Quick Takes – 4/12/2008

Marc Heinrich at Purgatorio posts classic Christian comic book covers from the past. Incidentally, my Sunday School teacher was the son of Al Hartley who drew these comics. (Click on the covers for larger versions.)

Archie’s World Christian Comic Book     God’s Smuggler Christian Comic Book     The Cross and the Switchblade Christian Comic Book     Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys Christian Comic Book

Bill Gates in an exit interview: “I’m never fully satisfied with any Microsoft product.” Don Surber replies: “Neither are we!”

Bill Buckner finds grace 22 years later. This is the definite “feel good” story of the week. Check it out even if you are not a Boston Red Sox fan.

Doug Groothius updates his lessons learned from Francis Schaeffer (that I first blogged about here: Quick Takes – 7/21/2007). “Having recently reread many of the works of Francis A. Schaeffer, I am compelled to list several lessons he can teach Bible-believing Christians (and others) today.”

Christianity Today interviews Douglas Gresham on the upcoming Prince Caspian movie. “It’s a fabulous film. I’m very, very pleased. It’s a film that portrays probably even more strongly than the book the essential message of Prince Caspian, which is a return to truth and faith and honor and justice after a millennium of corruption in Narnia.”

Tim Keller describes some over-zealous Christians as not Christian enough. “Think of [those Christian] people you consider to be fanatical. They’re overbearing, self-righteous, opinionated, insensitive and harsh. Why? It’s not because they are too Christian but because they are not Christian enough. They are fanatically zealous and courageous, but they are not fanatically humble, sensitive, loving, empathetic, forgiving, or understanding—as Christ was.” (HT: On Earth as it is in Heaven)

John Percival reviews Tim Keller’s new book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. “If you have longed for a book to give a sceptical friend or to help you think about your faith in a deeper and more culturally engaged way then this is the book you’ve been waiting for … Keller starts with the concept of doubt and invites both believers and sceptics to examine and confront their doubts: for the believer, being honest about personal and cultural objections to faith; for the sceptic, being willing to question deeply cherished beliefs.”

Molly Piper offers her thoughts on How to Help Your Grieving Friend. “Not surprisingly, I’ve had lots of conversations with other families who have grieved a tragedy like ours and reflected on my own experience in the past few months … I thought I would try to relay some of the helpful things you can do to understand and help your friends who are grieving. Of course this is all from my own experience, and I certainly am not a grief expert in any authoritative way, I just know what I’ve gone through.”

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