Twenty Items of Interest (v.20)

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1.  Ouch, a man uses a gun to scratch his back and ends up shooting himself.  I wouldn’t know if there is a good way to explain that to friends and family.

HT: Smart Pastor

2.  The Pill kills babies, some little known information from the American Life League

3.  Web trends – a recent Barna report shows:

  • 78% who access a computer has sent an e-mail.
  • 33% have used IM in the past week.
  • 23% have a personal webpage or a profile on a social networking site (Facebook, MySpace, etc).
  • 10% have a blog, but 14% have commented on another person’s blog in the last week.
  • 38% of evangelicals have listened to a sermon via podcast in the last week.
  • Evangelicals use of Web 2.0 mirrors the trends seen across the board.

HT: Monday Morning Insight

4.  Something I need to learn to do better.

5.  One reason (of three given) to avoid using inconsistency as a mark against an idea or person.

Everybody’s inconsistent, so nobody denounces inconsistency consistently.

Source: 22 Words with Abraham Piper

6.  Stepping out if faith is hard to do, but comes with growth.

Stepping out in faith always brings clarification of God’s plan. When Ananias went to see Paul (then Saul), he received additional information (read Acts 9:10–21). As Saul submitted himself to the ministry of Ananias, he found out more about God’s plan for his life. You’re “a chosen instrument of Mine.” I’m going to use you “to bear My name” (9:15). Saul hadn’t known that before. (He had never read the book of Acts!) He knew nothing of what was in store for him until Ananias took that initial step of faith. Both men discovered that God Himself chose Saul to be His instrument and that intense suffering would mark his ministry. That’s the way God operates.

Source: Chuck Swindoll’s Blog

7.  Redefining Community?

HT: Out of Ur

8.  Effective evangelism… not so much.

You know I think it would easier to say everybody without Jesus, (Romans 3:23; 6:23; John 3:16-17).

Sports fans?  Really?  I guess since I entered a March Madness pool before the last NCAA tournament I’m in trouble.

HT: Ragamuffin Soul

9.  This made me laugh out loud.  Hillary Clinton – Unelectable.  You can download this musical gem here.  To listen to this song in a pop-up click here.

10.  Please continue to pray for Parkersburg, IA that was leveled by an EF5 tornado over Memorial Day Weekend.  My friend Eric’s wife’s grandma lives there and thankfully her house was spared.  They went up to help with clean-up and you can see some pictures of the aftermath on his blog.

11.  Understanding how metrosexual your worship leader is.  A handy guide by Prodigal Jon.

12.  I am still appalled by this video.  Pastors behaving badly in the pulpit.  Contemptuous speech has no place in the pulpit.  Fr. Michael Pfleger needs to be reeled in by the Chicago Diocese.

Edward Gilbreath has some excellent thoughts about this controversy.

13.  Bishop Harry Jackson & Tony Perkins – “The Truth in Black and White: California ‘Marriage’”

Source: Family Research Council Blog

14.  Will Smith on Marriage and Divorce

During an interview on Ellen:

Divorce just can’t be an option. It’s really that simple – if you just remove the option. Because if you have the option, one day that person’s going to make you want a divorce. You absolutely get to the point that you’re done, and the only thing that keeps you continuing is that there’s no other option.

From a Reader’s Digest interview:

RD: You and Jada have been married nine years and, by all accounts, are very happy. What’s the key?
Smith: Communication. And divorce cannot be an option.
RD: Your first marriage ended in divorce.
Smith: That is probably the most painful loss of my life. I quit. I could have fixed it. It really was not that bad.
RD: Some would say there’s no reason to stay if a marriage isn’t good.
Smith: Once you say that, you’ve lost. With Jada, I stood up in front of God and my family and friends and said, “Till death do us part.” So there are two possible outcomes: We are going to be
together till death, or I am dead.

I’ve already been a fan of his movies.  I’m impressed.  This is rare, but encouraging talk coming out of Hollywood.

HT: Evangelical Outpost

15.  Evidently evangelism is a hate crime in the United Kingdom at least according to a police officer there..

A police community support officer ordered two Christian preachers to stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham.

