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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!
May 07, 2008
Wednesday May 7, 2008 Kirk Wellum on Young, Restless, Reformed
Kirk Wellum, a professor at Toronto Baptist Seminary, has some good things to say about the Calvinist resurgence. “Personally, I am thrilled that today so many are “young, restless and reformed.” But at the same time, I have lived long enough to know that unless we are careful all of the buzz will be disappointing in the end.” Hey lays out five things that need to be said.
Al Gore on Myanmar Cyclone
You knew this was going to happen. Al Gore has blamed the cyclone on global warming: “we’re seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.”
The Weakened Dollar and Missionaries
Here is an interesting article and one well worth pondering. It discusses how the weakening US dollars has had a grave impact on overseas missionaries.
I Just Can’t Stop Grieving
Ray Fowler has a moving post about a friend who lost her husband after a lifetime together. Thank God for his eternal promises.
Discerning Reader Reviews
Yesterday we added six new reviews to Discerning Reader.
May 06, 2008
Tuesday May 6, 2008 Switchfoot’s “This is Home”
Switchfoot wrote and recorded a song that will be played over the closing credits for Prince Caspian. The song and video debuted yesterday on their web site.
Thanks Mom Marrow Donor Drive
A friend send me this video he made to commemorate his wife’s one year post-transplant anniversary and to encourage others to join the National Marrow Donor Registry.
Learn Big Words
Mark Altrogge encourages you to learn some big words. “We should learn certain biblical and theological words because they will help us love God more. They will help us appreciate the depths of what he’s done for us, in turn fueling our love for him and joy in him.”
Wikipedia’s Zealots
Here is an article to consider the next time you go searching for information on Wikipedia. “As I’m writing this column for the Financial Post, I am simultaneously editing a page on Wikipedia. I am confident that just about everything I write for my column will be available for you to read. I am equally confident that you will be able to read just about nothing that I write for the page on Wikipedia.”
Boredom Takes Wing
This unfortunate person provides advice on what to do on a long flight when there are no movies playing and when you’ve read all your books.
“The Reason for God” Review
At Reformation21 David Robertson has begun a multi-part critical review of Tim Keller’s “The Reason for God.”
May 05, 2008
Monday May 5, 2008 Wow. Wow. Wow.
Phil Johnson writes in glowing terms about a couple of new books that are well worth reading.
Gospel Unity Among Educational Camps
Josh Harris provides a video where he shares a good and important word about not dividing over educational choices.
Write Down a Prayer
Ray Pritchard encourages you to not just say “I’ll pray for you” but to actually write down a prayer for a friend.
Church Unity at 9Marks
Thabiti has a roundup of the articles and reviews from the latest edition of the eJournal.
Emergent’s New Christians and the Young and Restless Reformed
CT has an interesting exchange between Collin Hansen (Young, Restless, Reformed) and Tony Jones (The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier).
May 02, 2008
Friday May 2, 2008 Who or What Defines “Reformed?”
R. Scott Clark writes about who or what can define the term “Reformed.” “Our Baptist friends are entitled to think what they will but they are not entitled to fundamentally re-define the adjective ‘Reformed.’ Implied in the attempt by some Baptists to re-define “Reformed” so that it no longer entails a doctrine of church and sacraments is a minimalist definition of ‘Reformed’ so that it only refers to the so-called ‘doctrines of grace.’”
Walk (Run) a Mile (a Few Feet) in Her Shoes
Thirsty Theologian’s daughter guest posts about “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes,” an event to call attention to domestic violence.
The World’s Most Expensive House
This seemed appropriate after yesterday’s interview about money. “The 27-storey skyscraper being built in Mumbai by Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in India, could be the world’s largest and costliest home with a price-tag nearing two billion dollar, according to Forbes magazine. ”
The Fundamentals
Amy has a good word to share about the fundamentals of the faith.
Free Audio Book
This month’s free audio book from christianaudio.com is “Martin Luther: In His Own Words.” (HT: S@S)
May 01, 2008
Thursday May 1, 2008 Top Ten Books for Students
Points for originality go to the team who put together this video for the New Word Alive 2008 conference.
Together for the Gospel Approved Book List
Here is a link to the master bookstore list for Together for the Gospel. “Each of these books were carefully selected for the Together for the Gospel ‘08 book store. Specifically, Al Mohler, CJ Mahaney, Ligon Duncan, and Mark Dever reviewed a larger list of books from several publishers; if any one of the four crossed out a title out, the book did not make it on the final list.” This is about the most exhaustive recommended reading list you’ll find!
I Have a Shelter
Click the link to download a free song from the new Sovereign Grace album “Come Weary Saints.”
Mark Driscoll on “The Shack”
In this video Mark Driscoll discusses the surprise runaway bestseller “The Shack” and describes it as nothing short of heretical.
John MacArthur on Evolution
At the Pulpit blog have been a series of posts by John MacArthur on the subject of evolution. They are well worth reading.
Hard Lemonade, Hard Price
Here’s the strange story of a man who mistakenly gave his son “hard” lemonade, only to see his son taken into state custody. I guess this is one of every parent’s worst nightmares!
Grand Theft Decency
Dr. Mohler writes about Grand Theft Auto IV, projected to be the year’s best-selling video game. “The release of this latest product in the Grand Theft Auto series is a reminder that games and entertainment products constitute a significant moral challenge — and a potential minefield for parents.”

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