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2008-10-31
Tim Challies
Reformation Day Symposium - 2008 Edition
Today is Reformation Day—the 491st anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg’s Schlosskirke.

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2008-10-30
Tony Reinke
$elf-Piercing
Our only hope in times like these will be contentment—hearts satisfied with the riches of grace, hearts thankful for what Christ has accomplished on the cross, and hearts hopeful for the greater promises to be fulfilled in the future when our food will be in the form of a feast and our clothes will include a crown. Until then, we have food, and clothes, and the One who was pierced for our transgressions. We have enough to be daily joyful.

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2008-10-29
Tominthebox
John "Rudolph" Piper Encourages Us To Lead the Lord's Sleigh This Christmas
Equipped with only a red ball for a nose and his fingers for antlers, John “Rudolph” Piper recently previewed this year’s Christmas theme for Bethlehem Baptist Church: “Don’t Waste Your Flight.”

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Joe Rigney
College at Bethlehem Baptist Church
Did you know that you can complete your freshman year of college through The Bethlehem Institute (TBI) at Bethlehem Baptist Church?

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Tim Challies
I Love You This Much
When we go no further and see ourselves as the ultimate object of Jesus' love, we raise ourselves far too high. We may inadvertently make Jesus' death a kind of idolatry.

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2008-10-28
Big news
— and when I say big, I mean really big. Huge. Enormous. (new link)

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Albert Mohler
So Much for Possibility Thinking
You don't try to preach . . . what is sin and what isn't sin. A mission is a place where you ask nonbelievers to come and find faith and hope and feel love.

Tim Challies
Christless Christianity
It is not heresy as much as silliness that is killing us softly.

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Helen McCaffrey
Palin deserves our respect
I cannot predict who will win the presidential campaign, but I already know who will lose big: all women. (HT)

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Douglas A. Sweeney and Mark C. Rogers
Walk the Aisle
Popularized by frontier camp meetings and Charles Finney's "anxious bench," the altar call became an evangelistic staple of American churches.

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Lisa Miller
What’s God Got to Do With It?
Prosperity preachers are neither new nor unique in America, but the Osteens' version seems especially self-serving. (HT)

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2008-10-27
Douglas Wilson
Bar Stool Economics
A clever illustration of the American tax system.

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2008-10-23
Fred Butler
Gleanings from Job
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11
#12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18,
#19 (click more for previous)

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Hot Air
The comprehensive argument against Barack Obama
Warning: huge, slow-loading page.

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Guy Davies
Blogging in the name of the Lord: John Hendryx
an interview of the man behind Monergism.com.

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2008-10-22
How Not to Help the Poor
If there's one lesson from the "war on poverty" programs the US government instituted in the 1970s it is that government programs were the primary source of the destruction of the black family and the erosion of the dignity of the black men in particular in low-income urban areas. Good intentions ain't enough.

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Bob Kauflin
Top Ten Ways to Write Bad Worship Songs
Why clutter up our songs with clear, specific, and compelling descriptions of God’s character and works? Why not just emote and talk about how passionate we are?

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2008-10-20
Thabiti Anyabwile
The Presidential Election That Almost Was . . . Or Why It's Difficult for Me to Vote 1, 2
Democrats have given us the first African-American presidential nominee. That's historic. Republicans have offered us the oldest presidential nominee. That's no less historic. Both candidacies prompt serious questions about who we are and the meaning of life. Dare we think about these things?

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John MacArthur
Politics, Activism, and the Gospel
We can’t protect or expand the cause of Christ by human political and social activism, no matter how great or sincere the efforts.

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Steve Weaver
“What Kind of Wisdom Do You Have?” James 3:13-18
Pastor Steve continues his series on the book of James. This series looks at the book of James as a series of tests of the genuineness of the professing Christian’s faith. Thus, each sermon’s title will be stated as a question.

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2008-10-18
John Samson
Those Arminian texts?
"And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself." - John 12:32

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Thabiti Anyabwile
The Pressure on a Sermon Is Always Downward
. . . biblically every time revival breaks out among God's people it follows rediscovery and recommitment to hearing the word of God. If we want revival among God's people, we must take seriously reading, preaching, and hearing the word of God. And, guess what? It takes time to do that well.

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Matt Waymeyer
The Hermeneutics of Dispensationalism
It’s one thing for a NT passage to bring a clearer understanding of an OT passage by providing more details or by fitting more pieces into the overall puzzle. But it’s quite another to use the NT to completely change the meaning of the OT as communicated to its original audience.

