Movie Review: Expelled

Intelligent Design. Mention it among Christians and you may get some good conversation. Talk about it in academia and it might cost you your job. So goes the main thesis of this movie. Ben Stein (the intelligent conservative actor) talks to voices on both sides of the issue. He talks with pro-ID people and pro-evolution people. But he also talks to people who's careers have been lost, damaged etc... because they dared to question (even in a small way) the dogma of Darwinism. Free speech is the name of this game and "Expelled" truly raises some great questions. Very intelligent people are raising questions and are being shut up. Stein also looks a little at the origins of Darwinism (going to Europe in the process) and he looks at the implications (visiting a Holocaust museum in Germany) and leaves you with much to think about. The most interesting thing is that a lot of the pro-darwinian scientists, actually are willing to talk about Aliens, crystals etc... being the origin of life (which NO ONE HAS EXPLAINED YET! No one knows how life started) but no way is the idea of an intelligent Deity even possible.
Great cinematography, good interviews and graphics make this a great documentary worth seeing. I hope it gets a good exposure in the awards circuit.

Movie Reviews: Baby Mama

So, I've gone to Laemmle's of Claremont again. This time to see "Baby Mama". Starring SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I've been a fan of their work ever since they were both the first female co-anchors on SNL's Weekend Update. They were always funny (though too liberal leaning in their news for me) and so I came to the movie not sure of what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. It deals with a 37 year old working woman (Fey) who feels her biological clock tick as she climbs the corporate ladder. After many tries to get herself pregnant, she turns to Amy Poehler to be her surrogate mother. So what happens when a free spirit and an uptight business woman live together? More so, what will happen along the way as Poehler tries to get pregnant and lives with a secret that could mess things up?

What's interesting is that Fey's character wants what many women want: a family. Though there is this blatant idea (taken for granted really) that you can have a family on your own as a single. Technology seems to have opened that door for many. More so, in the movie that causes a problem with Fey's boyfriend. So what are we to do? To begin with, the movie actually points to that at the end: kids need Mom and Dad's as best as that situation is possible. And family can't be done on your own. More so, the other idea that I saw in the movie is the idea of what happens when you don't think ahead.

Fey's character focuses on her career to the point of neglecting her maternal instincts, Poehler's character makes a decision that she really didn't think about as well. Much to think about in your life. What do you want? Is it worth the things you're going to give up? What are the consequences of the choices you make?

Go see the movie and find out. It has a lot of people in it that weren't mentioned, and over all the story holds, though the movie feels a bit slow at the start it soon gets its pulse. I just wish it had had more humor. The fish-out-of-water angle can be milked for only so much. Fey and Poehler make a great comedy duo. If they keep this up we may have a new comedy group on our hands. Move over Frat Pack, make room for the Chick Clique. B+. Easy laughs and a good time.


Matt Slick using the Transcendental Argument

Matt Slick of CARM recently had a debate with an atheist and he employed the Transcendental Argument. You can read his opening statement HERE. He'll have the video of the event out for sale soon. I've read Matt's formulation of TAG and it's pretty persuasive. He's a great apologist who also has a book he's working on. Here's a bit of what he says:

Now, I have a question for you Mr. Kagin. How do you, as an atheist, account for the existence of logic? Remember, the question is directed to you as an atheist. How do you, account for the existence of logic?

The question is important and it directly relates to God’s existence. Asking that a person give an account for something based on his worldview is not a kindergarten exercise. It is not a word game. It is an important philosophical question worth answering, especially given the fact that we live in a finite and physical universe yet use logic which is transcendent and conceptual.

So, I hope to show that the atheist perspective cannot rationally account for logic, but the Christian one can because it acknowledges God’s existence.

But, in order for me to show this, I need to do two things:

First, I need to offer a definition of God. God is that Supreme Being who exists independent of the universe, who does not change, is absolute, transcends space and time, who is self aware, who is all-knowing, ever present, and can accomplish whatever he desires to accomplish. In short, I am proposing the Christian God.

The Second thing I want to address a simple logical principle. If there are only two possibilities to explain something and one of the possibilities is incapable of explaining it, then by default the other is validated. Let me illustrate.

Let's say that there is a man named Frank who has a small room in his house in which he keeps valuables. This room is encased in thick metal, has no windows, no vents, and only one light with one table inside. The door has a very strong lock which can only be opened by a keypad that requires a sequence of numbers that only Frank knows. There is an alarm, a heat detector, and a motion detector. Now Frank has just acquired a bag full of rare coins. He puts them inside the room on the table, exits, and immediately locks the door behind him.

