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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.”
October 01, 2008
Bankruptcy, not Bailout, is the Answer
Josh Sowin quotes Jeffrey A. Miron: “The fact that government bears such a huge responsibility for the current mess means any response should eliminate the conditions that created this situation in the first place, not attempt to fix bad government with more government.”
Phillip Jensen on Mark Driscoll
Phillip Jensen is going to write some articles dealing with Driscoll’s recent challenge to Australian Christians.
Bailing out the Bailout
Ray Fowler collects some interesting quotes on the bailout. “How big is $700 billion? This source reports that to date America has spent $583 billion to fight the war in Iraq. That’s right, we taxpayers are being asked to add an immediate expense to the federal budget that is more than $100 billion greater than has already been spent on more than five years of war.”
The Rules
At “Touchstone Magazine” Anthony Esolen offers a humorous but wise list of mays, may nots and musts when it comes to choosing a spouse.
September 30, 2008
West Coast Conference
Ligonier had their West Coast Conference this past weekend and have posted a round-up of each of the conference sessions.
Can You Not Sin?
Mondays with Mounce are fast becoming a favorite blog feature of mine. Check out this week’s entry at Zondervan’s blog.
The NY Times on “Fireproof”
What’s this? The New York Times gave Fireproof a positive review! Who knew? “Only at the end do the filmmakers get heavy-handed. Until then, though, this is a decent attempt to combine faith and storytelling that will certainly register with its target audience.”
Video Answers
The Gospel Coalition and Christianity.com have combined to bring some good videos featuring answers to tough questions.
Dave Ramsey on the Financial Crisis
He offers his take on many of the questions people have about the financial crisis. Of course this was before yesterday’s big “no” vote…
Two New Editions
Russell Moore lets us know that new editions of Touchstone and Salvo are hot off the press. “Both will go a long way in getting you in touch with ancient truths and contemporary culture.”
Five Trends in the Church Today
Acts 29 blog shares the five trends D.A. Carson says are impacting the church today.
September 29, 2008
Read Books, Not Blogs
Stephen Altrogge explains why. But what about blogs about books?
Desiring God Conference Video
Desiring God has posted videos of each of the sessions from last weekend’s conference.
Overturning Roe v. Wade
Dr. Mohler: “The question posed at “On Faith,” the project of Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post, had to do with whether the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion should be reversed. The responses from columnists were very revealing, if tragic. My own column was brief, but to the point…”

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