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October 03, 2008
The Truth About Christian Bookstores
Dan Edelen has a good post explaining why Christian bookstores sell what they sell and why so many of them are disappearing.
Geert Wilders: Wisdom and Courage
In this speech Geert Wilders, chairman Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, gave some interesting information about the Islamicization of Europe. “The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome’s ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see - and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.”
How to Watch a Debate
Ray Fowler quotes someone who quotes someone who quotes someone who has some good pointers on effectively watching a debate.
State of the Blogosphere
I don’t find that Technorati offers to much of value anymore, but the exception is their annual State of the Blogosphere reports. You can read the current one at the link above.
Commentary Set Deal
Westminster Books is offering a great deal on the Reformed Expository Commentary set—45% off the suggested price.
October 02, 2008
Moldova Report
T-Wax reports in after leading a small mission team to the Republic of Moldova for eleven days.
NBC Crew Stranded in Arctic
I just love this story. A NBC film crew went to the Arctic to report on the lack of ice but have been stranded on an icebreaker for three weeks. Why? Because of all the ice…
God and ‘My Rights’
Ben Witherington quotes a good column on “rights.” Instead of “rights,” the Bible speaks of “gifts.” There is no “right to life.” Life is a gift, and this may be the compelling reason we do not have any right to destroy life. I do not have “rights” over my own body; God has those “rights.” My body is a gift of God, an instrument to be used in service to God, a temple of God’s Spirit, not a private domain for me to use as I wish…
Faith, Feelings And Corrie Ten Boom
From Mark Altrogge, who reflects on a story told by Corrie Ten Boom. “Faith leads to obedience; obedience eventually produces feelings. In faith we obey God, even when we don’t feel like it, trusting that feelings will follow. Faith is the engine of the train and feelings are the caboose.”
October 01, 2008
Bankruptcy, not Bailout, is the Answer
Josh Sowin quotes Jeffrey A. Miron: “The fact that government bears such a huge responsibility for the current mess means any response should eliminate the conditions that created this situation in the first place, not attempt to fix bad government with more government.”
Phillip Jensen on Mark Driscoll
Phillip Jensen is going to write some articles dealing with Driscoll’s recent challenge to Australian Christians.
Bailing out the Bailout
Ray Fowler collects some interesting quotes on the bailout. “How big is $700 billion? This source reports that to date America has spent $583 billion to fight the war in Iraq. That’s right, we taxpayers are being asked to add an immediate expense to the federal budget that is more than $100 billion greater than has already been spent on more than five years of war.”
The Rules
At “Touchstone Magazine” Anthony Esolen offers a humorous but wise list of mays, may nots and musts when it comes to choosing a spouse.
September 30, 2008
West Coast Conference
Ligonier had their West Coast Conference this past weekend and have posted a round-up of each of the conference sessions.
Can You Not Sin?
Mondays with Mounce are fast becoming a favorite blog feature of mine. Check out this week’s entry at Zondervan’s blog.
The NY Times on “Fireproof”
What’s this? The New York Times gave Fireproof a positive review! Who knew? “Only at the end do the filmmakers get heavy-handed. Until then, though, this is a decent attempt to combine faith and storytelling that will certainly register with its target audience.”
Video Answers
The Gospel Coalition and Christianity.com have combined to bring some good videos featuring answers to tough questions.
Dave Ramsey on the Financial Crisis
He offers his take on many of the questions people have about the financial crisis. Of course this was before yesterday’s big “no” vote…
Two New Editions
Russell Moore lets us know that new editions of Touchstone and Salvo are hot off the press. “Both will go a long way in getting you in touch with ancient truths and contemporary culture.”
Five Trends in the Church Today
Acts 29 blog shares the five trends D.A. Carson says are impacting the church today.
September 29, 2008
Read Books, Not Blogs
Stephen Altrogge explains why. But what about blogs about books?
Desiring God Conference Video
Desiring God has posted videos of each of the sessions from last weekend’s conference.
Overturning Roe v. Wade
Dr. Mohler: “The question posed at “On Faith,” the project of Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post, had to do with whether the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion should be reversed. The responses from columnists were very revealing, if tragic. My own column was brief, but to the point…”
September 26, 2008
A Baby’s Growth Timeline
GE, who developed 4D ultrasound technology, has a website of images that follow the timeline of the unborn’s development from six weeks to birth. (HT: STR)
Winter is Coming
Money Magazine gives tips that can help you knock hundreds or thousands off your utility bills even in just one winter.
800 People Read Grudem’s Systematic Theology
Now here’s a good idea. “The format of the group was simple: read one chapter each week, meet to discuss (and not debate) and do so for 15 months. Though this initially sounds like just the story of one small group, to date 800 Hunter Street members have participated in similar groups (aptly dubbed “TRG’s” - Theology Reading Groups) and each chose Systematic Theology as their beginning text.”
Why I Love John Piper
Driscoll explains why he loves Piper. Of course everyone loves Piper, but Driscoll offers four great reasons for his affection.
iTunes Under Threat
Here’s an interesting story saying that iTunes, currently America’s biggest seller of music, may be under threat. Artists are suddenly realizing that they can experience success (and greater profits) with iTunes.
The Superiority of Canadian Football
Admittedly I prefer American football to its Canadian counterpart, but there are at least two reasons the Canadian version is better. First, more than one person can be in motion (and even towards the line of scrimmage) and second, there is no ban on touchdown celebrations. Both are illustrated in this video.
