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June 10, 2009
An Open Letter to Mike Tyson
Ted Kluck writes an open letter to Mike Tyson: “As a fellow parent (two boys, 6 and 3) I was deeply saddened by the news of your loss this week. To be honest, I always cringe a little when I see your face in newspapers and magazines, feeling as though it can’t be good. And I’m always glad when said face isn’t accompanied by your obituary, as you have often compared your life to Sonny Liston’s - another ridiculously powerful, intimidating fighter who made big mistakes, lived fast and died young.”
Puritan Picks
Puritan Picks is a brand new service that is probably best described as a Christian Netflix. They offer lots of fantastic DVDs (movies, kids programs, conference sets, documentaries, etc, etc).
The Fire
Here is an earnest plea for people who are convinced they are Christians to examine themselves to determine if they truly love the Lord. (HT:DD)
P&R Editorial Project Manager
If I lived just a little closer to New Jersey, I might be all over this. P&R is looking for a new Editorial Project Manager. You can get details at the link.
Gender Test Spurs Abortion Fears
Gender selection at home: “A new test to reveal the gender of a fetus in early pregnancy has sparked a row over whether it will lead to sex-selection abortions. The American-designed IntelliGender test kit, which can be used from eight weeks after conception, went on sale in Australia last month. Its Australian distributor hopes to launch it in New Zealand within a fortnight.”
June 09, 2009
Master Scripture Index for New Studies in Biblical Theology
I can’t imagine how long this took. Andy Naselli has compiled a master Scripture index for the entire series “New Studies in Biblical Theology.”
How Tim Keller Found Manhattan
CT writes about Tim Keller in their most recent issue. “Standing 6’4”, with a bald head, glasses, and a coat and tie, Keller, 58, does not look hip. Nor is his sermon funny, charming, or daring. He preaches from the first chapter of Genesis, on the doctrine of Creation.”
‘CheneyMan’ And ‘SuperFrau’
“The extent to which we’re in an Age of Worship can be gleaned from a howler at the D-Day commemoration, in which Gordon Brown—woefully overpromoted as Britain’s prime minister—referred to Omaha Beach as “Obama Beach.””
A Review of My Book
Mary Kassian has posted a kind review of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment.
Life and Death
Here is an interesting article from WORLD Magazine. ” The death peddlers here and abroad seek to remove legal protection from pro-life doctors who refuse to perform abortion, refer for abortion, or participate in euthanasia. Euphemisms like “reproductive freedom,” the “right to choose,” and “death with dignity” justify the assault on our patient’s lives and our rights of conscience. But in the midst of this inversion of right and wrong, pro-life doctor groups worldwide are banding together to form a Hippocratic Registry of Physicians. ”
June 08, 2009
Thank God for Bandit Country
Carl Trueman writes about on online living. “One question that I have now been asked more times than I care to remember is ‘How do you cope with all the nastiness that’s come your way on the internet over the last few years?’ The answer is pretty simple: it generally doesn’t come my way because I generally don’t read it.”
Have the Days of Christian Media Come and Gone?
Newsweek asks the question. “The real interest here, though, is more than merely economic. TCW’s death signals something much bigger: an end in America to the perceived separation between the secular and the evangelical worlds.”
Deal of the Day: Bible Giveaway
Monergism Books has a giveaway for three study Bibles. Three winners will be randomly selected from all entrants. One entry per person. Instructions and sign up at the link.
June 05, 2009
Dr. Mohler’s Summer Reading List
Every summer Dr. Mohler posts a list of recommended summer reading. This year it’s more military-based than ever, which suits me just fine.
A Graphic Worth Considering
Here’s a small graphic that gives silent commentary on our use of social media.
How to Carry Your Bible
As if to show that there is an article out there for every topic, J. Mark Bertrand, who has a whole blog dedicated to Bible design, has an article about the best way to carry your Bible.
Do I Have To Keep a Journal?
Donald Whitney writes about the importance (but non-essential importance) of journaling as a spiritual discipline.
Benefit Spending Soars
This article from USA Today is amazing in its implications. “The recession is driving the safety net of government benefits to a historic high, as one of every six dollars of Americans’ income is now coming in the form of a federal or state check or voucher.”
June 04, 2009
Everything D.A.C.
