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July 02, 2008
Wednesday July 2, 2008 John Eldredge Leaves Thomas Nelson
John Eldredge becomes just the latest big-name Christian author to sign a deal with a mainstream publisher. In this case, he has signed with Doubleday. The mainstream publishers are realizing how much of a market there is for this kind of book!
The Death of Life Writing
An interesting story in the Guardian suggests that the age of great biographies is coming to a close. “Seen close up, and with an eye to proper detail, biography appears in rather a bad way. ‘Crisis’ would probably be putting it too strongly, not least because it suggests a certain convulsive energy. ‘Sclerosis’ might be nearer.”
Birthday Party Snub
“An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party.” Oh boy…
Trust
A great photo from Iraq.
July 01, 2008
Tuesday July 1, 2008 Free Course
The Founders Study Center is offering the ability to audit a course for free this fall.
The Dying Art of the Knuckleball
Fans of the game of baseball will enjoy this article.
Silly Atheist Arguments
Joe Carter does a good job of showing the absurdity of some of the more ridiculous atheist arguments against the existence of God.
Babies: Blessing or Curse
Owen writes about a recent article in the NY Times dealing with the falling birthrates in developed nations.
June 30, 2008
Monday June 30, 2008 A Welcome Burden
Mike Delorenzo has an exceptional post about spending a day with his critically ill father. “I saw my father as never before. In his helplessness, I saw him strong. In his humiliation I saw him the most amazing person I have ever laid eyes on. In this, his most human of days, I saw him as almost more than human. ”
Knowledge Increases Mystery
John Piper posts about how increasing knowledge of God leads to increasing mystery.
22 Books for Pre-Schoolers
Abraham Piper shares a guest post from “Liz Holst, who would surely be a children’s librarian if she had another life to live.”
Anglican Conservatives
This brief article shares the news that “conservative Anglicans meeting in Jerusalem will create a global network to combat modern trends in the Church like the ordination of gay clergy.”
Choosing a New Church Home
This article from Pulpit Magazine shares some very good wisdom on how (and when) to choose a new church home.
Recommended Reading
At Ligonier Ministries’ site you’ll find a very thorough and very helpful list of recommended books.
An Interview with Tim Keller
Alex Chediak has a brief interview with Tim Keller about his forthcoming book.
June 27, 2008
Friday June 27, 2008 Apologies
My apologies for not posting A La Carte yesterday. I had to fly to Vancouver and needed to leave the house at 4:40 AM to get here. A La Carte just didn’t happen…
Wright on Time
Paul compares Tim Keller’s recommendation of the new N.T. Wright book with Tom Schreiner’s review of it.
Ask Calvin’s Dad
I got a laugh from this collection of wisdom.
The Future of e-book Readers
Here is an interesting video showing what could be the future of e-book readers as companies continue to try to mimic the reading experience in an electronic device.
Expelled in Canada
Ben Stein’s Expelled opens today (finally!) in Canada. I know there are other Canadians who have been waiting for its appearance.
June 25, 2008
Wednesday June 25, 2008 12 Sins We Blame on Others
Here is sound wisdom from Ben Reaoch, pastor of Three Rivers Grace Church in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
WORLD on The Shack
WORLD has an article about The Shack. An interesting quote: “Young is no longer a member of a church, nor are his publishing partners, both former pastors. They are a part of a movement that rejects the institutional church, but Young says he doesn’t feel any need to try to yank people out of systems or be negative about them. His hostility, though, shows up in The Shack…”
Why I Love the Church
And in a case of good timing, Pulpit Magazine is posting a series by John MacArthur on why he loves the church.
An Interesting Obit
Here’s an interesting obituary of a woman who refused to sell her house, even while the world around her was changing. “The Ballard woman who captured hearts and admirers around the world when she stubbornly turned down $1 million to sell her home to make way for a commercial development died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. She was 86.” (HT: Zach).
CT Interview with the Creator of WALL-E
CT interviews Andrew Stanton of Pixar about his Christian faith. They push and push, it seems to me, but don’t get a whole lot out of the guy!
Heinz Pushes Gay Marriage
Further proof that homosexual marriage is becoming ever-more mainstream. Here is an ad from Heinz (showing in the UK) that features a “homosexual family,” referring to one of the men as “Mom” (and showing “mom” and “dad” kissing). How long until ads like this are playing in North America?
June 24, 2008
Tuesday June 24, 2008 Chapman Family Update
Steven Curtis Chapman’s manager posts an update on the family four weeks after the tragic death of Maria.
