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September 20, 2011

6 Reasons to Be a Faithful Member of a Local Church - “It is our conviction that every Christian should be an active member of a Bible-teaching local church. As believers in Christ, we are members of His body and must discipline ourselves to be actively involved in ministry as a way of life. Here are some specific reasons why you should be a committed member of a solid, Bible-teaching local church.”

Funniest Analogies - These will make you laugh. This is probably my favorite: “Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.”

Was Paul Married? - Here is Bill Mounce’s Greek-centric take on whether the Apostle Paul was at one time a married man.

Augustine and Pelagianism - Monergism is offering Warfield’s Augustine & The Pelagian Controversy as a free download.

What Books Should All Christians Read? - It’s a good list, I’m sure. But most of us aren’t smart enough to ever read those books.

The Cosmonaut - I enjoyed this short film, though I’m not sure that I really got it. Maybe someone can explain it to me.

He that hath slight thoughts of sin never had great thoughts of God. —John Owen

September 19, 2011

Saved Sex - “Make each other wait. That phrase, which concedes that discipline will be required, brings me back to Jeannie’s question, Do you really think teens will practice abstinence? This question implies that young people are incapable of self-control, and I disagree with that premise. Making each other wait may mean going against the post-sexual-revolution norm, but people, unlike animals, have the capacity to rise above herd ­mentality.” (HT)

Preaching from an iPad - I don’t know that I’m ready to do this yet, but I know plenty of people who are giving it a shot. Here’s some advice for those who want to try preaching from an iPad.

A Glimpse of North Korea - I find this photo collection so sad and so tragic.

A Historic Moment - GTY has just posted the video of John MacArthur finishing up his final sermon in his final book in the New Testament. What a cool moment.

Just Promise - Just promise not to tell anyone, okay? A lesson about gossip.

Famous Quotes That Were Never Said - Here are a few famous quotes that were never actually said.

The Evolution of Music - It’s interesting to see how music has evolved since the digital explosion. (HT)

The most significant gifts in the church’s life in every era are ordinary natural abilities sanctified. —J.I. Packer

September 16, 2011

Failed Humblebrag? - Jim Hamilton: “Some people think it ironic that Moses purportedly wrote Numbers 12:3, ‘Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth’ (NAS). The irony is obvious, right? It’s hardly humble to declare yourself the most humble man in the world. Unless it’s true.”

5 Parenting Lessons - David Murray points to 5 useful parenting lessons for the digital age.

An Amazing Life - Phil Johnson remembers an amazing life.

The Sweet Smell of Success - Carl Trueman looks to the past and draws a lesson: “There is a lesson there: fill the church, especially with hip youngsters and young professionals, and you can get away with anything, even dressing like DeNiro and having an all-female catsuit bodyguard. Well, you can for a while, at least.”

4 Questions - This blogger recently asked me 4 questions about the Puritans (not that I really know much of anything about the Puritans, of course).

Shock and Awe - This is kind of a spooky story (warning: there’s a bit of bad language along the way). It is the inside scoop from someone who was detained on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It makes you think twice about flying.

Pat Robertson - Russell Moore pens a response to Pat Robertson’s horrific words about abandoning a wife who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Joni also comments.

The wife has authority over the husband’s body and the husband has authority over the wife’s body in the sexual context. Imagine that! I wonder how many marital problems would be solved if couples followed this one principle. —R.C. Sproul

September 15, 2011

The Daily Exhort - This is something I’ve thought about quite a bit. “I got thinking the other day—can we imagine a time before Bibles? That is, a time before the widespread availability of cheap, accessible Bible translations in the common language of our culture? A time when literacy was not as universal as it is in most modern Western societies?”

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters - Here is lots of great advice for fathers of daughters.

A Short Theology of Listening - Douglas Groothuis does a good job of putting together a theology of listening. It’s definitely worth a read.

You Can’t Tax the Rich - Thomas Sowell explains why raising taxes on the richest Americans isn’t a solution for increasing overall revenues.

I Blurb, Therefore I Am - I enjoyed these thoughts on the writing of blurbs or endorsements.

The Solid Rock - Redemption Hill Music has released another free MP3. This one is a recording of the hymn “The Solid Rock.”

NFL 2011 - A photo gallery to kick off another season of football.

Christian Hipster - An instructional video.

The Lord has given me both vinegar and honey, but he has given me the vinegar with a teaspoon and the honey with a ladle. —Billy Bray

September 14, 2011

The Happiest Jobs - “In my article on the Ten Most Hated Jobs, there were some surprises. There are also some surprises in the 10 happiest jobs, as reported a General Social Survey by the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago.” Isn’t it interesting what tops the list…

U.S. Financial Position - This makes it all a little easier to understand, just by removing a few 0’s.

Keller’s Answer - Tim Keller answers the concerns raised by a video he was in. “This interview from three and a half years ago was the first public event like this I had ever done, and a number of my responses were less than skillful. One in particular—the one about whether there is any way of salvation outside of faith in Christ—was misleading and unhelpful.”

