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In Defense of Brit Hume

Scorn for Brit Hume, in light of his remarks about Tiger Woods, Buddhism, and Christianity, is coming from many quarters. Josh Harris is right — Jesus says to Mr. Hume:

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!” (Luke 6:22)

Josiah Faas points out that some are calling for Hume’s resignation, and that one can e-mail their support of Hume to Here’s the e-mail I just sent:
Dear Fox News,
In his new capacity as a commentator (a panelist on Fox News Sunday), it seems Mr. Hume should be at liberty to state his personal views on matters, such as the Tiger Woods situation, including the theology of forgiveness in the Buddhist faith versus the Christian faith. I would observe that each of the guests on Fox News Sunday freely state their opinions on various matters — one expects them to have a bias. Hume even prefaced his remarks by saying “I think….” The man simply stated his perspective, one he was willing to and has since defended.
Moreover, Mr. Hume’s remarks about the theology of forgiveness in the Buddhist versus the Christian faith are, in one sense, objectively true. Buddhism is more ambiguous on the concept of right and wrong than Christianity. Consequently, Buddhism is less rigorous on the notion of guilt and of forgiveness than Christianity. Christian theology has a well-developed concept of forgiveness: God is able to forgive us and restore us to Himself because the justice due our transgressions was meted out in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, who, though deserving no punishment Himself, willingly paid the debt on behalf of all those who trust in Him. Christian thinking assumes both the reality of human guilt and the horror of human guilt, both of which Mr. Woods seems to feel acutely. One need not be a Christian to see the coherence and uniqueness of the Christian framework.
In short, I hope you retain Mr. Hume in his current capacity and resist the urges of those who are suggesting you do otherwise.
Respectfully submitted,
Alex Chediak
Related: Denny Burk has more.

Beauty From The Heart: Hannah Farver

Hannah Farver.JPGHannah Farver and Lindsey Wagstaffe are two teenage ladies who are passionate about reclaiming and promoting the robust, biblical vision of true womanhood. In 2005, they founded a website for young women called Beauty from the Heart. The site quickly became a go-to spot for young women interested in recovering God’s design for feminine attractiveness. Being nationally ranked public speakers, their ministry soon extended to a string of conferences on themes such as purity, modesty, and femininity.
Over the next two weeks, I’ll post an introductory interview that I did with them awhile back. Today I’ll post my interaction with Hannah. Next week I’ll post Lindsey’s answers to the same questions.
1. First of all, do you mind if I ask your age, how many siblings you have, and where you are in your schooling (what year?)?
I’m nineteen, the oldest of four, and I’m taking CLEP courses right now. You could call me a college freshman, I guess.
2. How has your family been instrumental in the formation and cultivation of your faith in Christ?
It’s tough to begin to describe their influence on me, because it’s hard to know where their influence starts and ends. My Mom led me to Christ when I was nine. My Dad leads our family in worship on Sunday. When I was a little kid, they pushed me to memorize the Bible (pushed me, because I didn’t understand then why it was so important.) They taught me that receiving good, challenging biblical teaching is vital if you want to grow as a Christian.
And, you could say my siblings help by promoting my sanctification. (Wink, wink.) Truly, daily interaction with them helps me see my own faults through how I relate to them.
3. What sort of disciplines did your family implement that have been most influential for you?
For as long as I can remember, there has been a big emphasis on Bible reading in our family. I took this for granted growing up. I didn’t realize that some people can view daily Bible studies as a form of legalism—like reading God’s Word is only something done to feel more moral than the next guy—and therefore don’t read it much at all.
I’m blessed because my parents never felt the need to caution me about that. Their conviction was, “Read it every day, even when you don’t feel like it,” because only by reading and knowing the truth in the Bible can we ever be free from such sin as legalism, dependence on ourselves, rebellion, etc. So the Bible was seen as part of the solution, not part of the problem, and I’m grateful for that perspective.
4. What books have been particularly meaningful to you?
Oi vay. As a bibliophile, this question’s a toughie. Recently, Tim Keller’s The Prodigal God and Francis Chan’s Crazy Love have helped pull my mind from the self-righteous and/or self-condemning ruts and put my identity into a more biblical perspective.
Another very meaningful book to me is, oddly, The Great Gatsby. I fell in love with that book when I first read it—not because it was of great spiritual comfort to me—but because of how poignantly it described the human condition. It wasn’t a book on sanitary, perfect people. It was a book about the unhappy rich and famous and how—like Augustine said—our hearts are restless until (and unless) we find our rest in God.
5. When did you take up speaking and writing?
I started to write stories before I learned to spell…which means my early writing was very difficult to read. I had this really basic, circa 1992, low tech software called “Storybook Weaver” for putting together stories and I spent hours doing that as a little kid. The blog-writing part didn’t come until 2004, though.
As for speaking…I didn’t like the idea of speaking in public at all. At all, at all, at all. But Mom put me in a speech class when I was fifteen, and by sixteen I’d discovered a new love. It’s gotten easier with time, and if you love to write, I think speaking flows naturally out of that. Once you get over (or at least, learn to ignore) a fear of public speaking, the communication part is just like writing…it involves the same skills.
6. What are your current projects?
Well, besides school, trying to keep up the Beauty from the Heart blog and get one book published, I’m also working on a novel.
7. How can readers pray for you?
Wisdom would be great—and trust in God for the future.
UPDATE: My interview with Lindsey Wagstaffe has now been posted.

