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Supportive, But Unimpressed – That’s how Brian Croft suggests a pastor’s wife should relate to her husband. “Dear brothers and fellow pastors, pray your wife finds this balance. Open yourself up to her in such a way that allows her the freedom to play this role. It is for our good and growth that we cherish the gift of a clear, consistent, supportive, yet unimpressed evaluation of our ministry.”

Sacrilege at Ground Zero – It has been interesting to read about the “mosque at Ground Zero” controversy. I thought this article was interesting and especially agree with the final line: “The governor of New York offered to help find land to build the mosque elsewhere. A mosque really seeking to build bridges, Rauf’s ostensible hope for the structure, would accept the offer.”

Thank You Dad, and Goodbye – Jon Bloom pens a moving farewell to his father.

Meltdown – This article on “the stunning decline of Barack Obama” caught my interest as much for its slightly outside perspective as anything (since it’s written for a British newspaper). I think the whole world is watching with fascination as the US begins to turn on its President. That tends to happen, of course, but rarely this quickly!

Me – A neighbor recently spent some time hanging out with me and asking me questions. He put together a video of it all, and here’s the result. (For those who are wondering, I tend to use the word “pastor” to discuss my role in the church when talking before a general audience since it is a word that translates better. When talking before an all-Christian audience I find myself using “elder.” My church makes no distinction between the two)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7Jj9wK1k88?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999

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