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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

March 13, 2012

Blue Like Jazz - Here is another take on the forthcoming movie adaptation of Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz. This review highlights strengths, weaknesses and the elements that make this film unique in the Christian sphere. I can’t say that these early reviews are giving me any real desire to see it.

The Hunger Games - Redeemed Reader has become my go-to resource to find reviews of books for my kids. They’ve just posted an excellent and very helpful review of The Hunger Games, the book that is all the rage these days (and which has a movie releasing very soon).

Things a Pastor Shouldn’t Say - Here is a list of 5 things a pastor shouldn’t say (but, in my assessment and limited experience, probably will say and later have to repent of).

Protecting Your Children - Lindsey Holcomb has a helpful blog post on how to protect your children from sexual abuse. Writing of victims of sexual abuse she says, “15% of those assaulted are under age 12, and 29% are between ages 12 to 17. Girls between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault. Here are eight ways you as a parent can protect your children from sexual abuse.”

Screwtape on Stage - Max McLean’s production of The Screwtape Letters continues to criss-cross the U.S. and he is finally coming close enough to Toronto that I can get to a show (in Buffalo). Shows are also lined up for Indianapolis, Chicago, Grand Rapids and several other places.

Marital Love - Drawing from Paul Tripp’s What Did You Expect?, Bob Glenn shares 22 descriptions of marital love.

You don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have. —Tim Keller

March 12, 2012

Steven Curtis Chapman - Andrew Peterson writes about touring with Steven Curtis Chapman: “Everyone I know in Nashville who knows Steven has said to me something like, “I love Steven. He’s a good man.” But from the first week of the tour I discovered that Steven isn’t a good man. He’s as sinful as the rest of us. He wears his weakness on his sleeve. He’s quick to share his pain and his struggle.”

There Is Hope! - Be sure to read Greg Lucas’ proclamation of hope even in the darkest valleys of loving and dealing with a disabled child.

On Kony and Viruses - My wife and I have both been reading this blog (written by missionaries who were in Uganda for 17 years) for a good long time so were anxious to get their take on Kony and the recent Kony 2012 campaign. They offer both praise and critique.

Monergism Books - Monergism Books has a coupon for you that will get you 10% off your entire order (over $55). With prices already lower than Amazon, you can save some good money here. Create your order, look for the “coupon code” box, and input coupon code march2012.

The Father Said No - Thabiti Anyabwile offers five reasons that the Father said “No” when Jesus asked him to take away the cup of God’s wrath.

Blue Like Jazz - The movie adaptation of Blue Like Jazz is coming to theatres in a month; here is an interesting early review of it.

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels. —John Calvin

March 10, 2012

Discipleship 101 - Here is just one way you can go about discipling a brand new believer. “There are two men in their 20s who came to faith in Christ in recent weeks through the ministry of our church. I’m discipling these guys right now. I baptized them a few weeks ago. One of the core ways I’m discipling them is through weekly Bible reading meetings. This is how I do it…”

Cameron’s Deep Dive - In the coming weeks James Cameron is taking a dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, earth’s deepest point. He and National Geographic have the details.

Albatross Bookmarks - These look amazing. (HT)

Learn to Use the Internet - Here’s what looks like an interesting concept: a site that will teach you to use the latest and greatest tools on the Internet (Pinterest, for example). “Through a mix of video, quizzes, takeaways and other media, we provide instruction and guidance geared toward saving time, reducing confusion, and driving real results. We call it action-oriented learning.”

Church Planting - J.D. Payne: “For too long we have been guilty of making church planting a ministry for only the high capacity, high caliber leaders.  These are the individuals that I describe as the 8-, 9-, 10-caliber leaders.  Now, while I am all for equipping and mobilizing such church planters (I have done this many times over the past decade.), the reality is that such leaders are a minority in the Body of Christ.  They are greatly needed for Kingdom advancement–but still a minority.”

A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant. —Stephen Charnock