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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.”
September 24, 2008
I’ll Only Kiss My Wife
“In Kirk Cameron’s new movie, ‘Fireproof,’ he has to kiss the actress playing his wife. That was a problem. Cameron will not kiss any woman who is not his wife. To get around the conflict, the filmmakers employed a bit of movie magic…”
A Christian View of the Economic Crisis
Dr. Mohler: “Christians should think seriously about this economic crisis and ponder what it would mean to come to a Christian understanding of what it means to be participants in this economy. As Adam Smith recognized, the economy is a moral reality.”
The Peasant Princess
Here is a micro-site for Mark Driscoll’s new sermon series on Song of Solomon. Love it or hate it, you can’t argue with the skill and creativity of Mars Hill’s creative department.
Themelios
The new edition of Themelios, the journal of The Gospel Coalition, has been released on a nice, new web site.
Pastor, Mentor the Young Men
On Monday my pastor spoke to a local pastors fellowship on the importance of mentoring young men. I’m sure any pastor could benefit from listening to or reading his paper.
September 23, 2008
More About Harsh Language
If you read last week’s exchange between Nathan Busenitz and Doug Wilson, you’ll want to read this follow-up by Busenitz.
Can’t You Take a Joke?
Wired writes about the man who invented the emoticon. :-)
The Cross: Can We Have More?
Darryl Dash reflects on Brian McLaren’s understanding of the gospel and pleads for more of the cross.
Children as the Ultimate Experience
Owen Strachan writes about two articles, one by Mohler and one by Driscoll, that discuss the importance of the family as constructed and formed by the Bible.
R.I.P. Emerging Church
The term “emerging church” has already fallen out of favor among those who once used it as a descriptor for themselves. “Now comes word from recognized leaders and voices within the emerging church movement that the term has become so polluted that it is being dropped.”
The Prince’s Poison Cup
The Prince’s Poison Cup is a forthcoming children’s book written by R.C. Sproul (and with great illustrations by Justin Gerard). The Ligonier blog shares some information about it.
Quick Links:
Ending is Beginning
Kathryn Scott: I Belong
Using God’s Will to Manipulate
September 22, 2008
What is the Gospel, Brian?
Michael Krahn was at a conference this weekend and heard Brian McLaren provide a kind-of-answer to that question.
Does Prayer Change Things?
Over at the Ligonier blog we’re serializing R.C. Sproul’s book Does Prayer Change Things? It’s a good little book and well worth reading through.
Why Did we Publish That?
Michael Hyatt of Thomas Nelson answers the question of why they chose to publish the new book by Lynn Spears (mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn).
Bigger Than You Can Imagine
This blogger has a look at the vast, almost unimaginable size, of the universe.
Good Prices on Good eBooks
Here are some good prices on some very good Puritan works (for those of you who like to read PDFs or have some kind of an eBook reader).
September 19, 2008
Attacks against Christians in India
“India is in a scary situation,” says Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan. “While violence continues in Orissa, on India’s east coast, anti-Christian extremists have unleashed another wave of attacks on Christians in Karnataka, a state on India’s west coast. (HT: JW)
Something About Sarah
“There is continuing amazement over the sheer hatred that Palin has aroused: ‘I am almost 60 and come from Massachusetts. In all my years, I have never seen anything like this, and don’t want to see it ever again. I have a friend who is both feminist and left-leaning. I asked her why they hate Palin so much. She said, ‘Because she’s had it all: family, career. And she did it without a man like Bill Clinton helping her. She did it on her own.””
Understanding the Financial Upheaval
Steven D. Levitt, author of Freakonomics has Doug Diamond and Anil Kashyap provide a guest blog on the recent financial upheavals. They attempt to explain what has happened and what is likely to happen in the near future.
Catholicism and Darwinism
“The Vatican said on Tuesday the theory of evolution was compatible with the Bible but planned no posthumous apology to Charles Darwin for the cold reception it gave him 150 years ago.”
September 18, 2008
Thinking Biblically about the Banking Crisis
JT interviews David Kotter about the banking crisis.
A Temporizing Baa-Lamb
Doug Wilson responds to the article I linked to yesterday in Pulpit Magazine (the article dealing with sarcasm and harsh language).
Arctic Sea Ice-Melt Season Ends
“We have news from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). They say: The melt is over. And we’ve added 9.4% ice coverage from this time last year. Though it appears NSIDC is attempting to downplay this in their web page announcement today, one can safely say that despite irrational predictions seen earlier this year, we didn’t reach an “ice free north pole” nor a new record low for sea ice extent.”
Put a Stop to Large Families
Al Mohler writes about two people who are saying that the world’s crises can be averted by limiting family size. He responds frankly: “Speaking as delicately as those words allow, that argument is stunningly stupid. If food was in abundance, would the duke argue that people are too few? How does he arrive at the “right” number of people?”
Tony Jones on Barack Obama
Tony Jones (a Barack Obama supporter) discusses a conference call with some of the religious outreach staffers from the Obama campaign.
September 17, 2008
Harsh Language
Nathan Busenitz provides his take on “John Piper, Mark Driscoll, and Harsh Language.”
On Abortion and Voting
Josh Harris writes about a difficult subject. “Recently a couple pursuing membership in our church wrote me a very thoughtful, humble letter with questions generated by the recent sermon ‘Don’t Waste Your Vote.’ In particular, they took issue with the emphasis placed on the issue of abortion. While pro-life themselves, they felt that by highlighting abortion we were essentially endorsing a particular party.”
A Theological Vision for Families
This three-part series on the family, written by Andrew Nichols, is a good bookmark for just about anyone. He wonders if Satan is more concerned about the families in your church than you are and then provides a solid theological vision for families.
Christian Film This Fall
CT has a roundup of some of the Christian films coming our way this fall.
A Too-Quiet Plane?
Here’s some strange news. The new Airbus A380 is so quiet that customers are complaining; Airbus may have to provide background music or white noise in order to placate their customers.
September 16, 2008
The Bible as Fashion Accessory
Phil Johnson writes about Zondervan’s “Bible Bunker.” “Zondervan plans to keep stoking demand by making sure God’s word looks hip, sounds relevant and is advertised all over, including in Rolling Stone magazine and Modern Bride, on MySpace—even on a jumbotron in New York City’s Times Square.”
The Short, Eventful Life of Ike
Boston.com has a list of incredible pictures showing the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
No Smoking Hot Spot
David Evans devoted six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. At the end of it all he realized “There is no evidence to support the idea that carbon emissions cause significant global warming. None.”
If Your Bank Closes
Wheaties for Your Wallet tells what happens when a bank closes and gives some good advice on how to protect yourself.
Internet Specials from Ligonier
Ligonier has a page on their site that offers some special internet discounts on books, CDs, etc.
Dialog on the Sarah Palin Predicament
USA Today ran a story about CBMW and Sarah Palin. Dr. David Gushee, the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, calls out CBMW and they respond in this blog post.
Flying the Unfriendly Skies
A NY Times reporter steps into the shoes of a flight attendant. She gains new respect for those who do that job!

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