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January 16, 2009
The Cutest Tax Deduction
Tim Ellsworth is asking that you vote for his son Noah at TurboTax’s Cutest Tax Deduction contest.
Updates @ DR
A couple of days late since our Managing Editor’s wife welcomed a new baby into the world (a pretty good excuse, really), but Discerning Reader has been updated with eight new reviews.
Altrogge’s Book Giveaway
The Altrogge’s are giving away some books through their blog.
Tim Tebow, Jason Hanson, Kurt Warner
Randy Alcorn writes about a few football stars who are first Christians.
Deal of the Day: Fabulous Friday
Every week CBD has a “Fabulous Friday” sale. There usually is not much worth buying. Today, though, there are some exceptions. You can get Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on all four gospels (in hardcover) for $24.99, a MacArthur Study Bible for the same price, C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters together for $7.99, etc. It’s worth taking a look.
January 15, 2009
Ten Significant Christian Publications - 2008
Keith Mathison: “The year 2008 witnessed the publication of a large number of Christian books. Deciding which to include in this list was no simple matter. I’ve included titles that I believe will have a lasting influence for one reason or another. I have not listed these publications in any particular order.”
Way to God
Jim Elliff has a new site called “Way to God.” “Are you looking for the way to God? I’d like to help. On the site you will find answers to questions, clarifying articles, audio and the stories of people who have come to Christ.”
A Whole Lot of DAC
Hundreds of MP3s by D.A. Carson have been uploaded to the Gospel Coalition web site. Hundreds!
John Paulson’s Profits
This article at Porfolio shows just how much money at least one man has made from the economic downturn and raises some interesting ethical questions.
Christian Hope
Kirk Wellum offers a post on the beauty of Christian hope. “The Christian gospel is a message of hope. Hope for the otherwise hopeless. Hope based on what God has done, and is doing, and will yet do in Christ.”
Deal of the Day: The Christian Lover
Reformation Heritage Books is offering a 50% discount on this brand new book by Michael Haykin: The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers.
January 14, 2009
Groothuis Reviews Two Books on Schaeffer
Just like the heading says, Douglas Groothuis offers reviews of two recent books on Schaeffer: Barry Hankins’ Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America and Colin Duriez’ Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life.
The Boulder
Here is another poignant entry from 6YearMed.
Anti-Conversion Bill in Sri Lanka
“According to the Jubilee Campaign, a group which works internationally in the area of religious freedom, the latest version of this [anti-conversion] bill was presented, cloaked in secrecy, for a second reading to the Sri Lankan Parliament. It is expected to go up for a third reading in February and is likely to be passed. The anti-conversion bill would have serious consequences for Christians in Sri Lanka.”
Creating a Family Worship Time
Here is a site where you can find a valuable round-up of materials with wisdom on how and why to create a consistent and meaningful time of family worship.
Polygamy: Outlawed for a Reason
This column is quite interesting. The author may well be right when he says that polygamy is going to be the next cultural battleground. While I disagree with his take on the history of marriage, I do think he offers some great reasons to outlaw polygamy.
Pulpit Magazine is Back
That’s right. At long last, Pulpit Magazine has returned. Be sure to check out Phil Johnson’s series on (what else?) Calvinism.
Pray for Abby Riggs
This family is asking you to pray for their little girl who is suffering from leukemia. “In July 2008, three years old, she was diagnosed with a high risk, aggressive form of Leukemia. Over the months, her prognosis has worsened as other complications and conditions became know.”
Hugh Latimer
Holimeo offers a short and sweet summary of the life of the martyr Hugh Latimer.
January 13, 2009
Which Greek Text?
William Mounce gives his feedback on which text of the Greek Scriptures is the best.
Seminaries and Economies
Collin Hansen writes about some of the seminaries that are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. “About 20 percent of all seminaries unrelated to a college or university operated with deficit budgets three of the last five years, according to ATS spokeswoman Eliza Smith Brown. These schools had less than one year of operating expenses in reserve.”
Gay Bishop to Open Inaugural Weekend
“The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who was elected the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop in 2003, will deliver the invocation for Sunday’s kickoff inaugural event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said.”
Save $419.50 in an Hour
The Motley fool explains how.
Deal of the Day: Lecrae (link fixed)
Lecrae’s Rebel was one of my favorite albums of 2008. You can get it now at Amazon for a mere $5 (in downloadable format). Be sure to check it out!
January 12, 2009
Don’t Pamper Your Doubts
Phil Johnson offers a good weekly dose of Spurgeon. “Beloved friends, let us never look upon our own unbelief as an excusable infirmity, but let us always regard it as a sin, and as a great sin, too. Whatever excuse you may at any time make for others,—and I pray you to make excuses for them whenever you can rightly do so,—never make any for yourself. In that case, be swift to condemn.”
Spirituality Trumps Religion
Studies like this one are, in so many ways, utterly ridiculous. And yet maybe there is a thing or two we can learn from them…
Who Would Jesus Smack Down
Mark Driscoll is featured in the pages of the New York Times.
Deal of the Day: Monergism Books
Spend $35 at Monergism books, use the coupon code 0109challies, and you’ll get 5% off your order. This offer is good until Saturday.
January 09, 2009
ESV Blank Bible for Sale
You know you want one.
Speaking of the ESV
Speaking of the ESV, here is the new President of Ghana, John Atta Mills, being sworn into office with an ESV.
Adult Women Play House
“Many people like to stop and play with newborn babies, but now some adult women are playing house with fake babies. Some women are even going as far as taking day trips with the fake babies to the park, out to eat, and even hosting birthday parties for them.”
