Archive - February, 2013

Louis Giglio, Tim Tebow, and Us

Louis Giglio was disinvited to pray at President Obama’s second inaugaration (either that, or he withdrew his acceptance).  Tim Tebow was invited to speak at a very prominent Baptist church, only to later cancel.  Albert Mohler nails it in this CT article:

No statement short of celebrating and affirming the normalization of homosexuality will be found acceptable to those now demanding an answer. Writing for Yahoo! Sports, Jay Busbee stated what is now obvious: “Whatever the reason for his cancellation, Tebow is fast approaching the point where he’ll need to make more definitive stands on his own. There are plenty of people needing him to speak up for one reason or another; he’ll need to decide how public to go with his perspective on Christianity. He has the power and potential to be an influential voice for his religion, but he’ll need to decide how much of that religion he wishes to demonstrate.”

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Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World

Armstrong2 364I haven’t yet seen this book, but it sounds very promising. I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron last year and enjoyed a few good conversations with him. He’s a sharp guy, and this is an important topic in our day of increased hostility to the historic, exclusive, pride-offending Christian message. Two blurbs:

“Exactly the kind of book the church needs in our moment….will equip the church to be as bold as a lion, and to roar as Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, and Machen before us.”
Owen Strachan, Boyce College

“A balanced and passionate appeal especially to young believers….May this call be heard far and wide.”
Dr. Peter Jones, truthXchange

Armstrong is also the author of Awaiting a Savior.

Raising Kids in a Pornified Culture

Great post from Pastor Zach Nielsen on Raising Kids in a Pornified Culture. His points:

1. Aim to give our kids a huge view of God who is gloriously delightful. 

2. Teach them the gospel. Our kids are spring-loaded legalists.

3. Teach them that boundaries bring freedom and obedience is a blessing.

4. Talk to them sooner than later about sex and internet porn.

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We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion

Judge Reggie WaltonCNS News:

While presenting an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last fall, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department (Benjamin Berwick) told a federal judge that the Obama administration believed it could force the judge’s own wife—a physician—to act against her religious faith in the conduct of her medical practice.

The case was Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius.  Berwick argued  that if an individual forms a corporation (to limit their liability, for malpractice in the case of a doctor), they lose their freedom of religion.  Here’s the exact exchange:

Judge Walton: …my wife has a medical practice. She has a corporation, but she’s the sole owner and sole stock owner. If she had strongly-held religious belief and she made that known that she operated her medical practice from that perspective, could she be required to pay for these types of items if she felt that that was causing her to violate her religious beliefs?

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Dave Ramsey – Entre Leadership – $1.99

Dave Ramsey fans will want to take advantage of a $1.99 price on the kindle edition of EntreLeadership, a 322 page book.  Two blurbs:

“Dave Ramsey is the real deal. His generosity, insight, and passion come through in every single thing he does.”
Seth Godin, author, Poke the Box

“Full of excellent anecdotes and practical tips on entrepreneurship, hirings and firings, and leadership at its best. This book is quintessentially Ramsey.”
Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

HT: Zach Nielsen

Why Are Conservatives Losing The Marriage Debate?

Rod Dreher quotes a young adult who supports gay marriage:

Your conception of marriage, the traditional one, is that a man and a woman get married for the purpose of procreation. Marriage isn’t really about romantic love in this conception, but rather a framework for the rearing of children. If we take for granted that this is what marriage is, then I don’t think it’s bigoted at all to not have gay marriage, so long as the coupling is respected.

The problem for people my age is this: your definition of marriage was displaced prior to our lifetime. I have no memory of when that definition was true. Virtually everyone under the age of 30 has lived their entire lives under a culture that believes marriage is an expression of romantic love between two people.

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What Makes a Good Leader?

Though this article is about leadership in an academic setting at a college or university, the principles can be generalized:

1. Listening.
2. Inclusiveness.
3. Delegation.
4. Sincerity.
5. Decisiveness.
6. Accountability.
7. Optimism.
8. Realism.
9. Frankness.
10. Self-Effacement.
11. Collegiality.
12. Honesty.
13. Trustworthiness.
14. Morality.

In a sentence, a good leader gets under others to lift them up, not over them to enjoy ego gratification. Here’s a related article on developing leadership potential.

Howard Hendricks (1924-2013)

Denny Burk offers a great testimony to the life and legacy of Dr. Howard Hendricks, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary for over 60 years. Hendricks was a masterful, passionate teacher, and a remarkable mentor to many.

John Piper – Future Grace – Revised Edition

Last year Multnomah released a revised edition of Future Grace. In the Preface, Piper writes:

Since publishing the first edition of Future Grace in 1995, I have walked through extended controversies surrounding the nature, ground, and instrument of justification. These controversies have sharpened my own grasp of what the Bible teaches. Some of that sharpening is captured in Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness (Crossway, 2002), The Future of Justification: A Response to N.T. Wright (Crossway, 2007), and Finally Alive: What Happens When We are Born Again (Christian Focus, 2009). Some people have felt tensions between the first edition of Future Grace and the message of those books. I hope that this revised edition will remove those tensions.

That alone is worth the price of the book, in my view. And here’s a short video introduction by John Piper:

Given that we’re coming up on the season when high school seniors select a college, if you’re willing to purchase 5 or more copies of Thriving at College to give away (using the group or case order option on the right side bar), send me a note after placing your order, and I’ll send you a free copy of Future Grace.

It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk

Sad article in the NY Times on the problem of degree inflation in a down market:  Employers have the luxury of being choosy, and can require that secretaries, file clerks, even $10/hour workers, have college degrees.  The unemployment rate for workers with a bachelor’s degree is only 3.7%, whereas for workers with only a high school diploma, it’s 8.1%.  It seems the college degree is becoming the new high school diploma:

Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people with a bachelor’s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills.

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