The evangelists say they were threatened with arrest for committing a “hate crime” and were told they risked being beaten up if they returned. The incident will fuel fears that “no-go areas” for Christians are emerging in British towns and cities, as the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, claimed in The Sunday Telegraph this year….

The preachers, both ministers in Birmingham, were handing out leaflets on Alum Rock Road in February when they started talking to four Asian youths.

A police community support officer (PCSO) interrupted the conversation and began questioning the ministers about their beliefs.

“He said we were in a Muslim area and were not allowed to spread our Christian message. He said we were committing a hate crime by telling the youths to leave Islam and said that he was going to take us to the police station.”

The ministers claim he also advised them not to return to the area. As he walked away, the PCSO said: “You have been warned. If you come back here and get beaten up, well you have been warned”.

West Midlands Police, who refused to apologise, said the incident had been “fully investigated” and the officer would be given training in understanding hate crime and communication.

HT: Stand to Reason

16.  I like Michelle Malkin and I read her blog when I get a chance.  But the brouhaha that erupted over Rachel Ray wearing this scarf that is thought to be a keffiyeh in a Dunkin Donuts Ad is ridiculous.  I mean come on! Dunkin Donuts ended up pulling the ad.

Looking at other keffiyehs that are pictured in a follow-up post… it doesn’t even look the same!

HT: The Point

17.  John Mark Reynolds on the Presidential Race (now confirmed to be John McCain vs. Barack Obama) – “Five Reasons Both Candidates Will Lose“.

18.  The 2008 United Methodist Church General Conference is adopting a more pro-life stance on abortion.

19.  Breaking news on Michelle Obama?

20.  The 10 Worst Movies About Jesus.  HT: Michael Spencer

 

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  • Guest

    I like Will Smith too, but sadly the man’s turning towards Scientology if what I’ve read is true.

  • Isaiah

    I like Will Smith too, but sadly the man’s turning towards Scientology if what I’ve read is true.

  • Isaiah

    I like Will Smith too, but sadly the man’s turning towards Scientology if what I’ve read is true.

  • Guest

    Oh, and I forgot to add that I’m in each and everyone of those metrics in the Barna report on Internet usage. I’ll be quite lost without access to a computer, and I’m painfully aware that that’s rather sad.

  • Isaiah

    Oh, and I forgot to add that I’m in each and everyone of those metrics in the Barna report on Internet usage. I’ll be quite lost without access to a computer, and I’m painfully aware that that’s rather sad.

  • Isaiah

    Oh, and I forgot to add that I’m in each and everyone of those metrics in the Barna report on Internet usage. I’ll be quite lost without access to a computer, and I’m painfully aware that that’s rather sad.

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    Mrs. Ray wasn’t weren’t a keffiyeh, exactly– it was an Urban Outfitters knockoff of a keffiyeh to “support Palestine”, which they pulled when it offended Jews, then put out as a “anti-war” scarf, then pulled when folks said “Um…right. NO!” and then, last I heard, put back out…..

    Much safer to just pull the bloody thing so nobody can say that DD, which has done some really GREAT support the troops stuff, had an ad with that in it; they’re in the money business, and something even a little offensive like that should be avoided.

    I’m more amused that folks are freaking out over the ad being pulled, when I can think of several ads that were pulled for being offensive to someone– I even remember one ad that got pulled because it everyone was white. Can’t have that.

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    Mrs. Ray wasn’t weren’t a keffiyeh, exactly– it was an Urban Outfitters knockoff of a keffiyeh to “support Palestine”, which they pulled when it offended Jews, then put out as a “anti-war” scarf, then pulled when folks said “Um…right. NO!” and then, last I heard, put back out…..

    Much safer to just pull the bloody thing so nobody can say that DD, which has done some really GREAT support the troops stuff, had an ad with that in it; they’re in the money business, and something even a little offensive like that should be avoided.

    I’m more amused that folks are freaking out over the ad being pulled, when I can think of several ads that were pulled for being offensive to someone– I even remember one ad that got pulled because it everyone was white. Can’t have that.

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    Mrs. Ray wasn’t weren’t a keffiyeh, exactly– it was an Urban Outfitters knockoff of a keffiyeh to “support Palestine”, which they pulled when it offended Jews, then put out as a “anti-war” scarf, then pulled when folks said “Um…right. NO!” and then, last I heard, put back out…..

