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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

February 15, 2012

An Intrusion Into the Christian Bedroom - This is great and relevant stuff from Ed Welch: “Excuse me for barging in, but it might be time for more people to intrude into the marital bedroom. Though there are some good Christian books on marital sex, most of them repeat two basic mantras…” He isn’t so sure about those mantras.

Email - This is a fascinating infographic that deals with email. Turns out we’re all drowning in email (as if we didn’t already know that!).

Band of Bloggers - Band of Bloggers is back! If you’re at T4G, why don’t you consider also coming to BoB…

Valentine the Brave - “A godly husband, then is not one who four times a year takes up the aggravating task of trying to be relational, in order to keep his wife from getting grumpy. Instead a godly husband is tasked with the constant call of communicating his love and commitment to his wife. This is not a few days a year, but every day. Too often husbands get frustrated, even offended by this hard reality. ‘Doesn’t she think I’m a man of my word? I promised ‘Until death do us part’ and I meant it.’”

Blogging and Controversy - Timothy Dalrymple has some good thoughts on blogging and controversy. 

Desiring God Update - John Piper has an important update about Desiring God. The heart of it is this: they will no longer be stocking books, so to clear out the warehouse they’ve put everything on sale at $5. I guess that means this is a good time to stock up!

The time of every man’s death has been fixed by God. We are safe from all risk until God is pleased to call us away. —John Calvin

February 14, 2012

The Faithfulness Fallacy - Julian looks at recent situations involving John MacArthur and James MacDonald and offers some good wisdom on not falling for the faithfulness fallacy. “In logic an ad hominem attack is when you criticize a person rather than their idea. What I find fascinating in both of the above cases is that the defence being used is actually ad hominem.”

A Question of Character - Carl Trueman has some wise observations about character and behavior in the ministry and elsewhere.

The Numbers Game - On the same blog, Jeremy Walker goes back to the writing of Charles Bridges to take a look at the numbers game and the way we tend to measure success today.

Seeds Family Worship - Seeds Family Worship has a new album out today; it deals with purity. You can listen to a track below. Like all Seeds albums, this one is simply Scripture set to music.

Network - “Information technology has become a ubiquitous presence. By visualizing the processes that underlie our interactions with this technology we can trace what happens to the information we feed into the network.”

If you would have the life holy before men, let the heart be pure before God. —Thomas Manton