Kurt Warner, the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals, often speaks publicly about his faith in Christ. Here’s a recent statement.
“I believe that the Lord has a plan for each of us that’s better than anything we can imagine–even if that plan isn’t obvious to us at every stage. He prepared me for this over a long period of time–in lower-profile locker rooms and the grocery store and in Europe, through all the personal tragedies and in spite of the people who doubted me along the way,” Warner explained. “Whether I’m a Super Bowl Champion or a regular guy stocking groceries at the Hy-Vee, sharing my faith and glorifying Jesus is the central focus of my time on this earth. And the fact that I now have a podium, I believe, is no coincidence. I want to be a role model for Christ in everything that I do. Living my life for Him and showing people the beauty of that reality is my mission in life.”
Kurt Warner and the Cardinals face the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow (February 1st) in Superbowl XLIII. Warner was the quarterback for the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV when they beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16.
I’m partial to the Steelers, but I can’t help but like Warner.
Who are you rooting for and why?
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Legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday that would effectively re-instate the Mexico City Policy, which President Obama rescinded on Friday. The Mexico City Policy prevented U.S. taxpayer dollars from being given to international organizations that provide or actively promote abortions. The measure, H.R. 708, was introduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Bart Stupak (D-MI), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and would “restrict assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions.”
H.R. 708, like the Mexico City Policy, makes exemptions for pregnancy terminations when the life of the mother is in danger and in the cases of rape and incest. The authors of the legislation are currently seeking additional co-sponsors.
Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower and quarterback Kurt Warner are both evangelical Christians who remain open about their faith in Christ. Interesting story from Fox.
The Cardinals face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Superbowl on February 1.
Nancy Pelosi’s daughter and Ted Haggard – not a likely duo.
Alexandra Pelosi has put together a new HBO documentary entitled “The Trials of Ted Haggard” that debuts on Thursday. Pelosi’s film tracks the fallout after the Evangelical leader and pastor lied and then admitted to a sexual encounter with a homosexual massage therapist.
Haggard is now under further scrutiny for a new accusation that he masturbated in front of a church member in 2005.
Obama tried to reverse the Mexico City “gag rule” against funding overseas agencies that perform or promote abortion. Now the Vatican is blowing the whistle.
Hat tip to Dwight Lindley.
The remnants of a presidential inauguration still litter the streets of Washington, but that doesn’t mean Mr. Obama is taking any time in cleaning out the unwanted precedents leftover by Mr. Bush in the White House. Obama is taking care of the low hanging fruit before he gets to the more difficult parts of his agenda.
As promised, within days of his swearing in, he has revoked the Mexico City Policy, which prevented U.S. taxpayer money from being used to provide abortions abroad. Obama has signed an executive order closing the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay where those suspected of being terrorists are held.
For someone who has pledged to reject the influence of special interests, Mr. Obama has been very swift in responding to the wish lists of various liberal interest groups. The pro-choice crowd couldn’t be happier that the international arm of Planned Parenthood will now be able to receive more money to terminate pregnancies in developing countries. Similarly, the anti-war movement is pleased to see Guantanamo, the trophy room of the War on Terror, close its barbed-wire gates.
Unfortunately, these are only the preludes of a much broader agenda for American progressives. The pro-choice lobby will continue to push its Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) until abortion is recognized as a “fundamental right” in the United States. The anti-war groups won’t stop until every American boot is off the sand in Iraq.
One group that Mr. Obama still has to answer for are the gays and lesbians. He ran afoul of this important liberal constituency when he invited Evangelical super star and Proposition 8 supporter Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing in on the steps of the Capitol. To ensure that the public knows he is eager either to offend everyone or include everyone, Obama then invited Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual bishop in the Episcopal church, to say a prayer on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
What will Obama do for the gays and lesbians? The first order of business will be the elimination of the oft-mocked “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which prevents open, practicing homosexuals from serving in the armed forces. It will most assuredly be replaced with a policy that will make sexual preference an issue in military recruiting.
Obama is able to achieve all of these liberal “wants” through executive order by taking advantage of his post-inauguration honeymoon. These controversial decisions are made through the fiat of his executive power. A new challenge will be dealing with the legislative branch and many conservatives hope their like-minded Senators will provide a mechanism for tempering the Obama agenda.
Since Justice Roberts flubbed the oath of office, President Obama later retook the oath so as to keep everything above board.
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Let us pray.
Almighty God, our father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story.
The Scripture tells us Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our God; the Lord is one. And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.
Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.
We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership.
And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in Heaven.
Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.
Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.
When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the Earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.
And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.
Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all.
May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you.
We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.
I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, Jesus (hay-SOOS), who taught us to pray, Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Eighty five year old Carl Djerassi the Austrian chemist who helped invent the contraceptive pill now says that his co-creation has led to a “demographic catastrophe.”
In an article published by the Vatican this week, the head of the world’s Catholic doctors broadened the attack on the pill, claiming it had also brought “devastating ecological effects” by releasing into the environment “tonnes of hormones” that had impaired male fertility, The Taiwan Times says.
The assault began with a personal commentary in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard by Carl Djerassi. The Austrian chemist was one of three whose formulation of the synthetic progestogen Norethisterone marked a key step toward the earliest oral contraceptive pill.
Djerassi outlined the “horror scenario” that occurred because of the population imbalance, for which his invention was partly to blame. He said that in most of Europe there was now “no connection at all between sexuality and reproduction.” He said: “This divide in Catholic Austria, a country which has on average 1.4 children per family, is now complete.”
He described families who had decided against reproduction as “wanting to enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it.”
The fall in the birth rate, he said, was an “epidemic” far worse, but given less attention, than obesity. Young Austrians, he said, were committing national suicide if they failed to procreate. And if it were not possible to reverse the population decline they would have to understand the necessity of an “intelligent immigration policy.”
The head of Austria’s Catholics, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, told an interviewer that the Vatican had forecast 40 years ago that the pill would lead to a dramatic fall in the birth rate in the west.
“Somebody above suspicion like Carl Djerassi … is saying that each family has to produce three children to maintain population levels, but we’re far away from that,” he said.
Schonborn told Austrian TV that when he first read Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical condemning artificial contraception he viewed it negatively as a “cold shower.” But he said he had altered his views as, over time, it had proved “prophetic.”
Catholic Church renews its attack on contraceptive pill (Taipei Times)
Medical Association points out prophetic nature of Humanae Vitae (Catholic News Agency)
Hat tip: Clint Rain