I dislike hypocrisy and double standards. Here are two articles, one from LA Times and one from a UK paper (so, obviously, different papers, different authors and all that, but still…) Bush’s exercise habits are described by words such as “creepy,” “disturbing,” “obsession.” Obama, on the other hand, puts us all to shame and should motivate us all to exercise more. These articles of indicative of a general tone. For the past couple years, I have seen a number of articles that spoke darkly of Bush’s exercise regimen, even accusing him of hiding from his job by going to the gym. I am glad Obama motivates us all to be healthy. I just hate the double standard that makes Bush a creep and Obama the redefinition of the male physique.





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“Walk” in Galatians

In Eph 4:1 Paul urges us to walk worthily of our calling.

The metaphor “walk” for lifestyle or behavior is used repeatedly throughout the NT. I am looking at each passage that uses this metaphor. Today is Galatians 5:16.

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“Walk” in 2 Corinthians

In Eph 4:1 Paul urges us to walk worthily of our calling.

The metaphor “walk” for lifestyle or behavior is used repeatedly throughout the NT. I am looking at each passage that uses this metaphor. Today is 2 Corinthians (4:2, 5:7, 10:2-3, 12:18).

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Pray for Christians in India

Story here.

People being hurt and killed. Very tragic and heartbreaking.

Freedom of Speech: Burma


Jailed for 20 years for criticizing the military dictator. Even his lawyer got jail time. The article says that there are 2,000 political prisoners there. This is the wonderful regime that stood idly by while their people died as a result of the cyclone.  Supposedly it was a crime against “public tranquility.” 20 years for posting an opinion on a blog.

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting…

Monks hitting, kicking each other, drawing blood. It’s very, very sad. But also just a little amusing. And just a little intriguing. I didn’t know these stories – the ladder that hasn’t been moved since before 1852, the fact that two Muslim families have kept the key to the door since 1192 (something I either should have learned in school or did learn and forgot – either way…) they open it each morning and close it each night. Brawling has broken out over who has the rights to clean which step and over a door that was left open during a ceremony. Another: “On a hot summer day in 2002, the Coptic monk who is stationed on the roof to express Coptic claims to the Ethiopian territory there moved his chair from its agreed spot into the shade. This was interpreted as a hostile move by the Ethiopians, and eleven were hospitalized after the resulting fracas.” Oh my.




The church, the status quo agreement:



Credit Where it Is Due

As rude as this sounds, I am not a fan of John Piper for various reasons.

However, it is only appropriate to acknowledge when someone gets it right. I stumbled across this while searching for something completely unrelated: Read more »

Balanced thoughts about Emerging

Mart De Haan has some good comments at this series:

http://www.beenthinking.org/2008/10/27/an-emerging-church/  (this one is must-read for evangelicals)





Many of us as evangelicals are no better than the general public in avoiding cliches, caricatures, demonizing those we feel are against us. It is important for us to think reasonably and charitably as much as possible about where others are coming from. I think this models the approach of Jesus and Paul (Mars Hill, for example).

The Color Line Through This Century

Good essay here: