A happy and blessed Easter to you all.

Christ is risen!

Because I’m a Geek

I have to pass along that full length episodes of the original Star Trek are available online from CBS.

Direct link to the videos is available here. If you click “Shows,” you’ll see that you can also view episodes of MacGyver, The Twilight Zone, and a couple other shows.

Arthur C. Clarke (16 Dec. 1917 – 19 Mar. 2008)

Saint Francis Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

(HT: Way Out West)


Who knew vinegar could be so useful?

What it’s good for:

  • Food
  • Cleaner
  • Preservative
  • Medical Remedy
  • Pest Preventer
  • Weed Killer

The article sends you off to the Versatile Vinegar site for more uses.

There are far too many common, easily produced, and inexpensive things like this that we forget about in an age of commercially produced specialty chemicals/drugs/foods/etc. If any of you crunchy cons out there have links to these kinds of natural and inexpensive (and age old) substitutes for more common stuff, please share in the comments.

Do You Evangelize or Proselytize?

Pastor Joe Thorn shares a great Stott quote on proselytism and evangelism:

Proselytism and evangelism are not the same thing. To proselytize is to convert somebody else to our opinions and culture, and to squeeze him into our mould; to evangelize is to proclaim God’s good news about Jesus Christ to the end that people will believe in him, find life in him and ultimately be conformed to his image, not ours. The motive behind proselytism is concern for the spread of our own little empire; the motive behind evangelism is concern for the true welfare of men and thereby for the name, kingdom, will and glory of God

- John Stott, Christ the Controversialist (173, 174)

video links

Johnny Baker posted some good links if you like using video presentations and movie clips:

WingClips.com has movie clips and trailers from feature films.
Proost.co.uk has various goodies – it’s in the UK so I don’t know if you can buy in the US
    This one features one of my favorites: “40″ by Si Smith – search for it

Why do we do mercy ministry?

At the Resurgence blog, JD Greear wrote some thoughts about evangelicals and community ministry. He gave a nice summary of the various reasons why Christians have done mercy ministries, especially as they relate to eschatology.

For some time, conservatives and evangelicals have given the impression that to engage in mercy ministry is something those liberals do, and that preaching the gospel is the one and most important thing we should be about to the exclusion of everything else. Greear’s thoughts are similar to mine in the sense that this is poor thinking, and that there are very good reasons why all Christians should be about the business of mercy ministries while not neglecting to preach the gospel.

I look at it this way. God loved us enough to permanently cover our sin by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is God’s Christ/Messiah, and lives and reigns today. Learning from the letter to the Hebrews, we see that He is our Prophet: He proclaims God’s truth to us. He is our High Priest: He forever makes intercession to the Father on our behalf. He is our King: He rules and reigns as Sovereign over all creation, and we owe Him our allegiance and our obedience. We are taught by John that the one who loves God obeys His commands. Jesus commanded us not only to make disciples, but to feed the hungry, quench the thirst of the thirsty, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, clothe the naked, and comfort the prisoner. (See Matthew 25:34-46)

Of course we don’t do these things to try to earn God’s favor. We do them because we are grateful that God has shown us mercy. Shouldn’t we do the same? (See Matthew 18:23-35)

Megachurch vs. Mission

Read the story of how one man is used by God to call thousands to Himself.

This is sobering stuff. The next time you look around at your big church building and contemplate the next upgrade, read this post. One man, with no money other than what he saves from his job, travels back to his homeland and tells people about Jesus. It’s that simple. No special “witnessing,” no major missions budget. It’s just a man who loves God and loves others enough to tell them about Him.

(HT: Aaron Smith)

Interview with Daniel B . Wallace

Check out Justin Taylor’s 4 part interview with Greek uber-scholar Daniel B. Wallace:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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