Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.
Check out this amazing play by Cardinals pitcher Joel Pineiro!
Read a local take on the "New Waco," the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado: A Mother of a Mistake. (Obviously, very little is actually known, but I loathe seeing young kids taken away from parents, especially just on suspicion.)
Check out these fast food drive thru raps. I can do the McDonald's one, but the others are new to me. I need to work on one for White Castle.
Check out the answer to this convicting question, "Exactly how much housework does a husband create?"
"Having a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women, according to a University of Michigan study of a nationally representative sample of U.S. families. ... For men, the picture is very different: A wife saves men from about an hour of housework a week."
Check out Owen Strachan's post about television viewing habits and how much TV a Christian should watch. (HT Tim Challies)
Check out the exchange(s) between Erhman and/versus Wright on the problem of suffering.
Read as Christianity Today considers what the “new masculinity” movement gets right and wrong. (HT Brent)
Read about a church member who “received a letter from her pastor stating she would lose her church membership if she did not pay her tithes within the next thirty days.” (HT Brent)
Read 20 Things That Christians Do in Church That Annoy Me.
Learn 14 Old Testament ways to get a wife. (cf. Prov 18:22; 19:14)
Read some thoughts on "interracial" marriages from Johnny Mac's church.
Check out Issue 36 of the Princeton Theological Review, all about Theology and the Arts. (HT Logan)
Read 10 ways to ruin short term mission trips.
Read Ed Stetzer's thoughts on the monumental sign of the decline of the SBC.
"For now, Southern Baptists are a denomination in decline. Some of you were born into an SBC church; others of us chose it of our own accord. Either way, it is dear to us all. Our responsibility before God is, then, to urgently consider how we should respond. Yes, most of our response should be personal and lived out in our local churches—this is a local church issue. But if we are choosing to partner in this network of churches, and the network is faltering, it will also take some joint action. As such, I offer a few suggestions."
Read Ed Stetzer's justification of how this one year's results indicates a trend, not an anomaly.
Read thoughts on the most pressing issues for Southern Baptists.
Check out Gunny's post on the WWE Royal Rumble of Words between presidential candidates Hilrod Clinton, Ba-Rock Obama, and the Mac McCain on "professional" wrestling's flagship show, RAW.
Check out (and potentially buy) the Reader's Hebrew Bible. Hebrew words used less than 100 times are footnoted, with a lexicon of those used 100+ times in the back. (HT Mark L)
Get the Readers Greek New Testament as well; I've loved mine and recommend it as a great resource for staying current with your Greek.
Read as Stephen J. Dubner asks if distinctively African-American names are a thing of the past.
Read Jesse Johnson's review of Ben Stein's movie "Expelled."
Read some thoughts on teaching as Jesus taught.
Read 10 actions to increase Sunday school attendance. With the exception of "goal setting," I appreciated these insights.
Read about how "Dallas" won the Cold War in this Washington Post piece. (Incidentally, I live less than a mile from Southfork Ranch, the former residence of the Ewings. I used to watch the show as a teenager living in England, because we only had that and the "A-Team" as our American options.)
"Dallas" wasn't simply a television show. It was an atmosphere-altering cultural force.
Read about the golfer who got back to back holes in one (Par 3s). I did this once ... at Putt-Putt.
Read Ed Stetzer's profound thoughts on evangelism to the unchurched and the Sunday morning church service.
“Unchurched adults interested in finding a congregation aren’t nearly as likely to visit one in person as a church member who is shopping for a new congregation. That means effective evangelism must begin outside the sanctuary in relationships between Christians and unbelievers.”
Read 12 tips for Christians on writing a letter to the editor from Douglas Groothuis. (HT Justin Taylor)
Read about the inmate awaiting trial on a murder charge is suing the county, complaining he has lost more than 100 pounds because of the jailhouse menu.
Read about proposals to ration inmates toilet paper quantities.
Read the Trevin Wax interview with N.T. Wright regarding Wright's new book, Surprised by Hope. Topics include errors of the social gospel and critiques from Dever and Piper. (HT Justin Taylor)
Read about how Assisi, hometown of St. Francis, has banned begging.
Comment of the Week:
"The way I like to put it is that most people seek the benefits God offers (inner peace, for ex.), yet no one seeks God." (Lance)
Listen to yesterday's sermon at Providence Church on Philippians 1:18b-26, "May Our Ordered Lives Confess.""Trouble is part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough."
- Dinah Shore