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March 10, 2009
Wikipedia Scrubs Obama Eligibility Questions
This article at WND draws interesting comparisons between Obama’s profile at Wikipedia and George W. Bush’s. Guess which one is not allowed to have anything negative attached to it.
The Canadian Solution
Newsweek explains why Canadian banks are not failing and have no need of bailouts. “Canadian banks are typically leveraged at 18 to 1—compared with U.S. banks at 26 to 1 and European banks at a frightening 61 to 1. Partly this reflects Canada’s more risk-averse business culture, but it is also a product of old-fashioned rules on banking.”
Can an Elder Be Divorced
I love “Monday with Mounce.” This week he looks to 1 Timothy 3:2 to ask whether an elder may be previously divorced.
Interview with William Young
Here is an interview with The Shack author William Young. In it he flatly denies the substitutionary atonement (which was one of the questions many people had as they read the book).
Kyle Rae Sweet: 1956 - 2009
Long-time Christian music fans may be interested in this sad news. “Kyle Rae Sweet [Wife of Michael Sweet] has passed on and is now at peace with her Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Spring ESV Sale
Here’s one for the Canadians. Family Christian Bookstore in Burlington is offering sale prices on a selection of ESV Bibles. Click to read their flyer (PDF format).
Preachin’ Dirty
Phil Johnson begins to answer critics of his talk dealing with “Sound Doctrine, Sound Words.” To this point it seems a very grace-filled discussion.
Tait to Front Newsboys
The rumor mill was abuzz with this news; it has now been confirmed. Michael Tait is the new lead vocalist for the Newboys, replacing Peter Furler. If that means nothing to you, you probably don’t listen to Christian music.
Deal of the Day: Matthias Media
“The ‘Deal of the Day’ we have for you is a package to help you share the wonderful Gospel of the Lord Jesus with others.” Click the link to read about the deal they’ve put together!
March 09, 2009
Sound Doctrine, Sound Words
Here is Part 1 of Phil Johnson’s Shepherds’ Conference talk on “Sound Doctrine, Sound Words.” “I’m deeply concerned about the tendency of so many pastors lately to employ profanity, crude and obscene words, vile subject matter, carnal topics, graphic sexual imagery, erotic language, and filthy jokes. Most of you, I know, are aware of the trend I’m talking about. I’m tempted to call it the pornification of the pulpit.”
Technology Sabbath
Here is one of a growing number of articles dealing with taking a break from technology. “According to a 2005 survey, most Americans—including children—spend at least nine hours a day watching TV, surfing the web, or talking on their cell phones. Of those hours, one-third of the time is spent using two or more of those media at once.”
How to Design and Arrange a Room
Matt gives an overview of how to design, furnish and arrange a room.
Win a Pass to Gospel Coalition
Crossway is giving away three passes to The Gospel Coalition conference. Click to find out how you can enter the draw.
Choose the Book Cover
Trevin Wax is looking for input on the cover he should choose for his forthcoming book.
Deal of the Day: The Works of Jonathan Edwards
Monergism Books is offering The Works of Jonathan Edwards (two-volume set) at a steep discount. You may also be interested in Lost Treasures of the Bible which is on sale as well.
March 06, 2009
As One Having Authority
I am hearing good things about Al Mohler’s keynote address at the Shepherds’ Conference. Phil Johnson says “Mohler passionately and eloquently defended authority, certainty, and the necessity of proclaiming biblical absolutes that go against the grain of these pathologically relativistic postmodern times.”
Meet Jerry Bridges
C.J. Mahaney does a brief interview with Jerry Bridges, the man all of us want to be when we grow up.
How Shall We Protect Our Children Online?
Though Aussie-focused, this article offers some good thoughts on protecting children when they venture online. Every parent needs to be aware of the dangers of the internet and needs to be prepared to protect his children!
Ten Grammar Myths Debunked
“Here are 10 facts about the English language that go against the unjustified beliefs peddled by prescriptivists.”
