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Monday Links and Bullets 1.17.11

Here are some links I wanted to share this week:


–I’ve been thinking a lot over the past several years regarding education.  Here is a YouTube video that was forwarded to me.  I’d love to have an honest discussion on this one.


Legalized Christian publishing in China?

I disagree with John Piper.

–This is a good publication put out by Gospel for Asia.  Take a look if you don’t know much about what they do.

One of the best things I’ve read about the Tuscon tragedy.

–Several different writers’ attempt to summarize the Bible in one sentence.

–The gospel applies to how we live as much as how it applies to what happens to us when we die.


–Just imagine if this happened here.


–I had a chance to talk to several  of our church’s college age folks about the passage I was going to preach – right before I got to preach it.  It would be very nice to have the opportunity to hear other people talk about the passage each week as I prepared to preach.

–MLK Jr. fought hard against racist thoughts and tendencies.  How are we different today?  Are you different in any way as you think about racial issues?  Should you be?

–Hmmm.  Brett Favre has filed retirement papers with the NFL.  Who cares?

–Less than a month till pitchers and catchers report.

–I have been fascinated by AIG (the Creation museum people) and their attempt to build a lifesize Ark in the same region of Kentucky.  If you know nothing about this, here is their website.  I am really taken aback by local media’s response to this.  Maybe I shouldn’t be?

–Praying for:  revival, friends, those hospitalized, upcoming missions ventures for people we know, WISDOM, and a growing, deepening love and fire for Jesus.

–Have a great week.  Let me know if there is any specific way I can lift anyone up in prayer.  Feel free to e-mail requests to my inbox!


Monday Links and Bullets 1.10.11

Monday.  Time for a new set of links.  As usual, bullet thoughts are below!


This is late, but for some reason I just thought this was neat.  It’s worth the few minutes it takes.


–Iranian Christians arrested over Christmas.

Are you a nice Christian?  Tough read, but challenging.


–A good article about young adults.

–Big surprise! (read to find out)


  • Our son really needs to learn how to lose. He cries when he gets 2nd place on Mario Kart.
  • Speaking of children, we went to a ticket based system for entertainment.  They each get eight 15 minute tickets each day for all media consumption.  Extra time is allotted if we decide to watch a game or (on the rare occasion) a movie.  It is fun watching them learn how to budget their tickets each day.
  • Maybe we’ll go to candy tickets next.  HA!
  • First basketball game tonight.  I’m stoked.  And no one cares but our team and the other teams in the league, and maybe a few people in their churches.
  • Oh, how I need wisdom.  If you go to any church, pray for your pastor to have wisdom.  And then pray again.
  • I have misplaced my bank card.  Pray we can find it!
  • I want to make the most of this life that I possibly can!

Monday Links and Bullets 1.3.11

Here we go.  New Year, new set of links and bullets.  LINKS FIRST


–What we need for 2011 wrapped up in three words.


Top Ten stories from religion in 2010.

Very interesting read on abortion.  This talks about abortion from a secular viewpoint.  The humanity of it can’t be escaped.

–Pray for Christians in Egypt.

–How to apply the Gospel to temptations.  Here an article that describes applying the gospel to quitting smoking.

Why we live now.


–A huge problem in the country called Ivory Coast.  Worth knowing about.

Nice piece here on Amnesty International.  Interesting.


  • I watched “The Cat in the Hat” cartoon with my son this morning.  That dude has a sweet car.  Gotta get me one of those.
  • It was fun seeing David get so excited for the people winning stuff on The Price Is Right.  Sidenote:  Drew Cary is terrible on that show.
  • Lots of folks sick and in the hospital from our congregation.  Prayers welcome!
  • We are still having a blast with our little foster girl.  We love her.  We’ve had her almost two months now.
  • Lexi asked me last Friday (New Year’s Eve) who was playing in the football game.  I said “Your mom.”  She replied:  “Mommy doesn’t play football.”  Priceless.
  • Big surprise:  Eric Mangini was fired this morning.  I think Holmgren left him around to be responsible for a team that just wasn’t very good.  Another draft and another round of free agency and now Holmgren can look good as the coach as the team improves.
  • I think Mangini did an OK job, but he should have fired is offensive coordinator.  Play calling was lousy for most of the year – way too conservative to be competitive in the NFL.  Peyton “Whatchyou Talkin’ about ” Hillis seemed like the only game plan they had.
  • A couple of times recently I have offered to pray for people via my Facebook status.  It has been great to know how to pray for specific people – some whom I haven’t had any contact with in quite a while.
  • I do pray that Jesus will be glorified in my life, in my marriage, in our family, and in our church in 2011.  I can’t wait to see what He is going to do and how He is going to change us.  Pray pray pray!!

