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August 25, 2008
Monday August 25, 2008 Warren on Politics
WSJ has an article on “What Saddleback’s Pastor Really Thinks About Politics.”
America Refuses to Accept Defeat
This article from the Times says that China was the clear winner of these Olympic games and I’m inclined to agree.
CCW Blog
Christian Communicators Worldwide (think Jim Elliff) now has a blog that may be worthy of a bookmark.
How Fast Can Humans Go?
TIME asks just how fast it is possible for humans to run before they hit the end of their physical limits.
A Brutal Olympics for Christians
This little article points out why the Olympics were particularly brutal for Chinese Christians.
Donald Miller to Give DNC Benediction
Author Donald Miller (of Blue Like Jazz fame) will give a benediction Monday night at the Democratic National Convention. CT conducts a brief interview with him to ask why.
August 22, 2008
Friday August 22, 2008 MacArthur on Christians as Douloi
Shepherd’s Fellowship is offering a free Mp3 download of MacArthur’s 2008 conference talk on the New Testament’s use of the word doulos, or slave, to refer to Christians.
Barak Obama: the Messiah
This fascinating site collects praise for Obama. An example from Halle Berry: “I’ll do whatever he says to do. I’ll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear.”
Free Tabletalk
“If you are not aware, Tabletalk published a great issue on “The New Atheism” this month. In light of this timely topic, we would like to equip you with extra copies to discuss atheism with those close to you — or, maybe more importantly, those distant from you and God.”
Library for Sale
Here’s an amazing and unique theological library for sale. It’s crazy expensive but contains over 30,000 volumes.
August 21, 2008
Thursday August 21, 2008 Brian McLaren Endorses Obama
In this commercial religious leaders Brian McLaren, Pastors Kirbyjon and Suzette Caldwell and Catholic theologian Lisa Cahill discuss Senator’s Obama’s faith and commitment to families.
Meanwhile…
Meanwhile, this video exposes the dark side of a piece of legislation Obama endorsed. It’s worth watching with the caveats Denny provides. You can see Obama’s real commitment to family here.
That Obituary
Some wondered if that obituary I linked to a couple of days ago was genuine. Snopes went digging and found it was true.
The Truth About Healer
An article exposes the truth behind the song Healer. “Michael Guglielmucci, who inspired hundreds of thousands of young Christians with his terminal cancer “battle”, has been exposed as a fraud.”
The Kind of Leader America Needs
After hosting the discussion with McCain and Obama, Rick Warren preached a sermon dealing with ‘The Kind of Leader America Needs.’
August 20, 2008
Wednesday August 20, 2008 7 Reasons to Say ‘God Willing’
Julian offers seven good reasons Christians should be intentional and deliberate to refer to future plans with the caveat, ‘God willing’ (or ‘if the Lord wills,’ or something variant).
An Obituary
This obituary was apparently printed in the Times Herald. What a horrifying way to be remembered!
Ten Things He Thinks
Jollyblogger offers a list of ten things he thinks about the spirit world and spiritual warfare.
Typos as Variant Spellings
This fits perfectly with a postmodern society. “BBC reported on the 7th of this month that Ken Smith from Bucks New University is advocating the acceptance of commonly misspelled words as ‘variant spellings.’” Fool’s Gold has more.
August 19, 2008
Tuesday August 19, 2008 Backtrack to Saddleback
Dr. Mohler: “With the press pushing the event as a “new face” for American evangelicals, I was not overly hopeful. Given the hype, I was positively unhopeful. But … the event turned to be quite worthwhile after all.”
Evangelical Gullibility
Ed Stetzer comments on the Lakeland Revival and Todd Bentley.
Why She Walked out of Church
WORLD’s recent cover story on NextGen worship inspired Julie R. Neidlinger, a single, 34-year-old writer/artist from North Dakota, to write an interesting post. WORLD has details.
Best Commentaries
This site looks worthy of a bookmark.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Kirk Wellum has a brief but interesting post on the role of the Holy Spirit. “The holy Trinity is not the Father, the Son and the Holy Scriptures, but rather, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
August 18, 2008
Monday August 18, 2008 Apres Lewis
David Skeel, in an editorial at WSJ, wonders why, even after 55 years, there is still no successor to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.