Andy Naselli has compiled an impressive list of, well, pretty much D.A. Carson has ever done. He lists all the books, articles, reviews, lyrics and edited series with which Carson has been involved. You’ll see (as I did) that Carson does more in a week than most of us do in a decade.
How I Got Comfortable Shouting To God
Mark Altrogge explains how he got comfortable overcoming his embarrassment at shouting worship to God. “I read about a man who conquered his self-consciousness by going out in the woods and shouting praises to the Lord. So I decided to try this. I lived on a farm at the time, so I tramped across a cow pasture to a stand of woods where I knew no one would hear me.”
How I Write a Book Review
Leslie, a reviewer for Discerning Reader, shares how she goes about writing a book review.
She Is Telling You Thank You
There have been a few times that I’ve linked to Ali’s blog as she works on hospital ships in Africa. After a sabbatical at home (during which she got married) she is back at it. This is a good time to start keeping tabs on her blog.
Toronto Pastors Conference Audio
The Toronto Pastors Conference has wrapped up. The audio, featuring Mark Dever and Matt Schmucker, is now available online.
Harvard’s Twitter Study
Two interesting facts about Twitter that arose from an extensive Harvard study: the top 10% of users account for 90% of all production and among average Twitter users, the median number of lifetime tweets per user is one.
Deal of the Day: Thabiti’s New Book
RHB is offering a 50% pre-publication discount on Thabiti Anyabwile’s new book May We Meet in the Heavenly World: The Piety of Lemuel Haynes.
June 03, 2009
Music in Recession
A look at Christian music in tough economic times. “Consider the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Now, think of the Christian music industry as the camel. As the economy continues to falter, might the straw be upon us even now?”
Education in Recession
And speaking of recession, it is offering a lot of Americans a good reason to pursue post-secondary education here in the frozen north.
Paul Tripp Blog
Paul Tripp has returned to blogging regularly (weekly). I just thought you might want to know…
Deal of the Day: Truth Endures
Grace Books is offering free shipping on Truth Endures, a collection of some of John MacArthur’s best-known and most important sermons.
June 02, 2009
Mark Dever in Toronto
If you are in the Toronto area, you may be interested in hearing Mark Dever speak at Richview Baptist Church this evening. Bring an unbelieving friend, since Mark will be preaching an evangelistic message.
The Gospel and the Gosselins
CT has a thoughtful article on the TLC show Jon and Kate Plus Eight. “It was not until the recent allegations of sexual impropriety arose that a significant number of Christians began to question whether Jon and Kate were indeed the examples of faithful living that we had imagined. Somehow most of us missed the long trajectory that was, day by day, moving them farther from a life of Christian virtue. Sexual immorality—whether actual or merely suspected—caught our attention, but the materialism, narcissism, and exploitation of children that preceded it was largely overlooked.”
Toy Story 3 Teaser
It’s a year away and already I’m looking forward to taking the kids.
Is 1 Corinthians 13 Poetry?
Mounce looks at the passage this week. “We had an interesting experience on the ESV translation committee when we were doing 1 Cor 13. We were working really hard on the passage, perhaps especially hard since it was such a famous passage. Famous passages are difficult since changes have a greater impact on people: “how dare you change my favorite passage!” as if we own the text.”
WORLD on Up
WORLD Magazine looks at Pixar’s success stories and how they refuse to sell out to merchandisers. ” Yet there’s something about the studio’s creations that make Wall Street uncomfortable. The New York Times reported on April 5 that investors and toy merchandisers are ‘griping’ about Up in the same way they did with Wall•E and Ratatouille, fearing that the film’s artistic excellence will end up costing it in commercial appeal.”
Common Mistakes by Young Preachers
James MacDonald takes this on in a short video clip.
Deal of the Day: If There’s a God, Why Are There Atheists?
Ligonier Ministries is offering R.C. Sproul’s book If There’s a God, Why are There Atheists? at a pretty good discount (just $3.50 per copy).
June 01, 2009
Gideon’s Fleece
Daniel Block on thinkingly rightly about Gideon’s fleece: “Practices that appear in the Bible may at times seem very strange to us. When we encounter them we may at times supply our own intuition to what they mean as we seek to interpret the passage. In a case such as Gideon’s use of a fleece, we may even infer that since his strategy was successful, that it can stand as an approved procedure today. Before we draw such conclusions, it would be wise to examine the ancient world to see if we can understand more about this procedure.”
