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July 22, 2008
Tuesday July 22, 2008 Danger Sermon Illustrations
“A pastor brought out a dirt bike during a church service to demonstrate the concept of unity. Now he’s demonstrating the concept of healing.”
Distracting Ourselves to Death
John Mark Reynolds outlines five tips his family is trying to avoid being overly distracted by media.
An Absentee God
Dinesh D’Souza provides a great answer to a question posted by Christopher Hitchens. “God seems to have been napping for 98 percent of human history, finally getting his act together only for the most recent 2 percent? What kind of a bizarre God acts like this?”
A Bona Fide Benny Hinn Miracle
This [fake] news site has the story. “Religious and scientific experts say there is strong evidence that American televangelist Benny Hinn performed a ‘genuine verifiable miracle’ in Johannesburg on the weekend. According to the experts, Hinn and his colleagues made thousands of dollars disappear from the bank accounts of worshipers, before making the money reappear in offshore accounts.”
NiceCritic
I’m not so sure about this site. It allows you to send anonymous advice, praise and criticism to friends, family or colleagues.
Obama and McCain at Saddleback
Rick Warren has announced that Senators John McCain and Barack Obama will be making a joint appearance at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion on Saturday, August 16.
Low Numbers at ICRS
“The Disney magic did not materialize at last week’s trade show which ended July 17, with total attendance of 7,448—the lowest numbers since the 1980s…”
Together for Adoption
The annual Together for Adoption Conference will be held in Greenville, SC on November 1, 2008.
July 21, 2008
Monday July 21, 2008 The Most Colorful Creatures in the World
ColorLovers has a gallery of Nudibranchs, the most colorful creatures in the world. “Part of the mollusk phylum, Nudibranchs are the shell-less relatives of the snail and are known for their garish colors.”
New for Logos
New in prepublication at Logos is An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews by John Owen (in 7 Volumes).
The Golden Compass Trilogy?
An article in “The Independent” says “Sources in the film industry said that plans for a sequel to The Golden Compass appeared to have been put on ice following the fervent Christian protests surrounding the first film, which led to boycotts and box office disappointment in the United States. ”
Homeschooling is not the Gospel
Here is an interesting article by Brian Sandifer dealing with something of the homeschool culture he has found (as a homeschool dad).
July 18, 2008
Friday July 18, 2008 Pray for Tom Ascol
Timmy Brister requests prayer for Tom Ascol who is facing some strange medical problems.
Things to Like About $4 Gas
TIME lists ten benefits that may come about on the back of $4 gas.
Black & White Twins
Here’s a story of twins born to an interracial couple. One twin is black-skinned with brown eyes like his mother, while the other is white-skinned and blue eyed, resembling his father (HT: TA).
Driscoll on Packer
Mark Driscoll describes some time he spent with J.I. Packer earlier this week.
What I’d Like You to Know
Guest-blogging at Rocks in My Dryer, Molly Piper writes about how to reach out to a friend in grief.
The Gift of Opposition
John Ortberg writes about the gift of opposition.
Chess Boxing
This may be the strangest sport I’ve ever heard of.
July 17, 2008
Thursday July 17, 2008 God Wants Me To Be Rich
Portfolio.com writes about “Joel Osteen preaches the virtues of prosperity—for himself as well as his congregation. A look at the man who may well be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the slumping economy.”
It’s Lovely! I’ll Take It!
This humorous site offers “A collection of poorly chosen photos from real estate listings. With love.” (HT: Amy)
Backstage With Poison
Here’s an interesting post (with video) about C.C. DeVille, guitarist for the band Poison. He has apparently become a Christian and here he is seeking pastoral guidance.
Stetzer on ICRS
Ed Stetzer was twittering from the International Christian Retail Show. Some of his photos are worth a look!
JellyTelly
JellyTelly is a new children’s network headed up by the founder of VeggieTales.
Better Than Being There
Tyler Kenney, writing on the Desiring God blog, says that “The Bible Is Better Than Being There.”
Discerning Reader Updates
Here’s the latest list of reviews at Discerning Reader.
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.

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