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July 28, 2008
Monday July 28, 2008 Googled
“Googled,” a poem by Douglas Groothuis.
An Answer for our Hope
Here is a good account of a family relying on faith in the midst of tragedy.
To Bring Light into the World
The Times of London rips on all the adulation being given to the next President of the United States. “The anointed one’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followers…”
Don’t Waste Your Kids
Carolyn McCulley describes what sounds to be a very interesting sermon.
Sleep
Jay Younts, blogging at the Shepherd Press blog, writes about children and sleep.
July 25, 2008
Friday July 25, 2008 Todd Bentley
An article at Baptist Press has some good background information about “revivalist” Todd Bentley.
Breaking Porn Addiction
David Powlison, writing at the CCEF site, has a very good article about overcoming addiction to pornography.
Media Donations
Here’s something to keep in mind while watching media coverage of politics.
What Did Calvary Look Like?
Justin Taylor interviews Leen Ritmeyer who was consulted during the creation of the ESV Study Bible. He is considered “the world’s leading authority on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.”
Al Gore’s Doomsday Clock
A writer for WSJ says, “A more interesting question is why Mr. Gore remains believable. Perhaps people think that facts ought not to count against a man whose task is to raise our sights, or play Cassandra to unbelieving mortals.”
Teen Pregnancy
Dr. Mohler writes about the glamorizing of teen pregnancy.
July 24, 2008
Thursday July 24, 2008 T4G Slideshow
Together for the Gospel has released a great slideshow from the T4G 08 Conference. It is set to “How Sweet and Awful Is the Place.”
The Spirit of Revival
At the Ligonier blog we’re serializing a great bit of writing from R.C. Sproul. He writes about revival and how we can distinguish between true and false revival. It is a great read when so much talk about supposed revival is in the news.
Faith-Based Currency
A good article by Ron Paul addresses fiat currency. “Some are blaming the recent shakeup in the markets to “whining” or financial fear-mongering, which misses the whole point. History has shown that fiat money, or “faith-based currency” always fails, because when governments claim this power, they always behave irresponsibly.”
Rick Warren’s Presidential Forum
Rick Warren is defending his decision to hold a Presidential forum at his church despite the fact that it is co-sponsored by “the liberal social justice group Faith in Public Life, whose board president is Meg Riley, a Unitarian Universalist minister who previously ran the denomination’s homosexual advocacy office.”
Watching Joel Osteen
Sean Michael Lucas gives some good reflections on what makes Joel Osteen so popular.
July 23, 2008
Wednesday July 23, 2008 The Father of the Fatherless
The Desiring God blog features a guest post by Jason Kovacs who writes about glorifying the Father of the fatherless.
What God Should Have Said?
byFaith Magazine, the web magazine of the PCA, has a good review of The Shack. “Writing an unfavorable review of The Shack, then, is like criticizing your Aunt Martha’s macaroni casserole. Sure, it’s fattening, but everyone else in the family loves it, so why not just shut up and eat your Waldorf salad? Any critic risks stumbling directly into the book’s own well-worn stereotype: a strident religious nitpick.”
The Audacity of Vanity
“Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate. He figures it would be a nice backdrop. The supporting cast — a cheering audience and a few fainting frauleins — would be a picturesque way to bolster his foreign policy credentials. What Obama does not seem to understand is that the Brandenburg Gate is something you earn.”
Gen Xers Unhappy at Work
Sean Michael Lucas offers ten reasons that Gen Xers are unhappy at work.
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.

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