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June 17, 2008
Tuesday June 17, 2008 When You Weren’t Looking
Ben Stein offers a reflection for Father’s Day. “O, brilliant kids, I was a fool just like you. I was in my mid-40s before I properly thanked my father for his decades of hard work…”
The Oak Anniversary
A couple in England has just celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. The couple list the secret of their happy marriage as “a little kiss before bed, trips to bingo and good plain English food”.
Firefox 3
Firefox 3 releases today and the Mozilla team is hoping to set a world record for the most downloads. The software will be available at 10 AM PST. If you are still using Internet Explorer, well, it’s time to upgrade!
Dekker to Write for General Market
Christian author Ted Dekker will be writing at least two novels for Hachette. They will be targeted at the mainstream market.
Do Hard Things in WSJ
The Wall Street Journal has a brief interview with Brett and Alex Harris on their book Do Hard Things.
Save Your Own Life
Reader’s Digest offers tips on how to save your life (or someone else’s) in a variety of emergency situations.
June 16, 2008
Monday June 16, 2008 “Amazing Grace,” Amazing Price
Amazon has just put Amazing Grace, the movie about William Wilberforce, on sale.
Global Warming and the Price of Gas
Weather Channel founder John Coleman had some interesting things to say about gas prices. “You may want to give credit where credit is due to Al Gore and his global warming campaign the next time you fill your car with gasoline, because there is a direct connection between Global Warming and four dollar a gallon gas.”
Stetzer’s SBC Analysis
Ed Stetzer offers some interesting analysis on the recent SBC meetings.
George W. Bush to Convert?
The Telegraph claims that George W. Bush is considering converting to Catholicism after he leaves office.
Church Band Seminars
Those involved in worship leading may wish to view this series of videos.
A Daughter of Feminism
An article at Boundless Rebecca Walker, the daughter of feminist movement leader Alice Walker, and her discovery of the joys of motherhood.
How To Go #2 in Space
You know that you’ve always wondered…
June 13, 2008
Friday June 13, 2008 Desiring God National Conference
Registration is now open. This year’s topic: The Power of Words and the Wonder of God. Speakers include Driscoll, Ferguson, Kauflin, Tripp…
Youth “Must Read” Lists
Doctrine Matters is asking your help in putting together a must-read reading list for youth.
Space Wallpapers
If you still haven’t prettied up your desktop, here’s another chance.
Working Man Hands
My most recent article at Boundless.
A Bookmark for Book Lovers
This page aggregates many of the best sites and best blogs dealing with books, reading, etc.
Wow and Not Wow
Michael Hyatt has some interesting thoughts about the latest version of the iPhone. “Creating WOW experiences is all about exceeding the customer’s current expectations. A year ago—before the first iPhone was announced—today’s announcement would have blown people’s socks off. But unfortunately, yesterday’s WOW experience is today’s expectation.”
June 12, 2008
Thursday June 12, 2008 The Great (Debt) Seduction
David Skeel has some good thoughts on a fascinating article in the New York Times. It deals with the displacement of America’s traditional norms of thrift and frugality in favor of norms that “encourage debt and living for the moment.”
Drive Free, Retire Rich
Some good financial thought from Dave Ramsey. (HT:Z)
Witnessing to Westboro Baptist
Josh describes a recent experience of witnessing to the people of Westboro Baptist Church (i.e. the “God Hates Fags” people).
A Report on Kids and Reading
Publishers Weekly writes about a Scholastic report about reading habits in children and teens. This jumped out at me: “parents who read frequently were found to be six times more likely to have children that read often, compared to those who read infrequently.”
The Politics of Health
This missionary in Uganda offers an interesting view of how black and white thinking doesn’t always work in the field. In this case she talks about how the use of DDT would both benefit and disrupt the area.
Problem Gamblers Sue Casinos
Yet another unbelievably stupid lawsuit, but one that is satisfyingly ironic.
Best Review of the Worst Book
Here is a hilarious review of what looks to be a truly (truly!) bad book. Here’s a particularly wonderful quote: “Of all the things to think, he never thought he’d think that.”
June 11, 2008
Wednesday June 11, 2008 Is Google Making Us Stupid?
Here is a fantastic and thought-provoking article from The Atlantic. “What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”
Pennies for your Thoughts
Christianity Today has a good article about that ethical and moral monstrosity of a show “Moment of Truth.”
The World’s First Church
“Archaeologists unearthed in Jordan what they believe to be the world’s first church, according to a report Monday.”
Looks Like a Million to Me
Evan Schnittman tries to determine just how many of the latest generation of e-book readers are in circulation and how big an impact they are having on the publishing industry. His estimate: big.
MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto
Sam Waldron has just written a thorough response to John MacArthur’s 2007 Shepherds’ Conference speech entitled “Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist.”
June 10, 2008
Tuesday June 10, 2008 What I Want for Father’s Day You know by now that I’m an Amazon deal hunter. I thought this was a particularly good one—a one day sale on a $400 men’s watch that knocks it down to $99 (with free one-day shipping).
