Oct 15

Washington D.C. 02-07 OCTOBER 2010 — American College of Surgeons Meetings
I don’t especially enjoy going to Washington D.C. It is a large dirty town, expensive, mediocre food, bad beer, and little that interests me. When you have seen the Capitol once, you’ve seen it enough. The building attempts to portray strength. Yet, I continually am befuddled as to which idiot decided on that silly statue on top–probably it’s the same fools that cogitate and ruminate inside. The building sitting behind the Capitol building was even more despairing. To climb the steps of this edifice would best state old Dante’s words “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”.

Correct. It is the Supreme Court building. Dennis, for your interest (and yours alone, since only you have read Tupper Saucey), notice the “mark of Cain” in the railing just off of the sidewalk. Needless to say, I did have one remarkably wonderful experience in D.C.
I went to church on Sunday morning to hear Mark Dever preach. This Sunday, Mark broke off from a series in Mark to speak specifically on the nature and doctrine of the church. The sermon was good, though Mark seemed to have a problem (like all Baptists) in seeing the importance of Old Testament in bringing light to the practices of the New Testament, especially in regard to the sacraments and the church. Oh well. It was a delight to hear solid preaching from a conservative scholar, only 3 blocks from the supreme court and capitol building.
Taking a walk to Barry’s house, I noticed that the Smithsonian Museum had a special on evolution. Those of you who know me realize that I contend that evolution is the greatest case of science in a state of dire confusion, just being wrong. I do take slight exception to that rule. While I believe that most people were created by God in God’s image, there are a few rare exceptions to the rule. If you look carefully at the pictures on this sign, you will notice that the “ape” in the lower right hand corner bears a striking resemblance to our current president. Perhaps BHO was a rare exception of the ape to man process?
Barry was a little stand-offish, and would not let me into his house. That’s okay, since I have no interest in visiting him anyway. Little does he know that there is more power in that church down the road (Capitol Hill Baptist) than all the might and military that old B. Hussain O. could ever muster up.
I did not take photos of the American College of Surgeons meeting. It was mostly a dog and pony show, though I learned a bit in the process. Much discussion related to the changing face of surgery. Sadly, most surgeons fail to see that we have brought much trouble on ourselves by letting medicine become a political process. We now are looking to people like BHO to solve our problems and he only makes them worse. Surprise, surprise.
There’s only one thing I really like about Washington, D.C. They have a great subway transportation system. It’s especially helpful when you wish to get out of Washington, D.C. The train takes you straight to the airport, without any hassle. Unfortunately, a moderate number of surgical meetings occur in D.C., meaning that in those years where the meetings take place in D.C., I will probably skip and look for meetings in Florida or Arizona, or Southern Cafilornia (no, that is NOT a mis-spelling!).

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4 Responses to “Washington D.C. 02-07OCT2010”

  1. Stephen Chambers says:

    I was surprised to hear that you sat under the teaching of a Baptist … and inside a Baptist church! Mark Dever (along with Albert Mohler) has been a strong conservative force to bring the modern day Baptist church back to it’s historic reformed roots. I’m glad to hear that you got to visit Capitol Hill Baptist. Karen and I will be taking Carol Anne back to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore in November. We might attempt a visit to Dever’s church. Andrew gave us a D.C. tour in 2005 and without a knowledgable guide, the subway system there seems intimidating.

    • Steve;
      1. I have no problem with Baptists. I do have a problem with the modern dispensational Baptist, or liberal Baptists. Interesting, but about 1/3 of Southern Baptists are now Reformed.
      2. The Metro system is actually very easy to figure out. Look at the maps and feel free to ask directions. Most people are friendly.
      3. We will pray that all goes well with Carol Anne.

  2. Stephen Chambers says:

    Believe it or not, the associate pastor, Michael Lawrence, of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, of eight years under Mark Dever, just became the Senior pastor of Hinson Memorial Baptist Church in Portland this past month. Maybe this would be a good place for Louie and Carol!

  3. Uncle Dennis says:

    Since you mentioned F. Tupper Saussy {correct spelling} in regard to his book _Rulers of Evil: Useful Knowledge About Governing Bodies_, it might be of interest to readers to know that the “Indian” atop the Capitol building is not an Indian at all, nor is it Lady Liberty or any other such fabrication put out by official tour guides of the Capitol. She is Persephone, one of the Greek guardians of hell. I am not making this up.
    How a Greek god from hell got there is left to be discovered by those who get a copy of Saussy’s interesting and informative book and read it – especially for those misguided souls, following Peter Marshall Jr. and David Barton of Wall Builders, who suppose that the United States is some divinely sanctioned destiny for God’s people rather than a coup de etat of the American revolution by some of the landed aristocracy who overthrew governments with their declarations of Christ as Lord of their colonies. Under the U.S. Constitution, “we the people” have the ultimate say about what is right and wrong, through a representative process in the Constitution. Not much different than Adam and Eve outvoting God in the garden, eh?
    Washington delenda est.

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