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September 08, 2008
Pearcey at the National Examiner
Rick Pearcey now has a column at the National Examiner. “With an insider’s eye and outsider’s edge, Rick Pearcey spots the headlines and subtexts that matter.”
The Words They Used
The Times provides a visualization of the words that were used in the Democrat and Republican conventions.
Is Church for Evangelism?
From Tony Payne: “However, even if we acknowledge that there will be ‘gospel’ things happening all over the place in church, it is also important to say that evangelism is not the purpose of Christian assemblies.”
Complementarian Hypocrisy?
Denny Burk looks at the charges of complementarian hypocrisy. “Women are not allowed to become clergy in many conservative religious groups. Is it hypocritical to think that a woman can lead a nation and not a congregation?”
Spiritual Training in the Home
John Piper talks about how he leads spiritual training in his home.
Evolutionists Flock to Darwin
A clever news story from The Onion.
September 05, 2008
Isn’t Preaching Outdated
Irish Calvinist has a fantastic article in which he wonders what would have happened if, instead of preaching, Sarah Palin had chosen to sit on a couch or on a stool (maybe with ripped jeans and sandals) to deliver her speech. After all, isn’t preaching outdated?
Uncovering The Shack
Mark points to an excellent sermon by Michael Youssef, pastor of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. Youssef, for only the third time in 33 years of preaching, dedicated a sermon to a book. He is emotional, compassionate and biblical as he looks to The Shack knowing that he is risking angering the people in his church.
Whatever You Do
Stacey writes about cooking (and, having been in their home many times, I can testify that she speaks from a position of strength here): “I thought I’d write this post to encourage anyone that is struggling in their kitchen duties, or for those who love it and want to find even greater value and opportunities in it.”
Free from Max McLean
Max McLean is giving away a 25-minute version of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” that he performed/preached live in a church setting.
Crossway Blog
Crossway is the latest Christian publisher to start up their own blog.
Master of Puppets
Ben writes about puppet ministries, still surprisingly popular, and asks a few questions. “Given the Bible’s relative silence on the issue of puppets, I turn this over to you: are you willing to sit under the teaching of a puppet? May puppets be allowed to co-lead a Bible study, so long as there is a non-puppet leader also present? Should they be responsible only for the other puppets in the group? May they preach to a mixed congregation, such as the residents of Sesame Street?”
Our Adoption Story
Together for Adoption has posted a video by Russell Moore in which he discusses his family’s decision to adopt. Look to the sidebar and you’ll see that there is a related video that follows it.
The Evangelical Outpost
The Evangelical Outpost, long one of my favorite blogs, is under new management. Click to read about who has taken over.
September 04, 2008
Christians and Government
Pulpit blog takes on “Christians and Government” and does so at a good time.
Tabletalk Online
Ligonier Ministries is offering their issue on the New Atheism in full online through a nifty online reader.
Cooling is Caused by Warming
“Forget global warming - the latest problem is global cooling. Conservation group WWF has blamed climate change for the coldest August in Sydney for more than 60 years.”
Trig Paxson Van Palin
I really enjoyed this little article from National Review.
Screwtape in Chicago
After selling out shows in Washington and New York, Max McLean’s production of The Screwtape Letters is heading to Chicago in October.
Partnership and Perseverance
Timmy Brister reports on Lakeshore Baptist Church and damage done to it by Gustav. This is a church that suffered greatly after Katrina as well.
Toronto Pastors Fellowship
Toronto-area pastors (and non-pastors) may wish to take note of Toronto Pastors Fellowship. This fellowship and conference is sponsored by my church and the first meeting will take place on September 22.
September 03, 2008
When Southern Had to Choose
An article at SaidatSouthern discusses the years when Southern had to choose between the gospel and feminism.
Chosen People
Mark Noll reviews a book whose author writes about “The Bible and Canadian Meaning, 1860-1900.” “The Dominion of Canada, which was established in 1867, took its name from Psalm 72:8: This ascription came after the Fathers of Confederation decided not to call Canada a “Kingdom” for fear of offending the triumphant republicanism of the victorious Union armies.”
Filthy Justice
There’s no real value in reading this story except to laugh at some filthy, filthy justice. In case you didn’t know, “It turns out a construction site portable toilet wasn’t the best place to hide from two men who think you tried to break into their truck.”
A Tool for Bloggers
Bloggers may appreciate this tool which combs through your posts and helps you understand which themes are most popular with your readers.
September 02, 2008
The Day They Tried to Recruit Me
From Carl Trueman: “I arrived on Faculty at Westminster in the summer of 2001. I had only been on campus for a couple of months before a group of students approached me one lunchtime and tried to recruit me to a most sinister and dangerous cult. … The offer I received was far more dangerous than anything such groups might have made to me. The request was simple: would I be willing to meet with a particular group of students every two weeks in a local bar or restaurant to talk theology?” Ending Abortion: A Pipe Dream?
Timmy Brister provides video of the contrasting views of Donald Miller and John Piper.
The Best Thing About Sarah Palin
Andy Crouch explains the best thing about Sarah Palin. “The choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has all sorts of interesting political implications, which are being diced and parsed as I write. But I’m more interested in the long-term cultural implications of the choice of Palin…”
Background on the Violence in India
Phil Johnson offers some important background information about the escalating persecution of Christians in India.
