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September 01, 2009
The Resurgence of the R-Word
I’ve noticed this trend, that the “r-word” is back in full force. “Actress Lindsay Lohan uses it, comedian Chris Rock says it, and last year’s Ben Stiller movie Tropic Thunder took it to a new low, when it mocked actors who play disabled characters, using the phrase ‘going full retard.’ It’s also reappeared on comedy shows as a trendy way to describe those with special needs — no writer would be brave enough to use the N-word to describe an African, but the mentally disabled are easy game.”
The End of the Hardcover?
The world will not be the same without hardcover books, but some publishers are suggesting that economics (related to e-books) will dictate it. Say it isn’t so!
Christian Improv
Philip Ryken linked to this strange article in which a TIME reporter participates in an improv performance at Saddleback Church. “Their goal, Barnes explained, was to give people a way to get friends to the church who have turned down an invitation to a service. This made sense until I thought about the kind of person who would say, ‘I’m not interested in eternal salvation, but I’d love to spend a Saturday night in a small conference room watching Christian improvisational comedy!’”
Faith and Technology
I’ll be leading a couple of Faith and Technology seminars at Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, OH in a couple of weeks. I’ll speak to parents on Wednesday and teens on Thursday. See the link for details if you are interested.
Choosing Thomas
Just watch it.
A Pastoral Charge
Martin Downes provides a pastoral charge “given by Professor John Murray to Wayne F. Brauning at his ordination and installation as pastor of the Fifth Reformed Presbyterian Church, Phila., PA on October 13, 1960.”
Deal of the Day: The Road Sessions
Matthew Smith (the Indelible Grace guy) has released The Road Sessions Collection, a collection of 11 hymns. If you buy a copy (for just $6.99) he’ll also send a copy to your pastor.
August 31, 2009
Too Great a Good for Caesar
John Mark Reynolds offers a good perspective on health care. “Even fans of the President should be hesitant to give the government such powers. The Obama plan may be passed with great intentions, but Obama will not be President forever. Worse men may come to power and use increased government control of health care to enforce their will. Caesar naturally wants more power, but the same government that runs the police, the armed forces, and the prisons should not also come to dominate medical choices. Reasonable citizens must not plan for the saints who will govern us, but for the great sinners.”
The Perfect Body
Here is something for parents to think about. “According to a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, children as young as 10- and 11-years-old already have notions about the ideal body. An analysis of more than 4,000 students from Nova Scotia revealed that young girls’ happiness with their body image is directly linked to how thin they are. Boys, on the other hand, were happiest when they were neither too lean, nor too heavy.”
Banish the Honeymoon
This is good food for thought: “But what if the whole idea of going on a honeymoon is mistaken? Consider the underlying message this sends. After what is usually a public ceremony with friends and family, the newly minted husband and wife abruptly escape from the very community that helped them consecrate their vows.”
The Next Disney Star
WSJ talks about the next Disney star, showing how Disney is manufacturing the successor to Hannah Montana.
What Good Deed Must I Do?
We had the privilege of having Thabiti Anyabwile preach at Grace Fellowship Church yesterday. It was a powerful message that combined exposition with personal testimony. It’s well worth the listen!
Deal of the Day: Death Penalty on Trial
Monergism Books is offering a good discount on Ron Gleason’s The Death Penalty on Trial.
August 28, 2009
Jennifer Knapp To Make a Comeback?
Well isn’t this a good bit of news. Several years after falling off the face of the earth (having released a collection of very good albums) Jennifer Knapp appears ready to try again.
Unpacking Forgiveness
Chris Brauns: “I’ve been thinking recently about something television star Kelsey Grammer said. It’s not because I saw a rerun of Cheers. Unfortunately, the context is tragic. Grammer has me thinking about well intentioned people who end up “packing unforgiveness.” Where deep wounds are concerned, there are those who try and do what they believe faith requires. Yet, they end up hurting all the more.”
