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Saturday Ramblings

I had big plans for today. I was going to write a book review and so some other good, deep theological writing. Alas, I woke up at 3:00 this morning feeling sicker than a dog. After being up the rest of the night I certainly wasn’t in any shape to do an researching or writing so it’s just going to have to wait for another day. It’s too bad, really, as I was looking forward to it.

I found a Web site the other day that has so much great content on it I wonder how I hadn’t stumbled across it before. The site is called 9 Marks and “…wants to help local churches re-establish their Biblical bearings and re-think their ministry methods. [It] exists to help local church pastors and leaders in the discovery and application of the biblical priorities that cultivate health and holiness in the local church.” The term “9 Marks” refers to the nine marks they consider crucial to a healthy church. While these include two of the traditional three Reformed marks (faithful preaching of the gospel, church discipline and proper administration of the sacraments) they go further to address issues of our day. For example, one of their marks is a Biblical understanding of conversion while another is Biblical understanding of leadership. They have a large audio section that includes some great messages and interviews. I was excited to find the site and recommend you spend some time reading through it. I intend to make it a regular stop.

Only four weeks until football season. I can hardly wait. Already big names are dropping like flies in training camp mishaps…and drug-related retirements. I’m especially looking forward this season to seeing how Kurt Warner handles himself in New York – whether he’ll get and keep the starting job and whether his amazing success in St Louis really was based more on the team around him than his skill. Though I’m no great fan of the Giants, I’d love to see him get his career back on track in the Big Apple.

As always, if you don’t drop into the Forum from time-to-time, you really should. There are lots of awfully intelligent people that drop in to share some godly wisdom.

That’s it for me. I wish you all a wonderful Lord’s Day tomorrow. May you be blessed in your time of worship and edification as you give to and receive from the Lord.


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