Friday, May 9

YouTube: The Lord's Prayer

This is the result of a God-given natural ability, a lot of time in church and a love of music. Enjoy!


I just had to give you one more. I couldn't help myself.

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Living Together from the World's View: A Helpful Pastoral Resource

OK. Don't get mad at the messenger because you need to read this.

Sometimes its helpful to know what arguments the world is making in an attempt to rationalize their sin and diminish Biblical authority.

The following article reveals several of those arguments regarding cohabitation prior to marriage.


Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell do it. So do Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.

And these days, it's not just the celebrities. More and more unmarried couples are living together, and research indicates that most people have tried it.

The distinction between cohabitation and marriage is eroding in many contemporary societies. For years now, the number of couples choosing to live together without getting married has steadily increased.

Like it or not, cohabitation is here to stay; up to two-thirds of American households began as "starter marriages."

But is it smart to move in together when you aren't married?

There are pros and cons to this arrangement.

"Living in sin" is not a new idea. According to Stephanie Coontz, author of "Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage," the only difference between cohabitation and legal marriage in ancient Rome was the partners' intent.

For more than 1,000 years, the Roman Catholic Church recognized commitment by simply taking the couple's word. If a man and woman had privately agreed to marry, then they were seen as a married couple. Many modern-day thinkers have felt the same way. American anthropologist George Peter Murdock once defined marriage as "a global institution involving a couple cohabitating, engaging in sexual activity, and cooperating economically." For many couples, the actual act of officially tying the knot is just a technicality.

I can already hear the natives getting restless on this matter, ready to blast me on our blog. Just as with my previous examination of casual sex, I will likely be attacked for promoting an agenda meant to corrupt society.

As a sex educator, I have always strived to give people the facts so that they can make their own sexual decisions based on their own value system. Unlike many of my critics, I'm not here to moralize or judge.
Continue reading HERE, and then feel free to comment on Ms. Fulbright's opinions.

Just remember ... don't shoot the messenger!

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Tuesday, May 6

Is the 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner a Calvinist?

Perhaps it's true. Here's a bit of anecdotal evidence from ESPN.COM:

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow took the microphone, scanned the 14 rows of grim-faced men sitting in folding metal chairs and recognized the familiar hue of blue.

"How many Gator fans do we have in the house today?" Tebow asked.

After more than half the men raised their hands, Tebow added, "All right, those who didn't raise their hands, that's who I'm preaching to today...."

"Everybody is telling me I've made it," Tebow told the inmates. "They tell me, 'Tim, you have success and you've made it.' I've won the Heisman Trophy, so I've got it made, right? One day, people are going to forget about me. One day, people are going to forget about the Heisman Trophy, the jump pass and the national championship. One day, this [championship] ring is going to rust. There are only four things that are going to last forever: God, his word, people and rewards.

"Because I'm so passionate about it, and because I learned that gift so early, I don't want to go to heaven and hear Jesus tell me, 'Tim, why didn't you tell someone else about it?' It's a choice each of you have to make. I can't make that choice for you. Your friend can't make that choice for you. It's up to you. No matter how bad your life has been, eternity can be great. It's not how you start, fellas, it's how you finish...."

During Tebow's spring break in March, he traveled to his father's Filipino orphanage for five days. He spent time with orphans, spoke about his faith in schools and market places, and even assisted doctors during medical procedures. Tebow said he removed cysts from patients and performed a few circumcisions.

"It's pretty nerve-racking at first, but you get your hands under control and do the work," Tebow said. "It's pretty cool."

Tebow, 20, considers his work at home as rewarding. On April 19, he spent more than eight hours inside two of Florida's state prisons, standing shoulder to shoulder with violent and non-violent offenders. At Gainesville Correctional Institute, Tebow's right tackle no longer was protecting his blind side. Four correctional officers stood several yards away in a grass yard -- and they didn't even carry guns.

"No matter where I am, if I'm preaching to Muslims or in a prison, if you're in the will of God, that's safer than driving down the interstate," Tebow said. "That's how I feel about it. He's in control of whatever happens. I'm thinking more about their needs than my needs. They need to hear what I'm sharing, so I don't think about any sense of fear. The Lord has it under control, and he'll take care of me."
Read the entire story HERE.

Oh and by the way, Tebow was homeschooled!

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Friday, May 2

Have You Heard Who's Contributing to the New ESV Study Bible?

If not, the entire list of contributors is available HERE.

Just to whet your appetite, here are the men who comprise the Editorial Oversight Committee of the new ESV Study Bible:

The following people comprise the Editorial Oversight Committee, which developed the concept, selected the 93 contributors, and provided general oversight and final approval of the content and design of the ESV Study Bible.

Executive Editor
Lane T. Dennis
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Chair of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee, President, Crossway Books and Bibles

General Editor
Wayne Grudem
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary

Theological Editor
J. I. Packer
D. Phil., University of Oxford
Professor of Theology, Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)

Old Testament Editor
C. John Collins
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Professor and Chair of the Old Testament Department, Covenant Theological Seminary

New Testament Editor
Thomas R. Schreiner
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Project Director, Managing Editor
Justin Taylor
B.A., University of Northern Iowa
Associate Publisher, Crossway Books and Bibles

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Thursday, May 1

Good Samaritans Play College Softball: Here's Proof

Maybe you've heard; maybe you haven't.

Either way, this is a must-see five minute video highlighting one of the most memorable acts of good sportsmanship in collegiate athletics.

Before you watch, consider this: the young lady who tore her ACL rounding first base after hitting a home run--this was the first and only home run of her college career. Just makes the story that much better.

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