Quick Takes – 12/15/2007

Television Tunes. Thousands of TV theme music and songs from yesterday and today. (HT: Presurfer)

Remove child before folding (baby stroller). Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, M-LAW, has revealed the winners in its eleventh annual Wacky Warning Label Contest. This year’s top prize goes to the label on a tractor that warns: “Danger: Avoid Death.” Second place goes to the label on an iron-on T-shirt transfer that warns: “Do not iron while wearing shirt.” (HT: Don Surber)

Dr. Sam Lamerson shares some helpful quotes on dealing with criticism. “Preaching at Coral Ridge has taught me that no matter how hard you work, the critics will come out when you least expect them. I don’t mean those people who are really trying to help by giving suggestions; I thank the Lord for those people. I mean those who simply cannot be satisfied. Here are a few quotations that I have found helpful.”

Jesse Johnson explains why evangelism at Grace Church is a practice not a program. “The man [asked me], ‘What does your church do for evangelism?’ ‘We evangelize,’ I answered … At Grace Church, our philosophy of evangelism hinges on the idea that evangelism is not a program. A church does not transform a community through activities and events … Rather, a church impacts its community through the lives of its members.”

Jon Bloom shares 5 D’s that he has made a part of his daily prayers: “Whatever it takes, Lord, give me… 1) Delight in you as the greatest treasure of my heart. 2) Desire to know you, be with you, and seek your kingdom above all else. 3) Discernment that comes from a renewed mind that I might know your will. 4) Discipline to plan for what I discern as your will. 5) Diligence to do your will with all my heart.” Read the whole plan complete with matching Scripture verses at Jon’s post over at Desiring God.

First ever quantum calculation. “University of Queensland researchers are part of an international team to have made the first ever execution of a quantum calculation, a major step towards building the first quantum computers … By manipulating quantum mechanically entangled photons – the fundamental particles of light – the prime factors of the number 15 were calculated … Although the answer to this problem could have been obtained much more quickly by querying a bright eight-year-old, as the number becomes bigger and bigger the problem becomes more and more difficult.” (HT: Neatorama)

James Howell, pastor at Ben Witherington’s home church, offers a different take on shopping (Christmas or otherwise): “Think about J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits: on their birthdays, instead of receiving gifts, they give gifts. When I shop, do I buy for others? If so, whom? Sometimes I buy a new coat for me, and give my old coat to the needy – which is an excellent thought. I have a friend who committed to a different discipline: when he buys a new coat for his son, he simultaneously buys a new coat for a child who can’t afford even an old coat. I know several families whose Christmas shopping tab is always matched by a special donation to the poor. Do I leave my faith at home, or take it with me, when I shop?”

4 Comments

  1. brad wright says:

    Interesting distinction between evangelism being a program or a way of life. In college, I felt comfortable talking with others about my religious beliefs until I actually got “trained” in evangelism, at which point I pretty much stopped for some time.

  2. Amen on that distinction, Brad, and as we’d exclaim in Aggieland, “Whoop!”

    There’s much talk of “equipping the saints for the work of the ministry,” as there should be. However, there’s not much expectation placed upon people in that regard.

    LOTS of good slooge this round, Ray.

    Thanks!

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    Brad

    Thanks for sharing your experience in this. I was surprised that evangelism training actually had a negative impact on sharing your faith for a while. Do you remember what training progam it was? I have trained a lot of people using Evangelism Explosion materials, and for most it has been a great help to them sharing their faith rather than a hindrance.

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Gunny

    Thanks for the kind words. And thanks for linking at your blog, too. Much appreciated!

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