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Linkathon 6/23

Please keep Pastor Steve Hopkins of Calvary Chapel in Salem, Oregon in your prayers today, as Steve will be undergoing biopsy for cancer in his kidney.

Not a lot of Christians, especially those in the public eye, will talk about the times when they began doubting the existence of God.

Michael Patton has – and in a blunt, honest way that describes the anguish he went through in the few days he went through his experience, and why he believes that God Himself allowed him to go through the experience to show him that even faith is a gift from God (and not of man).

Ken Pulliam, who describes himself as “no longer a believer (and) an agnostic atheist” responded to Patton’s post (HT: Patton’s Facebook page).

The late Michael Spencer talked about his own struggles with doubt in a reprint of one of his posts from Internet Monk.

Ed Welch has his own view on what to do about spiritual doubts.

Also:

Healing evangelist Charles Hunter died on Monday.

Albert Mohler is ending his radio program (HT: Denny Burk).

Mohler on the “end of men” and the disappearance of manhood.

Frank Viola responds to a critic of his and Leonard Sweet’s book Jesus Manifesto (scroll down to the end for a review of that book from a certain blogger and friend).

Chaplain Mike Mercer: I am a pastor (I think many of you may like this article).

Wade Burleson on the evangelistic service on the last night of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting last week in Orlando. Burleson is taking issue with the lack of gospel content in the evangelist’s message…is it only bizarre to me that you’d have an evangelistic message in a conference full of Christians?

Trevin Wax and Danny Akin reflect on last week’s SBC annual meeting.

Luke Gilkerson on Rich Mullins’ song Hold Me Jesus as a prayer for pornography addicts.

Darrin Patrick on using your head in determining God’s call on your life.

Carlos Whittaker on people who leave their church jobs and how church leaders handle it.

Jeff Dunn on the Jesus statue outside Cincinnati that got zapped by lightning.

Chaplain Mike Mercer reviews Rachel Held Evans’ book Evolving in Monkey Town, and Marshall Jones Jr. and Jason Boyett interview Evans.

Lee Grady says, sometimes, you need to talk (the Word) to yourself.

Theologian Mark Noll on how his mind has changed on Nicene Orthodoxy, hymnology and communion in an article for the Christian Century (HT: Nathan Finn).

Tim Challies summarizes Albert Mohler’s talk at last week’s Ligonier Conference on the apparent age of the universe and how to reconcile it with Scripture; Dan Waugh comments.

Dan Edelen asks if church is for believers only.

Harold Camping describes the end of the world; James Swan describes why Camping’s wrong.

Jamie Munson on the life of a third world pastor.

Billy Graham among the theologians (HT: Philip Schroeder from the Thinklings blog).

Mike Foster on snuggling up to your failures.

Meet Francis Chan.

Exodus International celebrates its 35th anniversary this week.

Mark Driscoll: Die with your boots on – just like the apostles.

Andrew Jones eulogizes the late founder of Jews for Jesus, Moishe Rosen.

Jonathan Herron with an excellent quote from Tim Keller on the content of a number of contemporary church sermons.

Leadership Network interviews Lifechurch.tv Innovation Leader Bobby Gruenewald.

Jared Wilson’s primer on how to study the Bible.

Bob Hyatt reflects on imperfect community.

Thabiti Anyabwile on preventing church splits.

Dan Wallace: Is the Bible that big of a mystery?

Nick Bogardus from Mars Hill Church on grace.

Living on $18K per year by choice, not by necessity.

Argentina’s national sport, pato - Spanish for duck, and named because it was once played with a live duck – apparently is in danger.

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  1. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Hadn’t seen any comments…so I wanted to say…

    GO USA! Beat Algeria! Get through to the knockout round!

  2. Nonnie
    June 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Praying for Pastor Steve. Steve, you are loved!

  3. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Last second goal! Landon Donovan gets the US through to the second round! Never give up…you may finally pull thru at the very end!

