1.  With the ability to get up to 60 miles per gallon maybe it’s time to go out and buy that motorcycle.  Nah, I’m still a few years away from my scheduled mid-life crisis, but it would save on gas.

2.  A different perspective on the foreclosure mess.  Very sad, but as Jake Bouma suggests maybe there’s a ministry opportunity in the midst of this crisis.

3.  John Mark Reynolds writes on the lack of intellectual substance in Anti-Palinism.

4.  Stephen Reed at The Point wonders – Huckabee in four?

If you’re going to play the risky game of politics, you have to be in it for the long haul. After all, it takes people a long time to get familiar with you, and as Abraham Lincoln can attest, you probably aren’t going to win every race. Quick, name three of the last five also-rans for President in the last twenty years. What, you forgot John Kerry?!

The individuals who take that shot at superstardom either have an incredible degree of hubris, thinking themselves and their ideas absolutely and uniquely needed by their country, or they have more passion for their country’s future than most. Maybe a bit of both. But again, if they want to have a chance, they must have a plentiful amount of faith (hopefully not just in themselves), perseverance, and self-control. 

Whether one likes him and his positions or not, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appears to have all three of these necessary politician’s virtues in abundance. Fresh off a heartbreaking loss to John McCain in the GOP Presidential Primary, he is not crying in his beer, er, fruit juice. In fact, he’s everywhere, almost as though he never lost!  

5.  Is the Emerging Church dead?  Well, the name is.  Dan Kimball who wrote book in 2003 called The Emerging Church said:

I can’t defend or even explain theologically what is now known broadly as “the emerging church” anymore, because it has developed into so many significantly different theological strands. Some I strongly would disagree with.

HT: The A-Team

6.  A new type of Christianity is coming or is it that the new is old again?  Read Fred Sanders take on it.

HT: Stand to Reason

7.  Changes to history we can believe in from one of the “Famous Plagiarists”.

8.  Sharon Lindbloom responds to accusations that she is “unChristlike” when she takes a vocal stand against Mormonism.

I am often accused of being “unChristlike” because I take a vocal stand against Mormonism. I recognize heresy in Mormon teachings and stand against it for two reasons. One is the call in Scripture for followers of Christ to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). The other, also found in Scripture, is the call for “the Lord’s servant…to teach…correcting his [spiritual] opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26). Whatever one thinks of my position in regards to Mormonism, these two mandates from Scripture compel me to confront what I understand to be false teachings.

Read the rest.

9.  D.A. Carson, Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School shared “Five Trends in the Church Today” at the Desiring God Conference.  The main points are:

  • It is important to observe contradictory trends.
  • Current evangelical fragments are moving into a new phase – into polarized “clumps”.
  • The most dangerous trends in any age are the trends that most people do not see.
  • There is a trend in our churches to be consumed by social concern.
  • There is a trend in our churches to emphasize discipleship over the gospel

Internet Monk responds.

10.  Richard John Neuhaus gets at the origins of the naked public square.

The tangled and incoherent church-state jurisprudence of the last half century, they say, is the product of a misguided effort to produce elaborate legal doctrine from what was no more than a pragmatic guarantee. They are largely right about that, too. As Philip Hamburger, Clarence Thomas, and others have noted, that misguided effort was powerfully driven by anti-Catholic bigotry. All this is true enough, but our necessary concern is with the religion clause as it has been formed and deformed in the past half century.

The deepest deformation is the subordinating of free exercise to no-establishment. Once we forget that no-establishment is a means and instrument in support of free exercise, it is a short step to talking about the supposed conflict or tension between the two provisions. And from there it is a short step to the claim, as it has been claimed in numerous court decisions, that the two parts of the religion clause are “pitted against one another” and must somehow be “balanced.”

And from there it is but another short step to the idea that the no-establishment provision protects “secular liberty” while the free exercise provision protects “religious liberty.” When the religion clause is construed according to this curious inversion, it is no surprise that religious liberty comes out the loser. Any impingement of religion upon public life is taken to violate the secular liberty of the non-religious. Thus has no-establishment become the master of the free exercise that it was designed to serve.

11.  Psalm 46 – A Wall Street Paraphrase – here’s a taste

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the economy gives way
and the markets fall into the heart of the sea,

Though the politicians roar and foam
and the brokers quake with their surging.

There is a stash whose sums make glad the CEO’s,
the parachute of the most high executives.

Greed is within them, stocks will fall;
Gold will not help them at break of day.

Read the rest.

12.  Should we do a big sin meme?

13.  According to a Vatican official – the Democrats are becoming a “party of death.”  At least that is what former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke thinks.  Reuters Reports:

Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.” He then attacked two of the party’s most high profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi— for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion.

HT: The Writing on the Wall

14.  Did Obama oppose the Palestinian elections?  Really?  Nope Joe got it wrong.

15.  Blowhard Bernhard got the boot from a Women’s Shelter event due to her outrageous remarks about Sarah Palin.

16.  Have you learned the art of avoiding real change in exchange for accommodation?

17.  The Financial Crisis – what went wrong?  HT: Dr. Melissa Clouthier

18.  Lunacy from the left – evidently Rolling Stone thinks that McCain wasn’t tortured in Vietnam as a POW.  I’d think they would want to stick to something they know something about like music.

19.  The Pittsburgh diocese votes overwhelmingly to leave the Episcopal Church to join the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.  HT: World Mag Blog

20.  I want to go see An American Carol.

Cassy Fiano has a review up at her blog.

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