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September 16, 2008
The Bible as Fashion Accessory
Phil Johnson writes about Zondervan’s “Bible Bunker.” “Zondervan plans to keep stoking demand by making sure God’s word looks hip, sounds relevant and is advertised all over, including in Rolling Stone magazine and Modern Bride, on MySpace—even on a jumbotron in New York City’s Times Square.”
The Short, Eventful Life of Ike
Boston.com has a list of incredible pictures showing the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
No Smoking Hot Spot
David Evans devoted six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. At the end of it all he realized “There is no evidence to support the idea that carbon emissions cause significant global warming. None.”
If Your Bank Closes
Wheaties for Your Wallet tells what happens when a bank closes and gives some good advice on how to protect yourself.
Internet Specials from Ligonier
Ligonier has a page on their site that offers some special internet discounts on books, CDs, etc.
Dialog on the Sarah Palin Predicament
USA Today ran a story about CBMW and Sarah Palin. Dr. David Gushee, the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, calls out CBMW and they respond in this blog post.
Flying the Unfriendly Skies
A NY Times reporter steps into the shoes of a flight attendant. She gains new respect for those who do that job!
September 15, 2008
We’re Sorry, Mr. Darwin
To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the Church of England will make an official apology to him for criticising his famous theory of evolution. There is no word on how Darwin plans to respond.
The Chromosomal Barrier
Trig Palin continues to be a hot topic of conversation. I enjoyed Carolyn’s thoughts: “I grieve for what a double-minded culture we’ve become. We are pro-life when it comes to baby seals or endangered species, but not when it comes to human beings with development disabilities.” Be sure to read the news story she links to about the father of a child with Down Syndrome who gave his life to save him.
To Infinity and Beyond
Here is a tale with a happy ending. ” After a rip current swept the boy and his father out to sea Saturday, darkness fell, and the sound of rescue helicopters and boats grew faint until they were nonexistent.”
A Different Kind of Fast
Michael Krahn has some good words to say about fasting from technology.
The Birmingham Church Bombing
John Piper commemorates the anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombing with an article. “Lord, forbid that we—we white and black and all Americans—would waste what they paid for.”
6 Year Med
6 Year Med is one of my favorite “miscellaneous” blogs that I somehow stumbled upon. The most recent post is a tough one that gives just a glimpse inside the life of a doctor.
September 12, 2008
Large Hadron Collider webcam
Here are two LHC Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment Webcams. Just keep watching for a couple of minutes.
A Scientific and Biblical Expose’ of Climate Change
Global Warming: A Scientific and Biblical Expose’ of Climate Change from Answers in Genesis looks like it may be a good take on global warming and climate change.
Death to Apostates
The Iranian Parliament voted in favor of a bill Tuesday that would punish apostasy with the death penalty, a human rights group reported… The draft bill seeks to add several crimes to the list of acts that would result in execution, including “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution, and apostasy.”
Barring Yahweh
An article at CT describes how Catholics and many Protestants are removing the word “Yahweh” from their vocabulary. “Whether or not there are Jewish brothers and sisters in earshot, the most obvious reason to avoid using the proper and more personal name of God in the Old Testament is simply respect for God.”
Ghostwriter Town
Joe Carter takes on the subject of Ghost writing. “If you are using someone else’s words and claiming them as your own then you are deceiving your audience. It’s that simple. But in Washington, excuses are constantly made to rationalize this behavior.”
Getting the Blues
This looks like a uniquely interesting new book from the always-busy pen of Stephen Nichols.
The Randomness of Life
This is a hilarious news story from The Onion.
September 11, 2008
A Sex Change for Mr. Clean?
Hilarity from the European Parliament which “evidently has too much time on its hands. Last week, this glorious and august legislative body voted to warn advertisers and marketers against ‘sexual stereotyping.’ Seriously.”
Love Your Life
Victoria Osteen’s first book will release next month. “As a minister, she reaches out to an enormous community of people who look to her for guidance, strength, wisdom, and encouragement. She knows as well as anyone that operating in so many different roles can be extremely demanding, yet she has managed to find balance, living her life in the unforced rhythms of grace. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that she loves her life and she wants you to love your life, too.”