  4. Captain Kevin
    June 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Wow, this is a huge Linkathon. There are so many that sound interesting to me, I don’t even know where to start. Thanks BrianD!!

    Praying for Steve. He should be in the procedure right now as it was scheduled to begin 9AM Pacific time.

  5. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    WOOOHOOOOOO…..Yep, my Zach had given up and had three friends over who were telling him to keep watching. Our house exploded on the goal. So cool.

  6. jlo
    June 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    praying for steve.

  7. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I posted that I was praying for Steve too…but it said I was posting too quickly.

  8. Nene
    June 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Praying for Steve.

    question for BrianD, or another techie..is there some sort of free dpwnload that will read this blog to me as I clean? I need to be banned from linkathons, nothing get done around here! :)

  9. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Sarah, I don’t see it…WordPress has something built in to where it prevents you from posting up to 30 seconds after you post anything to a thread. I am assuming that’s to prevent spammers, or anyone else, from posting excessive amounts of comments in a short span.

    Let me know if it happens again, and how long you waited between sending comments.

  10. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I’m not that much of a techie.

    I’m sure there’s software out there that will read text off a browser screen. I can’t think right now of where you would find it, or how much the software would cost.

    I probably went overboard on this Linkathon, nene :)

    By the way, I’m posting the entire content of the June Linkathons from PP in about an hour and a half from now.

  11. Nene
    June 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    BrianD, nah, you never go overboard, I’m just a slow reader. :) Your work is definitely appreciated.

  12. [o_O]
    June 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    “Is church for believers?”
    “Church”, by definition, IS a community of believers, wherever 2 or more are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is in their midst. How?
    Dunno, but if He is to be trusted then that’s my stake in the ground from which all my understanding proceeds.

    I have an ongoing debate with an ODM you may remember about this.
    She maintains that the gathering of the church MUST be solely for professing followers of Jesus.
    How can that work?
    No gathering has is homogeneous in orthodoxy and people have clearer understandings of theology at differing points in their lives.

    She attacked my former church and it’s pastor for encouraging a community known as Symbolic, a seeker friendly gathering, to meet in the “sanctuary” facility and maintains that by allowing “unbelievers” to come the sanctuary and the church are profaned.

    Huh?

    Any space is made “sacred” by the intent of a worshiper who hallows that area & time to focus on God, and that “sacredness” is solely vested by the believer(s). A space is just a space.

    This ODM has a similar Roman Catholic background as mine, and we were raised to believe that if a certain candle in the church ever was extinguished or the sacraments were profained the Holy Spirit would leave the church building.
    Though I respect that tradition, I see no biblical teaching that would support it.

    Any thoughts back about this?

  13. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Gren, you read Dan Edelen’s article?

  14. littleoldladywho
    June 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Nene and BrianD and TWIMC -gotta say: reading this blog aloud can be done … my new iMac won’t read off the blog itself, but i just selected the whole thread already posted here, copy and then paste to ‘textedit’ and it is reading this thread aloud to me as i type (took about 3 seconds) … the software came with my ‘used’ machine, so i have no idea if it is an add on or of the cost, if it is an add on …

    God keep

  15. Another Voice
    June 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Grendal, The Greek word used for church is a common word used for an assembly and is used in such a common way in the New Testament. In fact, it is the word used for the mob in Ephesus that was praising Diana!

    NEVER is it the building, always the people.

    Frankly, I can’t even wrap my mind around what that ODM was getting at – but what else is new…

  16. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I’ll check that on my own Mac-hine, littleoldladywho :)

    Gren, Edelen’s point was

    “When I consider the state of the American Church, I’ve got to think that our emphasis on encouraging lost people to come to our church meetings has only succeeded in diluting our ultimate effectiveness….The early Church model was to send believers out, beyond the doors of the assembly. They shared Christ out in the streets. When the lost outside responded to the message and became believers, they were brought into the church assembly proper. Today, though, we have believers bringing the lost into the church assembly with the hopes that the church leaders will convert them. I believe this is a grave error…” and he goes on to name his reasons

  17. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you, AV.

