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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.
June 03, 2008
Tuesday June 3, 2008 Free Pilgrim’s Progress
This month’s free audio book from christianaudio.com is The Pilgrim’s Progress (read by Nadia May).
USA Today on The Shack
USA Today recently ran an article about The Shack and its critics. “Mohler, Driscoll and other evangelicals pick The Shack apart plank by plank. No, God can’t be a presented as a woman. No, the three parts of the Trinity did not all become fully human. Yes, there is a hierarchy in the Holy Trinity with God the Father in command. Yes, God will punish sin.”
CCW Redesigned
Jim Elliff’s site has just been redesigned. There are lots of good resources there for individuals and for churches.
June 02, 2008
Monday June 2, 2008 Third Day Grace’s Billboard’s Cover
Third Day is the first band ever to grace the cover of Billboard Magazine. Click to see the cover and read the story.
The World’s Biggest Bookstore?
Here’s a news report on what may be the world’s biggest bookstore…or close to it anyways. And it’s all hidden away on a farm. “Lenore & Lloyd Dickmans’ bookstore is set on a farm, and the books take up 12 buildings, one of which was built from a slurry tank that once brimmed with cow manure. ” (HT: JC)
Ten for the History Books—Summer Reading
Dr. Mohler has posted some suggested summer reading. I read a few of his suggestions last year and enjoyed them a lot.
Paying for Our Polluting Ways
The National Post outlines some of the ways politicians are suggesting we do penance for creating carbon. Though the article is set in a Canadian context, the policies transcend borders.
June Desktop Wallpaper
Here are some options for prettying up your computer for June.
May 30, 2008
Friday May 30, 2008 My Friend, My Hero, My Dad
Stephen Altrogge has just released a free e-book about his dad.
Stryper Meets Boston
I was rather surprised to hear that Michael Sweet of Stryper fame has recently become a member of the band Boston and will be singing and playing guitar for them.
411,422
That’s how many new books and editions were published in 2007. No wonder I’ve always got so much to read.
Small Stories, Big News
Politico has a good look at how small stories can become big news. “The signature defect of modern political journalism is that it has shredded the ideal of proportionality.”
Must Watch Dever
Here are a couple of videos which are an interview between Mark Dever and Ed Stetzer. They’re well worth watching.
May 29, 2008
Thursday May 29, 2008 How to Read 500 Books a Year
Denny Burk points to D.A. Carson’s explanation. The question is, who can afford 500 books a year?
White Board or Just Bored
Matt Schmucker shares some quotes and reflections from the recent White Board Sessions. The quote from Ed Stetzer is particularly good: “For most here today ministry won’t look like what we have heard today. Conferences are like ministry pornography — a picture of something we’ll never have.”
Irish Calvinist Reviews My Book
Erik Raymond was kind enough to post a review of my book.
The Forgotten Vice of Gluttony
Joe Carter writes about a vice we tend to prefer to ignore.
May 28, 2008
Tuesday May 28, 2008 Dr. Mohler at New Attitude
Though I have not yet had opportunity to listen to it, I’ve heard good things about this Q & A session with Dr. Mohler.
Maria Chapman
Here is a touching news report about the funeral for Stephen Curtis Chapman’s daughter Maria.
The Gospel of Judas
Dr. Mohler looks at the latest (and most devastating) critique of the Gospel of Judas.
May 26, 2008
Monday May 26, 2008 Free Subscription from Matthias Media
“We’re [still!] giving away 500 FREE subscriptions to our monthly magazine, The Briefing, to North American readers. No obligation. No cost. Posted to you totally free. We just want you to get to know us a bit better, and this seems like a good way to do it.”
End Women’s Suffrage!
This video shows the absurdity of many petitions.
The Challenge of Attention in the Digital Age
I only skimmed this article by Dr. Mohler, but it looked good. “Courtney Martin identifies the state of our distracted minds as the primary cause of intellectual neglect. The static and noise of everyday life and the information overload combine to rob the mind of the capacity for attentiveness.”
Church to Debate Convert Motion
“A traditionalist Anglican has said he will continue with a campaign for the Church of England to work explicitly to convert Muslims to Christianity.” Many in the church do not wish to evangelize Muslims.
Hannitizing the GOP
Rick Pearcey on Hannity on a unified platform for the GOP in 2008.
Owen on Logos
The works of John Owen are in prepub for Logos. At $224.95 it’s a lot cheaper (and a lot more searchable) than the printed versions.
May 23, 2008
Friday May 23, 2008 New Attitude Conference
The New Attitude Conference kicks off tomorrow. You can follow their blog to read live updates from the conference.
European Court Agrees to Hear Chimp’s Plea for Human Rights
Sometimes words just fail me.
Coming Soon from John Piper
John Piper has a blog post about the four (!) books he completed while on writing leave.
The Irrelevance of Relevance
At Stand to Reason’s blog is a short but good post on the losing game that is cultural relevance.
Strange Fire in Florida
Dan Edelen has some good things to say about the “revival” currently in swing in Lakeland, Florida.

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