Combing the Net – 8/2/2011

Awkward Classical Music Photos — Just what it sounds like. This blog has pages and pages of classical musicians posing for embarrassing, absurd, and otherwise awkward photos and failed attempts to look “artsy”. Hilarious! (HT: Ben Williams)

Debt Crisis Boost for Rapture Industry — Though a consensus has now been reached, I thought it was interesting that the bitter national debate was at least of benefit to somebody! Rapture enthusiasts never let a crisis go to waste!

The Mosque on the Mount — Jon Bloom on the real significance of the Al Asqa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, which stand in Jerusalem on the sight of the ancient temple mount. (HT: Z)

For the past 13 centuries a mosque has occupied the temple’s former site. It is not a sign of God’s endorsement on Islam. Rather, it is an unwitting guardian of the new covenant reality. God wants the temple gone, not because Judaism is destroyed, but because in Jesus it is fulfilled.

So when you see the Al Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock, pray for both Jews and Muslims, that they will hear and believe the new covenant. For “the hour [has come] when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will [they] worship the Father” (John 4:21).

The “Friends With Benefits” Epidemic — This is a very good article about the ways the world tries to replace true, Biblical intimacy with sex. Real intimacy is so much more… and so much better!

What if the NASCAR Preacher Had Sung the National Anthem Irreverently? — Most people seem to think the now-infamous “smokin’ hot wives” prayer was just good fun, but I agree with Jared Moore here. Prayer is an enormous privilege for those who are allowed freely to come before the throne of God, but this man makes a mockery of it. How sad. In case you haven’t seen the prayer in question, here it is:

One comment on “Combing the Net – 8/2/2011

  1. Megan says:

    I thought the same thing about the NASCAR prayer but I have found most people thought it was okay. To come before God is not to be taken lightly or in a way to just please the crowds.

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