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October 17, 2008
Deep Truths of the Bible for Children
The Ligonier blog looks at several books for children written by R.C. Sproul and Susan Hunt.
Socialists Everywhere
This article looks at Obama’s proposed tax cuts. “Presently, the bottom 40% of income earners pay zero income taxes. The top 20% pay 80% of all the federal income taxes. Therefore, it is not possible to give the bottom 40% a tax cut because they pay no money to the government. So this begs the question: How is Barack Obama proposing to give a tax cut to 95% of Americans?”
A Review of The Shack
Gerald Hiestand, writing for Straight Up, does an excellent job of reviewing William Young’s bestseller.
Jesus Didn’t Die for a Campus Ministry
Russell Moore writes about the attraction of campus ministries and the centrality of the church to the Christian life.
Kenyan AIDS Orphans
This short video shows some of the trials faced by Kenyan boys orphaned by AIDS (Warning: It has a little bit of graphic content).
The Eyeballing Game
A fun distraction if you’ve got five minutes to kill.
Preacher Robbed While Preaching on Mercy
“Authorities are looking for two people who allegedly stole a preacher’s wallet and went on a shopping spree while he was giving a sermon about showing mercy to others.”
Joseph Is a Single-Issue Evangelical
Though I haven’t listened to it yet, this message by Russell Moore comes highly recommended. Says Denny Burk, “In Southern Seminary’s chapel today, Russell Moore delivered one of the most prophetic pro-life messages I have ever heard.”
Days of Autumn
Here’s a beautiful collection of Autumn-themed photographs from around the world.
October 16, 2008
A Different Homecoming Queen
“Kristin Pass, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome, became Aledo High School’s homecoming queen Friday to a joyous standing ovation and the flutter of a thousand tissues on a remarkable night for an amazing young woman.” (HT:Z)
Helping Students Evalute Media
“The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding has put together some excellent tool for parents, youth workers and teachers. The end goal is to get students thinking for themselves about media choices.”
Thumbspeak
Owen Stachan comments on a piece from the New Yorker. The short article covers a new book by David Crystal, Txting: The Gr8 Db8.”
Favorite Worship Albums of ‘08
CT has a roundup of what they consider to be the best worship albums of the year.
One of Those Loans
This would be funnier if it weren’t so true.
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BibleArc.com
Johnathon Bowers introduces BibleArc, “a user-friendly platform for engaging the text of Scripture through a process called ‘arcing,’ which is simply the method of splitting a passage up into individual units of thought (called propositions) and demonstrating how those units of thought relate to one another.”
The Freedom of the Christian Market
Carl Trueman on the economic crisis and the socialization of America.
WorshipGod ‘09
Sovereign Grace has decided to hold a WorshipGod conference a year early. So there will now be a ‘09 conference.
No Tote Bags
I’m not quite sure who this is making fun of. But I think it’s mocking both Canadians and Americans who continue to threaten to move there whenever a Republican gets elected.
October 15, 2008
My Soul Finds Rest
Bob Kauflin pointed to this song by Aaron Keyes & Stuart Townend. It’s a good one!
Obama’s Abortion Extremism
The blogosphere is abuzz with this article by Robert George. “Sen. Barack Obama’s views on life issues ranging from abortion to embryonic stem cell research mark him as not merely a pro-choice politician, but rather as the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to have ever run on a major party ticket.”
Canadian Elections
Yesterday Canada elected its second consecutive Conservative government. This at a time when it appears the US is on the verge of electing what may be its most liberal government ever. Food for thought.
The Flat World Myth
This article deals with the myth that “In the days of Christopher Columbus, everyone thought the world was flat.”
The Environmental Trump Card
Alarming headlines continue to arise from environmentalists. At a recent bioethical conference one speaker said, “The more effort we put into saving individual lives, the more likely we are to doom the human race to extinction.”
Free Bilingual Pastors Conference
If you cannot attend next week’s Ligonier Ministries Pastors Conference, “you can be a part of it live via this free exclusive webcast available in both English and Spanish.”
