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November 25, 2009
The Final Nail?
It is probably a bit too early for this, but we can hope. “If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka CRU) and released 61 megabytes of confidential files onto the internet.”
Picture Show: Breach
“In the Spring of 2009, the photographer Richard Mosse traveled to Iraq, where he captured arresting images of U.S. soldiers working and living in what used to be palaces of Saddam Hussein. These visions of western soldiers at rest in imperial palaces are both intensely jarring and oddly playful, and they underscore the seemingly ineffable experience of downtime during a military occupation. The transformation of an imperial palace into a site of temporary housing also speaks to the notion that our histories are constantly being rewritten—architecturally, sociologically, globally, and locally.”
When Your Child is Disobedient
Z offers a list of 10 things to remember when your child is disobedient.
Deal of the Day
I’m keeping an eye on Amazon (and other sites) this week just because of all the deals. Today at Amazon you can get a LG Blu-ray player for under $100. That’s hard to beat! “Get superior audio performance and full HD 1080p output with the LG BD270 Blu-ray Disc Player. This Blu-ray player not only plays DVD discs, but Blu-ray Discs as well and it features an HDMI with Cinema mode and 7.1 channels with Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, and dts-HD.”
November 23, 2009
The World’s Children
This photoblog shows pictures of just a few of the world’s impoverished children. “Twenty years after the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, multitudes of children across the globe are still suffering from poverty, abuse and disease.”
Thanksgiving Giveaway
Monergism Books is sponsoring a Thanksgiving giveaway of some great resources. To enter the draw you need to fill out a short survey.
Commentary Giveaway
Speaking of giveaways, J.C. Ryle Quotes is giving away a set of Ryle’s commentaries on the gospels. Entering is simple so check the link to give it a shot.
Children Who Front Dawkins’ Campaign
“The two children chosen to front Richard Dawkins’s latest assault on God could not look more free of the misery he associates with religious baggage. With the slogan ‘Please don’t label me. Let me grow up and choose for myself’, the youngsters with broad grins seem to be the perfect advertisement for the new atheism being promoted by Professor Dawkins and the British Humanist Association. Except that they are about as far from atheism as it is possible to be. The Times can reveal that Charlotte, 8, and Ollie, 7, are from one of the country’s most devout Christian families.”
Useless Around the Home
According to this interesting article, “the trend of the female high achiever and the male slacker is a tall story that women tell each other to compensate for the fact that most career-orientated women feel an “overwhelming sense of guilt” over their role and less of a mother and a wife.”
Amazon Black Friday Deals
Amazon is doing a Black Friday Week this week. They are going to have a lot of deals offered over the course of every day of the week. Click the link, bookmark it, and return a few times if you’re interested in tracking down some deals.
Deal of the Day: Polk Soundbar
In terms of sheer dollars and cents, this is the best deal I’ve seen in Amazon’s Gold Box ($500 less than yesterday’s price). “Polk Audio SurroundBar 360-degree DVD Theater is a complete home entertainment system. It incorporates the enveloping sonic benefits of SurroundBar SDA technology and patented PowerPort bass venting technology with the convenience of a control console that is a DVD/CD player, amplifier, and an AM/FM radio.” I spent some time with one of these things once and they are pretty amazing.
November 20, 2009
Be the Church?
A long time ago I was part of a church that began to say “Don’t go to church; be the church.” Jeff Purswell has written an article showing why this is not good theology. “Now, despite the element of truth (God’s people are the church), there are all kinds of things wrong with this statement. But behind the words is obviously someone’s disappointment (and possibly disillusionment) with organized Christianity. And although I’d guess that many Christians would reject this false choice, their attitude to Sunday gatherings of the church may reveal a similar apathy.”
Praying Scripturally
Ligon Duncan is beginning what looks like an interesting series of blogs. It will deal with praying scripturally. “Few of us, probably, are satisfied with our private, family, and corporate prayer habits. And surely we all recognize that the Church of our day, at least in our land, is weak in the way of prayer. We do not pray often. We do not pray with Scriptural proportion, nor does our prayer much reflect the language and thought of the Bible. We do not pray fervently.”
The Personal Promise Bible
After a while I hardly even know what to say anymore. “Have you ever inserted your name as you read the Bible to make it more personal? Now you can experience the reality of God’s love and promises in a way you never thought possible. In the Personal Promise Bible, you will read your first name personalized in over 5,000 places throughout the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs, over 7,000 places throughout the complete Old and New Testaments.” So I could have a version of the Bible that translates 2 Peter 1:4, “By which He has granted to Tim His precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these Tim may become a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.”
