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May 21, 2008
Wednesday May 21, 2008 Free Subscription Offer from Matthias Media
“We’re giving away 500 FREE subscriptions to our monthly magazine, The Briefing, to North American readers. No obligation. No cost. Posted to you totally free. We just want you to get to know us a bit better, and this seems like a good way to do it.”
Atheism Remix
Crossway has released a microsite for Al Mohler’s forthcoming “Atheism Remix.” “Providing the Christian response to the new challenge to theism, Dr. Albert Mohler equips Christians to respond with Atheism Remix. Here he explores the environment that has bred the New Atheism while also introducing readers to the movement’s four leading thinkers and their arguments.”
ReThink Conference
Alex Chediak has a wrap-up of the sessions from the recent ReThink Conference.
Prince Caspian and Women in Combat
The CBMW blog notes that “Unlike the book, the film clearly depicts Susan as a warrior, actively engaging in physical combat alongside her brothers.” Christopher W. Cowan offers some thoughts.
May 20, 2008
Tuesday May 20, 2008 Warnock Interviews Piper
Adrian Warnock has a multi-part video interview that he recently recorded with John Piper.
On Selecting Books and Managing Reading
Over at D.R. Mark has an article about selecting books and managing reading time.
A Ministry Update from John Piper
John Piper addresses some of the exciting things that are happening in and around Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Beyond a Veggie Tales Gospel
Russell Moore writes about a “Veggie Tales gospel” saying, “There’s plenty of Veggie Tales preaching out there, and it’s not all for children.”
Clarifying the Bible DVD
This DVD looks like a worthwhile investment. “Born from the passion of those who heard this material taught in Memphis, TN, Clarifying The Bible is a helpful workbook and one hour forty-five minute DVD presentation that promises to open your eyes to the Scriptures as never before.”
May 19, 2008
Monday May 19, 2008 The Imagination of C.S. Lewis
Leland Ryken’s article on C.S. Lewis from a recent edition of Tabletalk is a masterpiece.
Carson on Red Letter Christians
Denny Burk shares some of D.A. Carson’s words on those who now call themselves “red letter Christians.”
Amy Hall on Prince Caspian
The reviews for Prince Caspian are decidedly mixed. Amy Hall says it is a good film that misses the mark and tells us how.
Portion Size Then and Now
A visual comparison of how portion sizes (and belt sizes) have changed.
Clarus Audio
Zach posts the audio from a recent conference involving D.A. Carson and Michael Horton. The topic was “Galatians and the problem of self justification.”
May 16, 2008
Friday May 15, 2008 How Technology Relates to Permanence
Owen has some good thoughts on technology and our obsession with it. “More significantly, the technological drive seems to push us away from appreciation of what is permanent. Because our current interest is constantly shifting and transferring itself to whatever is new, and hot, and sleek, and better, we gradually lose our appreciation for permanent things.”
Hachette to Co-Pub “The Shack”
“The Shack” is set to go even bigger after “the FaithWords division of Hachette Book Group has entered into a co-publishing partnership with Windblown Media for the runaway bestseller The Shack by William P. Young.” Hachette will now handle sales, marketing, distribution and so on. The book has now sold over a million copies.
Need New Wallpaper?
If your PC or Mac is begging for some new wallpaper, click on over to Smashing Magazine and take a look at some of these links.
The Photoshop Anthology
SitePoint is giving away a PDF version of their Photoshop Anthology, a great resource for the Photoshop newbie or enthusiast.
May 15, 2008
Thursday May 15, 2008 Updates from Addis Ababa
Carolyn McCulley and a video crew are currently in Addis Ababa. Carolyn is providing very interesting updates from their work there.
Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World
At C.J. Mahaney’s blog you’ll find a roundup of posts on the subject of modesty and a special offer if you want to preorder his forthcoming book.
Theological Word of the Day
Here is a new blog that offers a theological word of the day.
Search Kindly
Compassion International offers you unique ways to support them this month.
Keller at The Veritas Forum
“Noted pastor and author Dr. Tim Keller discusses the place of exclusive truth in a pluralistic society in Wheeler Auditorium, followed by a Q&A session.”
May 14, 2008
Wednesday May 14, 2008 Adulterous Entertainment
Josh Buice says rightly that it “seems that our modern American (and now English) culture is in ‘love’ with the sin of adultery.” He suggests several ramifications of this evil affair.
Smell the Coffee
Tony Payne rights about the “Fair Trade” efforts where people in the first world attempt to pay fair prices for products from the third world. “I read the articles with a growing sense of shame-faced exasperation—shame-faced, because how could I object to helping third world farmers?”
