Thursday, May 1, 2008

We've Moved!

The Fool's Gold blog has officially moved to I will no longer be posting content to this site. If you have subscribed to The Fool's Gold, you may subscribe to the current feed over at the new site (it is a different feed address). I apologize for the inconvenience, but I hope this will be the last major shift for the time being.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Fool's Gold Is Moving!

Tomorrow marks the 1 month birthday of The Fool's Gold blog. To celebrate, I'm moving it to a new home:

The blog will be through Word Press. I'm excited about the new digs for three reasons:

1. A simplified domain name.

For $15, you can purchase an available domain name through Word Press. The domain is good for a year, at which time you can renew it if you wish.

2. Aesthetics.

I find it mildly painful to look at the blog as it is now. This is owing to my consummate nincompoopness when it comes to site design. The folks over at Word Press provide a number of options for blog appearance. This makes me very happy.

3. Ease of commenting.

To leave a comment with Blogger, you are required to have a Blogger or Google username and password. Not so with Word Press. All you need to do is enter your name and e-mail address (which does not appear publicly when you post a comment). I find this to be a very attractive feature.

My deep desire is to see God use The Fool's Gold to spread the fragrance of Christ as far as he sees fit. I'm still figuring out things as I go along, but I know God will give grace. I'm eager to learn with you.

We'll be having a housewarming party tomorrow at the new homestead. Feel free to stop by and say hi.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV Released Today

Today marks the release of the widely-acclaimed "Grand Theft Auto IV."

BBC reports:

"Highly anticipated video game Grand Theft Auto (GTA) IV has gone on sale worldwide with analysts expecting it to smash sales records.

Many shops in the UK and the United States opened their doors at midnight.

The game is tipped to break the opening week sales figures of Microsoft's Halo 3, and pull in up to $400m (£201m).

Early reviews of the game have hailed it a 'masterpiece' and it is on course to be the most critically acclaimed title of all time."

Seth Schiesel from the New York Times wrote in a review of the game: "Grand Theft Auto IV is a violent, intelligent, profane, endearing, obnoxious, sly, richly textured and thoroughly compelling work of cultural satire disguised as fun."

The game is rated "M" for mature audiences.

Allie Cook from World Magazine wrote an interesting article on April 24 titled "Video games = less violent kids?" In it she cites an interview with Harvard professors Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson, who argue that there is no evidence to support the claim that playing violent video games necessarily produces greater tendencies toward violence in young people.

What do you think?

Monday, April 28, 2008

J.I. Packer Severs Ties with Canadian Anglican Church

Denny Burk has the scoop. He quotes the Vancouver Sun:

"One of the world's most famous evangelical theologians quit the Anglican Church of Canada this week because he believes many of its bishops are 'arguably heretical' for adhering to 'poisonous liberalism.'"

Here is Burk's summary commentary:

"After reading the excerpt above, you may be thinking: 'I thought the split within the Anglican Communion was about homosexuality, not liberalism.' Well, it’s about both. The Anglican Communion is being split apart because the liberal wing of the church is willing to ignore or distort the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality. At bottom, this is a question of biblical authority, and the liberal wing of the Communion has rejected that."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

5 Ways to Make God Your Treasure in Crummy Weather

After waking up this morning, I looked out the window and saw snow on the ground. Granted, it wasn't much, but it was enough to make my heart sink like a cast-iron rowboat.

I got in the car after clearing my windshields of winter condensation. A heavy-hearted southerner met me on the radio, lamenting a fresh case of "Deep River Blues."

My computer tells me it's 34 degrees outside. If it were alive, I know it would be choking down a maniacal snicker.

On days like this, how do you keep from muttering? Here are five things I can think of:

1. Thank God for the snow.

This sounds counter-intuitive, but I have to remember that my "intuiter" is rotten. "Give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

2. When people ask, "Why is it snowing in April?!?!?!", tell them, "God told it to."

This can become excessive, but take a risk. And don't scowl when you say it! "For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour" (Job 37:6).

3. Remember that, compared to the lake of fire, out-of-season flurries aren't that bad.

God has saved me from so much. When I think about the fury my sins deserve, parking it right above freezing for a day is blissfully refreshing.

4. Shock someone by telling them how thankful you are for a day like this.

To do this step requires that you actually mean it. See steps 1-3.

5. Remember that valiant acts happen on snowy days.

"And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen" (2 Samuel 23:18).

Friday, April 25, 2008

On a Personal Note....

I was talking with my wife a few minutes ago, and she told me it would be a good idea to throw up a personal post about us and what we are doing right now.

I am currently enrolled in an apprenticeship program at Bethlehem Baptist Church called The Bethlehem Institute. I go to class on Mondays and Thursdays with eight other men. We sit in a circle and discuss everything from participles to poverty. It has been a mercy from God to be here.

Crystal, my wife, works part-time as a pediatric hemotology/oncology (blood diseases and cancer) nurse at Minneapolis Children's Hospital. She goes to work three days a week with about eight other people. They neither sit in a circle nor debate participles. However, they do get to see poverty first-hand.

We have been married for two years, nine months, and twenty-six days. I love her two years, nine months, and twenty-six times more than I did the day we wore a tux and a white dress.

Random fact: Crystal likes to sew potholders, and I was wildly obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a boy:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thank You, My Dear Watson

To round up our discussion of sin, I would like to bring in a long-silenced voice from across the Pond. Thomas Watson (born 1620) was a Puritan who studied at Cambridge and went on to pastor St. Stephen's in Walbrook, London from 1646 until 1662 when he was ousted due to the Act of Uniformity. Undeterred, he went on to preach privately and then publicly until 1680, when he retired on account of poor health. Husband to Abigail, father of at least seven (four of whom died young), Watson died in 1686 while he was praying.

He wrote a number of books, one of which is "A Body of Divinity." In this book Watson gives a chilling description of sin:

"It is a defiling thing. Sin is not only a defection, but a pollution. It is to the soul as rust is to gold, as a stain to beauty. It makes the soul red with guilt, and black with filth" (pg. 133).

He goes on to expose the heart of sin: "Sin strikes at the very Deity.... Sin is God's would-be murderer. Sin would not only unthrone God, but un-God him. If the sinner could help it, God would no longer be God" (pp. 133-4).

Sin is horrendous. What unspeakable mercy that God would condemn this murderous pollution in the flesh of his Son for all who will trust him (Romans 8:3-4).