THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH
”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”
NEWS OF THE WEEK
This guy made all kinds of news.
This little guy got the worst possible news…and now it’s over.
This guy got good news…for him, anyway.
This guy gave his fans bad news.
This guy gave his team bad news.
This guy must be wondering what each day’s news will bring.
This guy’s words were too profane for the news.
Soldiers like this one got the news via Twitter.
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YA GOTTA HAVE GOALS
Ray and Wilma Yoder, 80, of Goshen, Indiana, have been faithfully pursuing their dream, such as it is. The couple has visited 644 out of 645 Cracker Barrel restaurant locations, and they plan to eat at the only one they’ve yet to visit later this year.
As our local Fox TV station reported, the couple visited their 644th location in Lavonia, Georgia on July 7 when they attended the grand opening. The only one they haven’t seen is in Tualatin, Oregon, which is a suburb of Portland, but they are planning a trip there later this year.
Ray used to deliver RVs around the country, and he always ate at Cracker Barrel. Then, when he started taking Wilma with him, they began checking off which restaurants they’d visited. Now, after 40 years, they’ve almost gone to them all, and they’ve become celebrities in the “Cracker Barrel” world.
In order for a visit to count, they say, their own rule is that they have to buy something and leave a tip. Bon appetit!
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THE TWEETER IN CHIEF
Just in case you’d like a comprehensive listing of the
350 351 people President Trump has thus far insulted on Twitter, complete with the tweets themselves, someone is keeping track.
Here’s the link: TRUMP TWITTER INSULTS
But hey, better check in regularly — the list is growing fast.
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REST IN PEACE, HADDON ROBINSON
Students and practitioners of expository preaching in the evangelical world lost one of their heroes and role models when Haddon Robinson died on July 22. His memoriam from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary lists his accomplishments:
Originally from the Mousetown section of Harlem, New York, he received a Bachelor’s Degree from Bob Jones University, Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, Master of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Illinois. He was also awarded honorary degrees from Gordon College and McMaster Divinity College.
Dr. Robinson joined Gordon-Conwell in 1991 as the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, following 12 years as President of Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary, now Denver Seminary, and 19 years on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary. Throughout his long and distinguished career, he also served as Associate Pastor for the First Baptist Church in Medford, Oregon, Instructor of Speech at the University of Illinois and General Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society.
In 1996, he was named in a Baylor University poll as one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers in the English Speaking World.” In 2006, he was recognized by Christianity Today in the top 10 of its “25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 50 Years.” In 2008, he received the E.K. Bailey “Living Legend Award.” And in 2010, Preaching magazine named him among the “25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 25 Years.”
Always looking for new ways to reach more people for Christ, he was also active in broadcast media. He hosted the television program, “Film Festival,” and with Dr. Alice Mathews and Mart De Hann, hosted “Discover the Word,” a radio program which for 20 years broadcast 600 times daily to two million listeners throughout North America and other English speaking countries.
A prolific writer, Dr. Robinson wrote more than a dozen books, including his hallmark text, Biblical Preaching, still used by seminaries and bible colleges around the world. His articles appeared regularly in Christianity Today, Bibliotheca Sacra, Moody Monthly, the American Lutheran Magazine, Leadership and Decision, and in the Our Daily Bread devotional. He also edited the Christian Medical Society Journal and the Theological Annual, and served on the editorial boards of Preaching and Christianity Today.
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WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THE MATH HERE?
I have argued before that having many small churches is better for the kingdom and the world than having a few large churches.
Now, Karl Vaters has agreed with this opinion by listing 11 reasons. This is from his article: 11 Advantages of Having 50 Churches of 100 Instead of 1 Church of 5000:
- We’d have far more successful churches.
- More pastors would get to use their gifts.
- Church leaders would be under less pressure.
- Fewer pastors would quit in frustration and discouragement.
- Our time and energy could be utilized better.
- It would require less overhead, land, and resources.
- More people would get pastored by their pastor.
- We could reach more types of people.
- Failure wouldn’t be fatal.
- We could have more churches in hard places.
- More people might want to be pastors.
What do you think of his reasons and his reasoning?
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PERSECUTION OF ATHEISTS!
“New Atheist” Richard Dawkins was scheduled to speak Aug. 9 at a book signing and benefit for KPFA, a Berkeley, CA public radio station. But the station, citing “Dawkins’ abusive speech against Muslims,” notified ticket holders by email that it was canceling the event.
Now, according to RNS, “On Thursday (July 27), Dawkins announced on Twitter that the event has been rescheduled on the same day 18 miles to the west at Book Passage, an independent bookstore in Marin County. It is no longer a benefit for KPFA.”
Despite KPFA’s long history of promoting free speech (it is in Berkeley, after all) Dawkins is in good company when it comes to the radio station’s recent history of cancelling speakers.
The university has been the center point for multiple free speech issues this year. In February, university officials canceled an appearance by former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos after protests turned violent, and in April, the university canceled two scheduled appearances by conservative speaker Ann Coulter.
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DON’T FAINT — I AGREE WITH JOHN MACARTHUR!
That’s right, friends. I’ve found at least one thing said by Pastor Mac that I can heartily commend.
He was participating in a panel discussion during Ligonier Ministries 2017 regional conference in Los Angeles last month, when, during a Q&A session, an audience member asked if it is “truly sinful” for a Christian business person to make a product for a same-sex wedding.
Here’s what MacArthur said in reply:
“No, it’s not sinful for a cake maker to make a cake for a gay wedding anymore than its sinful for a guy who runs a restaurant to serve dinner to somebody who is gay, sits in a booth and eats the food, or goes to the market and buys a loaf of bread and you own the market,” he argued. “What the issue is, is not whether that’s sinful. It’s whether the federal government can demand that people do certain things, which goes against their Christian conscience.”
MacArthur argued that this is “more of a political governmental issue.”
“I actually think that we need to show love to everyone and particularly, we need to do good to all those that are outside the kingdom, as well as inside the kingdom, as much as possible….”
Whaddaya know, I found something about which I agree with Pastor John!
Mark this down, iMonkers. You may never see the like again.
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CHILLING, TERRIFYING TESTIMONY
I heard a few different interviews with William Browder, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week about his experiences with Russia. Here’s a brief summary of that testimony from NPR:
William Browder knows Vladimir Putin’s Russia all too well.
Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption. When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of the country and, he alleges, tortured and killed the lawyer he was working with.
In what one senator called one of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s “most important” hearings, Browder, a wealthy businessman-turned-activist-turned Putin-adversary shed a chilling new light on a Russian system of government that operates ruthlessly in the shadows — as Browder described it for lawmakers: a “kleptocracy” sustained by corruption, blackmail, torture and murder with Putin at its center.
“Effectively the moment that you enter into their world,” Browder told senators investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, “you become theirs.”
Here are some interviews with Browder you can check out:
- Full Text of Judiciary Committee Testimony
- All Things Considered, 7/13/17
- Planet Money Podcast, Episode 784
- Full Interview on CNN, 7/28/17
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RANDOM THOUGHTS & OBSERVATIONS
Getting a job in the White House: pic.twitter.com/UjqKDUNeIC
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) July 28, 2017
It has yet to be confirmed if this picture from Vladimir Putin’s childhood is genuine or has been doctored: