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Give to Haiti Disaster Relief

If you are horrified by the pictures coming out of Haiti and if you have any means at all, please consider giving a financial gift to disaster relief efforts. Many news reports say that the immediate need of relief organizations is cash, and many of us can help with that right now.

Mark Kelly reports that Southern Baptist disaster relief is being led by Florida Baptists, who have had ministry relationships in Haiti for more than 20 years and currently have seven Haitian staff members who live and work in the country. Initial funding for the relief effort will come from the International Mission Board’s disaster relief fund. You can make a contribution toward that relief effort at www.gobgr.org. Continue Reading →

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‘No Idols’ High School Conference

Josh Harris, Al Mohler, and Russell Moore will be the featured speakers at Boyce College’s conference for high school students on March 19-20, 2010. The theme for the conference is “No Idols: Calling Students to Single-hearted Devotion.” Grammy-nominated Boyce College student “Flame” will perform, and “Shane and Shane” will be leading the worship in music for the weekend.

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Josh Harris

Last year’s conference was a great success, and I expect this one will be even better. It will be a Christ-exalting, gospel-centered, Bible-focused weekend. So please tell your pastor or youth leader about “No Idols.” You don’t want your students to miss this one.

“You shall not make idols for yourselves . . . for I am the Lord your God.” -Leviticus 26:1

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Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves

I saw this Associated Press story on Albert Mohler’s link list this morning. If you aren’t careful about opening e-mail attachments, you will be after reading this.

“Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.

“Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it’s your reputation that’s stolen.

“Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they’ll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal Web sites.

“Whatever the motivation, you get child porn on your computer — and might not realize it until police knock at your door.”

Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

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Justin Taylor Is Kind of a Big Deal

Justin Taylor is a kind of a big deal when it comes to blogging. He isn’t called the “Evangelical Drudge Report” for nothing. As far as I’m concerned, his site is my one, daily, must-read site. If I don’t read anything else online, I’m going to read what Justin Taylor is saying at “Between Two Worlds.”

That is why it’s kind of a big deal that Justin has just moved his website. Starting today, “Between Two Worlds” will no longer be hosted at http://theologica.blogspot.com. Justin has moved all his blogging to The Gospel Coalition site. If you haven’t done so already, go check out his new digs at the following web address:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor

Also, be sure to add Justin’s RSS to your feed reader if you use one.

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Pontiac Goes the Way of the Dodo

transam1When I was a kid, I always believed that the ultimate car of cars was the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. First it was Burt Reynolds in “Smokey and the Bandit.” Then it was David Hasselhoff in NBC’s “Knight Rider.” I just thought that car got better and better. For me, there was nothing more exotic than a Trans Am.

It is a strange thing to watch the passing of an 102 year-old American icon. Yet that is what is happening with the Pontiac brand of General Motors (GM). GM announced this week that it is shutting down its Pontiac brand in order to “concentrate resources on its remaining, strategically more important brands: Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC trucks” (see report from MSNBC.com). A 102 years is a pretty good run for a company, but it is now over.

MSNBC.com has a slideshow showing some of the history of the brand. Make sure to read the report as well.

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Jim Hamilton Preaches Revelation 1:1-8

I’m grateful to share that Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky called my good friend Jim Hamilton as their pastor last Sunday. I’m also grateful to have heard Jim preach today his first sermon as their pastor. The sermon is the first in a series on the book of Revelation. The message is outstanding, and I think you should hear it. You can download it here or listen to it below.

[audio:http://cdn.sermonplayer.com/d/kenwood/audio/209365_18295.mp3]

A final note. There will be an official installation service for Jim on April 19, and Tom Schreiner will be preaching.

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Destroying Human Life at Tax-payers’ Expense

Today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order lifting the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Let’s be clear about what this means. Tax-payers will now be forced to pay for research that destroys innocent human life in its earliest stages.

You wouldn’t have known what was at stake had you listened to President Obama’s remarks today just before he signed the order. In fact, you wouldn’t even have known that human life was on the line at all. Here is the justification that President Obama gave for signing what amounts to a death-warrant for embryonic human life. Continue Reading →

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Southern Seminary Graduate Slain in Church

You have probably already seen the horrible news from Maryville, Illinois today about a hooded man who gunned down a pastor during church this morning. The details of the incident are not yet clear, but the pastor’s name was Dr. Fred Winter. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters and a congregation that he has led for 22 years. Dr. Winter was a graduate of Southern Seminary, and his doctor of ministry supervisors have made some comments about Dr. Winter here.

Please pray for Dr. Winter’s family, for the two who were injured trying to subdue the gunman, for the church, and for the gunman himself.

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Paul Harvey, R.I.P. (1918-2009)

ABC News is reporting that the man who made his living telling us “the rest of the story” has passed away. ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson has released the following statement:

“Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history. As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households. Continue Reading →

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