Monday, August 12, 2013

All Around the Web - August 12, 2013

HT: Ed Stetzer

Tim Challies - An Interview With Paul Washer |

MeMany people first learn about you through YouTube and the “Shocking Youth Message.” Can you tell how that message came about, and how it came to be a YouTube hit? What has the message meant to your life and ministry?

Paul WasherAs I walked up to the pulpit, I was unusually burdened and was unsure about what to preach. It seemed that there were thousands before me who were resting in a false assurance. There was a message burning in my heart, but I knew that it would be offensive. As I began to speak about the influence of culture on the church, the people in the auditorium broke forth in applause. They had no idea that I was speaking about them. At that moment, I took up my text in Matthew 7 and began to preach. It was as though I was being carried and pushed along by strong wind that I could not resist. I felt broken into a million pieces, and yet I was fearless about the consequences. Immediately afterwards, I thought I would collapse, and I was full of fear. Many people were angry with me that day. I remained troubled about the sermon for the next few weeks. While I was preaching, I had no doubts; but afterwards, I was besieged by doubt. Had I done the right thing? Several months passed, and I eventually put the whole thing out of my mind. I never saw a copy of the video, nor did HeartCry put it online.

After several months, we began to receive emails from all over the world. People were sending in testimonies of how they had been saved through “The Shocking Youth Message.” All of us at HeartCry were bewildered. We had no idea what message the people were writing about or if I was the one who had preached it. Finally, one of my fellow staff members went online and found it. I was shocked probably more than anyone. Radio stations began calling and asking for interviews, and debates were going on all over the Internet either for or against what I had preached. Even after all these years, we still receive testimonies from around the world of people who have been converted through that sermon.

The message has affected my life in many ways. Positively, it has allowed me to preach and write about the Gospel and the nature of genuine conversion. Also, it has opened the door for people to see the work that God is doing through the HeartCry Missionary Society and indigenous missions. Negatively, it has led some young reformers to hold an unbalanced view of the kind of preaching that is needed for true revival. The message I preached was hard, very hard, but it was the exception and not the norm of my preaching. There are times when a “hard word” must be preached, even to God’s people. However, the church and the individual believer do not grow by daily helpings of “hard words,” but by being nourished and encouraged by the full counsel of God. The greatest catalyst for spiritual maturity in the truly converted is a greater revelation of the love of God in Christ. Another thing that “budding prophets” need to understand is that a preacher carries a Sword, a basin, and a towel. He is quick to use the basin and towel with great joy. But he is slow to use the sword, and he always does so with tears and fear and scarred knees.

USA Today - Talking Tech: Ask.Fm app trending with kids this summer |

For three years, millions of folks around the globe have used the website to pose anonymous questions to random people, mostly concerning their love life.

This summer, a newly released app has become one of most trending on the download charts. The app is controversial, especially with parents, due to the anonymity of the answers, which can lead to bullying. Yet teens love it — it's currently the No. 7 most downloaded app on Apple's iTunes chart.

"It's fun when you want to ask a personal question and don't want to ask them to their face," says Molly, 19, from Phoenix, who didn't want to reveal her last name. "You can hide behind your keyboard."

CBS Philly - Study: U.S. Marriage Rate Lowest In A Century

A new study from Bowling Green State University suggests that less women are getting married and when they do they are waiting longer. 

According to the study “Marriage: More than a Century of Change,” the U.S. marriage rate has dropped to 31.1, or 31 marriages for every 1,000 married women.
Researchers say the marriage rate was 92.3 in 1920.

The Blaze - ‘God Knows What It’s Like to Lose a Son’: Rick Warren Returns to Pulpit for First Time Since Son’s Suicide | This is a few weeks old, but Warren's message is similar to one I have preached to hurting families that have lost a child. The difference between us and God is that He gave us His son, whereas we lose ours.

Nearly four months after his son’s suicide, popular pastor Rick Warren returned to the pulpit Saturday afternoon at Saddleback Church and the congregation gave him a long standing ovation.

After Warren took the stage with his wife Kay at the Southern California megachurch he founded in Lake Forest, Calif., a shout of “We love you!” came from the crowd.

“I love you, too,” a smiling Warren—dressed in his usual casual black T-shirt and jeans—replied. “Have I told you lately that I love you?”

It was the first time Warren had taken the Saddleback pulpit since his 27-year-old son Matthew shot and killed himself on April 5.

In the sermon, first in a series called “How To Get Through What You’re Going Through,” Warren said he had the perfect role model for his struggles.

“God knows what it’s like to lose a son,” Warren said.

The American Conservative - 10 Ways to Save Barns & Noble

1. Just be a bookstore
2. Cultivate your "secret sauce": the serendipitous experience of discovery.
3. Hire happy, friendly nerds.
4. Create more "destination activities."
5. Transform bookstores into subscription showrooms.
6. Become a mini-mall.
7. Downsize your image.
8. Give customers better discounts
9. Become more hipster, like Starbucks
10. Smell like chocolate. or Lavender.


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