October 14, 2008
Hazen on Religulous
“Well, if it’s not very funny, then what does it have to offer? Nothing, really, except a chance for Maher and Charles to make a fast buck (glad I got my ticket for free). Maher is pitching this film as mavericky—telling the truth about religion that everyone else is afraid to address. But Religulous is nothing more than filthy, nudie, druggie, and obtusey.”
Every Tear
“I had no idea our tears were so personally our own. Samantha’s tears solved the case because there were none others like hers. They were unique to the eyes they came from, intricately a part of Samantha herself. In the pains and joys that cause us to weep, we leave a mark far more intimate than we realize.”
6 Steps that Put the Economy on the Rocks
Here is a succinct summary of a useful article from WORLD magazine.
Spare the Rod
“Alan E. Kazdin is a frustrated man, and it’s America’s parents who are frustrating him. These parents are, of all things, prone to use an occasional spanking in disciplining their children. Dr. Kazdin’s great frustration is that these parents insist on doing what seems right to them, and thus they are ignoring or rejecting the fact that “science” shows that spankings don’t work.”
To Know God
ThirstyTheologian wrestles with the age-old tension of wanting to know God, but not enough to actually put in the work of getting to know him…
October 13, 2008
Where Did the Money Go?
This local blog looks at the economic crisis and all the falling portfolios and asks “Where did the money go?” The short answer is…it didn’t go anywhere because it didn’t ever exist.
True Woman Reflections
After blogging side-by-side with Carolyn McCulley, I was interested to read her reflections on last weekend’s True Woman Conference.
New @ DR
Mark shares some of what is new at Discerning Reader.
The NIV Bible Tour
“In may be the largest tour for a new title—a 90-city, 44-state tour called Bible Across America. That is Zondervan’s plan to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the New International Version Bible. A team of four is driving a 42-foot luxury motor home, more than 15,000-miles, criss-crossing the U.S. over the next five months.”
Interview with Donald Miller
Burnside Writer’s Collective interviews Donald Miller, asking why he has chosen to endorse Barak Obama. “He is also standing up to his own party on the issue [of abortion] and moving the party forward to elevate the issue of the sanctity of life within the Democratic Party.”
The Pornification of a Generation
From Newsweek: “In a market that sells high heels for babies and thongs for tweens, it doesn’t take a genius to see that sex, if not porn, has invaded our lives. Whether we welcome it or not, television brings it into our living rooms and the Web brings it into our bedrooms. According to a 2007 study from the University of Alberta, as many as 90 percent of boys and 70 percent of girls aged 13 to 14 have accessed sexually explicit content at least once.”
October 08, 2008
The End of Evolution
“Speaking on his chosen topic, ‘Evolution is Over,’ Jones argued that human evolution has reached an end because of changes in human health and human behavior.”
Getting the Blues
Thabiti, finally returning to blogging, offers a review of Stephen Nichols’ Getting the Blues: What Blues Music Teaches Us About Suffering and Salvation.
Silver Bullet Thinking
Michael Hyatt offers some wisdom on the folly of silver bullet thinking. “Unfortunately, in times of crisis, it’s not just the government that resorts to the thinking represented by this metaphor. Leaders in business and elsewhere are also guilty. Whenever we embark on a quest for a singular solution to our current woes, we are guilty of ‘silver bullet thinking.’”
My Mother’s Birthday
John Piper reprints a wonderful tribute to his mother. “My gratitude for her still grows. She embodied the strength and meekness of womanhood in a way that shaped my readiness to see the Biblical pattern as beautiful…”
Earth from Above
Boston.com shares some stunning photography from this exhibition.
October 07, 2008
Lloyd-Jones on the Kindle
Great Doctrines of the Bible is available for the Kindle for a measly $7.99. You’re not going to find the printed edition for anywhere near that!
Behold the Temple
Justin Taylor writes an article for Boundless about the temple. “Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to step inside Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem? It may surprise you to learn that Jesus himself never had this experience, since he never entered the Temple itself.”
Stumping for Obama
Donald Miller was recently stumping for Obama at UNC, discussing “why he believes Senator Barack Obama is the candidate who will bring about the change we need in North Carolina.” This article also covers the tour.
Visualizing the Bible
Culture Making blog points to an interesting (and beautiful) diagram of biblical cross-references.
