This picture has nothing to do with the topic at hand.
I just thought it was really cute.
As such, I did not initially intend to watch any of the Republican National Convention last night, but ended up catching a few moments. Unfortunately, I happened to tune in right before Clint Eastwood spoke. Now, I don't know whose idea it was to book Clint Eastwood, but I have to wonder if that person still has a job today. That was painful. Honestly, I think I'd rather watch this. The Romney home movies were pleasant enough to watch, though. And yes, there is a lot that could be said regarding Romney's Mormon faith and religion and the many references to "God" throughout the evening but...well, perhaps another time. If you're under the impression that Mormonism is a form of Christianity, then I suggest taking a look at this.
Okay, enough of my political commentary. I hope that this week's list makes your day (bad pun intended). Go ahead, please enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- John MacArthur talks about social media and digital discernment (this is a must read if you find yourself
spendingwasting hours a day on Facebook, blogs and Twitter).
- There's a hate crime trial underway against some Amish from Ohio. The Amish have always fascinated me. While there is much of their convictions that could be commended, some are unfortunately bound in legalism or a faith based on works-righteousness. These could be seen as a neglected mission field here in our backyard.
- Bill Nye the Science Guy says that creationism is not appropriate for children.
- Michael Kruger has completed his series on 10 misconceptions about the New Testament canon.
- What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about Mary?
- Last weekend, Perry Noble and his Newspring Church were praying for 3,000 salvations. The final number of "salvations" only totaled around 1,300, however. Perhaps if they'd opened the service by covering the Rolling Stones instead of Kiss the numbers would have been larger.
- Pastor Larry DeBruyn talks about the appeal of the occult and the paranormal.
- How do you feel about polygamy? Brazil has conducted its first civil union between three partners.
- John MacArthur on the fruits of repentance.
- Mike Riccardi discusses fellowship and confrontation (this is an important read).
- My friend Glenn Chatfield has posted a helpful excerpt from the book, Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong.
- Owners of a bed and breakfast in Vermont have been fined $10,000 and must pay a lesbian couple an additional $20,000 in settlement funds for objecting to same-sex civil union ceremonies being held on their property.
- I'm not one to watch movies, and I have not nor do I plan to see the latest Batman film. I am even less an advocate of getting too introspective with anything created by Hollywood. Yet, I have to admit that I found this scene from the newest Batman movie to be rather thought-provoking. Surely there is not one among us who has not wrestled with the same inner conflict and turmoil with which we see Batman struggling in these brief moments.
- Okay, okay, I can't leave you with that for the week! Here's Steve Lawson on preaching Christ crucified: