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2009-04-27
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2009-04-26
Tim Irvin
Dear Facebook
Once upon a time in a different, but much the same, Christian era (the 1970’s); the keyword was Journal. . . .

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Reformed Antithesis
Bavinck: The Law-Gospel Distinction and Preaching
I've been thinking about the law and how it relates to both the believer and the unbeliever . . .

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Julie R. Neidlinger
Garbage poems
I was sitting at a stoplight yesterday, watching a plastic grocery sack blow across the road and slam into cars. It was the kind of thing someone in a creative writing program in college would write a poem about . . .

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2009-04-25
Tony Reinke
Restoration Experts and Sharpshooters
Whether it’s by protecting our hearts from subtle corrosive temptations or by standing over our lives with a loaded rifle on the hip, wisdom is working to protecting us.

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Tony Reinke
“I’m With Jesus”: A Simple Approach to Apologetics
“Yes, I do believe in that, because Jesus said it happened, and I’m with Jesus.”

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John Piper
Can't We Get Any Straight Answers from Christianity?
Read the whole thing and see if there is not enough that is crystal clear and beautiful and compelling . . . (video here)

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Ken Fields
Pronouns and the Cross: Romans 5 and Limited Atonement
. . . did Christ really die in the place of real people--releasing them from the sentence of death?

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The Sacred Sandwich
Dogs Reading Scripture
The poker-playing dogs, immortalized in the famous paintings by Cassius Coolidge, announced last week that they have repented of their former ways and have replaced their Friday night poker game . . .

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2009-04-24
Charles Spurgeon (posted by Justin Taylor)
Spurgeon: Yet He Wants Books!
He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.

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Albert Mohler
The Morning After Pill and the End of Parenthood
. . . on some issues the secular left is absolutely of one mind and voice, and the promotion of birth control and contraception is one of these issues.

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Judith Lavoie
Birth control touted as part of Earth Day
"We can make changes, but they don't mean a thing if our population keeps growing," (HT)

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2009-04-23
Frank Turk
Blameless
[Blameless] doesn't mean "tries real hard" or "is transparent about his flaws". It means "blameless." There's nothing to blame him for.

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James White
Dan Barker on John Calvin and Michael Servetus
This link is my way of telling anti-Calvinists who love to bring up Servetus to shut their ignorant mouths. Politely, of course.

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Michael Crichton
Aliens Cause Global Warming
You must read this to understand where global warming “science” came from. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had. . . . The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. (HT)

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The Rape of Solomon’s Song — A collection of posts by John MacArthur, Tim Challies, and others on the recent scandalous abuse of the pulpit.
John MacArthur
The Rape of Solomon’s Song Part 1, 2, 3, 4--conclusion
Sermons about sex have suddenly become a bigger fad in the evangelical world than the prayer of Jabez ever was. MacArthur gets this exactly right.

Tim Challies
Missing the Forest for all the Trees
Tim comments on MacArthur’s article: I think his long and faithful ministry has given him the right to speak out and speak up. We’d be foolish to immediately write him off as old and irrelevant and out-of-touch (as some are doing . . .). Quite right, Tim. It’s amazing how often young and hip trumps old and mature these days. Amazingly foolish.

Erik Raymond
Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Mark Driscoll and a Frat Party
Irish Calvinist chimes in: The shtick is tired and old. It’s really time to turn the page and put the old Chris Rock routines to bed. After all, there is a gloriously infinite and inexhaustible fountain of Christological delight to be had in the gospel. Amen!

Paul Lamey
A word about Mark Driscoll
It is interesting to note that the same ones who defend him are making the claim that he has repented of such behavior. Apart from the fact that no evidence of repentance exists, why would someone excuse his behavior yet say he has repented?

Frank Turk
In Other Words
. . . there is no analogical rosetta stone for the reader of the song of Solomon to tell us how certain passages correlate to body parts or whether it is merely emotional and relational gratification the writer is “really” talking about.

