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June 02, 2008
Monday June 2, 2008 Third Day Grace’s Billboard’s Cover
Third Day is the first band ever to grace the cover of Billboard Magazine. Click to see the cover and read the story.
The World’s Biggest Bookstore?
Here’s a news report on what may be the world’s biggest bookstore…or close to it anyways. And it’s all hidden away on a farm. “Lenore & Lloyd Dickmans’ bookstore is set on a farm, and the books take up 12 buildings, one of which was built from a slurry tank that once brimmed with cow manure. ” (HT: JC)
Ten for the History Books—Summer Reading
Dr. Mohler has posted some suggested summer reading. I read a few of his suggestions last year and enjoyed them a lot.
Paying for Our Polluting Ways
The National Post outlines some of the ways politicians are suggesting we do penance for creating carbon. Though the article is set in a Canadian context, the policies transcend borders.
June Desktop Wallpaper
Here are some options for prettying up your computer for June.
May 30, 2008
Friday May 30, 2008 My Friend, My Hero, My Dad
Stephen Altrogge has just released a free e-book about his dad.
Stryper Meets Boston
I was rather surprised to hear that Michael Sweet of Stryper fame has recently become a member of the band Boston and will be singing and playing guitar for them.
411,422
That’s how many new books and editions were published in 2007. No wonder I’ve always got so much to read.
Small Stories, Big News
Politico has a good look at how small stories can become big news. “The signature defect of modern political journalism is that it has shredded the ideal of proportionality.”
Must Watch Dever
Here are a couple of videos which are an interview between Mark Dever and Ed Stetzer. They’re well worth watching.
May 29, 2008
Thursday May 29, 2008 How to Read 500 Books a Year
Denny Burk points to D.A. Carson’s explanation. The question is, who can afford 500 books a year?
White Board or Just Bored
Matt Schmucker shares some quotes and reflections from the recent White Board Sessions. The quote from Ed Stetzer is particularly good: “For most here today ministry won’t look like what we have heard today. Conferences are like ministry pornography — a picture of something we’ll never have.”
Irish Calvinist Reviews My Book
Erik Raymond was kind enough to post a review of my book.
The Forgotten Vice of Gluttony
Joe Carter writes about a vice we tend to prefer to ignore.
May 28, 2008
Tuesday May 28, 2008 Dr. Mohler at New Attitude
Though I have not yet had opportunity to listen to it, I’ve heard good things about this Q & A session with Dr. Mohler.
Maria Chapman
Here is a touching news report about the funeral for Stephen Curtis Chapman’s daughter Maria.
The Gospel of Judas
Dr. Mohler looks at the latest (and most devastating) critique of the Gospel of Judas.
May 26, 2008
Monday May 26, 2008 Free Subscription from Matthias Media
“We’re [still!] giving away 500 FREE subscriptions to our monthly magazine, The Briefing, to North American readers. No obligation. No cost. Posted to you totally free. We just want you to get to know us a bit better, and this seems like a good way to do it.”
End Women’s Suffrage!
This video shows the absurdity of many petitions.
The Challenge of Attention in the Digital Age
I only skimmed this article by Dr. Mohler, but it looked good. “Courtney Martin identifies the state of our distracted minds as the primary cause of intellectual neglect. The static and noise of everyday life and the information overload combine to rob the mind of the capacity for attentiveness.”
Church to Debate Convert Motion
“A traditionalist Anglican has said he will continue with a campaign for the Church of England to work explicitly to convert Muslims to Christianity.” Many in the church do not wish to evangelize Muslims.
Hannitizing the GOP
Rick Pearcey on Hannity on a unified platform for the GOP in 2008.
Owen on Logos
The works of John Owen are in prepub for Logos. At $224.95 it’s a lot cheaper (and a lot more searchable) than the printed versions.
May 23, 2008
Friday May 23, 2008 New Attitude Conference
The New Attitude Conference kicks off tomorrow. You can follow their blog to read live updates from the conference.
European Court Agrees to Hear Chimp’s Plea for Human Rights
Sometimes words just fail me.
Coming Soon from John Piper
John Piper has a blog post about the four (!) books he completed while on writing leave.
The Irrelevance of Relevance
At Stand to Reason’s blog is a short but good post on the losing game that is cultural relevance.
Strange Fire in Florida
Dan Edelen has some good things to say about the “revival” currently in swing in Lakeland, Florida.
May 22, 2008
Thursday May 22, 2008 Pray for the Chapman Family
“The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother.”
Relics: Alive and Well
Erik writes about a recent article in Forbes dealing with relics within the Roman Catholic Church. “A bulk of the article was focusing on an ‘antique’ dealer in Manhattan. It is as amazing as it is unsettling to read through and see both the supply and the demand for such obscure items.”
To the Young Pastor
My old pastor, Ron Gleason, recently wrote an article for Tabletalk Magazine with a list of valuable exhortations for young pastors.
WaPo on Why Not to Watch American Idol
This article exposes yet another good reason not to watch “American Idol.” As if we really needed more.
May 21, 2008
Wednesday May 21, 2008 Free Subscription Offer from Matthias Media
“We’re giving away 500 FREE subscriptions to our monthly magazine, The Briefing, to North American readers. No obligation. No cost. Posted to you totally free. We just want you to get to know us a bit better, and this seems like a good way to do it.”
Atheism Remix
Crossway has released a microsite for Al Mohler’s forthcoming “Atheism Remix.” “Providing the Christian response to the new challenge to theism, Dr. Albert Mohler equips Christians to respond with Atheism Remix. Here he explores the environment that has bred the New Atheism while also introducing readers to the movement’s four leading thinkers and their arguments.”
ReThink Conference
Alex Chediak has a wrap-up of the sessions from the recent ReThink Conference.
Prince Caspian and Women in Combat
The CBMW blog notes that “Unlike the book, the film clearly depicts Susan as a warrior, actively engaging in physical combat alongside her brothers.” Christopher W. Cowan offers some thoughts.
May 20, 2008
Tuesday May 20, 2008 Warnock Interviews Piper
Adrian Warnock has a multi-part video interview that he recently recorded with John Piper.
On Selecting Books and Managing Reading
Over at D.R. Mark has an article about selecting books and managing reading time.
A Ministry Update from John Piper
John Piper addresses some of the exciting things that are happening in and around Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Beyond a Veggie Tales Gospel
Russell Moore writes about a “Veggie Tales gospel” saying, “There’s plenty of Veggie Tales preaching out there, and it’s not all for children.”
Clarifying the Bible DVD
This DVD looks like a worthwhile investment. “Born from the passion of those who heard this material taught in Memphis, TN, Clarifying The Bible is a helpful workbook and one hour forty-five minute DVD presentation that promises to open your eyes to the Scriptures as never before.”
May 19, 2008
Monday May 19, 2008 The Imagination of C.S. Lewis
Leland Ryken’s article on C.S. Lewis from a recent edition of Tabletalk is a masterpiece.
Carson on Red Letter Christians
Denny Burk shares some of D.A. Carson’s words on those who now call themselves “red letter Christians.”
Amy Hall on Prince Caspian
The reviews for Prince Caspian are decidedly mixed. Amy Hall says it is a good film that misses the mark and tells us how.
Portion Size Then and Now
A visual comparison of how portion sizes (and belt sizes) have changed.
Clarus Audio
Zach posts the audio from a recent conference involving D.A. Carson and Michael Horton. The topic was “Galatians and the problem of self justification.”

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