Friday, December 31, 2010

Broken clocks and such

A nice quote by an atheist: Broken clocks and such « Expository Thoughts:
“We unbelievers are entitled to regard the Bible as magnificent literature. More is demanded from the faithful. Yet these days, even some soi-disant Christians would claim that the miraculous elements of the New Testament are only metaphors. To me, that is agnostic slop. Faith is more than literature. Faith is an epiphany of abasement, ardour and rigour, in the hope of grace, redemption and joy. But there is an entrance fee. If you do not believe in the literal truth of the Incarnation and the Resurrection, you are not a Christian.
~Atheist, Bruce Anderson

Two-Year Bible Reading Plan

I agree with the problems pointed out here, and this modified might be alright (pdf link down the bottom of the article) Two-Year Bible Reading Plan – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
This program involved reading a section of the Old Testament, a section of the New Testament, and either a Psalm or some verses from Proverbs.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Reformed Card and Gift Shop

Doug Wilson has a bit of a rant: The Reformed Card and Gift Shop:
What issues am I talking about? Here is a sampling, a representative list of issues that the respectable part of the conservative evangelical world is currently handling very badly -- headship and submission in marriage, women's ordination to the ministry, women's ordination to the diaconate, women enrolled in seminaries, women in combat roles in the military, evangelicals ceding control of what constitutes legitimate discourse about sodomy over to the perpetually offended, the legitimzation of sodomy as a federally protected vice, the delegitimization of opposition to said vice-nurturing, women doing everything an unordained man can do, pervasive hostility to genuine masculinity within the church, puff-translations of the Bible that cater to the heresy of feminism, complementarians becoming complimentarians, and the spectacle of effeminate homosexuals fighting for what they believe in a far more manly way than Christians do. How's that for starters?

Now I know that my reception at the great banquet of evangelicalism resembles, as the fellow once said, that of badly dressed leper. Quite all right. I won't stay long. I just had this message to deliver, and I'll be on my way.

2010 Christmas Message on Vimeo

A 2 minute Christmas message (better than the Canadian one I linked to yesterday): 2010 Christmas Message on Vimeo:
Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Dr Peter Jensen gives his Christmas message 10 years into the 21st Century.

Federal Court, the IRS and Internet Churches

The IRS have declared that a church has to have a meeting with people to be a church. Internet/radio churches do not count. Looks like they know a thing or two: Federal Court, the IRS and Internet Churches | 9Marks:
The court's ruling in the case gives guidance - and warning - to churches that use newer technologies to broadcast sermons and other religious messages to reach a wider, and perhaps younger, audience. To maintain 'church' status with the IRS, churches that take advantage of technological advances should ensure they are holding regular communal worship services for congregations that are physically present, and that such communal worship is not merely incidental to virtual activities

10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On

A pretty interesting article to see on Cracked (it is also 3 years old). A little pragmatic (and long) but interesting to read: 10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On | Cracked.com:
The war that's coming between the fundamentalist Christians and the hard-core Atheists probably won't be the most violent of the holy wars. But it has the potential to be the most annoying. Well, I'm going to try to stop it.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 Christmas greeting from Anglican and Lutheran leaders

Its a bit of a worry... As Driscoll would say, these guys have missed the big E on the top of the eye chart: 2010 Christmas greeting from Anglican and Lutheran leaders:
In their 2010 Christmas video, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada celebrate the gift of music.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What Is Marriage? Gay Marriage vs. the Conjugal View

Some links to a journal article and responses to it on marriage and gay marriage. The articles are long but I think it might be worth reading both sides of the argument: What Is Marriage? Gay Marriage vs. the Conjugal View – Justin Taylor:
The dialogue is detailed, but the arguments are relatively clear. The above will take you to the best arguments on both sides.

What Is the Meaning of Christmas?

An alright 10min clip about the meaning of Christmas: What Is the Meaning of Christmas? – Justin Taylor:
An evangelistic short film (10 minutes) from St. Helen’s Bishopgate in London on whether or not the Christmas story happened and what it means—featuring New Testament scholar Paul Barnett

TGC Asks Don Carson: When Has a Preacher Crossed the Line into Plagiarism in His Sermon?

Strong words by Carson: TGC Asks Don Carson: When Has a Preacher Crossed the Line into Plagiarism in His Sermon? – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Taking over another sermon and preaching it as if it were yours is always and unequivocally wrong, and if you do it you should resign or be fired immediately.

