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January 22, 2009
The President, the Passengers, and the Patience of God
Here’s John Piper doing what he does so well. “When King David pondered how many were God’s “wondrous deeds,” he said, “I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told” (Psalm 40:5). That’s the way I feel watching God’s public mercies in the last few days. ”
The Terry Schiavo Story
This forthcoming DVD from Franklin Springs Media looks like it should be very interesting. “The Terri Schiavo Story, a compelling new documentary film, helps to define the issues and investigate the facts, framing an important consideration of the life and death of Terri Schiavo.”
Abortion: The Moral Issue of Our Day
As it is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Ligonier is offering streaming video of Dr. Sproul’s series, Abortion. “If you would like to be able to present an intelligent, well-reasoned defense of the unborn without engaging in a shouting match, this series can help.”
Polite Britons Died on the Titanic
Just an interesting little snippet of history here. “More British passengers died on the Titanic because they queued politely for lifeboats, researchers believe. A behavioural economist says data suggests Britons in that era were more inclined to be “gentlemanly” while Americans were more “individualist”. ”
Why Disney Dropped Narnia
This story gives the inside scoop and offers hope that another company will pick up the next film.
January 21, 2009
Praying for the President
Ligon Duncan has a wise post about praying for the President (though there is much to glean from it even for non-Americans like myself).
Echoes of Babel
T-Wax offers an interesting perspective on America’s new national sin. “The truly troubling aspect of the new era we have just inaugurated is the underlying assumption among so many in our country that now, finally, we have truly arrived. A new age has dawned!” And if appears like this to an American, imagine how all the rhetoric appears to non-Americans…
Promoting Schoolwork
A new series at the Shepherd Press blog deals with schoolwork. It answers this question: ” I’d like to see you address the topic of motivation in schoolwork sometime on your blog. How do we use the Scriptures to instill in our kids a motivation to do their best in their studies? What form should discipline take for children who do not apply themselves the way they should?”
Facebook Terms of Use
Most of us don’t read the terms of use when we sign up with a new site. This person did when signing up for Facebook and found something interesting. We should probably read these boring documents a little more diligently…
ESV Bookmark Hack
This blog shows how to hack an ESV Bible in order to add extra ribbon bookmarks to it.
January 20, 2009
A Question
In a couple of weeks, Ray Comfort will be dropping by this site as part of an online book tour to promote his forthcoming book You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think: 101 Answers to Questions from Angry Atheists. I thought it might be fun to ask Ray a few questions and he’s agreed to answer. But first I need the questions. That’s where you come in. Have you got something to ask Ray Comfort? If so, post a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll see what I can do.
Top 60 Church Blogs
Kent at Church Revelance has compiled a list of the top 60 church (i.e. Christian) blogs using a rather unique (and complicated) ranking system.
Goodbye Mr. President
Ray Fowler shares the lyrics for Stephen Curtis Chapman’s song “Goodbye Mr. President.”
A Prayer for President Obama
Dr. Mohler offers a prayer for President Obama.
Ted Haggard’s Documentary
“The AP reports that Haggard has agreed to play an active part in promoting a new film called The Trials of Ted Haggard. The film is a documentary about Haggard’s scandal and disgrace in 2006, which ultimately led to his resignation from his job as the head pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.”
Fireproof in 60 Seconds
If you’ve already seen Fireproof you’ll enjoy this light-hearted 60 second version of the film put together by the producers.
Being Pro-Life Christians Under a Pro-Choice President
Here is an old sermon from John Piper (preached as Bill Clinton took office) that still rings true today.
Deal of the Day: One for the Husbands
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January 19, 2009
Robinson’s Prayer for Obama
What a bunch of nonsense this prayer is. Let’s hope (and pray) that Rick Warren does far better!
The CyberHymnal
The CyberHymnal, which I pretty well guarantee you’ve visited at one time or another, has moved to a new URL. So update your bookmarks.
An Open Letter to Barack Obama
Ron Jones, who serves as the Senior Pastor of Immanuel Bible Church, has sent Barack Obama a powerful letter, asking him to reconsider his view on abortion.
A Review of “Tactics”
Gregory Koukl’s new book Tactics is getting some positive buzz. Apologetics 315 offers a glowing review.
January 16, 2009
The Cutest Tax Deduction
Tim Ellsworth is asking that you vote for his son Noah at TurboTax’s Cutest Tax Deduction contest.
Updates @ DR
A couple of days late since our Managing Editor’s wife welcomed a new baby into the world (a pretty good excuse, really), but Discerning Reader has been updated with eight new reviews.
Altrogge’s Book Giveaway
The Altrogge’s are giving away some books through their blog.
Tim Tebow, Jason Hanson, Kurt Warner
Randy Alcorn writes about a few football stars who are first Christians.
Deal of the Day: Fabulous Friday
Every week CBD has a “Fabulous Friday” sale. There usually is not much worth buying. Today, though, there are some exceptions. You can get Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on all four gospels (in hardcover) for $24.99, a MacArthur Study Bible for the same price, C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters together for $7.99, etc. It’s worth taking a look.
