1. Your music and sermons almost never contain references to judgment, wrath, battles, enemies, Hell, the devil, or apostasy;
2. Your music minister is more concerned that the choir trills their r's correctly than that they fill the sanctuary with loud sounds of battle; . . .
5. The sermons rarely deal with sin or, if they do, they deal with sins found outside the sanctuary, preferably those of secularists in Hollywood somewhere; . . .
8. The church does not practice church discipline, and not because everybody in the church is behaving. They won't practice it because the elders are misbehaving;
9. A body of elder wives, or deacon wives, or assorted volunteer women have formed a functional shadow government for the church. A vote is taken at the elders' meeting, and about a half an hour after said elders arrive at home, the phones start to ring, the emails start to get sent, and the vote starts to unravel; . . .
11. This list is printed out and handed around at your church, and at least three people are mortally offended.
Mark Driscoll - 7 Tips For Better Bible Study | These are helpful
1. Actively serve and participate in a local church to learn with and from other Christians.
2. Be under the authority of Scripture to be interpreted by it, not over the Scripture to be interpreted by you.
3. Pick up the Bible for life transformation, not just mental information.
4. Pick up the Bible for relational purposes—not functional ones—so that you will love God and not just know or use him.
5. Don’t just get into the Word; get the Word into you.
6. Take advantage of godly Bible commentators, your pastor, respected theologians in church history, and wise Christian friends to better understand Scripture.
7. Don’t think you need more knowledge. Often you need more obedience to the knowledge you already have.
The Point - Redeemed Places | A good one from John Stonestreet.
The church is the latest chapter in redemptive history of the God who walked in the Garden, embodied a fiery bush, indwelt the tabernacle, and finally became Man. He now indwells His church until -- in the New Heavens and New Earth -- he’ll make a permanent dwelling among us. If God makes it a point to be here with us, we shouldn’t be waiting for escape. We should be all here too -- wherever we find ourselves.
Yahoo! News - The K-E Diet: Brides-to-Be Using Feeding Tubes to Rapidly Shed Pounds | This is just sad. Ladies you will never be that perfect size.
Brides-to-be looking to shed that final 10, 15 or 20 pounds in order to fit into their dream wedding gown have taken a controversial approach to crash dieting that involves inserting a feeding tube into their noses for up to 10 days for a quick fix to rapid weight loss.
The K-E diet, which boasts promises of shedding 20 pounds in 10 days, is an increasingly popular alternative to ordinary calorie-counting programs. The program has dieters inserting a feeding tube into their nose that runs to the stomach. They're fed a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water, which contains zero carbohydrates and totals 800 calories a day. Body fat is burned off through a process called ketosis, which leaves muscle intact, Dr. Oliver Di Pietro of Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., said.
"It is a hunger-free, effective way of dieting," Di Pietro said. "Within a few hours and your hunger and appetite go away completely, so patients are actually not hungry at all for the whole 10 days. That's what is so amazing about this diet."
Real Clear Politics - Jay Leno: "Even Obama Is Doing Worse Under President Obama" | When the late night comedians turn against a liberal President, you can almost assume he won't get re-elected. But its still too early. Of all of the late night comics, Leno is perhaps one of the least liberal.
Jay Leno: "President Obama released his tax returns. It turns out he made $900,000 less in 2011 than he did in 2010. You know what that means? Even Obama is doing worse under President Obama."
Card Chronicle - VillenHD 2011-12 Louisville Basketball Season Highlights | Go CARDS!!