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April 29, 2009
How Much is Watching TV Costing You?
“To put it into perspective, if you watch an average of 31.5 hours of TV each week (which the average person in the US does) and you value your time at minimum wage of $5.85 an hour, you are spending nearly $800 a month ($798.53) to watch TV. That comes to nearly $10,000 ($9582.30) a year.”
An Interview at Gospel Coalition
Dr. David Murray of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary took a few minutes recording this video interview with me at the Gospel Coalition Conference.
Like Father, I Pray Like Son
Patrick Schreiner, son of theologian Tom Schreiner, shares a tribute to his father. “I want to encourage imitation of my Dad by telling three stories. I could praise him for his knowledge of Greek, or his numerous books, or his pastoral heart, or his hospitality, but I want to focus on things that few people know. I want to focus on the things that happened after he came home from work. The things that are done at home, these things make men who they are. ”
A Pro-Life Pastor Chooses Jail
Z shares the story of a pastor who, by all accounts, was unfairly accused and convicted of a crime and who chose to serve time in jail. “On Feb. 19, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing sentenced Walter Hoye, a Missionary Baptist minister, to 30 days in jail after Hoye refused a plea deal that included three years’ probation, a small fine, and an order that he stay at least 100 yards away from Family Planning Specialists, an Oakland abortion clinic.”
Inside a BSL-4 Lab
Popular Mechanics has an article about what you’d find inside a Biosafety Level 4 Lab (where they study the most contagious diseases and viruses in the world).
Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference
The annual Banner of Truth Ministers’ is coming up. Registration increases in just a few days, so if you are going to go, register now. Speakers include Sinclair Ferguson, Alistair Begg, Walter Chantry and others.
April 28, 2009
Is Pornography the New Tobacco?
Several things are trying to lay claim to the “new tobacco.” This author says it is pornography (and I’m inclined to believe). “Imagine a substance that is relatively new in the public square, but by now so ubiquitous in your society that a great many people find its presence unremarkable. Day in and day out, your own encounters with this substance, whether direct or indirect, are legion. Your exposure is so constant that it rarely even occurs to you to wonder what life might be like without it.”
You Are Here
A great little video that kicked off the Catalyst West Coast conference.
Snapshots of Religious Life
John Ortberg offers a series of snapshots of contemporary religious life.
D.A. Carson in Themelios
As always, Dr. Carson’s editorial in Themelios is well worth the read. “In blogs, journal essays, and books, there has been quite a lot written recently about what “the gospel” is. In the hands of some, the question of what “the gospel” is may be tied to the question of what “evangelicalism” is…”
To Be Changed
I always enjoy Monday with Mounce. This week he looks to his personal mission statements and the Greek that lies behind it. Every time I read his column I find myself wishing that I had paid more attention in Greek class!
Deal of the Day: Mother’s Day Deals
From The Ardent Sparrow (handcrafted jewelry) comes this offer: “Free Air Mail shipping on all orders over $30 (before shipping) when you mention challies.com in the ‘Message to Seller’ during checkout. Offer valid from Tuesday, April 28th to Friday, May 1st.” She crafts some great jewelry and I’m sure you can find something there for mom…
April 27, 2009
The Hobbit News
Here is some fantastic news about The Hobbit movies. Previously we had been told that the first movie would tell the story of the book while the second would be a new story that would bridge the gap between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. New reports confirm that the movies will actually tell parts one and two of the original story.
Themelios 34-1
A new edition of Themelios is now available. It is available as a 155-page PDF or it can be viewed at the web site.
The Shack and the Skill of Discernment
Saturday morning I was a guest on The Christian Worldview radio program. The audio of that hour-long interview is now available. We also took a few calls from listeners.
When the Problem is Sexual Sin
This article from CCEF offers an interesting counseling method for dealing with sexual sin. “In this case study, John Bettler describes how to help someone struggling with sexual sin. He concludes: ‘If you just deal with outward behavior, you’ll have little success’. See what strategy he recommends instead.”
Deal of the Day: Monergism Books
Monergism Books has a couple of noteworthy deals today. Communion with God by John Owen is 50% off as is Shared Life by Donald Macleod.
