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October 08, 2008
The End of Evolution
“Speaking on his chosen topic, ‘Evolution is Over,’ Jones argued that human evolution has reached an end because of changes in human health and human behavior.”
Getting the Blues
Thabiti, finally returning to blogging, offers a review of Stephen Nichols’ Getting the Blues: What Blues Music Teaches Us About Suffering and Salvation.
Silver Bullet Thinking
Michael Hyatt offers some wisdom on the folly of silver bullet thinking. “Unfortunately, in times of crisis, it’s not just the government that resorts to the thinking represented by this metaphor. Leaders in business and elsewhere are also guilty. Whenever we embark on a quest for a singular solution to our current woes, we are guilty of ‘silver bullet thinking.’”
My Mother’s Birthday
John Piper reprints a wonderful tribute to his mother. “My gratitude for her still grows. She embodied the strength and meekness of womanhood in a way that shaped my readiness to see the Biblical pattern as beautiful…”
Earth from Above
Boston.com shares some stunning photography from this exhibition.
October 07, 2008
Lloyd-Jones on the Kindle
Great Doctrines of the Bible is available for the Kindle for a measly $7.99. You’re not going to find the printed edition for anywhere near that!
Behold the Temple
Justin Taylor writes an article for Boundless about the temple. “Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to step inside Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem? It may surprise you to learn that Jesus himself never had this experience, since he never entered the Temple itself.”
Stumping for Obama
Donald Miller was recently stumping for Obama at UNC, discussing “why he believes Senator Barack Obama is the candidate who will bring about the change we need in North Carolina.” This article also covers the tour.
Visualizing the Bible
Culture Making blog points to an interesting (and beautiful) diagram of biblical cross-references.
ESV Study Bible Giveaway
You can win a leather-bound ESV Study Bible at Monergism.com.
The Forgiveness Quiz
Chris Brauns wants you to take a forgiveness quiz. If you do, you can win a copy of his [excellent] book.
Grandpa at the Casino
This article offers one financial adviser’s take on this financial crisis.
Look Who’s Irrational Now!
“”What Americans Really Believe,” a comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians.”
October 06, 2008
He Has Not Hidden His Face
Here’s a video of Ryan Ferguson reciting Psalm 22 (Ryan does dramatic recitations of a variety of Scripture passages).
House: The Movie
House is a new film based on a novel written by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. With The Passion of the Christ it has become just the second Christian film to receive an R rating. “Imprisoned with another troubled couple in a house of true horrors, they are forced to play a one-night game of life and death with a crazed murderer … and each other. When they come face-to-face with evil, they discover it is instantly recognizable.”
Stay-at-Home Dads
Mark Driscoll (along with his wife) takes on the subject of stay-at-home dads.
The Center of God’s Will
Ray Pritchard explains why you are not in the center of God’s will for your life.
What You’re Paying For
This article discusses what was added to the bailout bill when it went from 3 pages in its original form to 442 pages as signed into law. “The bill has become, in other words, something almost unrelated to the business of bailing out Wall Street. The Beltway term for this is a ‘Christmas tree bill,’ meaning everyone gets to hang their favorite spending projects on it—though by the time Congress gets it through, it more closely resembles a slop bucket.”
Why Woman Hate Sarah Palin
According to TIME’s Belinda Luscombe, the explanation is simple: women are spiteful, jealous and mean! “Women are weapons-grade haters. Hillary Clinton knows it. Palin knows it too. When women get their hate on, they don’t just dislike, or find disfavor with, or sort of not really appreciate. They loathe — deeply, richly, sustainingly.”
Demons: A Sonnet
An interesting sonnet from the archives of Matthias Media’s Briefing.
A Review of Religulous
Culture11 reviews this new movie. “Let’s face it: Bill Maher is smart. And funny. Problem is, he’s also crass, arrogant, smug, and, with some frequency, totally insufferable. The common name for someone like this is “jerk.” But unlike most jerks, that endless supply of lumbering brutes whose only goal in life is to goad others, you can’t quite dismiss Maher — because, well, he’s smart. And funny.”
