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September 23, 2008
More About Harsh Language
If you read last week’s exchange between Nathan Busenitz and Doug Wilson, you’ll want to read this follow-up by Busenitz.
Can’t You Take a Joke?
Wired writes about the man who invented the emoticon. :-)
The Cross: Can We Have More?
Darryl Dash reflects on Brian McLaren’s understanding of the gospel and pleads for more of the cross.
Children as the Ultimate Experience
Owen Strachan writes about two articles, one by Mohler and one by Driscoll, that discuss the importance of the family as constructed and formed by the Bible.
R.I.P. Emerging Church
The term “emerging church” has already fallen out of favor among those who once used it as a descriptor for themselves. “Now comes word from recognized leaders and voices within the emerging church movement that the term has become so polluted that it is being dropped.”
The Prince’s Poison Cup
The Prince’s Poison Cup is a forthcoming children’s book written by R.C. Sproul (and with great illustrations by Justin Gerard). The Ligonier blog shares some information about it.
Quick Links:
Ending is Beginning
Kathryn Scott: I Belong
Using God’s Will to Manipulate
September 22, 2008
What is the Gospel, Brian?
Michael Krahn was at a conference this weekend and heard Brian McLaren provide a kind-of-answer to that question.
Does Prayer Change Things?
Over at the Ligonier blog we’re serializing R.C. Sproul’s book Does Prayer Change Things? It’s a good little book and well worth reading through.
Why Did we Publish That?
Michael Hyatt of Thomas Nelson answers the question of why they chose to publish the new book by Lynn Spears (mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn).
Bigger Than You Can Imagine
This blogger has a look at the vast, almost unimaginable size, of the universe.
Good Prices on Good eBooks
Here are some good prices on some very good Puritan works (for those of you who like to read PDFs or have some kind of an eBook reader).
September 19, 2008
Attacks against Christians in India
“India is in a scary situation,” says Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan. “While violence continues in Orissa, on India’s east coast, anti-Christian extremists have unleashed another wave of attacks on Christians in Karnataka, a state on India’s west coast. (HT: JW)
Something About Sarah
“There is continuing amazement over the sheer hatred that Palin has aroused: ‘I am almost 60 and come from Massachusetts. In all my years, I have never seen anything like this, and don’t want to see it ever again. I have a friend who is both feminist and left-leaning. I asked her why they hate Palin so much. She said, ‘Because she’s had it all: family, career. And she did it without a man like Bill Clinton helping her. She did it on her own.””
Understanding the Financial Upheaval
Steven D. Levitt, author of Freakonomics has Doug Diamond and Anil Kashyap provide a guest blog on the recent financial upheavals. They attempt to explain what has happened and what is likely to happen in the near future.
Catholicism and Darwinism
“The Vatican said on Tuesday the theory of evolution was compatible with the Bible but planned no posthumous apology to Charles Darwin for the cold reception it gave him 150 years ago.”
September 18, 2008
Thinking Biblically about the Banking Crisis
JT interviews David Kotter about the banking crisis.
A Temporizing Baa-Lamb
Doug Wilson responds to the article I linked to yesterday in Pulpit Magazine (the article dealing with sarcasm and harsh language).
Arctic Sea Ice-Melt Season Ends
“We have news from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). They say: The melt is over. And we’ve added 9.4% ice coverage from this time last year. Though it appears NSIDC is attempting to downplay this in their web page announcement today, one can safely say that despite irrational predictions seen earlier this year, we didn’t reach an “ice free north pole” nor a new record low for sea ice extent.”
Put a Stop to Large Families
Al Mohler writes about two people who are saying that the world’s crises can be averted by limiting family size. He responds frankly: “Speaking as delicately as those words allow, that argument is stunningly stupid. If food was in abundance, would the duke argue that people are too few? How does he arrive at the “right” number of people?”
Tony Jones on Barack Obama
Tony Jones (a Barack Obama supporter) discusses a conference call with some of the religious outreach staffers from the Obama campaign.
September 17, 2008
Harsh Language
Nathan Busenitz provides his take on “John Piper, Mark Driscoll, and Harsh Language.”
On Abortion and Voting
Josh Harris writes about a difficult subject. “Recently a couple pursuing membership in our church wrote me a very thoughtful, humble letter with questions generated by the recent sermon ‘Don’t Waste Your Vote.’ In particular, they took issue with the emphasis placed on the issue of abortion. While pro-life themselves, they felt that by highlighting abortion we were essentially endorsing a particular party.”
A Theological Vision for Families
This three-part series on the family, written by Andrew Nichols, is a good bookmark for just about anyone. He wonders if Satan is more concerned about the families in your church than you are and then provides a solid theological vision for families.
Christian Film This Fall
CT has a roundup of some of the Christian films coming our way this fall.
A Too-Quiet Plane?
Here’s some strange news. The new Airbus A380 is so quiet that customers are complaining; Airbus may have to provide background music or white noise in order to placate their customers.
September 16, 2008
The Bible as Fashion Accessory
Phil Johnson writes about Zondervan’s “Bible Bunker.” “Zondervan plans to keep stoking demand by making sure God’s word looks hip, sounds relevant and is advertised all over, including in Rolling Stone magazine and Modern Bride, on MySpace—even on a jumbotron in New York City’s Times Square.”
