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March 14, 2012

Britannica - This was inevitable and I wonder if it will stand as a symbol of the decline of print. “Encyclopaedia Britannica says it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia. The Chicago-based company announced on Tuesday that the encyclopedia would not be available in book form for the first time in 244 years.”

Brothers and Sisters - Douglas Wilson offers some good thoughts on brothers and sisters and the relationships between them.

Kony 2012 - The Kony 2012 video very quickly became the most viral video in history. The statistics are astounding.

Sing Like You Mean It - Here’s a beautiful article you’ll want to read and ponder.

Good Friday - If you are in the Toronto area and are looking for something to do on Good Friday, why not join my church and several others as we worship together?

The Gospel Project - The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum that examines the grand narrative of Scripture and how the gospel transforms the lives of those it touches. This afternoon you can tune in to a live webcast with Trevin Wax, Matt Chandler and others, and learn more about it.

Yosemite HD - This is a fantastic time-lapse video that showcases the beauty of Yosemite.

 

Oh, Son of Man, I know not which to admire most, thine height of glory, or thy depths of misery!C.H. Spurgeon

March 13, 2012

Blue Like Jazz - Here is another take on the forthcoming movie adaptation of Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz. This review highlights strengths, weaknesses and the elements that make this film unique in the Christian sphere. I can’t say that these early reviews are giving me any real desire to see it.

The Hunger Games - Redeemed Reader has become my go-to resource to find reviews of books for my kids. They’ve just posted an excellent and very helpful review of The Hunger Games, the book that is all the rage these days (and which has a movie releasing very soon).

Things a Pastor Shouldn’t Say - Here is a list of 5 things a pastor shouldn’t say (but, in my assessment and limited experience, probably will say and later have to repent of).

Protecting Your Children - Lindsey Holcomb has a helpful blog post on how to protect your children from sexual abuse. Writing of victims of sexual abuse she says, “15% of those assaulted are under age 12, and 29% are between ages 12 to 17. Girls between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault. Here are eight ways you as a parent can protect your children from sexual abuse.”

Screwtape on Stage - Max McLean’s production of The Screwtape Letters continues to criss-cross the U.S. and he is finally coming close enough to Toronto that I can get to a show (in Buffalo). Shows are also lined up for Indianapolis, Chicago, Grand Rapids and several other places.

Marital Love - Drawing from Paul Tripp’s What Did You Expect?, Bob Glenn shares 22 descriptions of marital love.

You don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have. —Tim Keller

March 12, 2012

Steven Curtis Chapman - Andrew Peterson writes about touring with Steven Curtis Chapman: “Everyone I know in Nashville who knows Steven has said to me something like, “I love Steven. He’s a good man.” But from the first week of the tour I discovered that Steven isn’t a good man. He’s as sinful as the rest of us. He wears his weakness on his sleeve. He’s quick to share his pain and his struggle.”

There Is Hope! - Be sure to read Greg Lucas’ proclamation of hope even in the darkest valleys of loving and dealing with a disabled child.

On Kony and Viruses - My wife and I have both been reading this blog (written by missionaries who were in Uganda for 17 years) for a good long time so were anxious to get their take on Kony and the recent Kony 2012 campaign. They offer both praise and critique.

Monergism Books - Monergism Books has a coupon for you that will get you 10% off your entire order (over $55). With prices already lower than Amazon, you can save some good money here. Create your order, look for the “coupon code” box, and input coupon code march2012.

The Father Said No - Thabiti Anyabwile offers five reasons that the Father said “No” when Jesus asked him to take away the cup of God’s wrath.

Blue Like Jazz - The movie adaptation of Blue Like Jazz is coming to theatres in a month; here is an interesting early review of it.

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels. —John Calvin

March 10, 2012

Discipleship 101 - Here is just one way you can go about discipling a brand new believer. “There are two men in their 20s who came to faith in Christ in recent weeks through the ministry of our church. I’m discipling these guys right now. I baptized them a few weeks ago. One of the core ways I’m discipling them is through weekly Bible reading meetings. This is how I do it…”

Cameron’s Deep Dive - In the coming weeks James Cameron is taking a dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, earth’s deepest point. He and National Geographic have the details.

Albatross Bookmarks - These look amazing. (HT)

Learn to Use the Internet - Here’s what looks like an interesting concept: a site that will teach you to use the latest and greatest tools on the Internet (Pinterest, for example). “Through a mix of video, quizzes, takeaways and other media, we provide instruction and guidance geared toward saving time, reducing confusion, and driving real results. We call it action-oriented learning.”

Church Planting - J.D. Payne: “For too long we have been guilty of making church planting a ministry for only the high capacity, high caliber leaders.  These are the individuals that I describe as the 8-, 9-, 10-caliber leaders.  Now, while I am all for equipping and mobilizing such church planters (I have done this many times over the past decade.), the reality is that such leaders are a minority in the Body of Christ.  They are greatly needed for Kingdom advancement–but still a minority.”

