I love stories of Whistleblowers

This particular whistleblower says he was prepared to murder Bernard Madoff.

The Boston Herald piece by Jerry Kronenberg goes on:

The Boston financial whiz who tried for years to expose Bernard Madoff reveals in a new memoir that he made plans to murder the Ponzi schemer if necessary.

“If (Madoff) contacted me and threatened me, I was going to go down to New York and take him out,” Whitman resident Harry Markopolos writes in “No One Would Listen,” due in bookstores Tuesday. “At that point, it would have come down to him or me, (and) I felt I had no other options: I was going to kill him.” Continue reading

Is this really true?

Driscoll tweeted this statement by JI Packer. “The Church no more gave us the New Testament canon than Sir Isaac Newton gave us the force of gravity.”

In other words, the Bible created the church, the church did not create the Bible. This is similar to the argument that asks the question, “Is the Mona Lisa beautiful because we say it is beautiful or do we say it’s beautiful because it is?”

Well, ontologlically this is true – the church cannot create the Bible. But it begs the question. Did the church have a role is recognizing and then codifying the books which were ultimately recognized as inspired of God? The simple answer is yes. If the simple answer is yes, then the church itself is a source of God’s presence and authority. I don’t have a problem with that. I used to. Now I don’t.

Of course, once the church is given that status, us evangelical Protestants have to meaningfully interact with the authority of tradition. I wonder if our problem with that is more psychological than intellectual. And I wonder if that keeps us reductionistic in our development and able single-handedly with one arm tied behind our back to reduce our doctrine (after 2,000 years of thought, prayer and worship) to one side of a 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper.

Print this article and mail it (don’t email it) to your congressman

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone is my Bible for understanding the recent financial meltdown. His recent article is Wall Street’s Bailout Hustle. The hair on your neck will stand up on end.

Taibbi is no social or political conservative. He takes a lot of heat from his usual crowd for his willingness to take on the current administration and its reliance on the same people who engineered the recent meltdown. His language is at times raw and blue. He hates crooks. That makes it pretty simple for him. This is like shooting fish in a barrel.

I am copying off the article and sending it to my Senators and House Rep – by mail and not by email.I want to let them know that I am reading this stuff and that I know a bit of what they know but don’t talk about. And it will affect the way I vote.

If you read the article, and I suggest you not only read it but put Taibbi’s blog in your blog aggregator, consider sending it to your congressman, too, with some portions highlighted to draw their attention to the money shots.

Political activism is not my deal. But there are times when scams are so big and so outrageous that the energy of response just flows. I think we might be living in one of those times. I have my eye on our new MA Senator Scott Brown and there is enough there to make me nervous already. I think some of my more conservative friends forgot he was a politician.

BTW, Rolling Stone is one of my hangovers from college days. I sure miss the 60s. Like rock ‘n roll, it helps save me from bad Christianity.

How many of these kinds of books can you read???

Here’s another new one: It’s Your Time: Activate Your Faith, Achieve Your Dreams, and Increase in God’s Favor  by Joel Osteen. Don’t you feel your brain dripping out through your nose with another one of these kinds of books? This is not a screed against Olsteen. It’s just a title that says “blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”. How many of these kinds of books do we evangelicals need to read? I don’t get it.