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Around the Horn (11/15-11/22)

1. Andy Naselli provides some comments about attending ETS/SBL this week:

2. Naselli also highlighted this week some interesting writings of Eusebius on Roman emperor Nero in the 1st century:

Once Nero’s power was firmly established, he plunged into nefarious vices and took up arms against the God of the universe. To describe his depravity is not part of the present work. Many have accurately recorded the facts about him, and from them any who wish may study his perverse and degenerate madness, which led him to destroy innumerable lives and finally to such indiscriminate murder that he did not spare even his nearest and dearest. With various sorts of deaths, he did away with his mother, brothers, and wife, as well as countless other near relatives, as if they were strangers and enemies. Despite all this, one crime still had to be added to his catalogue: he was the first of the emperors to be declared enemy of the Deity. To this the Roman Tertullian refers as follows:

“Consult your own records: there you will find that Nero was the first to let his imperial sword rage against this sect [Christianity] when it was just arising in Rome. We boast that such a man was the originator of our pruning, for anyone who knows him can understand that nothing would have been condemned by Nero unless it were supremely good [Tertullian, Defense 5].”

So it happened that this man, the first to be announced publicly as a fighter against God, was led on to slaughter the apostles. It is related that in his reign Paul was beheaded in Rome itself and that Peter was also crucified, and the cemeteries there still called by the names of Peter and Paul confirm the record. So does a churchman named Gaius, who lived when Zephyrinus was Bishop of Rome (Eusebius: The Church History: A New Translation and Commentary 2.25 [edited and translated by Paul L. Maier; Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1999], 84–85; emphasis added).

3. I found this cool new website this week on Bible design and binding:

4. Tim Challies posted a link to the post-election Barna update, which shows how evangelicals voted. As with the previous elections, 65% aligned themselves with the Republican party. Read the whole thing here:

5. The Veggie-Tales Bible?:

6. Ray Van Neste of Union University has a nice post on “Applying the Doctrine of Hell”:

What are the practical, pastoral, every-day implications of this truth that those who die in their sins will suffer eternal torment as their judgment?

1. Evangelism – If you care about people, and realize the truth of this doctrine you cannot help but labor, pray and speak the gospel so that souls might be saved from this result.

2. Pity on the los t- In addition to seeking their salvation, this truth should cause us to have extra pity on unbelievers, even if they mock, mistreat, or abuse us. It is this truth which will allow us to forgive them as we see that they will be judged.

3. Don’t envy the unrighteous – Psalms 73 & 37. It will seem at times that those who ignore God get ahead, but as the Psalmist notes, contemplation of their final end will keep us from dishonoring God by envying the wicked.

4. Forgive – We can forgive those who wrong us, not hold grudges, and forego retribution because we know that God will punish all sin, even those which go unpunished here & now. This is what enables people to go on when justice is not meted out.

5. Greater awareness of Christ’s suffering on the cross – If the punishment deserved for an individual’s sins requires eternal torment, what must Christ have suffered as he received in his body the punishment deserved by thousands/millions in a period of no more than three hours?
With this in mind we are all the more prepared to sing “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and many more of or hymns.

6. Worship – The more you realize the horror of what we deserve and see that God has graciously rescued you from that, your heart should well up in worship! Regardless of what troubles beset us today, this greatest of our troubles- receiving the fury of god’s righteous wrath- has been removed by the cross of Christ! Let us then exalt the Lord our God. Let us bear this in mind as we come to the Lord’s Table this morning.

7. Voddie Baucham rants about the SBC and Calvinism!:

8. Bob Kauflin on why theology matters to Christian musicians:

9. I enjoyed reading this blog from Desiring God, entitled, “Give Time To Your Wife”. I encourage all of you to read it:

The apostle Peter writes,

“Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7)

This is strange at first glance. How does caring for your wife connect to having unhindered prayers?

