Flipping Out About the iPad

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People are wigging (street talk meaning “getting excited about”) out about Apple’s new iPad. Tim Challies calls it the most disappointing thing since the Blue Jays lost the World Series in 1993. Josh Harris, on the other hand, thinks that it’s the greatest invention since slap bracelets and Reebok Pumps.

I think I side with Tim Challies, but for slightly different reasons. Here’s why I’m not so impressed with the iPad…

  • Zero capacity for time travel. After reading all the hype I was under the impression that I was going to be able to transport myself directly back to 1992 and watch brand new episodes of “Home Improvements”. Apparently Steve Jobs hasn’t heard of a flux capacitor (see Back to the Future).
  • No ability to be my personal bond-servant. I was envisioning something along the lines of “Hal” from 2001: A Space Odyssey, except that the iPad wouldn’t attempt to kill me or take over my life. It would just make my bed and be a true friend.
  • No shoulder support. It would appear that the iPad is really just an enormous, Shaq-sized iPod. With an iPod this large, I want to wear jam pants and carry it on my shoulder through the mall, pumping out the tunes, like an old boom box. But there’s no shoulder support. Come on Apple, looks aren’t everything.
  • No bulletproof anything. Okay can we be honest for a second? For what it does, the iPad is enormous. Almost like a police riot shield. If I’m going to carry it around, shouldn’t I at least be able to block a bullet with it as well? But I didn’t see one mention of bullet proof casing on the specs.
  • No built in celebrity voices. You can read books on the iPad. Not impressive. I can read books on paper too. I want something that is going to read books to me, preferably in pre-recorded celebrity voices. I want to have Sean Connery reading the book Desiring God to me.

Okay, I’m done wigging out about the iPad.

Your turn. Are you impressed with the iPad?

Are You Shocked At Sin?

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Question: Are you shocked by the sins of non-Christian?

Let me bring this home a little bit. When your non-Christian son, daughter, neighbor, or friend takes part in some wicked sin, are you shocked? Disgusted? Do you want to stay away from them?

We shouldn’t be shocked by the sins of those who don’t know Christ. Romans 1:28 says of those who don’t know Christ:

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

Apart from Christ, our minds are debased. Darkened. Filled with wickedness. We can’t think correctly about spiritual things. The result of trying to live apart from God is a debased mind, which always leads to debased actions.

So how do you treat your homosexual neighbor? Your workaholic friend? Your arrogant coworker? Your rebellious son?

We shouldn’t expect them to be righteous people. We shouldn’t stay away from them. They’re debased and darkened. But they can be rescued, just like we were.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… (Romans 1:16)

Two questions:

  • Are you ever turned off by other people’s sins?
  • How should we relate to non-Christians who are enslaved by sin?

The Prank That Didn’t Work

THE PRANK THAT DIDN’T WORK: They thought they could pull a prank on their high-school coach. Tell him that he’ll win a trip to the Final Four if he makes a blindfolded half-court shot. Instruct the crowd beforehand to cheer wildly when he air balls the shot, as if he made it. Laugh at the coach when he discovers the prank. Just one problem. He made the shot. READ IT HERE.

What You Are Excited About?

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“It is not just what you do, it is what you are excited about.  If I have learned anything in 35 or 40 years of teaching, it is that students don’t learn everything I teach them.  What they learn is what I am excited about, the kinds of things I emphasize again and again and again and again.  That had better be the Gospel.”

“Make sure that in your own practice and excitement what you talk about, what you think about, what you pray over, what you exude confidence over, joy over, what you are enthusiastic about all the time with your next generation of people whom you are influencing is Jesus, the gospel, the cross.” — D. A. Carson

Are we more excited about the benefits of the cross, or the cross itself?  Are we more excited about the blessings Jesus gives or Jesus himself?  Are we more excited about the gifts or the Giver?

I need to be more excited about Jesus.  How about you?