Staying Stuck
Lydia offers some good thoughts on being stuck in patterns of habitual sin. She offers five things that can keep us stuck.
Why I Am Not Charismatic
C. Michael Patton is in the midst of a series describing why he is not charismatic. Though his primary line of reasoning is perhaps not the strongest (he seems to be arguing largely from personal experience) the series is still quite interesting.
January 08, 2009
An Eschatology WebConference
The Midwest Center for Theological Studies will be conducting a webconference with Drs. Waldron, Riddlebarger, Gaffin & Poythress to discuss biblical eschatology. The webconference is scheduled for 10:00AM to 12:00PM (CT) this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009.
Meet Thomas Chalmers
This blogger is giving away 5 copies of John Mackay’s Thomas Chalmers: A Short Appreciation randomly to church leaders or those preparing for the ministry.
The Life and Faith of Tim Tebow
There’s a great story at ESPN about the life and faith of Florida Gators’ football star Tim Tebow. “There are plenty of athletes who talk the pious talk. Plenty of athletes who write scripture on their eye black the way Tebow does or thank God after victories. But how many have walked the walk like Tebow — walked it into the prisons, into the slums of the Philippines, into the hearts of people in need of a role model? How many, at age 21, have done as much work on behalf of those less fortunate?”
How Often Should We Take Lord’s Supper?
Jim Hamilton continues a series of interesting posts at Russell Moore’s blog. This time he asks how often churches should celebrate the Lord’s Supper. He says “Let’s cut straight to the chase: I think the New Testament indicates that the early church took the Lord’s supper every Lord’s day, that is, every Sunday.”
Deal of the Day: Thine is My Heart: Devotional Readings from John Calvin
Reformation Heritage Books offers a 50% discount on this series of daily devotionals based on the writing of John Calvin.
January 07, 2009
On Our Watch
Ray Ortlund has six valuable suggestions on how to combat the shocking biblical illiteracy that exists in the church today.
God’s Problem
This is a thoroughly enjoyable review of Bart Ehrman’s book God’s Problem written by William Willimon.
Updates @ DR
Yesterday we added quite a few new reviews to Discerning Reader (as we do most Tuesdays). Why not check in to see if there is something there that interests you?
Atheists Play Their Hand: Probability
Dr. Mohler covers the bizarre and completely non-threatening advertising campaign by British atheists—placing billboards on buses saying “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Mohler: “I must admit that I find the British campaign nearly humorous. In any event, it is certainly not threatening to the Christian message. No one is really likely to be converted to atheism by seeing a sign on a bus — and almost certainly not by a sign that declared that “there’s probably no God.” Probably?”
The Best of Boundless Webzine
Boundless gives a roundup of their most popular articles in 2008. There are some good ones there if you care to take the time to look through them.
Deal of the Day: Sponsor a Child, Get a Gift Certificate
I almost feel bad linking to this as the deal somehow just seems wrong. But here it is. “If you sponsor a child online today and make your first month’s payment by credit or debit card, you’ll receive a $25 gift card for Christianbook.com.” So if you’ve been considering sponsoring a child through Compassion, this is as good a time as any to begin!
January 06, 2009
Why Are there Never Enough Parking Spaces at the Prostate Clinic?
Carl Trueman offers more than a great (and original) title in this article about the Christian obsession with culture. “Plenty of talk about Christian approaches to art, music, literature, sex, even international politics. All very interesting subjects, I’m sure, and the topics of many a chardonnay-fuelled discussion after a hearty dinner party. But what about subjects that aren’t quite so interesting? Take street sweepers, for example; or hotel lavatory attendants; or workers on an umbrella manufacturing line. Why no conference on the Christian philosophy underlying these vital callings and trades?”
Mohler on Carson
Some valuable advice from Dr. Mohler: “Here is a simple rule to keep in mind: When D. A. Carson writes a book, buy it.”
Calvin on Knowing the Truth
Kevin Boling’s “Knowing the Truth” radio program will be featuring many Calvin experts in the coming days. Check the site for a schedule.
Calvin Audio Links
Martin Downes is collecting calvin-related audio links for those interested in hearing instead of reading about him.
Blake Hicks
Blake Hicks has an album (available on Noisetrade) called Songs of a Pious Heart. It is a tribute to Augustine’s confessions. You can read a review of it here.
January 05, 2009
Orphan 32: A Story of Providence
The Ottawa Citizen has the amazing story of “Nguyen Ngoc Minh Thanh was one of 57 children airlifted to Canada from Saigon in 1975. Embraced by a loving family, he wanted for nothing. Well, almost nothing: The story of his life — hardly a fairy tale — was missing its first few chapters.”
How to Pray for your Pastor
Ligon Duncan gives 17 different ways that you can pray for your pastor.
Playboy’s in Trouble…and it’s not Good News
Carl Trueman writes about the fact that Playboy magazine is in financial difficulties but also tells why this isn’t quite a good reason to crack open the champagne.
One-to-One Bible Reading and Prayer
An article from Matthias Media looks at one-to-one Bible reading and prayer, its benefits and why we don’t invest more time in it.
Free Audio: Abandoned to God
This month’s free download for Christian Audio is David McCasland’s Abandoned to God, a biography of Oswald Chambers. I’ve read the book and definitely recommend it.
The Worst Climate Predictions of 2008
Here are a few of the funniest, most irrational predictions about the climate in 2008. For example, Tim Flannery was named Australia’s Man of the Year in 2007 after predicting this: “Australia’s Cities Will Run Out of Drinking Water Due to Global Warming.”
Interview with Justin Reimer
Alex Chediak interviews Justin Reimer of The Elisha Foundation, an excellent organization that exists to serve the families of children with special needs.

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