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March 09, 2012

To Tweet or Not to Tweet - Should we tweet during a sermon? If so, how is that different from taking notes in a notebook? Here are some questions this author is asking—the kinds of questions we come up with in this digital world.

Calling Men - Mary Kassian was calling men for International Women’s Day (which took place yesterday).

Why Imposters Love the Church - “The New Testament warns us, of course, about spiritual impostors. Sometimes these ‘wolves’ are there to introduce subtly false doctrine. But, just as often, it seems, these spiritual carnivores hold to true doctrine, at least on the surface. But they use this doctrine and service for predatory ends.”

The Costliest Tweets - Back to social media—here is a roundup of some of the costliest tweets ever made. It’s amazing how much damage you can do with just 140 characters.

Credo Magazine - A new issue of Credo magazine is now available.

A Day in the Internet - When you see just how much we rely on the Internet, it’s amazing to consider that just a few years ago it didn’t exist at all. It’s tough to imagine a world without it or to remember the world before it.

No man ever fell into error through being too watchful. —C.H. Spurgeon

March 08, 2012

Your Church and Life Planning - Jonathan Leeman has an interesting and important article on how your church fits into your life. “If you are a Christian, it’s worth asking whether you include your church in your life planning. I mean ‘include the church’ in two ways: do you consider it as a factor in your thinking, and do you actually involve the people in your decision making?”

It Is Finished - Matt Papa is giving away a song from his latest album. It’s a good one for Easter!

Keep Calm and Carry On - Here’s some background on a now-famous poster from the Second World War.

For Moms Who Fail - My mother has often commented on how women, and moms especially, carry endless amounts of guilt. This article from Robert Jones takes aim at that guilt.

8 Myths about China - “In order to understand China today, it’s helpful to understand this simple rule: nothing is as it seems. In fact, I would say this rule applies when observing and analyzing nearly all segments of life in China: politics, economy, social relationships, and even religion. To put it another way, whatever China seems to be at any given moment, it is in fact the opposite.”

The doctrine of the Trinity is basic to the Christian religion. It is no exaggeration to assert that the whole of Christianity stands or falls with it. —R.B. Kuiper

March 07, 2012


Piper and Entertainment Addiction - The site is new to me, but I enjoyed the discussion on John Piper’s recent comments on addiction to entertainment. “There is no simple, easy way to discern what is entertainment, and what is not; or what is edifying, and what is not, with modern technology.”

Selective Reduction - “This article is disturbing. And that’s why you should read it. The euphemism ‘selective reduction’ will become more and more common, so let us not forget what it’s referring to:”

Citing a Tweet - Here’s a sure sign of the times: the MLA Handbook tells you how to properly cite a tweet. It’s just one more thing I’ll mess up and need my editor to fix.

Audible Sale - If you’re an Audible member, be sure to check out their sale that extends until March 13. They’ve got some really good books on sale.

How to Use Commentaries - David Murray offers up 20 tips on how to use Bible commentaries. I’d like to see another list giving tips on how not to use them (though I guess you could read between the lines and piece that together yourself).

Japan Then and Now - Here is a series of photos that look at the aftermath of the tsunami that swept Japan.

In commanding us to glorify him, God is inviting us to enjoy him. —C.S. Lewis

March 06, 2012

Sexual Sin in the Ministry - Writing for Desiring God, Harry Schaumburg addresses the sad prevalence of sexual sin in the ministry and pleads with pastors to get help. “For the last twenty years thousands men from across America struggling with sexual sin have come to our intensive counseling workshop. Over half were pastors and missionaries.”

Translating a Plural as a Singular - Mounce offers an interesting take on when it may be better to translate a plural as a singular. I’m not convinced, but it is helpful to think through these things as it shows how the translator’s job is not just to translate but to help understanding.

Fumblerules of Grammar - You’ve probably seen this before, but it’s always worth a read. “Late-1979, New York Times columnist William Safire compiled a list of ‘Fumblerules of Grammar’ — rules of writing, all of which are humorously self-contradictory — and published them in his popular column, ‘On Language’.”

Tongue Parasites - Don’t read this if you’ve got a weak stomach. “Whenever I give a talk about my book Parasite Rex, I try to gather together the creepiest images of parasites that I can. Every time, there’s one kind of parasite that summons an instant reaction: a mix of laughter, sucked-in breaths, and gasps of recognition. I speak, of course, of the parasites that eat your tongue.”

Out of a Far Country - A reader sent me the link to this powerful testimony of conversion. It comes from Christopher Yuan (who co-authored a biographical account titled Out of a Far Country).

