Now that men can become pregnant. . .

A_TransGender-Symbol_Plain2Now that gender has been disassociated from biology and is a matter of personal self-identification, a man can become pregnant.  (That is, someone born with female organs but who self-identifies as a man has to be considered as a man.  If “he” hasn’t had sex-reassignment surgery and has sex with a biological man–I suppose we would have to call “him” gay–then “he” could have a baby.)

Carl Trueman studies a military manual instructing officers how to handle transgender issues, including a male soldier who gets pregnant.

So the body is thought to have nothing to do with gender, with sex, with parenting, with personal identity.  Now Gnosticism has become our new civil religion.

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“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows”

cemetery-1138972_640_optStudying the prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament during Advent is a good exercise.  They tell us much about Him.

Consider Isaiah 53, which takes up deep into the life of Christ and unpacks the exactly what happened in His atoning death on the Cross, while also pointing to His Resurrection.

Especially striking to me is the truth it states that has strangely attracted less attention than it deserves:  Not only was He “pierced for our transgressions” and “crushed for our iniquities.”  He also “has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.”

That is, God the Son took into Himself both the sins of the world and the suffering of the world, atoning for them.  Remember this the next time you feel the force of the “problem of evil” and the “problem of suffering.”

After the jump is the entire prophecy of Isaiah 53, with some verses bolded for your Advent contemplation.

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“What good is a road if it doesn’t lead to a church?”

LaurusRod Dreher has interviewed Eugene Vodolazkin, the author of Laurus, which we posted about yesterday.  Read what he has to say.  Sample:

During the perestroika period, we had a great film, Repentance, by the Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze . It’s a movie about the destruction wrought by the Soviet past. The last scene of the film shows a woman baking a cake at the window. An old woman passing on the street stops and asks if this way leads to the church. The woman in the house says no, this road does not lead to the church. And the old woman replies, “What good is a road if it doesn’t lead to a church?”

More after the jump.

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Alcohol vs. marijuana

marijuana-34353_640California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada legalized recreational marijuana in the last election, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and our nation’s capital.

This trend has the alcohol industry worried.  The fear is that as people pick their poison, they will choose marijuana for their intoxicant instead of beer or liquor.  Some alcohol companies are giving money to anti-marijuana legalization efforts and re-adjusting their long-term plans.

I remember hearing that Willie Nelson praised marijuana because it helped him stop drinking.  Alcohol reportedly made him mean; marijuana made him mellow.

Could it be that marijuana would be better for society than alcohol?  Or would wide-spread marijuana use just give us a land of Lotus eaters?

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Last hope to deny Trump his election fizzles with recount fiasco

Trump_protest_SF_Nov_13_2016_39The Democrats and the Greenies missed the deadline to request a recount in Pennsylvania.  Though Jill Stein had the money, the backers, and the media attention, this bit of incompetence–requests had to be filed by November 21–pretty much dooms this attempt to stop Donald Trump post-election.

Though Stein has filed suit against the deadline, the results have to be overturned in all of the states she wants to contest (Wisconsin, where the recount is going forward, though without the hand-counting Stein demands; Michigan; Ohio; and Pennsylvania) before Trump could be denied the White House.

Though there is no chance of stopping him, Democrats are working hard to delegitimize the election, something they were indignant about when they thought Trump would do it.

The silliest argument so far:  A constitutional law expert argues that the Electoral College should always vote for the candidate with the largest popular vote.  (So why do we have an Electoral College?)

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Explaining Advent

photo-1421906375741-f6bda4abe433_optHappy New Year!  That is to say, Happy Advent, the beginning of the new church year.

Many Christians, including those from churches that haven’t usually done much with the church year other than Christmas and Easter, are discovering Advent.  (See, for example, this piece from the evangelical radio program Breakpoint.)

After the jump is an excellent explanation of the season from the website of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

The meaning of Advent has some specific content beyond just getting ready for Christmas.  As the website says, the season–in the Bible readings and the devotions for the days–the season reflects on the “advent” or “coming” of Christ in three senses:

  1. In the past (the prophecies of Christ’s coming)
  2. In the future (Christ’s second coming)
  3. In the present (How Christ comes today)

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