Tuesday, May 6, 2008

6 Ways to React to the Cyclone

Desiring God offers 6 ways to react to the cyclone. Read about them here. They are definitely worth looking at.

The Night the Angel Didn’t Come

The Night the Angel Didn’t Come

Awesome! Christian, don't fear death! Do you ever wonder why God spares some of his children as they face death and why he ordains that some be killed? Read this to get a God centered beginning to the answer of that question.

Talk About Devotion

Boy, 11, Takes Off Brett Favre Jersey After Wearing It Every Day Since 2003

Fox News has a story about the most devoted Packer fan in the world.

Table Tennis Tops as China's National Pastime

Table tennis tops as China's national pastime

This was a fun little article from USA Today about China's passion for table tennis, aka, ping pong. If you click on the above link you can read the short article and watch a short slide show with audio. It is quite fascinating, especially for people who have visited China and can attest to their love for the game.

One day I will tell you about some of the epic battles I had with my Korean classmates late at night when we were locked in our dorm. I never knew that playing table tennis could make a person so sore.

Welcome to the World, Trig Paxson Van Palin

Welcome to the World, Trig Paxson Van Palin

Dr. Mohler writes about a couple's increasingly rare choice not to abort a baby with Down Syndrome. He writes,

Modern diagnostic tests are driving a "search and destroy mission" to eliminate babies judged to be inferior, disabled, or deformed. Some experts now believe that up to 90 percent of all pregnancies diagnosed as having a likelihood of Down syndrome end in abortion.

This is a sad situation for our country. Kid's who have Down Syndrome can and often are amazing blessings to their parents and in my case to their nanny. Dr. Mohler goes on,

Some ethicists now go so far as to argue for a "duty" to abort a baby with a Down diagnosis. This is an assault upon the dignity of every human being. The fact that so few Down syndrome babies now make it to birth is a sign that America is making its own pact with the Culture of Death.

Does this sound a little bit too similar to Hitler's plan for creating a "perfect" German race? Didn't he advocate for destroying persons he deemed 'inferior" Am I wrong on that? Is my history mixed up? If I were an adviser to a political candidate, would he have to distance himself from me for suggesting such a connection? At any rate, Christians in no way, shape, or form should mirror our culture's hatred for the disabled and unborn. Right?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Celebrities Come Out to Party for Kentucky Derby

Celebrities Come Out to Party for Kentucky Derby

The Derby is big news here in Louisville this week. It is quite exciting to see the town abuzz with Derby fever. I was getting my hair cut at Bill's Barber Shop this morning and this young lady was walking down the sidewalk all dressed to the nines, derby hat and all.

There have been festivities going on for weeks. Even with all of the hoopla, I think that I am convinced that I like small town festivals better. With small town festivals, there is less traffic and hassle. Did I ever tell y'all about the time I won the Erath County mooing contest? See, that's what I'm talking about.

Turning a Conversation to Christ

Brad Thayer continues to be the only faithful blogger over at the Third Avenue Baptist Church Blog. In this post, he tells of how one of his Christian coworkers turns a conversation he was having with a customer about adoption into a conversation about Christ.

I was encouraged and challenged by this story. I was encouraged because it demonstrates how easy it is to get into a conversation with anyone about the gospel. I was challenged because I am certain that I don't engage people in gospel conversations nearly as often as God deserves.

The gospel is good news! God deserves for his people to tell the story of how Jesus came into the world to save sinners. God deserves for his people to tell others who are ignorant and rebellious towards him about his glory, holiness, majesty, mercy and grace. In short, God deserves to be known and worshiped by every single person that he has created. This can ONLY take place as lost people HEAR and BELIEVE the gospel.

People can not hear, if they are not told. If I am not telling, I am not obedient or faithful. If I am not obedient and faithful, I am not a disciple. If I am not a disciple, I am not in relationship with Christ. If I am not in relationship with Christ, I am cursed. If I am cursed, I am going to hell.

Lord, open my stubborn and rebellious mouth even TODAY, for your glory in the name of Christ, so that by my willingness to share the gospel it might be proved that I am actually a believer in you.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Don't Play the Lottery for Me!

A few years ago I read an article by John Piper about the lottery, specifically relating to churches accepting money that comes from gambling. This article made me stop in my tracks when I read it several years ago and challenged me to think about gambling, the desire to be rich, and the hard decisions people and churches have to make when dealing with an issue such as this.

You can read the article here. I highly recommend that you do so. It is short and you can read the whole thing in about one minute.

One of the reasons I began blogging is that I love to share things like this with people I might not see everyday. Here is a snippet to make your soul hungry for a gem of truth.

Christ does not build his church on the backs of the poor. The engine that delivers his righteousness in the world is not driven by the desire to get rich. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not advanced by undermining civic virtue. Let the pastors take their silver and throw it back into the temple of greed.

Read the whole article and let me know what you think.

Southern Baptist Sexual Revolutionaries

In this commentary, Dr. Russell D. Moore reveals what he thinks is the most significant theological issue facing Southern Baptists right now. Dr. Moore is the dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and one of my professors.

We rail against a decadent culture, but only those aspects of the culture that we haven't yet adopted. Just look at the difference between the way we speak of gender reassignment surgery versus the way we speak of divorce. Could it be that the difference between the two modes of discourse is because we have fewer transgendered deacons and Sunday school teachers than divorced ones? Or, worse, could it be because divorce now seems "normal" to us?

Wow! I encourage you to read the commentary and the journal article (it's long) he references.