peanutslatte image 1.  The Jungle Hut: Understanding Latin American Politics by Rita Vernoy

It’s complicated.

It is complicated by the culture and the history. All of the Latin American countries have a kind of democracy…most of the time. In spite of the independence each country has won from their past revolutions, there seems to be no method yet which has managed to provide a stable working model for these nations.

The Latin countries are much like a pendulum, swinging first to the right, then to the left. One feels blessed to live in the right place at the right time and live with freedom. If born a few years earlier or later, you will likely find yourself living under a dictatorship. The swing of the pendulum decides, chaos or peace. (read the rest)

2.  Stuff Christians Like: #569. The sermon illustration score card

As a pastor’s kid I have listened to roughly 87 million sermon illustrations. More than that, I’ve actually contributed to several, with the nonsense I got into as a child. And that’s fine with me, because my dad would pay us a dollar for every time he name dropped me and my siblings in one of his sermons. (read the rest)

3.  Scriptorium Daily: Holy Holy Holy by Fred Sanders

All Christians believe in the Trinity, but some Christians believe in the Trinity better than others. There are some Bible-believing Christians who have all the basic biblical materials for trinitarian theology stored in their minds, but who have never assembled those materials to make the doctrine of the Trinity. They believe there is only one God, and they believe that Jesus is God, that the Father who sent him is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. They also know that the Father isn’t the same person as the Son, and that the Son and the Spirit aren’t interchangeable. The only way to put all those biblical facts together is with the doctrine of the Trinity: that the one God eternally exists in three persons. The Trinity is a kind of summary formula for a lot of Biblical information. (read the rest)

4.  World Magazine: The Crutch of Prosperity by Tony Woodlief

I heard a very wise man of God talk about abundance. Don’t think, he admonished, that you have a nice home and fancy clothes because you work hard; there are plenty of people who work hard and have very little. Everything good is a blessing from God, he observed, but don’t conclude from your more abundant blessings that you have more than others because you are more faithful. You have these things, he said, because you couldn’t endure the poverty other Christians have faced around the world and throughout history. You have been appointed this time and prosperity not because of your strength, but because of your weakness. (read the rest)

5.  Evangelical Outpost: The Ensured Family Health and Disease Prevention Act by Robin Dembroff

President Obama:

Finally we have a President that wants to actually protect wellness of citizens and immigrants. I am pleased to see your progress towards nationalized health care despite harsh criticism. Much of this criticism noticeably concerns money. What kind of person would put money above life?

You and I know that no one should have to die.

Yet even aside from that, money does not need to be a point of contention. There is a simple solution: Make us live in a healthier way through regulation and necessary coercion. Or, to put it in PR terms, ‘encourage’ wholesome living through ‘health standards’. (read the rest)

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