AIG Insurance Bailout
I love infographics and this one does a pretty good job of showing what has happened to all of that AIG bailout money.
Humility Study Guide
Dr. Michael Haykin has put together a brief study guide that can be used with C.J. Mahaney’s Humility. It is available as a free download.
Could Pixar’s Up House Really Fly?
Just for fun, Wired does the math to determine if the house from the movie Up could actually fly.
Expositors’ Conference 2009
Steve Lawson’s Expositors’ Conference is back again for 2009. “The conference this year will feature Dr. Steven Lawson and Dr. Joel Beeke, and is designed to strengthen church leadership’s committment to biblical ministry, model expository preaching, and be an encouragement through personal fellowship. In addition, it gives the attendees a unique opportunity to interact directly with Joel Beeke and Steve Lawson on a ministry and personal level.”
Deal of the Day: KJV Cornerstone UltraThin Bible
KJV Cornerstone UltraThin Bibles (Black Bonded Leather) are only $6 each, 80% off retail price at Monergism Books. One per customer. Registered customers will need to type the code ultrathinkjv in coupon box at checkout. One day only while supplies last.
May 29, 2009
Divorcing Fact From Fiction
MacArthur does a good job answering the claim that divorce rates are no better among Christians than among others. “I don’t believe it, and in fact, I believe that is to dishonor the Lord, to say that the power of Christ is zero in a marriage—the power of the Holy Spirit in a marriage. I don’t believe that. I do not believe that true Christians get divorced at the same rate that non-Christians do.”
The Riskiest Search Terms on the Net
Here is a round-up of search terms that, if you search for them, are going to lead you into trouble. “Some of the riskiest searches on the Internet currently have to do with finding items for free, or looking for work that can be done from home, according to a new report from McAfee.”
Using Twitter During Church
Josh Harris writes about using Twitter in church. And don’t think that people aren’t doing it!
To The Sources!
Thirsty Theologian quotes Burk Parsons (who quotes somebody else—this is getting confusing): “We must be “Bible Calvinists” not “system Calvinists.” We can all too easily get sucked into what we feel is a neat system of thought, and forget that we ought to make everything that we believe compatible with Scripture, even if that means jettisoning ideas that flow well in a purely logical sense but are nonetheless incompatible with what the Bible teaches.”
Abortion Debate Changing
This is a rather interesting column in which a secular humanist explains why he has become pro-life. “As an atheist and a secular kinda guy, I practice moral relativism regularly. Still, I’ve always struggled mightily with the ethics and politics of abortion. Apparently, I’m not alone.”
May 28, 2009
Preaching Curriculum
Biblical Preaching looks to a book called “Explosive Preaching, where the author describes the one-year curriculum he helped to design for a house-church movement in China. The radical design is worth sharing, not only for those who share my fascination with things academic, but for all of us as a good nudge in our level of preparation for preaching.” It’s quite an amazing curriculum.
10 People a Pastor Should Fear
This one should be filed primarily as entertainment, but there is still some good to glean from it.
When Medicine and Faith Collide
Dr. Mohler does here what he does so well—bring Scripture and plain reason to bear on an important cultural issue. “Recent cases involving parents who claim a religious reason to refuse medical treatment for children have cast this issue back into the Public Square — and right into the headlines.”
The Blessing of Unanswered Prayer
“My disappointment and doubt when my prayers are unanswered show what’s in my heart. I think that God should see things my way. I think that he exists to make my path smooth. But where in the Bible am I given such a small view of God—a God whose thoughts are, well, my thoughts (Isa 55:8-9)? Where am I promised that every stone and bump in the road will be levelled before my feet?”
Is Democracy Good for Christianity?
John MacArthur, through an old Q&A session, answers this one. “Having absorbed the world’s values, Christianity in our society is now dying. Subtly but surely worldliness and self-indulgence are eating away the heart of the church. The gospel we proclaim is so convoluted that it offers believing in Christ as nothing more than a means to contentment and prosperity. The offense of the cross (cf. Gal. 5:11) has been systematically removed so that the message might be made more acceptable to unbelievers. The church somehow got the idea it could declare peace with the enemies of God.”

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