    Gren, though one may disagree with Dan, I believe he’s much closer to the truth than this person you’re talking about. Because if he/she is right, no unbeliever can EVER come into the building and church sanctuaries all over the country are profaned.

    But I’m sure they’re the pure church :roll:

  18. Another Voice
    June 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I discourage simple “invite to church” evangelism. I see this in Baptist circles a lot, where the whole goal is to invite the lost so that then the pastor’s evangelistic sermon can save them.

    I include the gospel on Sundays, but rarely give an evangelistic message. I seek to teach the believers there, but certainly encourage the lost to keep coming back, “seeking” (if I dare use the word) and ask questions for me afterwards if they desire.

    I think evangelism is done outside the fellowship primarily. But let’s not go too far and seek to prevent seekers from checking out the fellowship.

  19. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    AV, who wants to sit through week after week of ‘get saved’ services? Contrary to popular belief, you only get saved once, then you’re in forever :)

    My church is definitely not seeker-oriented. We preach thru the Bible, and sometimes do topical series. Right now we are going through the New Testament in a year and are spending a few weeks in Galatians. We do give anyone in attendance who isn’t a Christian a chance to talk with a pastor after the service. This allows for an unsaved person to make a decision after talking with a pastor, without necessitating an altar call.

  20. [o_O]
    June 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    briwd2006,

    Have to admit I did not read the article yet, but was “inspired” to respond to the headline (yeah, lazy me, trying to multitask). Having read your summary I would have to respect him but try to find a gathering that leans more toward the “open” side of the spectrum. I’ll read the article later so I can repent ;)

    All I know is if back in the day before choosing to respond to the desire for God He was creating in me if I wasn’t invited by well meaning friends to be exposed to a community of Jesus’ followers I would have had a greater struggle with coming to a more biblical context for my then newly emerging interest in God.

    AV,
    The church she criticized is one the ODM never attended except to picket! She just had it out for my pastor and the guest speakers that we found enriching and challenging. I’m happy to say my former church are a group that is full of agape love and care for each other and they reach out to all who are in need of being put in touch with God.

  21. [o_O]
    June 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    briwd2006,
    sorry my comments should have been directed to you.
    Low blood sugar, need to balance to concentrate. Sorry

  22. [o_O]
    June 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    AV,
    Yeah, I like that fact, the church is a mob ;)
    It makes all the difference who their God is.
    Diana = mayhem
    Jesus = sacrificial love

  23. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Gren, get your blood sugar back up, then! I get what you are saying. So glad to hear your former church is still doing well. I’d like to hear from the pastor sometime.

    Good analogy in your 7:41 comment.

  24. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    briwd2006 = BrianD

    (I haven’t figured out yet how to change the name – I set this up years ago)

  25. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Umm…did you set it up in 2006? :)

    I’m getting ready to take another shot at unplugging from the internet again….but I have a kinda cool project I’m setting up for the remainder of the year. I have 6 people who have committed to writing actual pen-and-paper letters…one a month…for the remainder of the year. We will focus on a book to give some structure, but we are going to write to talk about our faith. I’ve known each of these people in different settings and for a variety of years (the newest friend I’ve known 5 years, the oldest about 22 years). I’m pretty jazzed about this actually….of course it means that I will have to write 6 letters a month!

    All of that to say, I’ll be scarce after this weekend. Will continue to be praying for the PP clan as all are spread and taken by the Spirit to enrich more and new lives.

  26. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I might have…I had a few blogs back in the day.

    So this is a project amongst yourselves, or as part of a church?

    And, have you heard anything about Steve Hopkins?

  27. June 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Brian,

    to change it….go into the dashboard…upper right corner of the page it says Howdy briwd2006….click briwd2006…scroll down to Display name publicly as…

  28. briwd2006
    June 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Dusty, you’re not in the dashboard, are you? :shock: :)

  29. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Changed it…let’s see if it works.

    YES!!! :mrgreen:

  30. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Haven’t heard anything on Hopkins yet.

    It’s a project just among friends. I’m really looking forward to it…it’s a chance to reconnect with some friends, and to be challenged. I’m reading Till We Have Faces from Lewis with a friend who is a pretty respected Lewis scholar, has his Master’s in British Modernist History and teaches mythology at the University of Houston. I have a feeling he’ll kick my butt ;)

  31. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    If anyone hears anything about Steve, please let me know.

  32. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Trivia time: Where is the one state capital that does not have a McDonald’s?

  33. June 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    no brian, i don’t have access to your blog…but it is wordpress…so it is set up the same as dusty’s corner.

  34. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I know…I was kidding ya

  35. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    briand…had to google it. Then had to google what state the capital was from. Oy, my geography classes did not stick.

  36. June 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    oh…i’m so slow. lol

  37. June 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    state cap with no McDs? i give up

  38. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Sarah, you know?

  39. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Dusty, east of the Mississippi…

  40. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Any comments on the possible demise of pato?

  41. June 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    funny guy….that doesn’t even reduce the choices by half. :razz:

    ok…i’ll guess….. Providence?

  42. June 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Montpelier?

  43. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    The Patton article hit home somewhat. I say that because years have blurred and blunted the emotional trauma, but at one point I really doubted the existence of God and all of the ramifications tore me up emotionally.

    I wrestled with this, and looked to the church and the leaders and authorities (TV preachers, word/faith ministers) I knew for answers.

    When you’re dealing with what I – or Patton – dealt with, you don’t give us a Marilyn Hickey magazine if you really want to help.

    I spoke with a pastor in church who proceeded to lecture me on how silly my dilemma was in relation to the need of the people that he and other missionaries from the church ministered to…kind of, why are you dealing with this when so many people in Mexico have next to nothing kind of deal.

    I eventually found answers through Josh McDowell, Cliff Knechtle, Gary Habermas and others…but man it was harrowing when it lasted. Every so often afterwards, I would have doubts, and those resources were good to refer back to.

  44. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Congratulations! You are right!

    Now guess which one (:cough42:) you got right ;)

  45. June 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    really? I guessed right? woohoo!!

  46. BrianD
  47. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Dusty, don’t know about you, but missing my virtual tribe about now.

    It would be good to have the night crew tonight…I’m less than four dozen comments away from reaching a certain number. And I think those nuts could come up with an appropriate way to commemorate it ;)

  48. June 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    yeah, i am missing everyone too….guess we are on our own again.

  49. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    We’ll be alright…in the end it may look different, but we’ll be good.

    If nothing else, this whole deal reminds me how important relationships really are…and how much we can take them for granted.

  50. nomansapologist
    June 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Good evening beautiful blog family <3

  51. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Hey nomans! How are you?

  52. nomansapologist
    June 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I am doing well, thank you. Had a beautiful day at an amazing park with my boys. There were acres of Japanese, rose and perennial gardens. We finished off the day with bbq burgers smothered in blue cheese carmalized onions, bacon & bakers. There was a boat fire on the lake! Thank God the boy and his father swam to safety and are ok! How are you, Big Guy?

  53. nomansapologist
    June 23, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    And yes, I am missing the great Phoenix too…

  54. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Preoccupied at the moment.

  55. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Brian…just got home from the coffee shop…I didn’t know it, just googled it. Nice guess, Dusty!

    Hi Nomans.

    Here’s my starting stack of books to read for my letter project….any other suggestions?

    Woohooo!!! Send me your physical address and I’ll write within the next couple weeks. We are headed to my folks’ ranch for July 4th, so I’m hoping to have some time to write.

    As far as books….if there is anything you’re reading let me know. My stack right now is:

    As For Me & My House…Walt Wangerin Jr (on marriage)

    Letters From the Land of Cancer…Walt Wangerin Jr

    The Hidden Wound…Wendell Berry

    Till We Have Faces…CS Lewis

    Letters For A Diminished Church….Sayers.

