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August 15, 2008
Friday August 15, 2008 A Tale of Two Little Girls
Kirk Wellum reminds us that our society is hardly immune to the kind of thoughts that replaced a less attractive little Chinese girl with a more attractive one.
16 Days of Atrocity
From The Point: “To keep the excitement over Phelps and company on the U.S. Olympic team (much deserved admiration, definitely) from drowning out those in China and elsewhere who cannot share the joy because of the communist regime’s evil acts, we’re going to post an “Atrocity of the Day” throughout the remainder of the Olympic season.”
Life After Lakeland
An article in Charisma wrestles with the aftermath of the Lakeland “Revival.” “Among those who jumped on the Lakeland bandwagon, discernment was discouraged. They were expected to swallow and follow. The message was clear: ‘This is God. Don’t question.’”
August 14, 2008
Thursday August 14, 2008 The Works of Jonathan Edwards
The Bookstore at WSC has the works of Edwards on sale for a mere $25. You’re not likely to beat that price!
Red Mountain Church
T-Wax has an interview with Red Mountain Church, a group based in Birmingham, Alabama that takes old hymn texts and puts them to new music.
Discipling Christian Children
Rick Phillips has a good article on discipling Christian children.
Movabletype 4.2
Performancing has a roundup of news regarding the recent release of Movabletype 4.2. Bloggers may wish to take note.
Passion Church
Josh Harris shares some interesting news about Louie Giglio.
Why Children Lie
A good article from the Shepherd Press blog. “So when you hear your children lie, remember that one of the elements behind the lie is fear—fear of being exposed for who they really are. The answer, of course, is Christ.”
August 13, 2008
Wednesday August 13, 2008 God’s Gift of Adoption
God used our son Daniel’s untreatable illness and untimely death at three years old to send our family on two wonderful adoption journeys. Ten months before Daniel died the Lord brought Isaiah Owen into our family through adoption. A year after Daniel’s death God gave us Noah Daniel (Noah means rest). We named our second adopted son “Noah Daniel” to remind us of the “rest God had given Daniel.”
The Process of the Pardon
Here’s information about the new Voice album, The Process of the Pardon.
Things to Work on
Colin Adams lists a few things he is working on in his preaching ministry.
The Persistence of Moral Sanity
Reflecting on the John Edwards scandal, Dr. Mohler writes about “The Strange Persistence of Moral Sanity.”
August 12, 2008
Tuesday August 12, 2008 Rick Warren on TIME
Rick Warren is on the cover of TIME Magazine. “If Warren is not quite today’s [Billy] Graham, who presided as ‘America’s pastor’ back when the U.S. affected a kind of Protestant civil religion, he is unquestionably the U.S.’s most influential and highest-profile churchman. He is a natural leader, a pathological schmoozer, insatiably curious and often the smartest person in the room.”
Bedtime Prayers with Children
T-Wax is dead on in this article. “Let me encourage you. Young children soak in everything we say to them. Don’t be frustrated if they’re not reciting the catechism by the age of 4. Don’t be frustrated if they seem to be disinterested when you pray. Don’t be frustrated by their lack of attention span. Pray anyway.”
A Catholic Case Against Obama
Pat Buchanan writes an article specifically for Catholics, but most of it applies to Evangelicals as well.
What Impresses God
Mark Altrogge writes about the Opening Ceremonies and the heartless persecution of Christians in China.
Denny Burk on Inclusive Translations
Denny Burk reacts briefly to comments by Craig Blomberg who lauds the TNIV and other gender inclusive translations.
August 11, 2008
Monday August 11, 2008 Juno and Jennefer
At Paradox Uganda is an interesting post contrasting the movie Juno with a real-life case of teenage pregnancy.
The Religious Olympics Opening
A short, good post from John Mark Reynolds about the opening ceremonies.
Olympic Schedule
Speaking of the Olympics, here is a easy-to-use schedule that will tell you what’s going on when (if you care).
Greatest Sports Moments
To celebrate the release of his book, Game Day for the Glory of God, Stephen Altrogge is hosting a “Greatest Moments in Sports History” contest.
