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May 26, 2008
Monday May 26, 2008 Free Subscription from Matthias Media
“We’re [still!] 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.”
End Women’s Suffrage!
This video shows the absurdity of many petitions.
The Challenge of Attention in the Digital Age
I only skimmed this article by Dr. Mohler, but it looked good. “Courtney Martin identifies the state of our distracted minds as the primary cause of intellectual neglect. The static and noise of everyday life and the information overload combine to rob the mind of the capacity for attentiveness.”
Church to Debate Convert Motion
“A traditionalist Anglican has said he will continue with a campaign for the Church of England to work explicitly to convert Muslims to Christianity.” Many in the church do not wish to evangelize Muslims.
Hannitizing the GOP
Rick Pearcey on Hannity on a unified platform for the GOP in 2008.
Owen on Logos
The works of John Owen are in prepub for Logos. At $224.95 it’s a lot cheaper (and a lot more searchable) than the printed versions.
May 23, 2008
Friday May 23, 2008 New Attitude Conference
The New Attitude Conference kicks off tomorrow. You can follow their blog to read live updates from the conference.
European Court Agrees to Hear Chimp’s Plea for Human Rights
Sometimes words just fail me.
Coming Soon from John Piper
John Piper has a blog post about the four (!) books he completed while on writing leave.
The Irrelevance of Relevance
At Stand to Reason’s blog is a short but good post on the losing game that is cultural relevance.
Strange Fire in Florida
Dan Edelen has some good things to say about the “revival” currently in swing in Lakeland, Florida.
May 22, 2008
Thursday May 22, 2008 Pray for the Chapman Family
“The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother.”
Relics: Alive and Well
Erik writes about a recent article in Forbes dealing with relics within the Roman Catholic Church. “A bulk of the article was focusing on an ‘antique’ dealer in Manhattan. It is as amazing as it is unsettling to read through and see both the supply and the demand for such obscure items.”
To the Young Pastor
My old pastor, Ron Gleason, recently wrote an article for Tabletalk Magazine with a list of valuable exhortations for young pastors.
WaPo on Why Not to Watch American Idol
This article exposes yet another good reason not to watch “American Idol.” As if we really needed more.
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.”

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