January 15, 2009
Ten Significant Christian Publications - 2008
Keith Mathison: “The year 2008 witnessed the publication of a large number of Christian books. Deciding which to include in this list was no simple matter. I’ve included titles that I believe will have a lasting influence for one reason or another. I have not listed these publications in any particular order.”
Way to God
Jim Elliff has a new site called “Way to God.” “Are you looking for the way to God? I’d like to help. On the site you will find answers to questions, clarifying articles, audio and the stories of people who have come to Christ.”
A Whole Lot of DAC
Hundreds of MP3s by D.A. Carson have been uploaded to the Gospel Coalition web site. Hundreds!
John Paulson’s Profits
This article at Porfolio shows just how much money at least one man has made from the economic downturn and raises some interesting ethical questions.
Christian Hope
Kirk Wellum offers a post on the beauty of Christian hope. “The Christian gospel is a message of hope. Hope for the otherwise hopeless. Hope based on what God has done, and is doing, and will yet do in Christ.”
Deal of the Day: The Christian Lover
Reformation Heritage Books is offering a 50% discount on this brand new book by Michael Haykin: The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers.
January 14, 2009
Groothuis Reviews Two Books on Schaeffer
Just like the heading says, Douglas Groothuis offers reviews of two recent books on Schaeffer: Barry Hankins’ Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America and Colin Duriez’ Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life.
The Boulder
Here is another poignant entry from 6YearMed.
Anti-Conversion Bill in Sri Lanka
“According to the Jubilee Campaign, a group which works internationally in the area of religious freedom, the latest version of this [anti-conversion] bill was presented, cloaked in secrecy, for a second reading to the Sri Lankan Parliament. It is expected to go up for a third reading in February and is likely to be passed. The anti-conversion bill would have serious consequences for Christians in Sri Lanka.”
Creating a Family Worship Time
Here is a site where you can find a valuable round-up of materials with wisdom on how and why to create a consistent and meaningful time of family worship.
Polygamy: Outlawed for a Reason
This column is quite interesting. The author may well be right when he says that polygamy is going to be the next cultural battleground. While I disagree with his take on the history of marriage, I do think he offers some great reasons to outlaw polygamy.
Pulpit Magazine is Back
That’s right. At long last, Pulpit Magazine has returned. Be sure to check out Phil Johnson’s series on (what else?) Calvinism.
Pray for Abby Riggs
This family is asking you to pray for their little girl who is suffering from leukemia. “In July 2008, three years old, she was diagnosed with a high risk, aggressive form of Leukemia. Over the months, her prognosis has worsened as other complications and conditions became know.”
Hugh Latimer
Holimeo offers a short and sweet summary of the life of the martyr Hugh Latimer.
January 13, 2009
Which Greek Text?
William Mounce gives his feedback on which text of the Greek Scriptures is the best.
Seminaries and Economies
Collin Hansen writes about some of the seminaries that are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. “About 20 percent of all seminaries unrelated to a college or university operated with deficit budgets three of the last five years, according to ATS spokeswoman Eliza Smith Brown. These schools had less than one year of operating expenses in reserve.”
Gay Bishop to Open Inaugural Weekend
“The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who was elected the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop in 2003, will deliver the invocation for Sunday’s kickoff inaugural event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said.”
Save $419.50 in an Hour
The Motley fool explains how.
Deal of the Day: Lecrae (link fixed)
Lecrae’s Rebel was one of my favorite albums of 2008. You can get it now at Amazon for a mere $5 (in downloadable format). Be sure to check it out!
January 12, 2009
Don’t Pamper Your Doubts
Phil Johnson offers a good weekly dose of Spurgeon. “Beloved friends, let us never look upon our own unbelief as an excusable infirmity, but let us always regard it as a sin, and as a great sin, too. Whatever excuse you may at any time make for others,—and I pray you to make excuses for them whenever you can rightly do so,—never make any for yourself. In that case, be swift to condemn.”
Spirituality Trumps Religion
Studies like this one are, in so many ways, utterly ridiculous. And yet maybe there is a thing or two we can learn from them…
Who Would Jesus Smack Down
Mark Driscoll is featured in the pages of the New York Times.
Deal of the Day: Monergism Books
Spend $35 at Monergism books, use the coupon code 0109challies, and you’ll get 5% off your order. This offer is good until Saturday.
January 09, 2009
ESV Blank Bible for Sale
You know you want one.
Speaking of the ESV
Speaking of the ESV, here is the new President of Ghana, John Atta Mills, being sworn into office with an ESV.
Adult Women Play House
“Many people like to stop and play with newborn babies, but now some adult women are playing house with fake babies. Some women are even going as far as taking day trips with the fake babies to the park, out to eat, and even hosting birthday parties for them.”
Staying Stuck
Lydia offers some good thoughts on being stuck in patterns of habitual sin. She offers five things that can keep us stuck.
Why I Am Not Charismatic
C. Michael Patton is in the midst of a series describing why he is not charismatic. Though his primary line of reasoning is perhaps not the strongest (he seems to be arguing largely from personal experience) the series is still quite interesting.

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