The Short, Eventful Life of Ike
Boston.com has a list of incredible pictures showing the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
No Smoking Hot Spot
David Evans devoted six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. At the end of it all he realized “There is no evidence to support the idea that carbon emissions cause significant global warming. None.”
If Your Bank Closes
Wheaties for Your Wallet tells what happens when a bank closes and gives some good advice on how to protect yourself.
Internet Specials from Ligonier
Ligonier has a page on their site that offers some special internet discounts on books, CDs, etc.
Dialog on the Sarah Palin Predicament
USA Today ran a story about CBMW and Sarah Palin. Dr. David Gushee, the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, calls out CBMW and they respond in this blog post.
Flying the Unfriendly Skies
A NY Times reporter steps into the shoes of a flight attendant. She gains new respect for those who do that job!
September 15, 2008
We’re Sorry, Mr. Darwin
To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the Church of England will make an official apology to him for criticising his famous theory of evolution. There is no word on how Darwin plans to respond.
The Chromosomal Barrier
Trig Palin continues to be a hot topic of conversation. I enjoyed Carolyn’s thoughts: “I grieve for what a double-minded culture we’ve become. We are pro-life when it comes to baby seals or endangered species, but not when it comes to human beings with development disabilities.” Be sure to read the news story she links to about the father of a child with Down Syndrome who gave his life to save him.
To Infinity and Beyond
Here is a tale with a happy ending. ” After a rip current swept the boy and his father out to sea Saturday, darkness fell, and the sound of rescue helicopters and boats grew faint until they were nonexistent.”
A Different Kind of Fast
Michael Krahn has some good words to say about fasting from technology.
The Birmingham Church Bombing
John Piper commemorates the anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombing with an article. “Lord, forbid that we—we white and black and all Americans—would waste what they paid for.”
6 Year Med
6 Year Med is one of my favorite “miscellaneous” blogs that I somehow stumbled upon. The most recent post is a tough one that gives just a glimpse inside the life of a doctor.
September 12, 2008
Large Hadron Collider webcam
Here are two LHC Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment Webcams. Just keep watching for a couple of minutes.
A Scientific and Biblical Expose’ of Climate Change
Global Warming: A Scientific and Biblical Expose’ of Climate Change from Answers in Genesis looks like it may be a good take on global warming and climate change.
Death to Apostates
The Iranian Parliament voted in favor of a bill Tuesday that would punish apostasy with the death penalty, a human rights group reported… The draft bill seeks to add several crimes to the list of acts that would result in execution, including “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution, and apostasy.”
Barring Yahweh
An article at CT describes how Catholics and many Protestants are removing the word “Yahweh” from their vocabulary. “Whether or not there are Jewish brothers and sisters in earshot, the most obvious reason to avoid using the proper and more personal name of God in the Old Testament is simply respect for God.”
Ghostwriter Town
Joe Carter takes on the subject of Ghost writing. “If you are using someone else’s words and claiming them as your own then you are deceiving your audience. It’s that simple. But in Washington, excuses are constantly made to rationalize this behavior.”
Getting the Blues
This looks like a uniquely interesting new book from the always-busy pen of Stephen Nichols.
The Randomness of Life
This is a hilarious news story from The Onion.
September 11, 2008
A Sex Change for Mr. Clean?
Hilarity from the European Parliament which “evidently has too much time on its hands. Last week, this glorious and august legislative body voted to warn advertisers and marketers against ‘sexual stereotyping.’ Seriously.”
Love Your Life
Victoria Osteen’s first book will release next month. “As a minister, she reaches out to an enormous community of people who look to her for guidance, strength, wisdom, and encouragement. She knows as well as anyone that operating in so many different roles can be extremely demanding, yet she has managed to find balance, living her life in the unforced rhythms of grace. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that she loves her life and she wants you to love your life, too.”
Classic Reformed Theology
Martin Downes points to a new series called Classic Reformed Theology. “The series will provide critical English editions of key texts from the vitally important era of Reformed orthodoxy.”
The New New Face
This article in the Guardian discusses the latest trend in cosmetic surgery—the New New Face. “Ten years ago women wanted their cheeks and foreheads to be pulled, stretched and tightened, like vacuum-packed pieces of steak. These days they arrive in his consulting rooms demanding something more youthful and plush. Think of a plumped-up cushion. Out with pinched, in with peachy. There’s a new face around - and it’s a baby’s.”
September 10, 2008
Voddie Baucham on CNN
Voddie Baucham and Margaret Feinberg were recently on CNN discussing whether the Bible supports a woman in the office of Vice President. The talk became rather impassioned by the end…
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Earth
From “Discover.” The more you read things like this, the more implausible it becomes that it all could have happened without the work of a divine hand.
Joe Holland on The Shack
Joe Holland writes a review of The Shack. He uses this great quote from C.S. Lewis: “…any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people’s minds under cover of romance [romantic, imaginative literature, fiction] without their knowing it.”
Google’s World Domination
“Following the launch of web services such as Gmail, Google Maps and Google Earth, not to mention its acquisition of You- Tube, Google is looking more and more like the computing giants it set itself up to oppose. And the new Google Chrome browser is the most aggressive example of this so far.”
Tyndale to Publish Palin Bio
Sarah Palin’s biography has been in great demand ever since McCain announced her as his choice for Vice President. “Epicenter Press has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Tyndale House. Tyndale has gone to press for 250,000 copies of the paperback about the newly minted Republican vice-presidential candidate and will begin shipping the books on September 10.”

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