    Practice Resurrection…Eugene Peterson.

    Orphean Passages…Walt Wangerin Jr

    Secrets in the Dark, A life in Sermons…Frederick Buechner

  56. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Nomans, don’t mention

    *burgers
    *bbq burgers
    *smothered in blue cheese and onions
    *and bacon
    *and blue cheese

    My options right now involve none of those things. They would be:

    *FourthMeal
    *MickeyD’s, where apparently Happy Meals can last for years without rotting
    *The world-famous White Castle

    Glad to hear the dad and his kid got out unharmed…

  57. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Your list is a grade or two above my own, Sarah. I do have several Peterson books down the list…am working thru A Long Obedience and Leap Over A Wall. Just pulled the Luther and Calvin biographies Michael Newnham recommended to me off the shelf.

    I might suggest Michael Spencer’s Mere Churchianity.

  58. nomansapologist
    June 23, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    So sorry :/

  59. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    That made me hungry for Red Robin.

  60. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    By the way, I am 34 comments away from 666. :shock:

    And the night crew is nowhere in sight :(

  61. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    This one sounds interesting, too (and a lot on my list are actually really down-to-earth, especially Berry.) Anyway, here’s one I’m thinking on….

    I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life Gregg A. Ten Elshof (Eerdmans) $15.00 Eerdmans as a publisher is increasingly known for groundbreaking (and, sometimes, budget-breaking) tomes that make significant contributions to the worlds of Biblical studies or theology. They don’t do little self-help books often, but when they do, they are nearly always outstanding – rich, thoughtful, beautifully written, mature. I was drawn to this by the exceptionally impressive forward by Dallas Willard, but was happy to see, when the book arrived, it has extraordinary quotes by my friends James K.A. Smith and David Naugle, both who write wisely and deeply about the interface of faith, worldview, character and culture. Smith says I Told Me So is “a wonderful example of philosophy serving spiritual discipline.” Naugle exclaims that it is wise and well crafted, and “To tell me the truth, I’m glad I read this book. You will be too–I promise.” I think Willard is correct that small groups and congregations should grapple with it, but I suspect that most will read it quietly, carefully, allowing its erudite prose to search our own deceptive hearts. This is good, meaty stuff, beautifully done, urgent, even. After a quick skim, I intend to work with it very slowly.

  62. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Just read your description and the one on Amazon…so this book is about deceiving yourself in a spiritual sense? Or about the spiritual disciplines?

  63. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Nomans…one of the most moving stories out of the flood was of a woman who was stranded in her house on the lake. The house was on fire, and the lake was rising. She basically was standing on the porch with her dog trying to decide if she would rather burn or drown.

    A man came up on a jetski and told her to get on. She jumped on, with the dog, and he raced off. The house exploded, I believe, 20 seconds after they escaped.

    Cool sidebar…the man was my in-laws neighbor’s son-in-law. The neighbor was irritated that the s-i-l had not shown up to help with demo on the condo, until he heard the story and told him that was a sufficient excuse ;)

  64. nomansapologist
    June 23, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Wow… what a story!

  65. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I think it’s a little of both. Gregg was actually a classmate of mine at Westmont and married a dorm-mate. Really intelligent guy, but also really humble and down to earth. Some of the other things he has written I haven’t even attempted to read, they are so far over my head, but this one is more practical. He is dealing with how we play mindgames with ourselves, and how that impacts us spiritually.

  66. nomansapologist
    June 23, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Sarah, I didnt know you went to Westmont! My sister went there in the mid 80s.

  67. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Pretty incredible story, indeed.

    iMonk really liked Wendell Berry…and I suppose as a fellow Kentuckian I should be a least somewhat familiar with him.

    Eugene Peterson was a significant step up for me…and I am glad for it. Perhaps one day soon I’ll take another leap and start reading Berry…or perhaps Buechner…

  68. BrianD
    June 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I’ve downloaded the book sample, Sarah…and will check it out. I’m guessing this is not the kind of book that will show up at Lifeway or Family Christian ;)

  69. Nene
    June 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Hey, all..speaking of Westmont.. :) I used to stay in the dorms there for summer church stuff. Got baptized in that beautiful ocean! :) Oh the roaring 80′s!

