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A couple of days ago I mentioned a conference I am speaking at tonight. If you think of it, pray for me today, would you? This is a conference well outside “the usual” crowd I tend to speak before. Many of the other conference speakers are new monastics, people who preach a social gospel, and so on (other speakers include Shane Claiborne, Leonard Sweet, and others). I generally enjoy speaking at such events so I am looking forward to it, but still feeling like I’ll need an unusual amount of prayer. The format is simple: we each have a few minutes to present a letter giving our most urgent message to the church. I intend to simply speak about getting the gospel right, about making sure that the gospel we preach is the gospel of the Bible. Depending how you look at it, that’s either a tremendously cliched or tremendously exciting message.

Flirting With Silly Bandz – Say it ain’t so! “Silly Bandz, the rubber bracelets that are all the rage among grade-schoolers, are getting grown-up treatment at the city’s bars and clubs.”

Tripp on Twitter on Grace – Timmy Brister has put together a roundup of some of Paul Tripp’s best tweets on the subject of grace. Yes, some people tweet really, really well.

Please Don’t Use the Dictionary – Andy, an editor for IVP, says “It’s one of the most common and one of the dullest tools that writers or speakers pull out of their toolboxes—quoting a dictionary definition when trying to make a point.”

A Thing Called the Internet – I feel like doing this too.

Don’t Waste Your Life – Yes, you’ve probably seen this sermon jam before. I have too. But I enjoyed watching and listening again.

Only once in sacred Scripture is an attribute of God elevated to the third degree. Only once is a characteristic of God mentioned three times in succession. The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love; or mercy, mercy, mercy; or wrath, wrath, wrath; or justice, justice, justice. It does say that he is holy, holy, holy, that the whole earth is full of His glory.

–R.C. Sproul

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