Today's an outlandishly busy day for me, so what goes on the site? Random links and thoughts.
I used to have a lot of Steve Camp vinyl in my heavy CCM days. Steve hit pretty hard back then (though Keith Green had him beat in the heavy lyrics department), and he's still sledgehammering away, this time online. While I find him to be a little too in your face on his blog at times, over the last two weeks he's posted some outstanding material, the first almost prescient in light of the Haggard fiasco:
Tim Challies weighs in on the Evangelical news of the moment with a truly grace-filled post entitled "The Scandal."
Meanwhile, Keith Drury contributes a canny assessment of the reasons some well-known preachers fall.
Mark Driscoll (whom I fear some people would love to see go the way of Haggard) weighs in with practical and unflinching advice on how to keep one's ministry from going up in flames. While I like most what he has to say, he still advocates the mistaken notion that the pastor is a class apart from the rest of the people in the church. Though that thinking may be the general consensus within Evangelicalism, the general consensus is nonetheless wrong. That consensus only fosters the problem .
Take time to pray for Milton Stanley of Transforming Sermons as he recovers from surgery. Milton's site culls some of the choicest material from the best blogs out there. Make sure to include it in your newsreader of choice.
And lastly, if you want a break from all the Sturm und Drang, you can't get a better laugh than Weird Al Yankovic's recent video, Wikipedia's got an entry just for this song/video, and it's fascinating, too. For us fortyish, white nerds, everything in the video hits home. I especially liked the back alley buy of the rare "Star Wars Holiday Special." Nothing says "I have no life" better than coveting a TV show filled with dancing Ewoks. Don't miss. (HT: BHT )." I've got to hand it to the guy, he's still a hoot. I think this is the funniest video I've seen from him yet.