Brit Hume Encourages Tiger Woods To Become a Christian

Brit Hume is a senior political analyst for Fox News and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday. Prior to that, Hume was the Washington, DC managing editor at Fox News and the anchor of Special Report with Brit Hume (until he stepped down in late 2008). He is highly respected in his field, with an active and diverse career spanning almost forty years in journalism, twenty-three of which were spent with ABC.
What many don’t know is that Hume is a Christian. When he stepped down as managing editor, he made the typical observation: he wanted to spend more time with his family. But he also noted that he wanted to spend more time growing in his Christian faith:

I certainly want to pursue my faith more ardently than I have done. I’m not claiming it’s impossible to do when you work in this business. I was kind of a nominal Christian for the longest time. When my son died (by suicide in 1998), I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me. If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it’s a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you’re not really living it.

And from another interview:

How do you envision life being different on a day-to-day basis? What will you do?
I thought about the three G’s: God, granddaughters, golf. That’s not comprehensive, because obviously I have a chance to spend more time with my dear wife, who worked with me here for so many years and was a vice president and bureau chief. She retired two years ago. … And since my son died, I have been, really, I felt rescued by God and by Christ. I have an intense desire to pursue that more ardently and have it be a bigger part of my life than it has been.
How will that translate?
It’ll translate into Bible study. It’ll translate, I think, in the fullness of time, into work that I might be able to do, like to find the right cause, and so on. It’s a big world out there. A lot can be done.

(HT: JT)
Now, Hume is urging Tiger Woods to become a Christian:

(BTW: I don’t think Tiger will be winning the Masters anytime soon. Golf (particularly for Woods) requires intense focus, and the man is distracted and distraught at the moment.)

At The Buzzer – Nothing But Net

Absolutely amazing end to the Florida vs. North Carolina State game. (My apologies to N.C. State fans.)

HT: Kevin DeYoung via Denny Burk

Gunman Who Killed David Sitton’s Niece Apprehended

I previously wrote about the murder of David Sitton’s niece (Makayla Sitton) and three other family members this past Thanksgiving. CNN is reporting that the killer has been apprehended:

Authorities have arrested a Florida man suspected of gunning down four of his family members on Thanksgiving, a Monroe County sheriff’s spokeswoman said Saturday.
Paul Michael Merhige, 35, was arrested in Monroe County by U.S. Marshals Saturday night, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

Read the whole thing. Apparently, federal agents along with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Florida arrested Merhige tonight at the Edgewater Lodge at Long Key, FL.

Nomination for Best Worship Project of 2009

Sons & Daughters - 01.01.10.JPGEvery year Worship Leader magazine announces its “Reader’s Choice” awards. For 2009, Sovereign Grace Music’s album Sons & Daughters (see previous mention) has been nominated for Best Worship Project and Best Compilation Project. If you’re unfamiliar with their music, check out their site. Or check out the audio clips for each of the 12 songs on their 2009 album Sons & Daughters.
To cast your vote (scroll down to see the various categories), go to the 2009 Worship Leader Readers’ Choice Awards.
HT: Bob Kauflin

January 13-16, 2010: Seek. Engage. Defend.

This looks like a very interesting conference, particularly for those interested in helping the next generation defend the Christian faith in an increasingly hostile world. It runs from January 13-16 in Birmingham, AL and featured speakers include Alastair Begg and Ravi Zacharias.
HT: Josh Harris

James Dobson To Start New Radio Show

A month ago Dr. James Dobson announced that he would no longer be broadcasting the internationally syndicated Focus on the Family radio program as of the end of February, 2010. When a journalist with the Gazette argued that Gov. Sarah Palin might be the successor to Dr. Dobson in representing conservative Christians, Dr. Dobson responded that, “While I am leaving Focus on the Family in February, I have no intention of retiring.”
Sure enough, a few days ago the seasoned counselor, author and psychologist announced on his Facebook fan page that he plans to start a new nonprofit and radio show with his son called James Dobson on the Family. It is to be “a brand new 30 minute daily radio program to be carried on numerous stations, beginning in March, 2010.” The new show, Dobson writes:

“will deal with marriage, child-rearing, family finances, medical and psychological concerns, national issues, the sanctity of human life, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My son, Ryan Dobson, will co-host the program with me, which will be a exciting adventure.”

As of December 28, Dr. Dobson was seeking to raise $2,000,000 (the operating budget for the first year, including the costs of radio airtime) to start the new venture.
HT: Sarah Pulliam Bailey, who has more information.

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