May 2011

Sermon Not Recorded (5/15/2011)

The recorder we use works fine... when it is present. :)

The Gospel Is Hidden? And This Is Good?

In his speech to the nation about the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama thanked the men who carried out the operation. Fitting, certainly. What I found fascinating was this response by a commenter on the Huffington Post:

"Good speech, but I'm not overjoyed about the instance of sexist language. ("We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation. ..") I know he doesn't MEAN anything by it but a little vigilance would be nice." --Anannya 

Osama bin Laden Is Dead

A few days ago, President Obama announced to the world "that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children." 

Justice permeated the speech.

"We were also united in our resolve to... bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice."

"I... authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice."

Standing in the Gap: Pleading With God

This post is long-overdue, but the topic has also been on my mind a lot lately. Ezekiel 22:30 says, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one." We have a number of examples in the Bible of men who stood in the gap before God, pleading with Him to have mercy on His people.