A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant. —Stephen Charnock

March 09, 2012

To Tweet or Not to Tweet - Should we tweet during a sermon? If so, how is that different from taking notes in a notebook? Here are some questions this author is asking—the kinds of questions we come up with in this digital world.

Calling Men - Mary Kassian was calling men for International Women’s Day (which took place yesterday).

Why Imposters Love the Church - “The New Testament warns us, of course, about spiritual impostors. Sometimes these ‘wolves’ are there to introduce subtly false doctrine. But, just as often, it seems, these spiritual carnivores hold to true doctrine, at least on the surface. But they use this doctrine and service for predatory ends.”

The Costliest Tweets - Back to social media—here is a roundup of some of the costliest tweets ever made. It’s amazing how much damage you can do with just 140 characters.

Credo Magazine - A new issue of Credo magazine is now available.

A Day in the Internet - When you see just how much we rely on the Internet, it’s amazing to consider that just a few years ago it didn’t exist at all. It’s tough to imagine a world without it or to remember the world before it.

No man ever fell into error through being too watchful. —C.H. Spurgeon

March 08, 2012

Your Church and Life Planning - Jonathan Leeman has an interesting and important article on how your church fits into your life. “If you are a Christian, it’s worth asking whether you include your church in your life planning. I mean ‘include the church’ in two ways: do you consider it as a factor in your thinking, and do you actually involve the people in your decision making?”

It Is Finished - Matt Papa is giving away a song from his latest album. It’s a good one for Easter!

Keep Calm and Carry On - Here’s some background on a now-famous poster from the Second World War.

For Moms Who Fail - My mother has often commented on how women, and moms especially, carry endless amounts of guilt. This article from Robert Jones takes aim at that guilt.

8 Myths about China - “In order to understand China today, it’s helpful to understand this simple rule: nothing is as it seems. In fact, I would say this rule applies when observing and analyzing nearly all segments of life in China: politics, economy, social relationships, and even religion. To put it another way, whatever China seems to be at any given moment, it is in fact the opposite.”

The doctrine of the Trinity is basic to the Christian religion. It is no exaggeration to assert that the whole of Christianity stands or falls with it. —R.B. Kuiper

March 07, 2012

 

Piper and Entertainment Addiction - The site is new to me, but I enjoyed the discussion on John Piper’s recent comments on addiction to entertainment. “There is no simple, easy way to discern what is entertainment, and what is not; or what is edifying, and what is not, with modern technology.”

Selective Reduction - “This article is disturbing. And that’s why you should read it. The euphemism ‘selective reduction’ will become more and more common, so let us not forget what it’s referring to:”

Citing a Tweet - Here’s a sure sign of the times: the MLA Handbook tells you how to properly cite a tweet. It’s just one more thing I’ll mess up and need my editor to fix.

Audible Sale - If you’re an Audible member, be sure to check out their sale that extends until March 13. They’ve got some really good books on sale.

How to Use Commentaries - David Murray offers up 20 tips on how to use Bible commentaries. I’d like to see another list giving tips on how not to use them (though I guess you could read between the lines and piece that together yourself).

Japan Then and Now - Here is a series of photos that look at the aftermath of the tsunami that swept Japan.

In commanding us to glorify him, God is inviting us to enjoy him. —C.S. Lewis

March 06, 2012

Sexual Sin in the Ministry - Writing for Desiring God, Harry Schaumburg addresses the sad prevalence of sexual sin in the ministry and pleads with pastors to get help. “For the last twenty years thousands men from across America struggling with sexual sin have come to our intensive counseling workshop. Over half were pastors and missionaries.”

Translating a Plural as a Singular - Mounce offers an interesting take on when it may be better to translate a plural as a singular. I’m not convinced, but it is helpful to think through these things as it shows how the translator’s job is not just to translate but to help understanding.

Fumblerules of Grammar - You’ve probably seen this before, but it’s always worth a read. “Late-1979, New York Times columnist William Safire compiled a list of ‘Fumblerules of Grammar’ — rules of writing, all of which are humorously self-contradictory — and published them in his popular column, ‘On Language’.”

Tongue Parasites - Don’t read this if you’ve got a weak stomach. “Whenever I give a talk about my book Parasite Rex, I try to gather together the creepiest images of parasites that I can. Every time, there’s one kind of parasite that summons an instant reaction: a mix of laughter, sucked-in breaths, and gasps of recognition. I speak, of course, of the parasites that eat your tongue.”

Out of a Far Country - A reader sent me the link to this powerful testimony of conversion. It comes from Christopher Yuan (who co-authored a biographical account titled Out of a Far Country).

Baptism and Church Membership - Jim Hamilton writes about the difficult and sometimes painful issue of extending (or not extending) church membership to those whose beliefs do not quite line up with a church’s statement of faith.

Nothing makes room for Satan more than wrath. —Thomas Manton