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Leland Ryken
Reading the Bible as Literature
Three primary modes of writing converge in the Bible: theological, historical, and literary. Overwhelmingly, theology and history are embodied in literary form.

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Ron Gleason
It’s the Economy, Stupid!
How Many Americans want to Live in Socialism? . . . Just in terms of his economic policies, Obama will be as bad, if not worse than Lyndon B. Johnson or Jimmy Carter.

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2008-10-16
Small Dead Animals
No Tote Bags!
“Darn! Four more years of a Republican President!” . . . “That’s it. We are moving to Canada!” (HT)

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Ron Gleason
Lies and Marxism in the 2008 Election
Mr. Obama has promised somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 trillion in new spending, plus universal health care.

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2008-10-15
Tim Challies
The Good Ol' Hockey Game
"But it wasn't really hockey was it? I mean . . . I still don't know anything about the game."

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Neil Shay
Meet my Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandma
(an old but fascinating story)
Things may be bad for us. They may be horrific. We may be in pain and our world may be shattered, with no hope in sight. But though we can't always see it, and though we don't always understand, God will be faithful.

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2008-10-14
Steve Weaver
“Do You Have Living Faith?” James 2:14-26
“Do You Control Your Tongue?” James 3:1-12

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Justin Taylor
Robert P. George: "Voting for the Most Extreme Pro-Abortion Political Candidate in American History Is Not the Way to Save Unborn Babies"
Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. . . . Yet there are Catholics and Evangelicals—even self-identified pro-life Catholics and Evangelicals—who aggressively promote Obama’s candidacy and even declare him the preferred candidate from the pro-life point of view.

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2008-10-13
Gene Veith
Church growth Amish style
The number of Amish has grown 84% since 1992, to a total of some 231,000.

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James 3
A short film from Desiring God starring you and [ahem] me.

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Neil Shay
It's Generally a Good Idea to Follow the Instructions of Angels Precisely
We don’t hear any more about Lot after Genesis 19. We know nothing further of him except one thing. He was a righteous man according to 2 Peter 2. Like me, he was saved by grace, and like me, he made quite a few compromises, and we will be better off if the desolate consequences he reaped never fade from our memories.

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Gene Veith
If George Bailey had never lived
. . . we wouldn’t be having this financial meltdown! Washington Post columnist Ross Douthat blames our current financial meltdown on George Bailey, of Frank Capra’s masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life . . .

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2008-10-11
Brendt Waters
what was your point, again?
But in their passion to dismantle those that they oppose, they are all three perfectly willing to use any and every issue that they disagree with, regardless of its accuracy or relevance to the main point.

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2008-10-09
Daniel van de Laar
The Imputation of Righteousness
The righteousness that is imputed to me is real righteousness.

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Dan Phillips
Bad love, bad end - and the Cross
Solomon could not have known all the misery that would come from his actions. But he knew it was rebellion against God. And, knowing that, he knew all he needed to know.

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Thomas Sowell
The Real Obama I, II, III
The old phrase, "a man of high ideals but no principles," is one that applies all too painfully to Barack Obama today. His words expressing lofty ideals may appeal to the gullible but his long history of having no principles makes him a danger of the first magnitude in the White House.

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2008-10-08
Fred Butler
Why William Ayers Matters
. . . the collection of characters like Ayers and his "crazy uncle" Rev. Wright show us who it has been shaping Obama's philosophical principles on life, leadership, and now government. That is why Ayers matters. Certainly Obama repudiates his violent terrorist past, but they certainly share the basic presuppositions which drive their left politics. That should be a concern for anyone with a bit of common sense.

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Scott Ott
Scott Ott Answers 2nd Presidential Debate Questions
Brokaw: All right, we've come to the last question. . . . "What don't you know and how will you learn it?"
Scott Ott: I don’t know the limits of what God can do with a nation that’s fully devoted to Him. I hope to learn by devoting myself.

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Albert Mohler
I'm Sorry, So Sorry -- "False Apology Syndrome"
A physician by profession, Theodore Dalrymple has diagnosed one of the most public ills of our age -- "False Apology Syndrome."

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Hank Balch
From the Doctor’s Desk: What the Birth Control Pill Is Designed to Do
The 1999 Physicians Desk Reference reads . . .

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Jeremy Weaver
My transcript of last night’s debate
Barack Obama: I’m a Communist. John McCain: I’m a Socialist.

