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April 28, 2008
Monday April 28, 2008 Economic Stimulus Payments and God’s Glory
I’ve been waiting for someone to write this. Imagine the good American Christians can do with their “free” money from the government. Instead of heading straight to Best Buy, why not find a good and creative way of blessing others and worshiping God with that money. John Piper explains.
The New Face of Gay Marriage
Dr. Mohler: “”Young Gay Rites” is itself a noteworthy signal about the future of marriage. If Denizet-Lewis is right, the legalization of same-sex marriage is changing the ways some homosexuals are living their lives. In other words, same-sex marriage in Massachusetts is changing homosexual culture in some unexpected ways.”
How Can I Bless My Pastor
John Piper explains. “Don’t give me a Rolls-Royce when I turn sixty. I would’ve wasted my life if you think you’re blessing me with some big financial gift when I’m sixty. I want to see your life changed. I want to see you pour yourself out for others. And I’m sure that’s what you’re asking about.”
Screwtape: The Luciferian Laptop
Douglas Groothuis plays C.S. Lewis and writes a letter to Wormwood about the effects of technology.
The Most Annoying Song Ever
“After gathering data about people’s least favorite music and lyrical subjects, they did the unthinkable: they combined them into a single monstrosity, specifically engineered to sound unpleasant to the maximum percentage of listeners.”
April 25, 2008
Friday April 25, 2008 Gospel Translations
At the Ligonier blog is an article about the new Gospel Translations initiative and Ligonier’s involvement in it. There is also a video detailing the Gospel Translations effort.
Ehrman and Wright Discuss Suffering
Beliefnet has a lengthy dialog between Bart Ehrman and N.T. Wright on the subject of suffering.
For Sale: 13 Year Old Virgin
The Telegraph has the sad story of young girls in India being ushered into a life of prostitution.
Are You Bored With Good Preaching?
Paul offers some good words for people who sit under good preaching.
An Engineer’s Guide to Cats
If you’ve got seven minutes to burn, this video is strangely enjoyable.
A New Jesus Biography
“”Basic Instinct” director Paul Verhoeven has written a book that contradicts biblical teaching by suggesting that Jesus might have been fathered by a Roman soldier who raped Mary.”
April 24, 2008
Thursday April 24, 2008 Is Prince Caspian Really C.S. Lewis?
Devin Brown provides an answer in a recent article at Christianity Today.
OpenBible Labs
OpenBible Labs has some small but fascinating experiments with Bible data. The Bible Word Locator and Bible Book Browser are particularly interesting.
Dr. Mohler on The Shack
Dr. Mohler recently dedicated most of a radio program to the book “The Shack.” He goes so far as to say that it contains “undiluted heresy.” (HT)
Hannah Montana Strikes It Even Richer
“Miley Cyrus, 15-year-old teen star who attributes her family and Christian faith for keeping her grounded in her fast-pace lifestyle, will write about her life before becoming Hannah Montana in a book deal that was confirmed by the publisher for Disney on Tuesday.” She has signed a seven figure deal for this book.
Boeing’s Big Dream
Fortune has a fascinating photo essay about the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
April 23, 2008
Wednesday April 23, 2008 Pulpit Reviews “Expelled”
Pulpit blog reviewed Ben Stein’s “Expelled” and says, “I strongly recommend college students go and see this movie, and strongly recommend that their shepherds take the time to talk to them afterwards.”
Temperature Sensors and Global Warming
An interesting article uses a infrared camera to show why global temperatures may at times appear to be creeping upwards.
Shepherd Press Asks Why
Jay Younts expands on an article I wrote and says, “Let’s consider one basic question regarding the issue of protecting our children from the entrapment of the world: Why? As in Why do they want to sin?”
Rare Books
This Dallas Theological Seminary project offers scans of complete and very rare books.
April 22, 2008
Tuesday April 22, 2008 Escape
With all the attention focused on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints these days, you may be interested in the book “Escape” which I reviewed a short time ago.