Here’s Wayne Grudem’s challenging commentary:

“So concerned is God that Christian husbands live in an understanding and loving way with their wives, that he “interrupts” his relationship with them when they are not doing so. No Christian husband should presume to think that any spiritual good will be accomplished by his life without an effective ministry of prayer. And no husband may expect an effective prayer life unless he lives with his wife “in an understanding way, bestowing honour” on her. To take the time to develop and maintain a good marriage is God’s will; it is serving God; it is a spiritual activity pleasing in his sight.” (1 Peter, 146)

Christian husbands shouldn’t feel that time given to their wives is “time away from the real ministry.” Time invested with our wives is time well spent. It’s God’s will—“a spiritual activity pleasing in his sight.”

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Around the horn (11/1-11/8)

1. Some very good post-election thoughts by an African American pastor, Eric Redmond:

2. Trevin Wax has a book review of Scot McKnight’s new book, “The Blue Parakeet”:

3. Logos Bible Software is now available for the Mac (notice the exegetical fallacy in the promotional video…):

4. Michael Crichton dies:

5. Ligon Duncan has some thoughts on prayer after the presidential election:

6. Video of the Week (I’m amazed!):



7. Dave Barry is always good for a laugh. Here is his post-election column:

8. Watch Bruce Ware and Wayne Grudem debate Tom McCall and Keith Yardell on the topic, “Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the Persons of the Godhead?”

9. Zach Lind has a two-part video interview with Rob Bell:

10. Greg Boyd writes about a recent debate he had about Open Theism, which turned to a debate on atonement. Following the debate, Boyd notes a conversation he had with the moderator, the substance of which I found surprising:


It turned out that Adam, who had defended the view that Jesus’ work on the cross appeased the Father’s wrath, agreed with me that the Father wasn’t wrathful toward Jesus. It’s just that God’s wrath against sin was expressed by him delivering Christ up to the Powers in our place. Sin was judged and Christ was our substitute — hence, Penal Substitution. Adam informed me that this is basically the view of Karl Barth, expressed in his Church Dogmatics (which I will now certainly have to look into). Well, I replied, if that’s what you mean by the Penal Substitution view of the atonement, consider me a card carrying member!

And notice, this version of Penal Substitution is not only compatible with the Christus Victor view of the atonement (the view that the main thing Jesus did on Calvary was defeat the devil and free us from his oppression): it actually presupposes it. So, without retracting any of my criticism of the view that God needs to vent his wrath against Jesus in order to forgive us, maybe I can now espouse a Christus Victor Penal Substitution view of the atonement.

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Around the horn (10/26-11/1)

Andy Naselli reviews three Gospel movies (John, Matthew, and Acts:

Over at the Jesus Creed Scot McKnight received a letter from an emerging pastor,  and then responded:

Christianity Today posts an interesting article on praying through the Psalms, by Ben Patterson:

“My problem with the Psalms was my problem with prayer: There was too much ‘me and Jesus’ in my praying, and there needed to be a lot more ‘we and Jesus…Enter the Psalms: I may not personally be in the dark pit the man who prayed Psalm 88 was in, but there are many who were and are this very moment, my sisters and brothers in the persecuted church worldwide. We are part of the same body; we are family in a family closer and more enduring than any earthly family. The psalm enables me to enter into real fellowship with them, whether or not I ever meet them on earth, whether or not I ever experience personally what they experience. Their experiences are ours…
I started reading and praying the Psalms like a child learning how to read, learning a new “vocabulary, a grammar, and a plot line”—discovering a family tree I didn’t know I had.”

Bob Kauflin on 10 reasons why he appreciates the new ESV Study Bible:

