Tuesday, March 10, 2009

400-408Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons to Believe (, an astronomer-physicist by education but a pastor at Sierra Madre Congregational Church by choice, is an expert on the intersection of faith and reason, e.g., science.  Hugh's new book is More Than A Theory: Revealing A Testable Model For Creation.  His Apologetics class is every Sunday at 11:15am at Sierra Madre, it's free and open to the public.
• North County Times (12/31/08) TEMECULA: Two of three stabbing suspects arrested.
• Valley News (1/2/09) Son of local pastor killed; friend in critical condition.  Hugh's son, Joel Ross, was stabbed in the altercation, while his friend, Ryan Armstrong, died from his stab wounds.
413-423Hugh Ross
• Washington Times (3/10/09) ID by body odor: Does it pass the smell test?
428-441Ron Blue, President of Kingdom Advisors ( and author of his new book Surviving Financial Meltdown. 
The book is a blueprint of biblically-based financial principles in a non-threatening, easy-to-read format, that addresses not only the fears people feel when it comes to finances, but it lays out specifically what to do and what not to do in challenging economic times, it even has an Appendix with over 40 money-saving ideas.  It answers questions like:  What should I do if my job seems to be in jeopardy?  Should I take my money out of the stock market?  What steps should I take if I'm behind on my house payments?  And, Where can I save money as the cost of living keeps going up?  Learn why you don't need to fear tough economic times. 
Ron's core biblical financial principles are:  1) Spend less than you earn,  2) Avoid short term debt, like credit cards 3) Build saving into your plan, for "if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail," 4) Set long term goals, and 5) Always give because God owns it all.   Regarding your portfolio:  diversify, seek professional counsel, and have a long term perspective.  God's Wisdom is always right, always relevant, and does not change. 
Ron also suggests contacting, for helpful resources and tips on finding a money coach.
443-452 "KKLA is partnering with Family Life to help 2,000 couples take their marriages to the next step!  The first step was dating, the second when you got engaged, the third when you got married, but there's so much more than settling in to a comfortable routine!  There are memories to be created and an adventure to be shared, a new closeness that, until now, has seemed beyond reach.  It's an investment in each other, in your marriage, in your family, and in the church – imagine the impact the church will have when 2,000 super-charged Christian marriages are unleashed into our neighborhoods and communities into Southern California!  Come discover the next step in your marriage, and experience the Marriage Adventure that God wants for you both, and it starts by attending a Weekend to Remember conference coming soon near you."
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458-508Charlie Matz & Bub Kuns, founders of The Veracity Project (, they are truth-telling story tellers.  Together Matz and Kuns have produced over 400 videos for the local church, including the award-winning "Pub" – a documentary following Christian musicians into the pubs of Ireland as they attempted to implement "pub evangelism," and their latest endeavor "Haircut" – a short they co-directed for the Global Short Film Network.
512-523Charlie Matz & Bub Kuns.  Hey pastors, I think every church should present an award for the best short film of the year, and break it down into maybe junior high, high school, and adults.  We must encourage young people to embrace the digital age for the Gospel, and start early!
My summary: The Bush policy allowed the government to fund research on existing embryonic stem-cell lines, where the embryos in question had already been destroyed.  It did not fund, or in any way incentivize, the ongoing destruction of human embryos.  It did not ban new embryo-destructive research, and it did not fund new embryo-destructive research.  Obama's policy will promote a whole new industry of embryo creation and destruction, including the creation of human embryos by cloning for research in which they are destroyed. It forces American taxpayers, including those who see the deliberate taking of human life in the embryonic stage as profoundly unjust, to be complicit in this practice.
"Today's decision by President Obama is the latest in a troubling series of actions from the White House that undermine the dignity of human life," said Senator DeMint. "The president's policy, which will force taxpayer funding to promote the destruction innocent human life, is wrong no matter how noble the scientific goals. America's culture of life depends on clear moral and ethical guidelines that protect human dignity at every stage of life. But today's decision sends the exact opposite message – that America is willing to kill innocent human life for unproven scientific goals. In President Obama's calculations, when does the dignity of human life override scientific goals? If embryonic human life is too young to protect, is it possible for a man or woman to become too old to protect?"
Even the Washington Post asks the question, "Where does he stand on growing human embryos for experimentation in general and using them for stem cells in particular? It's unclear."
Obama's decision puts the government in a business which is not only unethical but also medically unnecessary. As recently as last week, researchers announced that they had successfully turned ethically created cells into the neurons that break down in Parkinson's disease. The week before, scientists produced evidence that they had treated Parkinson's in a patient with his own adult stem cells. Almost daily, researchers are celebrating new breakthroughs without compromising a single human life. Over 70 diseases and conditions have already been treated through adult stem cells, helping patients overcome everything from juvenile diabetes to heart disease. There is a common misconception that ESC research hasn't yielded these same results because it's not legal. It is. Only federal funding has been restricted. Private, commercial, and even state ESC experiments continue to no avail. That's why the ESC community is so desperate for federal funding. Many of the private ESC financiers see the method as an expensive failure. Even Dr. James Thomson, who first grew human ESC in 1998, has pulled his resources from embryos and invested in induced pluripotent (or iPS) cells, because, apart from the satisfying the moral dilemma, these cells are easier and cheaper to reproduce. 

While the Obama administration and its supporters claim to be on the cutting-edge of science, the new President is pursing old technology. And thanks to the latest stimulus package, he will have at least $8 billion to do so. In a clever political move, Obama put the money in place at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during the second "bailout," then moved ahead with rescinding Bush's restrictions. As he stated today, it will be up to NIH to decide in the next 120 days on the guidelines for ESC research.
555 [1:30] Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor aka "The Money Guys" at Applied Financial with 5 offices around the southland, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, and online at
558-608 – • Michael Spencer (3/10/09) The coming evangelical collapse – An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise.  Michael Spencer is a writer and communicator living and working in a Christian community in Kentucky. He describes himself as "a postevangelical reformation Christian in search of a Jesus-shaped spirituality." This essay is adapted from a series on his blog,
612-623 Is there a coming evangelical collapse?
• Fox News (3/10/09) Obama: Higher Education Standards Key to Keeping Country Competitive.  President Barack Obama said the country must set higher education standards, including a quicker start for children in kindergarten and a much better high school graduation rate.
James Madison's Federalist 63,
"There are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice, and truth can regain their authority over the public mind?"
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