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IMB Trustee Censured

If you weren't praying for the IMB trustees, I hope this news will  get you started. Controversial IMB Trustee and pastor Wade Burleson has been censured by the other IMB trustees. Everyone involved in this needs wisdom, courage, and humility. The story can be found here. More to follow I'm sure.

Creation Museum Surpasses Expectation

The USA Today recently ran an article detailing the overwhelming turnout the Creation museum has seen over its short, 6 month existence. Museum officials expect about 400,000 visitors by the end of the year, which is about 150,000 more visitors than was originally projected. Not bad.

Contrary to what many of you might think, the visitors are not just coming from the backwoods of Alabama (no offense). In this past week alone, the article said, there were visitors from France, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong.

Of course, not everyone is pleased with these developments.  

Lawrence Krauss, head of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University, called the attraction's popularity "embarrassing."

I guess Lawrence Krauss won't be one of those 400,000 visitors. You can read the article here. 

One Church, Multiple Campuses?

Multi-campus sites are a hot topic of discussion these days. Is this a new practice? Was it taking place in the early church? Is it wise? Is it doable? These questions and many others are receiving, as you might have guessed, many conflicting answers. 

Dr. John Piper recently preached on the topic. His manuscript can be found here. Wherever you stand on this issue, I think that you will find this article to be a helpful articulation of one view. Looking at Acts 2:36-47, Piper says 

So we have one church of at least ten thousand members. How did they do that? How were they structured? What did church look like?

Don’t misunderstand. We are not operating on the assumption that if we knew the exact structure of the Jerusalem church or the Philippian church or the Corinthian church we would have to structure ourselves just that way. We believe that where the New Testament commands us to do something or implies that it is right to do it in all times and all places, we obey. But there is no command in the New Testament that says, “Replicate all the structures that you see in the early church.” Some are commanded; some are not. Our aim was simply, “Can we see some guidelines? Can we see mandates and prohibitions if there are any, and can we see opportunities and permissions?”

He summarizes his findings, saying 

The point is a principle: If a band of radical disciples of Jesus are able to keep a pilgrim mindset and believe in an expanding vision of the local church, multiplying campuses is a feasible and affordable way to do it under the united banner of spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. 

Check out the rest of this sermon.

What do you think? Why do you think what you think? Do you know of any other helpful resources out there on the topic? 

The Top US Conservatives and Liberals…

…according to the Telegraph. I have to say that I think this list isn't quite as accurate as they might like to think it is. Rudy Giuliani is not the most influential US conservative. But I have to be fair, this would not be an easy job. In fact, they admit that

it was far from easy to agree among ourselves as to who to include and in what order. Many readers will dispute a number of those who appear on our lists and no doubt be eager to put forward substitutes.

You can find the lists here.

If A Man Thinks That Women Should Be In Combat…

…he's a wimp. Do you disagree? Dr. John Piper doesn't care. Don't believe me? Here's the quote:

If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he's a wimp.

Dr. Piper goes on to spend a few sentences writing about his view on biblical manhood and womanhood. He states that

God wrote manhood and womanhood on our hearts. Sin ruins the imprint without totally defacing it. It tells men to be heavy handed oafs or passive wimps. It tells women to be coquettes or controllers. That is not God's imprint. Deeper down men and women know it. 

It is worth your time to read the rest of this great article. You can read it here. Do you think this too strong? Does this go beyond the bounds of Scripture? Check out the article, then let me know.