1.    It’s based on the English Standard Version, which is one of the finest and most faithful translations available today. While it’s always good to consult various translations for study, the ESV does a great job recognizing variants in translation in the footnotes.
2.    The introductory notes to each book are informative and helpful, and don’t overwhelm you with interesting but non-essential background information.
3.    The notes are extensive and answer questions I actually have about the text, without avoiding difficult passages.
4.    The notes cover material that is not only helpful, but pastoral, aimed at helping me understand God’s Word better and loving God more.
5.    The notes are well laid out. Larger section, shorter, then vs. by vs. I’ve found them easy to follow along with the text.
6.    The treatment of the first few chapters of Genesis is very even-handed and well-researched. The notes aim to give us an appreciation for the interplay of science and the Bible without giving ground on the ultimate authority of Scripture.
7.    The focus is always Gospel-centered. The notes seek to answer the question, “Where does this section of the Bible fit into the larger story of God sending Jesus to redeem a people for his glory?”
8.    The articles in the back of the Bible are almost a book in themselves (I’d love to see Crossway will publish these separately), and address many significant issues clearly, briefly, and effectively. They include Biblical Doctrine, Biblical Ethics, Reading the Bible, The Reliability of Bible Manuscripts, The Bible and World Religions, and the History of Salvation in the Old Testament.
9.    The maps and illustrations actually contain the cities, areas, and details I want to know about, and are placed close to the passages they refer to.
10.    The notes don’t go beyond what the text says. They affirm what is clear, and plainly present different views when a word, phrase, or passage is unclear.

A good article on abortion and racism, from Anne Hendershott at the Witherspoon Institute:

“It’s never been a more dangerous time to be a black baby. . . The figures are shocking: Nearly half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. Since 1973, the number of abortions by African American women has totaled more than twelve million. In some localities, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Maryland, and Georgia, more than half of all abortions are performed on black women. Similar rates are found for black women in New York City. . . The black community has already been changed by abortion. At a time when 50 percent of their unborn children are aborted, many within the black community are beginning to recognize that their community has been devastated by abortion.”

Dave Schrock writes about the exegesis process known as “arcing,” and reviews the site, biblearc.com:

Al Mohler on the rift at the Crystal Cathedral between Robert Schuller and his son:

William P. Young responds (a little) to the criticisms of his book, “The Shack”:

“These men do not know me at all,” he said of critics such as Mohler, Challies, and Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle who Young said had not even read the book before criticizing it.

“[B]ut in the process,” he continued, “what they have written have actually told us much more about them than about the book.”

I’ve been excited to read Tim Keller’s new book, “The Prodigal God,” which came out this week. Tim Challies has the first review at Discerning Reader!

Beholding “HIM” in the book of Hebrews from the Blue Fish Project:

A different perspective on the movie “Fireproof” from John Armstrong:

An interesting post by Robin Dembroff for The Evangelical Outpost on California Proposition 8:

Frankly, I don’t understand why the homosexual community doesn’t want to “celebrate diversity,” as they claim to ardently desire. Why cry for “equality” when the homosexual movement is largely centered around pride in being different? Let’s not pretend to be blind to color, creed, or any other variances: we should acknowledge and respect them all equally, true, but don’t try to tell me everyone ought to be treated identically…

Abraham Piper has 22 simple ways for a new blogger to improve:

The John MacArthur sermon library is now going to be offered for free from Grace To You!

Video of the Week: The new 24 Season 7 trailer hits the net!

Joaquin Phoenix announces his retirement from acting:

“I want to take this opportunity…to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor. I’m not doing films anymore,” he said. “I’m working on my music. I’m done. I’ve been through that.”

Here is a great video from Desiring God on John Piper’s perspective on the election:

Outline:

1. Womanhood
2. Race
3. Abortion
4. Prophetic perspective
5. Sovereignty of God
6. Gospel

Since Dr. Russell Moore had laryngitis this week he spent most of his time writing blogs! (I especially liked the last two):

1. A Theology of Laryngitis
2. Why Fannie Lou Hamer Is a Name You Shoud Know
3. What Vampire Romance Novels Tell Us About Our Mission Field
4. Seven Reasons Why Halloween Judgment Houses Win So Few People to Christ

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Around the horn (10/12 – 10/25)

1. Tim Challies reviews the new ESV Study Bible:

2. Lisa Miller of Newsweek has a revealing interview with Victoria O’Steen, wife of Joel O’Steen:

3. The blog world lit up last week with a very reasoned, well argued article by Robert P. George on Obama’s abortion extremism:

a. Here is a follow-up article, also from Robert P. George:

