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2008-09-27
David Gundersen
Who’s Emerging for the Widows? Thoughts on Missional Partiality
This is a sharp commentary on just how “missional” emergents are:
   
Many today are eager to get tattoos and dress hip and overemphasize technology to “relate” to the surrounding culture, to “connect,” and to “open doors.” But if the majority of these people are truly motivated by a compassionate heart, why aren’t any of our youth dressing like the precious elderly folks in the nursing home? Who’s learning to play bridge and chess? Who’s playing vinyl records and eating at the HomeTown Buffet for no other reason than to open doors?

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2008-09-26
Scott Ott
Bush: Congress Must Act to Save Stupid People
“It is a moral imperative that we guard the civil rights of these idiots,” he said. “If we fail, then we face the specter of free market capitalism run amok, and millions of Americans will feel the painful lash of personal responsibility across their backs.”

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2008-09-25
Tominthebox
Anglican Church Plans to Apologizes to Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah
"We really feel like he got too hard of a punishment," commented Williams.

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Jim Hale
Is there a church out there like this?
I'm looking for a spirit of reverence among God's people, a sense that we have come to join in with the company of angels, archangels, and the church triumphant who gather before God's throne in that never ending heavenly worship.

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Nathan Busenitz
Clarifying “Harsh Language”
There is a legitimate form of “harsh language” that Christians can and should use. Such language encompasses the courageous confrontation of sin . . . It does not involve profanity, silliness, or reckless vulgarity . . .

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Timmy Brister
Jesus Was Not a Community Organizer
Timmy nails it: May we who have such a King neither set our hopes nor settle our consciences with any other naive notion to rival the cosmic-changing cry, “Let your kingdom come.”

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Ron Paul (via Hank)
Ron Paul on the Financial Crisis
The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish. It is downright sinister. It makes a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again bother pretending is still in effect.

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Tur8infan
Ancient Christians Had Bibles
A common myth that we hear from time to time from a number of different directions, is that Bibles were in essence Gutenberg's invention: a testimony to Northern European printing ingenuity, but not an ancient practice. . . . But this picture of the world is far from the reality that Bibles were the treasured possession of the faithful since the time of the early church.

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2008-09-24
Tim Challies
Living on Borrowed Grace
Those children who are born into Christian homes--children who from their earliest days learn stories from the Bible, who watch their parents living the Christian life and who attend church week after week--are living on borrowed grace, at least until they turn to Christ in repentance and faith.

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2008-09-23
Justin Taylor
A Despicable Vote
So a child who has been born and is living and breathing outside the womb can’t get medical care because by some legal definition he or she is “pre-viable”?
   
I’m willing to say without reservation, that if you are planning to vote for Obama, and you think your salvation is secure, you are tragically mistaken. Christians don’t kill babies, or vote for those who allow it.

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Hank Balch
God’s Reign in Our Families: Does Family Planning Have a Place in the Kingdom of God?
In his work entitled, The Gospel of the Kingdom, George Eldon Ladd wrote, “..the righteousness which God demands of us, He must give to us, or we are lost. The only life which can be made pure is the life which knows the power of God’s Kingdom, His rule.”

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Steve Weaver
“How Do You Respond to the Word of God?” James 1:19-27
Steve continues Weaving his exposition of James.

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Yukon Rebecca
I Would Not, Could Not
Romans 1 tells us that people, generally considered, do not like to worship God as he is and as he has revealed himself. Instead, they prefer to worship a god they like better than the true God. If this is so, then we can’t trust our own judgments of what kind of God is worthy of our worship, can we?

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Albert Mohler
"Licensing People to Put Others Down" -- The End of Human Dignity
"If you're demented, you're wasting people's lives – your family's lives – and you're wasting the resources of the National Health Service."

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2008-09-19
Steve Weaver
“Who Do You Blame When Tempted?” James 1:13-18
This series looks at the book of James as a series of tests of the genuineness of the professing Christian’s faith.
Related:
How Serious We Must Be About Our Sin

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2008-09-17
Nathan Busenitz
John Piper, Mark Driscoll, and Harsh Language
Like Wilson, it seems that Driscoll will appeal to the polemic of Christ, Paul, and the Old Testament prophets to make his case. But unlike Wilson, Driscoll will be defending much more than just prophetic sarcasm.

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2008-09-15
The Front Fell Off
This is just hilarious.

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Lee Duncan
Cultural Faith: Is It Real?
Americans like their faith the way they define it and don’t want to be confined to a set of writings that has been handed down through the centuries.

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Fred Butler
Thoughts about Ray Boltz declaring his Homosexuality
[The Bible] presents a picture of a life long struggle with sin where a person, empowered by the work of the Spirit, mortifies personal sin by putting it off from him or her. But there is more than putting off sinful attitudes and habits, but a putting on of godliness and righteousness, Colossians 3:5-17.

