Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I mean, that thing is good. I wanna be friends with it.

I previously mentioned the concept of being an expository listener when I recommended the book, What Is a Healthy Church Member?

If you're interested, it's on sale for $6.50 via Westminster Bookstore, a great place to buy books, incidentally.
"With a wealth of biblical insight and practical instruction, Anyabwile calls Christians to do more than just attend church, but to be the kind of faithful, engaged church members that God intends. Given the state of so many of our churches today, this book arrives not a moment too soon."
~ R. Albert Mohler Jr. (President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

N.B. For the Providence Church book club, this is the book we'll be discussing at our June meeting.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

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

The greatest piece of music ... ever.

Read Ed Stetzer's thoughts on how we should talk about sex.

Read about the American response when General Patton urinated on the enemy.

Read about Alveda King's plea for Planned Parenthood to stop lying about her uncle, Martin Luther the King, implying he would have supported abortion.

Read about the SC attorney general looking into election fraud after 900 dead people voted in recent elections.

Check out how to shrink your church.

Check out 13 things baristas won't tell you.

Read about the re-formation of Van Halen with original David Lee Roth & Wolfgang on bass in place of Michael Anthony.

Read about that which is omitted on Planned Parenthood's description of the abortion process.

Check out why Islam should NOT be protected under the US Constitution.

Read about Tim Tebow's incredible kindness & generosity to those who are hurting.

Check out 8 Lines That Would Have Ended Star Wars Really Fast.

Read about the right attitude to have when correcting children.

Check out Martin Luther the King's "Dream."

Read about the SBC annual meeting where Mohammed was called, "A demon-possessed pedophile."

Read 13 things a burglar won't say.

Check out the 10 best survival movie lessons.

Check out 3 myths about church dropouts.

Read D.A. Carson's thoughts on whether or not the tithe is biblical.

Read Learning from Christopher Hitchens: Lessons Evangelicals Must Not Miss by Al Mohler.

Read about how to grow a church without God.

Check out 31 foregone facts Barack Obama fans should ponder.

Read about the 2 stars of TLC's "All-American Muslim" busted for marijuana.

Check out 10 reasons Ron Paul can win in 2012.

Check out why Martin Luther the King was a Republican.

Check out 50 tips for language learners.

Read William Mounce's thoughts on whether or not Jesus was rude to his mother, Mary, in John 2:4.

Check out 20 secrets your waiter won't tell you.

Read Martin Luther the King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."


Thursday, January 12, 2012

I'm not about love; I'm about showing you the money!

In 2011, for the first time ever, the credit rating of the United States was downgraded.

To help explain in terms that should show financial irresponsibility, I submit the following ...

US Tax revenue ....... $2,170,000,000,000
Federal budget ........ $3,820,000,000,000
New Debt .............. $1,650,000,000,000
National Debt ........ $14,271,000,000,000
New budget cuts .......... $38,500,000,000

Remove 8 zeros and pretend this is a family's situation.

Family income ........ $21,700
Money spent .......... $38,200
New CC Debt .......... $16,500
New CC Balance ..... $142,710
Budget cuts ............... $385

Would YOU loan that family money?

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Monday, January 09, 2012

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

Read 41 secrets your doctor would never share.

Read 13 things your pizza guy won't tell you.

Check out the 50 greatest guitar solos.

Check out this personal note to any girl who wants to get married. (PG-13)

Read John Piper's questions to ask when preparing for marriage.

Read about the man killed after posting on Facebook.

Check out "24 things you might be saying wrong" [sic].

Check out the self-explantory blog, Chicks on the Right.

Check out these hotel secrets you need to know.

Check out 8 more things your hotel desk clerk wont' tell you.

Check out Dirty Secrets: What You Need to Know About Your Hotel Room.

Read about Todd Palin's endorsement of Newt Gingrich.

Read about the very poor ratings of TLC's "All-American Muslim" show.

Check out John MacArthur's answer to the question, "Is infant baptism biblical?"

Check out 5 popular myths you shouldn't believe.

Check out Rush's prediction of the 2012 outcome.

Read about 6 things casinos don't want you to know about your odds.

Check out Jimmy Carter's endorsement of Mitt Romney.

Check out 13 things your mall Santa won't tell you.

Read about Rush's disapproval of the moderation/moderators of the GOP primary debates.

Check out top 10 SAT tips.

Check out 5 things you spend money on, then never use.

Check out 7 tips to raising financially savy kids.

Check out 6 new year's resolutions for saving money.

Check out 13 secrets to stop wasting cash now.

Read 5 steps to easier family finances.

Check out 10 things you should never buy at garage sales.

Read life lessons you can learn from the super rich.

Check out 4 tricks companies use to make you buy.

Check out 5 common mistakes people make with their money.

Read about busting the "too much credit" myth.

Check out 6 things not worth the money.

Check out things of value you may have in your garage.

Check out 13 secret tactics of marketers.

Read 10 frugal tips to happiness on a tight budget.

Check out 10 things every parent should know about colleges.

Check out 15 jobs you can land without going to college.

Check out the 10 worst mistakes of first-time job hunters.

Check out 10 cover letter disasters that won't get you an interview.

Read about the teen tortured and beheaded Oklahoma & the media's lack of reporting of this and other instances of Mexican drug cartel violence.

Check out 4 hidden stroke & heart attack symptoms (including video).

Check out reason 1,798 that liberals are just plain wrong.

Read about 10 things IT professionals don't want you to know.

Check out the chances of high school to pro ball (by sport).

Check out 10 things you didn't know about you.

Check out 50+ easy ways to lose weight.

Check out 10 "As Seen on TV" reviews.

Read "Know a Christian Who Seems to Love Movies More Than Jesus?" by John Piper.


Thursday, January 05, 2012

Snowman, you got your ears on?

I heartily recommend Thabiti Anyabwile's book, What Is a Healthy Church Member?

One of the things rarely mentioned in Christian literature is guidance for the church member with regard to his/her role in the preaching process. Thabiti addresses that topic in a chapter entitled, "A Healthy Church Member Is an Expositional Listener."

A few highlights:
"Expositional listening is listening for the meaning of a passage of Scripture and accepting that meaning as the main idea to be grasped for our personal and corporate lives as Christians."

What Are the Benefits of Expositional Listening?
  1. It cultivates a hunger for God's Word.
  2. It helps us to focus on God's will and to follow Him.
  3. It protects the gospel and our lives from corruption.
  4. It encourages faithful pastors.
  5. It benefits the gathered congregation.

How Can Church Members Cultivate the Habit of Expositional Listening?
  1. Meditate on the sermon passage during your quiet time.
  2. Invest in a good set of commentaries.
  3. Talk and pray with friends about the sermon after church.
  4. Listen to and act on the sermon throughout the week.
  5. Develop the habit of addressing any questions about the text itself.
  6. Cultivate humility.
  • Buy the What Is a Healthy Church Member?
  • See also Mark Dever, What Is a Healthy Church? (An appetizer)

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