Questions To Ask a Potential Church
Colin shares a list of questions that may be useful for a prospective pastor to ask a church that is interested in having him minister there.
Snow Leopard
Mac users will want to know that Snow Leopard (the next version of the Mac Operating System) is now available. And it’s cheap. Amazon seems to have pricing that is as good as anyone else…
August 27, 2009
The Kindle Can’t Scare Me
A small publisher of a very niche kind of book has some interesting things to say about Amazon’s Kindle. What it does well, what it does poorly and what it will do in the future.
Do We Have Free Will?
Andy Naselli answers this one over at Reformation21. It’s not one you can just skim, so bookmark it and read it when you’ve got a few minutes!
Quote from Dave Ramsey
Z shares a fantastic quote from Dave Ramsey: “As long as Americans are comfortable with debt, we will elect officials/politicians who are too.” That’s worth thinking about.
Piper, Tornadoes and Godwin’s Law
John Dyer applies Godwin’s law (As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.) to John Piper’s recent comments about the Minneapolis tornado and all of the comments ensued.
August 26, 2009
Wikipedia To Make Changes
I find this very interesting (and a good lesson on human nature). “Wikipedia, one of the 10 most popular sites on the Web, was founded about eight years ago as a long-shot experiment to create a free encyclopedia from the contributions of volunteers, all with the power to edit, and presumably improve, the content. Now, as the English-language version of Wikipedia has just surpassed three million articles, that freewheeling ethos is about to be curbed.” It seems that even Wikipedia cannot overcome human nature.
BibleWorks, Logos, Accordance
Keith Mathison has reviewed all three of these packages and he offers up a comparison of them along with recommendations of which is best.
Clothing Tips for Ministers
I somehow stumbled across this article by Don Whitney and quite enjoyed reading his tips on how a minister should go about building up a wardrobe.
Family Worship Guide
This site, set to officially launch in just a couple of days, looks like it will be a very good resource for any families seeking to begin or to improve their times of family worship.
Of First Importance
Greg Gilbert has a must-read article at the 9Marks blog in which he articulates some things about a whole strain of contemporary Christian thinking. “Time after time, in book after book coming off of Christian presses, the highest excitement and joy is being ignited by something other than the sin-bearing work of Christ on the cross, and the most fervent appeals are for people to join God in doing this or that, rather than to repent and believe.”
August 21, 2009
Chernobyl Then and Now
Here is an interesting series of photos showing Chernobyl back in 1984 and showing what it looks like today.
The Greenback Effect
Warren Buffet, in an op-ed at the Times, shares some staggering facts. “Congress is now spending 185% of what it takes in; the deficit is a post WWII record of 13% of GDP; the debt is growing by 1% a month; the US is borrowing $1.8 trillion a year.”
Josh Harris in Towers
Josh Harris is featured in SBTSTowers magazine (is it a magazine? a publication? whatever…).
30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge
That’s the name of a challenge you can read about at Revive our Hearts. It is “a challenge to speak positively to and about your husband each day.”
The Senior Pastor Model
STR writes about (another) scandal involving (another) pastor and uses it as a bridge to discuss the potential failings of the senior pastor model.
August 20, 2009
Reformation Study Bible iPhone App
The Reformation Study Bible is now available as an iPhone app. Ligonier’s blog has the details.
A Quiet Circumvention of Morality
Dr. Mohler writes about women being involved in combat situations in the U.S. military. “From a Christian perspective, the concern about women in combat goes far beyond the pollsters’ questions. If we truly believe that God created man and women for different but complementary roles and shows his glory in the faithfulness of men as primary protectors and women as primary nurturers, the entry of women into combat roles is an open rejection of God’s purpose.”
The Tornado, the Lutherans, and Homosexuality
John Piper writes about a rather amazing situation in Minneapolis. “On a day when no severe weather was predicted or expected…a tornado forms, baffling the weather experts—most saying they’ve never seen anything like it. It happens right in the city. The city: Minneapolis.”
