01 November 2013

This 'n' That

Well, Pope Francis has attained everyone's ultimate goal: to have 10 million Twitter followers. That's right, while some other poor, pathetic, less spiritual souls still can remember the day that they were elated to hit 100 (social media really does feed our ego, doesn't it?), the champion of ecumenism is going strong. On 27 October, the pope tweeted his gratitude:
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And while there's no doubt that some of those 10 million followers do not follow because of their admiration for the pope (for example, I follow @Pontifex just out of curiosity), there is even less doubt that the majority of those followers do admire and even revere this mere man who touts a false and damning gospel.

What does this mean for us? It means that the mission field, dear Christian, is huge. It also means that the mission field for you very likely is not in a third-world country, but in your neighborhood. You who are bold on the Internet, are you bold at the bus stop as well? I say these things as an admonishment to myself as much as to my readers. May we pray for boldness to preach Christ in every place, not just where it is most convenient and comfortable for us.

Once you've said that prayer, before you step out into the real world, take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • So, I may be more offended at the Jesus costume than the fact that the kid was kicked out of school for wearing it.
  • This is the first I've heard of the bitcoin.
  • The American Psychiatric Association has now classified pedophilia as a sexual orientation. Wait, maybe they didn't. At least not yet. There's little doubt that it will come eventually.
  • Speaking of sexual perversion and immorality; polyamory no doubt will be the next thing to be mainstreamed.
  • It's probably going to cost some serious cash for Steven Furtick to furnish his new house, so why not think about grabbing a few copies of his newly-released Sun Stand Still devotional to help him out?
  • Um, wow. I made better graphics with Photoshop back in high school.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Rachel Miller explains why she doesn't celebrate Halloween.
  • The Sola Sisters share their thoughts on yesterday's holiday.
  • The Red Sox won the World Series. Of course, as a Cubs fan, and thus as an enemy of the Cardinals, I am mildly okay with this.
  • Doug Phillips has resigned as the president of Vision Forum.
  • Okay, there still are lots of articles floating around about Strange Fire. Let's start here with Tom Chantry's "two quick thoughts" on the matter. 
  • Now let's take a look at that 'invitation' Driscoll issued to MacArthur.
  • Dr. Jason Allen of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary had a conversation with Dr. MacArthur about the conference.
  • And Tim Challies wants to ask MacArthur some tough questions.
  • Phil Johnson answers those who have incessantly argued that Strange Fire painted with a broad brush.
  • In the spirit of good, clean fun, here are some signs that you may be too charismatic.
  • Yesterday wasn't just Halloween, it was Reformation Day. And some folks are eagerly counting down until the 500th anniversary of this event.
  • Speaking of the Reformation, what are some of the differences between Roman Catholic theology and the gospel?
  • Sorry, lady, but you weren't talking to God.
  • Want to pack your child's own lunch for school? You may need to send along a doctor's note.
  • I'm not sure Mark Batterson understands the meaning of the word 'incarnation.' Kinda makes you wonder how he's sold so many books, doesn't it?
  • Here's Phil Johnson's first message from Strange Fire: 'Is there a Baby in the Charismatic Bathwater?'

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