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February 10, 2012

A First Century Manuscript? - Dan Wallace: “On 1 February 2012, I debated Bart Ehrman at UNC Chapel Hill on whether we have the wording of the original New Testament today. … I mentioned that seven New Testament papyri had recently been discovered—six of them probably from the second century and one of them probably from the first. These fragments will be published in about a year.”

A Month of Junk - Over the next month PluggedIn will be looking at all of those new reality shows that buy, sell, trade or auction other people’s junk. What a strange phenomenon that so many of today’s most popular shows deal with this premise, of all things.

What If I Don’t Feel Love? - “Over the years, I have had people tell me they want to be married because they love each other and I’ve had people tell me that they want out of their marriages because they no longer feel love for their mate. This has led me to ask some serious questions about the nature of love. What is love? Is it something we can fall into and fall out of? Is it chemistry? Infatuation? Is it an emotional response or a choice?”

Spam Works - This is quite an amazing infographic dealing with the spam industry.

An Interview - My pal Darryl Dash interviewed me recently, asking me about being and becoming a pastor, the relationship between blogging and pastoring, and so on.

Judges in the American Canon - Ever since I got my Audible account, I have been using some of my credits to explore the works of Cormac McCarthy. John Piper once said “Cormac McCarthy is to the American literary canon what Judges is to the the biblical canon.” I have found that to be true. In this article Mike Cosper reflects on those books.

$5 Friday - Ligonier has a couple of good deals in this week’s $5 Friday. Look for books by R.C. Sproul and Michael Haykin. 

It is never said, “whom the Lord loveth he enricheth,” but it is said, “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.”C.H. Spurgeon

February 09, 2012

Receiving Criticism - Dane Ortlund: “Seems to me there are two wrong ways to receive criticism and one right way. By ‘criticism’ I have in mind love-sent but hard words from a believing brother or sister that are meant for our good, in the spirit of so many NT passages (neglected by many today, first and foremost by me) that call us to exhort, rebuke, and sharpen one another.”

9 Good Purposes in Suffering - Rebecca has a helpful list, taken from scripture, of good results that come from the suffering of believers.

Radiant Inspiration - There are some nice Christian-themed wallpapers at this site.

Joke of the Year - “Comedian Tim Vine has cemented his reputation as king of the one-liners after he won the prize for joke of the year at the annual Lafta awards.” Some of the jokes here are pretty clever…

10 Digital Commandments - David has been reading a book about leadership in the digital age and provides what he is calling the 10 digital commandments. There’s some real wisdom there.

You cannot repent too soon, because you do not know how soon it may be too late. —Thomas Fuller

February 08, 2012

Keller on NYC’s Decision to Ban Churches from Schools - “I am grieved that New York City is planning to take the unwise step of removing 68 churches from the spaces that they rent in public schools. It is my conviction that those churches housed in schools are invaluable assets to the neighborhoods that they serve. Churches have long been seen as positive additions to communities.”

Asperger’s - “Psychiatrists working on the latest edition of their profession’s diagnostic manual are thought to be tightening the definition of autism and dispensing with Asperger’s completely.”

There Was No Cross - It’s amazing how often this subject comes up in scholarship. And somehow people react like the person is breaking new ground. “Jesus may not have died nailed to the cross because there is no evidence that the Romans crucified prisoners two thousand years ago, a scholar has claimed.”

Spiritual Cardio - Erik Raymond shares some wisdom from Jonathan Edwards and compares prayer to spiritual cardio.

Women Are Better at Parking - Well would you look at that. “Covert surveillance of car parks across Britain show women are better at manoeuvring into parking spaces.”

ISS Night Flight Over USA - This is pretty interesting—a short timelapse film of the International Space Station flying over the US of A.

To see a man humble under prosperity is one of the greatest rarities in the world. —John Flavel

February 07, 2012

The Cross and the Crescent - Michael Horton: “Newsweek‘s current cover-story is ‘The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World,’ by Ayann Hirsi Ali, who fled her native Somalia and served in the Dutch Parliament before taking a position at the American Enterprise Institute. As the article points out, widespread anti-Christian violence is exploding even in countries with Muslim minorities. How do we respond wisely as Christians to this growing threat?”

The Holy Superbowl - This is an interesting article to find in a secular publication. “To my way of thinking the Super Bowl is holy if by holy we refer to something that garners the simultaneous attention, interest, commitment and passion, of imponderably large numbers of people.”

Social Media Explained - This explains it all.

The Journal of Biblical Counseling - CCEF is bringing back The Journal of Biblical Counseling. The information hasn’t been posted yet, but check in at the CCEF site and it should be there this morning.

