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Post Warning: For Serious Book Readers Only July 6, 2007

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If you’ve ever read at the local cafe and wondered why it seems you spend more time talking and looking than reading, then this post is for you (Warning: if you are suffer from claustrophobia, this post is probably not for you).  Scientists agree readers spend more energy fighting distraction than on reading itself.

Sakura Adachi, a furniture designer in Milan, admires pigeons for their ability to create private nooks in public spaces. That avian factoid of note inspired her to create a bookshelf, “The Cave,” for readers who want their furniture to be stylistic, yet functional, and especially for readers.

Read the NYT says about it.

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Jefferson’s Final RSVP, July 4th Letter: “Apotheosis of Liberty” July 4, 2007

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Read the final words of Thomas Jefferson in his correspondence to a friend, Roger C. Weightman, Monticello, June 24, 1826.

Respected Sir,

The kind invitation I receive from you, on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration on the fiftieth anniversary of American Independence, as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposed for the comfort of such a journey. It adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. But acquiescence is a duty, under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to control. I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.

I will ask permission here to express the pleasure with which I should have met my ancient neighbors of the city of Washington and its vicinities, with whom I passed so many years of a pleasing social intercourse; an intercourse which so much relieved the anxieties of the public cares, and left impressions so deeply engraved in my affections, as never to be forgotten. With my regret that ill health forbids me the gratification of an acceptance, be pleased to receive for yourself, and those for whom you write, the assurance of my highest respect and friendly attachments.

Free Speech Challenged on 4th of July July 4, 2007

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On this day that our country celebrates the anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, this July 4th around the world freedom of speech faces the new challenges of Islam, intolerance on the part of Islamic radicals, and politicians of the West that are too wormy to say something about the erosion of the freedoms that make democracy possible.

Read the article here.

Malaysian State increases Persecution July 3, 2007

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In Malaysia, the Islamist party, Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS), has approved stiffer punishments to deter Christians from seeking the conversion of Muslims to faith in Christ. The new revised law passed by the northern state of Kelantan, anyone convicted faces up to six lashes with the rattan cane, 5 yrs in prison, and could be fined almost us$ 3,000.

Hassan Mohamood, head of the Islamic affairs committee, explained the stiffer laws are “a form of deterrence”.

The recent case of Line Joy (click here and here), a Malay-Muslim woman who sought legal recognition of her right to pick her religion of choice, raised fears among some in Malaysia over mass conversion. Last year, the PAS government passed a law giving Muslims cash (US$ 2,700), and an additional monthly subsidy (US$ 270), free housing, and a car if they married and converted indigenous animist people to Islam.

Pray for those among the Malay who seek to share Christ with those who need Him.

Read the article here.

Rescue the Oppressed — Darfur and Rape Law June 29, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Culture/Society, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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In war-torn Darfur, more than 2 Million people have been violently displaced from their homes in 4 short years. In that time, conservative estimates speculate that over 200,000 people have died in the strife.

Additionally, the report explains the high incidence of sexual violence in Darfur had been well documented in the past, but existing regulations made it “all but impossible” to prosecute rapists.

In many cases, the report added that women who admit being raped risk prosecution for “having sex” outside marriage.

Under current law, the offense carries punishment of 100 lashes or death by stoning.

Pray for peace and the power of the gospel in Darfur.

Read the press here.

Forgotten the Cross? Tozer on Christianity without the Cross June 28, 2007

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Are you willing to bear the cross daily for Christ? In this thoughtful reflection, Tozer reflects on the source of victory and the end of self in the believer’s life.

From the article: Then he said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ (Luke 9:23 )

Prayer
Lord, in reaching out to people in this world may I not seek to disguise the cross nor leave mine at home each day.

Thought
The cross is mounted on church steeples. We have overlaid it with gold to wear around our neck or on our lapel. In doing so, have we forgotten that the cross is an instrument of death! It was for Christ and it is for us – death to self. Are we bearing our cross daily?

Read the article here.

iPhone demo get dismal review June 26, 2007

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The much-anticipated 6/29 release of the iPhone runs hot this week in the press. Apple has released the new demo video for the iPhone. The video runs long, but with features like gMaps, gMail, and full-feature internet, its worth watching.

Watch the video here.

But before you run out to buy one, you should probably read the NY Times road-tested review–its rather dismal and includes words like “decried,” “excruciating,” and “ache.”

Ouch.

Read the press here.

Netherlands cleaning up? June 25, 2007

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Legalized prostitution, euthanasia, abortion, same-sex marriage, marijuana. These are the things that has long made Amsterdam a wild city with no boundaries.

The orthodox Christian political party holds majority power for the first time. With immigration issues and problems in identifying where the country stands, the “world’s most socially liberal political laboratory” is rethinking its morally bankrupt “anything-goes” policies.

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Converted Convict and Carpenter for Christ built Ruth Graham coffin June 20, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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Richard Liggett, convicted murderer and convict in Angola, the infamous “bloody prison” of the Louisiana state penitentiary system, did not start his sentence well. His life sentence, though, changed dramatically after he met Christ. Then, after years of hardened sin, he turned to Christ and carpentry, and ended faithfully in the arms of the Savior. Before dying of cancer in March 2007, he was asked to build several simple coffins for the Graham family.

Franklin Graham ordered birch plywood coffins after a visit to the Angola prison where he was struck by their simple beauty and the profound changes that have taken place there through gospel ministry.

After being convicted of murder and thrown into the bloodiest prison in the US, most would assume that life is all but over. But for Liggett and many others, the preaching ministry under the administration of my friend Burl Cain changed Richard’s course.

Burl Cain, the warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, has brought gospel reformation into one of America’s dealiest prisons. Of the 5,108 inmates, 3,700 are serving life sentences and the remainder are serving an average 88 year sentence.

But over the years, the gospel has moved powerfully, and now more than 2,000 inmates have repented and confess Christ as Lord.

The prison now has a Bible college and a chapel near death row, which is funded largely by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

After 20 years of federal court control, Cain became warden in 1995. In 1999, Louisiana took back the prison. But it looks much different now than it did just a few years ago. The number of inmate-on-inmate assaults with a weapon dropped from 346 in 1996 to 60 last year, explains Cain, who attributes the drop largely to Christ and the power of the gospel.

Liggett made the news because he built a few coffins. But from murder and imprisonment to salvation, his story now bears repeating to those who still need to be freed from the shackles of sin and told about the gospel that still changes lives today.

Read the press here.

Ruth Bell Graham Funeral Live Webcast June 16, 2007

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The live webcast of the Ruth Graham funeral service will be Saturday, June 16, 2pm EST, broadcast from the BGEA website. Additionally, you may give a memorial gift to the BGEA via the website. See her bio below. (more…)