January Links

For January, here the thought-provoking, interesting, biblical, or just plain goofy links for the month.  Just FYI, these are gathered from my perusing of the internet, from blogs I read, from what friends on Facebook find and post that I think are interesting, and from what gets sent to me by others who look for the good, the bad, and the ugly (but SFW) on teh intarwebz.
 
So if you have some time, enjoy sifting through some of the best stuff I have seen over the past month or so.
 

Interesting Biblical Stuff

 
This is an incredible post about the story of Corrie Ten Boom.  What would you do in her shoes?  Do you think you could respond like she did?  I am not so sure personally.
 
Some good thoughts here from Michael Patton.  I have a few thoughts and questions about a couple of his definitions, but the discussion is worth looking into.  He has claimed to be “free grace” in his understanding of salvation and that is cool by me.
 
How to write a theological paper by John Frame.  Dr. Frame is well-respected, and I have a book on my shelf by him that’s about 156,897 pages long so he must know how to write.
 
I did a first-person sermon this Christmas Eve as Joseph.  I had a blast doing it and hope you enjoy it.  For some reason it skips to the 10:50 mark and I don’t know how to fix it, so rewind it.
 

 
This is why we won’t borrow money to build a new worship building!  Man, the thought of having a mortgage as big as those churches have gives me ulcers.
 
My friends Chad and Kortney are moving to Rwanda and auctioning off these 1611 KJV original Bible leaves to raise funds.  So get a cool momento on the 400th anniversary of the venerable Authorized Version and help send a couple to do God’s work in a country that is near and dear to my heart!
 
Why don’t pastors and theologians get that academic honesty is a REQUIREMENT?
 
This is just a beautiful post from John Acuff.  What a fantastic story of security and the love of God. 
 
Good stuff from Biola on weightier worship.  If you haven’t seen it, click through for the “Sunday’s Coming” spoof video link at the beginning.  It’s hilarious.
 
Michael Patton has some great thoughts here about authenticity in the pastorate.  My thanks to all who attend our church for giving me grace to be a transparent mess this Sunday.
 

Thought-Provoking

 
Apparently students learn more when challenged with more reading and writing.  Who would have thought that challenging students leads to better outcomes?
 
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day take the time to go and read his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”  If that doesn’t challenge your understanding of Christian discipleship please go get a medical exam.
 
I did an interview on the “Handgun Podcast” on the topic of God and Guns.  A lot of the material comes from my series here on ABF on Christianity and Self-Defense, with some new thoughts and wrinkles thrown in.
 
Matt has a great point in this post about the Huck Finn controversy.  I don’t care what the *&^%#$ your position is, you need to at least consider the issue!
 
In light of the recent tragedy in Tucson, this post reminded me of why I love America.  Also, I thought that Governor Brewer’s remarks were fantastic.  We got a great reminder that we need to stop the rumor mill by being careful to check our facts.  And for as terrible as I think that the gathered crowd did (what the heck did they think it was, a pep rally?), President Obama’s speech was simply spectacular.  From a guy who isn’t his biggest fan, that is saying something!
 
Science Daily posted a story that shows that couples who delay sexual activity until marriage have better sex lives and are happier.  Who would have thought that what God said was right?
 
A Brit’s Guide to American culture.  Frankly I thought he was spot-on!
 
Generosity is decidedly “un-American” in some ways (our “me first” attitude can be palpable, though we can help when needed), but always profoundly biblical.
 

Funny, Cool, or Ridiculous

 
Greatest.  Photo.  EVER.  Who was more excited for this opportunity, Mr. T or Nancy Reagan? 
 
This is what many of you think when I post, isn’t it?
 
I thought that this stop-motion video was really well done:
 

 
These videos by BBC just tickle my funny bone.  Click through to YouTube and watch all of their “Walk on the Wild Side” videos…
 

 
They make a Taser.  FOR. BEARS. Oh please oh please oh please, someone buy me this!
 
Yeah, I am a grammar snob…
 

 
This video is super-cool.
 

 
Beaker is just plain hilarious!
 

 
This guy apparently trains under Chuck Norris.
 

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