Combing the Net – 6/21/2010

Cookeville Fathers: Trends, Trials, and Triumphs — The local twist on some interesting statistics about fatherhood. Bad: Tennessee has the third-worst divorce rate in the nation (way to step up, Bible Belt). Good: Things seem to be trending better, as more dads are spending quality time with their kids. What’s missing, in my opinion: An understanding that what kids need most from dads are men who love their wives. Why is it we have no problem identifying divorce as one of the biggest problems, but the proposed solutions are “low conflict divorce” and changes to the child support laws, rather than reconciliation?

Aliens No Longer Interested in Invading Earth — Finally, some good news from the oil spill!

The World: Love It or Hate It — Tulian Tchividjian on whether “the world” is supposed to be good or bad. Are we to love it or hate it? Does the Bible contradict itself?

Who’s Afraid of Sacred Soccer? — Soccer fanatics: The fastest growing religion in the world!

Randy Alcorn on Limited Atonement — Here’s a very well-articulated defense of “4-Point Calvinism”. Several folks from SSBC seem to have taken more of an interest in the doctrines of grace (and in theology in general) lately, so I thought I’d share something that represents a common viewpoint in many circles, and particularly among Baptists. Alcorn’s view seeks to strike something of a “middle ground” between Arminianism and full-fledged Reformed theology — which any hardcore Calvinist will tell you has many more than 5 points!

This song by Brooke Fraser has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ll post the words below the video.

“Hosea’s Wife”

I just spoke silence with the seeker next to me
She had a heart with hesitant, halting speech
That turned to mine and asked belligerently
“What do I live for?”

I see the scars of searches everywhere I go
From hearts to wars to literature to radio
There’s a question like a shame no one will show
“What do I live for?”

We are Hosea’s wife
We are squandering this life
Using people like ladders and words like knives

[CHORUS]
If we’ve eyes to see
If we’ve ears to hear
To find it in our hearts and mouths
The word that saves is near
Shed that shallow skin
Come and live again
Leave all you were before
To believe is to begin

There is truth in little corners of our lives
There are hints of it in songs and children’s eyes
It’s familiar, like an ancient lullaby
What do I live for?

We are Hosea’s wife
We are squandering this life
Using bodies like money and truth like lies

[CHORUS]

[Bridge]
We are more than dust
That means something
That means something
We are more than just
Blood and emotions
Inklings and notions
Atoms on oceans

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