The Briefing for Friday 1/11/2013

January 11, 2013 — 2 Comments


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Today’s Scripture

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land. . . . Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-29)

Notable Quotables

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” (Winston Churchill)

“Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.” (Hugh Miller)

“Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.” (Mark Twain)

“No matter how compassionate, charitable, winsome, and kind you are, if you oppose the sexual revolution you are the enemy.” (David French)

“They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they heap abuse on you.” (1 Peter 4:4)

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” (Thomas Jefferson)

“The only time you mustn’t fail is the last time you try.” (Charles F. Kettering)

Around the Net Today

When Slandered for Holding to a Biblical Sexual Ethic (Article)
Douglas Wilson (Blog and Mablog)

Staying Faithful When Things Get Worse (Article)
Jon Bloom (Desiring God)

Cheer Up, the Worst They Can Do Is Kill Us (Article)
Jared C. Wilson (The Gospel-Driven Church)

Let’s Stop Pretending Skinny Jeans Are a Missional Tool (Article)
Douglas Wilson (Blog and Mablog)

Impossible Debt: A Grave Turning Point in Our National Character
Randy Alcorn (Eternal Perspective Ministries)

Time to Stop the Unjust Mandate (Article)
Jerry Newcombe (The Christian Post: Opinion)

Record Number of Abortions, Taxpayer Dollars for Planned Parenthood (Article)
Steven Ertelt (

Bill Clinton Named Father of the Year (Brief Article)
Gene Veith (Cranach)

Obama to Swear-In on Stack of Historic Bibles (Article)
Conor Finnegan (CNN: Politics)

Roundup on the Giglio Inauguration Furor:

The New State Church (Russell D. Moore)
The New Moral McCarthyism (R. Albert Mohler, Jr.)
Are Evangelicals No Longer Welcome in the Public Square? (Ed Stetzer)
The Public Shaming of Louie Giglio (Nick Rynerson)
The Great Litmus Test of Our Day (Denny Burk)

So Much for Diversity (Joe Carter)

On the Lighter Side

Today’s Cool Comic: Birdbrains (1-Panel Strip)
Todd Bluemel (via

The Glory of Creation: Photographing the Largest Tree in the World (Video)
Staff Compilation (Bored Panda)

Friday Fun: Carol Burnett & Robin Williams in ‘The Funeral’ (Video)
The Carol Burnett Show (YouTube)

Something to Ponder

Religion and Morality Are Indispensable Supports

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked:

“Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

- George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

Into All the World

“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a mile post on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.”

- Jim Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor, p. 59

2 responses to The Briefing for Friday 1/11/2013


    I cannot say that I ever thought of praying that God would make of me a “crisis man/woman”. But on thinking about that quote I realized that for most people crisis is the only time they are willing to consider God’s opinion in the matter. Perhaps it is a good prayer to pray…and who better as an example than Jim Eliot, regardless of what Mark Twain has to say.


    Jim Elliot is always a challenge. Definitely go with him over Mark Twain! (Although I have to say, Twain is mostly right on this one. We just shouldn’t let his rightness deter us from living right!)

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