I’ve been reluctant to post on this, since the situation on the ground keeps changing, and hundreds of articles are being churned out on the latest developments. But I was particularly impressed with the clarity and passion of this floor speech by Sen. Marco Rubio (and the somewhat atypical interaction with Sen. Kerry). It crystalizes the issues at stake:
Archives for July 2011
This is a neat documentary on the life, conversion, and ministry of Keith Green, whose music and passion I greatly enjoyed (and profited from) in my youth. I knew he was a remarkably gifted man, but seeing this hour-long film really impressed upon me how prodigious he was in a 28 year lifespan. He died 29 years ago on this date.
HT: Justin Taylor
From John Stott, Message of the Sermon on the Mount (IVP, 1993):
Ambitions for self may be quite modest…Ambitions for God, however, if they are to be worthy, can never be modest. There is something inherently inappropriate about cherishing small ambitions for God. How can we ever be content that he should acquire just a little more honour in the world? No. Once we are clear that God is King, then we long to see him crowned with glory and honour, and accorded his true place, which is the supreme place. We become ambitious for the spread of his kingdom and his righteousness everywhere.
As quoted in Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey (Crossway, 2010)–which is a fantastic book.
This looks like a great chance to pick up some excellent books:
By the way, Wise Words for Moms, if you’ve never heard of it, is an excellent topical compilation of Bible verses to help kids memorize God’s thoughts and fight specific sin patterns common among children.
Dr. Ed Stetzer (President, LifeWay Research and LifeWay’s missiologist in residence) recently published a devastating article on the extent of pornography’s reach in today’s culture. A few excerpts:
- Lawyer and author John W. Whitehead recently observed: “Children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend approximately 30–120 minutes a day watching music videos — 75 percent of which contain sexually suggestive materials; and, with the advent of portable technology, children’s television and music are often unmonitored by parents or guardians. Not only does this accelerate adolescent sexual behavior (girls between the ages of 12–14 are two times more likely to engage in sexual activity after being exposed to sexual imagery), but it increases the likelihood of more sexual partners.”