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If I find myself stuck running next to someone who insists on watching the news, it's not so bad. I'm usually lost in whatever I'm listening to on my iPod and don't mind glancing up to catch the weather report. In the days when I used to go to the gym on my lunch break, though, it was far, far worse. I found myself subjected to either soap operas or those Hollywood news shows or, horror of horrors...both. I don't know which is more torturous: the treadmill or Days of Our Lives. And the combination of the two potentially is deadly.
In spite of my silly grumbling, however, I am nevertheless thankful for all of this technology. Without it, we never would have come to the point of creating iPods and iPhones, and podcasts and online sermons never would have been available. So while my gym companions gape at E! News, I can enjoy an edifying sermon by one of my favorite preachers, or can catch up on one of my favorite radio shows. Now that is a great way to avoid merely suffering through a workout.
Of course, before you hit the gym yourself for today, take a couple of minutes to stretch and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Mike Riccardi is talking presuppositional apologetics at The Cripplegate. Also don't miss the accompanying posts.
- "God listens."
- I failed this week to explain to some women the difference between Christ's active and passive obedience as clearly as I could have. Here's a good summary article that articulates it better than I could have anyway.
- Which is your favorite Monopoly playing piece? I hope it wasn't the iron, because it's being replaced by...wait for it...a cat!
- Four separate volcanoes erupting simultaneously? Unprecedented!
- Feminism in the church, it's running rampant. Sarah Bessey says Jesus made her a feminist. Ah, that must make it okay, then.
- The British House of Commons has approved gay marriage.
- The world's longest cat has died. I'm thinking my cat might now be in the running for the title.
- The Message "bible" is just straight-up cringeworthy. I still think the church at large should enact some sort of discipline of Eugene Peterson for that dangerous work.
- Are death panels coming?
- See, it pays to have well-behaved children.
- William Tapley tells us the hidden meaning of the Super Bowl and its commercials.
- Speaking of the Super Bowl, most people stayed tuned during the blackout. Now that's pathetic.
- Basic facts about the New Testament canon every Christian should memorize, #2: The Apocryphal writings all were written in the second century or later.
- Is this the end of traditional masculinity?
- A Lutheran pastor has apologized for participating in an interfaith prayer service following the Newtown tragedy.
- If you were Carl Trueman, you would have written this weighing in on this week's Driscoll/Osteen hullabaloo. But since you're not Trueman, just read it instead.
- Kevin DeYoung weighs in on Christianity Today's praise of the Muslim "Insider Movement."
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
- Chicago is ground zero in the Muslim "renaissance." Not shocking. At all.
- Do you know about America's first Muslim college?
- We all know not to drink and drive. But do you know not to drink and drive those handicap carts at Wal-Mart?
- Here's the latest in the ongoing saga of C.J. Mahaney's Sovereign Grace Ministries. A Las Vegas man has been arrested and charged with child sexual abuse in the 1980s while he was working at the now former SGM flagship Covenant Life Church.
- It once was lost, but now it's found.
- Everything from Francis Chan at Passion 2013 to Ravi Zacharias at Ligonier's upcoming national conference, you should listen to this episode of No Compromise Radio.
- Jeremy Walker writes at Reformation 21 about 'losing Adam.' Read this.
- I don't normally send people to Lighthouse Trails, but they have compiled an interesting list of recent articles from newspapers across the country demonstrating that yoga is being taught to your children.
- 27-year-old Megan Phelps-Roper was a key member of Westboro Baptist "Church." That is, until she left last November.
- Sometimes you can take your eschatological beliefs just a bit too far.
- You are what you think: