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February 20, 2009
The Divine Egotist?
Dr. Mohler provides a bibilical answer to this common series of questions: “Is the God of the Bible the supreme egotist? That question arises when human beings contemplate the meaning of the truth that God does everything for the sake of his own glory. Is God then a megalomaniac?”
My Dad the Christian
Joe Thorn writes a great little article about his father’s conversion. “So, my dad is a Christian. I’ve prayed for hs salvation for 19 years and am now focused on helping him to grow in grace. I just hope I can keep up with him!”
The Obamateur Hour
This article by Mark Steyn is worth reading just for the zingers. “President Obama chose to nominate Tim “Indispensable” Geithner and Tom “Home, James!” Daschle, men whose enthusiasm for the size of the federal budget is in inverse proportion to their urge to contribute to it.” “The hideous drooling blob of toxic pustules dignified as “stimulus” is something the incoming Obama had months to prepare for…”
D.A.C.@ B.B.C.
This sounds like a great opportunity for anyone in the Minneapolis area. D.A. Carson will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church teaching “a fourteen-part series aimed at providing an overview for the Bible and the gospel message. There will be times for Q & A. Christians and non-Christians alike are invited to come and hear D. A. Carson teach through the entire Bible message in two weekends.”
Anger: The Image of Satan
An article at Boundless. “When I grow angry I find myself losing belief. I lose faith in God’s goodness amid my circumstances. I lose belief in his promises, that ‘he works all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose’ (Rom 8:28).”
February 19, 2009
An Adoption Success Story
The Washington Post shares the interesting story of C. Kenneth Johnson. “He has adopted eight children since 1983. Three daughters and two grandchildren still live with him. He has taken in another 144 foster children, most for a few days but some for as long as three years.”
A Twelve-Year Old’s Abortion Speech
“Despite facing threats of disqualification, a 12-year-old girl took first place in a speech contest when she eloquently argued for the rights of unborn children - after an offended judge quit. ”
Students do not Know the Bible
“The Poet Laureate says it is becoming increasingly difficult to teach English Literature because students do not know the Bible or classical mythology. Andrew Motion told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the lack of knowledge made it “difficult to even get beyond go” when teaching some of his recent students.”
The Gift of an ESV Study Bible
From Global Training Network: “One of the greatest privileges that our GTN Staff members had at the 2009 Uganda conference was to give out 150 ESV Study Bibles that had been graciously paid for by a donor.”
Why I Don’t Hate Big Church
I enjoyed this article by Gerald Hiestand. It explains how he overcame his aversion to “big church.” “On the surface, one might think that a smaller church would more naturally lead to relational connectedness. But I’ve since come to realize that intentionality—more than anything else—is the key to robust community.”
Facebook Privacy Settings
This article has a good roundup of some Facebook privacy settings you may not be aware of.
Deal of the Day: The Law of Kindness
Reformation Heritage Books is offering Mary Beeke’s book on kindness for a mere $5.
February 18, 2009
Meet Thabiti Anyabwile
C.J. Mahaney continues his interview series by talking to Thabiti Anyabwile, the most famous preacher in all of Grand Cayman.
Scot McKnight on the NeoReformed
“I have been using the term “NeoReformed” now for a year or two and a few of my friends have asked me what I mean and why I don’t just calls such folks “Reformed”. This post will sketch who they are and why I call them “Neo” Reformed.”
Taking Apart the $819 Billion
This graphic helps make sense of all that money. Sometimes it is awfully useful to see such things.
Walking Out on the Speaker
Andy Unedited writes about something I’ve observed as well. “It used to be that once people arrived at a session, they stayed till the end. There was none of this meandering in and out. To leave would be “walking out on the speaker”—a kind of protest or sign of disagreement with what was being said. Staying in your seat was a matter of respect for the presenter and a courtesy to the other attendees. Those quaint, formal days, my friends, are over.”
Down with Old Books
The Point had an interesting link to something I’m sure most people overlooked. “A recent law has troubling implications for children’s books published before 1985, among other things.”
February 17, 2009
20 Qualities of Good Listeners
Here’s a good roundup of qualities that make a person a good listener. For example, “Good listeners recall their own subjectivity and finitude as a listener. They make evaluations with the humility that corresponds to seeing parts, not the whole. They consider the angle and point of view from which they are listening.”