October 03, 2008
The Truth About Christian Bookstores
Dan Edelen has a good post explaining why Christian bookstores sell what they sell and why so many of them are disappearing.
Geert Wilders: Wisdom and Courage
In this speech Geert Wilders, chairman Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, gave some interesting information about the Islamicization of Europe. “The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome’s ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see - and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.”
How to Watch a Debate
Ray Fowler quotes someone who quotes someone who quotes someone who has some good pointers on effectively watching a debate.
State of the Blogosphere
I don’t find that Technorati offers to much of value anymore, but the exception is their annual State of the Blogosphere reports. You can read the current one at the link above.
Commentary Set Deal
Westminster Books is offering a great deal on the Reformed Expository Commentary set—45% off the suggested price.
October 02, 2008
Moldova Report
T-Wax reports in after leading a small mission team to the Republic of Moldova for eleven days.
NBC Crew Stranded in Arctic
I just love this story. A NBC film crew went to the Arctic to report on the lack of ice but have been stranded on an icebreaker for three weeks. Why? Because of all the ice…
God and ‘My Rights’
Ben Witherington quotes a good column on “rights.” Instead of “rights,” the Bible speaks of “gifts.” There is no “right to life.” Life is a gift, and this may be the compelling reason we do not have any right to destroy life. I do not have “rights” over my own body; God has those “rights.” My body is a gift of God, an instrument to be used in service to God, a temple of God’s Spirit, not a private domain for me to use as I wish…
Faith, Feelings And Corrie Ten Boom
From Mark Altrogge, who reflects on a story told by Corrie Ten Boom. “Faith leads to obedience; obedience eventually produces feelings. In faith we obey God, even when we don’t feel like it, trusting that feelings will follow. Faith is the engine of the train and feelings are the caboose.”
October 01, 2008
Bankruptcy, not Bailout, is the Answer
Josh Sowin quotes Jeffrey A. Miron: “The fact that government bears such a huge responsibility for the current mess means any response should eliminate the conditions that created this situation in the first place, not attempt to fix bad government with more government.”
Phillip Jensen on Mark Driscoll
Phillip Jensen is going to write some articles dealing with Driscoll’s recent challenge to Australian Christians.
Bailing out the Bailout
Ray Fowler collects some interesting quotes on the bailout. “How big is $700 billion? This source reports that to date America has spent $583 billion to fight the war in Iraq. That’s right, we taxpayers are being asked to add an immediate expense to the federal budget that is more than $100 billion greater than has already been spent on more than five years of war.”
The Rules
At “Touchstone Magazine” Anthony Esolen offers a humorous but wise list of mays, may nots and musts when it comes to choosing a spouse.
September 30, 2008
West Coast Conference
Ligonier had their West Coast Conference this past weekend and have posted a round-up of each of the conference sessions.
Can You Not Sin?
Mondays with Mounce are fast becoming a favorite blog feature of mine. Check out this week’s entry at Zondervan’s blog.
The NY Times on “Fireproof”
What’s this? The New York Times gave Fireproof a positive review! Who knew? “Only at the end do the filmmakers get heavy-handed. Until then, though, this is a decent attempt to combine faith and storytelling that will certainly register with its target audience.”
Video Answers
The Gospel Coalition and Christianity.com have combined to bring some good videos featuring answers to tough questions.
Dave Ramsey on the Financial Crisis
He offers his take on many of the questions people have about the financial crisis. Of course this was before yesterday’s big “no” vote…
Two New Editions
Russell Moore lets us know that new editions of Touchstone and Salvo are hot off the press. “Both will go a long way in getting you in touch with ancient truths and contemporary culture.”
Five Trends in the Church Today
Acts 29 blog shares the five trends D.A. Carson says are impacting the church today.
September 29, 2008
Read Books, Not Blogs
Stephen Altrogge explains why. But what about blogs about books?
Desiring God Conference Video
Desiring God has posted videos of each of the sessions from last weekend’s conference.
Overturning Roe v. Wade
Dr. Mohler: “The question posed at “On Faith,” the project of Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post, had to do with whether the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion should be reversed. The responses from columnists were very revealing, if tragic. My own column was brief, but to the point…”
September 26, 2008
A Baby’s Growth Timeline
GE, who developed 4D ultrasound technology, has a website of images that follow the timeline of the unborn’s development from six weeks to birth. (HT: STR)
Winter is Coming
Money Magazine gives tips that can help you knock hundreds or thousands off your utility bills even in just one winter.
800 People Read Grudem’s Systematic Theology
Now here’s a good idea. “The format of the group was simple: read one chapter each week, meet to discuss (and not debate) and do so for 15 months. Though this initially sounds like just the story of one small group, to date 800 Hunter Street members have participated in similar groups (aptly dubbed “TRG’s” - Theology Reading Groups) and each chose Systematic Theology as their beginning text.”
Why I Love John Piper
Driscoll explains why he loves Piper. Of course everyone loves Piper, but Driscoll offers four great reasons for his affection.
iTunes Under Threat
Here’s an interesting story saying that iTunes, currently America’s biggest seller of music, may be under threat. Artists are suddenly realizing that they can experience success (and greater profits) with iTunes.
The Superiority of Canadian Football
Admittedly I prefer American football to its Canadian counterpart, but there are at least two reasons the Canadian version is better. First, more than one person can be in motion (and even towards the line of scrimmage) and second, there is no ban on touchdown celebrations. Both are illustrated in this video.
Watching Fireproof
Ted Slater has a clever article on Fireproof (which opens today!). “Last night we watched the movie for the second time. And though we tried to engage with the story, a number of production ‘artifacts’ were a bit distracting.”
Faith, Doubt, + Unbelief
C.J. Mahaney writes about Os Guinness and his helpful teaching on the subject of doubt.
Do Warehouse Stores Save You Money?
“Priya Raghubir, a marketing professor at New York University, says there’s a good deal of research that shows larger portion size is linked to higher consumption. “My personal opinion is that people actually spend more” in the end by going to Costco, she says.”
National Punctuation Day
Tom Neven celebrates this rather uncouth day, but his article is well worth reading. Be sure to read about how a misplaced comma cost a company over two million dollars.
The Green Bible
Because we don’t already have enough editions of the Bible. “The Green Bible…calls attention to more than 1,000 verses related to nature by printing them in a pleasant shade of forest green, much as red-letter editions of the Bible encrimson the words of Jesus.”
September 25, 2008
T-Wax Interviews JT
Trevin Wax posts the second part of an interview he conducted with Justin Taylor. They talk about the forthcoming ESV Study Bible.
The Blind Spot in Spiritual Formation
Craig Brian Larson addresses a blind spot in the spiritual formation movement. “Read books on spiritual formation and you will be hard-pressed to find listening to the preaching of God’s Word mentioned as a first-order spiritual discipline in its own right.”
Is Success a Hindrance to Marriage?
“A few months ago, the subtitle of an MSN article caught my attention: ‘Today’s talented, ambitious women are staying single in droves. Are they too busy, too picky or — horrors — too awesome?’”
PluggedIn Reviews Fireproof
“This is the kind of movie that succeeds, sometimes despite itself, because it does a superlative job of digging into serious issues that so deeply affect so many of us every day.”
Hyper-Controllers
Jollyblogger looks at an article discussing human nature and controlling parents.
Imagine…
From Stand to Reason: “Read this billboard and then read Greg [Koukl’s] most recent Solid Ground article that explains why John Lennon’s song (which inspired the billboard’s text) is devoid of the hope it envisions.”
The Precious Gift of Baby Talk
An interesting article from John Piper. “Jesus spoke baby talk. The Sermon on the Mount is our baby talk. His high priestly prayer in John 17 is baby talk. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” is baby talk. Infinitely precious, true, glorious baby talk.”

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