Friday, November 22, 2013

Weekly Recap

I didn't post one of these last week, so my "top three" is actually a top five this week...

1. In a world filled with tragedy and suffering, humanity is often left wondering, "Where were you, God?" This song addresses that in a powerful way!

video
 
2. "Jesus said 'not to judge'" seems to be the only scripture some people know. Trip Lee does a good job of addressing the misconception that "only God can judge me."

3. Is God a pacifist? Should Christians practice self-defense or serve in the military? Mark Driscoll gives some food for thought.

4. Check out this comic (and the article that inspired it). Has anything done more damage to the modern church than the heresy of "easy-believism"?

http://adam4d.com/foggy/
(Click the picture to go to the full comic)


5. Finally, this article kind of puts things in perspective for pastors and others in ministry by asking, "Is It Actually Hard to Be a Pastor?"

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mortification: A Prayer

 

Mortification

from The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions by Arthur Bennett

 

O DIVINE LAWGIVER,
I take shame to myself
for open violations of thy law,
for my secret faults,
my omissions of duty,
my unprofitable attendance upon means of grace,
my carnality in worshipping thee,
and all the sins of my holy things.

Friday, November 8, 2013

"Sexy" Christianity, Billy Graham, and Heartwarming Camraderie

My Top Three for the Week of November 8th, 2013

I think it is possible to over-analyze movements, and I would take this first post with a grain of salt. But I do think that some Christians are just trying to hipster-ize the faith, and the points raised in this article are worth thinking about:

sexy "christianity"


Billy Graham was back in the headlines for at least one more time this week; Fox News Channel aired a message from Graham entitled "The Cross", and USA Today ran the following article covering his 95th birthday celebration:


Billy Graham's final sermon: "I've wept for America"


Finally, if you follow sports at all, you are probably sick to death of hearing about the bullying in the Miami Dolphin's locker room.

Here is a bit of antidote, courtesy of some young football players who "get it."