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Monday Picks ~ 7-17-2017

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

This will be the best thing you’ve read all week, even if you know absolutely nothing about Eugene Peterson. I read this yesterday afternoon after hearing a challenging message on Sunday morning about reaching across the racial and ethnic divisions we all recognize. I’m learning that empathy is the thing that we seem to be missing in so many of our conversations, and that empathy never begins with the other person. It always begins with me…

That Time I Said “Yes” When I Really Meant “No”: One Last Thought on Eugene Peterson’s InterviewRebecca Reynolds
As I look across the landscape of evangelicalism, I see the sorts of leaders who bloviate and blast, and I used to be intimidated by them. But over the years, I’ve seen enough sex scandals emerge from this camp, I’m no longer awed by their proud self-righteousness.

I’m now drawn to gentle teachers who speak about sin with a tender understanding of how human pain works. While these tender men still hold to orthodox truth, they engage with humility and deep concern because they’ve taken time to weep with those who weep.

Some very helpful “dos” and “don’ts” for worship leaders when it seems your congregation isn’t singing. His first “do” is one I believe is often overlooked…

To Sing Again – a constructive approachAaron Hoskins

Why aren’t they singing?

…We could get lost in conversations that could quickly turn into a criticism of the modern worship movement about singing and participation. Instead of criticizing the church. I choose to build her up. This is not an exhaustive list but I hope it helps you to think differently how to lead your people.

I have often wondered this same thing…

Dear Feminists, Where Are You?Melissa Edgington
Our girls need to see you unfurl your fury on an industry that tells them they exist only to please men. That their pleasure is secondary to their willingness to do anything that is asked of them in the bedroom. That their worth is measured in naked photographs. That their minds and their souls are of little importance because they have vaginas and breasts, and those are the only things that really matter. Where are you, my kindred?

You and I disagree on some issues. We march in opposite directions in our various battles. But, here, on this hallowed earth, this war for the hearts and souls of our children, this is our common ground. We are all mamas, sisters, aunts, grandmas. We are all casualties of this war, whether we know it or not, and we are now watching our own sons and daughters fall into its devastating grip. Where are you, courageous ones? Our boys and girls need you to turn and fight and rail and rage and squall.

Literally awesome…

The Closest-Ever Shot of the Great Red SpotMarina Koren
Two days ago, Juno, a pinwheel-shaped spacecraft, zoomed over Jupiter, coming within just 5,600 miles of its best-known feature, the Great Red Spot. The spacecraft’s camera stared at the oval-shaped storm as it soared above, capturing a few images of its orangey-red coils. The photo shoot lasted nine minutes. Juno travels at tens of thousands of miles per hour, and it doesn’t slow down. The spacecraft’s orbit flung it beyond Jupiter, toward Callisto, one of its moons, and away from the worst of the planet’s radiation.

Nine minutes, and humanity managed to capture the closest-ever photograph of a storm on another world, one that’s bigger than the entire Earth and has been churning for decades.

Serious Humor…
Wrong Hands – Click image for a larger view.

My Picks for Wednesday 3-2-2016

This is the stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

Important stuff for American Christians here…

We Must Not Play by Majority RulesCollin Hansen
Lightstock“As a holy people in exile, we see much in the majority that grieves us. We long for our neighbors to forsake their sin and turn to Christ for their temporal and eternal good. We pray for wise government leaders and the blessing of common grace. We even vote and lobby for just laws. We do not expect, however, that coercion is the primary way to accomplish good. In fact, history tells us the political process often distracts us from the work of the church to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and teach his disciples in every nation to observe everything he commanded (Matt. 28:19–20). Minorities like the early church did not win their neighbors through domination or duplication but through difference and depth…

…The choice before us now as Christians is stark. We are a minority. We must not pretend to be a majority. On the one hand, accepting this fact will enable to church to protect our distinctive testimony to the gospel. Never before has it been so clear to American evangelicals that to think and act like a majority corrodes our faith. For the assurance of military protection and political preference we must not forsake our witness to a Savior who died for his enemies.

