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July 07, 2012

God Is Merciful - This is a fantastic article from Jon Bloom. He explains why God is merciful not to tell us everything. “God is merciful not to tell us everything. He tells us enough to sustain us if we trust him. But often it does not feel like enough. We really think we would like to know more.”

CERN Probes Big Bang - William Lane Craig: “That atheists should get all excited about the theological implications of the experiments which will be conducted at CERN’s new Large Hadron Collider, which was successfully activated last Wednesday, reveals, I think, how desperate they are to wish away the evidence of current cosmology for the beginning and fine-tuning of the universe.”

Multitasking - Here’s a look at what goes on in your brain when you multitask.

Read On! - Here’s some encouragement to slow readers.

Your Child and Porn - Here are five critical steps if you learn that your child has been looking at pornography.

How a Face Forms - You’ve got to be careful with videos like this, or people will begin to think that this isn’t just a fetus but actually a human baby. Science is always on the side of those who are pro-life.

Death is like my car. It takes me where I want to go. —John Piper

July 06, 2012

Tabletalk in Canada - Here’s some good news for Canadians: Ligonier’s Tabletalk magazine is now available in Canada for the same price as in the U.S. You’ll now get 12 issues for just $23. You know what to do…

First Book Syndrome - Andy writes about a common issue with first-time authors: “The problem is that a book about everything is a book about nothing. Look at any nonfiction bestseller list. The books are on very specific topics—a biography of a famous person, a specific health plan, a plan to become wealthy, an analysis of current politics, and on it goes.”

The End of eBooks - This article says that the distinction between “the Internet” and “books” is arbitrary, and will disappear in 5 years. Start adjusting now. 

Josh Garrells - Josh Garrells has a new b-sides and remixes album that is free for the download.

Master Craftsmen - Writing for WORLD magazine, Randy Alcorn shows that “talented authors are showing that the stereotype of sugar-coated Christian fiction does not match reality.”

First They Came For… - This article discusses who is really being marginalized in society today.

How Pain Relievers Work - I’ve wondered in the past how pain relievers work. Now I know.

If the college you visit has a bookstore filled with t-shirts rather than books, find another college. —Al Mohler

July 05, 2012

4 Reasons Men Like Porn - “One of the tasks of a good friend or accountability partner to someone who is entrenched in pornography is to help them understand their own heart. Why do they run to porn again and again?” Here is a helpful look at reasons men may be drawn to pornography.

Norway in Pictures - Here’s a gallery of some beautiful pictures of Norway. It’s pure eye candy!

Hot Weather in Richmond - This is rather an unusual forecast.

Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld - Al Mohler says this is a must-read obituary and I’m inclined to agree. What a fascinating life!

1 Billion Hours - Netflix users watched a billion hours of streaming video last month. This means that the average user watched about 80 minutes per day. I guess I’m not pulling my weight!

From Shepherd to King - Here’s a nice little infographic that traces David’s path from shepherd to king.

Praying for Salvation - Michael Horton addresses Roger Olson on whether or not Christians should pray that God will save their loved ones. “Arminians shouldn’t pray for God to save their loved ones, because God could reply, ‘Look, I’ve done my part; now the ball is in your court.’ Yet, I note, Arminians are typically no less zealous in praying for the salvation of the lost than Calvinists. We’re at one on our knees.”

Christ is the cause of the greatest division, but he is also the medium of the greatest union. —C.H. Spurgeon

July 04, 2012

Twinterview - Jeremy Walker recently did what he calls a “twinterview” with David Murray and me. It is an interview between two people. “As usual, neither interviewee saw the other’s answers until both sets of responses were in, and there was no collaboration or collusion.”

Complementarianism for Dummies - Mary Kassian has a very helpful post here that provides a brief and basic look at complementarianism.

Book of the Year - “This year some evangelicals are displaying a pessimistic sense of decline. Internally and externally, Christian denominations are ‘sore oppressed, by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed.’ Amid despair, Baylor professor Rodney Stark’s The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion (HarperOne) provides long-term perspective. It is WORLD’s 2012 Book of the Year.”

Why Your Kid Can’t Add - Why your kid can’t add without a calculator, that is. 

Sinners in a Fishbowl - I haven’t been a Preacher’s Kid but I now have three of them. I appreciated Barnabas Piper’s take on the unique challenges they will face.

Som Sabadell Flashmob - This is brilliant and beautiful.

Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before. —John Owen

July 03, 2012

 

Sexting Rates - This is one to read if you’ve got a teenaged kid (or will soon have a teenaged kid). “Nearly 30% of U.S. teenagers are sexting, sending nude photos via email or text, according to a study that shows the behavior is more common than previously thought.”

