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February 2010

February 23, 2010
This is a pretty amazing little utility. It simply shows relationships between musical artists or bands, allowing you to plug in the name of an artist you like at which point it will find some recommendations of others you may enjoy.
R.C. Sproul’s Study
In this ongoing series from T4G, R.C. Sproul takes us on a tour of his study. He gets the award for having the most interesting “stuff” in his study.
No Accident
“Chris and Nancy Hanna tell of God’s sustaining grace through a recent car accident. Chris is the Director of Development at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. ”
February 22, 2010

This morning I want to provide a few updates on life, books and web sites.

First off, I owe you an update on The Next Story, the book I’m writing. To this point, progress has been slow—discouragingly slow, really. Yet I’ve got hope that things will pick up soon. I have been focusing on gathering and pondering ideas more than actually putting ideas into words. So while the manuscript still has a word count of approximately 0, I think I’m getting to the point where the ideas are coming together in my mind. That means that I’ll soon be ready to write. In fact, I plan on spending most of today working my way through a couple more books with the hope that tomorrow I’ll have enough firm ideas in place that I can begin to work on some of the chapters. In the future I’ll try to write an article on the actually process I’m going through as I put this book together. For now, though, I covet your prayers and hope to have some good reports soon.

February 22, 2010
Tom Brokaw Explains Canada
This is a great little piece that played as the Olympics got underway.
Tiger’s Buddhist Confession
Dr. Mohler looks at Tiger Woods’ apology and notes “Woods publicly reclaimed his Buddhist identity, having been raised in the philosophy of Thai Buddhism by his mother. The two key sentences are these: ‘Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint.’” Meanwhile, Mark DeMoss offers the apology that Tiger should have offered.
Uncle Jay Explains
My favorite Monday morning ritual.
A Word from Haiti
February 21, 2010

Here is one more little nugget I pulled from R.C. Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross as I read through it last week.

Early in the book he spends some time discussing the human condition and as he does so he uses three biblical concepts: debtors, enemies, and criminals. The Bible describes each of us in these terms. What Sproul does here, and this really helped it hit home for me, is show how it is always the Father who has been offended and the Son who intercedes. We have committed crimes against God and are, thus, justly termed criminals. The Father stands as Judge, passing the just sentence of death. But Christ stands between us and the Father, acting as substitute. Our sin puts us in debt to God so that we are debtors to Him. God is the creditor who demands repayment, but Christ stands in as surety. And sin puts us at enmity with God, making us His enemies. He has been violated by our sin, but Christ intercedes as mediator, opening the way between man and God.

Sproul breaks this down into the following simple table:

February 20, 2010

Earlier this week I read, or re-read, actually, R.C. Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross (an ideal book to read before Easter should you wish to prepare your heart to celebrate). In a chapter looking at the Scriptural motifs of blessing and curse, he looks at the fulfillment of the rite of circumcision.


The sign of the old covenant was circumcision. The cutting of the foreskin had two significances, one positive and one negative, corresponding to the two sanctions. On the positive side, the cutting of the foreskin symbolized that God was cutting out a group of people from the rest, separating them, setting them apart to be a holy nation. The negative aspect was that the Jew who underwent circumcision was saying, “Oh, God, if I fail to keep every one of the terms of this covenant, may I be cut off from You, cut off from Your presence, cut off from the light of Your countenance, cut off from Your blessedness, just as I have now ritually cut off the foreskin of my flesh.”

February 19, 2010

It’s time for yet another edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Ligonier Ministries, a ministry that I suspect requires little formal introduction. You know it, of course, as the teaching ministry of Dr. R.C. Sproul. It has a long history of faithful ministry to the church.

This week they are offering five great prize packages, each of which consists of:

February 19, 2010
Americans Released from Haiti
This video shows Silas and Paul Thompson (you remember that I interviewed Renee Thompson last week) safe and sound in Kansas City. The video includes a statement and a brief press conference.
Randy Alcorn on Six Day Creation
Alcorn says pretty much what I’d say: “To me it just seems so difficult to find other positions in Genesis 1, other than the literal 24-hour days position, without importing them. Hard to see them there to export! I have read widely the Intelligent Design material and I like it. I believe it certainly serves a good purpose, but its assumption of the old universe may not be valid.”
How Google and Facebook Invade Your Privacy
It’s well worth reading this article (or one of the many like it) and reflecting on what it means that we so easily give away so much information about ourselves. “What’s happening is that our privacy has become a kind of currency. It’s what we use to pay for online services. Google charges nothing for Gmail; instead, it reads your e-mail and sends you advertisements based on keywords in your private messages. The real holy grail is your list of friends. With that information, marketers can start sending more targeted messages…”
Octavius Winslow
Matthew Blair has created a blog dedicated to the work of Octavius Winslow.
Men Make Mistakes
“The Bible Was Only Written by Men…and Men Make Mistakes.” Greg Koukl briefly answers this faulty line of reasoning for doubting the validity of the Bible.