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1.  Greg Boyd, senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, MN and professor of theology at Bethel University posted a review of Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth.  Tolle has recently partnered with Oprah to do a online religion class that is based on this book and has been controversial.  He does a great job dissecting the book and pointing out where it is inconsistent with a biblical worldview.

2.  This commercial parody would probably more accurately reflect Planned Parenthood’s worldview.

3.  Florida’s Senate Passes Evolution Academic Freedom Act.

The Florida Senate voted 21-17 Wednesday, following a strong majority vote in the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee, to submit the Evolution Academic Freedom Act for vote in the House.

If passed, the new bill will give full protections and freedoms for teachers and students in Florida schools to share views in the classroom that challenge some or all parts of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The new bill was largely prompted by legislators after the Florida Board of Education decided to begin requiring the instruction of evolution in schools earlier this year.

Many teachers and students reportedly felt marginalized, discriminated, or ostracized if they shared personal views that ran counter to Darwinism.

Read the rest – Source: Christian Post

4.  This is completely nasty.

5.  Hillary Clinton… a prayer warrior?  Ummmm.  I highly doubt it.

Chuck Colson Greg Boyd

Shane Claiborne

6.  Evangelical Politics – Three Generations: Shane Claiborne, Chuck  Colson, and Greg Boyd are part of panel discussion at the National Pastors’ Conference moderated by “Speaking of Faith” radio host, Krista Tippett.  You can download the audio here (right click and select “save as”).  You can watch the video here.

7.  Joe Carter posts on “10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design” read part 1, part 2, and part 3.  Great series… check it out!

8. From the Friendly Atheist – “20 Things that Christians Do In Church That Annoy Me

9.  Great advice from Abraham Piper in a guest post on Between Two Worlds.  Made me rethink how I do my syndication feed.  I’ll start syndicating the entire post.

HT: Abraham Piper – 22 Words

10.  Steve Brown interviews Tony Jones on “What is the Emergent Church?”

Reformer John Calvin 11.  Calvinism 101?  Try these articles on T.U.I.L.P. – Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance of the Saints.

12. More on Calvinism, Thomas McDill, assistant professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, wrote a guest post at Justin Taylor’s blog on the good he sees in the resurgence of Calvinism among young evangelicals.  The catch here is that he is an Arminian (so he offered some cautions as well).  HT: Ben Witherington

 

13.  John Piper encourages us to make much of Christ with this economic stimulus package that is coming in the mail.

14.  The Church of the Nazarene  has their own rap song.  Ummmmm…. interesting.

I think the EFCA needs a rap song too.

HT: Withallyourmind.net

15.  Keith Buhler shares five bad reasons not to see Expelled.  The movie is great, and you should ignore the pro-evolution brouhaha over it.  Just go see it and make up your own mind.

16.  By the way, men and women are different.  C. Michael Patton discusses on his blog the theology of men and women and their roles, and so he compares and contrasts the two major positions on this matter: complementarianism and egalitarianism.  Great post for a hot to handle topic.

17.  While I don’t agree with all of Rob Bell’s theological positions I do like some of the NOOMA videos, below is one of my favorites – “Rich”.

Part I

Part 2

18.  We should be so thankful everything that we take for granted here in the United States.  As I’m writing this I’m sucking down a Caribou Coffee Chocolate Northern Lite Cooler – $4.40 (before tax).  Reading this article about Myanmar refugees living in Thailand, I am reminded that many people exist on way less a day that what this drink cost me.

Trying to figure out who is working with refugees there I found that Strategic World Impact, a Christian relief organization headquartered in Bartlettsville, OK, is doing some good work there.  Also Baptist World Alliance is bringing attention to the crisis there.  Though they don’t have a website (at least not what I could find), Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Bible School and College is working alongside these refugees as well.

HT: Ellen Stevens

19.  Being a reformed evangelical when discussing Calvinism with some Arminian brothers and sisters I’m often asked, “Why evangelize if God has predestined those who are saved?”  Bob Hayton has a great blog post on this topic sharing how Calvinism informs evangelism

Despite what many have said or heard, Calvinism does not negate or downplay evangelism. Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield, William Carey, and Adoniram Judson were not exceptions to the rule. Rather, they are simply some noteworthy examples of evangelists and preachers who were both Calvinistic in theology and evangelistic in practice.

