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Headlines (December 16)

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Words of Wisdom – “What Is needed to-day is a Scriptural setting forth of the character of God-His absolute sovereignty, His ineffable holiness, His Inflexible justice, His unchanging veracity. What Is needed to-day Is a Scriptural setting forth of the condition of the natural man-his total depravity, his spiritual insensibility, his inveterate hostility to God, the fact that he is “condemned already” and that the wrath of a sin-hating God is even now abiding upon him. What is needed to-day is a Scriptural setting forth of the alarming danger in which sinners are-the Indescribably awful doom which awaits them, the fact that if they follow only a little further their present course they shall most certainly suffer the due reward of their iniquities. What is needed to-day is a Scriptural setting forth of the nature of that punishment which awaits the lost-the awfulness of it, the hopelessness of it, the unendurableness of it, the endlessness of it. It is because of these convictions that by pen as well as by voice we are seeking to raise the alarm.” (A.W. PINK)

Free MP3’s – Eb+Flo music is offering some of their MP3’s free on their web site. They include songs by Phil Keaggy, Sandra McCracken & Derek Webb, Kenny Meeks and Steven Delopoulos. A few of the songs are pretty good (especially the Derek Webb one). Feel free to skip “Mary” by Jason Feller which has the repeating line of “Mary I love you…Mary I trust you.”

Evanescence At It Again – Evanescence, once known as one of the most successful Christian crossover bands, has once again thumbed their collective noses at God. Shortly after achieving some mainstream success, the band members began to swear and curse and deny that their music had any spiritual value whatsoever. Their new CD/DVD combination, Anywhere But Home has a cover of Korn’s song “Thoughtless” that uses the “f-word” a few times. One family, annoyed that WalMart has not marked the album as containing inappropriate content, is suing the retailer for $74,500. If there was any doubt about Evanescence, I have to assume it is quickly being erased in the minds of Christian music lovers. If you’re still hanging on to some sort of false hope that these guys are believers, you’re wasting your time. Let them go!

Making Entertainment of…Adoption – Television, and Fox in particular, have already made entertainment out of just about everything. Surviving on an island, sitting around a house, swapping wives, watching rich girls act like brats, watching families with really bad kids, weight loss, and so on. The next target is adoption. On a new show called “Who’s Your Daddy?” a daughter given up for adoption years earlier will try to guess the identity of her father with a $100,000 prize at stake. “This is really perverse,” said Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan P. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a research and policy organization. “It takes a deeply personal and important experience and turns it into a money-grubbing game show. I think it is despicable.” Fox, of course, denies that this show is exploitive, claiming that no one should judge it before they see it (a very post-modern thing to say). I think I’ll be taking a pass on this one. If you care to read more, check in with CNN.

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Help The Persecuted)

    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?