The Briefing for Wednesday 1/30/2013

January 30, 2013 — 1 Comment


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Today’s Scripture

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)

Notable Quotables

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” (G. K. Chesterton)

“The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.” (John Blanchard)

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.” (Michelangelo)

“We can’t microwave people into maturity. They need to be marinated and often slow-roasted in the truth. After all, Jesus used the mustard seed to talk about the kingdom advancement.” (Erik Raymond)

“Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves, but I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.” (C. S. Lewis)

“The smallest package in the world is a man wrapped up in himself.” (Dan Dumas)

“You are under-qualified for the job of God.” (Tim Keller)

Around the Net Today

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Andre Yee (Desiring God)

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Stephen Altrogge (The Blazing Center)

Conquering the Lonely Grave of Depression (Article)
Mike Leake (Borrowed Light)

When the Gospel-Centered Movement Undermines the Gospel (Article)
Steve Meister (The Cripplegate)

Mark Driscoll Isn’t My Pastor (Article)
Lore Ferguson (A Deeper Church)

4 Types of Faith (List Article)
C. Michael Patton (Parchment & Pen)

9 Lies the Media Tells About Evangelicals (List Article)
Frank Viola (Church Leaders)

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Stephen McCaskell (Born to Reform)

These Lust Clusters (Article)
Douglas Wilson (Blog and Mablog)

Hating My Sin Is Hating Me? (Excerpt)
Peter Kreeft via Justin Taylor (Between Two Worlds)

From Lesbian Professor to Presbyterian Mother (Article, Video Interview)
Via Owen Strachan (Thought Life)

Iran Sentences U.S. Pastor to 8 Years in Prison (Article)
CNN Staff (CNN: Belief Blog)

On the Lighter Side

Today’s Cool Comic: The Argyle Sweater (1-Panel Strip)
Scott Hilburn (via

The Glory of Creation: In the Midst of a School of Jumping Fish (Video)
Simon Beck (Bored Panda)

Wednesday Fun: The Best Dance Routine Ever? (Video)
Chris Higgins (Mental Floss)

Something to Ponder

The Church Needs Plodding Visionaries, Not Revolutionaries

“It’s sexy among young people—my generation—to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church. Besides being unbiblical, such notions of churchless Christianity are unrealistic. It’s immaturity actually, like the newly engaged couple who think romance preserves the marriage, when the couple celebrating their golden anniversary know it’s the institution of marriage that preserves the romance. Without the God-given habit of corporate worship and the God-given mandate of corporate accountability, we will not prove faithful over the long haul.

“What we need are fewer revolutionaries and a few more plodding visionaries. That’s my dream for the church—a multitude of faithful, risktaking plodders. The best churches are full of gospel-saturated people holding tenaciously to a vision of godly obedience and God’s glory, and pursuing that godliness and glory with relentless, often unnoticed, plodding consistency.

- Kevin DeYoung

Into All the World

“You are to follow no man further than he follows Christ.”

- John Collins

One response to The Briefing for Wednesday 1/30/2013


    It’s not the church that we follow,but the God in man who leads us.What an example of love

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