I have some cool, fun, informative, or thought-provoking links for you to peruse at your leisure. Or not. Your loss!
-First, I’m going to be an uncle! My brother and his wife recently announced their pregnancy, and have started a joint blog over at scottnbecca.blogspot.com. Becca just had her first ultrasound, and she should be posting pictures shortly. New baby April 2009, woohoo!
-New Brian Regan DVD, woohoo!
-Stimulating discussion of how evangelism is not the church’s main purpose in the corporate worship setting here. I think he makes some great points of how we shouldn’t be so worried about streamlining worship services or catering to the “lowest common denominator” for the purpose of being seeker-sensitive. At the same time, the gospel should be foremost in worship, because it’s not just for the lost. I do think, however, that the author could have stressed the importance of evangelism by the church outside of the corporate worship setting. We should also definitely bring unsaved friends and family to worship with us. It’s not an “either-or” but a “both-and.” I especially liked one of the comments who cited the Willow Creek-reminiscent “Sermonettes produce Christianettes” line. (HT: Between Two Worlds)
-The Pyromaniacs blog has been releasing some hilarious Po-Motivator posters, and the latest set made me laugh out loud, especially the “Belief” one.
-I just stumbled across Grove City College’s newspaper, The Collegian, online. Two good friends are spotlighted in the 9/5 issue as new Resident Directors.
-Touchy issue about churches, endorsing political candidates from the pulpit, and tax-exempt status. I’m of the camp that thinks that political endorsements have no place in the pulpit (at least from a candidate view – however, sermons on biblical issues like the sanctity of life are okay by me). While it is a pastor’s constitutional right to be able to announce his political preferences, the government can always remove the church’s tax-exempt status if that happens. Further, is it biblical to do so from the pulpit? (HT: Between Two Worlds)
-Many Christians seem to be justifying their vote for Obama by claiming they don’t want to be one-issue voters (i.e. on moral issues like abortion). But this post (and the comments) bring up a good point about what would happen if a good candidate endorsed slavery. If a candidate was pro-choice slavery (give people the right to choose to have a slave or not), but was spot-on with every other issue, no one would vote for him because of the one moral issue. How is making abortion the one issue different?
-This is a year or so old, but I just came across it the other day. It’s John Piper on hearing the voice of God. “Something is incredibly wrong when the words we hear outside Scripture are more powerful and more affecting to us than the inspired word of God.”
-Our new favourite board game, Blokus, has an online version.