April 24, 2009
The Bride Was Beautiful
“Katie Kirkpatrick, 21, held off cancer to celebrate the happiest day of her life. Katie had chased cancer, once only to have it return-to clog her lungs and grab hold of her heart. Breathing was difficult now, she had to use oxygen. The pain in her back was so intense it broke through the morphine that was supposed to act as a shield. Her organs were shutting down but it would not stop her from marrying Nick Godwin, 23, who was in love with Katie since 11th grade.” (HT:Jollyblogger)
An Interview with Bruce Ware
JT interviews Bruce Ware about his book Big Truths for Young Hearts.
Gospel Coalition Audio
You can now download the audio for each of the messages from this week’s Gospel Coalition conference.
Birth Control and Earth Day
We are starting to see more and more of this—birth control being touted as a solution to environmental issues.
April 23, 2009
Global Warming and Protestant Pastors
“Though many people insist global warming is real and man-made, Protestant pastors aren’t entirely convinced, according to a new study from LifeWay Research.”
China vs. US: A Visual Comparison
Mint.com has put together an interesting infographic comparing various aspects of both the United States and China.
No Truth Without Love, No Love Without Truth
Dr Mohler: “Liberal churches have redefined compassion to mean that the church changes its message to meet modern demands. They argue that to tell a homosexual he is a sinner is uncompassionate and intolerant. This is like arguing that a physician is intolerant because he tells a patient she has cancer. But, in the culture of political correctness, this argument holds a powerful attraction.”
The “Honey Do” List
Here’s an article for husbands who can never reach the end of the “Honey Do” list. “Just as you can never complete the “Honey-Do” list, neither can you ignore it (to do so will alternately whip your wife into an uncontrolled fury or send her crashing to the floor in a fit of tears depending on what day of the week it is).” (HT:Amy)
April 22, 2009
Porn and Paper Pastors
Beneath this nicely-alliterated title is an excellent article from Dan Phillips. “This post is not about pornography, men, women, nor marriage. It is about people with paper pastors.”
How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read
Here is an article from WSJ about the end of the book and the dawn of the e-book. “I knew then that the book’s migration to the digital realm would not be a simple matter of trading ink for pixels, but would likely change the way we read, write and sell books in profound ways. It will make it easier for us to buy books, but at the same time make it easier to stop reading them. It will expand the universe of books at our fingertips, and transform the solitary act of reading into something far more social.”
Yesterday We Lost a Member of our Church Family
Z: ” His name was Matt. He had a very unique and amazing story.”
Great Book Deals
This pastor continues to sell some great books at great prices on eBay.
April 20, 2009
Mary Kassian on The Shack
Mary Kassian, author of The Feminine Mistake writes about William Young’s portrayal of God in The Shack: “The Shack contains terribly wrong concepts about God. Plain and simple. If you think it doesn’t, then you’re well on your way to accepting the image of the Christa on the cross. In a few years, you’ll be hanging her up in your church. I don’t think I’m overstating the case.”
Venturing Some More
My friend Ryan offers some good thoughts on trusting Christ even through difficult circumstances. “We are depending daily on God’s provision for meeting our needs. Now, I do realize that even Bill Gates relies on God for his very life and comforts each day (whether Bill knows it or not), but being strapped for cash makes that dependence more tangible. But I began to examine how much I was really trusting in God, and found resistance in different areas of my heart.”
Twin Lakes Audio
The audio for Twin Lakes Fellowship is now available online. Speakers include Ligon Duncan, Derek Thomas and Terry Johnson.
Need Calvinized?
Dr. David Murray brings a video introduction to Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary’s upcoming conference “Calvin for the 21st Century.” He wants you to know that this conference is targeted not primary at pastors or seminarians but at “ordinary Christians.”
Deals of the Day from Monergism Books
Monergism Books is offering two titles at a 53% discount: Fathers & Sons: Stand Fast in the Way of Truth and Fathers & Sons: Hold Fast in a Broken World. Also, Revolutions in Worldview is available at a 50% discount.
