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Monday Links and Bullets 3.21.11

This week’s links:

LINK OF THE WEEK

Five ways to help Japan

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

St. Patrick and human trafficking.

Some more thoughts on the big Rob Bell controversy.  Man, why is this so difficult?

You are what you worship.  Seriously, there is a Michael Bolton reference in this.

MISCELLANEOUS

Japan satellite before and after photos.

–To my Keurig coffee brewing machine owning friends:  This might get me to actually think about buying one.

–A health problem we may never have in our country.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • Seems goofy, but our efforts to fix our home internet and networking problems are finally fixed.  That’s about a two month headache taken care of.  Computers, TV devices, internet, home phone, cell phone, ipod, all working peacefully together.  Yippee!
  • Sundays are becoming rather enjoyable days.
  • I Corinthians will be coming to an end sometime soon, hmm. . . wonder where God will lead my decision making in the pulpit next?
  • Still need to get my state taxes done.  City filing won’t be hard.
  • I’ve had some very good training runs recently.  Getting excited for this year’s races.
  • It’s always good to get encouragement at the end of a long day.
  • A thought from last night’s service:  love is really helpful with folks you don’t like.
  • I got to listen to my children talk about Christmas this afternoon – they actually remembered most of what they got.
  • I am excited for friends doing mission work this year – praying for two individuals traveling separately to China and Ecuador.
  • The secret to money – give it away.  Seriously, I’m not sure you’ll ever really be happy until you learn how to give money away.

 

 

Monday Links and Bullets 3.14.11

Happy Monday.  Lots of links and bullets.  Lots going on!

LINK OF THE WEEK

Amazing photos of the heartbreak in Japan.  Don’t look at these for entertainment – look at them to identify and learn how to suffer with the Japanese who are suffering.

MATTERS OF THE FAITH

–Big dust-up about hell over Rob Bell’s new book.  Two related links from Tim Challies:  what I’d have to deny to deny hell exists, and a review of Bell’s book.  Think about this stuff folks.  It really does matter.

–For those who do struggle or have struggled with depression:  are you willing to answer these five questions? Also, here are 25 ways to find joy in Christ.  Mental health is important!

Nobody gets married anymore.

–Some reading about God & creation:  Lab Discoveries and evidence for God.

–An inspiring story from Christian history:  a Christian kidnapper.

–Very interesting – a gay person warns readers about the liberal agenda.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

  • Does anyone else wonder where the time goes?
  • Where are the lines between unity and doctrinal disagreement?
  • Working hard to make sure family gets enough of my time, from the top, not just the leftovers.
  • Realize this:  there is almost always a problem of some sort when you work for a church.  Almost always.  No complaining here, just a bit of reality for both those who do and those who don’t work for a church.
  • I am on track with training for this year.  Huge half marathon coming up on May 7 in Indianapolis.  Then I’ll ramp up the miles and try to qualify for the Boston Marathon this fall at the Columbus Marathon in October.  Going to take a lot of hard work, but hey – you can’t achieve much of anything sitting around.
  • I’m glad the days are longer, I just want my hour of sleep back.
  • Goss basketball has lost 22 in a row.  Will the streak come to an end tonight against the team whose only win was a close one against us?
  • I have been struggling on recent Mondays because a lot of things have come up.  Today has been very good – I’ve done a lot of reading, played with the kids, and gotten a few things done around the house.  Yes!

 

Friday Link Highlight 3.11.11

I am going to try something new starting on Fridays.  As many of you know, I share a lot of links on my blog.  And, because of the way the blog hosting service works, I can figure out pretty easily which links you find the most interesting (and consequently, which ones you find the least interesting).  So, each Friday I will select one link that is really popular, or I’ll select one that maybe didn’t get too many hits, and write a couple paragraphs about it.  Here goes with the first ever Friday link highlight!

This week’s highlight is about how to avoid extreme beliefs within the Christian faith.

Let’s think about this in a few ways:

1.  How do we receive criticism?  If we are people pleasers, we will change everything we do just because someone suggests we shouldn’t.  The Bible passages on freedom and caution just don’t mean this.  We need to be able to be firm in our decisions and lovingly explain to someone who might be offended by what we’re doing.

2.  How well do we know the whole word of God?  When we read verses that challenge us, do we know of other parts of the Bible that say similar things or even offer some balance?  Over-focusing on one verse or passage without weighing it in light of the entire Bible can lead to dangerous things.

3.  How much do we judge what someone is doing trying to reach others for Christ?  We should NEVER adapt harmful behaviors, but to become like some people, for crying out loud, we have to go where they are!  Jesus was unafraid to hang out with the most broken of society.  We should never fear judgment in doing the same thing, as long as we don’t adapt sinful customs or behaviors in order to do it.

Hope this has been a challenging set of thoughts.  Enjoy your Friday everyone!

 

Monday Links and Bullets 3.7.11

Lots of good stuff to get to this week.  First off . . .

LINK OF THE WEEK

Would you risk being raped for an education?

CHRISTIAN FAITH READING

Five things you can’t find in the Bible, but it would be great if you could (good read on this one).

Read this if you don’t think you’re connecting well at your church.

–Here are a smart guy’s notes for a debate about atheism.

–Good read:  how to avoid extreme beliefs.

INTERESTING MISCELLANEOUS

Sex is cheap.  This is a good article about lack of commitment.  Someone raise the bar!

–Need to translate what women are really saying – try the Manslater! (hilarious).

–A star basketball player is dead.  Unreal story.

–Interesting story about porn addictions.

–Not sure which baseball team to root for?  This flow chart is pretty funny.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • I have no more capacity for bad news.  The past three days have been truly unbearable.  It must stop.
  • Too bad the therapy people weren’t as concerned as I was about using my time on my day off (probably took 45 minutes longer than it needed to).
  • Honestly, I am really struggling with why so many things seem to be going wrong.  Searching . . . praying . . . leaning . . .
  • It’s March.  The NCAA tourney is coming and should provide a little distraction.
  • Staying faithful is an adventure.  No one ever said it would be easy!
  • I am trying to stay upbeat.  I do believe God can work in difficult situations.
  • David told me today he wanted my finger to get better so I can play “wrestling champion” with the kids again.  That would be great!

Monday Links and Bullets 2.28.11

Here are this week’s links:

LINK OF THE WEEK

–Stats you’ve heard on the Christian divorce rate are wrong.

CHRISTIAN FAITH

–Pre-adulthood:  Where are the real men?

–Take 6 minutes and watch this powerful testimony about how Jesus changed this guy.

Signs you’re growing in grace.

–A good article for both pastors and non-pastors about burnout.

–Excellent article about how to talk to your kids about sermons.

GENERAL INTEREST

–These photos tell a lot about the New Zealand earthquake.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • Modem fixed, now router issues.  Yay!!
  • Tomorrow will be a very long day, including 2-3 meetings and a memorial service.  Whatever office work can get done in the meantime will be a plus.
  • We got a LOT of rain last night.  Lots of folks in our area are having basement issues.  Apparently there was a sewer issue with water backed up in basements in certain parts of our community.
  • If you are reading this, I plead with you to submit EVERYTHING you do, say, think, and feel to Jesus.  Would he do what you’re doing? Say what you’re saying? Wear what you’re wearing? These are such challenging things.
  • If I asked you what your number one sinful struggle is, you would answer: ” ________________ .”  Are you okay with that or is there something you want to do about it?
  • The challenges of this life only increase my yearning for the next!