A La Carte (01/18)

Wednesday January 18, 2006 Marriage: A friend passed along an interesting article on a Dutch cohabitation contract, which many perceive to be the first step in legalizing polygamous marriages. Book: Oprah Winfrey has decreed that Elie Wiesel’s Night “should be required reading for all humanity.” Quote: ““The movie associates homosexuality with nature – magnificent mountains, big sky, clear blue water, teeming forests – as contrasted with the constraints of a tacky, empty civilization. But whether you are a creationist or …

A La Carte (01/17)

Tuesday January 17, 2006 Theology: John the baptist wants to know whether early church deacons were waiters or bankers (or both). Worship: Phil Johnson discusses worship and whether or not karaoke qualifies as public worship. He says that “Karaoke is a populist form of burlesque.” Church: The Church Report lists the 50 most influential Christians in America. What happened to John MacArthur? And since when is Dr. Phil a Christian leader? Site: Is anyone else noticing how much faster my …

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A La Carte (01/16)

Monday January 16, 2006 Wow: A dollhouse maker has created quite an amazing replica of Bag End, the home of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. Emergent: Ed Stetzer writes an article entitled “Understanding The Emerging Church.” He covers it under three headings: Relevants, Reconstructionists, Revisionists. Quote: “Many nonbelievers know only two kinds of Christians: those who speak the truth without grace and those who are very nice but never share the truth. What they need to see is a third type …

A La Carte (01/13)

Friday January 13, 2006 Politics: Just days after California Lutheran High School expelled two girls for inappropriate conduct related to homosexual behavior, a Christian school outside of Atlanta is in a similar situation. RightFaith reports on a pending lawsuit. Film: Reformation21 pointed the way to an article by Josh Day declaring the superiority of Narnia’s Jesus over that of The Passion. “The kingly lion Aslan, who portrays Christ in Narnia’s fantastical world of talking animals and mythological beasts, crushes Jim …

A La Carte (01/12)

Thursday January 12, 2006 Theology: Phil Johnson is growing impatient with people demanding immediate exegesis. “But the principle of sola Scriptura has never meant that all theological arguments are invalid unless they can be substantiated with some proof-text. “ Blogspotting: Jollyblogger agrees with me (and hence with Dave Swavely) about the impropriety of judging another professing believer’s faith. Technology: BentUser has an in-depth preview of Windows Vista, the future of Microsoft Windows. It looks like they are near finalizing the …

A La Carte (01/11)

Wednesday January 11, 2006 Reformed: Reformed church leaders are calling for a new era of partnership with the Vatican. Who are these leaders and why have I never heard of them? Du Jour: Paul’s old friend Martin writes his church to discuss life after Christmas. People: Sam Waldron, author of To Be Continued and The End Times Made Simple has just launched his own web site. Site: Sorry about the extended downtime for this site. I hope I’ve worked out …

A La Carte (01/10)

Tuesday January 10, 2005 Quote: “‘Muslim fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism – they’re all motivated by fear. Fear of each other.’” (Rick Warren) And what is a fundamentalist? “Now the word “fundamentalist” actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity.” Du Jour: And while we’re on the subject of Rick Warren, Herescope covers the reinvention of Rick Warren. Request: I am …

A La Carte (01/09)

Monday January 9, 2006 Humor: Only in a far too politically correct world would this story be anything but funny. “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is shutting down the system that creates movie recommendations on its shopping Web site after it linked a “Planet of the Apes” DVD to films about famous black Americans.” Du Jour: Carolyn McCulley has a couple of posts from New Orleans (first, second) in which she notes God’s faithfulness and the faithfulness of those who lost so …

A La Carte (01/06)

Friday January 6, 2006 Blogging: Calvinist Gadfly gracefully bows out of the blogosphere. “My passion for the Biblical languages is calling me to give myself over to them in a more dedicated and intense manner.” Animals: Tim Irvin has bought himself some chickens. He says that “you can buy a pair for less than the cost of a dog collar.” I’d gladly trade in my dog’s collar for a couple of those chickens (I’ll even toss in the dog as …

A La Carte (01/05)

Thursday January 5, 2005 News: MLive.com has the inspiring story of the Stowe Family, a Christian family who has adopted many children with disabilities. Strange: Justin Taylor tells us that Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando will be having Tony Campolo deliver the Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series in March. Music: Pete Townshend warns iPod users to turn down the volume. “I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal components deaf.” Health: A new …