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Steven Curtis Chapman Speaks to Press about Grief

Many of you will remember the tragic accident that took the life of Steven Curtis Chapman’s five year old little girl this past May (see here). Chapman and his wife are now talking publicly about their grief and will be doing two high-profile interviews this week. The first one will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, August 6 at 7am. The second will be on CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Thursday, August 7 at 9pm Eastern Time.

ABC has already posted an excerpt of their interview which you can watch here. Having only seen the excerpt, I was struck how Chapman spoke of his grief in the very same terms that he used in his song “With Hope“—a song which is a meditation on the text of 1 Thessalonians 4:13. If you’ve never heard the song, you can download it here. The lyrics are below. Continue Reading →

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Tim Russert (1950-2008)

NBC broke into its regularly scheduled programming yesterday with the news bulletin that you see above. They announced the sudden death of Tim Russert, their premier political analyst and long-time host of “Meet the Press.” He will be missed.

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.

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New Blog: ‘Between the Times’

Some professors from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary have just started a new blog that you may be interested in reading. It is called “Between the Times,” and I’m certain it will be must-read material for all of my fellow Southern Baptists. Contributors include Danny Akin, Nathan Finn, Bruce Ashford, David Nelson, and Ken Keathley.

The first post is already up, and it is entitled “Toward a Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention: Part One” by Bruce Ashford.

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Africa’s Messiah of Horror

I haven’t mentioned Joseph Kony on this blog since 2005. Maybe it’s because he’s someone whom I would rather forget. His crimes are so horrifying that it’s hard to let yourself imagine that it’s real. But it is.

Michael Gerson of the Washington Post writes today about Kony and about what the U. S. and the international community might do about him. Gerson warns,

We are seeing the second coming — surrounded by an army of children and trailing clouds of death — of Joseph Kony. If this is not a cause for horror — and a justified cause for international action — it is difficult to imagine what would be.

Gerson’s piece is not for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned as you pray with me, “Maranatha.” Continue Reading →

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Dockery at the Southern Baptist Convention

This post is a follow-up to my previous one about Dr. David Dockery, author of Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal and president of Union University. He will be making some appearances at the Southern Baptist Convention in a couple of weeks. He’s doing a book-signing, and he’s addressing the messengers in a plenary session. If you plan to attend the convention in Indianapolis, you’ll want to make your way to both of these.

Monday, June 9 (4-6pm) – Book-Signing (I guess this will be at the Broadman & Holman display)

Tuesday, June 10 (3:30pm) – Plenary address to the convention on themes related to Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal

While we’re at it, I should mention that Dr. Jerry Johnson interviewed Dr. Dockery on Wednesday on the radio program “Jerry Johnson Live.” You can listen to it below. The interview with Dockery begins at 28:00.

[audio:http://www.dennyburk.com/JJL/2008_05_28.mp3]
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Adoption and China’s One-Child Policy

Two stories appear in the news this morning that are related to one another only in this sense that they are likely to be of interest to pro-life readers.

First, as many of you know, the pro-life movement has become increasingly pro-adoption in recent decades. This is a wonderful development that we can all be thankful for. The New York Times reports, however, that the “color blind” approach to some adoptions is coming under criticism.

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Tornado Video

Tornadoes never cease to amaze. That was certainly the case with these images that were captured by a man who got a little too close to a recent touchdown in Kansas.

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