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August 01, 2008
Friday August 1, 2008 Getting Old, Alone
From Boundless: “The reality of an aging, childless population is undeniable. How we care for them, however, is yet to be decided. Where some see tragedy, I see opportunity. The church is uniquely gifted to step in with compassionate care not only for the body in this life, but also for the spirit with a view toward the next.”
Up
Up is going to be the next film from Pixar. You can see the first images from it here.
Brian Regan Fans, Rejoice!
Brian Regan, my favorite comedian, has a new DVD coming out soon. It’s available now for pre-order.
Oil Addiction
This little presentation brings to light some of the issues surrounding rising gas costs.
Down for Everyone?
Here is a helpful little utility for checking the status of a web site.
“Tactics” from STR
Stand to Reason is offering a weekly “Tactics” newsletter. “Each week you will receive a practical tactic lesson that will equip you and build your confidence to engage non-Christians in conversations about the most important topic possible their relationship to God.”
July 31, 2008
Thursday July 31, 2008 Internet Addiction on the Rise
“Internet addiction — an online-related compulsive behavior that interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones and work — is a psychological and behavioral problem that is spreading around the world, experts say.”
New at DR
Here is a list of the newest reviews over at Discerning Reader.
The Holiness of God
Next year’s Ligonier conference looks like it will be exceptional. It will focus on the holiness of God and will have feature a wonderful list of speakers.
July 30, 2008
Wednesday July 30, 2008 New from Sovereign Grace Music
Sovereign Grace Music has just released “Psalms.” You can listen to samples at this link or, if you click “Buy Now,” download a free song.
Feminizing the American Man
At the CBMW blog, Randy Stinson writes about the feminization of American males.
Wallpaper for your Computer
Here is a collection of August calendars to use as wallpaper for your computer.
The Andrew Fuller Center
Dr. Michael Haykin, a church historian who teaches at SBTS, has moved his blog to a new address.
Given a Shovel…
…Americans are digging themselves deeper into debt. This article at the NY Times is worth reading.
July 29, 2008
Tuesday July 29, 2008 New Third Day
Third Day’s new album (Revelation) releases today. You can listen to it in its entirety at JesusfreakHideout.
Free from John MacArthur
Travis has news of a free MacArthur book that can be yours.
Reduction or Elimination
Denny Burk comments on a recent episode “The Albert Mohler Program” where Russell Moore moderates a discussion between Tony Campolo and Robert George. They discuss strategies in regards to abortion.
Close to Copeland
An article at OneNewsNow details how those close to health and wealth preachers benefit as much as the preacher himself.
100 Months
An article from the BBC says that we may have only 100 months to avert catastrophic global warming. This blogger says “Proposals like these published in supposedly serious forums give credence to the concerns of the rest of us that climate change hysteria is just the latest justification for socialism.”
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).

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