While half the country is bemoaning the fact that Germany has not joined our coalition in Iraq, Germans are busy eating each other. A man was convicted for killing and eating another man. They arranged the deal on the internet. Perhaps he could have agreed to go to Iraq and he could have put this weirdness to good use!

People are sick, you know that, they are sick. Not only that, but he only got 8 1/2 years for it because it was a consentual killing. That’s sick too. But, the physician does not come to save those who are healthy, but those who are sick. There’s work to be done.

There is a proposal in Georgia to stop teaching “evolution” in schools. Many Bible-believing folks did not want evolution taught to their kids so they pressured curriculum designers to eliminate evolution.

I suppose there may be some Bible-believing folks who would be happy about this and think this is a giant leap forward for the Bible. I would disagree.

A typical response to something you don’t understand, or have a hard time dealing with, is to eliminate it–guaranteeing that no one learns. When Paul spoke on Mar’s Hill in Acts to the philosophers about all of their gods, he did not forbid their gods, he presented his God.

If Chrsitians ever hope to be taken seriously, we need to overcome our emotional response to anything that disagrees with us. If we hope to win the world to our view, we need to be ready always to answer any question of our faith; not eliminate questions.

I just came across this quote which is not attributed to anyone, “It’s not the 100 million who can’t read who bother me — it’s the 150 million who can’t write!” Amen!

I just began reading a book on the history of the Weather Channel. No really, I did. I’m 60 pages into it and about ready to not only stop reading the book, but also stop watching the Weather Channel and maybe even stop participating in weather altogether.

If you’ve got something to say, say it the best you can otherwise, shut up! There’s so much junk out there for us to read. It’s easy to find time to read the junk anyway. The Bible turns into a giant dust collector. Dust it off, open it up, read it, love it, live it, write to someone about it! And, yes, I know, my writing is nothing to brag about.

Feel free to write to me at pastor@rhinelanderbible.org

The attacks against Israel continue. “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 9:1-5)”

The Da Vinci Code has been the number one selling FICTION book in America for some time now. I have not read it but it’s causing quite the stir among believers. Among other things, The Code says that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. It also tells us that our Bible is just something some guys made up at the council of Nicea. basically, in writing a suspense thriller, The Code takes every opportunity to cast doubt on the reliability of Christianity and the Bible.

In recent Anti-Itch Meditations we have discussed the reliability of our scripture. You can trust church history, the testimony of scripture and me much more than you can a FICTION book! Christianity Today has an interesting article dealing with the book and the controversy.