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February 24, 2012

7 Marks of Humility - God’s leadership principles are the complete opposite of man’s. Paul Tautges goes to Philippians and shows that in God’s economy the way up is down.

The Best Chess Player in the World - Here’s an interesting profile of the world’s best chess player. The money quote: “I enjoy it when I see my opponent suffering.” Don’t we all?

A Lentendud - This is the time of year that those of us who don’t mark Lent feel really superior about ourselves (or the opposite, depending on your context). Douglas Wilson writes about Lent, those who celebrate it, and what they need to be aware of.

$3.5 Million in the Attic - “When Michael Rorrer found 345 comic books neatly stacked in a basement closet as he cleaned out his great-aunt’s Virginia home after her death, he thought they were cool but didn’t think much about their value.” But that wouldn’t make the news, so there must be more to the story…

Dating Tebow - I love stories like this one.

Tax Dollars - It’s always a bit depressing to know where all your tax dollars go. This infographic displays it nicely. And speaking of infographics, here’s one that looks at e-reading and e-readers.

Take a saint, and put him into any condition, and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord. —Walter Cradock

February 23, 2012

Visual Theology - If you are interested in purchasing some of those Visual Theology infographics/posters, you can get 20% off your order by using the code JUMP20.

Google Glasses - What is this world coming to? “People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time.” This is even worse: connected cars.

Books on Prayer - Andrew Case’s books on prayer are all available for free in ebook formats. There are three: one for husbands, one for wives, and one for children. Each one focuses on praying Scripture while interceding for the one(s) you love.

The Apostles - The current issue of National Geographic has a major story about the Apostles. Unfortunately (and, I suppose, not surprisingly) it’s a bit of a mess of mysticism, speculation and poor theology. “They were unlikely leaders. As the Bible tells it, most knew more about mending nets than winning converts when Jesus said he would make them ‘fishers of men.’ Yet 2,000 years later, all over the world, the Apostles are still drawing people in.”

Real Books - Kevin DeYoung hopes that real books will never die. But they probably will anyway. Still, I pretty much agree with most of what he writes.

Conversation with Bezos - Amazon’s publishing model: “All along the way he’s stayed with his strategy of losing money to achieve that domination. His latest effort in this regard is well-known in publishing and was nicely summarized in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek piece. Bezos is going head to head with publishers—offering huge advances to authors and promising astronomical royalty rates that no publisher can maintain.”

Grace for Today - “I’m also learning that God gives grace for today. Period. I will meet troubles today and God will give me grace for those troubles. He does not give me grace today for troubles that will come tomorrow. God doesn’t give me grace for imaginary troubles, he gives me grace for real troubles.”

Philosophy and religion may reform, but only the Bible can transform. —Brian Edwards

February 22, 2012

Challenger Disaster - All these years later, some amateur video of the Challenger disaster has just turned up. “Captured in an era that precedes mobile phones, when few people owned camcorders, it’s one of few video recordings of the disaster by a member of the public.”

Never Retreat - This is a neat article from Kathleen Nielson. “Looking through a musty box of family memorabilia, I recently came upon a brittle, browned letter dated September 24, 1918, sent to his parents by my grandfather, James Oliver Buswell Jr. Grandpa B’s years as president of Wheaton College and later as professor of theology at Covenant College and Seminary were well known to me, but I hadn’t heard a lot about his experience in World War I.”

Hunting Bambi - Mark Coppenger on the Obama administration: “Where once they intervened to protect children from strange religion, they now dismiss the scruples of all believers who find the prevention or elimination of children objectionable. The government used to be aggressively pro-child; now they’re intrusively anti-child.”

Beyond the Sex Questions - Trevin Wax tells us to go beyond the sex questions. “I want to offer a pastoral look at the underlying issues that prompt these questions and encourage pastors to go for the heart, not merely the surface, when approached with questions of this kind.”

Really Close Up - Just ignore the fact that this is on the Mother Nature Network and enjoy these photographs of every day things really close up.

Epic Skies - Another amazing time lapse video. Sooner or later I’ve got to stop posting these things…

Christianity is summed up in the two facts: Christ for us and Christ in us. —Augustus Strong

February 21, 2012

The Pilgrim’s Progress - Christian Audio is offering an exclusive offer to the readers of this site. If you’d like to get the audiobook of The Pilgrim’s Progress, you can have it for just $4.98. Just click the link and enter the code Challiesrtc. Why don’t you grab it and then listen to it with me

Seinfeld’s Secret - Here’s an interesting success sorry based on following Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret. “The concept is simple: spend some amount of time doing a desired activity every day and, when you do, cross off that day on a calendar. This creates a chain of Xs showing your progress. If you don’t do your specified task on one day, you don’t get an X and that chain is broken. It seems almost too simple to work, but it’s allowed me to accomplish so much more than I ever thought possible.”

Scripture Memory Resources - This blog has a helpful roundup of resources for helping you memorize Scripture.

Sex-Changes for Kids - I don’t even know what to say. “A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.”

Top 25 J.C. Ryle Quotes - “We are quickly approaching 500,000 views here on the J.C. Ryle Quotes site. So, from the over 800 quotes which have been placed on this site every Monday-Friday since August 1st, 2009, I thought I would provide the TOP 25 J.C. Ryle Quotes for your reading pleasure.”