The Age of Designer Babies
Dr. Mohler says that the age of designer babies is upon us. “Until very recently, genetic technologies related to the screening of embryos were entirely negative. In other words, these tests screened for the genetic markers for certain diseases. Now, at least some fertility clinics promise to offer testing that will allow parents to choose positive, non-medical traits for their children.”
Frank Schaeffer’s Letter to Obama
Last week Frank Schaeffer wrote an open letter to President Obama. “As you showed us again at your press conference of Feb 9, you are a brilliant, articulate and decent man. Your Republican opponents are not decent people but ideologues bent on destroying you. To quote the biblical adage sir, don’t cast your pearls before swine. ”
Historical Character Studies
Colin has a round-up of some historical character studies that look well worth the download.
How America Decreased Its Abortion Rate
“Marvin Olasky shares some key findings from his book, Abortion Rites: A Social History of Abortion in America (Crossway) in the current issue of World magazine.”
The Central Problem of Our Age
Rick Pearcey quotes Francis Schaeffer on the central problem of our age. “The real problem is this: the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, individually or corporately, tending to do the Lord’s work in the power of the flesh rather than of the Spirit. The central problem is always in the midst of the people of God, not in the circumstances surrounding them.”
February 13, 2009
Love is in the Details
Rev. Kev. points to an interesting blog at First Things. “In a age where romantic love equals sex and sentimentality, and on the eve of the eve of Valentine’s Day, I found the article’s depiction of marital love to be quite moving, in spite of (or is it because of?) the earthiness of the subject matter.”
A Review of The Shack
This one is short and just plain funny.
Indulgences Return
This piece at the NY Times has generated a lot of buzz. I believe indulgences have been available all along, even if they haven’t been publicized. “The announcement in church bulletins and on Web sites has been greeted with enthusiasm by some and wariness by others. But mainly, it has gone over the heads of a vast generation of Roman Catholics who have no idea what it means: “Bishop Announces Plenary Indulgences.””
Saying Goodbye to Facebook
Newsweek: “I was so addicted to my imaginary playgroup, I put the Facebook application on my BlackBerry. That way I could know immediately when some kid who used to pick on me in elementary school was reaching out across the years to remind me that I still had cooties.”
February 12, 2009
Charles Darwin and the Modern Mind
On this, the two hundredth anniversary of Darwin’s birth, Dr. Mohler offers “a list of annotated links from my past writings and radio programs — all related to Darwin or Darwinian evolution.”
And Baby Makes How Many?
Here is an interesting article from the New York Times looking at large families. “But as families have shrunk, and parents helicopter over broods tinier yet more precious, a vanload of children has taken on more of a freak show factor. The families know the stereotypes: they’re polygamists, religious zealots, reality-show hopefuls or Quebecois in it for the per-child government bonus. ”
Giveaway: Discipleship Explored
Monergism is giving away a copy of Discipleship Explored. Visit the link for details.
Deal of the Day: Freedom of the Will
Reformation Heritage Books is offering 50% off a new printing of Jonathan Edwards’ masterpiece Freedom of the Will.
February 11, 2009
Meet John Piper
John Piper does not do a lot of interviews, but he has made an exception for C.J. Mahaney. You can read a brief interview here.
Finally Alive: A Review
Speaking of John Piper, ReformedBooks.net (i.e. Monergism.com) has a review of his new book Finally Alive. “Finally Alive cannot fail to have a dramatic impact on our understanding of what a Christian really is, how we can examine our own hearts to discern if we are truly in the faith, and how we can labor more passionately and effectively for the gospel-accomplishment of regeneration in the hearts of those all around us and across the world who are still dead in trespasses and sins.”
The Reformed Love Books
An excerpt from a forthcoming volume on Calvin. “This bookish contentment distinguishes both Calvin and those who followed after him. Reformed Christians removed all else from their churches in order to direct attention only to the Word, and they cleared all else from their shelves to make room for books.”
