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1.  Ouch, a man uses a gun to scratch his back and ends up shooting himself.  I wouldn’t know if there is a good way to explain that to friends and family.

HT: Smart Pastor

2.  The Pill kills babies, some little known information from the American Life League

3.  Web trends – a recent Barna report shows:

  • 78% who access a computer has sent an e-mail.
  • 33% have used IM in the past week.
  • 23% have a personal webpage or a profile on a social networking site (Facebook, MySpace, etc).
  • 10% have a blog, but 14% have commented on another person’s blog in the last week.
  • 38% of evangelicals have listened to a sermon via podcast in the last week.
  • Evangelicals use of Web 2.0 mirrors the trends seen across the board.

HT: Monday Morning Insight

4.  Something I need to learn to do better.

5.  One reason (of three given) to avoid using inconsistency as a mark against an idea or person.

Everybody’s inconsistent, so nobody denounces inconsistency consistently.

Source: 22 Words with Abraham Piper

6.  Stepping out if faith is hard to do, but comes with growth.

Stepping out in faith always brings clarification of God’s plan. When Ananias went to see Paul (then Saul), he received additional information (read Acts 9:10–21). As Saul submitted himself to the ministry of Ananias, he found out more about God’s plan for his life. You’re “a chosen instrument of Mine.” I’m going to use you “to bear My name” (9:15). Saul hadn’t known that before. (He had never read the book of Acts!) He knew nothing of what was in store for him until Ananias took that initial step of faith. Both men discovered that God Himself chose Saul to be His instrument and that intense suffering would mark his ministry. That’s the way God operates.

Source: Chuck Swindoll’s Blog

7.  Redefining Community?

HT: Out of Ur

8.  Effective evangelism… not so much.

You know I think it would easier to say everybody without Jesus, (Romans 3:23; 6:23; John 3:16-17).

Sports fans?  Really?  I guess since I entered a March Madness pool before the last NCAA tournament I’m in trouble.

HT: Ragamuffin Soul

9.  This made me laugh out loud.  Hillary Clinton – Unelectable.  You can download this musical gem here.  To listen to this song in a pop-up click here.

10.  Please continue to pray for Parkersburg, IA that was leveled by an EF5 tornado over Memorial Day Weekend.  My friend Eric’s wife’s grandma lives there and thankfully her house was spared.  They went up to help with clean-up and you can see some pictures of the aftermath on his blog.

11.  Understanding how metrosexual your worship leader is.  A handy guide by Prodigal Jon.

12.  I am still appalled by this video.  Pastors behaving badly in the pulpit.  Contemptuous speech has no place in the pulpit.  Fr. Michael Pfleger needs to be reeled in by the Chicago Diocese.

Edward Gilbreath has some excellent thoughts about this controversy.

13.  Bishop Harry Jackson & Tony Perkins – “The Truth in Black and White: California ‘Marriage'”

Source: Family Research Council Blog

14.  Will Smith on Marriage and Divorce

During an interview on Ellen:

Divorce just can’t be an option. It’s really that simple – if you just remove the option. Because if you have the option, one day that person’s going to make you want a divorce. You absolutely get to the point that you’re done, and the only thing that keeps you continuing is that there’s no other option.

From a Reader’s Digest interview:

RD: You and Jada have been married nine years and, by all accounts, are very happy. What’s the key?
Smith: Communication. And divorce cannot be an option.
RD: Your first marriage ended in divorce.
Smith: That is probably the most painful loss of my life. I quit. I could have fixed it. It really was not that bad.
RD: Some would say there’s no reason to stay if a marriage isn’t good.
Smith: Once you say that, you’ve lost. With Jada, I stood up in front of God and my family and friends and said, “Till death do us part.” So there are two possible outcomes: We are going to be together till death, or I am dead.

I’ve already been a fan of his movies.  I’m impressed.  This is rare, but encouraging talk coming out of Hollywood.

HT: Evangelical Outpost

15.  Evidently evangelism is a hate crime in the United Kingdom at least according to a police officer there..

A police community support officer ordered two Christian preachers to stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham.

The evangelists say they were threatened with arrest for committing a “hate crime” and were told they risked being beaten up if they returned. The incident will fuel fears that “no-go areas” for Christians are emerging in British towns and cities, as the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, claimed in The Sunday Telegraph this year….

The preachers, both ministers in Birmingham, were handing out leaflets on Alum Rock Road in February when they started talking to four Asian youths.

A police community support officer (PCSO) interrupted the conversation and began questioning the ministers about their beliefs.

“He said we were in a Muslim area and were not allowed to spread our Christian message. He said we were committing a hate crime by telling the youths to leave Islam and said that he was going to take us to the police station.”

The ministers claim he also advised them not to return to the area. As he walked away, the PCSO said: “You have been warned. If you come back here and get beaten up, well you have been warned”.

West Midlands Police, who refused to apologise, said the incident had been “fully investigated” and the officer would be given training in understanding hate crime and communication.

HT: Stand to Reason

16.  I like Michelle Malkin and I read her blog when I get a chance.  But the brouhaha that erupted over Rachel Ray wearing this scarf that is thought to be a keffiyeh in a Dunkin Donuts Ad is ridiculous.  I mean come on! Dunkin Donuts ended up pulling the ad.

Looking at other keffiyehs that are pictured in a follow-up post… it doesn’t even look the same!

HT: The Point

17.  John Mark Reynolds on the Presidential Race (now confirmed to be John McCain vs. Barack Obama) – “Five Reasons Both Candidates Will Lose“.

18.  The 2008 United Methodist Church General Conference is adopting a more pro-life stance on abortion.

19.  Breaking news on Michelle Obama?

20.  The 10 Worst Movies About Jesus.  HT: Michael Spencer

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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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