Archive for March, 2011

A Double-Shot of Martin Bashir

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment

We have for you today two items, both featuring MSNBC’s Martin Bashir.

Here’s Bashir very courteously eviscerating a woefully unprepared Bell. Bell clearly didn’t realize that Bashir was on to his tactic of playing fast and loose with Scripture and material from other church fathers. Bashir knew it, and called him on it. Bashir didn’t often let Bell off the hook, but I wish we could have seen more eye-rolling over Bell’s pap that “When we shed a tear, God sheds a tear.” Nonetheless, when Bell tried to dust off some of his pseudo-profundity, Bashir called him on it. Clearly Bell didn’t expect such depth and breadth from a secular interviewer.

Consider then, this radio interview that Bashir did on the Paul Edwards program. According to his bio, Bashir, a former Nightline (and our family’s favorite) Anchor, was born in the UK to Pakistani Christian parents. In the radio interview, Bashir Bashir clearly demonstrates his knowledge of both Scripture and of church history, and mentions that he’s an Evangelical Christian who attends Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.

Well worth your time.


TeamPyro’s Dan Phillips Hits the Target

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Consider these words from Dan Phillips of Pyromaniacs fame:

“How can we figure out what to think about the big issues of spiritual import?

Well, we can ask a lot of questions, all centered around ourselves, or centered around other people. We can, for instance, ask how a concept makes us feel. We can ask whether it makes sense to us. We can test whether it fits the contours of our own personal thought. We can propose paradigms and syllogisms of our own crafting.

We can get into dialogue with others, and listen to them. We can hear their stories, and let those stories move us and mold and form our thinking. We can get a broader sample by reading bios, looking at polls, reading the mainstream media. We can embrace their questions and their rationales and their hierarchies, let them set the agenda for the endeavor.

We can sample this and that “faith-tradition,” as broadly as we care to do. See what other men and women have done with it in the name of religion. If it important to us to be seen as (or to see ourselves as) cosmopolitan, we can search the world over ’till we think we find true love.

Then, once we’ve formed what feels right, what makes sense, what appeals, what best suits us — then, I say, we can launch, journey, and arrive.

“Or we can be Christians.”

Dead solid.

As if to reinforce his point, consider this nugget, ripped from today’s headlines:
Closed for two years, a historic downtown Minneapolis church is open again. And in a tense time for Methodists, the Rev. Greg Renstrom says he plans to bless same-sex unions.

Here’s the quote from the Pastor that essentially proves Phillips’ point:

“Somebody has to do it (Bless same-sex unions).” “I cannot imagine that Jesus would ever refuse to bless a responsible, mutually respectful and reverent relationship.”

As Phillips said, “We can start with God and His Word, or we can start somewhere else; and the “somewhere else” usually boils down to ourselves.”

Please note: This has little, if nothing to do with homosexuality, and everything to do with being faithful to God’s Word.