Of course, Spurgeon said it best. When asked why his doctrine of election did not move him to preach only to the elect, Spurgeon replied: “If you’ll go around and pull up their shirttails so I can see if they have an E stamped on their back, I will.”

20.  Larry James has been blogging on Race in America – here’s the first post of that series at Everyday Citizen.

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1.  What do you think of the United Methodist Church’s policy goals for 2008?

2.  Latino evangelicals question loyalty to the GOP over the immigration issue.

3.  Pretty cool story – a 92-year-old legally blind golfer makes a hole-in-one.  Considering how many people with perfect 20/20 vision can’t do this it is pretty amazing.

4.  It seems like we are not well prepared against a cyber-attack.

5.  It seems like we are in the twilight zone.  I watched this on Hannity & Colmes, and am still shaking my head in amazement.  I would vote for McCain over Clinton everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.  Crazy talk!  I looked out my window to see if pigs were flying.

HT for Video: Hot Air – Also, Jeremy over at Parableman weighs in as does John Mark Reynolds.

6.  A focus group put together by Politico consisting of 11 Republican women who before the debate were undecided.  Good results for Mike Huckabee with this group.

HT: One Mom

7.  Pistol Pete answers the question “Why Go to Church?”  Great post considering that church has been getting a bad rap in the blogosphere (some deserved, some not).

8.  Seth Barnes posts on “Parents who don’t disciple their kids

Here’s where many parents miss the boat: discipling is a process that usually is attended by pain and discomfort – things that parents work hard to protect their children from all their lives. They seem blind to the fact that their kids will never get to greatness without diving headlong into uncomfortable, stressful, ambiguous situations. And because of that, many parents are at odds with discipling ministries like AIM right off the bat.

That is a frustrating thing that I have experienced as a youth pastor.  Seth hits the nail on the head with this post.

9.  Greg Stier lists seven sentences that should be fighting words for Christians.

  • “Christians shouldn’t debate theology.”
  • “Every religion ultimately leads to God.”
  • If a person lives a good life God will probably let them into heaven.”
  • “We can’t really ‘know’ anything for sure, especially when it comes to spiritual truth.”
  • “I follow the red letters of the Bible more than the black ones.”
  • “I refuse to believe that a God of love would send people to hell.”
  • “The gospel of Jesus is not a set of propositions.”

Read his entire post and let me know what you think.

10.  Tim Schmoyer in his last post of the “Navigating the church system” series discusses common mistakes by youth pastors based on material from Tiger McLuen.  I wished I had known this earlier on in my youth ministry career.

11.  Great quote on the Word of God

Indeed the Word of God is like the sun, shining upon all those to whom it is proclaimed, but with no effect among the blind. Now, all of us are blind by nature in this respect… Accordingly, it cannot penetrate into our minds unless the Spirit, as the inner teacher, through his illumination makes entry for it.

John Calvin Institutes 3.2.34

12.  Jim Clark wrote a great post on church growth relating lessons learned from a turnaround strategy that Starbucks is employing.  Pretty interesting.

13.  Are multi-campus churches biblical?  J.D. Greear shares some insights on the Church in Jerusalem gleaned from John Piper.  HT: The Gospel Conversation

14.  My friend Eric had a great post on the doctrine of the atonement.  Great post and he is considering a series on the topic.

15.  New York Giants 17  New England Patriots 14 – I am thrilled not because I am a Giants fan.  This was more of a case of rooting against the Patriots.  With spy-gate, Tom Brady controversies and continual bad behavior from Randy Moss I would rather see a class team go undefeated.

16.  My friend Noah addresses an issue that I’ve seen quite a lot of – isolation of Christians from the Body of Christ due to a variety of reasons – sin, dislike of direction, relational conflict, you fill in the blank.  Great post.

17.  There is an interesting review of Gary Thomas’ book Sacred Marriage over at Mere Orthodoxy.

18.  The military prepares for Hillary (or any Democrat) as President.  These made me laugh out loud.

 

HT: C. Michael Patton

19.  Joe Carter made a case against Mitt Romney.

20.  Is the evangelical left rejecting reality?  David C. Innes thinks so.  I would for the most part agree.

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