Showing posts from April, 2012

From Hatchet Man to Holy Man: the Life and Death of Chuck Colson

From a young age, I was a fan of Mr. Colson.  His life and work intersected two of my loves:  my faith in Jesus and interest in politics.  I was exposed to Chuck Colson’s  Born Again as a teenager and at Philadelphia College of Bible, I read, Kingdoms in Conflict.  Colson’s life story was a redemption story like few others that you hear. 
Being just six years old in 1973, I was too young to remember Watergate but its story always captivated me.  A Republican president, Richard Nixon, abused power in a cover-up without which someone said the Watergate incident would have been dismissed as a “second-rate burglary.”  It all started with a break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. in June of 1972.  Before it was all over, Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace on August 9, 1974 and 
forty-three others were tried and convicted, including top officials of the Nixon administration like Chuck Colson. 
Serving as Special Coun…

What's In a Name?

What’s in a Name?  In 1990, I graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible.  Over the years, PCB changed and with it, its name altered as well.  After achieving university status under President Babb, a new name was chosen, Philadelphia Biblical University, one that does not easily roll off the tongue.  Eventually, students, alumni, the community, etc., got used to it like will eventually happen with the new name change.  However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t reasons to wrestle with the proposal.  

The rationale for the name change Dr. Williams, current president of PBU, argues that there is a perception of PBU being a Bible college with “university” in its name, leading people to believe that it has “limited offerings and a narrow vocational focus.” 
My thought:  The word narrow sounds familiar to me.  Matthew 7:13-14
Furthermore, market research conducted via focus groups and a survey yielded data that was considered in favor of a name change in general and toward the name “C…

Watch "October Baby." You Won't Regret It

The link below is of a NY Times article on the film, October Baby.  It is a film about a young lady who finds out she is adopted, and even more traumatizing, a failed abortion survivor.  This explains some of the medical conditions she is experiencing.  The young lady then goes on a search for her birth mother and winds up finding something even more important, the ability to forgive and let go.

October Baby, the Movie

The movie does not do what most productions do, form a crisis and, in one show or movie, neatly wrap it all up in a feel good, happy ending.  You are left wishing that some things were more neatly and thoroughly dealt with but that is not real life.  Real life means that some things are left for time to reveal or even close.  Yet there is plenty of resolution to cheer the heart.

As the creators stated, October Baby is a movie about forgiveness.  Those who are pro-…