March 05, 2009
Letter to a Grieving Friend
James MacDonald shares a letter he sent to a woman who was grieving for her mother. “Your mother is having a day that is very different than yours. As you put on your black dress this morning remember that your mom is dressed in white (Rev. 19:14). As you shed tears of sorrow and separation remember that your mother is shedding tears of joy. As you think and reflect and ask the questions we all struggle with remember that all your mom’s questions are gone (1Cor. 13:12)…”
Worship Series on Sojourn
“Next Wednesday here on sojournmusic.com we will debut an eight-part weekly video series on Christian worship, congregational singing, trends in music ministry and more. The episodes average ten minutes each…”
What’s the Ideal Number of Friends?
“If a wide circle of friends is taken as a popularity indicator, does that mean the more you have the more successful and happy you are? Or can you have too many? What is the best number?”
If Galatians was Published in Christianity Today
The Sacred Sandwich imagines what would happen if Paul’s letter was to be written and published today.
Deal of the Day: Jeremiah Burroughs
RHB is offer a 50% discount on this collection of books by Jeremiah Burroughs. I’ve read a couple of these titles and really enjoyed them!
March 04, 2009
What Masculine Provision Looks Like
“This from a sobering story on the downturn from the NYT called ‘Forced from Executive Pay to Hourly Wage’ by Michael Luo that follows a former six-figure executive in his daily work.”
Pastor Resources Offer
Reformation Trust is offering John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology free for pastors (though a $5 S&H charge will apply).
US Savings Over Time
This is a very interesting interactive chart that shows savings rates for Americans over time. Note a) how savings rates have plummeted over the last few decades (as consumerism and credit have become widespread, I suppose) and b) how it has bounced up in the past few months.
Love, Sex & Mammon
Russell Moore’s editorial for Touchstone look at “Hard Times, Hard Truths & the Economics of the Christian Family.” ” A time of economic crisis is, therefore, a time for the Church to reconsider—and re-imagine—her priorities. The first step is to recognize that one of the roots of the family crisis all around us—in the pews we sit in or preach to every week—is the wallet in our own back pocket.”
R.A. Torrey on Tobacco
This is interesting in the context of what I wrote on tobacco a couple of weeks ago. Can a Christian use tobacco? “There are laymen and ministers who purpose to be out and out for God and to make their lives count to the uttermost for Him who do use tobacco, but their lives do not count for God as they would if they did not use tobacco, because…”
March 03, 2009
Ten Questions to Benefit from a Conference
Don Whitney gives a list of ten questions you should ask yourself after a conference or special event. “Having invested hours or days of my life in this way, I want to know that it’s been time well spent. To better ensure good stewardship of the opportunity, I have developed these ten questions.”
How to Exasperate your Children
This sounds like a profitable sermon from Irish Calvinist (and it fits well with Proverbs 15 which I just happened to read this morning).
Hospitality Tips
Lydia Brownback: “My friend Susie Cassel is the personification of hospitality. She opens her home to friend and stranger alike, and she is always prepared for drop-by guests. One-on-one or large groups—Susie hostesses all with grace and love.” Susie offers four hospitality habits.
Great Damage: The Gift of Discernment
James MacDonald: “I have been a pastor for more than 25 years and I have heard some pretty harsh things; but the deepest wounding by far has been at the hands of people using the gift of discernment in the flesh. Most often, these are the folks that separate friends, divide churches and destroy families.”
Calvin for the 21st Century
This conference at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary has an excellent lineup of speakers. Registration opened just yesterday.
ESV Online for Free
“Crossway, publisher of the #1 bestselling ESV Study Bible, announced today that it will make the highly acclaimed ESV Online Study Bible available free online to anyone, anywhere, for a limited time beginning today, March 2, 2009.”
I Hope President Obama Is Right on the Economy
I think this is a good corrective from John Mark Reynolds. “It is bad politics, bad form, bad character, and bad patriotism to want the President’s economic policies to fail. Don’t get me wrong. I believe the Congressional and Presidential plan will fail and is already making the situation worse. I just wish it weren’t so.”
March 02, 2009
Free Audio Book
This month’s free audio book from Christian Audio is Don Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. It is yours for the taking…
Hudson River Plane Landing
Here’s an interesting little animation showing the path of US Airways 1549 as it took off, ran into a flock of birds, and made that incredible landing in the Hudson.
