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October 01, 2009
An Interview with Keith Mathison
Burk Parsons has a really interesting two-part interview with Keith Mathison. You can check out the first part of it here.
Faith Beyond Belief
This series of talks may be of interest to Calgarians. “The series is meant to challenge our thinking about the Christian faith and to equip Christians to be able to explain their faith more clearly to others. The talks are not a set of lectures on the newest evangelism techniques. Neither are they going to cover new projects that Christians can do to prove to our neighbours how much we love them.”
Miracle in Franklin
Z shares a great little video.
The Next Culture War
This NYT op-ed is worth the read. David Brooks writes about the morality of debt, both personal and national. “Our current cultural politics are organized by the obsolete culture war, which has put secular liberals on one side and religious conservatives on the other. But the slide in economic morality afflicted Red and Blue America equally. ”
The History of Browsers
This, a graphic showing the history of the web browser, may appeal to your inner geek.
Christians and Politics
David Porter is writing a series of posts taken from Dr. Wayne Grudem’s Sunday school class at Scottsdale Bible Church. “In this class, Dr. Grudem is taking us through his forthcoming book: Politics: According to the Bible.”
September 30, 2009
Reel Discernment
I’m really enjoying Focus on the Family’s new feature “Reel Discernment. This week “hosts Bob Waliszewski and Cheryl Wilhelmi discuss new releases Fame, Surrogates, and Bright Star, as well as new DVD release X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
Dan Brown’s Errors
“Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, says that his books, while fictional, are grounded in fact. We look at 50 of his claims. ”
U2’s Tour
This article about U2’s current world tour has some incredible information in it. “Whether we’re playing or not, the overhead is about $750,000 daily. That’s just to have the crew on payroll, to rent the trucks, all that. There’s about 200 trucks. Each stage is 37 trucks, so you’re up to nearly 120 there. And then the universal production is another 50-odd trucks, and there are merchandise trucks and catering trucks.”
September 28, 2009
The Universe of Electronic Books
E-books are all the rage today. The people at Techflash have “mapped out the known universe of e-books — spanning content, devices, mobile apps, wireless providers, acquisitions, and more.”
Through the Gyre
You may have heard of the massive patch of plastic floating around in the Pacific Ocean. Here’s an interesting infographic telling what it is, how it got to be there, and the potential danger it poses.
Desiring God Conference Audio
The annual Desiring God National Conference has wrapped up. Lots of audio resources are available at the DG site.
Deal of the Day: Gospel Driven Life
Today only you can get 50% off the retail price of Michael Horton’s brand new book The Gospel-Driven Life. Use the coupon - gospeldriven - at checkout. Limit one per customer.
September 25, 2009
Photos That Make You Say ‘Wow’
Here is a roundup of some of the winners in the inaugural British Wildlife Photography Awards.
Toronto Pastors Fellowship
Monday marks the season’s first Toronto Pastors Fellowship. If you are a Toronto-area pastor, you will want to check it out.
The United States’ Credit Score
‘Loans and Credit’ figures out the US’ credit score based on FICO criteria. Things aren’t looking particularly good.
My Church or Kingdom?
Ray Ortlund: Suppose I said, “My passion isn’t to build up my marriage. My passion is for Marriage. I want the institution of Marriage to be revered again. I’ll work for that. I’ll pray for that. I’ll sacrifice for that. But don’t expect me to hunker down in the humble daily realities of building a great marriage with my wife Jani. I’m aiming at something grander.”
Why You Should Learn Biblical Languages
Here are a couple of video clips in which Westminster Seminary professor Elizabeth Groves explains why learning the biblical languages is so important.
September 24, 2009
I Do Not Permit…
There are some people who have the ability to so easily and succinctly refute an argument. D.A. Carson does that in this short video clip which deals with Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 2 where he says, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man…”
The Pharmaceutical Umbrella
This article, a very interesting one, shows how the whole world benefits from America’s free market health care system. “Imagine that it’s 1962, the hottest point of the Cold War, and that you’re reading a report comparing two countries’ strategies for resisting the Soviet menace. The United States, the report points out, spends billions of dollars a year on troops, tanks, warships, and missiles, while France spends a tiny fraction of that. Nevertheless, France and America are both unscathed by Soviet bombs. Therefore, the report concludes, France’s Cold War strategy is far more efficient than America’s.”
Ed Stetzer Interview
I enjoyed reading this brief interview with Ed Stetzer in which he speaks about technology, the future of seminaries, family life and higher education.
Microsoft’s Tablet
Speaking of technology, I’m loving all the talk today about tablets. I can see a device like this one playing a very important role in my life in the near future (though here’s hoping that Apple delivers something even better).
