The Briefing for Tuesday 1/15/2013

January 15, 2013 — Leave a comment


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Today’s Scripture

“Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:7-9)

Notable Quotables

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” (Isaac Newton)

“The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.” (Augustus Hare)

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” (Martin Luther)

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created.” (C. S. Lewis)

“The evidence for the Christian case is very strong. Though incapable of compelling faith, it is quite sufficient to warrant it.” (Michael Green)

“You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity.” (J. K. Rowling)

“Religious people obey God to get things; gospel people obey God to get God.” (Tim Keller)

Around the Net Today

Don’t Be Caught Rejoicing with Those Who Weep (Excerpt)
Joni Eareckson Tada via Justin Taylor (Between Two Worlds)

On the Inaugural Fiasco: Let Freedom (Finally) Ring! (Brief Article)
Kevin DeYoung (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed)

The Giglio Smear: When Faith Is Called Bigotry (Article)
Andrew T. Walker (The Foundry)

The Letter President Obama Should Write to Louie Giglio (Article)
Timothy Dalrymple (Philosophical Fragments)

Rick Warren on Religious Liberty (Video)
Ed Stetzer & Rick Warren (via Church Leaders)

The Sexual Revolution Reconsidered (Excerpt)
Via Gene Veith (Cranach)

Whatever Happened to the Emerging Church? (Article)
C. Michael Patton (Parchment & Pen)

When a Change Agent Is Forced to Accept Change (Article)
Ron Edmondson (

Why We Need Plumbers and Pastors (Article)
Drew Dyck (Leadership Journal)

Ten Things Church Members Desire in a Pastor (List Article)
Thom S. Rainer (

The Importance of a Stop Day (Article)
Ben Tinker (CNN: Health)

Radiate, Part 2: Honor Everyone (1 Peter 2:9-17)
Timothy R. Valentino (Ponder Anew)

On the Lighter Side

Today’s Cool Comic: Shoe (3-Panel Strip)
Chris Cassat & Gary brookins (via

The Glory of Creation: A Dolphin Stampede (Video)
Via Abraham Piper (22 Words)

Tuesday Fun: Unbelievable Half Court Shot (Video)
Via Zach Nielsen (Take Your Vitamin Z)

Something to Ponder

No Stones or Snakes for My Son

“One time when my son Ben was three or four, he asked for a cracker for snack time. I opened the box and found that they were moldy. I said, “I’m sorry, you can’t eat these. They are covered with fuzz.” He said, “I’ll eat the fuzz.” But I said no. He was not happy, but I loved him and would not give him a fuzzy cracker, no matter how much he pleaded.

“So when Jesus says he will give good things, he means that. Only good things. And only he knows ultimately what is good for us. And notice, when he says dads don’t give stones when asked for bread, he does not say dads always give bread. Just no stones. And when he says, dads don’t give snakes for fish, he does not say dads always give fish. Just no snakes.

“The point is this: God ignores no prayers from his children. And he gives us what we ask for, or something better (not necessarily easier), if we trust him.”

- John Piper

Into All the World

“Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.”

- Thomas a Kempis

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