Carl Trueman on facebook, video games, and the internet at large…

It’s over-the-top, incredibly helpful, and beautifully written (the man has such a gift for sentences!)

HT: B2W

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I know of no quality so easy to counterfeit as piety, if conduct and life are not made to conform with it.  Its essence is abstruse and occult; its semblane, easy and showy. (748)

Any man can play his part in the side show and represent a worthy man on the boards; but to be disciplined within, in his own bosom, where all is permissible, where all is concealed — that’s the point. (743-745)

~Michel De Montaigne, Essays: Of Repentance.

it’s been a while…a long while, but I’m going to try and get to blogging at least a couple times a week.  I tried to give it up all together, but I just keep coming back.  I’m hoping this may light up a few old RSS feeds, but I guess we’ll see.

Here’s another article on the subject from the Washington Times.  My favorite part of this article comes from D.A. Carson:

D.A. Carson, a pre-eminent evangelical theologian and scholar, said there is no doubt that many young Christians are “more flexible today and much less shaped by one or two ideological touchstones.”

“I don’t know that it’s maturation so much as generational development,” said Mr. Carson, a New Testament professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, Ill.

“In some cases, there’s maturation, and in some cases, there’s merely dilution of conviction, or spreading of concern over more issues,” Mr. Carson said.

Carson, a wise observer of the times, states it well in my opinion.  May our convictions not become diluted about abortion, environmental issues, social justice, etc.

HT: B2W

When I wrote that it made me think of this video.  It’s scary, but really really funny.  This is not the funniest clip by this guy, but it’s quite appropo (the whole thing is funny, but 4:28 is where the magic starts):

(For more giggles provided by sanderson listen to what the Bible says about pissething)

Who’s the lesser?  That’s what I want to know in order that I may determine who I ought to vote for this November.  I’m going to do a few political posts these next few days, which I know makes some folks uncomfortable, but humor me, I was a political science major.

Here’s the first one:

I read an article this morning in the Washington Post about Jonathan Merritt, son of James Merritt (a So Baptist pastor and former SBC president).  Little Merritt made big news a few months ago when he helped launched a So Baptist response to climate issues, which called So Baptists to be better stewards of the earth.  Check it out, it’s a pretty decent document on the subject.

Some So Baptists were really excited about it.  Frank Page who was president at the time of the SBC even signed the document.  Other So Baptists freaked out and called it liberal heresy.  A few accepted Merritt’s call to stewardship, but still felt it was politicized to much to endorse it with a signature.

Merritt’s in the news again, this time as an ambivalent voter.  He expresses his confusion to the WaPo:

For Merritt, the decision comes down to combining the values his father taught him and those he has discovered along the way. The more he talks about McCain and Obama, the clearer it becomes that he is dissatisfied with both. In a freelance column published recently, he wrote: “If Democrats begin championing the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage, they may capture some of the powerful Christian voting bloc; if Republicans can develop an aggressive platform on issues like poverty and the environment, they can reverse the erosion of their evangelical base.”

Read the whole article.  If you’re a young evangelical like me you’ll relate to a fair bit of what is expressed.  If we are dealing with the lesser of two evils here (not to judge) then how do we determine where our vote should go?  That’s what I’m thinking through right now along with a hosts of other folks who are more conservative leaning, but are very unhappy with the candidate the GOP produced.

I heard a public service announcement encouraging responsible playing of the SC educational lottery this morning on a Christian music station.  I changed the station rather sickened and remembered this article:

Don’t Play the Lottery for Me! (John Piper)

interestingly enough I saw this today as well:

Turning down a tithe (HT: WorldMagBlog)

Comments always welcome 🙂