Reformation21 Redesigned
Reformation21 has been redesigned. If you previously subscribed to the RSS feed for the blog, you’ll need to go there and find their new address.
I Love the World
This is a great commercial for Discovery Channel.
Are Children Threatening the Earth?
Dr. Mohler looks at the arguments that blame people who have children for the earth’s downfall.
How Much TV?
Owen Strachan has a good post about television viewing habits.
Kirk Cameron Preaching the Gospel
I really enjoyed watching this short clip of Kirk Cameron sharing the gospel with a stranger.
April 21, 2008
Monday April 21, 2008 Together for the Diet Dew
I was scratching my head when asked to hold a bottle of Diet Mountain Dew and have my picture taken, but it all makes sense now.
The Federal Budget Crisis Explained
Andy Jackson shares some interesting facts about the federal budget crisis, both as it stands now and as it will unravel in years to come.
New from Iain Murray
Martin Downes highlights a forthcoming book from the pen of Iain Murray.
Run to See Expelled
Carolyn McCulley tells you to run, not walk, to see Ben Stein’s new movie “Expelled:” “it is not only a vote for a diversity of film topics, it is also a vote for the preservation of free speech and scientific inquiry.”
Ben Stein vs. Sputtering Atheists
Brent Bozell, writing for Townhall, would seem to agree with Carolyn. ” I went into the screening bored. I came out of it stunned.”
Let’s Surge Some More
Here’s an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal. “I have seen this war - and our part in it - at its brutal worst. And I say the transformation over the last 14 months is little short of miraculous.”
Rob Bell Makes Pat Angry…
…and he explains why with five good reasons.
April 18, 2008
Friday April 18, 2008 Mommy’s Got a Brand New Belly
Josh Harris writes about a strange new book hitting the shelves…
reFocus Liveblog
The reFocus blog has roundups of messages from that conference. Speakers include R. Kent Hughes, D.A. Carson, Bruce Ware and others.
When to Baptize Your Kids
The Pulpit blog shares their position on when to baptize children. “Our elders here at Grace Church believe it is better to wait, and be absolutely convinced of a child’s conversion, than to baptize the child prematurely — and thereby potentially give an unsaved child a false sense of assurance.”
Living Together Before Marriage
Ray Fowler shares “some statistics on living together before marriage from Michael McManus, the president of Marriage Savers. Statistically speaking, living together is not a trial of marriage, but rather a training for divorce.”
April 11, 2008
Friday April 11, 2008 American Idol Shouts to the Lord
Josh Harris has a couple of articles about “Shout to the Lord” being sung in a recent episode of American Idol.
The Baby with Two Faces
“A baby with two faces was born in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess…”
A Review of My Book
John at Light Along the Journey has a kind review of my book.
Willow Creek Update
Willow Creek has released an interesting update about the results of their recent research.
No Appetite For Noise
Carolyn McCulley discusses a recent study dealing with one of my annoyances—the increasing noise levels in restaurants.
April 10, 2008
Thursday April 10, 2008 BoSox, Buckner and Worship
Irish Calvinist has a good article looking at the Red Sox, Bill Buckner and the worship of worship.
Interview with John Eldredge
Denny Burk posted an interesting interview he conducted with John Eldredge. They discussed how God speaks to us today.
Surprising the Prophet
I got a laugh from this story. Bishop Jordan, the self-proclaimed prophet from New York, got surprised by the American Airlines flight cancellations yesterday. Shouldn’t he have known?
Of First Importance
I’ve posted this link before, but wanted to remind you of this site which simply provides a quote about the gospel every morning.
Ways Parents Provoke
John MacArthur offers wisdom on eight ways that parents may provoke their children.
April 09, 2008
Wednesday April 9, 2008 Twelve Books on Cultural Engagement
John Mark Reynolds offers some suggestions on books dealing with cultural engagement.
Come Weary Saints
Sovereign Grace Music has a Facebook fan page. You may want to join it…and keep an eye on their wall tomorrow. But you didn’t hear it from me.
Twenty Two Poets
Karsten Piper offers 22 contemporary poets worth reading.

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