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July 16, 2008
Wednesday July 16, 2008 Proof that Hope is Never Lost
There is a lot of buzz surrounding Josh Hamilton, especially after his amazing showing in the Home Run Derby on Monday. Josh is a Christian who shares a powerful testimony of God rescuing him from serious drug addiction. You can read it at ESPN.
Doubleday Signs Wilkinson
Bruce Wilkinson (The Prayer of Jabez) has signed a two-book deal with Doubleday. “Wilkinson’s forthcoming title ‘will once again ignite the marketplace and transform lives.’”
Top Ten Things I Learned…
Molly Routson at Peacemaker Ministries’ blog shares her “Top 10 Things I Learned on our Trip to South Asia.”
4 AM Conversation with a Homeless Man
Brother Eugene shares a poignant experience as he ministered to a man in China.
ESV Study Bible
Click the link and look to the right and you can download the Introduction from the Psalms. This ESV Study Bible looks like it is going to be an incredible resource.
Sale at Monergism Books
Monergism Books is having a sale on all Banner of Truth books and multi-volume sets. Add at least $25 to your cart and use coupon code banneroftruth to receive 10% off their already low prices.
July 15, 2008
Tuesday July 15, 2008 A True Work of the Spirit
With all that is going on in Lakeland, Florida, John MacArthur offers a timely article on how to discern a true work of the Spirit.
A Sad Story
And speaking of that “revival” in Lakeland, William A. Dembski tells his story. He went to there hoping for a miracle that might heal his autistic son. But like so many others, he left crushed. If you think this revival is in any way real, be sure to read this account! (HT: RP)
Evanjellyfish
Doug Wilson has begun serializing his new novel at this site.
Repent! Repent!
Openly gay US bishop Gene Robinson was forced to halt a sermon at a west London church after being heckled. You can watch the video here.
Top 5 Commodities To Hoard
If you want to drive up other prices like investors are driving up gas prices, here are five commodities for you.
July 14, 2008
Monday July 14, 2008 Religious Affections Audio for Free
Christian Audio is offering readers of this site a free download of the audio book of Jonathan Edwards’ The Religious Affections. If you are going to read it together with us, this is a great opportunity. Simply add it to your cart and use coupon code challies08 to get it for free.
It’s a Sick, Sick World
“Dr. Norman Spack is a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Not long ago, he opened a clinic for what he terms “transgendered” children. Incredibly, he is giving kids as young as seven drugs that delay the onset of puberty—the first step in sex-change surgery when they are older.”
Technological Discernment
Robert Velarde has a few thoughts about the iPhone and technological discernment.
God and Pain
John Piper offers some wise words on why God does not explain micro reasons for the pain we face. “One of the reasons God rarely gives micro reasons for his painful providences, but regularly gives magnificent macro reasons, is that there are too many micro reasons for us to manage, namely, millions and millions and millions and millions and millions.”
July 11, 2008
Friday July 11, 2008 Introducing Ellie Rebekah Rose
Congratulations to [little sister] Susanna and her husband Rick who welcomed Ellie into the world last night.
Get Your Pastor on eBay
Here’s a pastor with a unique way of seeking a call. Let’s hope this doesn’t catch on…
Boats or Votes
From Boundless: “Were the men on the Titanic heroes or sexists? Some thought (and think) them heroes. In fact, a memorial still stands in Washington, D.C., reading, ‘To the brave men who perished in the wreck of the Titanic, April 15, 1912. They gave their lives that women and children might be saved. Erected by the women of America.’”
Calvin 500
Calvin 500 now has a blog.
Merit in the Blood
Justin shares some wisdom from Bunyan on characteristics that should mark the Christian life.
July 10, 2008
Thursday July 10, 2008 Back From Mars Nathan Williams, who writes for Pulpit Magazine, recently went to Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids and is writing about his experience.
