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March 13, 2009
Are You a Drupal Programmer?
I am looking for a Drupal programmer to help me with a project (Discerning Reader, if you must know). Shoot me an email if you think you might be able to help me out!
Simeon Workshops
Richview Baptist Church in Etobicoke, Ontario is hosting the Simeon Trust preaching workshops from March 25-27. David Short and David Helm will be teaching.
Free Hymns for Modern Ears
DG: “My friend Tyler Johnson, a pastor at East Valley Bible Church in Gilbert, AZ, made my day today. He told me about a new music project called Page CXVI. With music for modern ears, they are seeking to make hymns more accessible and known to the church again. ”
March 12, 2009
Ligonier National Conference Live Webcast
“The biggest event of the year for Ligonier Ministries is just around the corner. We are excited to once again be able to offer a free, live webcast of the conference, available in both English and Spanish. See below for details.” This conference has a fantastic lineup of speakers…
Messiahs Pointing to the Door
Carl Trueman does what Carl Trueman does so well in this article. It’s a good one!
Take a Deep Breath
6YearMed shares yet another poignant moment from her career as a pediatrician. “A cough wracks her little body, and shakes the bed. And as she clutches the oxygen facemask with both hands, she sucks the life out of every single person in the room….”
What is an Evangelical?
This was Phil Johnson’s other, less controversial topic from this year’s Shepherds’ Conference.
Deal of the Day: Matthew
RHB is offering a great discount on a great new commentary: The two-volume commentary for Matthew in the Reformed Expository Commentary set (written by Daniel Doriani).
March 11, 2009
11 Reasons to Celebrate in March
…because sometimes you just need to celebrate something while waiting for the warm weather to arrive.
Amazing Grace
I don’t know anything about this group (except that I’ve heard Simon Cowell’s name attached to them), but they sing quite a nice version of “Amazing Grace” in this video.
Fair Comment
An article at the Economist looks at the importance of reviews in online sales. I found this interesting: “His company’s research shows that visitors are more reluctant to buy until a product attracts a reasonable number of reviews and picks up momentum.” People often refuse to buy a product until it has a certain number of reviews; this somehow gives that product a kind of authenticity.
Deal of the Day: Calvin’s Commentaries
Solid Ground Books is offering the 500th Anniversary Calvin’s Commentaries Set with Matching Set of Calvin’s Institutes for just $119.95.
March 10, 2009
Wikipedia Scrubs Obama Eligibility Questions
This article at WND draws interesting comparisons between Obama’s profile at Wikipedia and George W. Bush’s. Guess which one is not allowed to have anything negative attached to it.
The Canadian Solution
Newsweek explains why Canadian banks are not failing and have no need of bailouts. “Canadian banks are typically leveraged at 18 to 1—compared with U.S. banks at 26 to 1 and European banks at a frightening 61 to 1. Partly this reflects Canada’s more risk-averse business culture, but it is also a product of old-fashioned rules on banking.”
Can an Elder Be Divorced
I love “Monday with Mounce.” This week he looks to 1 Timothy 3:2 to ask whether an elder may be previously divorced.
Interview with William Young
Here is an interview with The Shack author William Young. In it he flatly denies the substitutionary atonement (which was one of the questions many people had as they read the book).
Kyle Rae Sweet: 1956 - 2009
Long-time Christian music fans may be interested in this sad news. “Kyle Rae Sweet [Wife of Michael Sweet] has passed on and is now at peace with her Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Spring ESV Sale
Here’s one for the Canadians. Family Christian Bookstore in Burlington is offering sale prices on a selection of ESV Bibles. Click to read their flyer (PDF format).
Preachin’ Dirty
Phil Johnson begins to answer critics of his talk dealing with “Sound Doctrine, Sound Words.” To this point it seems a very grace-filled discussion.
Tait to Front Newsboys
The rumor mill was abuzz with this news; it has now been confirmed. Michael Tait is the new lead vocalist for the Newboys, replacing Peter Furler. If that means nothing to you, you probably don’t listen to Christian music.
Deal of the Day: Matthias Media
“The ‘Deal of the Day’ we have for you is a package to help you share the wonderful Gospel of the Lord Jesus with others.” Click the link to read about the deal they’ve put together!
March 09, 2009
Sound Doctrine, Sound Words
Here is Part 1 of Phil Johnson’s Shepherds’ Conference talk on “Sound Doctrine, Sound Words.” “I’m deeply concerned about the tendency of so many pastors lately to employ profanity, crude and obscene words, vile subject matter, carnal topics, graphic sexual imagery, erotic language, and filthy jokes. Most of you, I know, are aware of the trend I’m talking about. I’m tempted to call it the pornification of the pulpit.”
Technology Sabbath
Here is one of a growing number of articles dealing with taking a break from technology. “According to a 2005 survey, most Americans—including children—spend at least nine hours a day watching TV, surfing the web, or talking on their cell phones. Of those hours, one-third of the time is spent using two or more of those media at once.”
How to Design and Arrange a Room
Matt gives an overview of how to design, furnish and arrange a room.
Win a Pass to Gospel Coalition
Crossway is giving away three passes to The Gospel Coalition conference. Click to find out how you can enter the draw.
Choose the Book Cover
Trevin Wax is looking for input on the cover he should choose for his forthcoming book.
Deal of the Day: The Works of Jonathan Edwards
Monergism Books is offering The Works of Jonathan Edwards (two-volume set) at a steep discount. You may also be interested in Lost Treasures of the Bible which is on sale as well.
