Monday, February 18, 2008

Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

A little post-Valentine's Day humor. I'll bet he had to buy more than another "iced latte" to get out of the dog house.

Read about 10 things that won't "Change" no matter who gets elected.
"2. The partisan divide: Politicians have been promising to bridge the divisions in Washington ever since Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton. It's a lot harder than it looks."

Read about how "Artificial sweeteners may contribute more to weight gain than food rich in sugar."

Read This, Retire Rich (from the Men's Wealth Financial Center at
"It took our in-house financial guru decades to learn these wealth-building rules. It'll take you about 10 minutes"

In honor of Black History Month, read about Famous Firsts by African Americans.

Read James Galyon's accolades for Bob Fu, a leading advocate for the persecuted Church in China who won the John Leland Religious Liberty Award.

Last Monday we shared Against Music*. Now read Some More Thoughts on Music from Greg Gilbert.

Read 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily.

"One In, One Out: Avoid clutter by adopting a replacement-only standard. Every time you but something new, you throw out or donate something old. For example, you buy a new shirt, you get rid of an old one. (Variation: One in, Two Out — useful when you begin to feel overwhelmed by your possessions.)"

Read as Pulpit Magazine asks, "Does the Bible mandate home school?"

Read about what Paul would have said had he addressed announcements in church. (HT Brent Thomas)

Read Don Whitney's Ten Questions to Ask to Turn a Conversation Toward the Gospel. (HT Brent Thomas)
"10. I often like to pray for people I meet; how can I pray for you?"

Read Anthony Bradley's thoughts on "Interracial Marriage" in “Separate but equal” in marriage. There were 219 comments at last count and some of them are more than a little heated.
"The fastest way for a preacher to get fired from a conservative Southern church today is to sanction interracial marriages from the pulpit."

Check out the "funniest attack ad of the political season," courtesy of Ray Fowler.

Read about the difference campaign spending makes.
"It isn’t the money that is boosting Obama. Rather, it’s the fact that he is a strong candidate that is attracting both the money and the votes."

Read about how non-New Yorkers perceive New York.

Read a physiological understanding of why we kiss.
"Kisses can convey important information about the status and future of a relationship. At the extreme, a bad first kiss can abruptly curtail a couple’s future."

Read as Denny Burk attempts to ask and answer the question, "If God is sovereign, why pray?"

Read as John Piper answers the question, "What makes the humble happy?"

Read Nathan Williams' review of Kaiser's Toward an Exegetical Theology, a book I require in seminary class. His review contains some great selected quotes as well.
“Exegesis is never an end in itself. Its purposes are never fully realized until it begins to take into account the problems of transferring what has been learned from the text over to the waiting Church.” (p. 149)

Read Leo Babauta's list of 20 Things I Wish I Had Known When Starting Out in Life.
"11. All that stuff that’s stressing you out — it won’t matter in 5 years, let alone 15. When things are happening to you right now, they mean all the world. I had deadlines and projects and people breathing down my neck, and my stress levels went through the roof. I don’t regret the hard work (see above) but I think I would have been less stressed if I could have just realized that it wouldn’t matter a single bit just a few years down the road. Perspective is a good thing to learn."

Check this out ... Cheeseburger in a can. Perhaps simultaneously both the best and worst thing ever seen. (HT Missy)

Read as Steve Sailer gives the best indicator of whether a state will swing Red or Blue in a presidential election: The cost of buying a home and raising a family.

Read Leslie's review/recommendation of Definitely, Maybe: When Harry Met Sally meets How I Met Your Mother.
"This movie is not your typical chick flick. Most chick flicks have no turns or surprises, hardly any depth and I never feel what the characters are feeling."

Read as Garth Sundem reveals how to make better decisions.
"With Valentine's Day around the corner, don't trust your instincts when it comes to selecting a mate. Human decision making is seriously flawed - but it can be fixed with a few simple sums."

Read Al Mohler's piece Has God Called You? Discerning the Call to Preach.

Read about the 30-day sex challenge The Relevant Church of Tampa has issued to its congregation. (HT AJF)
"Single men and women can't have sex for 30 days, and married couples are urged to have it every day."

Read Dr. James Galyon's Not Anabaptist.
"It is for these reasons, among others, that many early Baptists rejected the label Anabaptist."

Read about the study that found that Identical twins not as identical as believed.

