1. What a wonderful weekend at Spring Creek.  I really enjoyed the Finance Seminar on Saturday morning.  I learned that I’ve got some work to do to get my things in proper order.  A tip here and there makes it all worth the investment of time.  We also had a good day Sunday.  I’m really enjoying Sunday nights Men’s Fraternity and I know the ladies are having a good time in their study.  We had almost 30 adults involved in those studies with another 36 kids, youth and adults in AWANA!

2. I’ve been knocking around an idea to write a paper/essay on why democracy is unlikely in a predominantly muslim nation.  My theory is based on the differences in theology between Islam and Christianity.  I believe there are several Islamic theological beliefs that work against democracy while their counterparts in Christianity are a vital support for democracy.  Here is one as an example: Islam imparts little value to the individual compared to the doctrine of soul competency in Christianity.  With little value placed on the individual, Islamic nations tend toward autocratic rule instead of democratic rule.  If you notice, those nations that have some type of democratic rule with Islamic majority populations are relying on a purely secular state.  Christianity places value on the individual and his/her place in the world.  With the Holy Spirit filling believers, Christians believe that every person can contribute to the betterment of the nation.  Therefore, Christianity is more supportive of the nature of a democracy.  Just a thought, there is more to come.

3. Read this interesting article this week in the Houston Chronicle.  Basically the cheerleaders at Kountze High School in Houston decided to have Biblical themes to their football signs this year.  The school superintendent banned the signs but a judge overturned the ban saying the school couldn’t censor speech based on religious content.  Seems odd that a superintendent of schools would rather the cheerleaders make signs that said “Kill the Eagles” instead of signs that said “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Let’s encourage violence instead of Bibilical values.  I think not.

4. Big football weekend coming up with the opening of Big 12 play for my Longhorns.  This weekend we’ll get a better idea of how good the defense is and how improved David Ash is as a quarterback.  On the road in Stillwater is never an easy task.

5. We’re looking for a new show to watch at our house.  We watched the first episode of “Revolution” last week.  Not bad.  An interesting premise.  I’ve got the DVR set to record “Last Resort.”  But I’m glad to see “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” back on and this week is the debut of the new season of “Hawaii Five-O.”  God bless the man who invented the DVR.  That’s the only way to watch TV.  🙂

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