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Headlines (December 4)

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Dreads For Sale – How impoverished are some of the smaller Christian bands? Jeremy Thiessen of downhere is selling his dreadlocks to raise money to buy what I presume is an engagement ring. The dreads will be listed on eBay for a starting bid of $50 each. There are twenty of them available. If you buy one you will “receive a personal thank-you letter & free downhere sticker, and feel good knowing you helped Jeremy make a life-changing purchase.” More info here.

More About Michael Card – Michael Card has made a small statement in regards to his comments about Mormons. Also, the reporter has clarified exactly what Card said about them. It seems that rather than saying that Christians and Mormons were “like the two ends of a long thread” he in fact said they were “like the two ends of a continuum.” You can read more at Card’s forum.

IBM To Sell PC Division – It seems IBM is looking to get out of the personal computer business. The company that started it all is going to sell their PC business to a Chinese company that is currently China’s largest producer of PCs. The deal is likely to bring IBM at least $2 billion. I was thinking of making an offer but it seems I am just a little bit more than $2 billion short of being able to match the current offer. Ah well, I guess I can wait for Apple to sell of their computer division.

Church Ad Banned – NBC and CBS have banned an ad from their networks sponsored by the United Church of Christ that invites homosexuals to their church. The spot features “two muscle-bound bouncers standing outside a church, selecting people who could attend service and those who could not. Among those kept out are two males who appear to be a couple. Written text then appears saying, in part, ‘Jesus didn’t turn people away, neither do we.’” The networks say that the ad went against their advertising policies and they simply can’t run it. A church official said “We find it disturbing that the networks in question seem to have no problem exploiting gay persons through mindless comedies or titillating dramas, but when it comes to a church’s loving welcome of committed gay couples, that’s where they draw the line.” He raises an interesting point, doesn’t he? Obviously I am glad the networks did not run the ad, but it does show a great lack of consistency. You can read all about it at CNN.

My Friends Know Me – I got two birthday gifts from friends. The one gave me a bunch of that salty Dutch black licorice (ie droppies or dropjes) that most sane people despise but I love with a passion. The other gave me a full-sized poster of Rick Warren. Just kidding – it was a poster of the reformers of the sixteenth century. You see? My friends know me, don’t they? Food and theology – the perfect combination.

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.