The Week-est Link, October 24, 2008

1. The new 9Marks issue is online.  Go to the website and read it and you’re guaranteed to learn a lot about church-based counseling.  You can also access the PDF if you like.  I wrote a review published in this issue about a book called The Incredible Shrinking Church.

2. Charles Krauthammer (the man whose name perfectly fits his work) has just published a powerful pro-McCain column that, if not persuasive to all, has some strong points that need to be considered.  Here’s a potent snatch:

“The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the past year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one“), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?”

3. The Ambassador, godfather of Christian rap, has a new cd out entitled “The Chop-Chop.” I’ve heard it, and can recommend it to Christian rap fans out there.  Not my favorite Ambassador stuff, but still quite solid.

4.  Can you tell the storyline of the Bible?  Vitamin Z provides a book list that can help you work toward that end.  Helpful post.

5. Funny bit on The Onion website fake-previewing the Charlie Rose show: “During an interview with Michael Bloomberg, the ubiquitous black background comes tumbling down to reveal that Charlie has been taping the show in his mother’s basement for the past 17 years.”

–Have a great weekend, all.

  • http://www.myspace.com/trethethird Andre

    If you’re a fan of Christian hip-hop, you should check out Tre the Third. He’s got a sound all his own. His album doesn’t drop until Spring 2009, but you can hear some of his tracks on his MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/trethethird.

  • theophilogue

    yeah … not Branch’z best, but it’s still got some heat

  • Jason Nicholls

    Owen,
    Appreciated your review of the Shrinking Church book over at 9Marks. Good thoughts, great interaction. So good I may not have to read it.
    Jason

  • Al

    I’ve enjoyed going through the ejournal at 9marks. Good stuff. Now – how to encourage a small church in this direction. At this point I can not see many of us taking the courses offered through ccef.

    Also, this is something that I believe the Lord has been preparing us to take steps, at least informally, towards implementation of these ideas.

    I’ll share a comment I came across last week that may have some application to this topic as a goal to shoot for: “As the term [perfect] is so frequently applied to different individuals in the Old Testament and the possession of the character so frequently enjoined in the New, there can be no doubt that perfection, in the scriptural sense of the term, is actually attainable, and ought to be an object of more anxious solicitude among Christians than it usually is.” (George Bush, Notes on Genesis, p 123)

    Al

  • owenstrachan

    Andre, I’ll check out that music. Theophilogue, I agree. There’s some heat on the cd. Always is with The Ambassador. Jason and Al, thanks much for your kind words about the review. Hope to see you soon, Jason. Yes, Al, I’m sure that bringing these resources into people’s everyday lives will take patience and time. Have to help people acclimate to rich theology, it seems, over a period of time that can be longer than we might hope it to be.