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January 29, 2009
That’s My King!
Yes, you’ve probably heard/seen this before. But it’s worth listening to again. Don’t watch the slides—just listen to the words.
What Are They Buying?
A wise article from Thomas Sowell looks at the bailout package. He says ” Using long, drawn-out processes to put money into circulation to meet an emergency is like mailing a letter to the fire department to tell them that your house is on fire. ”
Deidox
Deidox seeks to bring compelling stories to life through short documentary films. “Our hope is that these short films will inspire you to realize anew how big and active God is, how He is reaching and changing lives in all countries and using His people to accomplish His work.”
Driscoll on Nightline
Nightline recently did a feature on Mark Driscoll. You can watch it here.
Pragmatism over Principle
Chuck Colson looks with some alarm at a number of Obama’s early decisions and shows how he is already choosing pragmatism over principle.
Deal of the Day: Practical Works, Vol 1
Reformation Heritage Books has greatly reduced the price on Richard Baxter’s Practical Works, Vol 1: The Christian Directory.
January 28, 2009
Sovereign Grace Sale
As they did last year, Sovereign Grace is having a sale in February. Books, CDs and even shipping will be heavily discounted.
Rites of Passage
The Point has a good article on pop culture and the hyper-sexualization of young girls and new rites of passage.
ECPA Book Award Nominees
“The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announces the finalists for the 2009 Christian Book Awards. Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Awards honor titles in six categories: Bibles, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth, and Inspiration & Gift. ”
Rick Warren Goes Quarterly
“He has written one of the best-selling books in history. But can pastor Rick Warren sell a magazine? The test starts this week, with the debut of Purpose Driven Connection, a quarterly publication from Reader’s Digest Association to be sold as part of a bundle of multimedia products its backers hope will connect Christians to each other and God. A subscription includes access to a Facebook-like Christian social-media Web site and DVD guides for leading a prayer group.”
The Good Book Company Goes American
“We are pleased to announce the launch of a new, Bible-centered, Christian resource provider in North America. From the 2nd February 2009, The Good Book Company will make available its full range of resources to churches and individuals in North America from its new US-based website.”
Children are not an Economic Burden
Matt Perman interacts with Nancy Pelosi’s comments indicating that she feels children are a burden on the economy.
What the Web Knows About You
“She had me at hello … or just about. Our conversation had barely started when privacy activist Betty Ostergren interrupted me to say that she had found my full name, address, Social Security number and a digital image of my signature on the Web….”
January 27, 2009
Christianity Today Book Award Winners
Over the course of the week, CT will be releasing the list of their top books of 2008. They’ve announced the first two winners already…
Equipping the Saints Through Blogging
Yesterday I contributed to a radio program dealing with blogging. You can hear the audio here.
Trial by Fury
The Washington Post has a story on Ted Haggard. He’s going to be in the media spotlight a whole lot in the days to come.
Unsold Car Gallery
Here is a sign of the times. The Guardian has put together a gallery of photographs showing the multitudes of unsold cars around the world.
How To Use Greek Properly
Mounce answers the question of how to best use Greek in the pulpit. He has some good things to say! Here’s just one: “Do not correct the English Bible. Ever! Never say, “the translators got this wrong.” The damage you can do to a person’s trust in Scripture is unimaginable.”
Being Pro-Life in a Culture of Death
T-Wax interviews Russell Moore on being pro-life in a pro-death culture and on dealing with the specifics challenges brought about by Barack Obama.
January 26, 2009
A New Series on Revive Our Hearts
Nancy Leigh Demoss has begun a new series on Revive our Hearts radio. The subject is “Discerning Truth in a World of Deception.” It promises to be a very good series.
Photographing the President
TIME offers this neat little movie sharing the reflections of two of the men who spent eight years (or longer) photographing President Bush.
1 in 3 ‘Christians’ says ‘Jesus sinned’
WND comments on a new Barna poll which finds that half of Americans who call themselves “Christian” don’t believe Satan exists and fully one-third are confident that Jesus sinned while on Earth.
Abortion Talking Points
John Piper offers fifteen pro-life truths to speak. These make for good conversation points with Christians and non-Christians alike.
Shepherds’ Fellowship Media Vault
The Shepherds’ Fellowship media vault has been opened wide. All of the past sessions and seminars from the Shepherds’ Conference are now free to download.
Deal of the Day: ESV Study Bible
Monergism Books has the ESV Study Bible Genuine Leather Black and Burgundy both for 50% off while quantities last.
January 23, 2009
Four Reasons You Might Be Aborted
Joe Carter writes an open letter to fetal humans explaining four reasons they might be aborted.
Newsbusters on Obama’s Million Ghost March
Newsbusters looked at the satellite photos, did the math, and determined that the estimates were massively inflated. “I doubt it would surprise anyone here that the media would go to their best lengths to over-estimate the number of people at Obama’s inauguration. But just how far? Try a million people.”
22 Weeks
You’ll likely be hearing more about this movie, 22 Weeks, in the coming weeks and months.
Are You Good at Multitasking?
Congratulations! You’re hopelessly inefficient. Matt Perman shares a quote from a book I almost purchased last night when I saw it at the local bookstore.
Today is John Donne’s Birthday
Fred Sanders offers a brief overview of the life of this great poet and preacher.
