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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

September 08, 2011

Where Rock Stars Go to Die - Ted Kluck writes about Christian music. “I’m at Acquire the Fire, a huge, arena-level conference for teens. I have been told, in all earnestness, by a 19-year-old security guard wearing jeggings and six necklaces, that the only rules for being backstage at Acquire the Fire are ‘Don’t talk to the VIPs’ and ‘Don’t bother the VIPs.’”

What Is the Mission of the Church? - I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time. Westminster Books is offering it at a really good discount.

Preaching from a Manuscript - I would imagine that this one will only interest pastors, but I found it quite interesting and quite encouraging. Timmy Brister simply writes about the benefits he has found in preaching from a complete manuscript.

When Others Mistreat You - Here is an excerpt from Jeremiah Burroughs on how you should react when others mistreat you.

Prayer at Ground Zero - Michael Horton cuts to the heart of the issue of Christians praying at Ground Zero. “It’s not a question of whether prayer at public occasions of this kind is sanctioned by our Constitution, but, for Christians at least, whether we can participate (much less encourage) such acts of ‘non-sectarian’ worship.”

Thoughts on Preaching - I appreciate much of what James MacDonald says here: “For all the difficult trade-offs that come with living your Christian life in public, we get the joy of holding God’s Word in our hands, rightly dividing the Word of truth, and watching it change lives. That’s so much bigger than having free weekends.”

The Doctrine of Propitiation - Bob Glenn explains it.

An idle life and a holy heart is a contradiction. —Thomas Brooks

September 07, 2011

For those who are enjoying all the recent Kindle deals, here are a few more that are worth checking out: Living in God’s Two Kingdoms by David VanDrunen, Why Pro-Life? by Randy Alcorn and Stand, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor, can all be had for $2 or $3.

Wrestling with an Angel - Dan Cruver writes, “Greg Lucas’ Wrestling with An Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace is one of the top 5 books I have read over the past 12 months. Few books are able to take the reader on a journey further into the Gospel as you move through their pages.” He goes on to interview Greg Lucas.

The Mechanic Muse - This is a great article from the NY Times. I’m not sure that I agree that the greatest feat of the printed book is allowing us to read non-linearly (though certainly anyone who has tried to skim a book on a Kindle has seen how much more difficult is). Still, the article is a great read and gives words to what a lot of us are thinking about the transition from printed books to ebooks.

An Exemplary Recipient of Grace - Parents will do well to read this and to ponder it a little bit: “One of the biggest struggles I have as a father to three boys and a girl is fighting the urge to pretend that I have it all together. To reduce what it means to lead my children and be their example to merely keeping all the rules myself.” (HT)

Reverent Contemplation - Things like this are always a little bit forced, but they are also a good opportunity to do some reverent contemplation.

9/11 Ten Years Later - You can download the most recent issue of Ligonier’s Tabletalk magazine for free if you like. It reflects on 9/11 ten years later.

In My Seat - Speaking of 9/11, here is a video about the man who should have been piloting American Airlines Flight 11. He has a powerful testimony.

In an effort to get the work of the Lord done, we often lose contact with the Lord of the work. —A.W. Tozer

September 06, 2011

Yesterday at dinner I asked the kids for their favorite summer memory. My son went with winning the baseball championship with his little league team. My 8-year-old daughter went with spending time with family in Georgia and Tenneesee. My 5-year-old daughter went with watching movies in the car on the way to Georgia and Tennessee. Sigh.

A Great Kindle Deal - You can get Eric Metaxas’ award-winning Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy on Kindle for just $1.99. This may be a one-day deal, so take advantage now!

A Bible on the Moon - “The first lunar Bible traveled to Earth’s satellite on February 5, 1971, on board Apollo 14. Lunar Module Pilot Edgar D. Mitchell brought the Bible with him to honor Apollo 1 astronauts Ed White, Gus Grissom, and Roger Chaffee who died in a cabin fire during testing of the Apollo 1 vehicle. It had been a dream of White’s to bring a Bible to the moon’s surface. Mitchell turned that dream into a reality.”

Roots and Wings - This documentary on Indelible Grace looks really interesting. You can view a trailer here.

Grace To Muslims - This is pretty cool and definitely worth praying for: “Renowned preacher and author John MacArthur opened the four-day ‘Truth Matters’ conference Thursday evening by announcing that his evangelistic television program began satellite TV broadcasting to the entire Muslim world for the first time that afternoon.”

Four Deadly Food Disasters - “Hurricanes in the northeast are pretty rare and can leave people at a loss for how to prepare for extraordinarily severe conditions. At the very least, there are standard pieces of advice you can use to more or less muddle through a nasty situation. But perhaps even rarer are freak events involving food that cause a lot of damage. Those with an appetite for tragic tales might enjoy the following…”

Sermon Hymns I - This is an interesting presentation. “ ‘The Gospel of Jesus Christ’ is the first movement of a planned multi-movement composition entitled Sermon Hymns. This composition is a multimedia work for piano with electronic audio and video playback.” Be sure to give it a fair listen as it begins to really swell near the conclusion.

The smallest tract may be the stone in David’s sling. In the hands of Christ it may bring down a giant soul. —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

September 05, 2011

Justine’s Story - I think it is good for us to read stories like this every now and again, lest we forget the horror and devastation of abortion. “On the 23rd anniversary of her abortion, Justine Kyker warns others of side effects and regrets.”

Loving Christ…Practically - Erik Kowalker looks to J.C. Ryle to find some practical implications of loving Christ.

The Sermon, One Hour Later - Here is a question I asked Brian Croft, and he was kind enough to answer it at his Practical Shepherding blog: “How does a pastor evaluate his sermon one hour after preaching it?” In other words, if someone comes to me shortly after preaching and says, “How did your sermon go?,” how do I answer?

Electronic Self-Projection - Dane Ortlund asks some good questions about social media and its tendency to make us into self-promoters. “And the amount of self-foregrounding that takes place on these media—by Christians—by pastors—is troubling. Promotion of our own books, letting everyone know where we’ve been and whom we’ve met, drawing attention to what others are saying of us—how easily we Corinthianize and employ the world’s mindset for ostensibly kingdom purposes.”

9/11’s Spiritual Impact - Just about everyone is looking back to 9/11 and trying to understand its impact, 10 years later. Here is one of many attempts to guage its spiritual impact.

Astronomy Picture of the Day - This is a fascinating picture if, for no other reason, simply because there is so much going on at once. 

What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath. —Thomas Watson