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Methodists and Same-Sex Unions

From an unlikely source comes a surprisingly good (fair) explanation of the situation in the United Methodist Church regarding same-sex unions:

(The source is non-sectarian public-policy think tank, and I think they should be congratulated for wading into a theological argument to try to help explain it. Their position seems to be pro-SSM but they are reasonably fair in explaining, or at least briefly summarizing, the anti-SSM position.)

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C. S. Lewis – Where to Start

Have you ever wondered what makes C. S. Lewis such a great writer? Or would you like to get started reading him? In this video, John Piper and Tim Keller talk about how to get started with Lewis:

(Via.)

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Piano Man

Here’s something pretty special:

I also like Ethan’s rendition of the pipe wrench song. (Via Forward Progress.)

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Something Wonderful – Hallelujah

Somebody on Facebook pointed this out to me. I love it:

I especially like the interpretation of “forever and ever” about 2:05 in.

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Does anyone still have a Hi-8 camcorder?

Does anyone has a Hi-8 camcorder I could borrow?

I’ve got some old tapes I’d like to convert to DVD. Our Hi-8 camcorder is busted, so there’s no way to play the tapes back, and that’s step one of any conversion.

I don’t want to pay a service to convert them. I’d rather borrow a camcorder and do it myself. I’d even buy one, if the price weren’t too horrible.

If you can help, comment on this posting. (You’ll have to set up an account, but then you can comment on any posting.)

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More Catalyst Nuggets

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the material at Catalyst West 2009.

I wasn’t able to carpool today to Presbytery due to a scheduling conflict that made it also my day as chaplain at the local hospital. But the upside was that, when I did drive to Presbytery, I got to listen to 1.5 hrs of Catalyst (actual Origins labs) material. Here’s a pithy quote:

All we need to help somebody find God is already inside them.–Erwin McManus

(Beside Erwin McManus, I also heard an excellent discussion of entrepreneurial leadership from his associate Rick Yamamoto, and another discussion by Dan Kimball about having a missional posture in your life (and therefore in your church).

On the way home, I took a break from Catalyst stuff and listened to a sermon by Jim Burgen of Flatirons Church. (Podcasts are how this pastor hears sermons. I don’t know what I did before I got my iPod, but I must have been one miserable pastor.)

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Susan Boyle is a Reminder

Today I heard about Susan Boyle, the singing sensation who wowed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent. (Her story is summarized here, and it’s worth reading.)

It’s a touching reminder how much we judge people. All the time, and to our shame.

But God is good, and occasionally lets us see in one person, like Susan Boyle, the potential that is in everyone. And what a joy it is when we do get to see it.

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