As I promised last week no political links in this week’s Twenty Items of Interest.
1. Sharon Lindbloom sparked a discussion on The Book of Mormon – Is it true or false?
2. Dr. Michael Horton, professor of apologetics at Westminster Seminary California on Christless Christianity:
HT: The A-Team Blog
3. Russell D. Moore of the Henry Institute at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary wrote “A Theology of Laryngitis.”
4. CADRE Comments has a review of Lee Strobel’s book – The Case for the Real Jesus.
Say what you like about his books, they adequately present the basic arguments for historic Christianity, and do so through a series of interviews with various credentialed academics who are experts in their field. He has done so again in his latest offering, The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ.
5. If you were not sure what it means to for a church to be missional – J.R. Woodward offers a primer for you.
HT: Stephen Murray
6. Kansas Bob started a “Daily Prayer” blog. Check it out. This looks like it will be a great tool to spur you on in your time of prayer.
8. A quote of note from Will Rogers:
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
HT: Kevin Stilley
9. Prodigal Jon shared another item of stuff Christians like, and this one hit close to home based on my back ground – gross food related youth group games. Made me laugh out loud. It also made me repent of the time I made kids eat out of a diaper that had a melted snickers bar… well you get the picture.
10. Pirate Encyclopedia
HT: Andy Coticchio
11. World Kindness Week is next week. Why not get some ideas for how you can participate doing random acts of kindness or perhaps not so random, but rather with a purpose – servant evangelism. Why wait until next week though? And don’t stop with next week.
HT: Jenjie for the link
12. Brandon Barker has a better attitude about snow than I do.
13. Nick Seipel shares a Franciscan benediction that offers blessings that we should want, but often don’t.
May God bless you with discomfort…
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.May God bless you with anger…
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears…
To shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection,starvation and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness…
To believe that you can make a difference in this world.
So that you can do
What others claim cannot be done.
15. Interested in doing book reviews on your blog for free books? Check out Thomas Nelson for more info.
HT: Rachel Motte
16. Malcom Gladwell – “The Uses of Adversity”
The rags-to-riches story—that staple of American biography—has over the years been given two very different interpretations. The nineteenth-century version stressed the value of compensating for disadvantage. If you wanted to end up on top, the thinking went, it was better to start at the bottom, because it was there that you learned the discipline and motivation essential for success…..
….Today, that interpretation has been reversed. Success is seen as a matter of capitalizing on socioeconomic advantage, not compensating for disadvantage. The mechanisms of social mobility—scholarships, affirmative action, housing vouchers, Head Start—all involve attempts to convert the poor from chronic outsiders to insiders, to rescue them from what is assumed to be a hopeless state. Nowadays, we don’t learn from poverty, we escape from poverty…
17. Mike Sansone asks, “Is fear disabling our students’ future?”
In a word he says, “yes.”
Too many times, our schools block websites, social networks, and brilliant content rather than emphasize education and appropriate use of these tools. Most of the time, the decision makers don’t even know what it is they are banning. They act out of fear.
When Davenport area schools blocked MySpace (two years ago), there was a surge of new membership for MySpace in that region. Rather than teach students how to use these tools to better themselves, we just ban them? It still goes on today! Glad we didn’t do that with cars (a much more dangerous instrument than a computer).
18. An American’s prayer list. Good suggestions – what are you praying for?
19. Sam Rainer highlights a Pew Research Center study that shows people are perceived to have more than they really do. Regardless we in the United States are very blessed.
20. Weigh in on Anne Jackson’s question – “Can boys and girls just be friends?”
I’d say yes, but caution must be exercised to set proper boundaries – especially if you are married.