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February 02, 2012

 

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Student - I enjoyed this as a story that nicely illustrates the maxim of “spare the rod, spoil the child.” (Note: there’s one bad word in there).

Personal Libraries of the (Near) Future - A cartoon for you. (HT)

Gnosticism, Nicea and Celebrity - Carl Trueman on recent events: “Now that it is official that the kind of questions raised in the third and fourth centuries relative to Trinitarianism are nothing more than the constructs of a bunch of middle aged white guys, it is worth perhaps spending a few moments in methodological and historical reflection.”

Tabletalk - Ligonier Ministries’ Tabletalk magazine offers up a batch of free articles every month and this month’s selection includes a few interesting ones!

The Three Little Pigs - This is a clever little bit of comedy.

Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. —J.I. Packer

February 01, 2012

Football Fan for a Day - “Be a fan for one day for a single purpose: People. Football draws people like moths to a porch light, and through football you can connect with people. There isn’t another social or entertainment event during the year that draws people like the Super Bowl. So take advantage of it!”

An Interview with Christa Wells - Christa Wells has a great new EP out and Paul Martin has a really interesting interview with her (and a copy of her CD for you to win).

The Truth at Cost - Truth for Life (Alistair Begg) has announced that most of their books, CDs, DVDs and MP3s have been marked down to cost…forever.

Trusting God - This month’s free audiobook from ChristianAudio is Jerry Bridge’s Trusting God. Go get it!

Reproductive Technologies - This helpful article at The Gospel Coalition discusses what needs to be considered before using any reproductive technologies.

Hell, Hades, Gehenna, Etc - Bill Mounce looks at hell and the difficulties that come in translating it from the Greek.

Revelation & Inspiration - This month’s free book from Logos is B.B. Warfield’s classic Revelation & Inspiration

Judge Judy - I mentioned Judge Judy the other day; here’s an infographic on how she and her show actually work.

Obedience to legitimate authority is one of the fruits and evidences of Christian sincerity. —Charles Hodge

January 31, 2012

I Am Not a Victim - I found this post a real joy to read: “By the world’s standards, I am disabled. Contrary to the stories I have told, I am not the victim of a shark attack or a vicious anaconda. I am not, in fact, a victim at all. I was formed this way. I was born before the days where ultrasounds were a part of standard care. My disability was a complete surprise to my parents, to the doctors, and to the entire small town where I was born.”

The Church in Great Britain - D.A. Carson heard what Mark Driscoll said recently about the church in Great Britain and offers a different take. “I have no reason to doubt Mark’s sincere concern for the gospel in the UK and for young ministers there. Nevertheless, you might be interested in hearing another perspective.”

The Elephant in the Room - Here’s a really important article from Voddie Baucham on The Elephant Room. Baucham discusses how he was invited to participate, why he said no, and why he was recently taken off the roster of speakers at a Harvest event.

Songwriter’s Glossary - Bobby Gilles has put together The Songwriter’s Glossary Of Poetic & Rhetorical Devices and he includes helpful examples from many hymns.

Coal - “Coal occupies a central position in modern human endeavors. Last year over 7000 megatons were mined worldwide. Powerful, yet dirty and dangerous, use of coal is expanding every year, with 2010 witnessing a production increase of 6.8%.” The Big Picture has a photo gallery.

Tennis - Here’s one for the tennis fan: highlights from the Australian Open and Andy Murray’s battle with Michael Llodra.

If God should justify a people and not sanctify them, he would justify a people whom he could not glorify. —Thomas Watson

January 30, 2012

 

Discerning the Conversion of a Child - Brian Croft provides wisdom on this always-tricky question: How do you know when your child is truly converted? He sticks close to Jonathan Edwards on this one.

What Is Essential to Being a Christian? - Speaking of Jonathan Edwards, here is Edwards on the essentials of the Christian faith. “Being a Christian doesn’t only mean that you assent to a certain set of doctrines. There are other equally important things that must be true. Jonathan Edwards explains…”

Pastors Conference - The Desiring God Pastors Conference begins today and you can watch it live online (free!) in 4 languages. It kicks off at 8:30 EST this evening.

Can You Choose to Be Gay? - Here’s an interesting conversation coming from within the gay community. “Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon says that she chooses to be gay. What does science say?” On either side the gay community has a lot to lose.

Everything About Learning - According to this article at WIRED, everything you thought you knew about learning is wrong.

Sin would have few takers if its consequences occurred immediately. —T.W. Purkiser

January 28, 2012

 

Don’t Take it From Me - Kathy Keller on why you shouldn’t marry an unbeliever: “Over the course of our ministry, the most common pastoral issue that Tim and I have confronted is probably marriages–either actual or proposed–between Christians and non-Christians. I have often thought how much simpler it would be if I could remove myself from the conversation and invite those already married to unbelievers do the talking to singles who are desperately trying to find a loophole that would allow them to marry someone who does not share their faith.”

