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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

*** Quick Hits 02.01.06 ***

* Dale Van Dyke reviews the book Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. Here is a small quote: "However, “Velvet Elvis” is not a healthy book and the emergent church movement it belongs to is not a healthy movement." * D.A. Carson defines elders @ IX Marks based on two basic texts: 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:-6-9. This is a transcript from a "talk" given at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. * Mortimer J. Adler writes "How to Mark a Book" which is timely especially given that the Spring semester has just kicked off! I must admit, I am a lover of the pen and highlighter! * Derek Thomas writes a response to the influence of the movie Brokeback Mountain and address three main issues: the agenda of tolerance, revisionism, and teenage confusion. * Keith Drury warns his students not to read George Barna's book Revolution. A quip: "Simply put this book is heresy. Not only is it classical doctrinal heresy but Barna enthusiastically recruits people to his imagined second reformation." * Steve Hays shares an interview by IVP on Craig Blomberg and his book The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel. I think this book, along with his previous work The Historical Reliabilty of the Gospels are essential reads for a student of the Bible. * James Spurgeon defends the local church (contra Barna) in his post "Church--Definitely Local." Phil Johnson follows up with his post, "The Devil in Designer Jeans." * Kim Riddlebarger reports of another church where pragmatism has gone wild. This church is posting sticky-notes about the church's "Grand Reopening" where they will be giving away a 42 inch Plasma T.V. or a Playstation. This church needs to get up with the other church who just gave away a $120,000 house on New Year's Eve. Looks like they've got some catching up to do. * Justin Taylor and Derek Thomas are sharing blogposts back and forth in a friendly discussion over credobaptism and paedobaptism over at the Reformation 21 blog. For those interested, this might be a worth reading. * Adrian Warnock interviews Mark Dever and includes discussion on the recent blog-debate on cessationism vs. continuationism. * Brian McLaren has responded to those who have responded to him about his initial comments about homosexuality on the Out of Ur Blog (did I just confuse you?). If not, here is his response. Oh, and Driscoll apologizes. Gotta go. School is back in session, and I am feeling the heat. Bedtime.

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