Buy a Library
Scott wants to sell his entire massive library. It could kickstart any great collection (he’s offering around 6000 books!).
May 13, 2008
Tuesday May 13, 2008 Dr. Mohler’s Response to the Evangelical Manifesto
Dr. Mohler has provided a detailed response to the recent Evangelical Manifesto. “In the end, I must judge “An Evangelical Manifesto” to be too expansive in terms of public relations and too thin in terms of theology. I admire so much of what this document states and represents, but I cannot accept it as a whole. I want it to be even more theological, and to be far more specific about the Gospel… This document will have to be much more theological for it to accomplish its own stated purpose. ”
Pulpit Magazine Responds
Pulpit Magazine also responds to the document.
College: A Cruel Hoax for Some
“No one is thinking about the larger implications, let alone the morality, of admitting so many students to classes they cannot possibly pass. The colleges and the students and I are bobbing up and down in a great wave of societal forces — social optimism on a large scale, the sense of college as both a universal right and a need, financial necessity on the part of the colleges and the students alike, the desire to maintain high academic standards while admitting marginal students — that have coalesced into a mini-tsunami of difficulty.”
May 12, 2008
Monday April 12, 2008 Discipleship Explored
The makers of Christianity Explored will soon be releasing Discipleship Explored. You can find an interesting micro-site that shows how it is being made.
Living Weak
“ ‘Live strong’ is a common slogan among cancer patients. I think I understand the slogan’s appeal, and I admire the spirit that lies behind it. But it doesn’t fit my experience, and I suspect I’m not alone.”
Don’t Waste Your Summer
Here are nine suggestions for students to ensure you do not waste your summer.
Number Eighteen
The Duggar family has announced the impending arrival of baby number 18!
The Truth About Oil
“A recent survey on the environment found that seventy percent of people worldwide think that the planet is running out oil. Only less than one quarter believe that there is enough of it to keep it as a primary source of energy. Petro pessimism runs especially high in the United States where a full two thirds think that the point of depletion is within sight.”
The Love of Money
This missionary shares a couple of sad stories about the love of money. “Susan would rather be a prostitute making extra money (her husband is still gainfully employed by the school so her family DOES have enough!) than a church leader and an honest-working woman. The custodian would rather be the richest man with the nicest house in his neighborhood than be a respectable, faithful, honest, hard-working provider for his family.”
Greg Harris on Educational Choices
“I can honestly say that every option, including home schooling has its problems (as you well know). So, pick your problems, and by the grace of God deal with those problems as they arise.”
May 09, 2008
Friday May 9, 2008 Denny Burk on “An Evangelical Manifesto”
Denny Burk has some good reflections on the Evangelical Manifesto in this post and in several others at his blog.
Sportsmanship
Stephen Altrogge shares a great little video dealing with sportsmanship.
The Uneven Playing Field
Owen comments on a fascinating article from the New York Times. “In “The Uneven Playing Field,” Sokolove details at tremendous length the high injury risks girls and women face in playing contact sports. I found the piece compelling, frightening, and reflective of common sense: girls are not built like guys, and thus when they play contact sports with tenacity and abandon, they will often face very serious injury.”
The Dubious Future of Libraries
Here is an interesting article from a seminary librarian. He asks “Will the Dubious Future of Libraries be the Salvation of Evangelical Seminaries?”
A Review of “A New Earth”
Don Whitney provides a good review of Eckhart Tolle’s mega-selling “A New Earth.”
Interview with a Would-Be Mother
Lydia has an interview with a woman who, for the past ten years, has been unable to conceive. “She shares with us what a baby-hopeful, godly couple has learned from their infertility about things such as in vitro, adoption, and marital intimacy. ”
May 08, 2008
Thursday May 8, 2008 His Image, Our Value
Writing about people with disabilities, Paul refutes the lie that worth is determined by contribution. “The Truth, according to God, is that people are valuable for the simple fact that they are made in His image. Value is all in relation to Him, not my supposed contribution.”
GTY’s Free Weekly Expositional Bible Study
From Lucid Theology: “Today Grace to You launched a new page on their site where they plan on providing, free of charge, an expositional study of a book of the Bible.”
The Murky Demimonde of Amazon Reviewers
A recent article from Slate provides interesting information that should make us think twice about placing too much confidence in Amazon’s top reviewers. An example: “Harriet Klausner, No. 1 since the inception of the ranking system in 2000, has averaged 45 book reviews per week over the last five years—a pace that seems hard to credit, even from a professed speed-reader.”
Five Things To Do With Old Electronics
Here are five things you can do with those old electronics you’ve got kicking around your basement. Did you know that the average CRT contains over 2 pounds of toxic lead? There is a good reason to dispose of them properly!

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