Chuck Colson: I know how Rod Blagojevich feels!

JP: Good read by Chuck Colson with his perspective on political corruption and his testimony of conversion. More on Chuck Colson here. Note how his friend used the classical book “Mere Christianity“.

Chuck Colson: I know what Illinois governor feels like now


In the wake of Blagojevich’s arrest, many Americans are left wondering once again how intelligent people can do such stupid things — especially when they’ve achieved the pinnacle of power.

The answer comes down to pride.

At the height of Watergate, a dear friend of mine, Tom Phillips, then CEO of Raytheon, invited me to his home. As we sat in his kitchen, Tom read to me a chapter on pride from a little book by C.S. Lewis titled “Mere Christianity.”

Lewis wrote, “There is one vice of which no man in the world is free. … The vice I am talking about is Pride or Self-conceit. …. Pride leads to every other vice. … A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. … Pride is a spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.”

Tom — who told me about Jesus Christ that night — didn’t know I was in utter despair over Watergate, watching the president I’d worked for flounder in office. I’d learned I might become a target of the investigation. In short, my world was collapsing.

That night I sat in a darkened driveway and in a flood of tears called out to God. I didn’t know what to say; I just knew I needed Christ. At that moment God took the White House “hatchet man” and turned me into a new creation.

Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, received a Presidential Citizen Medal from George W. Bush on Wednesday

“For more than three decades, Chuck Colson has dedicated his life to sharing the message of God’s boundless love and mercy with prisoners, former prisoners, and their families,” the citation reads. “Through his strong faith and leadership, he has helped courageous men and women from around the world make successful transitions back into society. The United States honors Chuck Colson for his good heart and his compassionate efforts to renew a spirit of purpose in the lives of countless individuals.”


Pillsbury – True to the End

JP: By Norm Olson (Baptist Bulletin). Posted on SharperIron

Norm Olson: True to the End


Pillsbury has an unusual history, its beginnings tracing to events even before Minnesota became a state in 1858. Chartered as an academy by the Minnesota Baptist State Convention, the school name was changed to Pillsbury Academy when George Pillsbury, flour baron and former mayor of Minneapolis, sponsored the construction of the Owatonna campus.

The early 20th century struggles between religious liberalism and fundamentalism affected the school greatly, with the modernists trying to hold onto the school, while fundamentalists realized the potential for a school to train young people for the Lord’s service. Finally the Minnesota Supreme Court declared that the fundamentalist-controlled Minnesota Baptist Convention was sole owner of the school, holding exclusive rights to elect the trustees. Truly it is one of few, if any other, schools that have been “rescued” from modernism. Schools that have changed ideology over time typically have the opposite history.

Ironically, I wouldn’t be writing this tribute if I hadn’t attended Pillsbury. Matriculating as a non-Baptist, I soon developed convictions concerning Biblical, dispensational theology. Further, the school trained me in other useful areas of service besides doctrine. Over the years I have come to appreciate this training more and more …

Slideshow: Memories of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College online gallery of photos

Mystery Guest clues

Tomorrow (12/13) is Mystery Guest Coffee at Mountain Mudd in New Hope.

What: Coffee with mystery guest
Where: Mountain Mudd New Hope (link in navigation bar on the right)
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Mystery Guest clue: name associated with package shipping company.

Here are 2 pictorial clues (Kathee says “anyone who cannot guess our mystery guest is a dunderhead“)

Message on the shirt

Football team in Cleveland

“Best times” in “Bad Times”

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)

JP: I prayed with a co-worker yesterday. Suzanne came to my office to tell me that she was being let go and that next Tuesday would be her last day. Among many whom I have had recent contact, there seems to be a palpable uneasiness about the prospect of job loss. I’ve even been a little concerned about it myself. This article speaks of this day of opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ! While things can not be trusted, God can always be trusted!

Bad Times Are Good for Missions

The worst of all times is the best of all times for missions.

We were praying over Lamentations 3. Those were the worst of times for Israel. But in that moment they were given the best of promises,

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (3:22-23)

Today marks the close of Missions Focus at Bethlehem. So we were praying for missions. That is when this word came: The worst of all times is the best of all times for missions.

Such words do not have intrinsic authority the way Scripture does. They must be tested. Here is the truth I hear in those words.

  1. During an economic downturn we are more dependent on God. That is the most fertile soil for creating missionaries.
  2. During an economic downturn unreached people around the world do not expect you to come, but to look out for yourself. So they may more likely see your risk as love rather than exploitation.
  3. During an economic downturn those who need Christ around the world may be less secure in earthly things and more ready to hear about eternal life.
  4. During an economic downturn people at home may be wakened to the brevity of life and the fragility of material things, and so may become more generous not less. And when they give under these circumstances, it will make Christ look all the more like the all-satisfying Treasure that he is.

And so it may well prove to be that the worst of all times is the best of all times for missions.