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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.  January is National Mentoring Month, and my ministry’s blog, Serve Our Youth Network News, has posted several items related to mentoring, our mentoring program and National Mentoring Month.

2.  Chuck Colson on “Truth, Love and Endurance: Dr. King and Christian Activism” you can also listen to his commentary.

3.  Justin Taylor interviews Robert P. George, a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and director of the school’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, on Roe v. Wade, 35 years later.

4. Bill Clinton Has a Dream during Martin Luther King Jr.’s son’s speech at Ebeneezer Baptist Church.

5. Chicago Tribune: “The Use and Abuse of Ronald Reagan” by Victor Davis Hanson reminds readers of President Reagan’s record as GOP candidates try to out-Reagan one another.

6. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being criticized for being “un-French” by talking about religion in society.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is drawing criticism from opponents for his frequent and increasing talks on religion in society, which critics say is a very “un-French” thing to do.

Sarkozy broke a taboo last December when he emphasized France’s Christian roots at a speech in Rome basilica, referring to France as “the eldest daughter of the Church” and stating that “the roots of France are essentially Christian.”

Some say his speeches, including his latest in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, ignore a French law separating church and state.

“A speech citing God not only on every page, but on every line, creates a fundamental problem for the republic,” argued Socialist Jean Glavany at the National Assembly last Wednesday referring to Sarkozy’s speech earlier in the week on providing state subsidies for faith-based groups.

Source: Christian Post

7.  This gives soul food an entirely new meaning.

8. These are fightin’ words!

But did they actually say anything that helped voters make a decision?

9.  Starbucks can test this in Des Moines anytime.  Like right now would be good.  Coffeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

10.  Try this for a campaign pledge.

11.  Great Quote

A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized that prayer is listening.

– Soren Kierkegaard in Christian Discourses   HT: God’s Politics

12. American Christians are self-indulgent according to Erwin McManus:

In a recent article in Christian Today, Erwin McManus contends that the reason why churches are declining in America is because they are self-centered. “My primary assessment would be because American Christians tend to be incredibly self-indulgent so they see the church as a place there for them to meet their needs and to express faith in a way that is meaningful for them…there is almost no genuine compassion or urgency about serving and reaching people who don’t know Christ.”

Source: Christianity Today  HT: Monday Morning Insight

13.  There has been some controversy at  Young Life when eight of their Durham ministry leaders either resigned or were terminated over disagreement with a new statement of non-negotiables made by senior leadership of this 66-year old ministry.  Six imperatives fleshed out in this proclamation are:

  • We proclaim the person of Jesus Christ in every message.
  • We proclaim the reality of sin and its consequences—that apart from divine grace, we are estranged from God by our disobedience and incapable of a right relationship with God.
  • We proclaim the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as the ultimate proof of God’s love and the only solution to our problem of sin.
  • We proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • We proclaim the risen Christ’s offer of salvation by inviting our middle school, high school, and college friends to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.
  • We proclaim God’s call to discipleship by encouraging all who respond to grow in their faith.

Tony Jones has three blog posts related to this… here, here and here.  What do you think? 

14.  Greg Steir writes on The Coming Apostasy, what he sees today with some in the Christian speaking circut:

  • A growing emphasis on quasi or full on universalism.
  • A tendency to de-emphasize, question or outright attack core theological truths.
  • An overemphasis on “the red letters” of the Bible.
  • An increasing skepticism toward certainty about anything.
  • An overwhelming focus on conversations rather than conclusions.
  • A redefining of the gospel without propositions.

15. A new tract delivery system (see left) – evangelism by stealth.  I don’t know, it might be effective.  People like to read while in the bathroom.  Could work… could work…  I don’t think I’ll be trying it anytime soon.

HT: Evangelism Action 

16.  New Republican Leader Map – some shocking changes with new polls coming out.

17.  Mom, help!  A politician is trying to relate to me!!!!!  Warning, the following video is very painful to watch.  Mitt Romney meeting with some youth in Jacksonville, FL.

HT: Allen Thornburgh at The Point

18.  Job Security

HT: Naked Pastor – David Hayward 

19.  Muslims are not the only ones who are militant and persecutes Christians.  Hindus do as well.

20.  Evidently Pakistan isn’t hunting Osama.  Is that really a surprise?

 

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