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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

January 31, 2012

I Am Not a Victim - I found this post a real joy to read: “By the world’s standards, I am disabled. Contrary to the stories I have told, I am not the victim of a shark attack or a vicious anaconda. I am not, in fact, a victim at all. I was formed this way. I was born before the days where ultrasounds were a part of standard care. My disability was a complete surprise to my parents, to the doctors, and to the entire small town where I was born.”

The Church in Great Britain - D.A. Carson heard what Mark Driscoll said recently about the church in Great Britain and offers a different take. “I have no reason to doubt Mark’s sincere concern for the gospel in the UK and for young ministers there. Nevertheless, you might be interested in hearing another perspective.”

The Elephant in the Room - Here’s a really important article from Voddie Baucham on The Elephant Room. Baucham discusses how he was invited to participate, why he said no, and why he was recently taken off the roster of speakers at a Harvest event.

Songwriter’s Glossary - Bobby Gilles has put together The Songwriter’s Glossary Of Poetic & Rhetorical Devices and he includes helpful examples from many hymns.

Coal - “Coal occupies a central position in modern human endeavors. Last year over 7000 megatons were mined worldwide. Powerful, yet dirty and dangerous, use of coal is expanding every year, with 2010 witnessing a production increase of 6.8%.” The Big Picture has a photo gallery.

Tennis - Here’s one for the tennis fan: highlights from the Australian Open and Andy Murray’s battle with Michael Llodra.

If God should justify a people and not sanctify them, he would justify a people whom he could not glorify. —Thomas Watson

January 30, 2012


Discerning the Conversion of a Child - Brian Croft provides wisdom on this always-tricky question: How do you know when your child is truly converted? He sticks close to Jonathan Edwards on this one.

What Is Essential to Being a Christian? - Speaking of Jonathan Edwards, here is Edwards on the essentials of the Christian faith. “Being a Christian doesn’t only mean that you assent to a certain set of doctrines. There are other equally important things that must be true. Jonathan Edwards explains…”

Pastors Conference - The Desiring God Pastors Conference begins today and you can watch it live online (free!) in 4 languages. It kicks off at 8:30 EST this evening.

Can You Choose to Be Gay? - Here’s an interesting conversation coming from within the gay community. “Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon says that she chooses to be gay. What does science say?” On either side the gay community has a lot to lose.

Everything About Learning - According to this article at WIRED, everything you thought you knew about learning is wrong.

Sin would have few takers if its consequences occurred immediately. —T.W. Purkiser