Monday, April 14, 2008

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

Read about the attempt to "jinx" the new Yankee Stadium by planting a Red Sox jersey within its structural concrete. (HT Jade)

Read about the PCUSA's multicultural conference in San Antonio.

Read as Hammer and Nail attempts to ask & answer the question, "What is a Reformed Baptist?"

Read Mark Dever on What Evangelism Is Not in Christianity Today.

Check out these Top 10 RC Sproul quotes. (HT Vitamin Z)

Read 20 potential questions for potential church members.

Read Al Mohler's thoughts on Marriage and the Glory of God.

Read as Steven Levitt wonders, "Why does the post office deliver mail that has no stamp?"

Read A Primer on the Christian Understanding of Capital Punishment, including arguments for and against it.

Read about what motivated Oprah's departure for biblical Christianity.

Read 10 Ways to Help Kids Love Missions.

Read Choosing Mult-Ethnic over Mega.
"Is having an ethnically diverse church a biblical mandate?"

Read why John Piper says it's good we're not all like Jesus.

Check out the film career of the recently departed Charleton Heston, star of 2 of my favorite Top 10 Movies, Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments.

Read the irony: Bees swarm Mexican police in reverse sting operation.

Read about Johnny Mac making a stop in the DFW metroplex on April 18th.

Read Johnny Mac's 8 ways parents provoke. (cf. Eph 6:4)

Read Reepicheep on why Party affiliation is not what it used to be.
"A candidate's party affiliation has historically been the key differentiating element between the two main candidates for president. I think the 2008 election will be different."

Read Rev's new bit, Theology on Thursday, insightful theology quotes. He's off to a good start with Clive Staples, Lewis, that is.
"Gunny makes his case on Mondays, Brent cries on Fridays, so who is covering Thursdays?"

Read as Joshua Harris shares some insight on the recent singing of Shout to the Lord on American Idol.

Check out some insightful advice for those considering a life of ministry. (HT Jared Nelson)
Part 1 - Guide for Elder Wannabes
Part 2 - Even More Radical and Controversial Advice for Elder Wannabes
"Learn everyone’s name in your congregation. If you’re in a congregation too big to do that, you’re likely in a congregation too big to really learn how to do ministry or to really interact with elders who give a flying flip about you."

Read about Venezuela determining The Simpsons inappropriate for children, replacing it with ... wait for it ... Baywatch.

Check out this Online Aid for Bible Memory.

Read about the one book J.I. Packer won't sign. (Hint)

Read as Radical Womanhood shares my ire with regard to the increasing problem of loud restaurants: No Appetite for Noise.

Read the Thirsty Theologians series: Why I'm a Calvinist.
Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - Depravity
Part 3 - Election
Part 4 - The Atonement

Read the Wall Street Journal article on Sex Education by Donna Freitas, including the prominence of regret over promiscuity.

Read about the demise of "Christian" "book" stores, particularly in the comments section.

Read as Johnny Mac argues that the "Seeker-Sensitive" movement has created spectators, not servants.

Read 10 Questions Every Leaders Should Ask.
3. Does my heart break for the things that break the heart of God?

Comment of the Week:
"Sure, Yoda looked good for the first 870 years of his life, but wow did he drop off in the last 30 or so. Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi must have been seriously stressful for our little green friend." (Reepicheep)
"We learn something every day, and lots of times it's that what we learned the day before was wrong."
-Bill Vaughan



At 14 April, 2008 14:59, Anonymous Ray Fowler said...

Great list of links, Gunny. Thanks for going through all the work of putting this together for us twice! (I can't even imagine it.)

At 14 April, 2008 15:07, Blogger GUNNY said...

You're welcome, Ray.

I'm sure there's at least a few I missed, but I gotta finish my taxes!

At 14 April, 2008 15:28, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, guess I have my reading list for the week! Thanks!

At 14 April, 2008 15:39, Anonymous Lionel Woods said...

I loved the Elder Wannabe joint.

At 14 April, 2008 15:49, Anonymous Lionel Woods said...

By the way Gunny I there was a couple of small pieces I disagree with on the Elder piece the biggest one is the desire. When God called men in the OT most of them didn't say "well YAHWEH I want to be forced into it" and when Christ called His disciples most of them didn't say "well i want to ensure I am humble enough". Finally Paul says "if a man desires" that being a call of nudge so I believe that a man should take the first step in pursuing this office not vice versa. If the church has to twist his arm either he isn't ready or he has a false humility.

At 14 April, 2008 15:52, Blogger Damian M. Romano said...

Hey Gunny, if you like the quotes, we have a new Sproul theologian trading card.

At 14 April, 2008 16:30, Blogger GUNNY said...


I feel you. There's a fine line, it seems to me, between being ambitious and humbly accepting God's calling.

I think a guy should have a conviction of calling and ask the church to help him discern and evaluate that calling.

Similarly, I'm concerned about a guy doing work in church as though he's campaigning for a title, instead of joyfully doing what God has called/equipped him to do.

At the same time, I think you're right in that there may be occasions where the guy may have the calling, but not quite be ready yet with regard to preparation/equipping.

In other words, he's like an elder in training/testing to solidify gifting and calling.


Sweet. I love it.

In fact, I'll trade you 2 Finneys for a Sproul. Whattya say?


Thanks. We wouldn't want you to have to surf through these rough Internet waters alone.

At 15 April, 2008 08:21, Blogger Jamie Butts said...

Are you coming to T4G? The shirt you wanted (Hebrew) is on sale, I think. :)
You are welcome to stay at our place if you need a place. Let us know.

At 16 April, 2008 13:07, Blogger samurai said...

Yet another example of why your blog takes me so long to go through! LOL

Some excellent 'selections' to chew on. Thanks.


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