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August 24, 2007
Friday August 24, 2007 Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith
TIME has a fascinating article about Mother Teresa’s crisis of faith. “ ‘If I ever become a Saint — I will surely be one of ‘darkness.’ I will continually be absent from Heaven — to [light] the light of those in darkness on earth,’ she wrote in 1962.”
Suffering and God’s Sovereignty
Timmy Brister posts what he describes as “a remarkable testimony of a brother who has sweetly tasted the all-satisfying excellency of the sovereignty of God in the midst of lifelong, bitter suffering.”
Create Your Own Comics
You know you’ve always wanted to create your own comic. With Stripgenerator you can!
August 23, 2007
Thursday August 23, 2007 Google Earth Adds Sky
“You can now stargaze using Google’s popular desktop mapping application Google Earth. In the latest version of Google Earth, hit the ‘Switch between Sky and Earth’ button on the toolbar to get a map of the night sky from your current location.”
How To Share Your Faith at School
An article at the Christian Post offers encouragement on “How to Share Your Faith as You Head Back to School.”
The 33,000 Denominations Myth
James White responds to the always popular 33,000 denominations myth.
Better Book Reading
Stephen Altrogge follows up other articles on reading by suggesting 5 tips for better book reading.
August 22, 2007
Wednesday August 22, 2007 Fill Your iPod For Free!
Carolyn McCulley reports that “all of the MP3 messages on the Sovereign Grace Store have just been made free to download. You can sort by topic, by event, or by speaker.”
Billboard Reviews Brian “Head” Welch
Billboard has a respectful, positive review of Brian Welch’s Save Me From Myself, saying it is “a primer on the miserable rock star existence he led before he turned to Jesus, seemingly out of the blue, in 2005.”
Wendy Shalit to Newsweek
Wendy Shalit shares the text of a letter she sent to Newsweek after they unfairly and somewhat inaccurately reported on her book Girls Gone Mild.
Shadow Puppetry
This will take your mind off whatever you’re doing for a couple of minutes.
Ten Year Check-Up
Timmy Brister reflects on one of the weirdest experiences of his life: his ten year high school reunion.
August 21, 2007
Tuesday August 21, 2007 Regeneration T-Shirt
The crew at Monergism Books just unveiled a great new t-shirt on the theme of regeneration.
Calvin & Hobbes, Message & Medium
At Scriptorium Fred Sanders has a great article entitled “What You Can Learn from Calvin and Hobbes about the Message and the Medium.” It’s a must read!
Security and Prosperity
Is anyone else hearing rumors of this security and prosperity partnership of North America? Sounds like the North American leaders want to go the way of Europe, opening borders and combining currency.
Latte Art
Who even knew that latte art existed?
August 20, 2007
Monday August 20, 2007 On The Move
Paul reviews On the Move, a short book by Bono, saying “the fundamental problem in Bono’s speech/book is this: it preaches a Christless, works-salvation.”
No Room at the Inn
Those who insist upon holding up Canadian health care as the solution to America’s health care crisis may wish to read this article. (HT: JT)
Dean’s Class
Dean’s Class is a new web site featuring a whole lot of content by Dr. Russell Moore.
Battery Hack
Did you know that a 12 volt battery contains 8 watch batteries? A little video at Instructables shows how you can save a lot of money on batteries by simply hacking one apart.
August 17, 2007
Friday August 17, 2007 Eternity Lost
Matt Schmucker provides six reasons that the idea of eternity has been largely lost to Christians.
Church Won’t Hold Funeral for Gay Man
A Texas church is causing controversy by not allowing its facilities to be used for the funeral of a gay man. The church’s statement is available here.
Breakfast in Charlotte
Readers in the Charlotte area may be interested in a breakfast event at RTS featuring R.C. Sproul and Steve Lawson.
August 16, 2007
Thursday August 16, 2007 Mark Dever Joins the Baptism Debate
Mark Dever has joined the discussion on baptism that previously just involved John Piper and Wayne Grudem. His thesis: “Baptism SHOULD be required for church membership.”
A Biography of C.J. Mahaney
Timmy Brister points to an online video biography of C.J. Mahaney that “was produced to commemorate his life and ministry at Covenant Life as the pastoral leadership was handed off to Joshua Harris, his successor.”
New Piper Podcast
Desiring God just keeps adding to their online catalog. They are introducing a Q&A podcast called “Ask Pastor John” where you can submit questions to be answered by John Piper.
Riddelbarger on the Apocalypse Code
Kim Riddelbarger points out both the good and the bad in Hank Hanegraaff’s new book in which he attempts to refute dispensationalism.
New Jonathan Edwards
Don Kistler’s Northampton Press has just announced its first title: “Sermons on the Lord’s Supper” by Jonathan Edwards. It is a compilation of sermons, only two of which have ever been published before.
August 15, 2007
Wednesday August 15, 2007 Movabletype 4.0
Bloggers using the Movabletype platform (or considering using it) may be interested to know that version 4.0 has launched and is now available (and looking good!).
How Chicks Hatch
This little video caught my attention yesterday. I think I prefer to believe that my meat arrives at the table through a process slightly more organic than this.
Interview with Peter Williams
Justin Taylor has an interview with Peter Williams who will shortly succeed Bruce Winter as warden of Tyndale House in the UK.
What is the Gospel?
The Church Matters blog is using a recent interview with Derek Webb to propel them into a discussion about the gospel.
August 14, 2007
Tuesday August 14, 2007 Derek Webb Interview
Tony Kummer of Said at Southern blog recently interviewed Derek Webb and has posted the audio at the blog as a podcast.
Is The Bible Relevant to Archeology?
Ray Fowler points to a short but interesting video interviewing five biblical archaeologists on site in Israel.
In Christ Alone
Christianity Today has reviewed the latest CD from Keith and Kristyn Getty saying, “The Gettys display a fascination with the cross, several tunes alluding to or referencing its atoning power.” You can buy it here.
Are Atheists Autistic?
Joe Carter wants to know.
August 13, 2007
Monday August 13, 2007 Is Singleness a Sin?
Lydia posts part two of a series on this topic. “Is singleness a sin? Not according to Paul. And not according to Jesus. In fact, Jesus clearly stated that choosing to be single for kingdom purposes is a good and blessed option.”
If God is Sovereign, Why Pray?
Pulpit Magazine’s blog takes on this question that has perplexed so many people.
Sunday is Sacred
That’s what Stephen Altrogge says and I agree with him. “Sunday is sacred because we get to sing corporate praises to God, fellowship with other believers, and above all else, hear the precious word of God preached. Yet how little we prepare for Sundays.”