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February 10, 2009
87 Hours of Porn Per Year
“The average UK teenager spends 87 hours a year viewing online porn, according to new research conducted by OnePoll in the UK.” Realize that the research did not distinguish between girls and boys and you’ll probably have do double that 87 hours for the boys. Allow for the fact that many of them undoubtedly lied and you could put it higher still.
The Best Bits from The Affections
Fred Sanders offers a way of reading only the best bits of Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections. “It gets the reading assignment down to 125 pages, arranged in 7 bite-sized portions of about twenty pages each -ideal for book discussion groups.”
Mary, Mother of Christ
Here is a movie that will be coming our way next year. It will have an A-list cast. “This is not a Christmas movie. This is a part of Mary’s life that has never been shown on the big screen before. It takes us through Mary’s youth, young love, her life as a new mother and the triumph through the absolute terror of Herod the Great’s reign. It is truly a story of real female empowerment.”
Going Underground at Wal-Mart
This is an interesting article about a guy who took a job at Wal-Mart just to see if all the bad press is true. (HT:Z).
Media Clamor over True Woman ‘08
“The mainstream news media has discovered-with a vengeance, emphasis on vengeance-True Woman `08 nearly four months after the Revive Our Hearts women’s conference took place. Last week, Gender Blog interacted with an article published by Religion Dispatches that typified TW as a “counter-cultural movement,” but one that should be taken seriously. ”
February 09, 2009
Women to Pass Men in the Job Force
With the recession on the brink of becoming the longest in the postwar era, a milestone may be at hand: Women are poised to surpass men on the nation’s payrolls, taking the majority for the first time in American history.
Evolution at Wikipedia
Here’s an interesting little graphic that shows how the Wikipedia entry for Evolution has been changed over the years.
The Kindle 2
Amazon is set to unveil the next generation of its Kindle e-reader device. It looks like they’ve improved what needed to be improved. PC World has an early look at it.
50 De-Stimulating Facts
Nation Review offers 50 of the most outrageous items in the stimulus package set to make its way through the Senate this week. A few examples: $650 million for digital-TV coupons; $600 million for NOAA (carve-out for “climate modeling”); $600 million to convert the federal auto fleet to hybrids; $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects.
Cell Phones and the Gospel
Russell Moore gives some good thoughts on cell phone usage among young people. “Text-messaging is easy, and can easily break the boredom of a classroom or a family dinner, and it can put one in touch with people one’s parents never know one is “talking” to. That’s easily enough remedied by Christ-following parents, but I wonder if the cellphone isn’t being used as just one more opportunity to preach a misleading gospel to our kids.”
February 06, 2009
Band of Bloggers 2009
Band of Bloggers 2009 will be held at the Gospel Coalition Conference. Timmy Brister gives all the details.
What You Could Buy with a Trillion Bucks
That trillion dollar figure is almost impossible to wrap your mind around. This article offers at least a little bit of perspective.
Flight 1549 Tapes
The FAA has released the tapes from Flight 1549. If you’re as big a geek as I am, you’ll probably find them fascinating.
Dialog with Darwinists
As Darwinists celebrate the 150th anniversary of their hero’s breakthrough book, Marvin Olasky offers “Key themes to remember on the birthday of ‘On the Origin of Species.’”
An Entertaining Saboteur
Mark Galli writes about Facebook. “But let’s stick to Facebook as the prime example and admit that, in the end, Facebook actually sabotages our ability to genuinely connect with others. But it is an entertaining saboteur.”
Free Games from Amazon
Amazon has recently opened a store selling downloadable games. Here are three they offer for free. I can’t vouch for the quality, but the price is right…
February 05, 2009
‘09 Persecution List
Here is a list of the ten nations where Christians face the most severe persecution. Not surprisingly, more than half of them are predominantly Muslim.
The Fray
I thought this was an excellent review. I can’t speak to the album as I haven’t heard of, but I thought the review displayed some fantastic writing and worthwhile critique.
Worldview Tour
Rick and Nancy Pearcey are leading a worldview tour, “From Plato to Picasso to You,” later this year. Click to read details.
Evolution of the Household
Here is an interesting collection of information about how the American household has evolved since the 1950’s.
Bus Slogan Generator
Now you can put your own slogan on the side of a bus (just like atheists in England). HT: Johannah)
Google Latitude
A good example of the law of unintended consequences. I wonder if the people who created the cell phone knew that one day it could be used to track our every movement?