Another Five Reasons to Study Theology
Here’s a follow-up to a list I linked to last week.
I Am Who I Am
Bible Backgrounds is a series of weekly blog posts leading up to the fall 2009 release of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament. This week’s post deals with I Am Who I Am.
Eh?
This is a chart explaining just how often that little word is used.
Deal of the Day: MacArthur Study Bible
Monergism Books has all MacArthur Study Bibles at 50% off. This is a one-day sale and is limited to one per customer.
February 27, 2009
Support or Censure for Embracing Motherhood
WNBA star Candace Parker recently announced her pregnancy. The news was greeted with a great deal of anger and disappointment. This article explains why this is.
Honk If You’re Paying My Mortgage
Here’s a bumper sticker worth owning!
A Model of Biblical Proportions
A retired farmer has spent more than 30 years building an enormous scale model of Herod’s temple - and it is still not finished. The picture gallery is amazing.
Meet Ligon Duncan
C.J. Mahaney continues his interview series by talking to Ligon Duncan.
Great Deals on Great Books
This pastor is selling off a large part of his library on eBay. There are some great deals on books and commentaries.
Five Reasons You Need to Study Theology
“There are many reasons why Christian’s need to study theology. In no particular order here are five reasons you need to study theology, and hopefully some of these you won’t have considered before.”
Jay Adams on Turning 80
Did you know Jay Adams has a blog? This article, reflecting on turning 80, is worth the read. He offers this advice: “Prepare for old age. True, you may never make it; there are former students of mine who have died already. If you don’t have some activity that you can engage in for the Lord, you will probably end up a sour and regretful old person.”
Deal of the Day: What is Reformed Theology?
A gift of any amount to Renewing Your Mind (think R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries) will get you a copy of the DVD “What is Reformed Theology?”
February 26, 2009
The Pornification of a Culture
Dr. Mohler: “The scourge of pornography is now so pervasive that it begins to define the culture at large. America is fast transforming itself from a society that allows and markets pornography into a culture that is pornographic. Boundary after boundary is being transgressed.”
The Future
This little cartoon captures something about our culture.
“Rabbi” Duncan
On the anniversary of “Rabbi” Duncan’s death, Fred Sanders offers a few of his best aphorisms. Example: “I have a great liking for many of Wesley’s Hymns; but when I read some of them, I ask, ‘What’s become of your Free-will now, friend?’”
Octomom Does Not Represent Big Families
Candance, writing at Boundless,org, says of the mother of octuplets “her headline-grabbing stunt seems to be turning a critical eye on large families who get that way (large) the old-fashioned way (one or two babies at a time).”
Deal of the Day: A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism
Reformation Heritage Books is offering a great discount on this book. “Ames’s method in this book is not an analysis of the Catechism itself. Rather, he chooses a particular text of Scripture that supports the main thoughts for a given Lord’s Day. While the exposition is directly from the Bible, Ames’s doctrinal conclusions interact with the corresponding Questions and Answers of the Heidelberg Catechism. ”
February 25, 2009
An Approach to Family Devotions
Z gives a roundup of Mark Driscoll’s approach to family devotions. I’m always interested in seeing how other people manage this time of family worship.
Every Student an A Student
Owen Strachan has a couple of interesting articles on the phenomenon of grade inflation and the kind of mindset that goes with it.
The Kind of Men God Used
From Ray Ortlund: “Horatius Bonar, writing the preface to John Gillies’ Accounts of Revival, proposes that men useful to the Holy Spirit for revival have been marked in these nine ways…”
Dead Sea Scrolls in Toronto
My fellow Torontonians may be interested in knowing that a selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls are coming to the Royal Ontario Museum beginning in June of this year. “They include portions of the books of Genesis, Deuteronomy and Psalms. In addition, there will be a fragment of the Ten Commandments on display for a limited time.”
Begg on the Beatles
“Discover the extent of Alistair Begg’s Beatles knowledge, as well as the nature of his true accent.”

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