Silly Shirts
EatBible is offering a week’s worth of serious talk about silly (or worse) Jesus Junk t-shirts.
The Tattoo Fashion
A great article in “First Things.” “I ask myself, is it surprising that in an age with so few binding commitments postmodern men and women seek symbols of permanence etched into their bodies?”
September 01, 2008
Pray for India
Phil Johnson details some of the violence against Christians in India.
We Interrupt This Blog
Ed Stetzer provides a list of some of the people he knows who Twitter and who are in the path of Gustav.
Going After Palin’s Daughter
Townhall mentions some of the disgusting, spineless attacks on Palin and her daughter that are coming out of the lefty blogosphere (and being read by millions).
Monday with Mounce
Mounce discusses the semicolon in Bible translation. His article is far more interesting than it sounds!
Musicians and Compassion International
Shaun Groves uses a blog entry to explain how it works when Compassion International teams with an artist or a band to ask people to sponsor children. (HT:Z)
August 29, 2008
Friday August 29, 2008 Defend the Orphan
WSJ has an article about the evangelical emphasis on adoption. “One thing that distinguished early Christians from their pagan neighbors was their treatment of unwanted children. And adoption is also the literal manifestation of a metaphor that Christians use to describe themselves all the time.”
The PCA and Deaconesses
Ron Gleason, a PCA pastor, is writing about his denomination and the discussion about female deacons.
MP3 Library
Monergism.com has just overhauled their expansive MP3 library.
Answered Prayers
“An anonymous member donated the entire jackpot prize of a Ba-Da Bling scratch-off lottery ticket, worth $3 million, the New York Lottery announced yesterday at Eldorado Southern Grille in Port Jefferson Station. The church will receive $150,000 a year, minus taxes, for 20 years.”
New at Discerning Reader
There are lots of new reviews at Discerning Reader.
Save the Planet
Like we didn’t see this one coming: “There are plenty of ways to cut your carbon footprint, whether it’s driving less or buying an energy-efficient refrigerator. But the British Medical Journal, in an editorial last month, urged a more controversial one: having fewer children.”
August 28, 2008
Thursday August 28, 2008 The Grace to Help Others
Carolyn McCulley shares the interesting testimony of Elaini Garfield. “A few weeks ago, I met a remarkable young woman who lives with multiple health challenges, and yet with a glowing smile told me all about how God had used her to encourage two other ill girls her age.”
TheResurgence Redesign
TheResurgence’s site has been newly redesigned.
Without Walls Making a Comeback
Here is an article detailing how Without Walls Church is making a comeback. After its founders (Randy and Paula White) announced they were to divorce, around 50% of the congregation left. “We’re coming back stronger,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s not rhetoric, but it’s reality. The God we serve is the God of a second chance.”
Fireproof Storytelling
At The Point they write about Fireproof. “I went to the film with a popcorn bag full of prejudices, fully expecting to witness the cheesiest, low-budget Christian flick, and come away patting myself on the back for my high taste in quality film. I left with my fair share of tears, and more questions than I had answers.”
August 27, 2008
Wednesday August 27, 2008 From the DNC
For a unique spin on the DNC, be sure to read Dave Barry’s columns. The first one is at the link above and the others can be accessed from the left column of the Miami Herald’s site.
Go Outside and Play
This columnist laments the end of “Go outside and play!” “”Play,” incidentally, is a mysterious activity children engage in when not compelled to spend every hour under adult supervision, taking soccer or piano lessons or practicing vocabulary words with computerized flashcards.”
Free Commentary
Logos is offering a free commentary on Matthew and Mark for Logos users. No strings attached. Even people without the software can access this commentary.
Christians and the Lottery
John MacArthur addresses this issue. “The Bible advocates gaining money by inheritance, by hard work, and by wise investment, but it never advocates getting rich by gambling or fast money.”
Charles Wesley’s Secret Diary
“An Anglican priest has unlocked the 270-year-old secrets of Charles Wesley’s coded diary, throwing light on the turbulent relationship that he had with his brother John in the early years of the Methodist movement they founded.”
August 26, 2008
Tuesday August 26, 2008 Amazon Prime Free Trial
Sign up for a free Amazon Prime trial and you’ll get 30 days of two-day shipping (or $3.00 next-day shipping). After that you can cancel or pay a yearly fee to continue. It’s a program I’d join in a heartbeat if it was offered in Canada!
New WORLD
WORLD Magazine has redesigned their web sites and have done a good job of it.
How Your Printer Tricks You
You may want to file this article for the next time your printer [supposedly] runs out of toner. Here is a guy who got 1800 prints out a printer after it claimed it was out of toner!
Don Miller at DNC
At Don Miller’s site you can read the text of his prayer at the DNC.
Moonbats
Little Green Footballs has some amusing photographs and commentary from the protests that marked the first day of the DNC. “Hatred of the United States makes strange bedfellows, and for now the natural enemies — communists and anarchists — seem to have set aside their differences and agreed to bring down capitalism together.”
Abortion Is About God
This new curriculum from The Bethlehem Institute is now available. It features, of course, John Piper. You may also be interested in this video from Piper.
Flew’s Review
For atheist Anthony Flew has written a rather scathing review of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. “What is much more remarkable than that economic achievement is that the contents - or rather lack of contents - of this book show Dawkins himself to have become what he and his fellow secularists typically believe to be an impossibility: namely, a secularist bigot.”

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