Fieldy
According to this forthcoming biography, a second member of the band Korn has become a believer (after Brian “Head” Welch). “By all appearances, Fieldy had the life. But he was on the dark path of excess, alienating friends, families, and loved ones, nearly destroying himself and the band. It took an unexpected tragedy to straighten him out: the death of his father, a born-again Christian, to a mysterious illness.”
MacArthur and Ware Audio
The Nashville Conference on the Church and Theology has made available the keynote addresses by John MacArthur and Bruce Ware.
ESV Loose-Leaf
Henrickson is publishing a loose-leaf ESV Bible. It will be released in May.
Deal of the Day: Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong
This book by John MacArthur and the staff of Grace Community Church is on sale at Grace Books International. You can get it for $8.99.
February 10, 2009
87 Hours of Porn Per Year
“The average UK teenager spends 87 hours a year viewing online porn, according to new research conducted by OnePoll in the UK.” Realize that the research did not distinguish between girls and boys and you’ll probably have do double that 87 hours for the boys. Allow for the fact that many of them undoubtedly lied and you could put it higher still.
The Best Bits from The Affections
Fred Sanders offers a way of reading only the best bits of Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections. “It gets the reading assignment down to 125 pages, arranged in 7 bite-sized portions of about twenty pages each -ideal for book discussion groups.”
Mary, Mother of Christ
Here is a movie that will be coming our way next year. It will have an A-list cast. “This is not a Christmas movie. This is a part of Mary’s life that has never been shown on the big screen before. It takes us through Mary’s youth, young love, her life as a new mother and the triumph through the absolute terror of Herod the Great’s reign. It is truly a story of real female empowerment.”
Going Underground at Wal-Mart
This is an interesting article about a guy who took a job at Wal-Mart just to see if all the bad press is true. (HT:Z).
Media Clamor over True Woman ‘08
“The mainstream news media has discovered-with a vengeance, emphasis on vengeance-True Woman `08 nearly four months after the Revive Our Hearts women’s conference took place. Last week, Gender Blog interacted with an article published by Religion Dispatches that typified TW as a “counter-cultural movement,” but one that should be taken seriously. ”
February 09, 2009
Women to Pass Men in the Job Force
With the recession on the brink of becoming the longest in the postwar era, a milestone may be at hand: Women are poised to surpass men on the nation’s payrolls, taking the majority for the first time in American history.
Evolution at Wikipedia
Here’s an interesting little graphic that shows how the Wikipedia entry for Evolution has been changed over the years.
The Kindle 2
Amazon is set to unveil the next generation of its Kindle e-reader device. It looks like they’ve improved what needed to be improved. PC World has an early look at it.
50 De-Stimulating Facts
Nation Review offers 50 of the most outrageous items in the stimulus package set to make its way through the Senate this week. A few examples: $650 million for digital-TV coupons; $600 million for NOAA (carve-out for “climate modeling”); $600 million to convert the federal auto fleet to hybrids; $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects.
Cell Phones and the Gospel
Russell Moore gives some good thoughts on cell phone usage among young people. “Text-messaging is easy, and can easily break the boredom of a classroom or a family dinner, and it can put one in touch with people one’s parents never know one is “talking” to. That’s easily enough remedied by Christ-following parents, but I wonder if the cellphone isn’t being used as just one more opportunity to preach a misleading gospel to our kids.”
February 06, 2009
Band of Bloggers 2009
Band of Bloggers 2009 will be held at the Gospel Coalition Conference. Timmy Brister gives all the details.
What You Could Buy with a Trillion Bucks
That trillion dollar figure is almost impossible to wrap your mind around. This article offers at least a little bit of perspective.
Flight 1549 Tapes
The FAA has released the tapes from Flight 1549. If you’re as big a geek as I am, you’ll probably find them fascinating.
Dialog with Darwinists
As Darwinists celebrate the 150th anniversary of their hero’s breakthrough book, Marvin Olasky offers “Key themes to remember on the birthday of ‘On the Origin of Species.’”
An Entertaining Saboteur
Mark Galli writes about Facebook. “But let’s stick to Facebook as the prime example and admit that, in the end, Facebook actually sabotages our ability to genuinely connect with others. But it is an entertaining saboteur.”
Free Games from Amazon
Amazon has recently opened a store selling downloadable games. Here are three they offer for free. I can’t vouch for the quality, but the price is right…

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