Intellectuals Lie, the Powerless Die
This article raises a few interesting points. “The greatest lie intellectuals tell us is that ‘the pen is mightier than the sword.’ That’s what cowards claim when they want to preen as heroes. ”
ConnorWatch
Here is a young man who is in need of prayer. He dove in thigh-high water and dislocated both shoulders, but even worse, gave himself whiplash so severe that it was the equivalent of breaking his neck.
Summer Reading
Over at Reformation21, Derek Thomas asked me about my summer reading.
Honoring God in Gray Areas
Here is some useful guidance from John MacArthur on honoring God in those areas that are somewhat less than black and white.
Overrated Ball Players
Here is one for the baseball fans.
July 08, 2008
Tuesday July 8, 2008 Archaeology and the Bible
Dr. Mohler reflects on a couple of archaeological discoveries and their importance to America and to the Christian faith.
A Sad Story
Newsday has the sad story of the death of a soldier who achieved some level of recognition based on a famous photograph.
Engaging with Music
Billy has some good thoughts on engaging with music as you listen to it.
July 07, 2008
Monday July 7, 2008 What if the Muslims Won?
This exceptional article by Gene Edward Veith is in the most recent edition of Tabletalk Magazine.
Why I Will Vote for Obama
Douglas Groothuis writes about why he will [most certainly not] vote for Obama.
Geek of the Week
God shows up in an unexpected place in this interview with Dr. Richard Hipp, the creator of SQLite, a program you use but have never heard of.
How Many Deaths Go into an Award?
Here is a good article dealing with the Order of Canada recently awarded to Dr. Henry Morgentaler.
July 04, 2008
Friday July 4, 2008 On Reading the Psalms
Julian is beginning what looks to be a good series on reading the Psalms. He begins with “a few things that I find helpful on a very basic level with regard to reading the Psalms as a Christan.”
Where the [Heck] is Matt?
Ignore the title and enjoy this, the Internet’s most recent viral video.
Essential Reading
“Doctrine Matters” has a useful list of essential reading for kids of various ages. Some of it may be a tad ambitious, but on the whole it is a very solid list.
Returning the Order of Canada
Canada has seen fit to give the Order of Canada to Dr. Henry Morgentaler, a man who has been the chief champion of allowing and celebrating abortion in Canada. I was glad to read this story: “A B.C. priest who worked extensively with troubled teenagers in Saskatchewan is returning his Order of Canada after learning that abortion crusader Dr. Henry Morgentaler has been awarded the same honour.”
July 03, 2008
Thursday July 3, 2008 Interview with Obama
Relevant has an interesting interview with Barak Obama that focuses on issues of particular importance to Christians.
Obama the Christian?
And speaking of Obama, this article from BP News collects some of the ways Obama has described the Christian faith. Things like “I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”
New Logo for Walmart
I am totally underwhelmed by Walmart’s new logo. So is everyone else, I suspect.
Optimism Growing in Iraq
An article in Spiegel of all places says “There is an unexpected air of normalcy prevailing in Baghdad these days, with consumption flourishing and confidence in the government growing.”
Where are Europe’s Babies?
Dr. Mohler pens an interesting article looking at the phenomenon of incredibly low European birthrates. He says “There are countless issues connected to these questions, but in the end, this represents a spiritual problem.”
July 02, 2008
Wednesday July 2, 2008 John Eldredge Leaves Thomas Nelson
John Eldredge becomes just the latest big-name Christian author to sign a deal with a mainstream publisher. In this case, he has signed with Doubleday. The mainstream publishers are realizing how much of a market there is for this kind of book!
The Death of Life Writing
An interesting story in the Guardian suggests that the age of great biographies is coming to a close. “Seen close up, and with an eye to proper detail, biography appears in rather a bad way. ‘Crisis’ would probably be putting it too strongly, not least because it suggests a certain convulsive energy. ‘Sclerosis’ might be nearer.”
Birthday Party Snub
“An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party.” Oh boy…
Trust
A great photo from Iraq.

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