Green Piece

The simple musings of a man who thought he knew everything . . .

Monday, December 17, 2007

Dinesh D'Souza vs Daniel Dennett

If you want to see a great debate by a brilliant Christian mind, please watch the following debate at the YouTube address below. Absolutely fantastic!! Dinesh D'Souza is able to articulate some great points. I suggest checking it out. I don't necessarily agree with D'Souza on everything, but I think you will find it highly enlightening.

Also check out his site

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Alan Keyes is Running

I don't have time for a long post, but I've found out some exciting news. Alan Keyes is running for president. I like Alan Keyes and, barring some unforeseen event, I will be voting for him.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Crazy Backflip Into Pool

This is my current favorite video:

Ben Stein - Expelled

I loved him in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", I loved him on "Win Ben Stein's Money", and I loved him on "Dave" (a really small part). I don't have any idea whether or not this will be a good movie, but if it is playing anywhere near me, I will see it.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Calvinism vs. Freewill 1

You can't be a Christian for very long without eventually getting into the debate of Calvinism vs Freewill. I, like many other Christians, have a position that I am confident is correct. There is a forthcoming post where I am going to lay out what I believe on this subject and why I believe it, but for now I just want to address the division that many believers - especially the Southern Baptists - are experiencing.

It is definitely important to flesh out what we believe about God, and debates within Christian circles on the "non-essentials" can be healthy, and even important, however, this issue has driven a wedge, not just between denominations, but between believers who otherwise agree on everything. This need not be so.

The biggest problem, in my opinion, is the matter of assigning motives to those with whom we disagree. Many that believe in free will say that Calvinists believe what they believe so they won't have to witness, or because they want to be a part of some movement, or because of some other invalid reason. Conversely, many Calvinists will accuse those that believe in free will of not being able to accept that God is perfectly sovereign or that they are unwilling to really look at the scriptures or some other invalid reason. It never occurs to some people that the person with an opposing viewpoint may just really believe that the Bible teaches something and that, despite the consequences of that belief, they cannot pretend to believe any other way.

The first step in any debate between two believers who disagree on some aspect of the scriptures is to, until proven differently, believe the best about the other person's motives. Please don't think that I am trying to suggest that maybe both sides are right or some other nonsense like that. Without question, somebody is wrong here (and I am pretty sure that person is not me). But what's wrong with both people laying out what they believe the scriptures teach, backing it up with scripture, and then if their "opponent" is not swayed just leaving it at that, secure in the knowledge that both of you love God, serve Christ and that when you both get to Heaven that other person will finally realize that he is wrong.

I especially like this post on Calvinism, and I like that comments associated with it. Nobody is angry and nobody is accusing anyone else of bad motives. The commenters and author of the post can walk away from this discussion with clean hands and a pure heart.

There is a world out there that doesn't know or care about our free will or God's sovereignty. This world needs the Church to be unified, but instead we let our minor beliefs divide the body.

And Satan is laughing.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Stem Cells Used to Grow Heart Valve

Exciting news from the Brits. A team of researchers in London have been able to use stem cells to create a new heart valve. This is exciting because, if these researchers are correct, doctors will be able to create organs that will not be rejected by the patient's system.

Guess what word cannot be found anywhere in the article. The word you're looking for is "embryonic". That's right folks - these stem cells were harvested, not from an embryo, but from the bone marrow of an adult.

Liberals have been unavailable for comment because no unborn babies were killed, which means it's not real science.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ben Stein's Open Letter to the Troops

I hope every one of you will take the time to read the following letter by Ben Stein to our brave soldiers.

Ben Stein is an awesome writer and he has done a lot for the Pro-Life movement. This letter really touched me.

Every night I kiss my three boys good-night knowing that they will sleep peacefully and safely. There is only one reason I can do that. That reason is that God, in his infinite mercy, has created people braved enough to stand up to evil. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, police, firefighters, rescue workers and many others are doing the job of keeping my boys safe. No amount of thanks would be enough.


Saturday, March 03, 2007

Global Warming Scare -- Give the Kids a Break!

One of the more frequently discussed topics here at Green Piece is the subject of Global Warming. Some might question why this topic would get me so riled up when there are so many other topics worthy of my time and effort. Well, there are many reasons that I think debunking the flimsy science that fictional movies like "The Day After Tomorrow" and "An Inconvenient Truth" are based on is a worthy endeavor, but I think that what motivates me on this subject is the fact that these eco-loony alarmists, in their desire for political and economic power, are ruining (at least in part) the childhoods of so many individuals.

Check out this article that shows how the Global Warming Gurus are frightening our kids. Kids are actually losing sleep because they believe the lies that are being thrown out by the Goracle and his eco-minions. Kids are worried that entire countries will be submerged when they should be worried about having fun! Thank you AlGore. And the most ridiculous thing is that the author completely misses the point and blames these kids worries on Global Warming - not on the irresponsible actions of the eco-loonies.

Back when I was in school we were told that there would be no Ozone by the time I was an adult and that there would be no place to put all of our trash. Now, I will admit that I was a little extreme in how I reacted, but I would lay awake at night, scared to death of what life was going to be like in 10 years (because that is the mantra). Because of all of the films and videos and literature that was shoved down my throat in school I literally believed that we would all be walking around in our hazmat outfits among the trash and living like the people in the Mad Max movies. For the love of all that is good and holy, I wouldn't play with silly string because it depleted the Ozone. I tell you this story because, for one, I like to use the term "back when I was in school" (and by the way get off my lawn), and to let you know why I hate the scare tactics of the left so much.

When was the last time any of you heard anything about the Ozone? Uhhh, where is all the trash? Well folks, the Ozone is fine, and the trash is well under control and the same thing will hold true with the artificial catastrophe known as Global Warming.

The only thing that keeps me up at night now are the dreaded words "President Gore".