Fred Butler
Glamour Magazine Theology
I am reminded of what the Scriptures say of Rehoboam in 2 Kings 12:8, But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.

Related: Phil Johnson at the 2009 Shepherds’ Conference (here and here), and Frank Turk makes another relevant point. And another.

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Yukon Rebecca
Theological Term of the Week: hypostatic union
(Rebecca’s full glossary of terms)

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Pat Lencioni
The S Word
. . . the reality of socialism radically differs from the theory, and that even the theory itself has fatal flaws. (HT)

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2009-04-22
The Washington Times
Federal agency warns of radicals on right
Consider yourself warned . . . about me! (HT)

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Daniel van de Laar
Age Segregation in the church: Culture vs. Scripture
. . . I don't think the sermon is the main point or even the highlight of our time together. My children are learning from my wife and I what is important to us.

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2009-04-21
Dan Phillips
Porn and paper pastors
God gave you the pastor He gave you.

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Steve Weaver
“When I See the Blood . . .” Exodus 11:1-12:36
Pastor Steve continued his series in the book of Exodus with a look at the first Passover.

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2009-04-20
Dan Phillips
Seven Pounds: impressions and reflections
I saw Seven Pounds last week, and reading Dan’s “impressions and reflections” made me sad all over again.

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The Onion
Media Having Trouble Finding Right Angle On Obama's Double-Homicide
. . . members of the American news media admitted Tuesday that they were still trying to find the best angle for covering the gruesome crime. (HT) Warning: The Onion is not a G-rated site.

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2009-04-19
Tominthebox
Extraordinary, Amazing, Outstanding, Fabulous Women and Their God Conference
God has made us fabulous creatures. We should be excited about that!

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2009-04-17
Phil Johnson
Truth and Apologetics
"How do I defend the sacking of Canaan by the Israelites?"

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Steve Weaver
“The Gospel in a Nutshell” 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (Easter Sunrise Service)
“God’s Amazing Grace” Ephesians 2:1-10

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Paul W. Martin
Whitefield, Godliness and Your Television
Rarely does the devil force-feed sin.

Share Your Faith or Preach Jesus?
I don’t like to be picky about words and phrases, but lately I have come to deplore the terms, “share your faith” and “outreach.”

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2009-04-16
Tim Challies
Reading Classics Together

Holiness by J.C. Ryle
Holiness
Introduction
Sin
Sanctification
Holiness
The Fight
The Cost
Growth
Assurance

Overcoming Sin and Temptation
[originally The Mortification of Sin in Believers] by John Owen

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14

The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross by Arthur Pink
Introduction
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
Introduction
The Religious Affections (I)
The Religious Affections (II)
The Religious Affections (III)
The Religious Affections (IV)
The Religious Affections (V)
The Religious Affections (VI)
The Religious Affections (VII)
The Religious Affections (VIII)
The Religious Affections (IX)
Evangelical Humiliation
The Religious Affections (XI)
The Religious Affections (XII)
Like Kindling a Flame
The Religious Affections (XV)

Real ChristianityReal Christianity
[originally A Practical View of Christianity] by William Wilberforce

Real Christianity (I)
Real Christianity (II)
Real Christianity (III)
Real Christianity (IV)
Real Christianity (V)
Real Christianity (VI)
Real Christianity (VII)

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2009-04-13
The Sacred Sandwich
Excerpts from The Diary of “Dave” Brainerd
. . . I sought the necessary provisions for evangelistic success: the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the light of God’s Word, and a Facebook and Twitter account.

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2009-04-12
CNN
Poll: Fewer Americans support stricter gun control laws
Could Americans be coming to their senses?

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It’s a bust!
Get your historic Presidential bust here.

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CNN
Woody Harrelson claims he mistook photographer for zombie
For the record, I believe Woody.