4. Former Kenwood Baptist Church pastor, Peter Beck, has a funny little post on “Electile Disfunction”:

5. Some beautiful fall pictures from the Boston Globe:

6. 10 Cool facts about Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, professor at Southern Seminary:

  1. He is no Indiana – but it’s still cool to say you’ve had class with Dr. Jones
  2. He does serve a church in Indiana, which makes him an Indiana Baptist
  3. He is a children’s pastor, which is the best staff position in any church
  4. He is one of the few SBTS profs who know how to comment on blogs 1 2 3 4
  5. He has 345+ friends on FACEBOOk (and a cartoon for a profile picture)
  6. He is a Star Wars Fan – he even went to see Clone Wars on opening night
  7. He teaches in the LEAD school, which makes him Randy Stinson’s homeboy
  8. He hasn’t owned a television since 2003 – which explains all the book writing
  9. He makes liberal biblical scholars mad (think Jude 1:3)
  10. He has earned the reputation as a Heresy Hunter

7. Andy Naselli reviews the new Zondervan book, “Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament”:

8. Denny Burk quotes the Wall Street Journal on a political prophecy of the future:

“If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.

“Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all. . .

“Americans voting for ‘change’ should know they may get far more than they ever imagined.”

Here is the article from WSJ

9. Definitely check out Internetmonk, as he ponders some potential study Bibles for the Christian world (I liked “The Al Mohler Encyclopedic Punditry Study Bible” and “The Mark Driscoll R-rated Study Bible for Dudes”):

10. Summary of the Gospel by Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

[Jesus] deliberately went to the cross and suffered the shame and the spitting and the indignity of it all; and this He did to bear my sins; to receive my punishment; to suffer the penalty that my guilt had deserved; and infinitely more important, to deliver me from the bondage of sin and of Satan; to separate me unto Himself; and to make of me a man zealous of good works, delighting in holiness. He died; He was raised from the dead; He returned to heaven, and He sent down the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in order that I might have the assurance of my faith, and the joy, and the power. He has given me a new life and a new nature; He has joined me unto Himself; I am a member of His mystical body; I am a child of God, I am an heir of heaven.

That is what knowing Christ means, learning Him, hearing Him, being taught in Him! I believe the teaching that nought that defileth shall be allowed to enter into heaven; that heaven is eternally pure and holy, the antithesis of this world and sin, the opposite to hell. That is how I have learned Christ, that is how I have heard Him, that is how I have been taught in Him—that I am in Him the living Head, and a part of Him; and that beyond this life and death and the veil, I am going to be with Him forever and forever. If you believe these things, says Paul, you will ‘have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness’.

11. Trevin Wax’s Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2007:

12. Trevin Wax reviews “The Big Picture Story Bible”. Should we raise our children on these types of Bibles?

13. Mark Driscoll lists some helpful books on the cross:

14. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on marital satisfaction, “Who wears the pants”:

“The general consensus of sociologists is that, whereas a woman’s marital satisfaction is dependent on a combination of economic, emotional and psychological realities, a man’s marital satisfaction is most determined by one factor: how happy his wife is. When she is happy, he is. Working within this framework, most husbands are unwilling to dig in their heels on any issue unless they have a tremendous incentive to do so.”

15. Tim Challies points to John Hagee’s new book, “Financial Armogeddon,” and has this to say:

I should have seen this coming. John Hagee takes on the financial and global economic downturn in his new book Financial Armageddon. Hagee claims to have written it in less than three weeks. He also offers advice about how people can protect their personal finances and claims many of the current events were “spelled out in stunning detail by prophetic writings penned more than two thousand years ago.”

16. I’m sure that you’ve all heard of the new documentary by Bill Maher, “Religulous.” Watch this trailer for the film, and then read John Piper’s response:

In the video Maher intereviews a Jesus impersonator, and this is the conversation:

Maher: Why doesn’t [God] just obliterate the devil and therefore get rid of evil in the world?

Jesus Impersonator: He will.

Maher: He will?

Jesus Impersonator: That’s correct.

Maher: What’s he waiting for?

Although Piper doesn’t mention the movie specifically in his post, it is clear that he saw the movie trailer in this response:

The glory of Christ is seen in his absolute right and power to annihilate or incapacitate Satan and all demons. But the reason he refrains from destroying and disabling them altogether is to manifest more clearly his superior beauty and worth. If Christ obliterated all devils and demons now (which he could do), his sheer power would be seen as glorious, but his superior beauty and worth would not shine as brightly as when humans renounce the promises of Satan and take pleasure in the greater glory of Christ.

17. Greg Boyd also has a review of “Religulous”:

18. Colin Hansen writes for Christianity Today about the smorgasbord of churches and influential leaders in the Minneapolis area, including Tony Jones, Doug Paggit, Greg Boyd, and John Piper:

19. Everyone is really raving about Douglas Wilson’s review of the The Shack (still #1 on Amazon’s best-seller list, with over 1,699 reviews and counting), so here it is:

20. The Westminster Bookstore has a video-tour of the new ESV Study Bible:

21. Bob Kauflin has the 10 ten ways to write bad worship songs (I wish every Christian writer would read this):

1. Aim to write the next worldwide worship hit.
2. Spend all your time working on the music, not the words.
3. Spend all your time working on the words, not the music.
4. Don’t consider the range and capabilities of the average human voice.
5. Never let anyone alter the way God originally gave your song to you.
6. Make sure the majority of your songs talk about what we do and feel rather than who God is and what he’s done.
7. Try to use as many Scriptural phrases as you can, and don’t worry about how they fit together.
8. Cover as many themes as possible.
9. Use phrases and words that are included in 95% of all worship songs.
10. Forget about Jesus and what he accomplished at the cross.

22. Get this excellent CD of Sojourn’s new project, “Advent Songs,” for free! I’ve been listening, and it’s great:

23. Scot McKnight received an email asking for his view on abortion, and then provided an insightful response:

24. Pic of the Week: Joe the Plumber

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Around the Horn (10/5-10/11)

Empire Magazine ranks the top 500 movies of all time. How many have you seen?

Some horrifying statistics on abortion in Russia:

Visualizing the cross-references in the Bible:

Another incredible photo journal from the Boston Globe:

Charles Halton’s guide for “How to Learn Hebrew.” Great advice!

For anyone who wants their sins forgiven, here’s Absolution Online!:

Over at the 9Marks blog Michael Lawrence has an interesting post on how busy pastors can incorporate theological development into their lives. Wise advice! (especially #2):

Also at 9Marks, Michael Mckinley asks three pastors to give the top three books church planters should read:

Denny Burk thinks that the presidential election is over and Obama has won. Do you agree?

Video of the Week: Mark Driscoll asks, “Should I be a stay-at-home Dad?” in a video with his wife (I would embed this video but I can’t seem to figure it out):

The new ESV Study Bibles are in stock and ready to ship at Westminster Bookstore! I ordered the hardcover edition at 43% off! Truetone editions are 40%!

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Around the horn (9/28-10/4)

D.A. Carson on “Five Trends in the Church Today” and a response on whether or not Carson is right by internetmonk:

Can you be both pro-life and a feminist? Online liberal magazine, Salon.com, tries to answer that question.

I have only read a small portion of John Piper’s poetry, but what I have read is usually very good, especially his poetry on the book of Job. Desiring God Ministries released, “Job the Book”, this week, which is the poetry of Piper accompanied by some cool drawings. You can see more at the new website here. Below is a promotional video for the book with some of the drawings, which are very graphic:

On a global warming expedition to the arctic to film a show on the earth’s melting ice caps, this NBC News crew was stranded for 3 weeks because of all the ice:

Paul Newman, the “king of cool,” dies:

Quote of the Week, from Abraham Piper: “Enjoying theological analysis more than the stories you’re analyzing is like preferring to discuss a hot date rather than go on one.”

Why are Christian bookstores closing around the country?