Frank then goes directly to his car, drives to a meeting, and returns 3 hours later to inventory his currency. But to his surprise, after he disables the alarms, unlocks the door, and enters the room, he finds the coins are not in the bag where he left them. Instead, they are neatly stacked on the table. Upon further examination he discovers that the stacks of coins are in separate piles in sequences of prime numbers from 2 through 31. Frank wants to know how this happened. He calls the police.

When they arrive they find no physical evidence that anyone else besides Frank had been in the room. For all they know, he arranged the coins. There aren’t any fingerprints, shoe prints, or traces of DNA other than Frank’s.

But Frank knows he did not arrange the coins and the coins didn’t arrange themselves. Frank is bewildered and refuses to believe that someone got into the room. His criteria for proof necessitate that there be some finger-prints, shoe prints, pry marks, or the alarms having gone off. But none of these evidences are there. So, he refuses to believe the obvious because his criteria for proof doesn’t include the possibility that someone intelligent arranged the coins logically without also being detected in the manner that he chooses.

Now, we can see that the proof is there. Obviously, someone arranged the coins. But Frank is not persuaded. Why? Because proof is different than persuasion.

Okay, so let me reduce this illustration to a simple proposition: Either an intelligence or non intelligence arranged the coins. There aren’t any other options.

In like manner, in this debate we have only two options: there either is a God or there is not. Since there are only these two options we can take a look at them and ask a question. Which position, the theistic or atheistic, can account for the existence of logic? One of them has to be able to, otherwise we have no rational reason for the existence of logic at all.

Now, Mr. Kagin might just say that he doesn’t know how to account for logic. I have no problem with him pleading ignorance should he so choose; after all, Christians sometimes do the same thing. Or on the other hand, he might say he doesn’t need to give account for the existence of logic and he might offer various reasons why he doesn’t need to. In either case, whether it is ignorance or ignoring, I’ll continue through with this debate using my argument and enjoy Mr. Kagin’s neglect in responding to it. But, I do expect a logical response from Mr. Kagin and I hope it is forthcoming.

So, in anticipation of possible responses from my atheist opponent, I want to enlist the help of previous atheists who’ve tried to give me an account for the existence of logic. I will list their arguments and attempt to show why they are invalid. But, I won’t stop there. After I have shown that their arguments are invalid, I’ll try to show that the Christian perspective can account for logic and thereby demonstrate that God exists.

Read the rest here


My Birthday

Seeing that I had to cancel my birthday plans, many people came through for me. I want to thank 4 of them.

Joanthan Chan
Sunday night we got to some great sushi. As you can tell, we had a blast.

The Oh my God roll!

Pink Berry Ice cream is great. It truly is post-modern ice cream

We also went to see Expelled. It was great.

My friend Alexia made me great lamb kabob's at her restaurant in La Verne. It's Angel's Place near the University of La Verne. Go there now. She is truly a good friend.

The Order
It was a huge surprise to me when they threw me a party on Monday night. It was great. Thanks Mig and Sarah and especially James and Nathan for making their apartment useful for the event. Much fun guys.

Josh England
The new nifty banner was kindly made by him. If you squint at the right angle, you'll see a pic of me he took years ago. He's talented and a true blue friend.

We'll, it's been fun, and I hope to have up a few book reviews up soon.


Blogger Appreciation Day

The good people at Said At Southern, have joined with others in declaring today Blogger Appreciation Day. Well, I want to shoot out a few thanks to people's blogs and why they matter.

1. Alpha and Omega Ministries
AOMIN is the blog where James White blogs at. Great articles and insight accompany the blog. I highly recommend it.

2. Purgatorio

Purgatorio was mentioned as a blog of note, however, it bears mentioning it again. Funny reformed humor. I hope you read his "You might be emergent it..." post. It's classic.

3. Tom-in-the-box-news-network

I've said it before: reformed people have the best humor. Here's a sampling of what you'll find in this fake news service:

Rick Warren joins together for the gospel.
Turbo tithe-so you won't tithe more than you have to.
Don't slay me bro! An article dealing with Benny Hinn slaying a heckler.

The guys at fide-o have the biggest blog roll I've seen. Updated frequently, you'll also get their thoughts on sports, and theolgy. Very good page.