Baptism and Church Membership - Jim Hamilton writes about the difficult and sometimes painful issue of extending (or not extending) church membership to those whose beliefs do not quite line up with a church’s statement of faith.

Nothing makes room for Satan more than wrath. —Thomas Manton

March 05, 2012

The Church in Canada - The Gospel Coalition is holding an event in Ontario. The Gospel Coalition has an interview with John Mahaffey, a member of the TGC council, on the state of the church in Canada.

Tornadoes - The home of the brother of Bobby Gilles (I have sometimes linked to his blog and music) was destroyed by one of those tornadoes and every member of his family injured. Bobby has the incredible details.

Fat, Sick and Dead - That’s what your desk job is doing to you—making you fat, sick and eventually dead.

Hidden in the Heart - This is a good and important article on hiding the Word in your heart and the difficulty that comes in this digital age.

Kirk Cameron and Piers Morgan - Kirk Cameron got himself into hot water by sharing his beliefs on the Piers Morgan show.

Strike Two - Another heartbreaking blog post from Africa. Reading blog posts like these makes me see how much I take for granted—things ilke a convenient, working health care system.

Tattoos for Lent - I’ve said it before: it’s impossible to lampoon Evangelicalism. “In a hip, artsy, area of Houston, a hip, artsy pastor is taking an unorthodox approach to Lent.Standing in front of his congregation at Ecclesia Church, a congregation he admits is different - more diverse, more urban - than many evangelical churches - Chris Seay encouraged them to do so something he said combines the ideas of sacrifice and devotion that mark the Lenten season, the 40-day lead up to Easter.”

Labor to keep the heart low in prosperity, and full of heavenly cheerfulness in adversity. —Jeremiah Burroughs

March 03, 2012


Matthew 18 and Public Critique - Rick Phillips offers four reasons that public critique does not involve Matthew 18. “This demand for personal contact prior to public criticism of published writings is becoming almost ubiquitous these days.  We even hear complaints that public critique violates Matthew 18 unless there has private dialogue first.  Let me offer the following four reasons why this is completely wrong.”

Tornadoes - Here is a photo gallery displaying the destruction of the recent outbreak of tornadoes.

Porn’s Central Lie - Doug Wilson: “I have long said that the principle problem with pornography is the didactic and catechetical aspect of it. Immodesty and licentiousness are of course sinful, but it is not remarked enough that porn is a sex ed curriculum put together by liars and incompetents.

I’m Being Followed - From The Atlantic: “I’m Being Followed: How Google—and 104 Other Companies—Are Tracking Me on the Web.”

Hand-Raising Tips - Tim Hawkins has some tips on hand-raising in church.

As to his deity Christ had no mother, and as to his humanity he had no father. —Robert Clarke

March 02, 2012


The Forgetting Pill - Consider a pill that could take away our worst memories. “In the very near future, the act of remembering will become a choice. … Psychiatry never cures anything—all we do is treat the worst symptoms. But this new treatment could be the first psychiatric cure ever.”

Meet Fred Luter - WSJ has an introduction to Fred Luter, the man who this spring will likely become the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

On Controversy - “A minister, about to write an article criticizing a fellow minister for his lack of orthodoxy, wrote to John Newton of his intention. Newton replied as follows…”

Open Journalism - The Guardian describes what it means to pursue open journalism—one of the realities of life in this digital world.

Of what use is it to have many irons in the fire if the fire is going out? —Eric Roberts

March 01, 2012

5 Dangers of Fallible Prophecy - Nathan Busenitz looks at a recent debate between Wayne Grudem and Ian Hamilton and points out 5 dangers inherent in Wayne Grudem’s view of ongoing, fallible prophecy.

Elements in True Reformation - Did you know that J.I. Packer once wrote a book titled Hot Tub Religion? Anyway, Randy Alcorn quotes it here, giving an interesting and important excerpt on the elements of true reformation.

Poetry in Single Columns - Here’s something I’ve noticed before. J. Mark Bertrand offers an explanation as to how poetry is printed in English Bibles.

Percentage of the Population - “It’s often said that if you repeat something loud enough and long enough, people will begin to believe it. Such is the case with the claim that 10% of the population is gay. Though it’s commonly believed, the figure is rarely questioned.”

A Pastor’s Neglect - Brian Croft writes about a couple of the consequences for the pastor who neglects his family for the sake of ministry.

World Record - This is phenomenal. 

Take care of your life and the Lord will take care of your death. —George Whitefield