September 23, 2009
Falling in Love with the Church
Derek Thomas on this always-important topic: “Something is terribly wrong when professing Christians do not identify with the church and love being a part of her. Something is wrong when professing Christians fail to be passionate about every aspect of the church and long to invest themselves in her, taking all that the church represents and does to heart.”
Recycling Bibles
Do you have any Bibles you could share? Next week, the Bible Foundation is kicking off their October Bible Drive (that they’ve held annually since 1992). According to their press release, “People around the world are begging for Bibles. Even damaged and parts of old Bibles have use and value.”
How Monogamous Men Can Rescue Civilization
Joe Carter, writing at First Things, quotes scholar Pat Fagan who says “culture of the traditional family is now in intense competition with a very different culture: The defining difference between the two is the sexual ideal embraced. The traditional family of Western civilization is based on lifelong monogamy. The competing culture is polyamorous, normally a serial polygamy both before and after the first marriage, but also increasingly polymorphous in its different sexual expressions.”
The Era of Age Segmentation
This interview is very interesting. Kara Powell talks about the harm that has come about through youth ministry being separated from the larger church and says that the future of youth ministry is to re-integrate it into the wider body. Let’s hope she is right!
Zondervan Partners with Logos
Zondervan is bringing a vast numbers of valuable resources to the Logos system. If you’re a Logos user, this is big news!
September 22, 2009
“If God Is Good” Annotated Bibliography
Randy Alcorn has posted a partial annotated bibliography of the books he read in his research for If God Is Good.
Distributing Darwin
This is different: “Best-selling author and evangelist Ray Comfort hopes to give away tens of thousands of copies of a special edition of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species at colleges nationwide.”
Interview With Rick Warren
For the first time in months, Rick Warren does an interview, this time with USA Today.
Deal of the Day: Reformed Dogmatics
Here’s one for the theologian (or prospective theologian). RHB is offering all four volumes of Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics for $85. Yes, it’s a lot, but if you’ve ever priced them, you know it’s a great deal!
September 21, 2009
Dan Brown’s 20 Worst Sentences
I thoroughly enjoyed this roundup of the worst twenty sentences found in books written by Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown. A favorite: “My French stinks, Langdon thought, but my zodiac iconography is pretty good.”
Spec Work
There has been a lot of talk recently in the design biz about spec work (where multiple people complete work and a client only pays for the work he actually chooses). Church Marketing Sucks has “An Open Letter to Rick Warren about Spec Work” in which they talk about some of the pitfalls of this kind of work.
The Gospel Coalition Reloaded
The Gospel Coalition has released a new version of their site. Blog readers will be interested to see that Justin Taylor has elected to move his blog to TGC.
Why Do So Many NFL Players Go Bankrupt?
This is an interesting article that discusses why it is that so many football players go bankrupt shortly after their careers end.
September 18, 2009
Don’t Be Like Mike
Voddie Baucham: “There was a stark difference between the two acceptance speeches. As I listened to the two speeches, all I could think of was the old commercial catchphrase, “Like Mike… If I could be like Mike.” Unfortunately, in this instance, Mike was the last person anyone should aspire to be like. This was definitely not a Michael Jordan highlight. Jordan’s Speech was self-centered, indulgent, arrogant, and at times embarrassing. In contrast, David Robinson rose to the occasion and made a brief, inspiring, encouraging speech (see his speech here) that made his family, his team, and his friends proud. ”
The Stimulus Didn’t Work
That’s what the WSJ says…and they back it up quite well.
Will Babies With Down Syndrome Just Disappear?
Al Mohler asks the question. “The development of prenatal diagnostic technologies presents a constellation of moral issues — with the diagnosis of Down syndrome front and center. Over the past several years, a marked decrease in the number of babies born with Down syndrome has been both observed and widely reported. This decrease can be traced directly to the decision to abort after prenatal diagnosis.”
Deal of the Day: Biblical Theology
Here’s a good one. Today only you can get John Owen’s “Biblical Theology” at 50% off. Use coupon code OwenBT to get the deal.
September 16, 2009
Dying in America
An article like this one raises some very good questions about end-of-life care in our society. “When you’ve lived to be 91, death is not untimely. It is not a tragedy. And my grandmother’s death, in particular, should not have been so cruel. Money was not an issue. She had great insurance, and enough savings to pay for anything that Medicare and her insurance company would not. She had signed all the right forms. And she had the support of her family to die on her terms, as peacefully as possible.”
Pedros
Michael Yon offers up another excellent photo essay, this one showing the work of the Air Force Pararescue in Afghanistan.
Christ Formed in You
Christ Formed in You is a forthcoming book authored by Brian Hedges. He and his editor, Kevin Meath, are blogging together to show how a book gets through the writing and the editing stages.
The Official Chuck Norris Factbook
Christian publisher Tyndale House will soon release The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book: 101 of Chuck’s Favorite Facts and Stories. I’m (mostly) speechless.

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