Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.
Read one pastor's greatest fear: What Scares Me Most as a Pastor. (Presumably more than Jar Jar)
Check out this great collection of links: The Golden Compass Christian Response Roundup.
Read about the dilemma some black churches have with regard to Kwanza: Some churches conflicted over Kwanzaa.
“One of the primary reasons people celebrate Kwanzaa is because the belief is somehow our self-worth is inherent or wrapped up in our culture,” said Murrow, an evangelical Christian, in an interview.
“Our self-worth only comes from knowing Christ as Lord and Savior, so we can't really do both.”
Read about the shady past of he who is Saint Kwanza, its creator, Maulana Karenga (formerly Ron Ron Everett).
On September 17, 1971, Karenga was sentenced to one to ten years in prison on counts of felonious assault and false imprisonment. The charges stemmed from a May 9, 1970 incident in which Karenga and two others tortured two women who Karenga believed had tried to kill him by placing 'crystals' in his food and water.
A year later the Los Angeles Times described the events: 'Deborah Jones, who once was given the title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis' mouth and placed against Miss Davis' face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vice. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said.'
Read about the the Lottie Moon behind the "Lottie Moon Christmas Offering" for International Missions or listen to a sermon about her from Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. (You may also give online or through a local SBC church. Either way, 100% of the tax-deductible funds go toward international missions efforts.)
Read about why we should Expect Conflict.
"But, in a fallen world, the reality is the opposite. When a local church really begins to follow Christ, then they can expect conflict. It is certain. In fact, a lack of conflict, may be a warning sign!"
Read Rich Lowry's National Review about the potential for the Republican party to commit "Huckacide" due to Huckabee's un-electability.
"Democrats have to be looking at Huckabee the way Republicans once regarded Dean — as a shiny Christmas present that is too good to be true."
Read about why one Fightin' Texas Aggie is Done with Huckabee.
Listen to the audio from the recent Fellowship of Reformed Churches' "The Character of God in Everyday Life" conference. My address was on "The Holiness of God and His People" and I'd be interested in your feedback.
Read Joshua Harris' thoughts on Affluenza
Part 1: The Real Money Problem
Part 2: The Deception of Greed
Read some thoughts and historic quotes from Dr. Sam Lamerson On Dealing with Criticism. (HT Ray Fowler)
Read as Jesse Johnson explains that evangelism at his church is a practice not a program. (HT Ray Fowler)
“The man [asked me], ‘What does your church do for evangelism?’ ‘We evangelize,’ I answered … At Grace Church, our philosophy of evangelism hinges on the idea that evangelism is not a program. A church does not transform a community through activities and events … Rather, a church impacts its community through the lives of its members.”
Read about the bio of the man behind the recent church & YWAM murders in Colorado. Matthew Murray (age 24) is not the stereotypical mass murderer, for example, raised in church and homeschooled: "Homeschooled, conservative family, murderous?"
This is likely in bad taste, but I don't mind having fun at a wife beater's expense. Read the article from the NY Post detailing the passing of Ike Turner: Ike "Beats" Tina to Death. (I guess you need a bit of history here ... when Ike & Tina Turner were together back in the day he was a "domestic abuser.")
Read this bit of irony: Gennifer Flowers may vote for Hillary. (But would Hillary vote for Gennifer Flowers?)
"In the 1992 presidential race, the former television reporter [Flowers] claimed to have had a 12-year affair with then-candidate and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. Clinton initially denied the allegation, but later, during his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, acknowledged a single sexual encounter with Flowers."
R.I.P. Dan Fogelberg, a musical artist with whom I had only recently renewed my affection, to the tune of buying one of his CDs late Saturday night, mere hours before he died at 56 after a bout with prostate cancer. Some of my favorite Dan Fogelberg tunes: Longer, Same Old Lang Syne, and Leader of the Band:
Listen to TV theme music and songs from the past & present. (HT Ray Fowler)
Let me tell you somethin, brother ... Read about the resurrection of American Gladiators, a show for those too highbrow to watch "professional" wrestling. The new host, interestingly enough, is Terry Gene Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan).
Read about Questions your Doctor Didn't Used to Ask.
Find out ... How far can you go after the gas light in your car comes on?
Read about the ethics in reviewing books.
"76.5 percent think it's never ethical to review a book without reading the whole thing."
Check out the Batmobile's official website. (HT Brent)
Comment of the Week:
You might also confidently assert that your line goes back to Noah. We seldom stop to think that we are all descended from Noah as surely as Adam. The line of every single person you read about in Genesis prior to Noah (other than those from whom he descended) was extinguished. (Matthew Bradley)
"If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check."
- Dan Quayle, US Vice President from 1989-1993