a Bible believer.

More proof that academia has lost its mind — some of the worst academic abuses of 2008.  Here’s a sample:

1. The free speech “zone.” A student at Yuba College in California was sent an ultimatum by the school’s president: discontinue handing out gospel booklets or face disciplinary action and possibly expulsion. That’s right—gospel booklets. Ryan Dozier, the 20-year-old student, had the audacity to distribute Christian literature without a school permit, which restricts free speech to an hour each Tuesday and Thursday. Yuba College even directs students to where on campus they are allowed to exhibit free speech. In this case, it’s the school theater. Campus police threatened to arrest Ryan if he didn’t comply with the “free speech zone,” oblivious to the fact that students don’t need permission to exercise the First Amendment’s free speech and religious clauses.

2. Transgendered activists in, pro-life speakers out. Liberal administrators at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic institution in Minnesota, censored the appearance of prominent pro-life speaker Star Parker because campus officials felt “uncomfortable” and “disturbed” by previous conservative speakers at the school. The University’s mission statement claims it values “the pursuit of truth,” “diversity,” and “meaningful dialogue.” Except, not really—or better yet, as long as the said “pursuit” doesn’t offend leftist predilections. Meanwhile, within the past year, the same school hosted Al Franken, the bombastic liberal comedian, and Debra Davis, a transgendered activist who believes God is a black lesbian. Realizing they had a public relations disaster on their hands, the head honchos at St. Thomas eventually reversed the ban on Star Parker.

6. You can’t pray here! The First Amendment, is it a bestowed right given from above and protected by our government or a meaningless, antiquated concept to be disposed of? If you’re the folks at the College of Alameda in California, you’d pick the latter. How else do you explain their threatening to expel a student who prayed on campus? It all started when a student, Kandy Kyriacou, visited her professor to give her a Christmas gift. But when Kandy saw that her teacher was ill, she offered to pray for her. The professor agreed. That’s when Derek Piazza, another professor, walked in and freaked out that a prayer—gasp, a prayer—was occurring on college premises. “You can’t be doing that in here,” Piazza purportedly barked. Kandy received a retroactive “intent to suspend” letter from the administration, claiming that she was guilty of “disruptive or insulting behavior” and “persistent abuse of” college employees. Further infractions would result in expulsion, the letter read.

Here’s a good video overview of the Kalaam Cosmological Argument (Whatever begins to exist has a cause and the universe began to exist.  Therefore, the universe had a cause.

It is interesting that the authors of the Bible knew all along that it was created out of nothing, even when many believed it had always existed.  Just a lucky guess, I suppose, sort of like how Genesis notes that there are as many stars as there are grains of sand, unlike the ancients who thought there were roughly 1,000 stars. 

People like Richard Dawkins like to attribute the accuracy of the Biblical account that the universe came into existence to the mere luck involved with a 50/50 chance, as if the authors flipped a coin and got it right.  But if you actually read the Bible you’ll note that the authors are confident throughout that they are speaking for God, and they do so unapologetically.