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RockwellThanks.jpgNow is the time to give thanks.

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: 

Make us always thankful for your loving providence; 

and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; 

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

We turn toward Advent now, and Christine Sine’s video is always worth a look.

Bob on parenting.

Excellent article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey on charismatic/Pentecostal problems.
Excellent reminder by Mike Goldsworthy.
Excellent questions by iMonk.
Excellent reflections by LaVonne Neff.
Excellent post by Ed Gilbreath.

WD.jpgMichael Emerson wonders why we remain Protest-ants today. (Would that it were this simple.)
John Frye wonders how personal our gospel is.

Buechner Fan? (HT: JM)
Academic Fan?
Sage Journals Fan?

What did you think of the Manhattan Declaration? John Stackhouse posts his view. While I’m pro-life and pro-marriage etc, I can’t figure out either “why?” this statement needed to made (anything new, different?) and “what will happen next?”

Ted Gossard’s blog disappeared at Blogspot, so he’s moved over to WordPress. (If anyone can help Ted, I’d appreciate it.)

Derek Leman reports on an SBL session; good report Derek.
Andy Rowell records an important SBL session.

LL Barkat reflects on blog traffic.

Did Jesus ever go to England?
Meandering in the News
1. The RC priest’s decision to ban a Kennedy from the sacrament has one major problem: the lack of consistency on this one in the RCC. Here’s a public forum.
2. Medical marijuana developments.
3. Thomas Friedman‘s advice: “Never cede a century to a country that censors Google.”

ObamaFlag.jpg4. Maureen Dowd criticizing Obama: “Like Reagan, Obama is a detached loner with a strong, savvy wife. But unlike Reagan, he doesn’t have the acting skills to project concern about what’s happening to people. Obama showed a flair for the theatrical during his campaign, and a talent for narrative in his memoir, but he has yet to translate those skills to governing.”
6. A 4-page interview with Michael Horton — about the gospel-driven life. Not sure if you have seen this, but John Frame has taken issue with central themes in Horton’s recent proposals. I will be reviewing Michael’s book about the gospel in December.
7. Bad news on mortgages.
9. I am unconvinced sending more troops into Afghanistan will stabilize that country or aid in bringing peace to the Middle East. 
Meandering in Sports
The Bears … well, they weren’t awful last week against Philadelphia. Maybe a sign? I believe Cutler is talented and young and mistake-prone, but I also think he’ll be a very good NFL QB. He reminds me of the young Favre.
My pick for the Super Bowl Champs? The Vikings.
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Pastor Matt

posted November 28, 2009 at 6:44 am

Scot, as to the Manhattan Declaration, it was prompted by a number of things, including, but not limited to: (1) a New Jersey case where the Methodist Church was sued for refusing to allow a homosexual couple to wed in one of thier buildings; (2) a Catholic nurse in NYC whose job was threatened for refusing to participate in abortions; (3) interpretations by courts of hate crime bills such as the one recently debated in Congress, etc. The basic thrust is, if the U.S. follows the same arc as Canada and a handful of European nations in regards to life, marriage and religious liberty then you can expect widespread civil disobedience from the signers. Thanks for your oustanding work, blessings.

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posted November 28, 2009 at 9:37 am

Re: Krauthammer on Holder’s wrong decision to try KSM in civilian court. Is it too late for Holder or the President to reverse the decision?

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John W Frye

posted November 28, 2009 at 10:24 am

Scot, Thanks so much for pointing us to John Frame’s review of Michael Horton’s contentious book.

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Ted M. Gossard

posted November 28, 2009 at 11:55 am

Thanks so much, Scot. Even though my hope is fading, I do want the old blog back due to sentimental posts especially (the entire blog in a way is sentimental to me).
With John I too say thanks for the Frame critique of Horton. And so many other good things here.
Again, thanks!

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posted November 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm

The Manhattan Declaration is already being used by one propagandist to besmirch those who don’t agree with his agenda:
I wonder how much more we will see of the fallacious argument “John Doe didn’t sign, therefore he is probably on the wrong side of these issues.”

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posted November 28, 2009 at 2:12 pm

The Manhattan Declaration is too long and wordy and wandering to be worth anything much.
On the other hand I do think we will reach a point (already have at times of course) where it will be necessary to take a stand – and the stand taken will have significant negative consequences on occasion. The hard part is being sure that the stand we take is, in fact, for the Gospel and not for extraneous attached baggage.

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Tim Gombis

posted November 28, 2009 at 2:53 pm

We’re up here in Chicago for Thanksgiving and saw the comparison between Favre and Cutler in the Tribune. Stat-wise, they’re dead on, and the comparison is valid. But I wonder about the will to win, ability to improvise, and execute under pressure. Seemed that Favre excelled (excels!) in these latter considerations, whereas Cutler seems to sort of give up. Hoping for the best, but somewhat skeptical…

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posted November 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

See you have a bet with Tony on the Bears/Vikings game – but a Pizza benefits only Tony. Perhaps something more substantial?
We all enjoyed the series On Infant Baptism after the last such rash bet (with John Franke).
I’m thinking…

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Scot McKnight

posted November 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm

RJS, that’s the bet … Tony set the terms.

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posted November 29, 2009 at 1:30 am

Except that Favre didn’t force himself to be traded and melt down 2 quality football teams or stand up to a coach. Let’s name Cutler what he is…a quarterback version of T.O.

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