  70. Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Nene…I got baptized there too!!!

    I was at Westmont 88-92. Loved it. I need to go back and visit soon, have really missed SBar.

    Brian, you’ll have to let me know what you think. I’m shutting off internet after Monday, but will still get emails.

  71. BrianD
    June 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Goodnight, all

  72. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 12:15 am

    9:15pm in CA and this old night crew member is checking in!

  73. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Ok, BrianD is napping and he needed more comments to hit 666.
    any takers?

  74. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 12:18 am

    according to my calculations comment #94 would be #666

    I wonder what Dan Brown would get…

  75. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I’ll check back later (I am SO tempted to cycle it up) :twisted:

  76. Buster
    June 24, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Not me, I don’t want to be #666.

  77. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Buster,
    I’d be honoured!

    time to rally the troops

    get the word out, post something, anything (within appropriate boundaries)

    BrianD deserves the support

    don’t you feel like the host had to go to bed but left the keys to the game room on the kitchen counter? ;)

  78. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 12:30 am

    isn’t SC up over in France?

    How about Joel in the Ukrane?

    Anyone in Hawaii?

  79. June 24, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Brian, I read the Michael Patton article and appreciate his honesty. My story isn’t the same but I thought I’d share it. Maybe four or five years ago I went through a very dark time. I was not able to relax and anxiety was nipping at my heels. This went on for a few days and I remember being so without hope.

    I cried a lot. It turned into sobbing. My wife couldn’t console me with words or prayer.

    As I was trying to figure things I came to a different conclusion than Patton did. After running through scenarios I concluded I wasn’t a Christian. If I was a Christian, God would have in some small way lifted the darkness that seemed to be smothering me.

    I couldn’t believe I was entertaining the thoughts I was having. Thankfully this didn’t last long. Thank God He lifted me out of the pit.

  80. Sarah
    June 24, 2010 at 12:32 am

    anything ;)

  81. Na'amah
    June 24, 2010 at 12:33 am

    :) guess us poor peeps out here on the west coast need to get here earlier…

    Sarah..that is quite the booklist…. over how long of a period will you have to read all of this?

  82. June 24, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Luckily being Amil. I know 666 is Nero, and I have the Lambs name written on me by Him so ill take #94 when it comes up to save the Dispies sleepless nights

  83. London
    June 24, 2010 at 12:40 am

    It’s 7am in Ukraine…I’m 99% sure Joel’s not up :-)

  84. London
    June 24, 2010 at 12:42 am

    How come my little quilt square box thingy is so light that it doesn’t show up and everyone else’s is so dark?

  85. Sarah
    June 24, 2010 at 12:47 am

    London…your’s looks like a white box to me and the others look normal? Don’t know why.

    Na’amah…not completely sure. I’m working through them with some friends. Different book with different friend, but each friend and I will be writing “real” letters. That said, I’m not sure how long each book will take, but the goal is to work on this through the end of the year. We’re going to work slowly and dialog.

  86. London
    June 24, 2010 at 12:51 am

    oh man…..sadness and sorrow.

  87. June 24, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Re-reading Adam by Merton. Such a small but outlook altering book

  88. June 24, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Cant edit here lol, dangit, re-reading Adam by Nouwen…then the rest about life altering

  89. June 24, 2010 at 1:03 am

    almost #94…anyone getting a little worried they might mess up and get it??

  90. June 24, 2010 at 1:03 am

    and

  91. Sarah
    June 24, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Nah ; )

  92. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 1:10 am

    bring it on!

  93. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 1:11 am

    just brought home a WD 2TB 7200RPM HD for a field recording project starting tomorrow.

    WOOOO HOOOOO!!!

