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September 21, 2007
Friday September 21, 2007 Blog Appraisals
Timmy Brister has a good (if subjective) word to say about appraising blogs.
The Qur’an
The Pulpit blog considers the Qur’an and its source.
The Soaring Loonie
Just five years ago a Canadian dollar was worth only 60% of a US dollar. Today they are at par. Is Canada’s dollar climbing…or is the American dollar falling?
Books in Prison
Doug Groothuis mentions a Prison Fellowship article about religious books being banned from prisons.
September 20, 2007
Thursday September 20, 2007 Paul Needs a New Church
Paul, my pastor, says he needs a new church…
Dying with Debt
Jim Elliff says, “I’ve been troubled by the debt load that many believers are currently experiencing. Things are not getting any better overall, and many are suffering from over-extension. Here is some simple advice I hope will provide impetus for change in many families.”
Disaster Proof Your Ministry
Don Whitney will conduct this session at the conclusion of Omaha Bible Church’s annual conference.
September 19, 2007
Wednesday September 19, 2007 Baptism, Church Membership, and Graduation
This blog has an interesting story told in a gracious way showing how the relationship is between baptism and church membership. (HT: Thabiti)
Weird Story of the Day
A married couple who didn’t realise they were chatting each other up on the internet are divorcing.
Transracial Adoption and the Gospel
Dan Cruver has a great interview with Thabiti Anyabwile. They discuss transracial adoption. (HT:JT)
The New Normal
A fascinating article in the Ottawa Citizen talks about how births involving medical intervention are the new but unnecessary normal.
September 18, 2007
Tuesday September 18, 2007 Messages on Heaven and Hell
A few days ago I posted a review of Edward Donnelly’s book on heaven and hell. The original messages the book was based on are available here (1997 and 1995).
Persecution in Azerbaijan
A reader sent along this story of a Baptist pastor imprisoned in Azerbaijan for holding “illegal religious meetings.”
Evangelicals and the Environment
The latest SaidatSouthern podcast features Dr. Gregg Allison talking about evangelicals and the environment.
September 17, 2007
Monday September 17, 2007 Pastors and Evangelism
A recent article at Pastors.com does a good job of challenging pastors to take the lead in evangelism.
CBMW Redesigned
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood recently relaunched a new version of their web site. There are tons of great resources at the site.
Rule of Thumbs
An article in the Washington Post discusses “love in the age of texting.” “Looking back, I see that relationship as the embodiment of how technology is slowly killing romance. It’s draining the courting out of courtship.” (HT: Josh Harris)
Beautiful Libraries
Reformed Geek recently posted a link to a compendium of some of the world’s most beautiful libraries.
September 14, 2007
Friday September 14, 2007 Mohler’s Motives and Ministry
Hershael York has written an interesting defense and appreciation of the ministry of Dr. Mohler.
Signed by Chantry
You’ll have to act quickly as Steve Burlew of Banner of Truth is offering signed copies of Walter Chantry’s new book “David: Man of Prayer, Man of War”—but only until noon.
The Gospel in 6 Minutes
Here’s a good one to bookmark because sooner or later you’ll want to send it to someone: John Piper presents the gospel in 6 minutes.
Fighting for Pentacles
A coalition of Wiccan organizations has won the right to have the symbol of their faith—a pentacle—inscribed on government-issued tombstones and grave markers.
September 13, 2007
Thursday September 13, 2007 Vintage Jesus
Crossway has posted the cover and description for Mark Driscoll’s first book of 2008 (rumor has it he has 5 or 6 due for release). This one is called “Vintage Jesus” and deals with apologetics.
How Not to Measure Temperature
A reader who works for an environmental agency sent along this fascinating study showing why temperatures in some parts of the world seem to be rising.
“In A Little While” Review
Paul has a review of Stephen and Mark Altrogge’s CD “In a Little While.”
Christian Yoga
John MacArthur and Doug Pagitt were recently guests on a program dealing with yoga. They didn’t say much but what MacArthur did say is worth reading.
September 12, 2007
Wednesday September 12, 2007 Do Sports Build Character?
Looking at an abundance of evidence in major league sports, Anthony Bradley has determined that sports do not build character.
Portable Sounds
Christianity Today is in the midst of a series looking at how the Internet and the digital revolution are changing the way we listen, purchase, and even learn about new music.
Abandoning Islam
Muslims in Holland are fighting for the right to abandon Islam without facing a death sentence.
On the Reading of Books
Dr. Mohler reposts a good article about reading.
September 11, 2007
Tuesday September 11, 2007 How Kids Think
How Kids Think is a project of God’s World Publications, the publisher of WORLD Magazine. They invite you to participate in research of what it means to teach children from a biblical worldview in a postmodern world.
God, Politics, Politicians
Al Mohler asks and answers “How are we to think about the religious commitments of political candidates? Are their actual beliefs off-limits in terms of public policy?”
Three 9/11’s
John Piper writes about three 9/11’s we need to know.
Literary Study Bible
ESV has opened a new web site for the Literary Study Bible.
September 10, 2007
Monday September 10, 2007 Book Lover’s Chair
Here’s a chair for the book lover in your life. “Bookinist is a mobile reading chair, with enough built-in storage to hold 80 of your favorite books nearby.”
Teen Suicide Rates
CBS has the sad news that suicide rates among teenage girls is on the rise. “The suicide rate among preteen and young teen girls spiked 76 percent, a disturbing sign that federal health officials say they can’t fully explain.”
Interview with Bryan Chapell
Preaching Today has an interview with Bryan Chapell on the subject of expository preaching.