Classic Reformed Theology
Martin Downes points to a new series called Classic Reformed Theology. “The series will provide critical English editions of key texts from the vitally important era of Reformed orthodoxy.”
The New New Face
This article in the Guardian discusses the latest trend in cosmetic surgery—the New New Face. “Ten years ago women wanted their cheeks and foreheads to be pulled, stretched and tightened, like vacuum-packed pieces of steak. These days they arrive in his consulting rooms demanding something more youthful and plush. Think of a plumped-up cushion. Out with pinched, in with peachy. There’s a new face around - and it’s a baby’s.”
September 10, 2008
Voddie Baucham on CNN
Voddie Baucham and Margaret Feinberg were recently on CNN discussing whether the Bible supports a woman in the office of Vice President. The talk became rather impassioned by the end…
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Earth
From “Discover.” The more you read things like this, the more implausible it becomes that it all could have happened without the work of a divine hand.
Joe Holland on The Shack
Joe Holland writes a review of The Shack. He uses this great quote from C.S. Lewis: “…any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people’s minds under cover of romance [romantic, imaginative literature, fiction] without their knowing it.”
Google’s World Domination
“Following the launch of web services such as Gmail, Google Maps and Google Earth, not to mention its acquisition of You- Tube, Google is looking more and more like the computing giants it set itself up to oppose. And the new Google Chrome browser is the most aggressive example of this so far.”
Tyndale to Publish Palin Bio
Sarah Palin’s biography has been in great demand ever since McCain announced her as his choice for Vice President. “Epicenter Press has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Tyndale House. Tyndale has gone to press for 250,000 copies of the paperback about the newly minted Republican vice-presidential candidate and will begin shipping the books on September 10.”
September 09, 2008
Tuesday September 9, 2008 Bachelor Dads
“Like the women two decades ago who decided to become mothers on their own — sparking a redefinition of family, not to mention a culture war — single men, gay and straight, hear the ticking biological clock. And they are moving beyond looking for Ms. or Mr. Right. Now, with fertility technology or adoption, the men are becoming single fathers.”
10 Free Dates Your Wife Will Love
“I have found that creativity is often the source of the most fun and it doesn’t cost a thing! On the other hand you can often spend a lot of money doing the same-old-thing and not have any fun. These are a few ideas that have worked for us.”
Fusing Politics and Motherhood
The Times reports on how Sarah Palin fuses motherhood and politics (right down to nursing her baby while participating in conference calls).
The Politics of Pronouns
Paper Cuts writes about some of the more egregious abuse of pronouns in this political campaign. “Barack Obama is right: if John McCain comes out on top in November, it will be more of the same. For almost eight years we’ve had a president who pronounces ‘nuclear’ the way Homer Simpson does; if the Republicans win, we’ll have a president who rails against ‘Warshington’ and a vice president who rails against ‘the pundints.’”
Whatever Happened to Modesty?
Michael Hyatt asks the question. “Where are these girls fathers? Has anyone ever taught them the concept of modesty? Or have all the men in their lives simply exploited them as sex objects”
People Who Live Without TV
Between 1 and 2 percent of Americans live without TV and they fall into two broad (and entirely opposite) categories. “A recent study of those who live without found that about two-thirds fall into either the ‘crunchy granola set’ or the ‘religious right, ultraconservative’ camp.”
Beware the Pendulum
Julian has some wise counsel. “It seems that in theology, as in the rest of life, we’re constantly riding a pendulum. The more we run from doctrinal error that we see in others, the more likely we are to fall into the opposite error ourselves.”
September 08, 2008
Pearcey at the National Examiner
Rick Pearcey now has a column at the National Examiner. “With an insider’s eye and outsider’s edge, Rick Pearcey spots the headlines and subtexts that matter.”
The Words They Used
The Times provides a visualization of the words that were used in the Democrat and Republican conventions.
Is Church for Evangelism?
