Steve Hartman recently reported a story for “CBS Evening News,” and it was all he could do to make it through. You can literally hear him choking back the tears during his report. Why? Because he was reporting about an 8-year old boy named Myles Eckert, whose father was killed in Iraq just five weeks after Myles was born. Myles never knew his father, but he misses him deeply. In the video above, you’ll see how that affection for the father he never knew came forth in a recent encounter with a soldier. Don’t miss this one. Continue Reading →
You might think that support for gay marriage exists mainly among America’s coastal elites and urban centers. It’s an easy explanation to believe that public opinion in blue states is one thing and that public opinion in red states is another. But that is actually not the case when it comes to gay marriage. A study released last year shows that support for gay marriage is increasing rapidly across the country in both red and blue states. In an article today for The Atlantic, one of the authors of the study—Robert Jones—writes about his findings. Continue Reading →
Did you know that it is possible to purchase Facebook likes? There’s a legal way and an illegal way to do this, but it turns out that neither of them actually help generate real interest in your site. The video above is very illuminating. The interwebs are filled with chicanery.
The media’s reporting on the Arizona bill regarding religious freedom has been nothing short of Orwellian. As I wrote yesterday, the debate about the bill has been far more depressing than the actual defeat of the bill. Why? Because nearly every media outlet reporting on the bill has been propagating an erroneous group-think. They described the bill by turns as an attempt to enact Jim Crow style discrimination against gay people. The reporting has been biased and in some cases straightforwardly wrong on the facts. Continue Reading →
I wonder how many of you have invested time and money into a certain technology only to find that technology eventually to become obsolete. If you are a Nook owner and have been building a Nook library, chances are that you’ve invested in a technology that will very soon go the way of the Dodo. It was only about five years ago that hand held video cameras were still all the rage (remember Flip Video Cameras?). Those too have largely been replaced by smartphones. The technological ecosystem seems to be in a constant state of flux with devices and technologies coming and going all the time. How do you keep from wasting money on items that are here today but gone tomorrow? Continue Reading →
Pastors and leaders often face pressure to build their “platform” in order to gain an audience and build influence. This is especially true if you are seeking to publish a book. With all the encouragement to self-promote and brand your identity online, how does this relate to the gospel call of taking up your cross and denying yourself? How do we make much of Christ when it seems so necessary to make much of our work?
On Tuesday, April 8th the 2014 Band of Bloggers with gather to fellowship together at Heritage Hall on the campus of Southern Seminary and discuss the important topic of “Platform Building and the Gospel.” Justin Taylor, Joe Thorn, Trevin Wax, and yours truly will share their thoughts as Collin Hansen facilitates the discussion many of us are already having online.
Registration is just $15 and includes Chick-fil-A lunch. As we have been known to do in the past, we will do our best to provide you will a bag full of great books and resources to take with you. You will not want to miss this gathering of bloggers, publishers, authors, and church leaders across the world.
Seated is limited, so register soon! Hope to see you there!
The creation debate just ended. I do not plan on giving an extended commentary and analysis of this, but here are some of my initial impressions: Continue Reading →
When I was in college, Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church had a shaping influence over my desire to become a verse-by-verse Bible expositor. When I was in seminary, Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church had a shaping influence over my views of ecclesiology and congregationalism. I cannot overstate how pivotal both of these ministries have been to me both in my formative years and even now.
That is why I was thrilled to see that these ministries are coming together for one night only in Denton, Texas next week. Mark Dever will be speaking at Denton Bible Church at 6:30pm, February 3. He will be delivering a message on the nature of the church, which will be followed by a time of Q&A. If you are anywhere in the Dallas area, you really ought to consider making it up to Denton for this one. For more information, visit Denton Bible Church’s website.
Wendy Davis came into the national spotlight last summer after mounting a filibuster in favor of abortion rights on the floor of the Texas State legislature. The media gave her glowing coverage as she was fighting to keep the abortion mills open in Texas. Davis has since transformed the national spotlight into a campaign for governor. She aims to be the first Democrat governor of Texas in almost a quarter of a century.
Throughout her campaign, Davis has been making much of her personal life story—how a divorced single mother pulled herself up by her own bootstraps to get into Harvard and then on to political achievement. But the Dallas Morning News reports that there is more to Davis’ life story. Here’s an excerpt: Continue Reading →
Remember the “pro-life” legislators who promised that Obamacare wouldn’t fund abortions? Where are they now? Sarah Torre of the Heritage Foundation has a lengthy article explaining how Obamacare entangles taxpayers in the funding of abortion-on-demand. This is not an article about the contraception mandate that has been so much in the news lately. It’s about how the state exchanges subsidize insurance plans that cover elective abortions. She writes: Continue Reading →