5. Challies
Time Challies is truly the Christian book guru. I pale in comparison to his ongoing book reviews, celebrity interviews and cultural insight. Visit his page now!!!!!!

6. Perez Hilton
WHAT? Indeed, I peruse his page from time to time. I like hearing about the foibles of celebs as much as anyone else. But, in a very weird way this guy is becoming the new Matt Drudge. He's got the pulse on what's going on culturally and has a new record contract and a radio show. Trends, news, and even political and moral ideas come out of his blog. (You have to look really close!). This page is definitely PG-17. But, if you want to see where our culture is (a part of it anyway) go here. If only to know what the false prophets are saying.

Not a blog, but CARM is truly one of my favorite theology pages to visit. If you want a good answer to a theological question, you'll find it here. Go here now!!!!

8. Monergism

Moner-what? Monergism is the idea that God does all the saving. Even the faith I use comes from him. Thus Monergism.com has compiled thousands of theological articles from the reformed perspective showing that God truly is sovereign in salvation and in all of the Christian life. Equipped with a blog as well (reformation theology), visit it and find any subject you want to study and you'll find hundreds of articles on that subject. I go there all the time. You will too.

Saving the best for last.......


The NEW Reformation begins here! Many of you know, I'm friends with these guys. They are wonderful men of God who truly want to inform the Christian world at large about what's going on. I trust them and have had the pleasure of joining these guys in theological conversation, pints of Guinness and clove cigarette's (I love being Reformed!) I know their hearts and have learned a lot as I've dialogued with them and others on the blog. Visit them and read what they have to say. You won't regret it.


James White Debate and mexican dinner!

Wow, after a great debate with a Muslim apologist, many of us went with James White to a nice Mexican restaurant. Much conversation took place as we heard some great stories and got some great advice from Dr. White on apologetics. More so, his debate was amazing. He cleaned the Muslim guys clock and really held his own against him. He actually stayed to the point! The other guy just quoted the King James as his text of choice. He eisegeted scriptures and went off topic. Very sloppy. White nailed him pretty good. He's a really nice guy who cares about what he does. I might add, I loved a really cool ring he was wearing with thte trinity symbol on it. One of the things I was reminded of during the debate was that we really need to learn hermeneutics and hwo to answer people's answers. One of the more revealing things he said tonight, Dr. Wite said the most helpful things he learned to be a better apologist were greek and Church history. There you go. Nites!



Bible & Coffee

Mark Driscoll (Lucky Punk!) got a sneak preview of Crossway's upcoming ESV study Bible. I'm very excited to see Andreas Konsnberger's work on John, Thomas Shreiner's work on Romans (his commentary on it is huge!) and J.I. Packer and others rounding a out a great cast. It's a who's who of conservative/reformed scholarship. More so, for those of you who said this was not needed due the Reformation Study Bible: jokes on you!!!!! I really want this, if you're interested in getting me a gift. Mark may have gotten choked up, but I am really excited to see this coming out. This will be yet another thing to take down the NIV's hold on the bible market. Here is Mark's review.

The ESV Study Bible
April 11, 2008

Posted by Pastor Mark Driscoll
My friends at Crossway have been great to work with on Vintage Jesus and other forthcoming books I am publishing both with my co-author Dr. Gerry Breshears and by myself this year. They sent me some prerelease, hush-hush confidential proofs of their forthcoming English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible to look over and consider endorsing. To be honest, I actually got choked up when I looked through it for the first time because I know what a gift it is to an emerging generation of Bible preachers and teachers who are committed to timeless truth and timely methods.

To test my hypothesis, I showed the confidential proofs to some of our newly converted, well-tattooed indie rockers and they reported that it looked “filthy” and “sick”—for those of you who wear khaki pleated pants and tuck in your shirt, this is a really good endorsement. So, thank you Crossway for the “filthy sick” ESV Study Bible.

Without blowing all of their marketing strategies in preparation for its October 15, 2008 debut, I decided to leak a few details that are particularly exciting.

The ESV Study Bible is the result of extensive work from 93 evangelical Bible scholars from 9 countries representing nearly 20 denominations and over 50 seminaries and Bible colleges. To the best of my knowledge, none of the theological contributors owns a prayer labyrinth or has ever finger painted their doctrinal statement, which is very comforting. Heading up the team are Lane Dennis (Executive Editor), Wayne Grudem (General Editor), J. I. Packer (Theological Editor), C. John Collins (Old Testament Editor), Thomas R. Schreiner (New Testament Editor), and my buddy Justin Taylor (Managing Editor).

