Do Not Be Surprised…This ‘n’ That – 02 August 2013

  • To all of the young whipper-snappers out there: Have you ever walked out of a church because you thought there were “too many old people“?
  • And while we’re on the topic of marine mammals, check out this video.
  • I admit it, I’m guilty of checking my cell phone when I’m with others—even when I’m not necessarily expecting an important message. Elizabeth Prata offers some convicting thoughts on this.
  • I’m really glad we’ve been paying this guy’s salary.
  • Soap opera praise songs. Sadly, you can’t really tell the difference between these and the garbage you hear on “Christian” radio stations (I’m looking at you, K-Love.)
  • Tim Keller has been taken to task by some fellow Presbyterians in the book Engaging with Keller. Any chance he’ll listen?
  • Researchers say Adam and Eve probably weren’t contemporaries. Well, that changes everything. Please excuse me while I go rip Genesis out of my Bible.
  • Fred Butler catches us up on the ongoing dialogue between GTY and Dr. Michael Brown in this article, ‘Charismatic Ecumenism.’
  • Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, followed by another 1,000 years in prison (I’ll let you do the math on that one).
  • Okay, so who would like to tell Mark Driscoll that God is the Father—that’s not just a helpful metaphor He opted to use to help out us half-witted humans.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • The PCUSA has rejected the popular hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, ‘In Christ Alone.’ Apparently they don’t like that the song discusses the wrath of God—and the fact that it was Christ’s sacrifice that satisfied that wrath. While I completely disagree with the PCUSA’s reasoning (because this song’s lyrics contain rich and essential truths), I have to say that I’m not sure I’d be too keen on this song in my hymnal either, but only because I don’t find it very ‘singable.’ It just seems to me to be more of a listening song.
  • Does anyone else feel like they could participate in the ‘Awkward Years‘ project?
  • Conspiracy theorists, beware! The CIA wants to control the weather! (Although, if this is true, it is pretty creepy.)
  • Well, here’s a fun, new superhero for your kids.
  • Feminism is a reversal of biblical standards.
  • The damning power of false religion:



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