Deal of the Day - Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad
RHB is offering 60% the cover price of Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons. It looks like a good one for the Edwards fan!
February 04, 2009
Archaeology: What It Can and Can’t Do for Old Testament Studies
Here is an interesting article by Kenneth C. Way. “Today’s Christian has a responsibility of closing the gap between himself and the ancient text by considering archaeological and textual sources that demonstrate relevance to the Bible in order to more accurately interpret the Word of God.”
An E-Z Guide to Publishing
Boston.com rants about the book industry today—ghost writing, blurbing, reviews and signs all receive a little bit of attention.
The Google Monoculture
This is worth thinking about. “If Google were to go down (or become essentially unusable — same thing) for, say, 72 hours or more, how disruptive would it be to the economy? Would online retailers see a slowdown in business? Would job-seekers remain out of work longer? Would the productivity of information workers (who supposedly spend a couple hours per day doing online searches) be seriously affected?”
DG Pastors Conference Audio
Desiring God is posting the audio files from the Pastors Conference. It looks like there are lots of good messages there.
Is Wikipedia Cracking Up?
This is a good article looking at both the positives and the negatives of Wikipedia. “The site has more than justified its founders’ faith in the wisdom of crowds. But it has also shown that every crowd has its share of fools and knaves. Vandalism and error are endemic, and it has often driven users to the conclusion that the only way to increase accuracy is to reduce access. The tensions are not new, but they are growing.”
Noah Won!
A little while I asked if you’d consider voting for Noah in the Cutest Tax Deduction contest. Well, little Noah won and his parents are thrilled.
February 03, 2009
Retrospective on 40 Years
Rick Holland interviews John MacArthur about his first forty years of ministry at Grace Community Church.
Unwavering Commitment
Holland also wrote an article about MacArthur’s unwavering commitment to preaching. “It is the proclamation of the truth from our pulpit that makes it special. Like Ezra, who read the Scripture and explained its meaning to the people, so our pastor proclaims God’s Word to us each week. As a result, the pulpit at Grace Church has an unparalleled reputation for being a place where expositional preaching meets an eager congregation.”
There Really Is a Bible Belt
Dr. Mohler comments on a new Gallup poll that asked 350,000 Americans “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” “There is much to see in this new Gallup report, and everyone from missiologists to marketers will be using the data. Political scientists will have their own interests, as will students of American religion. As for those committed to church ministry and the Great Commission — we see our national mission field in sharper view, state by state.”
How Facebook Plans to Make Money
You know all that information about yourself you’ve been entering into Facebook? Just try to imagine what this is worth to advertisers. That’s how they’re going to make their money…
Memo to Worship Bands
John G. Stackhouse writes a letter to worship bands asking them to turn down the volume just a little bit. “The contrast with the Reformation is the modern-day insistence that a few people at the front be the center of attention. We do it by making six band members louder than a room full of people. But a church service isn’t a concert at which an audience sings along with the real performers. Musicians—every one of them, including the singers—are accompanists to the congregation’s praise. They should be mixed loudly enough only to do their job of leading and supporting the congregation.”
February 02, 2009
The Shack - Four Walls, Four Reviews
The Scriptorium offers four reviews of The Shack. Of particular interest, I think, is the one written by a literary snob as he deals well with one of the book’s most obvious shortcomings. “Papa, the woman who portrays God the Father, reflects on her tendency to love everybody by saying, ‘Guess that’s jes’ the way I is.’ And before the reader can finish rubbing his eyes in disbelief, three lines later Papa says ‘Sho’ nuff!’ Though he comes perilously close, Young at least manages to keep his God character from saying ‘I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout rulin’ no universe!’”
Reflections on Young, Restless, Reformed
Collin Hansen offers some thoughts on what he would do differently if he were to start over in writing his book Young, Restless, Reformed.
Free Audio Book
This month’s free audio book is Not for Sale. “Award-winning journalist David Batstone reveals the story of a new generation of 21st century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage. In his accessible and inspiring book, Batstone carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.”
Are You Willing to be Hated?
