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St. Andrews Day Post – Presbyterian Liturgical Dancing?

November 30 is St. Andrews day.
If you want to know more about it look it up on wikipedia, I must have been absent sick the day they taught about it at Theological College.

Anyway, the Sacred Sandwich posted this image which seems to answer the question about what Presbyterian liturgical dance would look like, if we were tempted to think that the Scriptures permitted it.

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Nothing Captures The Magic Of Christmas For Children Like…

Vampire dolls;

Unless, perhaps, it’s a truckload of Michael Jacksons (in our local Christmas pageant)

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R.C. Sproul’s John Commentary Free Kindle Download

R.C. Sproul’s commentary on John is available as a free Kindle download from Amazon for today only.
Go get it!

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Black Dog Mondays – Darryl Dash On Monday Pastoral Discouragement

Darryl Dash offers a quote from Arch Hart;
expands on these “suggestions for how to deal with Monday morning pastoral discouragement”:

  • Expect it.
  • Flee from idols.
  • Be careful in measuring success.
  • Remember where the power comes from.

And finishes with a quote from Spurgeon.

Plenty to keep the hound away.

Read: ‘Monday Pastoral Discouragement’ at Dashhouse.

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Youth Groups Destroy Children’s Lives (via Reclaiming The Mission)

David Fitch takes an ax handle to the homogeneous unit principle inspired modern church youth group ministry:

I think youth groups often do things that work against the formation of our youth into life with Christ and His Mission. They also soak up huge time and resources in ways that are a detriment to the community life of the church. I think it would be good for parents seeking churches to think through these issues.
Prototype youth groups are built on the worst of modernist assumptions concerning the way human beings develop as cultural beings. They play into the worse impulses of parents who don’t get what is happening right before their very eyes when their children start to take on the moral formation of the ubiquitous culture at large. (Parents want young hip experts to save their kids – UH THAT DON’T WORK!!). They think the answer is to somehow get their children to a place where the youth culture attracts them and somehow makes Christianity attractive to their age group. All these things, I argue, work against the child growing up into a vital and real relationship with the living God and what He has done in Christ for the world.

Fitch unpacks three points: (click through to read his reasoning)
1.) Youth groups foster peer orientation.
2.) Youth groups undercut wholistic community from which a child can learn faith in Christ as a way of life/relationship, not just information slickly delivered.
3.) Youth groups too often try to attract youth playing to their worst interests.

However HUP inspired groupings serve as gateways to hearing the Gospel, they are poor models of living the Gospel and counterproductive to the Gospel affirmation that the Gospel breaks down barriers.

HT: Darryl Dash.

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Refudiate: OUP USA Word Of The Year

Refudiate has been named the New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2010 Word of the Year
I’ve posted about the word and its origin here.
refudiate verb used loosely to mean “reject”: she called on them to refudiate the proposal to build a mosque.
[origin — blend of refute and repudiate]

A cute piece of intellectual elitist narrative reinforcement rather than a genuine attempt at popular language study, as the list of other ‘finalists’ demonstrates.
Interestingly the OUP USA blog has a companion post which reveals that ‘refudiate’ has been used in a variety of situations over the past one hundred years, but has never become considered a real word in the sense of being included in dictionaries.
At least half of these would have far more penetration into public consciousness than their choice.

In alphabetical order, here are their top ten finalists for the 2010 Word of the Year.
Go to the blog for the meanings of any you’re not familiar with:

nom nom
Tea Party
top kill

PS. Can you guess which word my spell-check did not recognise prior to publishing this post?

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Fifty Most Hated Figures In Literary History

For those who like their information in list form Library Science Degree provides the 50 most hated figures in literary history (in their opinion).
The list actually includes 51 names, and includes one who is not a fictional character, but is real. And who quite prefers us to think of him as imaginary.