The Briefing for Thursday 1/10/2013

January 10, 2013 — Leave a comment


Alaskan Klee Kai

Today’s Scripture

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you.’” (Exodus 31:1-6)

Notable Quotables

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” (Thomas Merton)

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” (Pablo Picaso)

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” (Aristotle)

“When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God-made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.” (Mark Chagall)

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” (Vincent Van Gogh)

“Make each day your masterpiece.” (John Wooden)

Around the Net Today

When God Hides His Smiling Face (Excerpt)
William Cowper via Paul Tautges (Counseling One Another)

Passion Conferences—Exposing the Hype and Nourishing the Good (Article)
Roger E. Olson (Patheos)

Why Men Like Looking at Porn, and Why They Should Stop (Article)
Brad Williams (Christ and Pop Culture)

A Movie about Pontius Pilate (Article)
Gene Veith (Cranach)

Biden’s Gun Panel Meets with Faith Leaders (Article)
Kevin Bohn (CNN: Belief Blog)

Louis Giglio to Deliver Benediction at Obama Inauguration (Article)
Michelle Boorstein (The Washington Post)

Rick Warren Statement on the Hobby Lobby Lawsuit
Staff Report (Deseret News)

No One Elected to the Hall of Fame in Steroid Era (Article)
Tim Brown (Yahoo! Sports)

Autistic Artist Paints New York Skyline from Memory (Video)
Stephen Wiltshire (YouTube, HT: Zach Nielsen)

On the Lighter Side

Today’s Cool Comic: Bob Gorrell (1-Panel Strip)
Bob Gorrell (via

The Glory of Creation: Can You Spot the Animals in These Photos? (Photo Essay)
Staff Compilation (Bored Panda)

Thursday Fun: The Art of Pickpocketing (Video)
Appollo Robbins (The New Yorker)

Something to Ponder

Every Enemy of Joy Is Overcome

“Here in the cross is where every enemy of joy is overcome: divine wrath, as he becomes a curse for us; real guilt, as he becomes forgiveness for us; lawbreaking, as he becomes righteousness for us; estrangement from God, as he becomes reconciliation for us; slavery to Satan, as he becomes redemption for us; bondage to sin, as he becomes liberation for us; pangs of conscience, as he becomes cleansing for us; death, as he becomes the resurrection for us; hell, as he becomes eternal life for us.”

- John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight For Joy, p. 91

Into All the World

“Because the gospel is not just salvation from sin but salvation from self-righteousness, we don’t need to worry about filling every spare second with unrestful duties, even ones we think are in service to God. God desires mercy, not sacrifice (Matt 9:13). Christ made the sacrifice sufficient.”

- Jared C. Wilson, Gospel Wakefulness, p. 101

No Comments

Be the first to start the conversation!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s