1. Things that your doctor thinks, but would never tell you. I’m scared.
2. Strange, but there are six-legged deer running around in North Georgia (ok, just one, that they know of). This one was attacked by a dog.
3. Nigeria bulldozes slums in order to make Abuju a “more prestigious capital.” Crazy for a nation that is the eighth biggest crude exporter one would think some of that could go to help their people. But no, let’s bulldoze their homes instead!
4. Michael Medved writes about the history of fringe political parties in American politics. It will be interesting to see what kind of an impact they’ll make in November if any.
Study: Most Children Strongly Opposed To Childrenâ��s Healthcare
HT: Jake Bennett
6. The Media Love Affair With Barack Obama
I think I just vomited in my mouth just a little. I guess that is Obama’s gift to me.
7. The U.N. may make Christians criminals under international law if an anti-defamation law desired by Islamic countries is passed in the world body.
8. Blackfive reports that Obama snubbed soldiers while at Bagram, Afghanistan. He was e-mailed by a USAF friend, and got a second e-mail from that site that corresponded with the first. An excerpt:
He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.
As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand, he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.
So really he was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.
9. I’ve used the term incarnational ministry before, but Tim Chester pointed out the danger of that. I repent! I can say what he outlines is certainly not what I meant, but anymore I do realize the necessity of being precise with my words.
HT: Stephen Murray
10. Doug Giles’ 10 commandments for classy girls. A must read for parents of teenage girls.
11. Did Senator Obama really find support in Iraq for his withdrawal plan? The Washington Post doesn’t seem to think so.
THE INITIAL MEDIA coverage of Barack Obama’s visit to Iraq suggested that the Democratic candidate found agreement with his plan to withdraw all U.S. combat forces on a 16-month timetable. So it seems worthwhile to point out that, by Mr. Obama’s own account, neither U.S. commanders nor Iraq’s principal political leaders actually support his strategy.
Gen. David H. Petraeus, the architect of the dramatic turnaround in U.S. fortunes, “does not want a timetable,” Mr. Obama reported with welcome candor during a news conference yesterday. In an interview with ABC, he explained that “there are deep concerns about . . . a timetable that doesn’t take into account what [American commanders] anticipate might be some sort of change in conditions.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has a history of tailoring his public statements for political purposes, made headlines by saying he would support a withdrawal of American forces by 2010. But an Iraqi government statement made clear that Mr. Maliki’s timetable would extend at least seven months beyond Mr. Obama’s. More significant, it would be “a timetable which Iraqis set” — not the Washington-imposed schedule that Mr. Obama has in mind. It would also be conditioned on the readiness of Iraqi forces, the same linkage that Gen. Petraeus seeks. As Mr. Obama put it, Mr. Maliki “wants some flexibility in terms of how that’s carried out.”
HT: Hot Air
12. Can somebody tell me what the heck is going on over at Saddleback? Working for a faith-based organization that works with public agencies and people with different perspectives; I understand having to rub elbows with people that make strange bedfellows. That is a far cry from having them be co-sponsors for your HIV/AIDS conference.
13. The Wall Street Journal did a piece on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s (his name is being tossed around as a potential VP pick for McCain) spiritual journey from Hinduism to becoming a Roman Catholic.
I did not have an overnight epiphany like so many people do,” said Mr. Jindal, calling his conversion a “very intellectual-based journey,” where he studied countless religious texts. “Given my background and personality, that was an important part of the process.” But, he notes, “I don’t think you can ‘read’ yourself into faith. I had gotten to the point where I knew what history had to say about this person named Jesus and what he had done on Earth. . . . I think at some point you have to take a leap of faith.”
As a teenager, Mr. Jindal said he sought out chaplains at nearby Louisiana State University as he grasped for a religious identity to call his own. During a youth group’s Easter season musical production in 1987 at LSU’s campus chapel, a black-and-white video of the Passion played during intermission. “I don’t know why I was struck so hard at that moment,” said Mr. Jindal. “There was nothing fascinating about this particular video. . . . But watching this depiction of an actor playing Jesus on the cross, it just hit me, harder than I’d ever been hit before,” he said. “If that was really the son of God, and he really died for me, then I felt compelled to get on my knees and worship him.”
HT: Justin Taylor
14. I just have to say it. My friend Becky is just crazy.
I never have understood the compulsion by some to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Becky… no one will ever accuse you of not living life to the fullest. Carpe Diem!
15. A new trend - manly churches for men (with women and children welcome). What do you think?
One church, 121 Community Church in Grapevine, Texas, outside Dallas, was even designed with dudes in mind, from the worship center’s stone floor, hunter-green and amber decor and rustic-beam ceilings to woodsy scenes on the church website.
No pastels. No flowers. No sweet music. No sit-with-your-hands-folded mood. Women are welcome, but the tone is intentionally “guy church” for a reason, says Ross Sawyers, founder and pastor of 121.
16. This made me laugh out loud.
17. Erik’s not down with the clergy label. Neither am I.
18. Ray Ortlund on how the Cross is a safe place.
19. Shawn shares a sharp critique of the Emergent Village and in particular the “Church Basement Roadshow” that Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, and Mark Scandrette put on. If it comes to a town near you… don’t bother.
20. Steve on the power of words. Sermons have gotten a bad rap lately and Steve makes some very good points that words do matter.