Training the Kids - David Murray on training children to use Facebook for God’s glory (Here’s a tip: Don’t break the rules and let them have an account before they turn 13. That’s getting them off to a bad start).
Salvation in sin is not possible; it is always salvation from sin. —C.H. Spurgeon
I Think Before I Tweet - This is a phenomenon I’ve noticed as well: Once you begin to tweet, you start to think like a tweet. Or something like that. “As I go about the day, I find myself thinking of things that I could tweet about. When I see a strange person in line at a store, I think about something clever I could say. When a company offers me poor service, I think about how I could slam them and get something back from it. When I read about major world events, I think up little jokes to make light of them.”
Wives Speak Out - Kathleen Nielson has an interesting article at The Gospel Coalition. She finds “voices from women in Christian marriages aiming by God’s grace for that gospel model of loving headship and respectful submission taught in the Scriptures and acted out by Christ himself. I asked this group of ten women one question: How has your husband encouraged you to grow and use your gifts for the kingdom?”
The Most Amazing Window - This is kind of cool. “The most amazing window ever created by humankind is not on this planet, but floating in space, the most spectacular part of the International Space Station. It’s the ISS Cupola. This animation shows how it was installed.”
Tebow Responds - Love him or hate him, you’ve got to respect the guy for standing firm in the faith.
Brinicle - The BBC has a really interesting video about a “brinicle.”
Our thanks should be as fervent for mercies received as for petitions sought. —Charles Simmons
I apologize for the extensive downtime yesterday. It turns out that one user somewhere in the world was working overtime at trying to bring my site down. Eventually the site administrators figured it out and blocked him. It seems now that all is well. Hopefully it will remain that way.
Bibles on Sale - Westminster Books has all of their ESV Bibles on sale over the holiday weekend. There are lots of great prices to take advantage of!
New Translations - Speaking of the Bible, Andy Naselli has information about a couple of new translations (probably not ones you’d want to use as your primary Bible).
Megachurch Bubble - “Most megachurches — which earn that label around the 2,000-attendance level — are led by baby boomer pastors who soon will hit retirement age and without suitable replacements in the pipeline. And some fear the big-box worship centers with lots of individual programs no longer appeal to younger generations.”
Legalizing Group Marriage - You know this battle is coming up very soon. “Three different strands are coming together to legalize group marriage: the far left, the far right, and the new reproductive technology.”
Strachan and Her.menuetics - Denny Burk gives the background to an interesting exchange about biblical femininity (and other associated topics).
You don’t need to work to make Christianity controversial. Just read sentences from the Bible. —John Piper
Parenting and the Image of God - Mark Lauterbach on parenting: “They are image bearers. They are creatures, made by God and for God. They are given glory and honor by God. They have inherent value, of greater worth than animals. How we treat the image of God is how we treat God. The dignity of humans is built into the Law and the Prophets and the Gospel. And we must see our children as image bearers.”
Preaching Texts You Don’t Understand - If you preach verse-by-verse, sooner or later you will come across a text that you just don’t understand. Carl Trueman is really helpful here.
Leading Family Devos - I guess the title pretty much says it all: “How My Wife Helped Me Man-up & Lead Family Devo’s.”
Dispatches from the Front - These DVDs, a must have for a church library, are on sale for $40 for all 4 volumes. Totally worth it.
Capitalism’s Spoiled Children - “The Occupy movement does not represent ‘the 99%,’ as its defenders like to claim. They are not a cadre speaking up for the vast proportion of the population against the tyranny or greed of an imagined ‘1%.’ Judging from the speakers I have seen and heard, either on news broadcasts or the multiple sites offering live-broadcast or YouTube coverage, the people in the various Occupy camps represent a petty sub-sample of the hard left…”
Deals - There haven’t been a lot of really good Kindle deals this month (though I’m hoping for more as Black Friday approaches). But here are a couple worth pointing out: Managing God’s Money by Randy Alcorn, which I found tremendously helpful. And Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey. Also, I know nothing about The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun, but it’s free this month at ChristianAudio. Oh, and Amazon has begun their Black Friday sales with at least one big deal per day (today it’s a camera) and a lot of smaller deals to go along with it. It’s worth checking in if you’ve begun your Christmas shopping.
Loving Lewis, Hating Bell - I appreciate Michael Patton asking and answering this question: Why do we love C.S. Lewis but hate Rob Bell?