The Spirit and the OT - David Murray is beginning a series of blog posts that will discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in Old Testament believers.

How Many Pages on the Internet? -  A lot, apparently. “A group called the World Wide Web Foundation — appropriately founded by Tim Berners-Lee, who pretty much created the internet — is on a quest to figure out, with some degree of certainty, how big the internet really is.”

Love Tap - You’ll enjoy this video.

I have never heard of a sin being committed without knowing full well that I had the seed of it within myself. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

September 13, 2011

The End of Men - “Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, women’s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn’t the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women? A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences…”

Homeschool Blindspots - Joshua Harris points out an interesting article for homeschoolers.

Netflix for Books - This could be very, very interesting if true. “Today … we’re hearing reports via the WSJ that Amazon may soon launch a book equivalent of the service, charging a fixed monthly fee for access to a library of books. Amazon will reportedly offer book publishers a substantial fee for their involvement in the program.”

Non Sola Scriptura - Dan Phillips takes a chainsaw to the Blackaby view of knowing God’s will. He says that their chapter in a new book is “just about the single most appalling trainwreck I’ve read in recent memory, whether viewed exegetically, hermeneutically, theologically, or pastorally. The implications, if taken and followed out seriously by anyone (—God forbid!), are absolutely catastrophic.”

America’s Coolest Houses - Something to look at on your lunch break, perhaps.

Christians in China - The BBC: “Many of China’s churches are overflowing, as the number of Christians in the country multiplies. In the past, repression drove people to convert - is the cause now rampant capitalism?”

Biblical Counseling - Here are a lot of different definitions of biblical counseling.

The Bible is a letter God has sent to us; prayer is a letter we send to him. —Matthew Henry

September 12, 2011

Suspicious Minds - Nancy Pearcey: “Republican presidential candidates have been put on notice: Your theological convictions are fair game in the upcoming election. Bill Keller, executive editor at the New York Times, fired the first shot in a fiercely debated column and blog in which he proposed ‘Tougher Questions for the Candidates.’” Nancy answers critcisms he made against her book.

Deadliest Pandemics - An infographic outlining the world’s deadliest outbreaks.

Maccabee’s: The Movie - “Mel Gibson, the Oscar winner who has defended himself against accusations of anti-Semitism, is developing a film for Warner Bros. about the life of Judah Maccabee, the warrior whose ancient victory is celebrated by Hanukkah.”

Check-In to Church - Nathan Bingham argues that there is good value in checking-in to church on Facebook.

Water: The New Oil - “Human consumption of water isn’t yet fully demonized and politicized, but Water: The Exhibition — mounted in association with the American Museum of Natural History and other institutions — clearly aims to nudge water onto the political map. With graphics, voiceovers, videos, morally loaded language, eerie music and a few live animals, the water exhibit builds its message: Water is a limited resource that is threatened and wasted around the world, and it is time we all did something about it.”

The Briefing - Matthias Media has moved its magazine The Briefing online. It’s definitely worth adding to your list of sites to visit.

How much of the staple of our conversation consists in complaint!C.H. Spurgeon

September 09, 2011

Attention Span - This is a very interesting and significant blog post. Bit.ly shares how information flows today via social media. When I link this post on Twitter and Facebook, it will receive the majority of the clicks in the first 2.8 hours. After that it will be lost in all the Internet noise. No wonder we feel the need to check in constantly.

$5 Friday - You’ll want to check out this week’s edition of Ligonier’s $5 Friday. They’re offering one of my favorite books by R.C. Sproul—The Truth of the Cross—for just $5. It’s a great one to give as a gift or to save and give away around Easter. The deal is valid for 24 hours beginning at 8 AM EST. Stock up!

The Full Picture - This article points out a couple of big oversights from all the 9/11 memorials. “How is it possible that the critical element of the day known as 9/11 — that it was a deliberate attack by Islamic death stars upon civilians living in one of the most vibrant and diverse democracies in the world — and the single most important people, the city’s beloved firefighters, have been forgotten, or if not quite that, then elbowed aside, in modern parlance, marginalized? How can that possibly have happened?”

Getting the Most Out of Preaching - Nancy Leigh DeMoss offers counsel on how to get the most out of your pastor’s sermon.

Nursing Mothers Training Pastors - In this blog post David Murray suggests that one of the best seminary classes a pastor or trainee pastor could attend is to spend time with a nursing mother. While that may be overstating it a wee bit, I quite enjoyed the way he drew the connection between Paul and nursing mothers.

1 Donor, 150 Offspring - Here is a strange moral conundrum that comes with the modern world.

Keller and the Exclusivity of Christ - I believe the guys at Cripplegate are right to respectfully question Tim Keller on his recent interview with Martin Bashir. “My goal is twofold: (1) I want to respectfully—and hopefully, humbly—voice some serious concerns with how Keller handled this question; and (2) I want to demonstrate the unhelpfulness of how some of his defenders are responding.”

Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. —C.H. Spurgeon