1. What's your take on the iPad? I think it looks pretty cool, but I have no idea why someone would need one. But then again, I'm the guy who doesn't have an iPhone or a PDA of any kind. (I do, on the other hand, have a cellular telephone that allows me to make telephone calls from virtually anywhere, which is pretty awesome when you think about it.) I have my phone for calls and my laptop for portable computing. I don't think I really need something in my pocket (or, given its size, in my shoulder sling?) that keeps me that connected. I'm cool with having nothing diversionary to do while waiting in lines.
2. The furor over the proposed Tim Tebow pro-life Super Bowl commercial is interesting. Free speech would seem to apply, especially since it's not obscene material. But in general, I think the sort of approach the Tebow ad is said to take is problematic. Abortion's potential to deprive us of a Beethoven (or a great college quarterback), I think, is a losing argument anyway, following the logic. How many aborted babies would have grown up to be deadbeat dads, child abusers, drunk drivers, or even serial killers? The point of the pro-life movement shouldn't be protecting potential VIP's and superpeople, but protecting lives because lives are precious.
3. The best blogger you're (probably) not reading is Bob Spencer.
4. Please continue to pray for Michael Spencer. If you are able, I know he and his wife would appreciate your donation (click on the PayPal Donate link at his site). He has lost his job now, having exceeded approved FMLA leave, and it's not like he was bankin' anyway. His medical bills will be killer.
5. Buy Trevin Wax's book. And Joe Thorn's, when it comes out. Support the next generation of gospel-centered writers.
6. Speaking of supporting "young" gospel-centered writers . . . :-) My gospel-driven spiritual formation study Abide: Practicing Kingdom Rhythms in a Consumer Culture is releasing April 1. It will be given away at some key events in the coming months, so keep an eye peeled, if you're a conference junkie. Brandon Smith interviewed me recently, and there's some news there about my next book, as well.
7. Pastor Tony McCollum has some hard and thoughtful words on the ongoing ecclesiological fiasco that is Gary Lamb's desire to plant a church 9 months after his firing for an affair and while still dating the woman who helped him break up his marriage. I think it's good that prominent pastors who are intimately familiar with the situation are speaking up about this; it is -- and I don't say this lightly -- a spiritually dangerous situation. Look, at the risk of offending you, if you think it's a good idea to join a church plant led by a guy and his girlfriend, much less a guy and the girlfriend who was his mistress, you are either a shallow-end-of-the-pool Christian or, honestly, perhaps not a Christian at all. This isn't about forgiveness. It's about restoration and the basic biblical qualifications for pastoring. I look at this situation and it has (alleged) Collapse of the Bible Belt written all over it. Narcissistic, vision-idolatrous, pastorpreneur-centered church, you are reaping the whirlwind.
8. On a lighter note, did Conan get fired or something?
9. I am quite proud of being the one guy in America who's never seen an episode of ER. Now my goal is to be the only person in the civilized world not to have seen Avatar. Just. Don't. Care.
10. Two goals of proclamational preaching: Firstly, "to glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God" (Rom. 15:17 NIV), and secondly, to do so that you, the hearer, might join me in fellowship with God in Christ, completing my joy (1 Jn. 1:3-4), or your joy, depending on the mss. your translation favors.
11. If you can track down Eric Mason's sermon on Brokenness preached at The Village Church (yes, Chandler's place), you should do so. I'd give you a link but it's reporting a 404 error right now.
12. Dwell in the gospel daily, friends.