Tim Challies gives a much longer and better review of Mark Driscoll’s, “Death by Love” than mine:

I’ve often wondered by Baptist’s always sit in the same pews…

Voddie Baucham writes about the things he longs for people to see at weddings. I’ve really enjoyed reading some of his posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Andreas Köstenberger (wouldn’t it be cool to have an umlaut in your name?) writes about 12 Theses for understanding the church’s mission in the 21st century:

What’s your Palin name? Mine is Scat Palin. Put your name in this name generator and find out!

Jenn’s hometown of Port Jervis, NY is #1 on MSN’s list of “The Top 10 Coolest Small Towns”!

Video of the Week: Cub’s Etch-A-Sketch (This is really incredible)

This is unbelievable. From the New York Times on September 30th, 1999:

“In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income consumers, the Fannie Mae Corporation is easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders.

The action, which will begin as a pilot program involving 24 banks in 15 markets — including the New York metropolitan region — will encourage those banks to extend home mortgages to individuals whose credit is generally not good enough to qualify for conventional loans. Fannie Mae officials say they hope to make it a nationwide program by next spring.

Fannie Mae, the nation’s biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stock holders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits.

In addition, banks, thrift institutions and mortgage companies have been pressing Fannie Mae to help them make more loans to so-called subprime borrowers. These borrowers whose incomes, credit ratings and savings are not good enough to qualify for conventional loans, can only get loans from finance companies that charge much higher interest rates — anywhere from three to four percentage points higher than conventional loans. . .

In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980’s.

‘From the perspective of many people, including me, this is another thrift industry growing up around us,’ said Peter Wallison a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. ‘If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out the way it stepped up and bailed out the thrift industry.’ . . .

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Around the horn (9/21-9/27)

Is the “emerging church” label drying up?
Also see this from CT:

Great pics of the universe (then read Ps. 19):

Dr. Moore on how the Trinity is involved in adoption:

The Gospel according to emerging church leader (starter?) Brian McLaren may (not) surprise:

Here is a link to a Christian group airing a pro-Obama message in Ohio. Notice the biblical language:

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight is beginning a series of blog posts on the word “gospel”, which will be interesting to follow:

An insightful post by Tim Perry (associate professor of theology at Providence College and Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada) at the First Things blog on “Sin and Cinema”:

“So are people basically good? Perhaps the temptation to think so is just another remnant of sin in the world, somewhere between pride and deception, because it just doesn’t square with the world as we experience it. And we find a truer expression, not always in our churches, but in the stories of our day—including those found in cinema. The only language that does justice in expressing to this condition is the language of sin. Human beings are sinners. That’s the bad news. The good news is that only sinners can be saved.”

Veggie-Tale Rock, coming to a town near you!

On a recent trip, Jenn and I listened to 2 of C.J. Mahanney’s sermons, one entitled “Don’t waste your humor,”“Don’t waste your sports.” Both are excellent and worth listening to. and its counterpart,

The Yankees bid farewell to their 85 year-old stadium with a win:

USA defeats Europe to win the Ryder Cup!

Google will now run pro-choice AND pro-life advertisements on its search engine:

“Google has heretofore claimed to be neutral on life issues, while actually hewing very strongly to one side — favoring abortion advocacy and providers. Sued in the United Kingdom by a British group called the Christian Institute, it recently settled out of court and agreed to run abortion-oriented ads from pro-life as well as pro-choice clients.”

Take this ridiculous McCain vs. Obama test. Which President would you choose?

Although I may not see the movie, I was encouraged to read that Kirk Cameron, star of the Christian film “Fireproof,” will only kiss his wife and not another actress who plays his wife in the film.

Video of the Week (you’re not going to believe this):

Dave Schrock has a good post on the new “Green Bible” from Harper-Collins:

The Christian video gaming company, Digital Praise, has made a Guitar Hero (the insanely popular rock band video game) spinoff for the Christian community called “Guitar Praise.” Instead of Zeppelin, Metallica and Ozzie, you can play along with Hillsong, Petra, and TobyMac:

Pic(s) of the week: Who would you rather have?

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