Japanese Politicians Take Over Friday Linkage

Ichiro Ozawa, possible Prime Minister of Japan, thinks Americans are “simple-minded”. His words reminded me of a description of Americans given by a fictitious Japanese Prime Minister,

They have the most violent culture in the world, yet they worship justice. They venerate making money, but their roots are found in ideals.

While we’re talking about Japanese politicos (real or imagined), Kazutaka Sangen, mayor of Taiji, has spoken out against certain people whose sole desire is to see Japanese whale hunts (like Taiji’s dolphin hunts) end.  His words seem to eliminate any room for discussion,

We will pass down the history of our ancestors to the next generation, preserve it. We have a strong sense of pride about this. So we are not going to change our plans for the town based on the criticism of foreigners.

Game. Set. Match. Way to stick up for multiculturalism Mayor Kazutaka.  Though “foreigners” doesn’t quite do justice to the word which you probably said:  gaijin.

On to the linkage…

About as a heart-warming story as you’re going to read…I understood why Bengals wideout Chad Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco (Chad Eight Five), 85 is his number after all. You’d think with how tech-savvy Chad is, he could have plugged in “eighty-five” into Google Translate and found out that the correct Spanish translation is ochenta y cinco, not ochocinco. Oh well, at least he has his own cereal, mistranslated name and all… Mohler demolishes so-called theistic evolution…Jennifer Aniston’s latest offering flops at the box office, big surprise since she seems to want to resurrect the chest-clutching Rachel Green character in every one of her movies… Jim Furyk gets DQ’d from a PGA tournament because his cell phone alarm doesn’t go off, oops…Ever watch that Tea Party Scene in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland? The masterminds who orchestrated it were the March Hare and the Mad Hatter (below). Perhaps that’s what we can call these 2 billionaires who are the masterminds behind the populist Tea Party movement…

[Photo credit:  Disney]

Mohler at New Attitude 2008

Dr. Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, held a Q&A session, you can download the audio here.

On special revelation [Scripture], he quotes one of his mentors Carl F. Henry,

Revelation is God’s gracious self-disclosure whereby He forfeits His own personal privacy so that His sinful creatures might know Him.

On Biblical inerrancy,

The doctrine of inerrancy is necessary but not sufficient. If you do away with it you cast doubt on every single word of Scripture and usually those who do that have an agenda that becomes very transparent very quickly. In other words, there is something in the text they don’t like or can’t handle.

On the Christian response to homosexuality,

We can also say too much by trying to elaborate upon what the Scripture says as if the Scripture has a focus on homosexuality in 3rd Corinthians

On Postmodernism,

What if the postmodernists are right and the Scripture means what you say it means? Well you pretty much end up with Christianity in America, I guess. That’s pretty much what it looks like, but that’s the problem isn’t it? The only corrective is the Scripture means what God meant and it’s our responsibility and discipline to study the Scriptures to hear the Word of God and to obey.

Looking forward to reading Dr. Mohler’s book, Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth.