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March 22, 2012

7 Motives in Our Work - Matt Perman asks what our primary motives ought to be as we consider work. He comes up with a list of seven good motives.

Child Labor - “Child labor has never been a particularly pretty part of society, but during the industrial revolution, the practice became even uglier than its earlier incarnations. Children were often put in dangerous industrial jobs and paid menial wages.” This site has the stories behind several vintage photos.

Iditarod Sled Race - I enjoyed this photo gallery of shots from the Iditarod Trail Sled Race.

Cranmer’s Complicated Death - “Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury (b. July 2, 1489; d. March 21, 1556), will never enjoy the luxury of having his failures overlooked. His greatest public failure is closely related to why we still remember his story.”

Kony 2012 - Here’s another helpful take on the Kony 2012 phenomenon.

There is a certain kind of maturity that can be attained only through the discipline of suffering. —D.A. Carson

March 21, 2012

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made - “The perfection of this little creature shocked each one of us in the operating theatre. In a mere 10 weeks, God weaved together a tiny person with fingers, toes, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. This little one looks peacefully asleep in the nourishing tissue of its mother’s womb. The sacred sorrow, however, is that the baby is dead. A severe mercy perhaps.”

Life Wins - Here’s an encouraging dispatch from a Mercy Ship that you’ll want to read.

How an Affair Begins - This is an important little article. “A friend of mine told me that now she understands how adultery begins. She went to a woman’s house to drop off a package as a favor to someone, but the woman was not home. The husband was, and they exchanged pleasantries for a few moments. “

DVD Deal - Westminster Books has Paul Tripp’s marriage DVD What Did You Expect? at 75% off (from $60 all the way down to $15). Now’s the time to stock up!

The Next Story - Mark Tubbs over at Discerning Reader just reviewed my book. 

October Baby - PluggedIn has a review of the new movie October Baby.

A Free-Falling Elevator - If I find myself in a free-falling elevator, is there any position that might increase my chance of survival? (Climbing on top of other people is not an acceptable answer.) The NY Times has the answer in case you ever need it.

True holiness flows from the soundness of a man’s doctrine. —Robert Richey

March 20, 2012

Can Britain Tolerate Christians? - “In this morass of rights claims and counterclaims, British Christians may be forgiven for seeing a larger assault on their values and traditions. Yet lost in the country’s increasingly awkward debates over religious versus sexual freedoms, and the competing sensibilities of this or that protected group, is an even more puzzling discrepancy over when any private business is allowed to set potentially discriminatory standards.”

Eating the Apple - Carl Trueman offers some really good thoughts on Apple and our gadget obsession. “The fascinating thing about Apple is, of course, the company’s ability to pull off the same con-trick time after time.  We all know that capitalism requires the constant creation and recreation of markets.”

The Mistakes of Phillip Jensen - The Briefing has quite an interesting interview with Phillip Jensen, one that narrows in on the mistakes he has made in ministry. There are some good words there about regret.

36 Purposes of God in Suffering - Paul Tautges looks at God’s purposes in suffering and comes up with a list of at least 36 of them.

Marriage Is for Losers - I enjoyed this article, sent to me by a reader of the site. “You can be right, or you can be married; take your pick. I can’t remember who told me that, but I do remember that they were only half-joking. The other half, the serious half, is exceedingly important. This is why.”

Mohler and Carson - Dr. Mohler interviews D.A. Carson on The Intolerance of Tolerance.

God dwells in eternity but time dwells in God. He has already lived all our tomorrows as He has lived all our yesterdays. —A.W. Tozer

March 19, 2012

Crystal Cathedral - “On Sunday, Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman appeared for apparently the last time before some 800 people at the morning service of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.” USA Today says there is a cautionary tale in there.

The Lorax - WORLD goes to the movies and says “The Lorax proves to be a bonanza at the box office, and for liberal groups wanting to indoctrinate children.” 

Monergism Books - Monergism Books has a good selection of items available at 50% off for just a short time. Be sure to check out Gospel-Powered Parenting, and When People Are Big and God Is Small.

The Birth and Death of Words - “Can physicists produce insights about language that have eluded linguists and English professors? That possibility was put to the test this week when a team of physicists published a paper drawing on Google’s massive collection of scanned books. They claim to have identified universal laws governing the birth, life course and death of words.”

Commas, Commas, Commas - Bill Mounce: “The joy of punctuation! It can get the translator out of a real jam, and it can add clarity and reduce misinterpretation. I am wondering why I don’t talk about it more in my grammar.”

Only once did God choose a completely sinless preacher. —Alexander Whyte

March 17, 2012

But God… - Here’s another Kindle deal with taking: Casey Lute’s book But God… (published by Cruciform Press) has been marked down to $0.99.

Christians and Mixed Martial Arts - Owen Strachan: “I have spoken out fairly strongly MMA in the past, and my basic convictions about the sport haven’t changed. Christians should encourage the development of physical courage and ability in young men, yes. They should reject pacificism, and they should encourage boys to be adventurous and tough. But I don’t think that we should tie courage to unnecessary violence.”

Rest in Print - Al Mohler eulogizes the Encylopedia Britannica. “And then they were no more. Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. announced Tuesday that it would no longer offer its venerable reference set in a printed edition. Western Civilization just took another hard blow to the chin.”

St. Patrick - Since everyone is talking about him today, you may as well learn what he was all about.

Spiritual Depression - Granted Ministries is offering a free study guide for Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ book Spiritual Depression.

God takes away the world, that the heart may cleave more to Him in sincerity. —Thomas Watson

March 16, 2012

There are a couple more Kindle deals you ought to be aware of: Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem (a shortened, condensed version of his Systematic Theology) has been marked down to $3.99. So too has John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus.

Providence Is Sweet - Sometimes we can all use a reminder of just what a treasure the Bible is. This post will help you with that.

My Response to Kony - I really appreciated Matt Papa’s response to the Kony 2012 campaign. He recorded a great little video that gives some important context and asks some great questions.

Should I Divorce if I’m Miserable? - “ My wife and I are at an impasse. There’s been no abandonment, no sexual immorality, and no abuse. We just don’t get along. We shouldn’t have married. We should have known we are incompatible. I know God hates divorce but I don’t have any other option. My pastor and some Christian counselors have told me that while God hates divorce, this is the lesser of two evils because God doesn’t want me to be miserable…”

Riding the Booster - This is a really interesting video—a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Boosters that propel the Space Shuttle. 

Speaking Truth in Love - Here is a tutorial on how to speak truth in love.

Sin has been pardoned at such a price that we cannot henceforth trifle with it.C.H. Spurgeon

March 15, 2012

Here are a few Kindle deals you may want to jump on: Carson and Moo’s Introduction to the New Testament, a really good reference volume, is on sale at $3.99. Greg Koukl’s book Tactics has been pushed down to the same price for a limited time; it is a very helpful book. Finally, The Essential Works of Thomas Watson are just $2.99.

Ligonier National Conference - The 2012 Ligonier National Conference, “The Christian Mind,” starts today at 1pm EST. During the conference R.C. Sproul will be joined by Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Horton, Steven Lawson, Albert Mohler, and others. Together they’ll consider the importance of building a Christian worldview, the role of education in the Christian life, science and God’s natural revelation, defending the faith, and many other topics. You can watch it all live online.

Theological Commons - I may have linked to this before, but it’s worth the bookmark. Princeton has some 50,000 theological works available to read online through a slick reader.

Receiving Criticism - Mark Altrogge writes about how to receive critcism like a champ. “I don’t love to be criticized or critiqued.  I must admit, I don’t love ‘input’.”

Trek4TEF - In March of 2013 twenty adventurers will support The Elisha Foundation [A ministry I love!] by trekking from Lukla, Nepal to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the highest mountain in the world. This team, including two able bodied disabled participants, will push themselves to trek 16 days to more than 18,000 feet to raise money for TEF’s ministry to the disabled community and their families.

Family-Safe Movies - Bob Waliszewski has reviewed hundreds and hundreds of movies for Focus on the Family. Here he posts a list of his favorte family-safe movies.

iWallet - Your wallet may be the next victim of the digital explosion. Digital wallets are coming soon…

Christ comes with a blessing in each hand; forgiveness in one, holiness in the other. —A.W. Pink

March 14, 2012

Britannica - This was inevitable and I wonder if it will stand as a symbol of the decline of print. “Encyclopaedia Britannica says it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia. The Chicago-based company announced on Tuesday that the encyclopedia would not be available in book form for the first time in 244 years.”

Brothers and Sisters - Douglas Wilson offers some good thoughts on brothers and sisters and the relationships between them.

Kony 2012 - The Kony 2012 video very quickly became the most viral video in history. The statistics are astounding.

Sing Like You Mean It - Here’s a beautiful article you’ll want to read and ponder.

Good Friday - If you are in the Toronto area and are looking for something to do on Good Friday, why not join my church and several others as we worship together?

The Gospel Project - The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum that examines the grand narrative of Scripture and how the gospel transforms the lives of those it touches. This afternoon you can tune in to a live webcast with Trevin Wax, Matt Chandler and others, and learn more about it.

Yosemite HD - This is a fantastic time-lapse video that showcases the beauty of Yosemite.

 

Oh, Son of Man, I know not which to admire most, thine height of glory, or thy depths of misery!C.H. Spurgeon