Jewellery Sale
My friend Becky, whose ad is on the site this week, is offering free shipping on her handmade jewellery today. Husbands, you know what to do…
Standing Firm
Here is the site for another faith-based movie coming our way later in the year.
The Shack in NY Times
NY Times recently interviewed me and others for an article on The Shack. The article was printed today. “Mr. Jacobsen [the publisher] read the novel and immediately thought it deserved a larger following. ‘It brought God alive in a way that I think few books in literature ever do,’ he said.” Does God need to be brought to life now?
Interview with Westboro Baptist
Josh Buice is posting an interview he conducted with a member of Westboro Baptist Church. A sampling: “Do you consider yourself to be a Christian? RESPONSE: What an impudent question from a clueless source. You brutes have given that concept a bad name.” I never lack for adjectives to describe these people…
How the Brain Works…
…or doesn’t. This short video shows how the brain compensates and interprets.
June 23, 2008
Monday June 23, 2008 Fireproof, the Movie
Here’s a forthcoming movie starring Kirk Cameron and created by the guys behind Facing the Giants.
No Greater Love
And speaking of movies, here’s another “faith-based” one that’s coming soon.
When to Leave Your Church
John MacArthur on a subject that is always difficult to address.
Inured
Ted Slater has a warning about becoming inured to the violence and other negative elements in movies. “Sometimes I have to say ‘no’ to my inclination to see a movie, despite its cultural significance. Yes, for the sake of spiritual sensitivity and at the expense of cultural relevance, sometimes I have to throw the baby out with the bath water.”
God and Sports
Trillia has an interview with Stephen Altrogge, author of the forthcoming Game Day for the Glory of God.
Darwinists for Jesus
The NY Times has an article about Michael Dowd and his recent book Thank God for Evolution.
June 20, 2008
Friday June 20, 2008 Critiquing My Review
Someone has seen fit to post a seven-part video review of my review of The Shack. You can find it all on YouTube. (And, in case you’re wondering, he mispronounces my name every time).
The Ramshackle Shack
And speaking of The Shack, Tom Neven has a good article about it over at Boundless. “Young’s intentions are good. He wants to introduce readers to a loving God who was willing to sacrifice his own Son to save us from our sins. But all heresies begin with misconstruing the nature of God.”
So Brave!
I’m not a regular reader of The Onion, but this story made me laugh.
A Chilling Precedent
Dr. Mohler writes about a chilling court case up here in Canada. “The ruling is so out of bounds that the news story sounds like a parody — but it isn’t. A Canadian judge ruled that a 12-year-old girl was ‘excessively’ punished when her father told her she could not go on a school camping trip because she had broken rules for use of the Internet.”
Is “Stealing” WiFi Really Stealing?
There’s a moral dilemma for the twenty-first century, and I think this guy has a couple of good answers.
June 19, 2008
Thursday June 19, 2008 Mississippi Flood Pictures
Here are some amazing pictures from The Boston Globe showing Iowa under the waters of the Mississippi.
Spanking to be Banned in Canada?
We know it’s only a matter of time. “Bill S-209, which needs House approval to be made into law, proposes to eliminate Section 43 of Canada’s Criminal Code, which allows parents, teachers and caregivers to use reasonable force to discipline a child and correct their behaviour.”
Al Gore’s Home
“In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.”
Gay Rights Law Challenges
NPR’s religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty talks with Jordan Lorence, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, and Chai Feldblum, law professor at Georgetown University and director at the Federal Legislation Clinic, about the battle between equal rights and American ideals of religious freedom.”
Traffic Control
The blog for “Covenant Eyes” writes about a documentary that looks very interesting. “The film seeks to capture the debate around First Amendment rights and our society’s obligation to protect children from unwanted and graphic Internet content.”
June 18, 2008
Wednesday June 18, 2008 Top Five Commentaries
Keith Mathison at the Ligonier blog is posting his top five commentary recommendations on a variety of books of the Bible.
Taking The Shack to the Shed
CT’s “Out of Ur” blog discusses some of the reactions to The Shack.
Thinking Biblically
John MacArthur has a good and short article on biblical discernment.
Maggie Gallagher on Gay Marriage
An article well worth reading. “Gay-marriage advocates are willing to use a variety of arguments to allay fears and reduce opposition to getting this new ‘equality’ principle inserted in the law; these voices may even believe what they are saying. But once the principle is in the law, the next step will be to use the law to stigmatize, marginalize, and repress those who disagree with the government’s new views on marriage and sexual orientation.” (HT: DB)

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