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2009-04-09
J.D. Hatfield
Become a Deader You
[God’s] agenda may not be for you to have a good life according to the word’s standards, or even your own supposedly godly standard.

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Yukon Rebecca
I Started a Fight 1, 2, 3, 4, Conclusion
The teacher had disagreed with me strongly, calling my view that God planned from the beginning for humankind to fall “twisted theology.”

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2009-04-08
Todd Bolen
The Jesus Tomb Unmasked
. . . this film reveals many of the falsehoods and distortions that were part of the recent sensational “discovery” of the burial place of Jesus . . .

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Julie R. Neidlinger
It's not about the road less traveled.
I have to stop thinking that there are do-overs in life . . .

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YouTube SBC Theme Song
at least, it should be. (HT)

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2009-04-07
Steve Weaver
“God vs. the gods of Egypt” Exodus 7:14-10:29
Pastor Steve continued his series in the book of Exodus with a sermon on the first 9 plagues . . .

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2009-04-06
John Samson
"WORLD" - John's Ten Uses of the Word by Pastor John Samson
The word “world” (Greek: Kosmos) appears 185 times in the New Testament: 78 times in John, 8 in Matthew, 3 in Mark, and 3 also in Luke. The vast majority of its occurrences are therefore in John’s writings, as it is also found 24 times in John’s three epistles, and just three times in Peter.

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Phil Johnson
Frustrating, Funny, Fascinating, and Frightening
Here's eighty-eight minutes of video . . . The key players . . . are Tony Jones, Kevin DeYoung, Scot McKnight, and Brett-and-Alex Harris . . .

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Thabiti Anyabwile
Christianity Is Not Your Grandma's Preserves
When Christians speak of “preserving a Christian heritage,” that’s the last gasping breath of a dying faith.

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Fred Butler
True Discernment
I just cannot see how a person can claim to be a follower of Christ and then live a life consistently making boneheaded choices. . . . Even worse than making consistently bonehead choices is how they justify these choices by claiming God is directing them.

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Tim Challies
Evil as Entertainment. . . [watchblogs] are really little more than entertainment.

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2009-04-04
Scott Aniol
Contextualizing the Gospel 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
There is a popular thought today in evangelicalism that says that if we as Christians are going to reach unbelievers around us, we need to be more tuned into contemporary culture. If we want people to accept our gospel message, they say, then we need to present the gospel by packaging it in the language of contemporary culture.

thyoutube.png Interview with Scott Aniol, author of Worship in Song

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Phil Johnson
More On the Pornification of the Pulpit
The message I gave at the Shepherds' conference three weeks ago on the pornification of evangelical pulpits continues to generate e-mail and questions.

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Dan Phillips
Non Sola Scriptura: the Blackaby view of God's will 1, 2
Though Yahweh repeatedly points His people back to the given Word, even during the unfolding of revelation, the Blackabys would have believers keep looking for new words.

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Thabiti Anyabwile
Why the Time Magazine Trumpeting of New Calvinism Is a Bad Thing
Do most people even know what Calvinism is? Do we want a brief news blurb to be their introduction . . . ?

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Timmy Brister
Post-Christian Culture and False Conversion
There are things that can be mistaken that have little to no consequence, but conversion is not one of them.

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Jeremy Weaver
Unremarkable
I think the next time I’m asked what our worship services are like I’m going to answer, “Unremarkable.”

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Steve Weaver
“Why God Does What He Does” Exodus 7:1-13

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Travis Hawkins
Ignatius
Übercool youth ministry. (HT)

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James MacDonald
The Public Rebuke of False Teachers
I do not view Brian [McLaren] as an ‘erring weaker brother,’ worthy of sympathy or olive branches, but rather as a dangerous false teacher . . . (HT)

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Albert Mohler
Does Your Pastor Believe in God?
The Dutch have become famous worldwide for their liberal approach to assisted suicide and euthanasia. In this case we see something new -- the suicide of a church.

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