Combing the Net – 5/22/2012

Tennessee’s Newest State Park — At noon today, Cummins Falls State Park will be officially dedicated. This has been one of my favorite local outdoor spots since shortly after moving to Cookeville in 1999, but I didn’t realize until seeing this article that it had been “one of Travel and Leisure magazine’s top 10 swimming holes in the country for more than 100 years”.

Competitive Mothering — This is a really great article! Ladies, mothering is hard enough without the temptation to constantly compare yourself to every other mom’s success stories on Facebook and Pinterest.

Today you open up Facebook or blogs and you see daily updates from the moms who lead the way, who set the standards. They keep the house spotless every day, even while homeschooling six kids. They never miss a day of devotions and love every minute of working their way through Jonathan Edwards and John Owen. They go thrifting and put together a magazine-worthy home on a budget of very nearly nothing. They dress beautifully or eclectically or whatever their style is, without spending any money. Their husbands are that perfect combination of handsome and harmless, good-looking but not demanding. Their children are mischievous but not rebellious, they make funny messes in the home, but nothing that can’t be fixed with a hug and a few homemade chocolate chip cookies.

The Coming Meltdown in College Education — Lots of people have talked about an economic “higher education bubble”, but this article by Mark Cuban is one of the better ones I’ve seen. (HT: Z)

Idolatrous Worship Singing — Paul Clark cautions us against an idolatrous spirit in our corporate worship, a constant temptation for all of us.

At what stage of planning worship to attract outsiders does the controlling point of worship move to formation based upon what will “please” the target of attraction?  Is this really the biblical purpose of Christian worship?

4 Ways to Fight Clean Over Doctrine — Is it possible to hold to our theological convictions yet be able to fellowship with other believers who have different convictions? I believe it is, but these suggestions are vitally important if we hope to keep the conversations civil.

Q&A With Matt Chandler About His New Book — Mark Driscoll recently interviewed Matt Chandler about The Explicit Gospel, an excellent book which I reviewed last week.

I’ve been greatly enjoying the album From Age to Age since it was released a little over a month ago. This acoustic version of the song “Glorious Christ” is a lot of fun! (SSBC members may recognize the song, as this is the album that has been played before our worship services the last couple weeks.)

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