Monday Links and Bullets 12.27.10

Not as many links this week, but hopefully some you will find useful:


–From John Piper – 9 ways to know the Gospel is true.  Good read.


The purpose of his birth was death.

–An excellent, truthful, and helpful read regarding unfulfilled sexual desire – affect both unmarried and married.

–From CNN: an update on Frances Chan.


–Guys – here are a few (non-physical) ways to show love to your wife. Any other ideas fellas?


–A sex slave rescue recently failed.


  • Had a very enjoyable Christmas – it is amazing that God came to this earth.
  • I am frustrated that Julie is sick.  I feel so bad for her, I can’t do anything about it, and it cheats her out of some of the rest she should have been able to get in what is a short window to get it.  Praying she gets better tonight/tomorrow!
  • I was personally excited about our Advent season at Goss Memorial.  May we be challenged to live like eternity is reality – all year!
  • Since when did the Ohio Turnpike turn into a raceway?  It’s incredible to me that I drive a few miles per hour above the speed limit and was probably passed by about 100 cars in the 2+ hours we were recently on that stretch.  Don’t these people care that gas is $3/gallon?
  • Speaking of gas prices, what gives – I hate paying this much for gas.
  • Why on earth did Holmgren ever keep Mangini?  As good as this coaching staff has looked at times, they have certainly looked bad the past couple weeks.  Grrr.
  • Christ died to save us from the wrath of God.  I want people to understand that God is love, but if we don’t turn our lives over to Him, there is a real place called hell where those who don’t believe will spend eternity.  If you don’t know anything about Jesus, send me a message, go to someone you know who does, and FIND OUT!

Monday Links and Bullets 12.20.10

Another Monday.  Another slew of links and bullet thoughts.  Here we go . . .


–Christmas is a tough time to be a real Christian.  This is a good read.


–Things to think about regarding the Christmas story.  Very short, very informative.

–Challenging article about pastoral narcissism.

Will “Ark Project” in Kentucky violate anti-discrimination laws? If you know nothing of this, it is an interesting set of developments and this is one piece of commentary.

Evolution doesn’t fit the evidence.


How to destroy your child’s imagination.  Looks like a good read.

–You just never know how a baby will turn out, do you?


–A short read on Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and Time person of the year.  This points out how quickly our world is changing, and offers a few points as to why.

Ever wonder how they de-ice planes?


  • Ever get tired of people getting on the interstate at 45 m.p.h.?  Seems like it happens a lot.  Use the accelerator people, it’s the skinny one on the right!
  • There is a ton of sickness (nasty stomach virus type nastiness) going around.  I am praying hard for people who have it, and I am praying hard I don’t get it – especially this week!
  • Awesome time at our Christmas Variety Night last night.  Fun service.
  • If you’re thinking about reading through the Bible in 2011, maybe now is the time to discuss it.
  • I’m glad the Browns have lost the last two.  As good as they looked earlier in the year, it’s now revealing that their coaching just can’t compete as the year goes on.  Adjust, people!
  • Speaking of football, there was an epic collapse in New York (okay, NJ) yesterday.  Philly came back from 21 down and beat the Giants on a punt return with no time left.  Not sure the Browns could even lose a game like that.
  • Have a great Christmas.  If you’re only celebrating it to feel good, that feeling will collapse soon.  If you’re celebrating it because you love Jesus, your love for Him will sustain you for the rest of your life.