ESV Study Bible Giveaway
You can win a leather-bound ESV Study Bible at Monergism.com.
The Forgiveness Quiz
Chris Brauns wants you to take a forgiveness quiz. If you do, you can win a copy of his [excellent] book.
Grandpa at the Casino
This article offers one financial adviser’s take on this financial crisis.
Look Who’s Irrational Now!
“”What Americans Really Believe,” a comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians.”
October 06, 2008
He Has Not Hidden His Face
Here’s a video of Ryan Ferguson reciting Psalm 22 (Ryan does dramatic recitations of a variety of Scripture passages).
House: The Movie
House is a new film based on a novel written by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. With The Passion of the Christ it has become just the second Christian film to receive an R rating. “Imprisoned with another troubled couple in a house of true horrors, they are forced to play a one-night game of life and death with a crazed murderer … and each other. When they come face-to-face with evil, they discover it is instantly recognizable.”
Stay-at-Home Dads
Mark Driscoll (along with his wife) takes on the subject of stay-at-home dads.
The Center of God’s Will
Ray Pritchard explains why you are not in the center of God’s will for your life.
What You’re Paying For
This article discusses what was added to the bailout bill when it went from 3 pages in its original form to 442 pages as signed into law. “The bill has become, in other words, something almost unrelated to the business of bailing out Wall Street. The Beltway term for this is a ‘Christmas tree bill,’ meaning everyone gets to hang their favorite spending projects on it—though by the time Congress gets it through, it more closely resembles a slop bucket.”
Why Woman Hate Sarah Palin
According to TIME’s Belinda Luscombe, the explanation is simple: women are spiteful, jealous and mean! “Women are weapons-grade haters. Hillary Clinton knows it. Palin knows it too. When women get their hate on, they don’t just dislike, or find disfavor with, or sort of not really appreciate. They loathe — deeply, richly, sustainingly.”
Demons: A Sonnet
An interesting sonnet from the archives of Matthias Media’s Briefing.
A Review of Religulous
Culture11 reviews this new movie. “Let’s face it: Bill Maher is smart. And funny. Problem is, he’s also crass, arrogant, smug, and, with some frequency, totally insufferable. The common name for someone like this is “jerk.” But unlike most jerks, that endless supply of lumbering brutes whose only goal in life is to goad others, you can’t quite dismiss Maher — because, well, he’s smart. And funny.”
October 03, 2008
The Truth About Christian Bookstores
Dan Edelen has a good post explaining why Christian bookstores sell what they sell and why so many of them are disappearing.
Geert Wilders: Wisdom and Courage
In this speech Geert Wilders, chairman Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, gave some interesting information about the Islamicization of Europe. “The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome’s ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see - and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.”
How to Watch a Debate
Ray Fowler quotes someone who quotes someone who quotes someone who has some good pointers on effectively watching a debate.
State of the Blogosphere
I don’t find that Technorati offers to much of value anymore, but the exception is their annual State of the Blogosphere reports. You can read the current one at the link above.
Commentary Set Deal
Westminster Books is offering a great deal on the Reformed Expository Commentary set—45% off the suggested price.
October 02, 2008
Moldova Report
T-Wax reports in after leading a small mission team to the Republic of Moldova for eleven days.
NBC Crew Stranded in Arctic
I just love this story. A NBC film crew went to the Arctic to report on the lack of ice but have been stranded on an icebreaker for three weeks. Why? Because of all the ice…
God and ‘My Rights’
Ben Witherington quotes a good column on “rights.” Instead of “rights,” the Bible speaks of “gifts.” There is no “right to life.” Life is a gift, and this may be the compelling reason we do not have any right to destroy life. I do not have “rights” over my own body; God has those “rights.” My body is a gift of God, an instrument to be used in service to God, a temple of God’s Spirit, not a private domain for me to use as I wish…
Faith, Feelings And Corrie Ten Boom
From Mark Altrogge, who reflects on a story told by Corrie Ten Boom. “Faith leads to obedience; obedience eventually produces feelings. In faith we obey God, even when we don’t feel like it, trusting that feelings will follow. Faith is the engine of the train and feelings are the caboose.”

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