John Piper Caught Throwing West-side Gang Sign 

Now we know where his true convictions lie: on the West Side! Corny, I know, but I thought it was funny someone actually got him to do it.

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The Worldview of New Age Business Leadership Guru Lance Secretan 

This is a brief clip of one of Lance Secretan's presentations to a group of corporate employees. Notice how at the beginning of this clip, he disregards anything Christianity had to offer in history as an explanation for natural and supernatural reality. He doesn't even mention all of the thousands of Christian thinkers who have contributed greatly to the progress of "humanity" who believed Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. These voices are simply ignored. Sure, he mentions Jesus as a good moral teacher, and even quotes Him in the presentation. Yet Secretan cherry-picks what he wants from what Jesus said without dealing with the portions of Scripture where He claims to be God Himself, the only way to salvation, the greatest Person in all of history. This is ignored, for to deal with these texts simply denies his own worldview perspective of reality.

At the very beginning of this clip, he makes clear that (at least according to his understanding) 6000 years ago, we lived on the premise of mystery, magic, myths, fairy tales, etc. It is assumed then that Christianity is included in this category of mystery and mythology. And therefore, its explanations of reality are theoretical, mythical. They simply don't apply to us anymore. The Gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. Read More...
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On Caroline Kennedy as Senator 

Do I really need to comment on this? If she even gets selected as an option for the Senate seat, that will be the biggest power play in history of someone with a only a family name for credentials, who has absolutely no political experience, and no solid, proven work experience. She can't even talk to the media herself. She doesn't have a chance. And if she does, there are other undemocratic forces at play.
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The 'I Am Second' Campaign - A Review 

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Being an evangelical Christian in our culture and at the same time being bombarded with these techniques of the evangelical church of which I am apart, in the name of witnessing on our freeways, makes it very hard not to say things that concern me. For the record, I do believe some positive can come out of this whole "I am second" campaign. I would not even presume to know what God is up to. But there are factors which are concerning about this strategy, factors of which are indicative about our own movements beliefs.

I posted recently that I myself need to be careful about my own personal criticism of the church at large, and I still hold to that. What I'm warning myself and others about is the tendency toward uber-criticism, that is, a critical spirit. My criticism can quickly turn to bitterness, anger, and frustration at what I'm seeing and it can consume me, much in the same way any other sin can. A legitimate concern (something good in itself) becoming an idol or obsession: this is sin. And boy are we sinners good at taking something good and corrupting it! I must watch over my own heart and it's quick slide into arrogance, as we all do in whatever our pet sins are. The heart is deceitfully wicked above all things, who can understand it? I surely don't.

Yet at the same time I must be honest and truthful with what is going on in the world around me (particularly as it concerns my own Christian grouping of which I consider myself apart) while not letting those things turn into uber-frustration at the expense of the glory of God and His sovereignty in all of it (my own personal holiness and sinfulness). Please understand that this is more of a call to first clearly understand the Gospel ourselves (continuing to do this our whole lives in studying Scripture) and then clearly proclaim that Gospel message to the world around us, unhindered. Read More...
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A Great Summation of the Entire Bible and Particularly the Gospel 

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"The message of Christianity is that the God who created the heavens and the earth identified himself with the people of Israel and related to them in a way that pointed to the needed coming of the Messiah. This Messiah would atone for our transgressions, conquer the power of sin and death, empower us by the Spirit to obey from the heart, and gather his people unto everlasting joy. The Messiah came, was born of a virgin, lived and talked and worked in a way that identified him as the Only Begotten Son of God, and died on a cross. After three days Jesus triumphantly resurrected from the dead. He appeared to the apostles and over 500 other disciples. All who will turn in their hearts from sin and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in him for forgiveness and eternal life, will be saved from hell and enjoy personal fellowship with God and his people."
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A Call To Move Forward - The Practical Results of Seeker-Sensitivity 

As Carl Trueman on and Al Mohler on have pointed out recently, something is so fascinating with the recent wave of criticism by the left of Obama asking Rick Warren to perform the invocation at his inauguration (which I must give Obama credit on being a consistent relativist as opposed to others on the far-left): no matter how friendly, or nice, or palatable or seeker-friendly you make your message concerning what Scripture says about God's Law or the Gospel itself, those who are unbelieving and God-hating, those who are adamantly opposed to what is said still view you as a crazy, fanatical nut.

