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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.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.