Normally I talk about the commandments being problematic in relation to our ability to keep them. God knew Israel, and all mankind for that matter, would fail to keep the Law. What we need is an all sufficient savior. The commandments have a purpose, but they cannot make a person righteous. Think of them as a ruler used to measure how far we fall short. Jesus told the Pharisees they kept the letter of the Law but did not understand the spirit of the Law. Paul calls the Law a burden we are not able to bear. Moses was the first person to break all ten commandments; wait for it…
When I heard the SBC would appoint their first ever African-American president I thought “well that’s neat.” When I learned he mangled a new motorcycle at age 21, later walking down the aisle on crutches… now there’s a guy I can respect. Read more on Fred Luter’s life in ministry here, via Baptist Press.
Here’s another story coming out of the SBC convention this week – in something of an ongoing conflict, SBC messengers passed on a resolution on the “sinner’s prayer.” The headline for the article is worded badly, but the report is excellent. Full text of the resolution is included.
It’s not nearly short enough for Twitter, but here is the message of the Bible in only 221 words.
The Donald Miller blog is going on hiatus and will return new and improved on August 1st. Here’s the list of what to expect.
Meanwhile, Tall Skinny Kiwi just changed the appearance of his blog, citing the old look as “boring.” Check it out, I like it.
I always enjoy getting some classic iMonk, and here’s a collection of original Internet Monk selections from 2005.
I don’t regularly read Mark Driscoll, so thanks to Noel Heikkinen for sharing 11 Practical Ways for Men to Lead a Family.
I didn’t even know there was a .church internet domain; meanwhile, LifeChurch.tv wants to own it.
Did the Supreme Court strike down indecency laws regulating t.v. broadcasts? No it did not, although the Associated Press initially reported so. The Court ruled a narrow decision on only the two cases, involving FOX and ABC, that were being considered. The Court did not overturn the existing laws nor consider constitutionality of the existing FCC regulations. Full story here.
The Six Commandments? A federal judge suggests that public displays of the 10 commandments can be made constitutional by removing the four that directly mention God or the Sabbath. More here.
Tim Challies comments on The State of Preaching. Notice what he says about the Gospel.
Ridley Scott (director of Alien and it’s prequel Prometheus) says he plans to direct a Moses film. Scott is skeptical of all religion, calling it “the source of all evil.”
Chaplain Mike, of Internet Monk, takes a break from reformed theology and reminds us he has a sense of humor in Signs You May Have Hit the Wall.
I enjoy celebrating a good *blogiversary, and Tall Skinny Kiwi just turned nine.
It’s apparently been around for a while, but I just saw the Blue Like Jazz trailer this weekend (before watching MIB3).
*There is some disagreement on spelling. I prefer blogoversary, the same way we spell blogosphere. Blogiversary uses the letter i presumably to look more like anniversary; I used the same spelling in this post that Andrew used. I’m probably overthinking it, one of the marks of a good blogger.
April 5th marks the second anniversary of the passing of Michael Spencer. The house that Michael built, Internet Monk, paid homage to his legacy. My tribute to Michael is here; I was privileged to know him in real life before ever learning about Internet Monk. I didn’t even know what blogging was.
I received an email about Christian Youth Initiative Worldwide. I’m still in the process of finding out more myself, but they seem to be on the up and up. There is a blog, but also Grok Radio – whatever that is. It’s worth a look.
Remember What Would Jesus Do? Michael Kelly asks the question “What would you do it you knew you were going to die on Friday?” Then he lists several things Jesus did. Interesting thought.
I may not have linked him before, but Mike Ratliff writes some good stuff at Possessing the Treasure. The Son of Man is the Good Shepherd is a great example. Go back and read all of Mike’s posts for this week.
Remember Ed Young, of Sexperiment fame? Out of Ur shares with us his latest stunt: baptizing with sharks.
From Desiring God Ministries, Race and the Christian is available for download. Originally live-streamed, you can watched John Piper, Tim Keller and Anthony Bradley or download the video. There is also a Q&A session at the same link.