Grow Up? - Much has been written about people refusing to grow up these days. Mark Bauerlein summarizes some of the current research in an interesting and somewhat exasperating article.

Muslim Persecution of Christians - “Because the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is on its way to reaching epidemic proportions, ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians’ was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month.”

Wildfires - The Big Picture has a roundup of photos from the fires in the western US.

Mormons on Facebook - Here is something to be aware of: “Mormon missionaries are now using Facebook to try to convert new members - and have taken part in more than 1 million online chats in the last year alone.”

Temple Mount - This video provides a reconstruction of the temple at the time of Jesus. (HT)

The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in. —R.C. Sproul

July 02, 2012

When Fire Forces You From Home - Focus on the Family: “If you had only a few minutes to gather up a few select treasures of your life before fleeing a raging inferno, what would you take - and what would you leave behind? Families in Colorado Springs were faced with this very question this past Tuesday.”

Praying for Your Kiddos - Erin Davis offers some good counsel on ways that you can pray for your kids. I’m not so sure about the life verse, but definitely the others are very helpful.

Why Is Sandusky Guilty? - This short article from The Gospel Coalition makes a valid point: “If Sandusky had lived in a pre-Christian era, he would not have been found guilty of anything.”

Sherlock Holmes and the Bible - Eric McKiddie read the works of Sherlock Holmes and, in doing so, found a collection of quotes that can help us with our Bible study. It’s rather a neat article!

Why Posture Matters - Stephen Miller writes about how and why our posture in worship matters. I’m not sure that I agree with everything he says, but this is an area that definitely merits some thought.

The promise was between the Father and the Son, from all eternity, concerning your soul in particular. —Jeremiah Burroughs

June 29, 2012

Contend for the Faith - This is just a short article, but it asks an important question: “are we more eager to police other Christians’ theology, quietly gleeful when we diagnose error, or are we more eager to rejoice in what we have in common with other Christians? Both are crucial. Neither is negotiable. But which is our deepest joy and instinct?”

Baptized Lions and Talking Crosses - Timothy Paul Jones looks at a couple of real-life examples of how some writings ended up excluded from the churches’ collections of authoritative books.

Trashing Icons of Innocence - “In June of 1989, rocker Don Henley struck a chord with his melancholy musical commentary ‘The End of the Innocence.’ In that song, guileless idealism runs headlong into harsh realities of adult life. Divorce. Deception. Duplicity. But Henley’s Top-10 hit didn’t chronicle the final, dying breath of sweetness and naïveté in America. Twenty-three summers later, there’s still a little left. And it’s taking a beating.”

Toward Short-Term Missions - Darren Carlson continues his look at short-term missions. “In the first article I laid out the history of short-term missions and some of the opportunities it has provided. The second article pointed to some of the problems that surround the enterprise. Now I want to offer a way forward.”

Obamacare - “The Supreme Court this morning ruled that two main provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (commonly referred to as ‘Obamacare’) were, for the most part, constitutional. How did this happen? What does it mean for our constitutional system? Here’s a few answers.”

The London Olympics - The 2012 Olympics are ramping up in England, and so are the visualizations of all the data related to the games. You can see a collection of Olympic-related infographics at the link.

This Is the Gospel Project - This is a great little look at redemptive history via classical art.

Ah! if there be degrees in glory, they will not be distributed according to our talents, but according to our faithfulness in using them. —C.H. Spurgeon

June 28, 2012

Take Care How You Listen - Desiring God has released a free ebook from John Piper “on listening well. It is comprised of five unedited sermon manuscripts from the preaching ministry of Pastor John. We pray this resource will serve your personal reflection as you heed Jesus’ command to ‘take care how you listen’ (Luke 8:18).” 

Able to Teach - Nathan Finn looks at one of the biblical qualifications for an elder—that he be able to teach. He offers some useful correctives to the way many people understand it.

Chris Fabry Live - I spent an hour with Chris Fabry yesterday, as a guest on his radio program. If you’ve got time and inclination, you can listen in at the link.

The SBC Family - The Southern Baptist Convention has been in the news a lot lately and much is being said about what appears to be a growing rift within it. Tom Ascol gives his take on it.

Sexual by Design - Douglas Wilson was invited to Indiana University by Clearnote Church to talk about sexuality from a Biblical perspective. Bloomington Indiana is home to the Kinsey Institute, started by Alfred Kinsey who is famous for his experiments in sexuality. They recorded videos of the full lectures, as well as the very long Q&A that followed. A large crowd of “dissenters” gathered to demonstrate their disapproval of Wilson’s message in word in action.

Praise God for those Baptisms - Erik Raymond rebukes Ed Young for mocking a Reformed that baptized “only” 26 people last year.

The doctrines of grace humble man without degrading him and exalt him without inflating him. —Charles Hodge