May Links

For May, 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.

New Blog to Follow:

Please follow Chad and Kortney Bannick’s blog.  They are missionaries in Rwanda and good friends.  Their latest post on a boy named Theoneste really made me think of Luke 9:48.  Pray for Chad and Kortney, and for Theoneste and his dad.

Interesting Biblical Stuff:

In essentials, unity.  In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.

This is a great post from Bill Mounce about spiritual giftedness.  Hearing a noted scholar talk about this type of devotional issue is refreshing.

Jesus didn’t come back on the 21st.  I am shocked. (/sarcasm)  So now what?

Thought-Provoking:

AoM has a great post about motivation from the Band of Brothers.  The men of Easy Company are amazing.

I would love your thoughts on having a league that allows PEDs.

Deputy Bass Reeves is a manly man based only on his moustache.  But his story is quite inspirational, too.

Funny, Cool, or Ridiculous:

Oooooh YEEEAAAAHHHH!  RIP Macho Man.  Just watching Mean Gene Okerlund trying to corral Randy Savage in this interview is worth it.

This man uses echolocation.  That is a cool trick!!

Fair warning: Hyperbole and a Half has some posts that are NSFW and NSFK.  This one, though, is absolutely hilarious and clean.  And it reminds me of our family dog from my childhood.

These pics from the Library of Congress are really cool.  What a neat snapshot collection of the Great Depression.

There is no question about why women live longer than men.

I made this change in grading in my classes this summer.  So far, so good!

March Links

For March, 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

You want to learn the “big picture” of a tough book like Romans?  This is the best I have seen. For a reader without a PhD, Kara’s synopsis is as good as it gets and by the end of 4 short blog posts you have everything you need to understand the big picture of Romans.

Anyone who can compare pastors to hobbits while making a good point is amazing in my book.

The whole Rob Bell brouhaha…what to say?  Well, I appreciate Lisa Robinson’s thoughts on keeping the main thing the main thing.

Church may be hard, it may be a mess at times, but it is still worth it!

USA Today of all places is questioning the oft-quoted divorce statistic that says the divorce rate is the same in the church as outside of it.

I love everything about this article about wanting to change the world…but not if it means teaching Sunday School.

Thought-Provoking

AoM has a decent guide to taking care of a pregnant wife, though I would suggest different books.

If you’re not already, please pray for Japan’s recovery.  Watch this video and see what the tsunami did to the people.

I like Primer.  Their 50 tips for grooming, style, and living better is really helpful!

Dude, PVC and imagination can go a long way…

Funny, Cool, or Ridiculous

Coolest. Bedroom. EVAR.

It’s baseball season, so learn how to score a game. It makes the game more fun and you gotta pay attention!

If you need to learn how to write a paper, there is no greater source than Strongbad.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a stirring rendition of Danny Boy:

 This little guy might end up with an attitude problem, but no one will be able to tell him because HE WILL BODY SLAM THEM!!!

February Links

For February, 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

Shock of all shocks, Rob Bell has ignited a firestorm with his upcoming book.  For a strong counterpoint to that link from Justin Taylor, Rachel Held Evans has a VERY different take on the issue.  Last I looked, Taylor’s post had north of 1,100 comments on it.  Naturally, we will all have to wait and see what the book actually SAYS.  But frankly, that video scares me not because of the questions asked (I think the questions are legit) but because the way they are asked certainly leads the viewer to think that Bell will argue for universalism.  That is leaving historic, orthodox Christianity and that is sad and scary for the 60,000 people a week who listen to him.  There is more to come on this one I am sure.

This is a beautiful post from Michael Patton about how much a few small words meant to him as a boy.  We need this reminder of how we speak of others.

Everyone who goes to church needs a good reminder from time to time about what we look like to visitors.

Go read this great WSJ article about business to the glory of God.  ABF will definitely be digging into vocation in the near future.

Relevant Magazine asks, What’s the Point of Marriage? It’s a great question…

Thought-Provoking

A realistic guide to love.  There are lots of great tidbits in there.

It always pays to have class.  General Chiarelli, we salute your graciousness, sir!  Here is a different story about having class and being a Good Samaritan that should make us all remember how to act.

It never ceases to amaze me how sexualized young girls are becoming.  And this is not in spite of their parents, but BY their parents! /facepalm

The last surviving soldier of WWI passed away today. Farewell Frank Buckles; thank you for your sacrifice Doughboy.  We are losing WWII vets at around 1,000 a day right now, so take the time while you still have it to thank the WWII vets in your life.

Funny, Cool, or Ridiculous

This video made me laugh SO hard…

You’ll like this alot. And if you haven’t heard of Hyperbole and a Half, the link to the original idea is here. (Fair warning: Allie can use bad words…)

Best. Super Bowl. Commercial. EVER.

I love Top Gear, and the BBC version is hilarious.  I have always wanted to do this to a Prius…

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.
 

Linkapalooza!

I realized recently how long it has been since I put up a links post.  For some that might be a cause for celebration but hey, it’s my blog so deal with it.  Here are some of the funnier, more thoughtful, interesting, or weirder posts in recent memory that I have run across:

New Blogs or sites I follow:

Come on over and check out the Free Grace Alliance blog.  I am an FGA executive council member and organize and coordinate the FGA blog as well.  Come by and say hello!

Cato @ Liberty is an interesting political site.  Now you know where I stand. (if you didn’t already!)

Interesting Biblical Stuff:

When Jon Acuff rocks a Serious Wednesday post, he really rocks it.  Starts funny but finishes with a great message.

What if Mary and Joseph had Facebook?  Check out this really thoughtful and well-done video describing the birth of Jesus over Facebook.

I would rather be a great pastor than a great preacher.  Though truth be told, great preaching is important for every pastor.

This is a great post from Rachel Held Evans on entitlement at Christmas.

Mall ninajs of PRAISE!

Biblical and funny at the same time: churching up the house for the pastor to visit.  Do people really do this?

Thought-Provoking Items:

Yay Capitalism!  Well written discussion on Thanksgiving and what saved Jamestown.

Wow.  This video isn’t easy to watch but it is must-see.  As someone who has been affected by drinking and driving it hits home.  Careful with the kids on this one.

The effect of a generation of men raised by women.  I thank God for the many good men in my life.

Be aware of childhood stroke!  This month’s hero is a student I help mentor at our kenpo studio.  Brandon is a great kid.

Never forget.  December 7, 1941, the day that will live on in infamy.  An excellent collection of photos and some amazing stories as well.  On a related note, click through and then take a moment and ask God to bless those who sleep in the field tonight so that we can be free.

No I am not joking.  You need a 72-hour kit.  Here are mistakes most people make with theirs.

Funny, Cool, and/or Ridiculous:

Super-cool pics.  I am not nearly that creative.  More cool pics from National Geographic.

How could the duel scene in The Princess Bride get better?  Simple: light sabers.

This is just funny.

I love the contented sigh of this toddler drinking from a garden hose.  Go watch it.

Bad day in 3…2…1…

Coolest.  Truck.  EVER.

Dogs don’t like moving.  Hyperbole and a half has some language, so approach knowingly.  Her wit and cartoon skills are hilarious though!!  This post is really funny about her dogs reaction to moving.