A good article from Randy Alcorn. “It’s not our job to be popular. We are not contestants on American Idol. And we are not Christ’s speechwriters or PR team, airbrushing Jesus so He has greater appeal to people who don’t want to hear what He said about sin and hell. He’s the King, He calls the shots, we’re just His ambassadors. So let’s represent the real Jesus, the whole Jesus, not just the culturally acceptable one.”
Deal of the Day - Free Shipping
From now until Friday, Monergism Books will give you free economy shipping on orders over $25. Use this coupon code: challies0209.
January 30, 2009
40 Years of MacArthur
Congratulations to Grace Community Church and John MacArthur who together are celebrating MacArthur’s 40th anniversary of ministry at Grace. They have a weekend of special events ahead of them.
Dawn Treader Docks at Fox
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will go forward, having been picked up by Fox. They are targeting a holiday 2010 release.
Goodbye New Attitude, Hello NEXT
The New Attitude Conference has been renamed to NEXT. They have a great event planned for this May.
Win Bible Software
This site offers details of a giveaway of several Bible software packages.
With Al Due Respect, We’re Doomed
This article offers an interesting look at the reverence for Al Gore, especially among members of the government.
Liberals in Love
I enjoyed reading this interview with Bernard Goldberg, author of A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media. “This is not the same old, same old. They jumped the shark this time. They really took sides and they didn’t care who knew it. That’s different from anything that happened in the past.”
Undiscovered Sampler
Some free music (of varying quality) for you to download.
Ted Haggard’s Facebook
This is an interesting article from someone who knew Ted Haggard well. “I was hoping — against hope — that The Trials of Ted Haggard would document his walking into the light. It doesn’t. It captures his attempt to reenter the limelight.”
Mohler on Those Who Have Had an Abortion
Paul excerpts some powerful words from Dr. Mohler as he speaks to those who have had an abortion.
Mohler on Abortion Q&A
Here is a great Q&A session with Dr. Mohler as he answers questions about abortion (What about women who are raped? What about pregnancies where the mother’s life is at risk? Etc…).
January 29, 2009
That’s My King!
Yes, you’ve probably heard/seen this before. But it’s worth listening to again. Don’t watch the slides—just listen to the words.
What Are They Buying?
A wise article from Thomas Sowell looks at the bailout package. He says ” Using long, drawn-out processes to put money into circulation to meet an emergency is like mailing a letter to the fire department to tell them that your house is on fire. ”
Deidox
Deidox seeks to bring compelling stories to life through short documentary films. “Our hope is that these short films will inspire you to realize anew how big and active God is, how He is reaching and changing lives in all countries and using His people to accomplish His work.”
Driscoll on Nightline
Nightline recently did a feature on Mark Driscoll. You can watch it here.
Pragmatism over Principle
Chuck Colson looks with some alarm at a number of Obama’s early decisions and shows how he is already choosing pragmatism over principle.
Deal of the Day: Practical Works, Vol 1
Reformation Heritage Books has greatly reduced the price on Richard Baxter’s Practical Works, Vol 1: The Christian Directory.
January 28, 2009
Sovereign Grace Sale
As they did last year, Sovereign Grace is having a sale in February. Books, CDs and even shipping will be heavily discounted.
Rites of Passage
The Point has a good article on pop culture and the hyper-sexualization of young girls and new rites of passage.
ECPA Book Award Nominees
“The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announces the finalists for the 2009 Christian Book Awards. Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Awards honor titles in six categories: Bibles, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth, and Inspiration & Gift. ”
Rick Warren Goes Quarterly
“He has written one of the best-selling books in history. But can pastor Rick Warren sell a magazine? The test starts this week, with the debut of Purpose Driven Connection, a quarterly publication from Reader’s Digest Association to be sold as part of a bundle of multimedia products its backers hope will connect Christians to each other and God. A subscription includes access to a Facebook-like Christian social-media Web site and DVD guides for leading a prayer group.”
The Good Book Company Goes American
“We are pleased to announce the launch of a new, Bible-centered, Christian resource provider in North America. From the 2nd February 2009, The Good Book Company will make available its full range of resources to churches and individuals in North America from its new US-based website.”
Children are not an Economic Burden
Matt Perman interacts with Nancy Pelosi’s comments indicating that she feels children are a burden on the economy.
What the Web Knows About You
“She had me at hello … or just about. Our conversation had barely started when privacy activist Betty Ostergren interrupted me to say that she had found my full name, address, Social Security number and a digital image of my signature on the Web….”

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