The ESV Study Bible includes the 757,000 words of the Bible along with an additional 1.1 million words of theological resources, which is the equivalent of a 20-volume resource library. Those resources include 25,000 notes, over 50 articles, 200 full-color maps, 200 charts, 80,000 cross-references, and some 40 color illustrations that are far cooler than the typical Bible pictures that look like a kindergartner tried to draw the Temple with their left hand.
As a geek who always reads the footnotes, I am particularly excited about Clinton Arnold’s work in Colossians and Philemon, Andreas J. Kostenberger’s work in John, Raymond Ortlund’s work in Isaiah, Grant Osborne’s work in James, Simon Gathercole’s work in Galatians, Thomas Schreiner’s work in Romans, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude, and Frank Thielman’s work in 1 Corinthians.

The theological article lineup is nastier than the heart of the Red Sox order. Here are just some of the titles:

“The Authority and Truthfulness of the Bible” by Wayne Grudem
“How to Interpret the Bible” by Daniel Doriani
“Overview of the Bible” by Vern Poythress
“Reading the Bible Theologically” by J. I. Packer
“Reading the Bible as Literature” by Leland Ryken
“Reading the Bible for Application” by David Powlison
“Reading the Bible, Prayer, and Communion with God” by John Piper
“Reading the Bible with the Church” by John Hannah
“The Bible’s Use in Preaching and Public Worship” by Kent Hughes
“God’s Plan for Salvation” by Mark Dever
“The Theology of the New Testament” by Thomas Schreiner
“Reading the Gospels and Acts” by Darrell Bock
“Reading the Epistles” by Thomas Schreiner
“The Canon of the Old Testament” by Roger Beckwith
“The Old Testament and Critical Scholarship” by Walter Kaiser
“The New Testament and Critical Scholarship” by Darrell Bock
Lastly, I want to sincerely thank my friends at Crossway for pulling together all of the amazing scholarship and creative support that has culminated in the publishing of the ESV Study Bible. It sets a new standard in study Bibles and is an invaluable gift to the church. When it drops, I plan on carrying mine around with me like Linus’ blankie for a while and buying a copy for each of our elders at Mars Hill Church and for some newly converted indie rockers.


How I review books.....

And I do have a method. The first thing I do is go to page one and start to read, until I get to the end! Ok, here's the first thing I wrote for this blog and want to share with you. Go ahead, feel free to respond.

Since many of you may be Christian, I will jump ahead and focus on how to get a feel for religious book.
1. Amazon!
If you are like me, you spend time on Amazon.com just browsing to see what's around, what's coming up, and what people generally think of books you either just bought, or are about to buy or read. Read the reviews. Does it have one, two, five stars? Do the reviews seem fair? Are there any recurring problems mentioned? Many theology books are notorious for having bad binding. Are you better off buying it used? I might add Tim Keller has a great book coming out called The Reason for God: Faith in an age of Skepticism. It looks good. John Piper has a book dealing on the New Perspective on Paul that has a lot of buzz too.

2. Personal endorsements
Who blurbs the back of the book? Blurbs are the endorsements given to an author by other recognized authors, personalities etc.. this one can say a lot or a little. I once thumbed through a book that was endorsed by
Donald Miller. He is the author of "Blue Like Jazz" which many of you know is a bit controversial. I may read it at some point to see what the hoopla is about, but suffice it to say he makes many bold statements about the church that raise a few red flags. I almost put the book away, but it turned out to be a great book on how to do church discipline today. If I could remember the title of said book I'd recommend it! Of course, seeing well known, respected leaders recommend a book helps. But you must go deeper still. Does anyone who's opinion you trust like the book you are about to read?

3.Table of Contents
Yes, at some point you have to pop open the book and read what the author intends to communicate (you knew you were going to at some point) Is there a structure? What are the headings? Is there an apppendix? If it has a scripture index, does it have a lot of scripture mentioned? How long is the book? Who gets mentioned a lot in their bibliography or endnotes? I'm reading a book that has a lot of end notes referencing Carl Jung-it's still a somewhat decent book, but now I read it with caution.

4. Publisher
Who published it? I'm not too happy with Zondervan now that they are cashing in on the Emergent movement with an Emergent line of books. This doesn't mean that all Zondervan books are bad. And yes, to be fair some Emergent books are decent (sometimes). If anything Inter-Varsity Press is guilty of publishing many questionable books (the Openness of God anyone?) Where a company like Crossway is known to publish Reformed authors. Ditto for Christian Scholars Press and P&R Publishing.

