Bob Dylan; the Darkside; Der Spiegel on Obama; Forced Abortions; Sex Trafficking; NFL Leadership Lessons;

Weekend Links

The weather is changing, footballs are flying through the air and it won’t be long before the leaves drop from the trees. I love the Fall. And you are going to love some of these links. As always, I don’t endorse all of them or all of the perspective in each of them but all of them will help you be a more informed, better thinking follower of Christ.

Music

Bob Dylan, the Darkside and the Gospel

Better Engagement with Culture

Philosopher Defends Theistic Belief Systems (Religion and Science—They are NOT at odds)
“Obama’s Middle East Policies are in Ruins” (German Der Spiegel— a scathing conclusion by European press)
Getting Somewhere in the Debates Over Homosexuality (N.T. Wright—very good video on what needs to happen in the polarized atmosphere of almost all discussion over homosexuality.) The Secular Case Against Gay Marriage (Article from MIT, The Tech)
Forced Abortions Continue in China (What can be done? China is the only country in the world where more babies have been aborted than the USA.)
Fetal Cells are Parasitic? Think Again. (Cutting edge science shows that fetal cells heal the mother.)
Truckers Against Human Trafficking (Let’s start 1,000 groups like this. How about farmers against human trafficking, police officers against, fireman against, pastor’s against, youth pastors against, booklovers against, gardeners against, home-schooled children against, and home schooling families against, etc … Let’s end this evil. Shame the men and women who traffic in human bodies for sex and profit.)

Building Better Leaders

Learning from NFL Coaches on How to Get the Whole Team on Board (Jon Gordon’s Weekly Newsletter on positive strategies to fuel your life and career.)
Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter on the Danger of a Dictator in the United States 

Growing Better Christians

Sane Talk on Giving and Thithing (Mark Driscoll—3 minute video)
Becoming an All-Pro Dad (Michael Hyatt—Being a Dad is one of the highlights of my life. I only wish I were a better one.)
Delighting in the Trinity (About ten years ago, I started to encourage church planters to begin to hone and polish their understanding and ability to teach and defend the Trinity. It is a happy task to have a new book to recommend toward that end.)
Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make About Christians (Thom Rainer)
More of the Problem is Not the Solution (Tim Challies—getting control of technology for the glory of God.)
Six Benefits of Evangelism for Discipleship (9Marks—a must read)

Issues Christians Need to Address

Understanding the Times: An Interview with Carl Trueman (The more I read of Carl Trueman, the more i respect his thinking, honest, and tact.)
John Piper Weighs in on the Possibility of Homosexual Change (Always a reasoned and biblical voice.)
What Does it Mean to Celebrate the Unity of the Body of Christ? (Roger Olsen—a thrilling article (from an Arminian!) on the Oneness of the body of Christ. Truly worth reading)

Fraudulent Policy Changes; Eric Metaxes; Religious Freedom; Boring Preaching; Marco Rubio on Energy Policy and much more

Weekend Links

Not a lot of time this week to read, so a fewer number of links to issues in my area of passion, church planting, evangelism, discipleship and preaching. But i think you will still find these interesting and challenging. As always, … I don’t agree with ‘em all; I just post ‘em to make you think. Enjoy.

Christian Leadership

Boring Preaching is a Criminal Act (Brandon Cox)
Seven Tips to Talking with Neighbors about Jesus (Tim Gaydos)
Too Scary, Too True and Really Sad (What Youth Pastors Say–Video)
The Cultural Elites: The Next Unreached People Group (Eric Metaxes) 

Cultural Engagement

Is Being ‘Born Gay” like Being Born into a Race? (Matt Slick)
Is Jesus On Board with President Obama’s Plans? (Austin Hill)
Fraudulent Policy Changes and Political Subterfuge of the The President (Michelle Malkin)
Pelosi and Obama in Lock Step Against Religious Freedom (Elizabeth Harrington)
Boehner to the Rescue: Stranger Things Have Happened (Terrence P. Jeffrey)
Catholics Battling Obama on Multiple Fronts (The Nuns are Coming!)
That’s Me, Losing My Religion

The Economy and the Nation

He Really Said that?!: The Fact is We Don’t Need a Budget? (Steny Hoyer)
Rubio on Our Energy Policy (Marco Rubio)
China Windfall Generated by North American Foolishness (Erika Johnsen)

Where Did All the Women Go?

Stop Violence Against WomenAbortion and what might be called “abortion culture” is not just an American problem. It is a global problem. The war on women is under the radar, under reported, and under appreciated by the liberal-leaning media of our nation. But ideas have consequences and women around the world are paying the price. This brief article is from John Stonestreet. To hear a podcast of the article click on the title.

Gendercide: Asia Without Women

By: John Stonestreet|Published: April 1, 2011 9:44 AM

100 million more men than women in Asia? Why?

In 1927, Ernest Hemingway imagined a world of violence, crime, and cruelty in a series of stories called “Men Without Women.” Now, Niall Ferguson of Newsweek suggested Hemingway’s vision is coming true in Asia right now.

For example, in China, there are 123 male children for every 100 female children, an imbalance dramatically higher than just 50 years ago. When these children are ready to marry, there will be 22 million more men than women.

Why the imbalance? After 30 years of the “one child policy” China is seeing that ideas have consequences. Seeing the world in economic terms and denying God’s design for the family, has led this nation to commit gendercide. The result: a generation of undomesticated men and a spike in violent crime, corruption and aggression. And trust me, girls will be the victim of this too.

Men Without Women
Niall Ferguson | Newsweek | March 06, 2011

The Global Threat of Gendercide
Albert Mohler | AlbertMohler.com | March 08, 2011

Church Planting Movements Changing the World

Wednesday is for Prayer (additions)

… People transforming, justice seeking …

Thought you might be encouraged by some things I have been reading. Here’s a couple of quotes.

[All quotes from David Garrison, How Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World]

  • “A church planting movement transforms Cambodia’s killing fields into fields of new life with more than 60,000 new Christians and hundreds of new churches planted over the past ten years.
  • “Despite government attempts to eliminate Christianity, a church planting movement in one Southeast Asian country adds more than 50,000 new believers in five years.”
  • In China, church planting movements “are baptizing 30,000 people a day.” (YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THAT AGAIN!)

God is moving all around the world. More people are coming to a saving knowledge of Christ. Pray that God might use the new work to which He is calling me to start a similar movement here in the Chicagoland area that will spread to the entire country. Wouldn’t it be great to see a real, nothing-can-stop-it, Christ-exalting, people-transforming, justice-seeking, community-changing, love-saturated church planting movement in the United States?

Pray for it.