On Discarded Things
An interesting little article from a med student whose blog I read. “After my first patient died, I remember getting this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw the janitor role down the corridor. I looked across the hall at a nurse who simultaneously shuddered and looked away. We could not watch as his living things were bagged and tossed away—as his room was raped.”
Snuggling a Mannequin
“Recently I came across one of the saddest passages I’ve ever read. Writer Augusten Burroughs writes in his new book, The Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father, about growing up with his distant, neglectful father. One part, in particular, was so raw as to make me almost cringe as I read it.”
Religion Out of Medicine
This is a chilling possibility in my province of Ontario. “Ontario physicians could be stripped of their right to exercise religious or moral conscience if a new set of guidelines is accepted by their regulating body next month, critics say.”
August 15, 2008
Friday August 15, 2008 A Tale of Two Little Girls
Kirk Wellum reminds us that our society is hardly immune to the kind of thoughts that replaced a less attractive little Chinese girl with a more attractive one.
16 Days of Atrocity
From The Point: “To keep the excitement over Phelps and company on the U.S. Olympic team (much deserved admiration, definitely) from drowning out those in China and elsewhere who cannot share the joy because of the communist regime’s evil acts, we’re going to post an “Atrocity of the Day” throughout the remainder of the Olympic season.”
Life After Lakeland
An article in Charisma wrestles with the aftermath of the Lakeland “Revival.” “Among those who jumped on the Lakeland bandwagon, discernment was discouraged. They were expected to swallow and follow. The message was clear: ‘This is God. Don’t question.’”
August 14, 2008
Thursday August 14, 2008 The Works of Jonathan Edwards
The Bookstore at WSC has the works of Edwards on sale for a mere $25. You’re not likely to beat that price!
Red Mountain Church
T-Wax has an interview with Red Mountain Church, a group based in Birmingham, Alabama that takes old hymn texts and puts them to new music.
Discipling Christian Children
Rick Phillips has a good article on discipling Christian children.
Movabletype 4.2
Performancing has a roundup of news regarding the recent release of Movabletype 4.2. Bloggers may wish to take note.
Passion Church
Josh Harris shares some interesting news about Louie Giglio.
Why Children Lie
A good article from the Shepherd Press blog. “So when you hear your children lie, remember that one of the elements behind the lie is fear—fear of being exposed for who they really are. The answer, of course, is Christ.”
August 13, 2008
Wednesday August 13, 2008 God’s Gift of Adoption
God used our son Daniel’s untreatable illness and untimely death at three years old to send our family on two wonderful adoption journeys. Ten months before Daniel died the Lord brought Isaiah Owen into our family through adoption. A year after Daniel’s death God gave us Noah Daniel (Noah means rest). We named our second adopted son “Noah Daniel” to remind us of the “rest God had given Daniel.”
The Process of the Pardon
Here’s information about the new Voice album, The Process of the Pardon.
Things to Work on
Colin Adams lists a few things he is working on in his preaching ministry.
The Persistence of Moral Sanity
Reflecting on the John Edwards scandal, Dr. Mohler writes about “The Strange Persistence of Moral Sanity.”
August 12, 2008
Tuesday August 12, 2008 Rick Warren on TIME
Rick Warren is on the cover of TIME Magazine. “If Warren is not quite today’s [Billy] Graham, who presided as ‘America’s pastor’ back when the U.S. affected a kind of Protestant civil religion, he is unquestionably the U.S.’s most influential and highest-profile churchman. He is a natural leader, a pathological schmoozer, insatiably curious and often the smartest person in the room.”
Bedtime Prayers with Children
T-Wax is dead on in this article. “Let me encourage you. Young children soak in everything we say to them. Don’t be frustrated if they’re not reciting the catechism by the age of 4. Don’t be frustrated if they seem to be disinterested when you pray. Don’t be frustrated by their lack of attention span. Pray anyway.”
A Catholic Case Against Obama
Pat Buchanan writes an article specifically for Catholics, but most of it applies to Evangelicals as well.
What Impresses God
Mark Altrogge writes about the Opening Ceremonies and the heartless persecution of Christians in China.
Denny Burk on Inclusive Translations
Denny Burk reacts briefly to comments by Craig Blomberg who lauds the TNIV and other gender inclusive translations.

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