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Saturday Morning Fun…Infamous Villain Hideouts

Every good villain needs an evil lair. That’s just how it works. Here are some of the more notorious villain hideouts arranged by size. I have to admit that I would not have expected Mega Maid to top the list.

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Flotsam and jetsam (2/7)

dragon slaying

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  • 10 Reasons to Know a Little Bit of Church History: Who was Athanasius? In what century did the Protestant Reformation occur? Why was Jonathan Edwards important? What was the Second Great Awakening? In most churches, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who could answer these questions. Indeed, the study of church history has fallen on hard times. But here are 10 reasons why the average believer’s walk with Christ would be enriched by learning a bit of church history. (BibleMesh)
  • Toxic Leaders in Our Ranks: Ten years ago, the United States Army decided to explore a previously forbidden subject: toxic leadership. What they learned could have far-reaching ramifications for their organization, but also for others, including the church. (Hermeneutics)
  • Where Is Biblical Counseling’s Ken Ham? If our worldview is so sure and strong, why can’t we more frequently recognize, praise, and use findings, advances, practices, and even meds that secular scientists and psychologists have discovered and have used to help others? (David Murray)
  • Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline: Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions — is being recast as a prized and teachable skill. Pin it on pushback against standardized tests and standardized thinking, or on the need for ingenuity in a fluid landscape. (New York Times)

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Flotsam and jetsam (2/5)


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  • Sneering Calvinists: In a sense, I’m a reluctant Calvinist; I still prefer words like “Reformedish” to describe myself, yes, because of my identification with the broader tradition, but also because of how slowly I’ve been drawn in. That being the case, I still remember what it’s like to find Calvinism and Calvinists thoroughly off-putting. (Derek Rishmawy)

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Academia Explained by the Muppets

I saw this posted several times on Facebook, and it was just too good to pass up. I always tell people that I’m looking forward to hitting that stage in my career when I can just be that quirky old prof who wears Chewbacca slippers to class and occasionally throws stuff at students when they’re not looking. Apparently that’s the “Animal” stage of academic life. Should be fun.

But I would argue that Beaker is a much better image of the untenured prof, perfectly capturing the neurotic, stressed-out look of “I have no idea what I’m doing and I really hope no one else notices” that so epitomizes one’s first few years of teaching.

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Flotsam and jetsam (2/3)

sci fi grab bag

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  • Siding with Jesus on the Cross: We tell a story in which we side with Jesus against the world and against the sinners and against the perpetrators of injustice. We thereby become guiltless and just. The opposite of what the cross’s message teaches. (Scot McKnight)
  • God Hears Your Super Bowl Prayers, an interview with William Lane Craig: Ultimately, one is submitting oneself to God’s providence, but I see nothing the matter with praying for the outcome of these things. They’re not a matter of indifference to God. God cares about these little things, so it’s appropriate. (Christianity Today)
  • A new bivocationalism: If it is one option for congregations willing to take the long look at their future and shape another kind of identity realistically and creatively, then bivocationalism may provoke renewal rather than resentment. (ABP News)
  • 5 Things to Remember When It Comes to Church Size: My experience with wise church leaders is that they reluctantly embrace growth when it comes, but they do not chase it, they do not fixate on it, and they do not use it as an indicator of anything in any short-term way.  They do look at long-term trends to help identify obstacles to effective ministry, and they certainly celebrate the stories of people who experience gospel-centered transformation. (Transformed)

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Saturday Morning Fun…Bad NFL Lip Reading

Since it’s Super Bowl weekend, here’s a little video of what you might think that NFL players were saying on TV, if you were a particularly creative lip reader.

Flotsam and jetsam (1/28)

out of touch

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  • A Golden Age in Christian Publishing: when I stop and consider the state of Christian publishing, I can’t help but think that we are in a golden age. A strange age, to be sure, but a golden one nonetheless. Christians today are extraordinarily blessed by a vast number of excellent, Christ-centered, God-glorifying books. (Tim Challies)
  • Is Monergism Necessarily Fatalistic? Strictly speaking, monergists are not fatalists. Fate, at least as traditionally understood, is purposeless and arbitrary. A sense of hopelessness and inevitability characterizes the one who is the victim of fate. No matter what you do, your choices are meaningless. You are captive to forces beyond your control and comprehension that have no personal interest in your wellbeing. (Nathan Finn)
  • Noah’s Ark discovery raises flood of questions: That faint humming sound you’ve heard recently is the scholarly world of the Bible and archaeology abuzz over the discovery of the oldest known Mesopotamian version of the famous Flood story. (CNN Religion)

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Flotsam and jetsam (1/27)


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  • Has ‘Authenticity’ Trumped Holiness? Evangelicalism—both on the individual and institutional level—is trying hard to purge itself of a polished veneer that smacked of hypocrisy. But by focusing on brokenness as proof of our “realness” and “authenticity,” have evangelicals turned “being screwed up” into a badge of honor, its own sort of works righteousness? Has authenticity become a higher calling than, say, holiness? (Brett McCracken)
  • Back to (Divinity) School:  Students under 30 still make up the largest age cohort in seminaries, according to the Association of Theological Schools. But older students are growing in representation….The percentage of students over 50 enrolled in a seminary rose to about 21% in 2011 from 12% in 1995. (Wall Street Journal)
  • What Drives Success? A seemingly un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall. (New York Times)
  • How to Jesus Juke a Justin Bieber Story: pop star Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license….Upon hearing the news, web and social media savvy Christians across America began thinking, “How can I Jesus juke this Justin Bieber story” to maximize the number of pageviews/retweets/likes I can get while bringing glory to Jesus? (Joe Carter)

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Saturday Morning Fun…The Storm Trooper Hip Hop Twerk

This video is worth it for the closing line alone. Trust me.

Flotsam and jetsam (1/24)

meme quotes

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  • The Art of PresenceDo be there. Some people think that those who experience trauma need space to sort things through. Assume the opposite. Most people need presence. (New York Times)
  • Eleven Reasons Pastors Are Trusted Less Today: Why are pastors no longer held in high esteem? What is behind the precipitous drop in favorable ratings almost every year? Allow me to offer eleven possible reasons. As you will see, they are not mutually exclusive. (Thom Rainer)

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