Happy Anniversary My Love

Married14 years ago Shannon and I were married. What a wonderful 14 years it has been and I look forward each day learning to love her as Christ loved the Church. It hasn’t always been easy, but I thank God everyday for the woman that he has blessed me with and children that are the fruit of our marriage.

Our anniversary comes just as our LifeGroup is wrapping up the Fireproof Your Marriage Study based upon the movie Fireproof. Dave Harvey's book While I have enjoyed the study, I haven’t gotten as much from it as I did from Dave Harvey’s “When Sinners Say ‘I Do’“. Harvey’s book points out that my sin is the biggest problem in our marriage. And he is right. My sins are first and foremost sins against God (Psalm 51).

God is supreme, all glory and honor belong to Him. As a result of my sin, I was dead to the things of God. While I was dead in sin, Christ died for me. (Romans 5:8). Now that I trust in Christ and his finished work upon the Cross of Calvary my sins have been forgiven and I have been declared righteous before God (Galatians 3:10-13). Despite this, I still sin. I still struggle with my flesh and I will until the days this body dies. Shannon cannot provide what I need, only Jesus Christ can. And the same is true for her. We are two sinners walking hand-in-hand being remade in the image of Christ. His Gospel saved us; His Gospel sanctifies us; and one day His Gospel will glorify us.

I know that many marriages are struggling today. Marriages are being destroyed by lies, abuse, adultery, pornography, lack of respect, and so much more. My prayer that all who read these words would come to know the Savior, Jesus Christ. He alone can cure the real problem in your life and in your marriage.

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What’s your theological worldview? Reformed Evangelical

I recently took a little quick quiz called “What’s your theological worldview?” over at Quizfarm.com after seeing it in the sidebar Parables of a Prodigal World. I can’t say I have much a problem with the results. To God be the Glory…

You Scored as Reformed Evangelical

You are a Reformed Evangelical. You take the Bible very seriously because it is God’s Word. You most likely hold to TULIP and are sceptical about the possibilities of universal atonement or resistible grace. The most important thing the Church can do is make sure people hear how they can go to heaven when they die.

Reformed Evangelical
86%
Fundamentalist
75%
Neo orthodox
68%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan
61%
Roman Catholic
43%
Classical Liberal
25%
Emergent/Postmodern
18%
Charismatic/Pentecostal
11%
Modern Liberal
4%

The Political Compass

Knowing that I am not a heretic, I decided to review my standing on The Political Compass.

Back in 2005

Economic Left/Right: 3.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.56

Today, Feb 20, 2008

Economic Left/Right: 3.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.36

So it looks like I am basically consistent here, although slightly more authoritarian.

Eric Wallace's place on The Political Compass in comparison the 2008 Presidential hopefuls

What bothers me however is where I fall in comparison to the 2008 Presidential Primary field. Can the individuals behind The Political Compass really get an accurate score from speechs, policy papers, and voting records? I am really that different than most Republicans? I know that I have very little in common with the Democrats. I wish there were concrete scores available for the candidates. None of the candidates that I know of has taken the test and posted his/her score on the web. Maybe Lessig can post his if he decides to run for Congress.

How can I be closer to Hillary than Huckabee, let alone my preferred candidate Fred Thompson? Something is not right here. I just cannot figure out where yet, I dug through my Camino cache and printed out my answers to all the questions. Maybe I can learn something by reviewing them again. Who knows.

What about you, where do you score?