Read as Jim Kang exhorts the reader to Commit Yourself to a Local Church for the Glory of God.
"It is too common to see people today that are “dating” a church out of selfish convenience and in some instances it’s not uncommon to see people who are “two-timing” with another church or another ministry."

Read this offering from Brother Hank: Steady The Knees: Confessions of a Christian Pro-Life Activist.

Read as Tim Challies' asks, Is Forgiveness Conditional or Unconditional?

Read a collection of quote Chris Brauns has compiled on Conditional Forgiveness.

Read as Lionel Woods tackles the issue of a believer under the law: Law, Gospel, or Both?

Read Nathan Busenitz (of Pulpit Magazine) on the NT Christian's relationship to the OT law: You, Me and Moses.

Read about Eric Redmond being used as an example of how Southern Baptists have to diversify to survive.

Read Ed Stetzer's forward to Bob Roberts' new book on Church Multiplication.

Scope out Bruce Tomaso's Bible Love Quiz.
7. Hosea once purchased his wife, Gomer, with what currency?
  1. Silver
  2. Barley
  3. Wine
  4. All of the above

Read Matthew Cornell's Three indecisiveness phrases, and when (not) to use them.

Check out the Fall 2007 (Volume 18, Number 2)issue of The Master's Journal (of The Master's Seminary), An Issue Devoted to an Examination of New Covenant Theology. As he reads the articles, Michael Adams will be blogging about it.

Read about the Supreme Court judging 5 "age bias" cases.
"There is only one anti-bias law — the one against discrimination based on age — that would cover all nine Supreme Court justices, if such laws applied to them."

Comment of the Week:
"In addition to the promoting sin and glorifying evil standards, which seem very wise, I sometimes measure a song by whether it promotes my sense of internal peace, or disturbs it. Some styles of singing and/or music immediately give me a sense of inner turmoil, disturbance. But I realize this is subjective, and that people will disagree on what they personally consider "disturbing." Some kinds of very intense screaming found in some Christian hard rock today, for example, troubles me. I have also heard singing in some "Christian" songs in which the voices were electronically altered to the point where they almost sound demonic, and yet, they sing lyrics that are probably okay. But the sound of the voice doesn't fit with the lyrics." (Mark T)
"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."
-Henry Kissinger



At 18 February, 2008 17:45, Blogger Jade said...

Love the NY comments (and article) ... but I have to say most non-NYers are clueless of NY. For instance, when most people think of New York, they right away think that the whole state is a city, when in reality 90% of New York is all boondock and quite beautiful I may add! :o)

Also, accord to Rev's definition of the Anabaptist, that makes me an anabaptist because I was baptized twice! Once I was a baby (born into a Catholic household) and then once again after I became a born-again Christian.

At 18 February, 2008 21:27, Anonymous mark t said...

What a great story about Eric Redmond. When I saw the name, I was amazed that it was the same guy who sat next to me and was my friend in my first Greek class at DTS, who is now the highest ranking African American among the whole Southern Baptist denomination. Come to think of it, Eric was always several steps ahead of me when it came to Greek! What an amazing ride the Lord has taken him on! I was about to comment on cheeseburger-in-a-can, but this story suddenly eclipsed it, like Jupiter to a golf ball.

At 18 February, 2008 21:27, Blogger AJF said...

I thought the Pulpit magazine article exploring whether the bible mandates home schooling was pretty weak. Don't get me wrong, I don't think the bible mandates home schooling, but it does mandate Christian Education. The writer lost me with his dispensationally naive statement that attempted to rule out Deut. 6 as applicable to believers for all time:

"First, Deuteronomy 6:5–9 is an Old Testament passage. As part of the Mosaic Law, it is not immediately binding on New Testament Christians. If this passage is normative for NT believers, than everything else in Deuteronomy must also be considered binding."

Sorry, but that's a seriously naive view of how we ought to apply the Old Testament. Holy Ryrie.

I know he's reacting to those who say Home Schooling is the only way, but in so doing, he doesn't answer the wider question of how then should a Christian Worldview be inculcated...but that's another blog entry.

At 19 February, 2008 15:15, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A church tells its singles to stop having sex for 30 days??? I seem to recall God telling singles to not have sex until marriage. I guess this church is not too concerned with what God says.