Internet Busybodies - Timmy Brister: “It seems that in recent years, several groups of people have sought to use the Internet and in particular blogs to ‘expose’ or ‘hold accountable’ Christian leaders. And so often, we are prone to believe what other people say about a brother or sister in Christ, especially if it is critical or some sort of expose.” He looks to the pre-Internet age to find wisdom.
Hipsterification - “On the streets of Franklin and Nashville and almost every town throughout America now, hipsters scuttle by on scooters, zip around in Zipcars or Smart cars, roll by on fixed-gear bikes or walk about in snazzy high-top sneakers and longboard shorts. They snap Instagram photos of each other — in black skinny jeans and T-shirts with funky epigrams…”
$5 DVD Sale - Desiring God is having a $5 DVD sale. So I guess it’s a good time to stock up for Christmas.
The Internet Kills Productivity - “The Internet is the world’s greatest productivity tool, but also the world’s greatest time suck. Even email, which has put all executives on communication hyper mode since the BlackBerry, wastes a lot of time…” This article gives 3 simple tips that will help.
Identical Snowflakes - Here is a fascinating scientific explanation as to why no 2 snowflakes are the same. “Now, it’s not a law of nature that no two snowflakes could be truly identical. So, on a very technical level, it’s possible for two snowflakes to be identical. And it’s entirely possible that two snowflakes have been visibly indistinguishable. But probability dictates that this is incredibly unlikely. “
Inferno - This book review is so well written it just makes me want to read the book. Or at least buy it and leave it sitting on my bookshelf.
24 Hours in Photos - This is amazing (and you’ll need to click and look at the photos): “This installation by Erik Kessels is on show as part of an exhibition at Foam in Amsterdam that looks at the future of photography. It features print-outs of all the images uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period…”
Forgiveness - Russell Moore writes about what forgiveness is and isn’t. “The most difficult math problem in the universe, it turns out, is 70 x 7. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in the Christian life is to forgive someone who has hurt you, often badly. But Jesus says the alternative to forgiving one’s enemies is hell.”
Wallpaper - National Geographic has an amazing collection of wallpapers suitable for computers and mobile devices.
The iPod Generation - This isn’t good. “Are the iPod Generation Ruining Their Hearing For Good? Pardon? What you say? Apparently the ear-bud touting masses are ruining their hearing, one Justin Bieber song at a time. Because one in five Americans over the age of 12 have hearing loss in at least one ear.”
Fathoming Amazon - This infographic shows just what an immense and immensely powerful company Amazon has become. Did you know, for example, that Amazon’s warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens?
The Face of Modern Slavery - This is just horrifying and very hard to take. But what do we actually do about it? What can we do? “When I write about human trafficking as a modern form of slavery, people sometimes tune out as their eyes glaze over. So, Glazed Eyes, meet Srey Pov.”
Mohler and Wallis - Al Mohler and Jim Wallis recently debated social justice. You can watch it here.
Nothing lies beyond the power of man if it is within the will of God. —James Crowther
Internet Busy-Body - The Resurgence looks at a new kind of busy-body. “Busy-body. That term is power-packed with negative associations. The “town gossip” picture in my head is not the busy-at-home lady, but instead is the woman who knows facts about other’s lives and is stocked with random trivia. Instead of working in her home and for her family, the busy-body is more concerned with the actions, thoughts, and juicy tidbits about others.”
A Moral Monster - Michael Horton: “Among the caricatures of Calvinism is the widespread claim that it renders God the author of evil, suffering, sin, and even the fall of humanity itself. In his recent book Against Calvinism, Roger Olson carefully distinguishes the official teaching of Calvinism from where he thinks it logically leads. However, there are over three dozen statements in his book about Calvinism leading by good and necessary logic to a deity who is a ‘moral monster,’ indistinguishable from the devil.”
Without a License - I’ve heard a lot of people wonder how Steve Jobs got away with years of driving without a license plate. This article provides an explanation.
Books on Sale - Westminster Books has a couple of new books deeply discounted.
Jeopardy - It’s been a long time since I watched Jeopardy, but rumor has it this is the first time anyone’s ever gone all-in on back-to-back daily doubles. Fun.
The heart is heated by meditation and cold truth is melted into passionate action. —Donald Whitney
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Aileen and a father to three young children. I worship and serve as a pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario, and am a co-founder of Cruciform Press.