  94. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 1:13 am

    doing a test recording into Garageband using the podcast template. Need to let this run for 1.5hrs

    I’ve been in this proaudio business for over 30 years and the simple laptop recording system I’m sitting at would have cost over $100,000 back in the day

    VERY COOL!!!

  95. London
    June 24, 2010 at 1:14 am

    #94th?

  96. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 1:14 am

    amazing that anyone is upset at the president firing the general

  97. London
    June 24, 2010 at 1:14 am

    ok…now what?

  98. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 1:14 am

    YES, London is #94!!!!!!!!!!

  99. London
    June 24, 2010 at 1:15 am

    has anyone heard from Hopkins?

  100. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

    what do you mean, “now what?”

    You will be sent the appropriate kudos by each of us!

  101. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

    we’re all on the lookout for s Steve-sighting

  102. Sarah
    June 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Good night all….congrat’s on # 94, London.

    Haven’t heard anything from Hopkins.

  103. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Sarah,
    thanks for hanging in with us!

  104. London
    June 24, 2010 at 1:18 am

    I mean now what do we do?
    I’m so bored right now I can hardly stand it. Maybe restless is a better term.
    Not sure why, just bored to tears

  105. London
    June 24, 2010 at 1:19 am

    bored in general. not with the conversation here I mean.

  106. London
    June 24, 2010 at 1:30 am

    woo hoo…once a thread killer…always a thread killer! :-)

  107. June 24, 2010 at 1:33 am

    bah, im busy with stuff n such, missed 94… wait, your an amiller too right, odd how once 666 came up only the Amil’s hung around

  108. June 24, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Does that make us right? Or wrong?

  109. Na'amah
    June 24, 2010 at 1:41 am

    sarah what?! are you saying you are reading a different book w 6 different friends… so you will be reading all 6 books at once (blink blink blink)

    holy moley girl! knew Westmont peeps were smart and all…

  110. jlo
    June 24, 2010 at 1:49 am

    what’s a moley and how do you make it holy. :smile:

  111. jlo
    June 24, 2010 at 1:56 am

    though i do make a mean mole’

  112. London
    June 24, 2010 at 2:50 am

    I’m a amiller?? when’d that happen?
    Damn I hate labels!

  113. June 24, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Just play along…

  114. London
    June 24, 2010 at 2:59 am

    oh. ummmm why yes Eric, I am an amiller and it is odd that #666 only came around when we amillers were here.

  115. London
    June 24, 2010 at 3:00 am

    But why is Jlo going on about mean moles for then??

  116. June 24, 2010 at 3:04 am

    She is craving a delicious sauce with chocolate?

  117. London
    June 24, 2010 at 3:08 am

    on MOLES?? :shock:
    ewwwwwwwwww

  118. BrianD
    June 24, 2010 at 7:36 am

    What I wanted to be the 666th post

  119. BrianD
    June 24, 2010 at 7:46 am

    ER, the dark night of the soul is something you go through, but you never want to deal with it….

  120. BrianD
    June 24, 2010 at 8:02 am

    From Steve Hopkins’ facebook page…

    “Got home about 1600. Lots of pain still. I’s 0300 Thu morning, feeling better but still pain. The Doctor said had he been able to cauterize the lesion in my kidney I might not have had to have the kidney removed. Unfortunately, it was at a place where he couldn’t to it so Im returning Wednesday as planned for kidney re…moval. Thanks again everyone for the out pouring of love, support and prayers.”

  121. [o_O]
    June 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Eric,
    I join ya, it’s liberating to be an Amil, youbetcha!

  122. June 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the mention. It’s funny – I was just here about an hour ago, but I didn’t read this post… until now when I got a notification about the link. :>)

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  123. BrianD
    June 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Pays to scan thru all the links, Marshall :)

  124. BrianD
    June 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    dead tonight.

    Working towards what this blog is eventually going to be…and I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

    I don’t anticipate going after superstar pastors and megachurch leaders…but anticipate talking about the issues that affect the entire body of Christ…including those who go to those churches…those who aren’t…and those who serve and lead.

  125. July 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

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