Aida Spencer (Christian Post blogs) shares a personal story of discovery in What Does Easter Mean? *please note: Aida and William Spencer are both ordained Presbyterian ministers. I’m not asking you to join her church, just read the blog post.
Finally tonight, please pray for Chuck Colson. He is recovering from brain surgery but still in critical condition. Known for founding Prison Fellowship (and for his role in Watergate) the 80-year-old Colson was speaking last Friday when he fell ill, and had surgery on Saturday morning.
That’s why I love Michael Spencer. I still read Christian blogs, including Internet Monk. I author a Christian blog, but haven’t found anything that gets my gears turning the way Spencer did. Read this classic iMonk post to see what I’m talking about.
Michael Spencer was blogging before I knew what a blog was. He started internetmonk.com 12 years ago, really getting in on the ground floor of the Christian blogosphere. Chaplain Mike and others keep the dream alive at iMonk after Michael passed away in April of 2010. I was a disciple of Michael in real life for seven years, and he had a profound impact on the way I think about ministry. The post linked above cuts right to the heart Christianity.
UPDATE: Check out internetmonk.com for transcript/ audio of the memorial service.
Services were held this afternoon for the Internet Monk Michael Spencer. The Internet has abounded this week with articles of tribute and expressions of sympathy for the family. David Head and Bill Haynes both did excellent jobs. David has a remarkable understanding of how Spencer’s ministry reaches a worldwide audience through his blog, and Bill did exactly what Michael asked him to; he preached the Gospel. Continue reading
My dad often says that his crayon box has only 8 colors. He was once told the color sample he was holding was pumpkin, not orange. (He came home from work and asked me what color pumpkins were, just to make his point.) Children do flavors one at a time. It starts with baby food – peas, carrots, apple sauce – then extends into not letting their foods touch each other on the plate. Children also have simple emotions; they like to feel one thing at a time and be able to identify it. At some point during adolescence, we become aware of mixed emotions. Sometimes things to be celebrated also make us sad. We cry at weddings, the birth of a child, and graduation. We also grieve after the death of a loved one, yet rejoice at the same time during the passing of a Christian. Continue reading
I noted at church this morning there seems to be more things to pray about than usual. We’re in one of those seasons that “casting our cares upon him” takes a little more time and effort, but seasons change and this too shall pass.
Pray for the people of Hatti, as well as those who will go there bringing relief and doing what they can to help. I know a group of church pastors personally who make regular trips to Hatti, and even now are gathering donations and preparing to go. Let’s ignore the Pat Robertsons of the world who claim this is God’s judgment, and mobilize to give aid and live out the Gospel. I don’t think Jesus would sit around saying “I told you so.” He touched the sick, ate with sinners, washed the disciples feet, and told us to do the same. We have blessed with much so that we can bless others. Continue reading
To be honest, I don’t know who I’m writing this to. IMonk has a much larger audience than my own, and anyone reading my blog probably already reads him. Nevertheless, he really is sick and asking others to pray makes me feel better and hopefully he appreciates it as well.
In his latest podcast, he says that during times of illness, he tends to be more humble. Those of us that work with him in ministry got a Facebook update to the effect of “you guys carry on.” This is the least “control freak” I’ve ever seen him. If you listen to the podcast, he sounds a little off, and doesn’t know when he will broadcast another one. He has not been preaching or teaching for the past week, and will not be for a while.
Remember him in prayer, that’s all I’m saying. And maybe send a Joel Osteen e-greeting reminding him to keep thinking positive thoughts – that ought’a do the trick.
This blog has two stated purposes, clearly displayed in the headline banner: to be God honoring and Christ centered. Those words are written there to both advertise what this blog is about, but also to remind the author what this blog is supposed to be about. We must keep our eyes on the prize; so said the Apostle Paul, in a manner of speaking. For the Christian – take note of the first five letters of that word – Christ must be the central theme running through everything we do, from studying the Bible to blogging on the internet.
I’ve written on this several times before (read the About page) and have to fight the temptation to repeat everything. InternetMonk has posted on nothing but the Jesus Disconnect for the past couple of days. He notes that many professing Christians show interest in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but are less focused on his actual ministry. Some do not see his ministry as having any relevance to “our ministry” at all. Continue reading