More Women Priests - “More female priests are joining the Church of England than male ones for the first time ever, it can be disclosed as it takes another step towards the introduction of women bishops.”

Sproul and Ferguson - “On January 20, 2012, Saint Andrew’s was the location for ‘Theology Night with Sinclair Ferguson and R.C. Sproul.’ Topics addressed included the doctrines of grace, when to leave a local church, Tim Tebow, dispensationalism, free will, and the peccability or impeccability of Jesus.”

Coffer - I like the way this guy rolls.

Is there nothing to sing about to-day? Then borrow a song from to-morrow; sing of what is yet to be. Is this world dreary? Then think of the next.C.H. Spurgeon

February 06, 2012

11 Things Thabiti’s Thinking - Thabiti Anyabwile (can we agree that, like Price and Madonna, we can just refer to him by only his first name?) shares 11 things he’s thinking about the whole Elephant Room controversy. You may also enjoy Carson’s and Keller’s take. I think we’re all growing a little weary of this issue, but it’s an important one as it highlights some real fault lines within evangelicalism today.

Tattoos - I appreciate Clint Archer’s take on tattoos and hermeneutics. “This is not a pointed tirade against tattoos, nor a defense of them; it’s a jab at bad hermeneutics. I have found that some like to decorate their arguments with Bible verses that have no place in the debate.”

JOB - In case you aren’t a weekend reader of the site, be sure to check out these amazing wallpapers Chris Koelle designed.

Finding a Solid Church - Bob Glenn offers some useful pointers on how to find yourself a solid church.

Reality Snapshot of Missions Teams - Here’s an interesting Q&A with a missionary on whether or not he finds short-terms missions teams to be helpful in his ministry.

A Pastor’s Final Words - This is something for pastors to think about: “Pastors, if you had one last word to give your congregation before you died, what would it be?  Most congregations do not get that final word, but Dayspring Fellowship was given such a gift.”

I am walking toward a bright light and the nearer I get the brighter it is.D.L. Moody

February 03, 2012

Massive Sanctification - I appreciated this article from Ed Welch. Sometimes massive sanctification can work itself out in just a small change of words or a small shift in attitude. He works this out in those times a husband is rejected by his wife, but it applies much more widely than that.

Learning Worship from Idolaters - This article is based on an interesting premise: that we can learn something about worship by studying idolaters. In this case, the author looks at the idolatry of the sports fanatic.

Valentine’s Day - This infographic displays Valentine’s Day by the numbers.

Dying Regrets - “A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?”

Herding the Elephants - If you haven’t kept up with The Elephant Room controversy but wanted to get oriented, this is the place to begin.

Fantastic Flying Books - Here is the Academy Award nominated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

I find not one corruption of my vile heart is dead, though some seem now and then asleep. —John Newton

February 02, 2012


Spare the Rod, Spoil the Student - I enjoyed this as a story that nicely illustrates the maxim of “spare the rod, spoil the child.” (Note: there’s one bad word in there).

Personal Libraries of the (Near) Future - A cartoon for you. (HT)

Gnosticism, Nicea and Celebrity - Carl Trueman on recent events: “Now that it is official that the kind of questions raised in the third and fourth centuries relative to Trinitarianism are nothing more than the constructs of a bunch of middle aged white guys, it is worth perhaps spending a few moments in methodological and historical reflection.”

Tabletalk - Ligonier Ministries’ Tabletalk magazine offers up a batch of free articles every month and this month’s selection includes a few interesting ones!

The Three Little Pigs - This is a clever little bit of comedy.

Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. —J.I. Packer

February 01, 2012

Football Fan for a Day - “Be a fan for one day for a single purpose: People. Football draws people like moths to a porch light, and through football you can connect with people. There isn’t another social or entertainment event during the year that draws people like the Super Bowl. So take advantage of it!”

An Interview with Christa Wells - Christa Wells has a great new EP out and Paul Martin has a really interesting interview with her (and a copy of her CD for you to win).

The Truth at Cost - Truth for Life (Alistair Begg) has announced that most of their books, CDs, DVDs and MP3s have been marked down to cost…forever.

Trusting God - This month’s free audiobook from ChristianAudio is Jerry Bridge’s Trusting God. Go get it!

Reproductive Technologies - This helpful article at The Gospel Coalition discusses what needs to be considered before using any reproductive technologies.

Hell, Hades, Gehenna, Etc - Bill Mounce looks at hell and the difficulties that come in translating it from the Greek.

Revelation & Inspiration - This month’s free book from Logos is B.B. Warfield’s classic Revelation & Inspiration

Judge Judy - I mentioned Judge Judy the other day; here’s an infographic on how she and her show actually work.

Obedience to legitimate authority is one of the fruits and evidences of Christian sincerity. —Charles Hodge