Combing the Net – 8/16/2010

I missed a couple days over the weekend, so I’ve got a few extra links for you today!

Go Easy on the Soda — A graphic about the effects of soft drinks on the body, and a special encouragement for pastors to lead by example by avoiding things that are bad for us.

Glen Coffee Retires from NFL — The story of a 23-year old player giving up a career of fame and fortune to pursue Christ.

Why Johnny Can’t Read — Here’s an article from a 1955 edition of Time magazine, discussing Rudolf Flesch’s “new” book Why Johnny Can’t Read. It was a landmark book, and has inspired several sequels by various authors, including Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns, which I reviewed this morning.

Calvin & Hobbes: The Search Engine — Find your favorite comic from the greatest of all comic strips, or discover a new favorite!

New Edition of God, Marriage, & Family — One of these days I’ll get around to finishing my book review on the first edition of this book, but the short version is: Fantastic. I’m sure this newly updated version will be even better!

Republicrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative — Dr. Carl Trueman speaking about his new book, which I’m looking forward to reading when it comes out next month.

Beware the Over-Hyped Stat — In the last several years there have been no shortage of polls and statistics gathered which show the impending decline of the American church. Especially popular are statistics that show that young people are leaving the church in droves. But are these stats always reliable? Kevin DeYoung offers a good reminder that statistics can only reveal so much, and ought never be an excuse for pessimism. “It seems that Christians are, of all people, most eager to believe the worst about themselves.” How sad…

Conversations on Being a Heretic — Thankfully, there seem to be fewer and fewer apologists for Brian McLaren remaining among conservative Protestants. In his latest book, he has finally revealed his true colors (in case any doubt had remained). In this interview, Scot McKnight somehow manages to remain gracious and patient despite McLaren’s condescension and refusal to give straight answers to straightforward questions, particularly in the discussion of the third question. Jared Wilson has a humorous response to this interview here.

Here’s a brief interview with blogger and author Tim Challies. He’s pretty much a rock star in the Christian blogosphere, but is an incredibly humble and down-to-earth guy. I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with him back in April. Just a great guy all around. If you haven’t already, you definitely need to check out his blog.

Finally, this is probably the most awesome “mash-up” I’ve seen so far… Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Rockin’ Robin” by the Jackson 5! (HT: 22 Words)