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2008-10-07
SNL Bailout skit
WARNING: This is not a Christian site. Don't expect it to look like one. (HT)

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Mollie Ziegler Hemingway
Look Who's Irrational Now
The reality is that the New Atheist campaign, by discouraging religion, won't create a new group of intelligent, skeptical, enlightened beings. Far from it: It might actually encourage new levels of mass superstition. And that's not a conclusion to take on faith -- it's what the empirical data tell us. (HT)

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Pulpit Magazine
Why Elder Rule? (Part 1), (Part 2)
. . . adapted from the Grace Church Distinctive on Biblical Eldership.
(click more for previous)

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John Samson
Should we use altar calls in our evangelism?
It may be something of a surprise for most Christians in our day to learn that the "altar call" is very much a modern day invention in Church history, made famous by the heretic Charles Finney.

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2008-10-06
YouTube
E.T. (LINK FIXED)
[Fill in your own comment. I have no words.]

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Michael Medved
Biden's Financial History Disqualifies Him For High Office
If a candidate for high office does a spectacularly poor job in managing his own family's finances, why on earth should we trust him in a national leadership position at a time of acute economic crisis?

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Albert Mohler
The End of the Nation? Russia Chooses Death Over Life
Reports out of Russia indicate that the recent military clash with Georgia may have represented something more like desperation than opportunism.

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Gene Veith
“Obama is my Jesus”
Can you say “antichrist”?

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Justin Taylor
McLaren, Three Birds, and No Perspective
Very interesting.

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John Hendryx
If Divine Election is True then What Need is There to Preach the Gospel?
No Calvinist has ever taught that God works to save people apart from the word of God, missionaries and preachers (see John 10) and that we Christians can just nonchalantly wait for God to save people apart from the concurrent use of means.

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YouTube (via Frank)
pays off at 2:22
Mr. Turk invites you to insult him.

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Scott Ott
59 Percent Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress41 Percent Would Skip the Voting Part Entirely
According to the latest Rasmussen poll, in the wake of the financial-sector bailout bill passed last week, 59 percent of Americans would vote the entire Congress out of office. The other 41 percent would achieve the same result without the voting part . . .

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Tim Challies
The Burden of Perverse Assumptions
My mother has often remarked that men, and Christian men in particular, go through life lonely--forsaken by other men who should be their friends. And I think she is right. I wonder if we, too, bear the burden of perverse assumptions. Maybe we, too, from our early days feel the need to prove that we are not homosexual. And we do this by fleeing emotional or spiritual intimacy with other men, assuming that such relationships are unworthy of men--real men.

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2008-10-05
Tony Reinke
The Value of Systematic Theology
My prayer is that we all come to see that any culturally relevant worldview we present and defend must be one build upon a robust systematic theology.

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David Gunderson
Satan and Jesus in God’s Courtroom
Satan is the great accuser of the saints. Jesus is the great defender of the saints. They are in heaven waging a relentless courtroom battle for our souls.

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Randy Brandt
Satan Got Saved
Well, now I’ve heard everything . . .

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David Gunderson
Shallow Knowledge
Give me an hour and a decent internet connection and I can be an expert on anything. . . . I’m a 21st-century man. I will find it, I will glance at it, and then I will know it.

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2008-10-04
J.D. Hatfield
Hard Hearted Hearing
While it is certainly true that we must be doers not simply hearers of the Word, we cannot be doers if we are not hearers.

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Scott Ott
Amended Rescue Allows Buyout of Other Bad Decisions
“It’s like a giant morning-after pill,” said one House Republican who opposed the initial bill but plans to support the new package. “From now on, when you do something stupid, you just pop the pill, purge and flush…the federal government takes care of the rest.”

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2008-10-03
via Fred Butler
The Obama Truth Squad Brown Shirt Choir
Frightening.

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Ron Gleason
The Bail-Out
. . . Sowell asserts that “If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were free market institutions they could not have gotten away with their risky financial practices because no one would have bought their securities without the implicit assumption that the politicians would bail them out.”

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christianaudio.com
All of Grace by C.H. Spurgeon
Free audio book (coupon code OCT2008)

2008-10-02
Pulpit Magazine
Martin Luther on Harsh Language
Christians should be a very firm, though courteous, people. Courtesy should be coupled with seriousness, and seriousness with courtesy, according to the pattern of the life of Christ supplied in the Gospel.

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2008-10-01
Steve Weaver
“Do You Have Respect of Persons?” James 2:1-13
This series looks at the book of James as a series of tests of the genuineness of the professing Christian’s faith. Thus, each sermon’s title will be stated as a question.

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Tim Challies
The Best Defense
The best way to protect my heart and life is to be constantly on the offensive.

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