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Ayn Rand, antichrist
Joel Miller: “But libertarians and conservatives — particularly those who confess Christian faith — should be wary of adopting Ayn Rand as their own lest they find themselves in the position of the man in Aesop’s story who took the snake to his bosom.”

Faith and High Office: Do the Religious Beliefs of American Presidents matter?
Aaron Blumer gives three reasons why it matters and two reasons why it doesn’t.

Social Media Changes Everything
Ron Edmondson talks about how social media considerations impacted his recent transition from one church to another, and calls for church hiring procedures to be changed to compensate for the speed that information travels these days.

What the Puritans can teach us about counseling
Another great resource list from Justin Taylor.

The Clown in the Pulpit
Challenging questions from Jeremy Walker: “What do you, preacher, strive after in the pulpit? Do you seek the titter or guffaw of the congregation? Do you simply want to bask in the warmth of people who find you amusing, who applaud your comic genius? Do you model yourself on the clowns and jesters of our age? Do you exhibit your own wit or do you exalt your Saviour?”

Typical Objections to the 10 Commandments
And that’s only the Christian objections.

Tweets of the Day

Children’s Bible Reading Plan

This week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.

This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.

If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s the first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s an explanation of the plan.

God’s Fatherhood: Better than the latest band-aid of self-help

Our theology drives our lives. What we know and understand about God impacts everything – everything we think, say, and do. It especially controls and directs spiritual activities such as preaching and counseling. In previous posts we looked at how the Fatherhood of God should impact the Counselor, and then at the role of this doctrine in the Counselee’s life.

There are also certain counseling problems that are especially helped by specific aspects of God’s Fatherhood. Before looking at these, let me just make two qualifications. First, while the whole Trinity is involved in every counseling solution, in this article we are limiting ourselves to the role of the Father in counseling. Second, while the Fatherhood of God is involved in every counseling scenario, I’m picking the issues in which God’s Fatherliness is especially helpful.

Click on over to for the rest of this article and read how the Fatherhood of God can help in dealing with:

  • Bereavement
  • Single Parenthood
  • Poverty
  • Abuse
  • Chastisement
  • Anxiety
  • Injustice
  • Prodigal Children
  • Bitterness
  • Church Disputes
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Parenting

Why You Need a Creative Community

Some of the best ideas in the world are sitting on old shelves gathering dust or in an old computer gathering viruses.

Why did these ideas never happen? In many cases it was fear of exposing the idea to public scrutiny and the possibility of criticism, mockery, or —worst of all — silence. The idea was born, lived, and died in fatal isolation.

Scott Belsky’s survey of top creatives in Making Ideas Happen found that community engagement was absolutely essential to moving ideas forward. The myth of the solitary genius is just that, a myth. Although some of the great inventions are associated with individuals — Thomas Edision, Alexander Bell, etc. — closer inspection almost always reveals that it was a community effort.

Physical and digital communities
Although your community may be limited to your physical environment – your family, church, workplace, neighbors, etc., the hyperconnectivity of the Internet age has multiplied the possibilities for community engagement:

  • A writer can share draft chapters on her blog.
  • Artists or photographers can display their work on a website or Flickr.
  • Singers can post free mp3’s of their new songs for review.
  • Preachers can post their sermons in written or audio form.
  • Teachers can share their lesson plans.

Benefits of sharing our work with a community are:

  • Accountability is strengthened through public commitment.
  • Creative energy is channeled into stated goals.
  • Feedback exposes holes and refines the idea.
  • Relationships provide support and inspiration.
  • Resources are multiplied through sharing.
  • Marketing and promotion opportunities are increased through wider stakeholding.
  • New ideas are generated and new dimensions to old ideas are developed.

Some other tips from these chapters:

  • The more diverse the community group the more helpful the engagement (variety in ages, genders, social circles, ethnicity, character – dreamers and doers, etc).
  • An MIT study published in the Harvard Business Review found that employees with the most extensive online and face-to-face networks are up to 30% more productive.
  • The most successful creatives have a fearless approach to sharing ideas.
  • Take an interest in helping others with their ideas too.

Best-selling author and Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson says: “I don’t believe you can do anything by yourself. Any project that’s run by a single person is basically destined to fail.” (Making Ideas Happen, 121).

Previous posts in the Making Ideas Happen series:
Making Ideas Happen: 99% Perspiration
A Swear Word for Creative Types
Paper v Pixels 

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Janet Mefford Interviews Alan Chambers
Some straight talk with Alan Chambers of Exodus International.

How redemptive history and example meet in the book of Hebrews
Nick Batzig finds a helpful biblical balance.

A Voting Question
Answering “What is a vote?” may help you answer “Who will you vote for?”

Counseling Resources
Paul Tautges with some great resources on Conflict and Anxiety.

Great Discoveries for a Homeschooler: Study Guides
Not just for homeschoolers.

3 Techniques Bill Clinton uses to Wow an Audience