5. Time
What year was this published? If this is older than a decade, their info maybe outdated. But, there are those few books that stand the test of time, so don't hold onto that too hard and fast.

6. Author Info
Who is this person that you are about to let into your thoughts? Thanks to today's world, you can find a ministry website for almost all Christian authors. Just be careful that their book isn't just an endorsement for even more (and more expensive!) material from them. What school did they go to? What is their testimony? What school do they teach at? Have they made controversial statements in previous books? Is their church a good place? Do they have a blog? Are there incriminating pics of them with Lindsey Lohan?

7. Your own interest
Why do you want to read this? What is it that you need to know? Some books need only a quick glance and a read through a chapter or two to get what you need. Others demand a lot of time, and are worth every hour of reading. Pray, reflect, but for goodness sake tell people. We need to have more open discussions about books.

Later on I will write about how to read a book. Suffice it to say, my uncle once told me that you don't let books affect you. The only one that should affect you is the Bible. You must take a wait and see approach to books. That can be very hard if the book is really good. More on this later. Oh yes I expect you to tell what you think of my somewhat sage advice. Go ahead, I dare you.

** Update
A few more things to consider as you read a book;

8. Does your enemy hate or like it?
You either see this one or you don't.

9. What are the bloggers saying?
Tim Challie's page Challies.com is now THE place to get a good Christian book review. He truly is the Christian Uber-blogger/book reviewer. I trust him.

10. Author's intent?
Why was this book written? To inform? Persuade? Make a point? Share an experience? These are things you want to keep in mind. It will help you decide if you want to read the whole thing and if they are making substantial arguments or if they are being honest.

11. Would I want to own this?
Or would I be happy borrowing it from the library? There are a few books I wouldn't want to be caught dead with. Seriously.

Ok there you go, READ. But think as well. I might also add, that I will talk about how to read a Christian book in the future.

Interview with the author of "Young, Restless, Reformed"

Timmy Brister of Provocations and Pantings has an interview with the author of "Young, Resltess, Reformed". On another note, did you notice my new subtitle?


THE BIBLE! It's Popular......

According to Yahoo News The Bible is popular with all sorts of groups. Well, it may be popular, but I wonder how many people actually read it? It's sad to say, but a lot of people may like the Bible, but many of them probably don't read it. I do hope if you do like the Bible, read it. Read it intelligently, think about it and memorize it. As is says:

Psalm 1:1-2
Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers,
But his delight is in the law (instruction) of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

What do we call ourselves?

In the blurbs for 'Why We Aren't Emergent" is a phrase by Ligon Duncan. He talks about there being a new "Young Reformed Awakening". That stood out to me in a HUGE way. There is a new young reformed awakening. And I'm a part of it. Hope to be a part of it. Want to be a part of it. Indeed, about 9 years ago, something in me was being awakened. I felt it when I led worship with hymns and contemporary songs last night, and I felt it when I was talking to a friend of mine today about Reformed theology, and as I read about people like me (see previous post) doing great things in this strange new world, I have hope. I have hope about the future, and hope for me.

So I saw this book was coming out this year and I knew I would want to read it. Of course, I also thought,"Dang, they stole my idea!". I didn't know I would laugh so much. I'll be writing as I read through the book. It's ideas are pretty much what a lot of us have felt about the Emerging Church movement/conversation. It begins with a little bit of a bio for both authors. One is a pastor from Michigan and the other a sports journalist. They begin by acknowledging that not everyone will agree with their assesment, but are open to correction and strive to be respectful.
I appreciate the approach, because if we are going to disagree with our brothers and sisters in Christ, it should be done in a Christ honoring way. And yes, it is possible. They continue with what it is they find hard to swallow in the church. The fact that there is no statement of faith, leaders and so forth however can be dealt with. If you have a group of people who agree with each other, endorse each other and have similar rants against the church (that are being podcasted, printed and preached) you generally have similar ideas that can be critiqued. It isn't scholars doing the critiquing, but ordinary guys who love the Lord and his church.

