Quick Takes – 9/22/2007

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Colin Adams emphasizes that children’s sermons (or children’s talks) should be: 1) scriptural, 2) stimulating, 3) short, and 4) simple.

Alan R. Bevere offers some reticent thoughts on global warming. “I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on TV . . . but I have read a fair amount on the matter from scientists on both sides of the issue.”

Meanwhile, Pete Dupont discusses Danish scholar Bjorn Lomborg’s new book “Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide To Global Warming.” “There is both global warming and global cooling on the planet Earth. There always has been and there always will be, because temperature change is cyclical: The Earth’s temperature oscillates up and down, ebbs and flows, over decades and centuries.”

Justin Taylor shares F. G. Hibbard’s response to his ten-year old son on whether it was right for the psalmist to pray for the destruction of his enemies. “My son, if an assassin should enter the house by night, and murder your mother, and then escape, and the sheriff and citizens were all out in pursuit, trying to catch him, would you not pray to God that they might succeed and arrest him, and that he might be brought to justice?”

Timmy Brister takes a look at the sad state of church membership in North America. “A prominent pastor from the United States … was introduced to the Kenyan church leadership as ‘pastor of one of the largest churches in America, with more than 20,000 members. Each week more than 8,000 attend his preaching.’ Visibly moved, the Kenyan leader led his brothers to pray for the American pastor who could not find more than half of his church members on Sunday morning!” (from “Church Planting Movements,” by David Garrison)

Joe Carter questions the conservatism of Fred Thompson’s federalism. “After surveying the entire field of Presidential candidates, I made the decision several months ago to give my tentative support to the campaign of Fred Thompson. I believed Thompson to be the most electable candidate whose views aligned most closely with my own. Now I’m not so certain. His views of the federal marriage amendment, the Schiavo case, and his general position on federalism are troubling. For me, conservatism trumps federalism, while the position Thompson endorses seem to reverse that order.” (This is interesting to me, because so far I really like Fred Thompson as a candidate.)

2 Comments

  1. DAVID says:

    Barna just came out with an interesting survey entitled, “Born Again Christians Remain Skeptical,Divided About Global Warming.” Here is the link…

    Check it out at http://www.barna.org.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Thanks for the Barna link, David. I am not sure where I fit in on the survey. I am moderately skeptical on human-caused global warming, yet try to be environmentally conscious – at least as far as recycling, flourescent bulbs, etc. I don’t think a person has to be concerned about global warming in order to care for the environment. And yet the two often seem to be linked (as in Barna’s survey).

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