Archive | July, 2011

Fasting isn’t much of a sacrifice when your national dish is stuffed sheep stomach.

July 30, 2011

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Theologian David Murray doesn’t think that fasting is as much of a sacrifice as it used to be. Maybe it’s because he’s from Scotland, where the national dish is described as follows: Actually, his opinion has to do more with denying yourself good media than bad meat. Do you agree with his opinion? What’s your […]

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Do you have a sanctuary for your noise-bombarded soul?

July 29, 2011

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From Christian music artist Audrey Assad: “Yesterday I spent a quiet hour walking through Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, MN. I’ve been there before, but I had to go back and spend more time there: it’s incredibly beautiful and deeply silent, a sanctuary for this noise-bombarded soul. Silent, sacred spaces like this are […]

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John Piper’s wife says she really needed friends. What about you?

July 28, 2011

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Noel Piper, wife of noted Christian author John Piper said: “I was sixty years old when this story began — when I was forced to have friends. I am ashamed that, until then, I could have remained so ignorant of what God intended friendship to be. At the same time, I am filled with gratitude […]

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What would happen if you put John Piper’s brain in Craig Ferguson’s body?

July 27, 2011

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You would get David Murray of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. This guy delivers the theological insights of John Piper with the thick Scottish brogue of late-night comic Craig Ferguson. Check out the video above to hear his answer to the question: Why does God seem so different in the Old Testament than he does in […]

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Let’s get ready to rumble!

July 26, 2011

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Jim LePage’s Bible illustrations are crazy good. Some of them are just crazy. He says, “The Bible is bursting with visual imagery if you allow your imagination to come out and play.” Check out more of his designs, and his perspective on the scriptures here.

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Book review: The Final Hour

July 22, 2011

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A teenager’s life can be pretty tough. There’s the whole transition from childhood to adulthood thing. Not to mention the peer pressure, pimples and parents. But that’s a cakewalk compared to the pitfalls that Charlie West experiences in The Final Hour. The young man has been tortured, chased, shot at, beat up and falsely imprisoned […]

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Harry Potter fans: Would Jesus be a Hufflepuff?

July 15, 2011

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All right you theologically minded Harry Potter fans, I need you to weight in on this one. Professor and experimental psychologist Richard Beck thinks that the Sorting Hat, the magical wardrobe accessory that matched the personality of a student to a house at Hogwarts, would have identified Jesus as a Hufflepuff. No surprise that he […]

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OMG, did a tween girl write Psalms?

July 12, 2011

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Justin Taylor writes: Just because “Oh my God!” is abused in our culture—a case of taking great God’s name lightly and in vain—doesn’t mean we should refrain from the vocative “O my God!” Note in the Bible how often it is used in conjunction with imploring God to listen, to see, to remember, to arise, […]

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Why God can’t own real estate in California

July 7, 2011

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‘Dr. Louis Gottlieb moved to Morning Star Ranch in Sonoma County in 1966. Gottlieb attempted to leave the land he owned to God. A series of court appeals culminated in the 9th district court ruling that he could not. The ruling centered around the fact that if God was named owner on a quit claim […]

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U2 blesses blind fan with unplanned encore

July 6, 2011

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At the end of U2’s concert in Nashville Saturday night, lead singer Bono spotted a blind fan holding up a sign asking if he could perform a song for his wife. Watch the touching moment that followed.

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