Using the Web to Sell Girls - This heart-breaking article talks about how the Web is used to sell the services of girls.

The Ekranoplane - An interesting little slice of history: “In the thick of the Cold War, the Soviet Union built an immense vessel to carry their troops across the seas and into Western Europe. Equipped with nuclear warheads and able to blast across the sea at 340 mph, the Lun-class Ekranoplane; part plane, part boat, and part hovercraft — is a Ground Effect Vehicle (GEV).”

Reasons to Manuscript - Here’s an article I enjoyed. It discusses the value of manuscripting sermons.

The Other Elephant in the Room - The guys at Wretched Radio have done a really good job here of pointing out the other elephant in the room.

 

Blessed be God, our calamities are matters of time, but our safety is a matter of eternity. —C.H. Spurgeon

January 27, 2012

Post-Prayer Whispers - David Murray lists some of the little whispers you can hear after you pray. “Anyone else get that? It’s so discouraging, isn’t it. I mean, why pray if all you get at the end of it is an even heavier feeling of guilt and failure? Prayer should be a delight not a dread.”

Black and White - Thabiti Anyabwile asks an interesting question: where does blackness and whiteness come from?

Too Good to Be True - Do you remember the story of the flight attendant who survived a 33,000 foot fall (I remember reading about her years and years ago in The Guinness Book of World Records)? Apparently what actually happened that day is now being called into question. 

Judge Judy’s Legal Authority - File this in the “I’ve always wondered” category: Mental Floss answers, “Judge Judy reportedly makes $45 million a year. What kind of legal power comes with it?”

The State of the Union/Pulpit - “All the news attention yesterday and throughout today has been on the President’s State of the Union address. This happens every year in January and it serves to be a good reminder of the President’s accountability to the other branches of government. This occasion provides more than a civics lesson. It also helps the church think about preaching.”

The iPad’s Human Cost - This article from the NY Times is long, interesting and tragic. “The workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems.”

God is more willing to give revival than we are to receive it. —Erlo Stegan

January 26, 2012

9Marks Books on Sale - Westminster Books has all of the 9Marks books on sale. This is a great time to stock up on some really good books, including a brand new one from Thabiti Anyabwile.

Teens and Porn - Courtesy of Covenant Eyes, here’s an infographic with 10 stats you need to know when it comes to teens and pornography. For example, only 3% of teenaged boys and 17% of girls have not seen Internet porn. In a somewhat similar vein, here’s an infographic about the Millennial generation.

An Announcement about Mahaney - Dave Harvey: “In July 2011, Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) installed an interim Board of Directors. Our primary task was to determine C.J. Mahaney’s fitness to serve SGM as President in light of accusations made against him by a former SGM leader. … After examining the reports of these three review panels, we find nothing in them that would disqualify C.J. from his role as President, nor do they in any way call into question his fitness for gospel ministry. Therefore the Board has decided unanimously to return C.J. to the office of President, effective immediately.”

The Worst Sin? - I appreciate the tone of this article. The author asks, “Is homosexuality the worst sin of all?”

Postpone College? - Forbes asks if all those high-schoolers out there waiting for acceptance letters should first consider taking time to do something else. “To that end, I propose a theoretical pre-college regimen called ‘grownup training.’ Specifically: six months spent working in a factory, six in a restaurant, six on a farm and six in the military or performing another public service such as building houses, teaching algebra or changing bedpans.”

Sleight-of-Hand - This guy is phenomenal.

He who tells little lies, will soon think nothing of great ones, for the principle is the same. —C.H. Spurgeon

January 25, 2012

Nagging in Marriage - From the WSJ: “It’s more common than adultery and potentially as toxic, so why is it so hard to stop nagging?” I’m always fascinated by articles like this that diagnose and attempt to cure sin but without reference to anything spiritual.

Tainted Saint - “The death of journalist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens last month gave those familiar with his work a chance to revisit one of his more controversial subjects: the Albanian nun Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, better known to the world as Mother Teresa.” This article explains how her path to sainthood has run into the Roman Catholic sex scandals.

Hymn to God the Father - Denny Burk shares a musical adaptation of a favorite poem by John Donne.

James MacDonald and TGC - James MacDonald explains why he has resigned from The Gospel Coalition.

60 Hours Per Minute - YouTube has just released this amazing statistic: Every second its users upload one hour of video. 60 hours per minute. That is just astounding.

United Bases of America - Here’s an infographic that displays American military presence across the world.

8 Profitable Ways to Read the Bible - Here is some old but timeless wisdom from J.C. Ryle on reading the Bible.

And finally, a quote that could almost (almost!) be from the book of Proverbs:

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. —Winston Churchill