Why Read Christian Biography?
Biographer Faith Cook answers the question. “And strange as it may seem, the reading of Christian biography is one way to set before ourselves noble standards, goals and aspirations which can only help the Christian man or woman to make progress, not to gain any earthly accolades, but towards that ultimate prize of our heavenly calling - the glory to come.”
The Smallest Change, the Biggest Difference
Shaun Groves talks about the benefits to his family that came from getting rid of cable TV.
August 19, 2009
Let There Be Light
Here is an incredible photograph. It would make a great desktop background, I think!
Social Justice and the Poor
Kevin DeYoung is beginning a series that sounds interesting. “I want to take a look at what the Bible says about social justice and the poor. I imagine that this series will last a couple months, with probably a post a week on the subject.”
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
At Amazon you can get the Kindle version of John Piper’s Suffering and the Sovereignty of God for free (for a limited time).
Deal of the Day: Mid-Week Markdowns CBD has a few interesting books for great prices in their mid-week markdowns. No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green, Preaching by John MacArthur and How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World by Joni Eareckson Tada all stand out.
August 18, 2009
Logos - A Review
Keith Mathison offers a review of Logos. “One of the premier Bible study software tools available today is Logos. Logos is perhaps best known for its digital library resources, but it has also made great strides in its original language research capabilities. In fact, at the present time, it has one original language capability that no other Bible study software program has. I will get to this feature below.”
Ten Digits
CNet says that just ten digits will change privacy as we know it. “The population of the world stands at about 7 billion. So it takes only 10 digits to label each human being on the planet uniquely. This simple arithmetic observation offers powerful insight into the limits of privacy. It dictates something we might call the 10-Digit Rule: just 10 digits or so of distinctive personal information are enough to identify you uniquely. They’re enough to strip away your anonymity on the Internet or call out your name as you walk down the street.”
Christian Apologetics Directory
Apologetics 315 has a roundup of web sites dealing with apologetics.
Finally Alive for Logos
Logos is giving away (for free!) John Piper’s Finally Alive to Logos/Libronix users.
Deal of the Day: Human Cloning
Evangelical Press is offering Eryl Davies’ book Human Cloning for the rather reasonable price of $0.01.
August 17, 2009
We Will Care for Any Baby
“Last weekend an Atlanta pastor made a promise that stunned his congregation and most of the people who heard it. In a speech that discussed abortion, the President, and the sanctity of life, the most provocative statement from Pastor Vic Pentz of Peachtree Presbyterian Church came towards sermon’s end: ‘I make a promise to you now and I don’t want you to keep this a secret,’ the pastor pronounced, ‘the Peachtree Presbyterian Church will care for any newborn baby you bring to this church…’”
I Refuse To Be Bored
Jollyblogger on Ben Franklin and boredom: “The experience of ‘boredom’ says far more about the one claiming to be bored than about the speaker, the event or whatever the alleged cause of the boredom. ”
Pray the Bible
Be sure to take a look at this new site. “The aim of the online publication of this ‘old-made-new’ monograph is to assist and encourage modern Christians in both public and private prayer.”
JC is not PC
John MacArthur is a guest voice in the Washington Post’s “On Faith” column. “Let’s be brutally honest: most of Jesus’ teaching is completely out of sync with the mores that dominate our culture.”
Office Hours: A Podcast
Office Hours is a new podcast that comes courtesy of Westminster Seminary in California. “Season I of Office Hours introduces you to the faculty of WSC through personal, 30-minute interviews, discussing biblical and exegetical questions, historical and theological questions, pastoral matters, and Christian living. ”
Redeemer Seeks New President
Redeemer College in Ancaster, Ontario, is seeking a new President. Information at the link for those interested.
Deal of the Day: Banner of Truth Sale
For a limited time, Monergism has reduced the prices on all of their Banner of Truth titles to the lowest you’ll find anywhere online.

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