    Much safer to just pull the bloody thing so nobody can say that DD, which has done some really GREAT support the troops stuff, had an ad with that in it; they’re in the money business, and something even a little offensive like that should be avoided.

    I’m more amused that folks are freaking out over the ad being pulled, when I can think of several ads that were pulled for being offensive to someone– I even remember one ad that got pulled because it everyone was white. Can’t have that.

  • http://www.sweetiegirlz.wordpress.com sweetiegirlz

    Re: the remarks of Fr. Pfleger~So now the “Word of God” or Message is about politics and blacks and whites. Christians should really do themselves a serious favor and PRAY about what church God really wants them to attend. There is some wolves in sheep’s clothing in the pulpits of America.

    Re: The offending scarf worn by Rachel Ray. It’s a cute scarf. People need to relax their “issues”. Terrorist scarf? It’s laughable.

    Re: and #8 is just one more reason why souls will be lost. People will not receive the Spirit of the One who is LOVE, by seeing hatred. aaaack! It just makes me sick.

    Thanks for your blog Mr. Shane V. Your 20 items of interest is very interesting to me.

  • http://www.sweetiegirlz.wordpress.com sweetiegirlz

    Re: the remarks of Fr. Pfleger~So now the “Word of God” or Message is about politics and blacks and whites. Christians should really do themselves a serious favor and PRAY about what church God really wants them to attend. There is some wolves in sheep’s clothing in the pulpits of America.

    Re: The offending scarf worn by Rachel Ray. It’s a cute scarf. People need to relax their “issues”. Terrorist scarf? It’s laughable.

    Re: and #8 is just one more reason why souls will be lost. People will not receive the Spirit of the One who is LOVE, by seeing hatred. aaaack! It just makes me sick.

    Thanks for your blog Mr. Shane V. Your 20 items of interest is very interesting to me.

  • http://www.sweetiegirlz.wordpress.com sweetiegirlz

    Re: the remarks of Fr. Pfleger~So now the “Word of God” or Message is about politics and blacks and whites. Christians should really do themselves a serious favor and PRAY about what church God really wants them to attend. There is some wolves in sheep’s clothing in the pulpits of America.

    Re: The offending scarf worn by Rachel Ray. It’s a cute scarf. People need to relax their “issues”. Terrorist scarf? It’s laughable.

    Re: and #8 is just one more reason why souls will be lost. People will not receive the Spirit of the One who is LOVE, by seeing hatred. aaaack! It just makes me sick.

    Thanks for your blog Mr. Shane V. Your 20 items of interest is very interesting to me.

  • http://shanevanderhart.wordpress.com Shane Vander Hart

    You make a good point Foxfier.

    Thanks for your comment sweetiegirlz!

    Isaiah, I think I would be lost too. Very sad.

  • http://shanevanderhart.wordpress.com Shane Vander Hart

    You make a good point Foxfier.

    Thanks for your comment sweetiegirlz!

    Isaiah, I think I would be lost too. Very sad.

  • http://shanevanderhart.wordpress.com Shane Vander Hart

    You make a good point Foxfier.

    Thanks for your comment sweetiegirlz!

    Isaiah, I think I would be lost too. Very sad.

  • http://www.teeveebee.wordpress.com teeveebee

    I stumbled upon your blog this evening and found your items of interest very interesting indeed.

    Re: #8 … Is this an exhaustive list? If so, looks like the murderers got off easy, heh?

    Anyway, enjoyed your post very much, although I didn’t have time to investigate each item. I’ll be back!

  • http://www.teeveebee.wordpress.com teeveebee

    I stumbled upon your blog this evening and found your items of interest very interesting indeed.

    Re: #8 … Is this an exhaustive list? If so, looks like the murderers got off easy, heh?

    Anyway, enjoyed your post very much, although I didn’t have time to investigate each item. I’ll be back!

  • http://www.teeveebee.wordpress.com teeveebee

    I stumbled upon your blog this evening and found your items of interest very interesting indeed.

    Re: #8 … Is this an exhaustive list? If so, looks like the murderers got off easy, heh?

    Anyway, enjoyed your post very much, although I didn’t have time to investigate each item. I’ll be back!