1. Barack Obama is now a pop culture icon. Presenting Barocky the Movie.
Oh yeah, I’m inspired. I’m actually enjoying watching Clinton and Obama bludgeon each other.
HT: Amanda Carpenter
2. What a waste of tuition – Randolph College in Virginia made a class trip to a Nevada brothel. Exactly what are they supposed to learn?
HT: Kevin McCullough
3. Oh yes, a pick on Obama post…. David C. Innes, Assistant Professor of Politics at King’s College in New York City blogged – “Obama, All Too Human“
Several things were striking about Wednesday night’s debate in Pennsylvania. The two candidates drove home the point that we have either known for a long time (Hillary) or are coming increasingly to see (Obama) that they are both liars, i.e. ordinary politicians. At one point Obama was saying something disingenuous, and the viewers could hear Hillary burst out with a laugh off screen. That was all she needed to say.
Read the rest.
4. Want to get Nancy Pelosi out of Congress? Then support Cindy Sheehan. I understand Kevin’s logic, but the thought of supporting Sheehan made me vomit in my mouth a little.
5. More Obama pile on…. sorry, I. CAN’T. HELP. MYSELF. My favorite cartoon is below.
6. Random cute puppy picture
I had to break up the political thing somehow. He kind of looks like a big rat doesn’t he?
7. Steve has an interesting take on the FLDS ranch raid in Texas. We need to think about the slippery slope this raid may have legally.
FYI: I am glad the raid occurred (because I do believe abuse was going on), but I think Steve brings up a very good point. What about due process? Where is the person who made the phone call?
8. Why being a “follower of Jesus” is not enough. Stephen Murray thinks so.
When I probe behind the phrase on so many blogs…I discover something that is rather disturbing. It is disturbing by its omissions rather than by what it affirms. Usually these posts speak about Christ’s calls to uplift the poor, look after the marginalized, love one’s enemies, turn the other cheek etc. etc. And at this point I’m loving it and rejoicing in the supreme moral vision of our Lord Jesus that extends to so many of our current issues in this broken world…
But step back and take a closer look – what’s missing? When I step back what I don’t often see is a cross, I don’t see nail pierced hands, I don’t see a thorn scraped brow. Ultimately I don’t see the glorious substitution of Christ in my place whereby I can truly call myself a follower of Jesus – because he has purchased me with his very own blood. Rather I see an ethical Jesus, a Jesus who knows right from wrong but has no way to deal with a problem that stretches so much deeper than right or wrong behaviour. I see a moral first century Rabbi inspiring people to be more moral – and it’s deeply disturbing.
9. This is a conference I wish I was able to attend. Good news though! All of the main sessions of Together for the Gospel 2008 can be downloaded for free. You can go here to hear sessions by Ligon Duncan, Thabiti Anyabwile, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, Albert Mohler, John Piper, and C.J. Mahaney.
The message (right click link and choose “save target as”) by Thabiti Anyabwile, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman on “Bearing the Image: Identity, Work of Christ and the Church” was especially powerful.
10. Douglas Neiswonger reconciles 2 Peter 3:3-9 with the doctrine of election.
11. Britain’s Got Talent had a 13-year old sing who had an amazing voice.
His voice won’t stay like that for long… my voice started cracking when I was in 7th grade, but it should still very, very good.
12. Video of a Hamas leader saying, “President Carter’s visit gives us increased legitimacy…” Yeah, that is exactly what we want a terrorist group to feel. Thanks Jimmy!
13. The Book of Hope is a charity that helps bring the Gospel to people throughout the world. When I was a youth pastor we did this for a Jr./Sr. High School down the street – every kid in that school received a booklet of the Life of Christ.
A second video featuring their ministry in Poland.
We should also be involved in compassion projects as well like Blood Water Mission, World Vision, Compassion International, etc. I would think this would be a great project for Vacation Bible Schools though.
I don’t think they really gave this much thought. While I don’t care for IRS rules on the type of speech that comes out of churches. I must say out of all the crummy church signs that I’ve seen. This takes the cake.
16. CNN hires a conservative as a political contributor. I’m looking out the window for the flying pigs. I live in Iowa after all. You never know.
HT: Jenn Sierra
17. Seth Barnes & I had e-mailed a couple times back and forth. He shared a story of mine in a post about fathers exasperating their children… something I’ve been known to do. He also has a great post on “how to repent to your children.”
18. Dan Kimball blogs about how we need to be engaged in social justice concerns… our good works, but we can not forget eternity and our commission to share the Gospel in words, which he says is often where the emerging church goes wrong.
What I am wondering about, is how do we avoid patterns of the past when the church jumps strongly in the realm of focusing on the gospel’s impact for this earth and in this life – but slowly neglects teaching and reminding people of the gospel’s impact about the reality of eternal heaven and eternal hell in the life to come after we die?
19. Sign me up! Oh wait… too late. The Archdiocese of New York has launched a marketing campaign (“The World Needs Heroes”) to address the decreasing number of young men who enter priesthood. They have also advertised during Knicks games too.
FYI: The above ad is fake, but hey it could be effective. HT: Mike Anderson
20. Is there a connection between the movie Cloverfield and the Emergent Church? Craig Detweiler seems to think so.
If you hate Cloverfield (or don’t even know what it is), then you probably loathe emerging Christians. If you like Cloverfield, you’re likely to dig the emergent conversation. Both deliver on their grand promises in a novel way (that is decidedly not for everybody). But why does the film (and the emergent folks) inspire such antipathy? Why can’t we appreciate the next generation’s re-imagination of tired clichés?
Read the rest.