Watching Fireproof
Ted Slater has a clever article on Fireproof (which opens today!). “Last night we watched the movie for the second time. And though we tried to engage with the story, a number of production ‘artifacts’ were a bit distracting.”
Faith, Doubt, + Unbelief
C.J. Mahaney writes about Os Guinness and his helpful teaching on the subject of doubt.
Do Warehouse Stores Save You Money?
“Priya Raghubir, a marketing professor at New York University, says there’s a good deal of research that shows larger portion size is linked to higher consumption. “My personal opinion is that people actually spend more” in the end by going to Costco, she says.”
National Punctuation Day
Tom Neven celebrates this rather uncouth day, but his article is well worth reading. Be sure to read about how a misplaced comma cost a company over two million dollars.
The Green Bible
Because we don’t already have enough editions of the Bible. “The Green Bible…calls attention to more than 1,000 verses related to nature by printing them in a pleasant shade of forest green, much as red-letter editions of the Bible encrimson the words of Jesus.”
September 25, 2008
T-Wax Interviews JT
Trevin Wax posts the second part of an interview he conducted with Justin Taylor. They talk about the forthcoming ESV Study Bible.
The Blind Spot in Spiritual Formation
Craig Brian Larson addresses a blind spot in the spiritual formation movement. “Read books on spiritual formation and you will be hard-pressed to find listening to the preaching of God’s Word mentioned as a first-order spiritual discipline in its own right.”
Is Success a Hindrance to Marriage?
“A few months ago, the subtitle of an MSN article caught my attention: ‘Today’s talented, ambitious women are staying single in droves. Are they too busy, too picky or — horrors — too awesome?’”
PluggedIn Reviews Fireproof
“This is the kind of movie that succeeds, sometimes despite itself, because it does a superlative job of digging into serious issues that so deeply affect so many of us every day.”
Hyper-Controllers
Jollyblogger looks at an article discussing human nature and controlling parents.
Imagine…
From Stand to Reason: “Read this billboard and then read Greg [Koukl’s] most recent Solid Ground article that explains why John Lennon’s song (which inspired the billboard’s text) is devoid of the hope it envisions.”
The Precious Gift of Baby Talk
An interesting article from John Piper. “Jesus spoke baby talk. The Sermon on the Mount is our baby talk. His high priestly prayer in John 17 is baby talk. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” is baby talk. Infinitely precious, true, glorious baby talk.”
September 24, 2008
I’ll Only Kiss My Wife
“In Kirk Cameron’s new movie, ‘Fireproof,’ he has to kiss the actress playing his wife. That was a problem. Cameron will not kiss any woman who is not his wife. To get around the conflict, the filmmakers employed a bit of movie magic…”
A Christian View of the Economic Crisis
Dr. Mohler: “Christians should think seriously about this economic crisis and ponder what it would mean to come to a Christian understanding of what it means to be participants in this economy. As Adam Smith recognized, the economy is a moral reality.”
The Peasant Princess
Here is a micro-site for Mark Driscoll’s new sermon series on Song of Solomon. Love it or hate it, you can’t argue with the skill and creativity of Mars Hill’s creative department.
Themelios
The new edition of Themelios, the journal of The Gospel Coalition, has been released on a nice, new web site.
Pastor, Mentor the Young Men
On Monday my pastor spoke to a local pastors fellowship on the importance of mentoring young men. I’m sure any pastor could benefit from listening to or reading his paper.
September 23, 2008
More About Harsh Language
If you read last week’s exchange between Nathan Busenitz and Doug Wilson, you’ll want to read this follow-up by Busenitz.
Can’t You Take a Joke?
Wired writes about the man who invented the emoticon. :-)
The Cross: Can We Have More?
Darryl Dash reflects on Brian McLaren’s understanding of the gospel and pleads for more of the cross.
Children as the Ultimate Experience
Owen Strachan writes about two articles, one by Mohler and one by Driscoll, that discuss the importance of the family as constructed and formed by the Bible.
R.I.P. Emerging Church
The term “emerging church” has already fallen out of favor among those who once used it as a descriptor for themselves. “Now comes word from recognized leaders and voices within the emerging church movement that the term has become so polluted that it is being dropped.”
The Prince’s Poison Cup
The Prince’s Poison Cup is a forthcoming children’s book written by R.C. Sproul (and with great illustrations by Justin Gerard). The Ligonier blog shares some information about it.
Quick Links:
Ending is Beginning
Kathryn Scott: I Belong
Using God’s Will to Manipulate
September 22, 2008
What is the Gospel, Brian?
Michael Krahn was at a conference this weekend and heard Brian McLaren provide a kind-of-answer to that question.
Does Prayer Change Things?
Over at the Ligonier blog we’re serializing R.C. Sproul’s book Does Prayer Change Things? It’s a good little book and well worth reading through.
Why Did we Publish That?
Michael Hyatt of Thomas Nelson answers the question of why they chose to publish the new book by Lynn Spears (mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn).
Bigger Than You Can Imagine
This blogger has a look at the vast, almost unimaginable size, of the universe.
Good Prices on Good eBooks
Here are some good prices on some very good Puritan works (for those of you who like to read PDFs or have some kind of an eBook reader).

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