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Relationships according to Wayne and Garth by Kevin Shipp
July 31, 2007, 9:43 am
Filed under: Humor

Though I can’t commend the movie as a whole, Wayne’s World does have some killer scenes. Some of the most hilarious guy/girl interactions ever! In this delightful scene, Wayne’s ex-girlfriend, Stacy, just can’t understand the fact that their relationship has ended. Check out her pathetic attempt to “keep the spark alive!”

Just Sad

Kevin

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The Triumph of the Gospel in a Muslim’s Life by bigplew
July 28, 2007, 8:17 pm
Filed under: Culture, Evangelism

by Mike Plewniak

This is an article on The Gospel Coalition by Thabiti Anyabwile. It is very encouraging!

“She was a very attractive professional woman in her mid-twenties. It was clear that she attended the discussion of Islam at the invitation of a friend. She stood patiently, locking onto every word, as others in turn asked their questions and filed away. Finally, the crowd dwindled and it was her turn to speak. She shyly and politely thanked me for the talk.

Then the look. I’ve seen the look a number of times before. In an instant, a once forbidden but now ineffable joy broke across her face. Tears streamed down but her face beamed brightly. Her eyes grew slightly wild with excitement. She told me that her family was from Iran. She now lived and worked in the United States with her parents. And as is custom, she will live under their care in their home until she marries. But she has a secret. In the last two weeks she has heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and she now loves Him as her Savior.

“I don’t know how to tell my parents, or what will happen. But I have never been happier in my life. I can’t explain it; I’m just so joyful.” More tears. More beaming brightness.

The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Rom 1:16)—and also to the Muslim!

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The Gospel Coalition… by bigplew
July 28, 2007, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Featured Resource

by Mike Plewniak

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is a movement of men committed to keeping the gospel central in our lives and in our churches. The men involved include John Piper, D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, and Mark Driscoll. You should check out their website. It’s loaded with videos of their messages from their first conference this year, downloads of the messages, and tons of articles from classic authors (Calvin, Luther, Edwards) and modern authors (CJ, Piper, Driscoll, Keller).



Throttle Up Thursday by Travis Evans
July 26, 2007, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Throttle Up Thursday


Fall preparation… by bigplew
July 20, 2007, 11:37 am
Filed under: Books, Culture

by Mike Plewniak

I hate to be the one to bring this up, but school starts back in about a month. I don’t know why, but summer always seems to fly by so fast. With the school year approaching, I wanted to recommend a few resources to prepare your soul for the task before us — proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who don’t know him.

The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine by Alister McGrath

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“Alister McGrath, along with his wife Joanna, are ideal to evaluate Dawkins’s ideas. Once an atheist himself, he gained a doctorate in molecular biophysics before going on to become a leading Christian theologian. He wonders how two people, who have reflected at length on substantially the same world, could possibly have come to such different conclusions about God. McGrath subjects Dawkins’s critique of faith to rigorous scrutiny. His exhilarating, meticulously argued response deals with questions such as:

Is faith intellectual nonsense?
Are science and religion locked in a battle to the death?
Can the roots of Christianity be explained away scientifically?
Is Christianity simply a force for evil?

This book will be warmly received by those looking for a reliable assessment of The God Delusion and the many questions it raises—including, above all, the relevance of faith and the quest for meaning”

Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman

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This is a great book I highly recommend on evangelism. Going to people and asking questions, discerning what they believe, and where they are in life is very helpful when trying to proclaim the gospel to people. Many times, just by asking questions, you can enter into a conversation about who Jesus was, how to know God, sin, forgiveness, etc… This is a very helpful book and an easy read.

Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues About God and Life by Randy Newman

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A follow-up to the book mentioned above, this gives more examples of ways to enter into conversations about God. For those on the LT, this book will really help you with the way we are going to do bible studies this year…Hint, hint.

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

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This is a classic book on evangelism. Great theology, well written, and very helpful. Understanding this will motivate you to share the gospel, increase your faith while sharing it, and keep your evangelism from becoming man-centered. We want to reach men with the gospel, but we are doing it for the glory of God. He is the only One who can save them and, in His sovereignty, has allowed us to participate in this great task of proclaiming Christ. If you don’t have this book, it’s a must buy.



Men VS. Women AT THE ATM MACHINE by Kevin Shipp
July 17, 2007, 9:03 am
Filed under: Humor

My dad sent me this in an email a few weeks ago. Hilarious!

A new sign in a Bank Lobby reads:

“Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles. Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts.”

“After months of careful research, MALE &FEMALE Procedures have been developed. Please follow the appropriate steps for your gender.”

MALE PROCEDURE:

1. Drive up to the cash machine.
2. Put down your car window.
3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.
4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.
5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.
6. Put window up.
7. Drive off.

FEMALE PROCEDURE:

1. Drive up to cash machine.
2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine.
3. Set parking brake, put the window down.
4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card.
5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.
6. Attempt to insert card into machine.
7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car.
8. Insert card.
9. Re-insert card the right way.
10. Dig through handbag to find diary; with your PIN written on the inside back page.
11. Enter PIN.
12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
13. Enter amount of cash required.
14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.
15. Retrieve cash and receipt.
16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook.
18. Re-check makeup.
19. Drive forward 2 feet.
20. Reverse back to cash machine.
21. Retrieve card.
22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided!
23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.
24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.
25. Redial person on cell phone.
26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.
27. Release Parking Brake.

Kevin



Tozer… by bigplew
July 13, 2007, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Manly men of history

by Mike Plewniak

This is quoted from A.W. Tozer The Knowledge of the Holy, p. 79-80.

“I think it might be demonstrated that almost every heresy that has afflicted the church through the years has arisen from believing about God things that are not true, or from overemphasizing certain true things so as to obscure other things equally true. To magnify any attribute to the exclusion of another is to head straight for one of the dismal swamps of theology; and yet we are all constantly tempted to do just that.

For instance, the Bible teaches that God is love; some have interpreted this in such a way as virtually to deny that He is just, which the Bible also teaches. Others press the Biblical doctrine of God’s goodness so far that it is made to contradict His holiness. Or they make His compassion cancel out His truth. Still others understand the sovereignty of God in a way that destroys or at least greatly diminishes His goodness and love.

We can hold a correct view of truth only by daring to believe everything God has said about himself. it is a grave responsibility that a man takes upon himself when he seeks to edit out of God’s self-revelation such features as he in his ignorance deems objectionable. Blindness in part must surely fall upon any of us presumptuous enough to attempt such a thing. And it is wholly uncalled for. We need not fear to let the truth stand as it is written. There is no conflict among the divine attributes. God’s being is unitary. He cannot divide Himself and act at a given time from one of His attributes while the rest remain inactive. All that God is must accord with all that God does. Just must be present in mercy, and love in judgment. And so with all the divine attributes.”