Warren even goes so far as to be a middle-of-the-road kind of guy politically speaking, I'm guessing with the hope with bridging a cultural divide. Yet it seems to not matter to those who hate Scripture. Now Obama is receiving a backlash of criticism from the far-left gay rights community for asking Warren to do the prayer, as well as those who simply believe in the normalcy of homosexuality, because Warren believes it to be sin according to Scripture. And in doing so, they believe Warren to be a "fundeemeentaleest," even though he has gone to great lengths to make his message more acceptable to a hostile, post-Christian (quickly becoming anti-Christian) culture. Read More...
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Illustrating Total Depravity 

News as entertainment dominates our culture. It has for quite a while. This can be clearly seen in the recent Caylee Anthony story, the little girl who was allegedly killed by her own mother. Of course this is an unbelievably sad story and the pain caused by such a tragic act is tremendous for all parties involved. It should break our own hearts that this kind of wickedness happens, because it breaks the Lord's heart. I do not intend to minimize any of this with my comments. But I do intend to attack the obsession our culture has on this story and how as Christians we need to watch our own hearts that we not fall into such wicked fixation, intending to puff ourselves up in our own supposed righteousness that we are somehow better than Caylee's mother.

For the past year or so, ever since it broke, there has been an incessant fixation of the media upon this story. In particular, Nancy Grace has "Breaking News!" every night on her program concerning this case. I can't think of a time I haven't flipped past CNN that she hasn't been ranting on and on about this story. It's just sickening to me. We make celebrities out of murderers and every shred of "new" information that comes out of this story is somehow the greatest and biggest show-stopper in our lives, like it's a living and breathing soap opera that we are somehow attached to through TV viewing. Read More...
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CNN Meteorologist: Manmade Global Warming Theory 'Arrogant' 

Right on.

Maybe we should try working on actual problems that exist in our world instead of spending possibly trillions of dollars on a phantom. Lack of fresh water concerns me a lot more than nonsense elitist scientific "orthodoxy".

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The Great Divine Conundrum 

"O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem..." - Daniel 9:16

In light of God's justice and righteousness in the Old Testament, how he poured out his wrath on the nations surrounding Israel and even on Israel herself, this verse is such a radical, seemingly contradictory statement. If you simply do a surface-level study of what justice and righteousness actually means in theological terms, and particularly what it means for us sinners, it is goosebump-frightening to consider its reality. It should make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Seriously.

Think back to, or look up, Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 1 and John's response in Revelation to see what the reaction to God's justice and holiness looks like. Or read this Jonathan Edwards sermon. It was one of His most famous. In it, Edwards expounds upon the awful wrath and fury of God we all deserve for our sin and how Christ is the only protector and shield from its horrors.

God is infinitely righteous, holy and perfect and can let no sin go unpunished. None. But, as is said in this verse in Daniel, according to your righteous acts, turn away your wrath? Shouldn't it be, "According to Your righteous acts let your wrath fall? For you let no sin go unpunished?" This is what Jonah seemed to think should have happened to Nineveh. Yet God spared them in great mercy. But how is it this passage in Daniel can ask of God to "be merciful in light of your righteousness"? This seems like asking God the impossible, and asking Him in light of this very justice and righteousness that should be our eternal dismay! Read More...
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Plaid - E.M.R. 

Not sure if this is an official music video by the band, but this is one of my favorite songs from Plaid. The video has some decent ideas for video effects and whatnot, but then it gets kind of lame toward the end. Anyway, anyone who knows me knows that I love some good IDM. Plaid is one of my favorites. Excellent arrangement of odd time signatures and layered rhythmic patterns in this song. By the way, I have no idea what E.M.R. stands for.

Plaid - E.M.R

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