A Brick in the Valley

The Chapman Family Mourns
May 30, 2008, 9:10 pm
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Soon enough, we will all be called to walk through deep valleys. There is much to learn from the example of others and how they manifest the grace of God at such times.

Tragically, the Steven Curtis Chapman family lost their little girl last week. Here is a television report on the memorial service.

HT: Trevin Wax


Hefner and the Flatus of a Wasted Life
May 29, 2008, 10:08 pm
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Crunchy Con (click here) interacts with a GQ article on Hugh Hefner.  He notes that the symbolic, and apparently literal sound, Hefner is making as he passes off the scene is that of flatus.

If the passing of gas acoustically symbolizes Hefner, then 1 John 2:15-17 gives a theological explanation.  Hefner, and what he represents, is “passing away along with its desires.”

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:15-17).

So sad.

Alternatively, follow Christ and, “abide forever.”

The World’s a Big Blue Marble
May 27, 2008, 10:40 pm
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Owen Strachan is blogging about his trip to Hong Kong.  You can read it here

I think it is especially interesting reading given that this is first trip to Hong Kong.  If, like me, you don’t travel “east” much, you may find his journal especially interesting.

I grew up on a farm eight miles from a town of a thousand people.  I now live in a rural community.  I’m used to wide open spaces.  I think I might get claustrophobic if I lived there.

But, it is amazing day when we can enjoy almost immediate access to someone traveling in Hong Kong.

Why Polygamy Should Be Illegal
May 27, 2008, 10:23 pm
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John Witte, Jr. writes a thoughtful column for Christianity Today considering whether polygamy should be illegal.

Ultimately, those who oppose polygamy can only do so on the grounds of morality.

Click here to read it.

Especially Good Monday Medicine
May 27, 2008, 7:02 am
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I’ll admit going in that he links to me twice.  So, I may not be entirely objective.  But, I thought Gunny’s, “A Case of the Monday’s,” was particularly enjoyable today.  It’s worth it to see the guy gadgets.

Click here.

Adrian Warnock Interviews John Piper
May 22, 2008, 9:26 am
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Since seminary, no one has theologically influenced my thinking  more than John Piper.  He challenges me in so many different ways.  You can listen/watch Adrian Warnock (a blogger in England) interview Piper when he was recently preaching in Wales.  Click here.

I appreciated Adrian’s choice of questions.

One of the four clips is below.

God Bless Ted Kennedy
May 21, 2008, 10:33 am
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God bless Ted Kennedy, and God bless Cal Thomas.

Cal Thomas has written a warm column regarding the senior senator from Massachusetts’ cancer.  You can read it here

Thomas’ title is, “God bless Ted Kennedy.”  I wonder if, when you read it, you wouldn’t pray for Senator Kennedy.  But, also pray for Cal Thomas, who stands for Christ and truth year in and year out.

I’m thankful for Cal Thomas.