From Tony Payne: “However, even if we acknowledge that there will be ‘gospel’ things happening all over the place in church, it is also important to say that evangelism is not the purpose of Christian assemblies.”
Complementarian Hypocrisy?
Denny Burk looks at the charges of complementarian hypocrisy. “Women are not allowed to become clergy in many conservative religious groups. Is it hypocritical to think that a woman can lead a nation and not a congregation?”
Spiritual Training in the Home
John Piper talks about how he leads spiritual training in his home.
Evolutionists Flock to Darwin
A clever news story from The Onion.
September 05, 2008
Isn’t Preaching Outdated
Irish Calvinist has a fantastic article in which he wonders what would have happened if, instead of preaching, Sarah Palin had chosen to sit on a couch or on a stool (maybe with ripped jeans and sandals) to deliver her speech. After all, isn’t preaching outdated?
Uncovering The Shack
Mark points to an excellent sermon by Michael Youssef, pastor of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. Youssef, for only the third time in 33 years of preaching, dedicated a sermon to a book. He is emotional, compassionate and biblical as he looks to The Shack knowing that he is risking angering the people in his church.
Whatever You Do
Stacey writes about cooking (and, having been in their home many times, I can testify that she speaks from a position of strength here): “I thought I’d write this post to encourage anyone that is struggling in their kitchen duties, or for those who love it and want to find even greater value and opportunities in it.”
Free from Max McLean
Max McLean is giving away a 25-minute version of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” that he performed/preached live in a church setting.
Crossway Blog
Crossway is the latest Christian publisher to start up their own blog.
Master of Puppets
Ben writes about puppet ministries, still surprisingly popular, and asks a few questions. “Given the Bible’s relative silence on the issue of puppets, I turn this over to you: are you willing to sit under the teaching of a puppet? May puppets be allowed to co-lead a Bible study, so long as there is a non-puppet leader also present? Should they be responsible only for the other puppets in the group? May they preach to a mixed congregation, such as the residents of Sesame Street?”
Our Adoption Story
Together for Adoption has posted a video by Russell Moore in which he discusses his family’s decision to adopt. Look to the sidebar and you’ll see that there is a related video that follows it.
The Evangelical Outpost
The Evangelical Outpost, long one of my favorite blogs, is under new management. Click to read about who has taken over.
September 04, 2008
Christians and Government
Pulpit blog takes on “Christians and Government” and does so at a good time.
Tabletalk Online
Ligonier Ministries is offering their issue on the New Atheism in full online through a nifty online reader.
Cooling is Caused by Warming
“Forget global warming - the latest problem is global cooling. Conservation group WWF has blamed climate change for the coldest August in Sydney for more than 60 years.”
Trig Paxson Van Palin
I really enjoyed this little article from National Review.
Screwtape in Chicago
After selling out shows in Washington and New York, Max McLean’s production of The Screwtape Letters is heading to Chicago in October.
Partnership and Perseverance
Timmy Brister reports on Lakeshore Baptist Church and damage done to it by Gustav. This is a church that suffered greatly after Katrina as well.
Toronto Pastors Fellowship
Toronto-area pastors (and non-pastors) may wish to take note of Toronto Pastors Fellowship. This fellowship and conference is sponsored by my church and the first meeting will take place on September 22.
September 03, 2008
When Southern Had to Choose
An article at SaidatSouthern discusses the years when Southern had to choose between the gospel and feminism.
Chosen People
Mark Noll reviews a book whose author writes about “The Bible and Canadian Meaning, 1860-1900.” “The Dominion of Canada, which was established in 1867, took its name from Psalm 72:8: This ascription came after the Fathers of Confederation decided not to call Canada a “Kingdom” for fear of offending the triumphant republicanism of the victorious Union armies.”
Filthy Justice
There’s no real value in reading this story except to laugh at some filthy, filthy justice. In case you didn’t know, “It turns out a construction site portable toilet wasn’t the best place to hide from two men who think you tried to break into their truck.”
A Tool for Bloggers
Bloggers may appreciate this tool which combs through your posts and helps you understand which themes are most popular with your readers.

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