The Bible by Numbers: Multiples of Eleven
Just for fun, here is a list of significant numbers in the Bible, each of which is a multiple of eleven.
15 Google Interview Questions to Make You Feel Stupid
Here are the kinds of questions you might be asked if you try to get a job with Google…
November 19, 2009
Christians and Vampires
Oh boy. “Vamping Up: Christians Bite into Vampire Market” is a headline in Publishers Weekly’s Christians Bookline. Looks like Christians need their vampire fix, too.
Illustration Challenge
Lukas VanDyke, photographer extraordinaire, decided to take on a strange but cool little project. He read through the five most recent posts on my blog and then went out and snapped a photo related to each. You can check out the (pretty amazing) results at the link.
The Kindle in Canada
The Kindle finally comes to Canada. Strangely, though, it’s only for sale from amazon.com, not amazon.ca.
R. Crumb’s “Genesis”
Dr. Mohler writes about R. Crumb’s graphic novel retelling of Genesis. I spotted this in the store recently and was thinking about buying it. As luck would have it, when I flipped it open I was at the story of Lot and his daughters. That one page was enough to convince me that I wasn’t going to let my kids see the book!
Words and the Word of God
Mounce does what he does so well at Koinonia Blog. This week he discusses a little Greek word and asks what it tells us about verbal, plenary inspiration.
Eight Great Date Nights
There are some good ideas in this list. “Tired of the old dinner-and-a-movie routine, but not sure what else to do on your date nights? Try these eight ideas to get your creative juices flowing!”
November 18, 2009
Turning the Bible into Toilet Paper
Denny Burk shares a sad but interesting little fact about Ian McKellen. “In an interview with Details magazine, gay actor Ian McKellen says that he tears pages out of Bibles that he finds in hotel rooms. Some of the Bible pages are hung up in his bathroom as toilet paper.”
Thankful for a Mother’s Devotion
Ed Welch pens a tribute to his mother. “I just received news that my mother died this morning. She was 84 and had been at Quarreyville Presbyterian Home in Lancaster County. Her mind had been erased by strokes over the last few years. It had been about 8 years since she recognized me or my sisters.”
Is Gambling OK?
Phil Johnson looks at the issue of gambling. “Is it a sin to gamble? There’s not an easy or instantly-obvious prooftext answer to that question. If you are looking for a ‘Thus saith the Lord: Thou shalt not gamble,’ you won’t find it anywhere. Nothing expressly forbids gambling anywhere in Scripture. Does that automatically put gambling into the realm of adiaphora, or indifferent matters? I don’t think so. I would argue that gambling is a sin, full stop.
All Of My Days
Here’s another example of why I love to read Danielle’s blog.
Mass: We Pray
Surely this has to be a joke. Someone tell me this is a joke!
Fireproof Follow-up
The follow-up to the movie Fireproof will be about fatherhood. “ ‘The title is one word: Courageous,’ said Fireproof Director Alex Kendrick, who will also direct the new film. ‘(It’s about) four fathers who are all in law enforcement—who protect and serve together—(and) go through a terrible tragedy. They begin looking at their role as fathers … and they begin challenging one another to fulfill God’s intention for fathers.’”
Deal of the Day: Amazon’s Gold Box
This is a bit random, I know, but today Amazon has a good Gold Box deal. They are offering their Pike Street down comforters at a really steep discount. Amazon keeps sending me their Pike Street stuff for review and it has impressed us as being high-quality for a great price.
November 16, 2009
The Prosperity Gospel
Canada’s The National Post featured an article this weekend on the prosperity gospel.
Themelios 34.3
The Gospel Coalition just announced the release of the latest edition of Themelios. It’s mostly for smart people but there are some things there for the rest of us as well.
Rick Mercer’s Sleepover with Stephen Harper
This is something you probably wouldn’t ever see in the US—a journalist enjoying a sleepover at the Prime Minister’s house (or President’s house as the case may be). This is a pretty good example of the Canadian sense of humor in action.
The Murder of Madalyn Murry O’Hair
Phil Johnson linked to this rather interesting article which tells of the murder of Madalyn Murray O’Hair and her family.
Has Apple Blown Its Chance?
The tech-minded may enjoy this article in which Jim Jubak argues that Apple did not properly capitalize on the disaster that was Windows Vista. “If this is as good as it gets for Apple, the company has no one to blame but itself. The opportunity was there, and Apple didn’t exploit it as ruthlessly or as relentlessly as it needed to.”
Deal of the Day: Free Shipping
You can get free Shipping from Monergismbooks.com for orders over $30. Economy shipping only. Offer good through Friday November 20th at midnight. Apply coupon code - freeshipping1121- at check out.
November 13, 2009
Women Fighting
Owen Strachan looks at women who fight and says “Femininity is a contested sphere nowadays, both literally and figuratively.”
Porn in Public
An article in the Washington Post deals with the phenomenon of public porn (or drive-by porn)—inadvertently seeing porn on another person’s portable device.
Christian Publishing
Allan Fisher, writing for Tabletalk Magazine, asks “Looking for things for which to thank the Lord this Thanksgiving? Start by asking this question: Where would my church be without Christian publishing companies?”
The Greatest Scot
STV is asking people to vote for the greatest Scot of all-time. Eric Liddell is in the running, as you might expect.
November 12, 2009
Christmas Music Roundup
CT has their annual roundup of this year’s Christmas music. At the top of their list is Downhere’s How Many Kings?.
Walk Humbly
Mark Altrogge’s ninth Scripture memorization CD is now available. “Walk Humbly consists of 20 scriptures (including references) set word-for-word to contemporary music, and I don’t mean muzak…” You can download one free song at the link.
Daddy’s Home!
This video shows some unexpected reunions between children and their soldier fathers as they return home from deployment overseas.
Deal of the Day: MacArthur Study Bible
Grace Books International is offering the NAS version of the MacArthur Study Bible at a 60% discount for a limited time.
November 11, 2009
Last Words
On the Texas Department of Justice website, you can read the last words of over 400 executed human beings. Morbid, perhaps, but an interesting look into what a person thinks as he looks death in the face.
The Guy Who Has Caught 3000 Balls
Here’s an amusing video of a guy who has caught 3,000 balls at major league baseball games.
The Poverty and Justice Bible
The deluge of Study Bibles shows no signs of letting up. The latest to store shelves is The Poverty and Justice Bible. Oh boy…
Elder’s Meetings that Do Something
Jim Elliff offers some useful advice for organizing and managing elder’s meetings.
Deal of the Day: The Old Testament Explained and Applied
Evangelical Press is offering a 50% discount on this big reference volume. “This comprehensive study enables the reader to gain a clear understanding of the contents of each Old Testament book in order that the overall plan and purpose of God might be perceived. The author explains each book, drawing out its Christology and applying its message to today’s reader. Numerous diagrams and maps are used throughout. His fresh innovative approach encourages the study of God’s Word in the Old Testament.”
November 09, 2009
Steven Curtis Chapman’s New Album
It seemed appropriate to post a link to this review since I am listening to the album at this very moment. Scott Anderson has written up a review of Steven Curtis Chapman’s Beauty Will Rise. “Simply put, this album is a musical masterpiece. It contains 12 beautifully-written, mostly acoustic songs with understated accompaniment that accents the intimate, personal nature of the lyrics. This album is primed to actively minister to all who listen to its melodies.”
Facebook Users
What would you do with an extra three days per year? Stop visiting Facebook and you can find out. The average Facebook user now spends the equivalent of three days a year on the site.
A Christmas Carol
CT has a good review of Disney’s new A Christmas Carol. “Wait. Terror? Darkness? Isn’t this a Disney film, starring a mugging Jim Carrey and directed by the guy behind the bright and fanciful The Polar Express? Yes, but families should know this is a far cry from The Muppet Christmas Carol. It will scare the stockings off of little kids.”
Q&A With Karen Armstrong
The National Post does an interview with Karen Armstrong, author of The Case for God. What a load of nonsense. “Look at Christianity—it’s a perfectly good religion. But the way many people understand it today, doctrine is absolutely essential. So we talk about religious people as believers, as though accepting propositions of a creed were the main thing. Our word for belief has changed its meaning. It used to mean to love, to commit yourself, to involve yourself. It only started to mean a set of doctrines in the late 17th century. Even then it was used in a philosophical and a scientific context, but not in a religious context.”
Gospel Man
Audio for the Gospel Man conferences is now freely available. There are messages there from some great speakers.

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