March 06, 2009
As One Having Authority
I am hearing good things about Al Mohler’s keynote address at the Shepherds’ Conference. Phil Johnson says “Mohler passionately and eloquently defended authority, certainty, and the necessity of proclaiming biblical absolutes that go against the grain of these pathologically relativistic postmodern times.”
Meet Jerry Bridges
C.J. Mahaney does a brief interview with Jerry Bridges, the man all of us want to be when we grow up.
How Shall We Protect Our Children Online?
Though Aussie-focused, this article offers some good thoughts on protecting children when they venture online. Every parent needs to be aware of the dangers of the internet and needs to be prepared to protect his children!
Ten Grammar Myths Debunked
“Here are 10 facts about the English language that go against the unjustified beliefs peddled by prescriptivists.”
March 05, 2009
Letter to a Grieving Friend
James MacDonald shares a letter he sent to a woman who was grieving for her mother. “Your mother is having a day that is very different than yours. As you put on your black dress this morning remember that your mom is dressed in white (Rev. 19:14). As you shed tears of sorrow and separation remember that your mother is shedding tears of joy. As you think and reflect and ask the questions we all struggle with remember that all your mom’s questions are gone (1Cor. 13:12)…”
Worship Series on Sojourn
“Next Wednesday here on sojournmusic.com we will debut an eight-part weekly video series on Christian worship, congregational singing, trends in music ministry and more. The episodes average ten minutes each…”
What’s the Ideal Number of Friends?
“If a wide circle of friends is taken as a popularity indicator, does that mean the more you have the more successful and happy you are? Or can you have too many? What is the best number?”
If Galatians was Published in Christianity Today
The Sacred Sandwich imagines what would happen if Paul’s letter was to be written and published today.
Deal of the Day: Jeremiah Burroughs
RHB is offer a 50% discount on this collection of books by Jeremiah Burroughs. I’ve read a couple of these titles and really enjoyed them!
March 04, 2009
What Masculine Provision Looks Like
“This from a sobering story on the downturn from the NYT called ‘Forced from Executive Pay to Hourly Wage’ by Michael Luo that follows a former six-figure executive in his daily work.”
Pastor Resources Offer
Reformation Trust is offering John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology free for pastors (though a $5 S&H charge will apply).
US Savings Over Time
This is a very interesting interactive chart that shows savings rates for Americans over time. Note a) how savings rates have plummeted over the last few decades (as consumerism and credit have become widespread, I suppose) and b) how it has bounced up in the past few months.
Love, Sex & Mammon
Russell Moore’s editorial for Touchstone look at “Hard Times, Hard Truths & the Economics of the Christian Family.” ” A time of economic crisis is, therefore, a time for the Church to reconsider—and re-imagine—her priorities. The first step is to recognize that one of the roots of the family crisis all around us—in the pews we sit in or preach to every week—is the wallet in our own back pocket.”
R.A. Torrey on Tobacco
This is interesting in the context of what I wrote on tobacco a couple of weeks ago. Can a Christian use tobacco? “There are laymen and ministers who purpose to be out and out for God and to make their lives count to the uttermost for Him who do use tobacco, but their lives do not count for God as they would if they did not use tobacco, because…”
March 03, 2009
Ten Questions to Benefit from a Conference
Don Whitney gives a list of ten questions you should ask yourself after a conference or special event. “Having invested hours or days of my life in this way, I want to know that it’s been time well spent. To better ensure good stewardship of the opportunity, I have developed these ten questions.”
How to Exasperate your Children
This sounds like a profitable sermon from Irish Calvinist (and it fits well with Proverbs 15 which I just happened to read this morning).
Hospitality Tips
Lydia Brownback: “My friend Susie Cassel is the personification of hospitality. She opens her home to friend and stranger alike, and she is always prepared for drop-by guests. One-on-one or large groups—Susie hostesses all with grace and love.” Susie offers four hospitality habits.
Great Damage: The Gift of Discernment
James MacDonald: “I have been a pastor for more than 25 years and I have heard some pretty harsh things; but the deepest wounding by far has been at the hands of people using the gift of discernment in the flesh. Most often, these are the folks that separate friends, divide churches and destroy families.”
Calvin for the 21st Century
This conference at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary has an excellent lineup of speakers. Registration opened just yesterday.
ESV Online for Free
“Crossway, publisher of the #1 bestselling ESV Study Bible, announced today that it will make the highly acclaimed ESV Online Study Bible available free online to anyone, anywhere, for a limited time beginning today, March 2, 2009.”
I Hope President Obama Is Right on the Economy
I think this is a good corrective from John Mark Reynolds. “It is bad politics, bad form, bad character, and bad patriotism to want the President’s economic policies to fail. Don’t get me wrong. I believe the Congressional and Presidential plan will fail and is already making the situation worse. I just wish it weren’t so.”
March 02, 2009
Free Audio Book
This month’s free audio book from Christian Audio is Don Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. It is yours for the taking…
Hudson River Plane Landing
Here’s an interesting little animation showing the path of US Airways 1549 as it took off, ran into a flock of birds, and made that incredible landing in the Hudson.
Another Five Reasons to Study Theology
Here’s a follow-up to a list I linked to last week.
I Am Who I Am
Bible Backgrounds is a series of weekly blog posts leading up to the fall 2009 release of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament. This week’s post deals with I Am Who I Am.
Eh?
This is a chart explaining just how often that little word is used.
Deal of the Day: MacArthur Study Bible
Monergism Books has all MacArthur Study Bibles at 50% off. This is a one-day sale and is limited to one per customer.

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