April 17, 2009
The Rape of Solomon’s Song (Conclusion)
John MacArthur has posted the final article in his series on the Song of Solomon. He addresses some of the questions and comments left by readers here at Challies.com.
A Call to Intentional Mothering
Carolyn McCulley writes about a series on Revive Our Hearts that sounds like it would be greatly encouraging to mothers. If features Holly Elliff. Holly: “Motherhood is the greatest tool I know for God to shape me and mold me and chisel me for eternity.”
The Hand of God
Silly name but astonishing beauty. “A ghostly blue cloud seems to form an outstretched thumb and fingers grasping a ball of fire. The amazing image was taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory, which is orbiting 580km above the Earth. ”
Truth and Apologetics
Phil Johnson does a great job of answering one of those tough apologetic questions: “How do I defend the sacking of Canaan by the Israelites?” “”Because they were an abomination to God” is a perfectly valid response: It’s true, and it is, after all, the correct biblical answer to the question.”
Pray for NEXT
There will be a special prayer initiative this year for the NEXT conference in May. They will be having focused intercession before, during, and after the conference, asking for God to pour out his Spirit & give much fruit that endures. They are looking for volunteers to pray both on-site and off-site (anywhere in the world). Click the link above to learn more.
Christian History Audio Books
Christian Audio is offering great prices on audio versions of Christian History magazine.
Don Cherry Outfit or Clown Costume?
You will probably not get much out of this unless you are Canadian. But my fellow Canucks should enjoy it!
April 16, 2009
When Abortion Meets Totalitarianism
Slate: “Sixteen million girls are missing in China. And now we know what happened to them: They were aborted because they weren’t boys.”
Your Federal Tax Dollars
Here is a fascinating infographic giving an overview of what happens to your tax dollars (assuming you live in the US of A).
The Truth about Children with Disabilities
Steve and Patty Burchett pen an article for Christian Communicators Worldwide. Writing about their daughter they say, “Though our lives have been altered significantly, we are not despairing. We anticipate many more challenges, but we have found Scripture to be especially precious to us recently. God has much to say about our daughter’s life, strengthening us for the long haul. If you are a parent of a disabled child, we hope these truths will encourage and inspire you…”
R.C. Sproul Abortion
This week, Renewing Your Mind, is airing Dr. Sproul’s series on abortion.
April 15, 2009
Animal Rights and Imago Dei
Walter Kaiser reacts to “an op-ed piece by Nicholas D. Kristof entitled “Humanity Even for Nonhumans” He argued that one of the great historical landmarks of the presidential election in the United States last year was not in the race or the president himself, but it was in ‘the limits of human dominion over other species.’”
Why George Frideric Handel Still Matters
NPR: “Handel has been called the first classical music superstar. His operas, oratorios and instrumental music were the toast of London for more than 30 years. And over the past two and a half centuries, interest in Handel has never waned — not for audiences or for musicians…” Be sure to listen to the audio clips they provide.
An Ark of Biblical Proportions
Hong Kong’s “three billionaire Kwok brothers have just the answer for the rising waters threatening the global economy: the world’s first life-size replica of Noah’s ark, built to biblical specifications off the coast of this recession-struck Chinese financial center.”
Our High Places
Rev. Kev is writing a series on “Our High Places” and it looks like it will be interesting. So far he has taken on our lack of Psalm singing and the worldliness of our entertainment.
Columbine Myths
An article in USA Today looks to the Columbine shootings and tries to sort through fact and fable. “Their rampage put schools on alert for ‘enemies lists’ made by troubled students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication and didn’t target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now say, citing the killers’ journals and witness accounts. That story about a student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never happened, the FBI says now.”
Deal of the Day: F.F. Bruce’s The Gospel & Epistles of John
CBD has a great deal on F.F. Bruce’s commentaries on the Gospel of John and the Epistles of John. Two volumes in one, 585 pages, for $7.99. “Dr. Bruce intended these commentaries for general Christians interested in serious Bible study, and his goal was to communicate what he learned of the message and meaning of both the Gospel of John and John’s three epistles.”

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