Monday, February 25, 2008

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

A GREAT little bit with Mike Huckabee on SNL.

Read as Lance at Blaque Tulip examines the rationale behind Black History Month.
"If the end of our struggle is a 2500 square foot four bedroom, two and half bath, two car garage in the suburbs then our struggle and view of history is a dismal failure."

Read Heather MacDonald on The Campus Rape Myth: The reality: bogus statistics, feminist victimology, and university-approved sex toys.

Read as Gabrielle explains How to be the Girl that Gets Got: Lessons from Isaac and Rebekah.

Read about new research that suggests Working Alone May Be The Key To Better Productivity.

Check out Jim Kang's exhortation: Commit Yourself to a Local Church for the Glory of God
Part 1 - What is a church?
Part 2 - Why should I become a church member?
Part 3 - How to become a church member?
Part 4 - Responsibilities of a church member

Read how Good Ideas Distract Groups From Generating Great Ideas.

Read as Stephen Altrogge asks, Does God Care About Exercise?

Read Why Eating a Big Mac is Cheaper than Eating a Salad.

For you writers out there, read How to Schedule Your Writing Like a Professional Writer.

Read John & Noel Piper's thoughts on The Family: Together in God's Presence, regarding how to approach having your kids with you in worship.
"Sunday worship service is not useless to children just because much of it goes over their heads. They can and will grow into this new language faster than we think—if positive and happy attitudes are fostered by the parents."

Read why Why Perfect Dates Make Lousy Partners.

Check out C.J. Mahaney on Confessing Sin, being prompted by Andy Pettite. (HT Benji)
"If my so-called confession extends beyond a very specific (acknowledgement of sin) sentence or two, then I am most likely excusing my sin, and requesting understanding for my sin, rather than sincerely asking forgiveness because of my sin."

Check out a new blog, Spiritual Matters, from a longtime friend and former cubicle neighbor, Mark Turner.

Read the The Ten Most Absurd Statements in the Book of Romans from Matt Waymeyer.
6. Because it arouses sinful passions, the Law itself is evil and sinful (Rom 7:7).

Read about Obsolete Skills.
  • Adjusting rabbit ears on top of a TV
  • Be Kind - Rewind
  • Formatting a floppy
  • Recording television with a VCR

Read as Tyris of Black and Reformed Ministries asks, Is Black History Important? (Be sure to peruse the comments as well.)

Read as Joe Carter explains Why Pro-Life Presidents Matter.
"Christians have an obligation to the most vulnerable members of our society to elect politicians who have both a robust view of human dignity and the temerity to govern accordingly. We betray this duty when we downplay the role the executive branch in advancing the pro-life cause. Judges and legislators matter; but presidents matter too."

Read Mark Dever on the Bondage of Guidance. Read C.J. Mahaney's Response from a Reformed Charismatic.

Read about President Bush being praised by Bob Geldof (i.e., Pink) for his relief efforts in Africa.

Read about Mark Turner's buddy, Eric Redmond, to speak at the Founders breakfast at the SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis this summer.

Read as Stand to Reason asks, Can Atheists Believe in Moral Values?

Read about the change of heart whereby the NFL will allow churches to show the Superbowl.

Read Monty Python's John Cleese's Letter to America.

Read about Scam callers preying on churches’ compassion.

Read Wayne Grudem on The Myth of Mutual Submission as an Interpretation of Ephesians 5:21.

Read about Angry White Men and the political landscape.

Read as Tim Challies asks, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mark Driscoll? (think musically along the lines of Maria & the Sound of Music)

Read Abraham Piper on Listening to God through Other People.

Read as Justin Taylor shares some endorsements of the book In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement, by Packer & Dever.

Check out Ray Fowler's tribute to the recently deceased Larry Norman, including videos.

Check out Al Mohler at DTS recently where he spoke in chapel all week: Atheism Remix: The New Atheism as a Challenge to Christian Theology.
The New Atheism and the Endgame of Secularism
The New Atheism and the Assault on Theism
The New Atheism and the Defense of Theism
The New Atheism and the Future of Christianity

Read Peter Mead on Feeling Down in the Ministry.

Comment of the Week:
"Until white churches, and black churches make the necessary sacrifices to be one church we can forget anything else. It is funny how so many Christians would rather push this responsibility on voters instead of being a catalyst for change where they have the most influence, their homes and their churches." (Lionel Woods)
"Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough."
- George Washington Carver



At 26 February, 2008 06:14, Blogger mark t said...

It's been so many years now, probably I remember Eric Redmond a lot better than he remembers me!

Regarding the Big Mac versus salad story. We've been trying to eat more fruit, which I'm finding is harder in winter, because there is less available (especially in a more rural area), and it is more expensive. I was craving grapes one day this winter, and decided to get some. But when the cashier weighed my grapes and rang up the price it was about $8. I told her, "I want grapes, but I don't know if I want them that bad!" So, I didn't buy them. About a week later, my wife broke down and bought the grapes. She felt she just had to have them. Inwardly, I applauded her decision. I was ready for them too!

At 28 February, 2008 00:18, Blogger AJF said...

I thought Mahaney really missed it on is article about Pettitte.

He didn't give brother Pettitte any credit at all. The guy has gone way beyond what any other "user" has done so far. Sure, his answers were a bit immature, but I think he evidenced fruits of repentance. I didn't think CJ should have piled on him like that. Who cares about what Mike Golic says.

As to CJ's specific diss- Pettitte not admitting he was a cheater, that's a tougher question than it sounds:

In 2002 and 2004 HGH was not a banned substance, therefore, taking it wasn't necessarily cheating. Don't get me wrong, it should have been banned, but asking a guy if he cheated by taking something that wasn't banned and he says "no" based on his reasoning for taking the stuff (keep in mind, in both cases, Andy went on the DL and never played a game in proximity to his two single day uses of the stuff). I can see why he wouldn't have thought of himself as a cheater and I don't think CJ should have jumped on him.

Now, if the question was about illegally acquiring drugs- that's different. Andy openly confessed that to be wrong multiple times. Obviously he also thought taking HGH was wrong to do also- it went against his sensibilities, no doubt. But still, the question "are you a cheater" is a bit much given the complexities of the issues.

I really don't know what Andy's church affiliation is. Sure I wish he could have followed the Peacemakers plan for confessing one's sins, but heck, lay off him already CJ. Other than Mike Golic, most saw him as doing his best to be honest about wrong actions. Dissin' wasn't called for.

At 03 March, 2008 12:51, Blogger GUNNY said...


I agree. Pettite seems in a class by himself, dirty but seemingly coming clean.

On the Larry Norman front ...

I came across that which he wrote the day before he died:
"I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God’s hand reaching down to pick me up… I have been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home..."

As I used Cracker Jack as an object lesson for my children's sermon yesterday, I particularly appreciated it.


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