Satan’s Pride

A recent post (not to mention newspaper headlines, newscasts, etc) What Is Wrong With People?, over at Texas Liberal prompted me to leave a comment there (link contains language).

Not only that but it recalled the words of South African pastor Andrew Murray (1828-1917) in his classic book, Humility:

[Eve’s] life and the life of the [human] race that sprang from her became corrupted to its very root with that most terrible of all sins and curses–Satan’s pride.

All the wretchedness of which this world has been the scene, all its wars and bloodshed among the nations, all its selfishness and suffering, all its vain ambitions and jealousies, all its broken hearts and embittered lives, with all its daily unhappiness, have their origin in what this cursed pride–our own or that of others–has brought upon us.

It is pride that made redemption necessary; it is from our pride that we need, above everything else, to be redeemed. And our insight into the need of redemption will largely depend upon our knowledge of the terrible nature of the power of pride that has entered our being.

Ironically enough, many who deny humanity’s need for redemption (much less the identity of the Only One through whom redemption is offered) and are perhaps even angered by the suggestion, are often the folks most upset with the ruined state this world has been in since the Fall.

Indeed, us human beings can be devilishly (and outside of God’s Grace) impossibly hard to please…

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New Addition to the Blogs Section

A soldier recently left a comment in an old post,
Patriotism, an Introduction.

Come to find out that Joe (the soldier) has a blog here on WordPress,
Sandbox Adventures.

Here is the About page,

This is the story of one guy serving as a Soldier. Nothing more.

Shortly I’ll be going to the big sand box and decided to blog about the train up and deployment experience on this blog, thus the title “Sandbox Adventures”.

Knowing that the only thing I know is that I have no idea how this will all turn out, this blog makes for a great way to capture the emotions before, during, and after in real time and keep family and friends informed at the same time.

For security reasons, don’t expect to get a lot of updates on the war itself. Instead this will be more of an introspective look at a journey 1.6 million of my closest friends have already taken and how my feelings and perspectives compare to theirs.

I welcome your thoughts, comments, prayers and debate. Thanks for reading.

Joe

Go check out Joe’s blog and thank him for his service.

Did Martin Luther change Diapers?

With the gender role brouhaha that this post spawned, it seemed good to link up this post from the folks over at “The Silent Holocron” (gotta love the obscure Star Wars reference),

Changing Diapers to the Glory of God”

In the post you’ll find a lengthy quote from one Martin Luther which I think relevant to the discussion.

What the man’s attitude should be (according to Luther) in regards to the so-called drudgeries of fatherhood,

O God, because I am certain that thou hast created me as a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock the little babe or wash its diapers, or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How is it that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? O how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labour, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight.

Then the woman’s to the so-called drudgeries of motherhood,

A wife too should regard her duties in the same light, as she suckles the child, rocks and bathes it, and cares for it in other ways; and as she busies herself with other duties and renders help and obedience to her husband. These are truly golden and noble works. . . .

On a personal note, I once was that guy that proclaimed “Never will I change a diaper” only to do it (happily I might add, though I’ve been slacking as of late) after our son was born.

Prior to witnessing our son’s birth I admired my wife for her beauty, her wit, and her mind. Afterwards said admiration grew exponentially for reasons which words cannot express.

Fourth Place

A good friend of mine has decided to enter into the WordPress realm,

http://fourthplace.wordpress.com/

His insight is refreshing and has blessed me greatly so go check it out.

Almost 10 years of Mack Brown at Texas

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This is the 3rd post in the “Ticket Stub” series (click here and here for the first 2).

This is the ticket stub from Mack Brown’s first game as head coach of THE University of Texas. The game was won easily by Texas, 66-36 and was for the most part not very memorable outside of being Brown’s first game at the helm.

Next year will be the 10th year of Mack’s tenure at the 40 Acres and while he has raised the program to national prominence, and even won a national title, questions still linger in regards to his ability to coach. That he is a fine recruiter as any is beyond question, but can he coach?

Without further ado I step aside to what I think is a well-written and accurate post on the Mack Brown Era at Texas,
“Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends”