Science Examines “Speaking in Tongues”

July 21, 2007

scientist and beakerMost of my readers know that I support the Biblical practice of speaking in tongues, as practiced by the Apostles in the Book of Acts and described by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, where he claims to speak in tongues more than all the Corinthians, expresses the desire that all of us would speak in tongues and emphatically states that we should “forbid not” speaking in tongues.  I do not believe that speaking in tongues is either a sign of salvation or the only initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but I do posit that it is a gift given by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the church that we are encouraged to seek and practice. 

I believe the Bible supports this practice,  but what would you say if neurologists studied the brains of their subjects while they spoke in tongues and verified the practice as legitimate? 

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Albino On the Evening News

July 8, 2007

televisionAlthough a semi-frequent guest on Christian television, every once in a while, Albino makes an appearance on the local news.  Last week I slid into the Hispanic Pastors’ Alliance meeting late (I know what you’re thinking, but I represent my church at these meetings) and casually dressed.  I almost always wear a suit (reflects that you believe the monthly meeting is important), but this time I figured, “It’s summer and I’m hot, so I’m going in a pair of slacks and a polo shirt.”  When I arrived, I opened the door to discover three local mayors, three police chiefs, and a television crew from Telemundo all staring at a very large, casually-dressed Anglo with his mouth agape. Read the rest of this entry »

You May Kiss the Bride

July 6, 2007

Jim Esther Wedding PhotoHas it really been five years since I heard my Dad say those words, “You may kiss the bride”? 

We are on South Padre Island celebrating our fifth year of marriage (Rachel is with Grammy), and I can honestly say that we are more in love today than we were on that magical night in 2002 in Saltillo.  In the words of that old song, “It’s very clear; our love is here to stay.”  God has been faithful to us, and we are excited for what He has planned for us during the remaining 65 years of marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 2007

flag statue of libertyI hope everyone is having a fun Independence Day.  I, for one, am forever grateful that my two grandfathers made the trip in their respective ships and landed at Ellis Island, thus giving their descendants the wonderful gift of living in the land of freedom and opportunity. 

When I am abroad, I describe America as a place where all races and nationalities come together under one constitution, a place where we strive to live up to our ideals of justice and liberty, and give everybody a chance to succeed through hard work.  

She is not perfect, but for today, I want to say, “Thank you, America.”  I have posted some patriotic videos for your enjoyment.

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While a Moon Jump is Still Magical…

July 1, 2007

moon jumpI preached at a quinceñera Friday night, a 15th birthday party that is a Mexican tradition, and it was quite the affair.  Brand new dresses on all the young ladies accompanying the birthday girl, 9 young guys in suits escorting them, the church decorated elegantly, and a stretch hummer waiting outside to take the quinceañera to an even more elaborate reception.  But my daughter, Rachel, was not happy. Read the rest of this entry »