The Cult of Prime - “There are two types of people in the world: those with Amazon Prime and those without. How you think about consumption, commerce and your personal time is radically different depending on if you’ve join the cult — yet. “

Time Tables of an Affair - Brad Hambrick has a really helpful article that looks at two different time tables for an affair.

The way you lose the gospel is not by denying it, but by assuming it.D.A. Carson

February 20, 2012

A Prayer for Cuba - Carolyn McCulley: “Few Americans have traveled to modern Cuba. But I had the privilege of visiting there in August 2011, right before some of the travel restrictions for Americans were lifted. Because we did not travel with a tour group, we had a credible view of real Cuban life.”

Meet Jonathan Edwards - If you are new to the works of Jonathan Edwards or are just interested in learning more about him, you may enjoy this video.

Christians and Gambling - Dr. Mohler provides a Christian view on gambling. “The Bible is clear on this issue. The entire enterprise of gambling is opposed to the moral worldview revealed in God’s Word. The basic impulse behind gambling is greed—a basic sin that is the father of many other evils.”

Enigmatic Faith of Washington and Lincoln - An article at The Gospel Coalition looks at the enigmas that were the faith of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

Nomophobia - “Nomophobia — the fear of being without your cellphone — is on the rise, according to a new report sponsored by SecurEnvoy, a company that specializes in digital passwords. Using the online polling service OnePull, SecurEnvoy found that 66% of the 1,000 people surveyed in the United Kingdom say they fear losing or being without their phone.”

Jeremy Lin - Everyone’s talking about this guy and ESPN has an infographic about him.

Infertility - Here is a helpful article that offers 5 things infertile couples want others to know.

Spirituality can be a cheap substitute for righteousness.R.C. Sproul

February 18, 2012

Treasure In, Treasure Out - R.C. Sproul Jr reflects on how his wife beautified his home and his life. “My beautiful wife loved nothing more than to beautify. She devoted herself to creating a beautiful home. She planted flowers, bushes and trees outside. Inside she hung, placed, painted and etched. Even when she was not well, this was where her heart was.”

Announcement Time - There are some good things to think about here: “I have an announcement to make: I love announcement time. Really, I do! I wouldn’t want to worship without it. But I know so many church leaders who treat announcement time as a waste of time, a necessary evil.”

Nuking Your House - This is all kinds of bizarre, but kind of interesting too.

Punctuating the Bible - Yet another reason that I’m glad that I’m not the guy in charge of translating the Bible…and another reason that I’m grateful that there are people who do such a good job of it for us.

Welcome to Earth - Here’s a roundup of some of the best and most popular time-lapse videos.

A lie is a snowball. The longer it is rolled on the ground, the larger it becomes. —Martin Luther

February 17, 2012

True Grit - I just finished listening to Donna Tartt’s amazing narration of the novel True Grit. Then I found that she had written this fantastic essay on the book.

Romance Novels - Speaking of novels, I found this an interesting article on romance novels (Note: there’s one part that goes a bit awry when the author describes the ugly plot line of an old novel). “Men must be transformed by love and enter into the woman’s realm in order to emerge as fully-realized human beings: this is the core message of romance fiction, Dixon argues. We need one another; embrace this idea, and everything will magically work out.”

The Community of Disability - Greg Lucas has some interesting thoughts about lessons he has learned from being a part of the community of disability. “The tragedy of disability is not disability itself, but the isolation it often creates. This was one of the most important lessons our family had to learn. Sadly, we learned it the hard way. But hard lessons often lead to great insights and over the past few years we have had the wonderful opportunity to gain great wisdom from several families in many different communities.”

The Books of the Bible - I love the look of this product. “The Books of the Bible Block Set is a unique and beautifully designed collection of wood blocks that represent all 66 books of the Bible.”

The MacArthur Study Bible NIV - Some have been wondering why John MacArthur would have his Study Bible printed in the NIV 2011. Phil Johnson writes about that here.

The Contraception Mandate - Joe Carter has a helpful FAQ about the contraception mandate that is all the buzz these days.

Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us. —R.C. Sproul

February 16, 2012

The Penny Paradox - This article takes something worth just 2.4 cents to illustrate the problems with cutting a nation’s budget in any substantial way. Consider this yet another good reason not to be the one in power (and to pray for the one who is).

That Lovely, Lovely Man - I love articles like this one. “I would like to let you know about a lady who belongs to the church which I serve. She can barely leave her home at present because of her physical condition, itself substantially the result of a botched operation several years ago. She has been close to death on several occasions, and is currently in hospital.” Keep reading it…

What Publishers Can Learn from Airlines - I enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek look at what publishers can learn from airlines. It seems that both industries are grappling for new models.

Miracles in the Bible and Today - Craig Keener has an article at Huffington Post that deals with modern-day miracles. His argument is interesting, but I’m guessing it probably isn’t the strongest case he makes in his recent book (which deals with this very topic).

Dawkins Is Lost for Words - I thoroughly enjoyed this little comeuppance that must have been a golden moment of radio.

The Real Rock Band - This is kind of fun. Sony has put together a soundscape meant to give you a sense of what it’s like to run onto the stage with a rock band. You pretty much need headphones to enjoy it.

Saving faith is resting faith, the trust which relies entirely on the Savior. —John Stott