The Year’s Weirdest Headline
I’ll grant that it’s only January 23, but what are the changes you’ll see a more bizarre headline than this all year? “Clinically Depressed Poodle Mauls Former French President Chirac.”
January 22, 2009
The President, the Passengers, and the Patience of God
Here’s John Piper doing what he does so well. “When King David pondered how many were God’s “wondrous deeds,” he said, “I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told” (Psalm 40:5). That’s the way I feel watching God’s public mercies in the last few days. ”
The Terry Schiavo Story
This forthcoming DVD from Franklin Springs Media looks like it should be very interesting. “The Terri Schiavo Story, a compelling new documentary film, helps to define the issues and investigate the facts, framing an important consideration of the life and death of Terri Schiavo.”
Abortion: The Moral Issue of Our Day
As it is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Ligonier is offering streaming video of Dr. Sproul’s series, Abortion. “If you would like to be able to present an intelligent, well-reasoned defense of the unborn without engaging in a shouting match, this series can help.”
Polite Britons Died on the Titanic
Just an interesting little snippet of history here. “More British passengers died on the Titanic because they queued politely for lifeboats, researchers believe. A behavioural economist says data suggests Britons in that era were more inclined to be “gentlemanly” while Americans were more “individualist”. ”
Why Disney Dropped Narnia
This story gives the inside scoop and offers hope that another company will pick up the next film.
January 21, 2009
Praying for the President
Ligon Duncan has a wise post about praying for the President (though there is much to glean from it even for non-Americans like myself).
Echoes of Babel
T-Wax offers an interesting perspective on America’s new national sin. “The truly troubling aspect of the new era we have just inaugurated is the underlying assumption among so many in our country that now, finally, we have truly arrived. A new age has dawned!” And if appears like this to an American, imagine how all the rhetoric appears to non-Americans…
Promoting Schoolwork
A new series at the Shepherd Press blog deals with schoolwork. It answers this question: ” I’d like to see you address the topic of motivation in schoolwork sometime on your blog. How do we use the Scriptures to instill in our kids a motivation to do their best in their studies? What form should discipline take for children who do not apply themselves the way they should?”
Facebook Terms of Use
Most of us don’t read the terms of use when we sign up with a new site. This person did when signing up for Facebook and found something interesting. We should probably read these boring documents a little more diligently…
ESV Bookmark Hack
This blog shows how to hack an ESV Bible in order to add extra ribbon bookmarks to it.
January 20, 2009
A Question
In a couple of weeks, Ray Comfort will be dropping by this site as part of an online book tour to promote his forthcoming book You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think: 101 Answers to Questions from Angry Atheists. I thought it might be fun to ask Ray a few questions and he’s agreed to answer. But first I need the questions. That’s where you come in. Have you got something to ask Ray Comfort? If so, post a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll see what I can do.
Top 60 Church Blogs
Kent at Church Revelance has compiled a list of the top 60 church (i.e. Christian) blogs using a rather unique (and complicated) ranking system.
Goodbye Mr. President
Ray Fowler shares the lyrics for Stephen Curtis Chapman’s song “Goodbye Mr. President.”
A Prayer for President Obama
Dr. Mohler offers a prayer for President Obama.
Ted Haggard’s Documentary
“The AP reports that Haggard has agreed to play an active part in promoting a new film called The Trials of Ted Haggard. The film is a documentary about Haggard’s scandal and disgrace in 2006, which ultimately led to his resignation from his job as the head pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.”
Fireproof in 60 Seconds
If you’ve already seen Fireproof you’ll enjoy this light-hearted 60 second version of the film put together by the producers.
Being Pro-Life Christians Under a Pro-Choice President
Here is an old sermon from John Piper (preached as Bill Clinton took office) that still rings true today.
Deal of the Day: One for the Husbands
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January 19, 2009
Robinson’s Prayer for Obama
What a bunch of nonsense this prayer is. Let’s hope (and pray) that Rick Warren does far better!
The CyberHymnal
The CyberHymnal, which I pretty well guarantee you’ve visited at one time or another, has moved to a new URL. So update your bookmarks.
An Open Letter to Barack Obama
Ron Jones, who serves as the Senior Pastor of Immanuel Bible Church, has sent Barack Obama a powerful letter, asking him to reconsider his view on abortion.
A Review of “Tactics”
Gregory Koukl’s new book Tactics is getting some positive buzz. Apologetics 315 offers a glowing review.
January 16, 2009
The Cutest Tax Deduction
Tim Ellsworth is asking that you vote for his son Noah at TurboTax’s Cutest Tax Deduction contest.
Updates @ DR
A couple of days late since our Managing Editor’s wife welcomed a new baby into the world (a pretty good excuse, really), but Discerning Reader has been updated with eight new reviews.
Altrogge’s Book Giveaway
The Altrogge’s are giving away some books through their blog.
Tim Tebow, Jason Hanson, Kurt Warner
Randy Alcorn writes about a few football stars who are first Christians.
Deal of the Day: Fabulous Friday
Every week CBD has a “Fabulous Friday” sale. There usually is not much worth buying. Today, though, there are some exceptions. You can get Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on all four gospels (in hardcover) for $24.99, a MacArthur Study Bible for the same price, C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters together for $7.99, etc. It’s worth taking a look.

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