Notes, News, & Views To Help Equip You

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

On a terrific Tuesday here’s some links on Movies, Music, Murder, Medicine, & Money:

Movies & Music: In honor of the recent held Oscars and Grammy awards let’s start with some music & movie helps. Being a father of four kids my wife and I don’t get dinner and a movie often (outside of the Dreamworks/Pixar variety). When it does happen normally it is late night DVD we watch together on the couch after the kids are in bed. As a Christian I want to guard my time (no bad movies!) and what we take in (striving to pursue holiness). Since my wife will only enjoy one or two westerns a year with me I found this helpful article from Randy Alcorn : Evaluating Movies in Light of  Scripture. It offers great insight and some links.

Of course I have used the Philippians 4:8 test for years to help me. It says: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8, ESV). If that verse helps you try using Tim Challies’ visual theology infographic of this verse.

The main thing I can say about music is: “they don’t make it like they used to.” I grew up listening to “Solid Gold Saturday Night” country music, the good old days as us oldies (wink, wink) like to say. I am not a big fan of the contemporary mainstream crossover junk (that is a blog all unto itself).  So do yourself a favor and remember what would have been Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday by reading Russ Moore’s piece on why he still matters.

On the explicitly “Christian” side of music I hope you are familiar with the very gifted and gospel-driven musician & worship leader, Matt Papa. Read his take on contemporary Christian music scene explaining that Jesus Isn’t safe (check out Part 2 here). Or read his recent interview with Trevin Wax:  A Renaissance of Gospel-Centered Music: A Conversation with Matt Papa.

  Don’t have time to read, then definitely give  him a listen.

Murder: This unique coalition of African-Americans thinks so and calls out an organization and African-American leaders they think have betrayed them (supporting the abortuaries). The National Black Pro-Life Coalition has done us a great service by producing a media piece alerting us to the #1 killer of African-Americans (& the genocide supported by Planned Parenthood). Take one minute and watch it. Then pray and take action.

Medicine: As we live in culture that has been described as “One-Nation on Prescriptions” (referring to behavior modification medicine) Here is a helpful short piece asking the question:  Is It Right for a Christian to Take Anti-Depressants?

Money: If this economy has hurt your wallet or bank account here are links to help including FREEBIES (both great & small). First, check friends’ or relatives’ attics you know that live in old houses and check for old comic books. You could score a cool $3.5 million!

Next, just in case you were up late last night watching the never-ending Daytona 500 and missed breakfast you can get your FREE pancakes today during National Pancake Day at IHOP. You get a short-stack of pancakes free but you’ll probably pay anyway. That’s okay because their proceeds go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Finally, BMW-USA is giving away a 2012 BMW 328i Sedan.  All you have to do is like them on Facebook. and submit a 5.9 second video.

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