Perspire to Retire
I can identify with this person’s experience of saving for retirement. “I was all fired up to save for the future. Then I found out I was a day late and about, um, $90,000 short.”
C.J. Mahaney Sermon Archive
This page is worth a bookmark. It is a soon-to-grow archive of C.J. Mahaney sermon resources.
August 08, 2008
Friday August 8, 2008 Book Specials
Desiring God is offering a handful of books at deep discounts. You may want to check it out!
I am, Therefore I Pollute
Here’s an interesting editorial by Stanley Fish dealing with his seeming inability to give his all to protecting the environment.
An Inspiring 8-Year Old
This boy, a family friend, has proven such an inspiration to my family. He has a non-cancerous tumor in his brain and his mom is detailing his visits to hospitals and specialists. Their faith and his faith has been such an example to us.
SCC on CNN
Steven Curtis Chapman has written an editorial on adoption for CNN.
Canadian Customs
“When U.S. President George W. Bush visited Canada in 2004, members of his delegation were provided with a ‘protocol guide’ to help them understand the language and customs of the foreigners.”
August 07, 2008
Thursday August 7, 2008 Abortion is about God
A new curriculum will be available August 2008 from The Bethlehem Institute. “Abortion Is About God: Reframing a Moral Issue” is a six-week Sunday School curriculum advancing the truth that the deepest evil of abortion is that it defies God¹s supremacy over life in the womb.
Hermeneutics and Children’s Curriculum
Ignore the intimidating title and read this excellent article on the new Koinonia blog.
Advice to First-Time Authors
Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson, has some solid advice for first-time authors.
August 06, 2008
Wednesday August 6, 2008 SCC on Larry King
Steven Curtis Chapman will appear on CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Thursday, August 7 at 9pm Eastern Time. Denny Burk has the scoop. He also has video of Chapman on Good Morning America.
Chick-fil-A Shows Grace
“Chick-fil-A restaurant founder S. Truett Cathy has decided not to press charges against two girls who caused $30,000 worth of damage to his home.”
Watching TBN
Michael Mckinley of the IX Marks blog recorded and watched a morning’s worth of TBN and makes some wry observations.
McCain Fights Back
Love him or hate him, you’ve got to admit that McCain had a great moment a couple of days ago. Speaking at a motorcycle rally, “As you may know, not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I’ll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day,”
Skeel on Solzhenitsyn
David Skeel has a short but powerful post on Solzhenitsyn.
Sleepless in America
“Whether we are chemically stimulating because we do not get enough sleep, or whether the caffeine itself is depriving us of precious rest, we are also sleeping less than ever before. Americans get an average of six and a half hours of sleep a night, a 25 percent drop since the early 1900s.”
August 05, 2008
Tuesday August 5, 2008 Aliens in Creation
Dr. Mohler has a good challenge for parents. “God reveals His glory in creation. How can we read the Psalms with insight if we never look and see that the heavens really are telling the glory of God? Something precious is lost when children — or adults — are alienated from the created world.”
Passing on Bad Reports
Tim Keller and David Powlison collaborate on an article dealing with passing along bad reports of other Christians.
New at Reformation Art
Reformation Art has some rare and interesting new prints available.
Me, Myself and I
Here is an article explaining why “I” is capitalized in English (and only in English).
August 04, 2008
Monday August 4, 2008 The BBQ Song
Rhett and Link are traveling across the U.S. sampling different regional foods. Their song about southern BBQ explains a thing or two about Southern eating.
Christians and Poverty
Ron Gleason is beginning what looks to be a good series on Christians and poverty.
Amazon Buys AbeBooks
You probably have to be a book geek to care, but Amazon has just purchased AbeBooks, a huge online seller of used books. This, of course, increases Amazon’s already firm grip on the online book market.
Historians: An Endangered Species?
This is a thought-provoking article about the way history (and historians) have been changing. “So, where does the truth lie? Are historians the repository of the nation’s past wisdom, essential policy wonks’ adjuncts? Or an endangered species in need of protection from today’s nasty, dumbed-down world?”

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