Monday, March 30, 2015

International Palm Sunday Art

I know this is a day late, but a professor of ethnodoxology posted more pictures of international Palm Sunday visual art, and I thought I'd share the links with you.

Here's the link to set 1.

Here's the link to set 2.

HT: Paul Neeley

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Fun: New Bulletin Blooper?

I've heard a lot of bulletin bloopers, etc., but I hadn't seen this one before.

But is it really a bulletin blooper? What if it's a Calvinist church?

HT: Ed Stetzer

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spiritual Stage Parents

HT: Michelle Van Loon

There is a particular strain of stage parenting that is especially noxious. Spiritual stage parents are those who live out their own need for the affirmation of their peers and/or their own church political ambitions through their children. Scripture tells us that one measuring stick for potential church leaders is a well-ordered family: “He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?” (1 Tim. 3:3-4). 

You can read the rest here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ISIS and the Old Conquest of the Canaanites

HT: Chris Castaldo

New York Times article recently described the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria as “a slow-motion genocide.” Atrocities such as beheadings, burnings, crucifixions, and mass burials (sometime of live victims) defy human comprehension. Islamic mujahideen(holy warriors) smile at the camera, waving flags and holding up AK-47s, proud of their brutal accomplishments. One does not have to be a Christian to be sickened by such horrors.
In this cultural moment, with daily reports of genocide throughout the world, the question of Canaan’s destruction under the ministry of Joshua occasionally enters the conversation: “How could the God of Scripture command the violent slaughter of an entire society?” In other words, doesn’t the Old Testament practice of á¸¥erem (Hebrew word meaning “to place under a ban” or “devote to destruction”) amount to genocide? How can we reconcile this history with our belief that “God is love”?
You can read the rest here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meditation on Loneliness

HT: Samuel James

The irony is obvious. Millennials sit perched atop the most dazzling machines of communication in the history of human race. Of all the emotional ills that could possibly afflict someone, chronic loneliness seems like something that should be thoroughly vaccinated against by now. Yet not only are we still lonely, we are lonely in an intensity and frequency that very well may exceed any generation in our country’s history.

You can read the rest here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ministry in Albuquerque

As someone who's visited the Southwest on occasion and currently has a relative living there. I found this interview very interesting.

You can read about the demographics, challenges and beauties of ministry in Albuquerque here.

HT: Ryan Kelly and Gavin Ortlund

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Fun: Barnyard Composers

Here's something to give my fellow classical music lovers a little chuckle, courtesy of an author who writes some of our kids' books.

Maybe I can think of a few others: Shostakowvich? John Udder?

Can you come up with any others?

Have a good weekend!

HT: Sandra Boynton and Paul Neeley