Westminster Speaks

Major catastrophes inevitably stimulate conversations about major matters.  Where is God when tsunamis hit and bury entire villages, killing thousands?  Where is God when pilots intentionally decimate buildings with their own airplanes and rip mothers from their own children?  Where is God when violent earthquakes crush bodies and infrastructures beyond their breaking points?  Such tragedies launch transcendent questions.

Why would a loving God allow unthinkable horror?  Is He impotent?  Do great calamities grant greater evidence of greatest ineptitude?
Posted January 14, 2010 By David B. Garner
No experience in my life has elicited greater heart-sickness than witnessing the AIDS orphans in South Africa…helpless, unclothed children, walking the dirty hillsides, wandering aimlessly, scrounging for food, living only to die.  For the estimated 3.5 million such orphans in South Africa, there exists neither home nor hope...
Posted September 16, 2009 By David B. Garner

Blogging is not a sin.  No, really.  It’s not.  No commandment says “Thou shalt not blog,” and good and necessary consequence doesn’t place blogging on par with pornography.  Real Christians really blog, but sad to say, much of this blogging doesn’t look really Christian.  With thanks to technology and the hankering to be heard, blogging has found its place, and is indeed morphing into its own accepted, self-propagating, self-attesting genre of the written word.  But by its very nature it’s unique.  It has none of the editorial, marketing, and vetting protections of other published formats.

Posted June 5, 2009 By David B. Garner

In 2006, lawyer Michael J. Kline informed two of the brand managers for Coca-Cola Classic that they could sue their own company's Coca-Cola Zero brand.  What ensued was an unprecedented reality TV-styled marketing campaign.  In “Candid Camera” like settings, two actors, posing as Coke Classic brand managers seek to establish the case that the sugarless Coke Zero tastes so much like the Real Coke Classic that they have a legitimate intellectual property suit.  The charge? “Taste infringement.”  In a number of mildly humorous to quite hilarious encounters, attorneys are captured on tape, with responses ranging from stumbling nonsensical utterances to verbal aggression.

Posted May 26, 2009 By David B. Garner
There was a day when I liked the sea.   That day has come and gone.  Don’t get me wrong.  I still love to walk on the beach.  I love to watch the waves.  I am compelled by the majestic “signals of transcendence” (to co-opt a Peter Berger phrase), which propel my mind God-ward before the immense ocean and its teeming life, as it is set against a horizon extending beyond the eyes’ reach.  But it would take a presidential-sized stimulus package to convince me to get on a boat in the Pacific...
Posted March 9, 2009 By David B. Garner
“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”  So tout 800 British bus billboards, funded by the British Humanist Association and the pope of atheism, Richard Dawkins.  The atheistic campaign, which notably did not have the courage to exclude the word “probably,” weighed the evidence and concluded that society in all probability couldn’t handle the bald proposition “There is no God.”  But as The New York Times writer Ruth Gledhill noted in her Jan. 6, 2009 article, campaign organizers were shocked by the influx of resources to their campaign, as they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in just a few days.
Posted February 2, 2009 By David B. Garner
Dorothy was afraid of the forest, its unknowns, its wild beasts.  Her apprehensions on the road to Oz have become a household refrain: “Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!”  However frightened Dorothy may have been, only one of those beasts seems now to threaten our livelihood.  In our economic crisis, media moguls whine loudly, “Bears and bears and more bears!  Oh, my!”  Their opining comes all too close to home.  The bear market seems to be almost more than we can bear.  
Posted January 14, 2009 By David B. Garner