The first thing dealt with is the idea of journey in the Christian life. Indeed, in our culture, it's all about the journey. Not the destination! Of course we don't live that way. i don't get out of bed and meander around with no particular place to go. Likewise in classic thinking and in the Bible, a journey has a definite end. In the emergent church, we see an affinity for the contemporary idea that it's all about the search. It's paraded around as a mark of humility.
I remember recently reading about Paul Washer dealing with a man in Spain who quoted a famous philosopher of theirs who taught that truth must be sought but never found. Indeed Washer replied that he knew why. If he ever found it, it would mean that it would have a demand on their life. In the book, one of the author's meets with a church guitarist who tells him that in music circles, it's cool to search for God, but not to find him. It is this idea that pervade a lot of modern Christianity.

The other idea that underlies this notion that truth can't be found is that we humans are in a sense speculating about God. To be certain is to not have God at all. But this assumes that God can't tell us about himself. If it isn't possible, how can we know who we are really loving? How can we know if they love us back? In the popular tale of the blind men and the elephant, all they can do is guess as to what they are touching. But the author's suggest, what if the elephant started to talk and tell them what he was?

As I finish , I wanted to leave you with a few quotes lines and ideas I gleamed from the first few chapters:

We're plodding visionaries trying to learn the Bible, love one another, share the gospel and worship God in spirit and in truth.

Heaven is the recreation of the entire cosmos.

It's cool to search for God, but not to find him.

My idea: God is there, but he's not just there, he's everywhere! (one of the criticisms in the book is that transcendence is places against immanenced and thus God is so far away you can't see him-which is an idea that John Frame points out in his fine books)

You "know" those you love.

Paul didn't say,"I see you worship an unknown God. Great! So do I."

I'll have a the next few chapters in soon.

Prayer Request.....

Hello, this is Frank. Yes, THE Frankfusion who writes these posts for you as often as I can. I am in need of your prayers. I have to pay off school in order to walk next month. So, if you could please keep me in prayer as I look for something (It seems everywhere I go they aren't hiring) or if you know somewhere that's hiring. It's a bit frustrating and trying, but I shall endeavor to trust the Lord. Thanks everyone.


So, what DO we call ourselves?

Question Mark
I think it began with Maclaren's New Kind of Christian. I've read some of Tony Jones' book "The New Christians" (and was totally depressed by its bad ideas) and as I wrote the "you might be new reformed" piece, I had to ask myself: what do we call ourselves? Mark Driscoll (get the feeling that I'm a fan?) has the label "resurgent". I like it, but it feels like a necessary response to "emergent". "New Reformed" is out there. "Reformed Progressive" is one by my friend Stephen Macasil of biblicalthought. So which is it? Give me some ideas. I've also thought of "Reformed Baptist" (It is a growing movement that I plan to be a part of) "Missional Reformed" and "Confessing Evangelical". Those are a few. Come on geniuses, give me something good.


My 100th Post!!!!!

Here it is. My 100th post. This was the second time I started a blog. This time I
actually kept it up. I've kept it up so that I could inform, think, and present my ideas to you and hopefully get feedback. I hope to have more book reviews up soon, as well as more articles on the philosophical theological bent. Thanks to all of you who read my blog and comment (how I crave those!) and have been very supporting. A few of those include:


The college group at Faith Community Church. I started this to give you my book and movie reviews. Thanks for your support. I hope to give you more of what I have to offer. I do it with joy in the hopes that I can be a helpful part of your body. I consider you all my friends and peers and great companions of the journey. Special thanks to Meaghan for reading (and for listening, thanks mademoiselle!) and Beck's for commenting. Ok, Glenn too.

Mig Martinez

My oldest friend at the Order. Since childhood, you've proven again and again to be a man of great humor and wisdom. I am a better thinker because of you. It's been a very long road, and I'm glad you've been on it.

Jonathan Chan

For always talking about the great ideas with me. I hope i can preach like you some day. And for being the only other reformed guy (that I know of) at school. And for reminding me that God cares about the less fortunate.

Many thanks to you guys for your great blog, and Stephen Macasil for being an encouraging fellow blogger, and for never being too busy to talk shop or give encouragement. And for making me a better thinker as well.

Dr. Bob

Very Special thanks to Dr. Bob of Faith Community for all he has taught us. I have learned more from him than 4 years at Bible College. The most important things anyway. A truly great man who will leave a lasting legacy.

Josh England

My personal cultural savior. Yes, I'm more culturally savvy because of you. Thanks for being the very first person to get me to blog. If it ever leads to a book, I will have you to thank. I will continue to question, ponder and write because of you. You are the best pal.

I leave you with something I found. It's from Max Maclane's reading of the Valley of Vision.