1.  Zimbabwe is in chaos.  They have an egotistical dictator that will pretty well kill or threaten any opposition.  Stephen Murray, a Christian, South African blogger asks is the global village failing Zimbabwe?  I think so.

2.  According to a recent Newsweek poll this presidential campaign is Barack Obama’s to win, but Poltics & Christianity says it is also his to lose… if John McCain doesn’t wimp out.

3.  Prodigal Jon blogs proposes a Judgment Olympics, and lists seven events.  A thought-provoking post in which you may see yourself winning a medal.  I know I did.

4.  Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, at Denver Seminary explains how historians can know Jesus of Nazareth and why it matters.

5.  Del Tackett who heads the Truth Project at Focus on the Family discusses the "theocracy" argument that is so often used by those who argue against Christian involvement in government/politics/culture.  Read Part I, Part 2, and Part 3.

6.  The Pew Charitable Trust released an extensive religious survey.  You can read the 200 page report here.  You can read a summary of key findings over at Ben Worthington’s Blog.

7.  Mark Liberman on the hypocrisy of "Bushisms"

[Bushisms are] like making wheelchair jokes about FDR, except that all of us commit infelicities of verbal expression from time to time.

HT: Abraham Piper

8. A wordle of the New Testament (English Standard Version)

HT: Greg Gilbert

9.  Christopher Brooks talks about Barack Obama’s new dilemma – where to go to church?  He offers some suggestions.

  • Multi-racial and committed to racial justice
  • Led by a Senior Pastor who keeps politics out of the pulpit
  • Not aligned with a Political Party – not too legalistic nor libertine
  • Large enough to handle what will inevitably be the media Circus that Obama brings with him.

10.  Anne Jackson talks about how the price of gas impacts the "gas-driven church".  Sam Rainer asks fellow pastors how the economy affects givng.

11.  Greg Stier asks is there a difference between questioning and doubt?  He answers his question by looking at what the Book of James has to say about doubt.

12.  Shannon Bond has been guest blogging over at Tim Schmoyer’s blog – Life in Student Ministry.  He’s been doing a series on Teaching Teens Sexuality.

13.  Chris Forbes shares you can have great outreach as a church and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a website or if your logo is lame.  Be people focused, serve your community, and be the hands and feet of Jesus bringing the church to them.

14.  Perry Noble, pastor of New Spring Church in Anderson, SC shares a reminder that our life is not our own.

Later on that night I had this thought, “Integrity in life–no matter WHERE I am or WHAT I am doing is key to long term success…NOT just as a pastor, but as a follower of Jesus!” 

I can break away from my routine.  I can break away from my schedule.  However, I can’t ever break away from the fact that Jesus has called me to be devoted to Him at all times–anywhere I go.

People are watching me.  (They’re watching you too!)  I think that the BEST thing that a Christian can do to advance God’s kingdom here on earth is to understand that and really try to maximize every moment that God gives us to model for a hurting world what it means to walk intimately and deeply love Jesus.

The apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:15-16 that we should be careful as to how we live, being wise and making the most of every opportunity.  In that rental office that day it hit me like a ton of bricks–EVERY word I speak and action I take communicates to everyone I meet how I really feel about Jesus.

HT: Todd Rhodes

15.  Ouch – the 18-Month Youth Pastor

HT: Josh Griffin

16.  Are you a frustrated perfectionist?  Then you need to read this.

17.  What exactly is the right translation of the Bible?

Source: Out of Ur

18. Ben Reaoch, the pastor of Three Rivers Church in Pittsburgh, PA, was a guest blogger at the Desiring God Blog.  He writes on twelve sins we blame on others.  Here’s the list, have you been guilty of this?  I know I have.

  • Anger
  • Impatience
  • Lust
  • Anxiety
  • Spiritual Apathy
  • Insubordination
  • A Critical Spirit
  • Bitterness
  • Gluttony
  • Gossip
  • Self-Pity
  • Selfishness

HT:  Thabiti Anyabwile

19.  Tim Keller’s interview with Christianity Today.  HT: Reformissionary

20.  The first of a three-part series on preparing our kids for college over at Two Institutions (something thankfully is a few years away for me).

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