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Tim Challies
A Lesson in Worldview (Brought to You by the Letter "I")
. . . I have no ability to properly see and understand reality without Him. I find my desperate dependence upon Him to comprehend what may seem so plain and so obvious. I find that I need Him to interpret reality for me because, without Him, I'll get it wrong every time. I need God to teach me to see myself.

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Dan Phillips
So . . . is it true? Fathers control their children's every choice?
. . . all children have defective fathers.

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Phil Johnson
The Bible as a Fashion Accessory
. . . marketing the church, marketing the Bible, or marketing a sermon series is a dangerous strategy. Church marketing experts never seem to own up to the reality that the medium and the message necessarily impact one another . . .

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2008-09-13
Matt Waymeyer
Revelation 20 Made Too Simple
Put simply, the historical background of the book of Revelation presents no more a problem for the futuristic interpretation of Revelation 20:1-6 than it does for the futuristic interpretation of Revelation 21:1-8. I fully realize that there are legitimate arguments that can be made against the premillennial view of Revelation 20, but this simply isn’t one of them.

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Justin Taylor
ESV Bible Firefox Ubiquity Command
This is cool: Crossway recently announced the ESV Bible Firefox Ubiquity Command. It lets you use a command line in your browser to get the ESV text anywhere on the web.

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Albert Mohler
"Not to Destruction, but to Salvation"
. . . bishops of the Episcopal Church . . . called on voters to defeat Proposition 8 -- the constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

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Russell D. Moore
Should a Minister Officiate at the Weddings of Unbelievers?
A minister is not an agent of the state. He is not a civil servant. A minister performs a wedding ceremony only because he represents the church, as one called out to the teaching office in the church, with the church gathered as witnesses to the vows being made.

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2008-09-09
Libbie Muffin
Practical teaching
Don't tell me 'How to have a great marriage' - tell me 'How to put off the old man of sin, and put on Christ'. That's practical.

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Steve Weaver
“How Do You Respond to Trials?” James 1:1-12
Pastor Steve begins a new series on the book of James. The series will look at the book of James as a series of tests of the genuineness of the professing Christian’s faith. Thus, each sermon’s title will be stated as a question.

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Fred Butler
Cloudy Daze
I like Fred. He’s at least as entertaining as he is astute. Enter David Cloud. Handkerchief tied around his eyes and stick in hand, he is going to try to whack this pinata.

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Timmy Brister
Irony and Hypocrisy
Everyone’s buzzing about the rock star that is Sarah Palin. Yet, I notice that little if any press is given to the other VP candidate, Senator Joe Biden. I thought I’d make a couple Biden observations in an effort to provide a little balance in coverage.

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2008-09-08
Tim Challies
Who Shapes Your World?
If I am to strive after godliness and to become a man who is great in God's eyes, I must pay close attention to who influences me, to who shapes my world. I must know for certain that I will imitate those I allow to influence me.

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Tony Payne
Is church for evangelism?
In the New Testament, churches are characteristically the fruit of evangelism, not its agent. Evangelism usually takes place outside the assembly . . .

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2008-09-06
Jim Hale
Should your church seek to be 'seeker friendly'?
The word “seeker” has come to play a large role in Christianity today. Increasing numbers of churches identify themselves as “seeker-friendly” or “seeker-sensitive.” Their conviction is that people are seeking after God, but the church has erected barriers of tradition and culture that keep them away.

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2008-09-05
Wayne Elliott
The Shack Review
“Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.” -Charles Spurgeon

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Michael Youssef
Uncovering The Shack
[Dr. Youseff] explains that his responsibility as an under shepherd to feed the flock as well as protect them from false teaching. (HT)

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2008-09-04
Hank Balch
Living Dangerously…at Walgreens: What can our Purchases at a Pharmacy Tell us About our Theology?
Yeah, I know. Why do I keep posting links like this? It’s because this is one way in which most Christians — including Reformed Christians, who really should know better — still live like atheists.

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2008-09-03
Yuval Levin
A Shameful Week for the Press
The spectacle reveals a deep rot at the heart of the political press, and has been among the most shameful chapters in the history of modern American journalism.

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One for the History Books: Barack’s Two Dads
Hmm . . .

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Amy Scott
A woman’s highest calling
Being a wife and mother is a good and noble thing, but it is not the highest thing.

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2008-09-01
Obama/Ayers Connections
This is the ad that Barack Obama’s lawyers are playing hardball over.

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If I Were An Evil Overlord
If I am fighting with the hero atop a moving platform, have disarmed him, and am about to finish him off and he glances behind me and drops flat, I too will drop flat instead of quizzically turning around to find out what he saw. (HT)

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Phil Johnson
Pray for India
Reports out of India over the past week or so describe a dramatic increase in violence against Christians . . .

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