Rick Warren’s 10 Commandments
Here are Rick Warren’s 10 Commandments for Ministry Staff. This is wise counsel!
Rediscovering the Psalms
At Reformation21 Joe Holland has a good article about rediscovering the Psalms.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
This blogger presents the periodic table of elements and asks which of them we should tax next (since Carbon is now being widely taxed).
Christianity Today Relishes Sexual Perversion
Ted Slater of Boundless fame takes on Christianity Today and their positive review of “Sex and the City.” “Your defense is a study in spin and Straw Man fallacies. You insist that you were simply “reviewing” the film. No, you are promoting it.”
Five Hindrances to Self-Control
“Here are five reasons that we struggle so much with it, five hindrances to self-control…”
Reforming the Pew
Thabiti Anyabwile introduces his forthcoming book “What Is A Healthy Church Member?”
June 09, 2008
Monday June 9, 2008 Books for the Beach
C.J. Mahaney says “If you’re like me and you think of summer reading as synonymous with enjoyable reading, you might find Al [Mohler’s summer reading] list somewhat intimidating.” C.J. offers an alternate list.
Tax Rebate Boosts Ministries
The Christian Post has a story of how tax rebates are being used to help ministries.
Living and Surviving
Here’s an interesting look at the difference between living and surviving. “Just because medicine can sustain the body for awhile longer, that doesn’t mean it should always do so. Life is more than a beating heart.”
Blank Reformation Study Bible
This blogger has made up a Reformation Study Bible with alternating blank pages…and he is giving it away.
The Wonder of Idiotic Perseverance
John Piper shares a stirring example of “idiotic” perseverance for the faith.
Transvestite Invasion: Truth Evasion
Doug Groothuis writes about the recent legislation passed in Colorado that basically allows anyone to enter any public bathroom.
June 06, 2008
Friday June 6, 2008 A Revival of Violence
In case you needed further proof that the “revival” in Lakeland Florida bears no resemblance to true revival, take a look at this video. I’m pretty sure I don’t remember Jonathan Edwards kicking old ladies in the face under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. But I could be wrong.
And Speaking of the Lakeland Revival…
…Melinda at the Stand to Reason blog shares some wisdom from Greg Koukl based on his comments about the Toronto Blessing. “Even if the Holy Spirit is in this, so what?…No where that I know of does the Scripture tell Christians to look forward in time to be obedient to some new movement of the Spirit that is yet to be revealed. Instead, it says to stay faithful to what has already been handed down to us.”
The Audacity of Death
Another good article about Obama’s “reproductive justice.”
Free Album from Downhere
Go here to download a free copy of Downhere’s “Wide Eyed and Mystified.”
Discerning Reader Updates
We’ve got lots of new book reviews for you over at DR.
Dever on Videos in Church
He’s not a big fan. “I am not suggesting using video on Sun AM is necessarily sinful; but I am suggesting that it must normally (or always?) be imprudent.”
June 05, 2008
Thursday June 5, 2008 Writing to Those Left Behind
Wired writes about a service that allows you to send emails to up to 62 of your friends (and protect important documents) in case of the rapture.
God Save Us From Obama
So says Doug Groothuis. “I encourage Christians to support John McCain any way they can. This is because the alternative is unthinkable: an inexperienced, pro-abortion, tax and spend, internationalist, racially confused (think of his church affiliation) extreme liberal who does not understand Islamic fascism or how to deal with it. His race has absolutely nothing to do with it.”
The Infanticide Shibboleth
In a similar vein, Joe Carter writes about Obama’s support of every kind of abortion. “To earn my recognition of you as a fellow civilized human being a person simply has to oppose crushing the heads of infants. Sadly, Obama fails to meet that standard too.”
Books for Guys
Mohler continues his book recommendations, this time suggesting historical works for guys. My wishlist continues to grow!
The Life of Reilly
Here is an interesting story from ESPN the Magazine. Rick Reilly writes about his dad who was “an Irish tenor, a yarn spinner, a songwriter, a father of four, a crack golfer and a first-class drunk.”
June 04, 2008
Wednesday June 4, 2008 A Princely Film We Commoners Can Relate To
C.S. Lewis scholar Devin Brown has an interesting review of “Prince Caspian.” He liked the movie (and perhaps understood the movie) better than many other reviewers.
Dever on Personal Bible Reading
New Attitude’s blog has a brief interview with Mark Dever on personal Bible reading and prayer.
Denny Burk on Barak Obama
Burk says Obama’s win is “A Historic Candidacy That I Can’t Be Happy About.” “My reason has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with defending the rights of the unborn… red, yellow, black, and white. They are all precious in God’s sight. I wish they were in Obama’s as well.”
Passengers May Be Treated Like Freight
Is this the future of air travel? “Imagine two scales at the airline ticket counter, one for your bags and one for you. The price of a ticket depends upon the weight of both.” This article outlines some of the ways airlines are adapting (i.e. charging more) to higher gas prices.