BUT, by announcing to the world that the singles at your church are having sex, I guess the singles group will get a lot bigger. Score another one for the church growth movement.

At 19 February, 2008 15:26, Blogger GUNNY said...

Mark T,

You know it's a good story when it tops Cheeseburger in a Can! Yeah, he seems like a stud. I only vaguely knew of him at DTS.


A Reformed Anabaptist? How can that be?!

I feel you on NY. I've seen pictures of "upstate" NY and such and think, "Huh?"


"I don't think the bible mandates home schooling, but it does mandate Christian Education."

I guess it depends on what you mean by Christian education. Deuteronomy mandates teaching the Torah to the children and I think that necessitates we teach God's Word to our children.

But it would be an interpretive stretch (at least from that passage) to declare a mandate for a child to be taught math, English, computers, etc. from a Christian.

I'm not saying that's what you're saying, but I know that's what some are saying when they're saying the Bible "mandates Christian education."


It reminds me of the phenomenon that takes place at the Olympics. The athletes all abstain during that time, but as soon as the competitions are over and the medals are on, the clothes come off.

Will that be the case at this church, where they all get together at a singles retreat and go crazy?

Or what about the Tuesday night before Lent, i.e., Mardi Gras? Will you have the night before the 30 days start a great singles fest whereby they get drunk (they didn't ban drunkenness during the 30 days)and naked and ... uh ... imbibe in massive amounts of woo-hoo?

At 19 February, 2008 15:51, Blogger AJF said...

1. I think we should understand the application of Deuteronomy 6 to be wider than Torah alone, especially when taken with other passages on instruction, especially Ephesians 6. The ten commandments form the baseline of Christian thought and ethics for sure. The first commandment sets the pace for all of learning, etc. But I take your point.

2. I agree the passage doesn't mandate that only Christians teach children the various subjects, however, I think it would be naive to think that teaching the various subjects without reference to the Lord over them should qualify as true education. Sure, I suppose Math could be taught without reference to God...but it would be better if it was taught with reference to Him. What could be very bad would be a scoffer or mocker of God (see Psalm 1) teaching these things. Is it really possible for any teacher to leave his/her worldview out of a subject? I don't think so. Finally, what about science? History? Social studies? It's not like we can send out kids to a place where they only take a math or computers class (wow, whoever teaches them computers better have some ethics...I'm talking myself out of agreeing with you).

At 19 February, 2008 16:06, Blogger GUNNY said...

Thanks for your thoughts, brother.

They further the discussion about what makes education intrinsically Christian or not.

I think some assume education is Christian if it is taught by a Christian or taught in a "Christian" school.

Yet, Christians can (and do) teach in public schools. And I've known some Christian schools that were hardly different from a public school apart from the fact that one of the subjects taught at the school was Bible.

I think you'd agree that the Biblical mandate is that parents take ownership of their children's education, in all areas, but especially theology.

However, I know many will presume from that obligation comes the necessity of homeschooling or exposure to only Christians in instrucational roles (which includes the classroom and perhaps the little league coach and the Scoutmaster).

My contention would be that a parent has not abdicated his/her God-given responsibility by delegating certain areas of instruction to another.

I think you (Tony) would agree with that. The difference comes with regard to who is an acceptable delegate.

At 19 February, 2008 16:19, Blogger AJF said...

"My contention would be that a parent has not abdicated his/her God-given responsibility by delegating certain areas of instruction to another.

I think you (Tony) would agree with that. The difference comes with regard to who is an acceptable delegate."

I agree.

At 21 February, 2008 17:10, Blogger Jade said...

Gunny wrote:
A Reformed Anabaptist? How can that be?!

Well Gunny, if I have to go by Rev's definition of what an anabaptist is that would make most past paedobaptist that converted to creado baptist rebaptize because the first one --- well it wasn't by choice, nor was there a commitment to follow Christ. So I felt obligated to rebaptize. :o)

Yeah, NY is beautiful. And so is New England. Gotta come out here sometime Gunny and I'll give you a nice tour. There's a lot of history out here.

At 03 March, 2008 00:41, Blogger Jared Nelson said...

Interesting thoughts on Baptist not associating with Anabaptist. Bingham said something similar when I asked him about it, saying he prefered to trace the Baptists back to the Puritans (ala Bunyan and Baxter) rather than Menno. Interesting...


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