On the other hand, accepting this minority status entails risks to our safety and security. It means we will work to the good of our neighbors even though we cannot expect them to respect or reinforce our values. We cannot merely dictate the common good but must seek allies where they can be found as we model a better way to human flourishing and proclaim the only path to eternal peace.”

This question has been tackled by a number of people but I like how this gets to the heart of the matter with a few important questions…

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?
A Brief Reflection
Austin Brown
“The problem here is the desire to build upon perceived ambiguities so as to construct a viewpoint that downplays key differences between Islam and Christianity.

Those of a more liberal mindset don’t want hard edges.  They want Muslims to go to heaven as Muslims.  This, it seems to me, is the impetus behind the question.

So let’s not start there.  Let’s ask other, more relevant questions; the kind of questions that readily dispel ambiguities…”

Absolutely stunning images here…

Scott Kelly’s Year in SpaceEmily Fortier
“NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to return to Earth tonight after a 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station, where he participated in research on how the human body reacts and adapts to long-duration spaceflight. He also captured views of our planet that unify science and art, sharing them on social media for the earthbound to follow. Even President Barack Obama kept an eye on Kelly’s accounts, asking him on Twitter, “Do you ever look out the window and just freak out?” to which Kelly replied, “I don’t freak out about anything, Mr. President. Except getting a Twitter question from you.” Abstract and out of this world, here’s Earth from an astronaut’s perspective.


What would we do without you, Sean?
Source: Bizarro

My Picks for Wednesday 1-6-2016

Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…

Yeah, I’ve thought about it, but I never have. Here are some good reasons why…

Seven Reasons Not to Play the LotteryJohn Piper
Seven Reasons Not to Play the Lottery“Americans now spend more than $70 billion dollars annually on lotteries. That’s more than the combined spending on books, video games, and movie and sporting-event tickets. Lotteries are legal in 43 states.

“That’s more than $230 for every man, woman, and child in those states — or $300 for each adult,” reports The Atlantic.

I agree with the report that this is a great shame on our nation. From time to time, the Powerball or Mega Millions lotteries rise to unusually high numbers and get fresh attention in the news (tonight’s and tomorrow’s drawings are announced as $140 million and $400 million).

Here are seven reasons, among others, I have often rehearsed to make the case that you should not gamble with your money in this way.”

This is fairly lengthy but I believe it has a lot to say…

Across the Race DivideKevin DeYoung
“It may seem uncouth for a white pastor to write about another white man’s experience with African American communities. I understand that posts like this are fraught with danger. But the alternative–for white evangelicals to refuse to think critically and refuse to speak about race-related issues, hardly seems like a healthy option. Caution, yes. Difference, yes. Complete silence, less helpful.”

I become very weary of all the misleading and, so often, false alarmist material circulated by people who should know better…

Facts About Obama’s Gun GrabMarty Duren
Obama conference“If Obama’s goal is gun confiscation or disarming Americans he’s the most inept fascist dictator ever.

There is a major problem for followers of Jesus, and it is not a gun-grab. For seven years we’ve heard the warnings, and for seven years they’ve been erroneous. One pastor screamed on Facebook before the president even spoke:


Such nonsense has no place among those who follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and lies should be repented of. You don’t have to agree with or like the use of Executive Orders, but tell the truth about what these actually do.”

Pretty cool…

This is what the entire universe looks like in one image
Kelly Dickerson
“Pablo Carlos Budassi managed to do it by combining logarithmic maps of the universe from Princeton and images from NASA. He created the image below that shows the observable universe in one disc.” (Click on the image below for a MUCH larger view.)

entire observable universe logarithmic illustration
Click on the image for a MUCH larger view.

Boy, ain’t it the truth…
Source: Off the Mark