Friday, February 29, 2008

The Middle of Nowhere

Murdo, SD

At the last minute (Thursday of last week) my friend Steve Hickey in Sioux Falls, SD called with an off-the-wall offer. Pastor Steve is the leading voice to the Church of South Dakota concerning the issue of abortion. He and his entire church have devoted themselves to seeing the decree of death overturned in their state and the nation.

A little history. In 2006, South Dakota legislature passed an all-out ban on abortion. Now don't jump to conclusions. Reject any impulse to dismiss what I just said as the actions of poorly-informed, deeply religious, simple folk. The South Dakota elected officials created a task force that studied the issue of abortion for two years evaluating evidence from every conceivable angle. An impactful piece of information that emerged and found profound relevance in the debate is the fact that Abortion Hurts Women. What was that? Yes, contrary to what you've been told, abortion hurts women. I will try to expound on that statement at a later date.

The ultimate result was the the state legislature found conclusive evidence that was contrary to the six presuppositions on which Roe v. Wade was established. Governor Mike Rounds signed the abortion ban legislation into law which directly challenged the federal guarantee of abortion access. This created a fire storm. Pro-Abortion advocates quickly mobilized to gather signatures to force the law to popular vote, which was then struck down in November of 2006. However, 44% of the state of South Dakota was willing to cast their vote to ban abortion in every instance. The message is clear here in the heartland–Life is Sacred.

Fast forward to today. Once again the courageous people of SD are mobilizing in defense of the defenseless. Right now a signature campaign is well under way to bring a new ballot initiative to voter in November of this year. What's different? This new initiative "listens" to what the voters of 2006 said. Built into this measure are exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother. It's not a perfect piece of legislation, but it will effectively abolish abortion as a means of birth control. This is exactly what the people of South Dakota asked for. It is exactly what the voters want.

So here I am in Murdo, SD. Not much here. It's a overnight stop on a whirlwind 12-city tour across the state to mobilize pro-life pastors to collect signatures. Time is short for this leg of the campaign, but we're excited and filled with hope. There has been an overwhelming positive response. We're speaking directly with the men and women that have access to entire buildings full of people that know right from wrong. Steve fights my battles; I fight his.

Please pray for the Church of South Dakota. There's a manipulative effort that's being waged to lull the people to sleep on this issue. Steve calls it "Planned Parenthood's Propaganda Ploy" (nice alliteration). I think its nothing less than spiritual propaganda. They're telling everyone, "The people of South Dakota are tired." It's not true. That's not what we're seeing out here on the wind-swept plains. People are pretty fired up contrary to popular belief. But you know how it goes. If someone comes up to you and says, "Hey, you look tired." Suddenly you start thinking, "Yeah, I am kinda tired." Next thing you know a tiny yawn slips out. It's propaganda! And the salt-of-the-earth people we're meeting are buying it.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Other Side of Esther*

Have you ever felt like the only reason you’re doing what you’re doing is because everyone else said no?

I suppose it might be better to never let your mind wander down that path.

*For those of you that didn’t get the obscure reference–
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place.” (Esther 4:14)
In other words, “If you don’t do this, I’ll get someone else.” : )

Yeah, it's kinda like that.

Sherman Williams got it right. Semi trucks are prophesying all over the interstates of America. What a vivid picture of the blood of Christ.

I’m in a little personal revival right now. The Lord spoke a word to me in January to “stare at the blood of Jesus and not take my eyes off of it.” You can’t do that and not be transformed. I believe we’re in a moment in our nation’s history when it’s imperative that the blood of Christ be exalted. I’m in a moment when it’s imperative that the blood of Christ be exalted in my own life.

“But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

(1 John 2:1-2)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

In the Studio Today

I’m in the recording studio today with my dear friends Daniel & Autumn Katz. They and their band are recording what we hope will become an underground anthem of intercession in America. They've created a new arrangement of the old Baptist hymn “What Can Wash Away My Sins.” We'll be blasting this song as a FREE download through Bound4LIFE, theCall, iTunes and every possible channel we can get our hands on. This song is amazing. They’ve put the whole thing in a minor key and turned it into an intercesson song. It’s phenomenal.

Daniel Katz- acoustic guitar, vocals
Autumn Katz- 1935 Steinway Piano, vocals
Caleb Rodgers- drums, perpetual laid back attitude
JM Friedenmaker- bass, cool unruly hair, music techno-babble
Luke Skaggs- electric guitar, weird stuff, anecdotes about his dad

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

One’s Not Mine

I just really liked this shot. Right out of the box.

That’s Samuel Katz, the oh-so-adorable offshoot of Daniel & Autumn (also disgustingly adorable), plus Samo and Gracie.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Fisher rejects racial discrimination at Universal Studios

Many Universal Studios park goers looked on as Fisher stood in line at “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” and declared that he couldn't wait to shoot E.T. with a laser gun. This is in light of the fact that it is required in the M.I.B (Men in Black) ride.

Who gets to decide which aliens are shot and which ones are hugged? It would seem that my son has a strong sense for equal justice. If you’re gonna disintegrate one, you should probably disintegrate them all.