Partnering to Remember

Wanna learn all of Philippians before Easter next year? I have doubts I can achieve this, maybe it just a matter of giving it some time: Partnering to Remember | The Resurgence:
Starting in 2011, we are beginning a project called P2R (Partnering to Remember). The goal is to memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) through partnering with other believers using the memory moleskine. Paul praised the church in Philippi for their partnership in advance of the Gospel, and in the spirit of that partnership, this project intends to bring Christians together for the deepening work of God's Word in their lives. Simply put, we are partnering to remember.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dennett's deism

This journal article looks interesting: SpringerLink - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Online First™:
To suggest that Daniel Dennett is a deist is to invite ridicule. Dennett is both an avowed atheist and defender of naturalism in philosophy. Yet if we pay heed to the entirety of Dennett’s claims a curious picture emerges. My suggestion is that Hegel and Marx represent the rival responses to what we might call the modern predicament: what is the nature of existence in a world which seems a mechanism? Dennett’s response to this question is Hegelian, and involves a commitment to a religiosity which might surprise those otherwise receptive to his arguments.

Preaching Notes Series Introduction

Tim Keller get the award for the most "Unique" Manuscript: Preaching Notes Series Introduction - Joshua Harris:
The men we've obtained manuscripts from so far include:

- Mark Dever
- Mike Bullmore
- C.J. Mahaney
- Ray Ortlund, Jr.
- Tim Keller
- Mark Driscoll
- Joshua Harris (me)

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Biggest Hypocrites Since the Vatican's Interior Decorator

Penn also says that he did like going the church and hanging out with the people there, the only drag was there is no God: YouTube - The Biggest Hypocrites Since the Vatican's Interior Decorator - Penn Point:
Penn feels intense compassion for several ministers who have come out of the closet as Atheists. Apparently, they actually read the Bible and realized how immensely ludicrous it all is

First Order Confusion

Interesting quote: First Order Confusion:
'Put bluntly, a woman can exercise her gifts fully without seeking to compete with men. The feminist error assumes that women can only lead if they do what men do' (Beyond Stateliest Marble, p. 86).

Christmas Is for Those Who Hate It Most

Christmas Is for Those Who Hate It Most – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Christmas is really about the gospel of grace for sinners. Because of all that Christ has done on the cross, the manger becomes the most hopeful place in a universe darkened with hopelessness. In the irony of all ironies, Christmas is for those who will find it the hardest to enjoy. It really is for those who hate it most.

A Father’s Role in His Children Going to Church When They Are Adults

Stats from Switzerland: A Father’s Role in His Children Going to Church When They Are Adults – Justin Taylor:
if a father does not go to church, no matter how faithful his wife’s devotions, only one child in 50 will become a regular worshipper. If a father does go regularly, regardless of the practice of the mother, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will become churchgoers (regular and irregular).
The results are shocking, but they should not be surprising. They are about as politically incorrect as it is possible to be; but they simply confirm what psychologists, criminologists, educationalists, and traditional Christians know. You cannot buck the biology of the created order.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bridgeton billboard: World will end in May 2011

I thought the bible pretty much said no one know the day or the hour: Bridgeton billboard: World will end in May 2011 | NJ.com:
They bear the message, “Judgment Day, May 21, 2011, THE BIBLE GUARANTEES IT”, in addition to a crossed out “2012”.

Guests at Church: 10 Mind Blowing Facts to Fuel Your Hospitality Ministry

Interesting facts. I don't know if Australia would be the same...: Guests at Church: 10 Mind Blowing Facts to Fuel Your Hospitality Ministry – Will Mancini:
Every month for the last decade, the Auxano team conducts ministry observations during weekend services. We call itthe Guest Perspective Evaluation. Here is why I keep this strategic component in Auxano’s toolbox. Okay, each reality by itself may not be mind blowing, but when you put them all together the case is staggering and couldn’t be more compelling.

The Agony of Scarf-Shopping and the Ecstasy of Great Books – The Gospel Coalition Blog

OF the five books these guy listed, I have read 2 and a half and have 4 of the 5. Maybe I should get on with reading some of them...: The Agony of Scarf-Shopping and the Ecstasy of Great Books – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Of course, the ultimate Christmas present for the theology nerd is—wait for it—books.

Radio 4 to devote day of reading of King James Bible

the King James is 400 years old next year : EV News :: Radio 4 to devote day of reading of King James Bible:
The 28 Bible passages, each 15-minutes long, will be introduced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Simon Schama and Will Self, and recorded by actors including Samuel West, Emilia Fox and Hugh Bonneville.

The readings will be broadcast on January 9 and will follow three programmes that will explore why King James decided on a new translation of the Bible and its continuing influence on British culture.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Can I Be Saved If I Am Living in Constant, Secret Sin?

A tricky question: Can I Be Saved If I Am Living in Constant, Secret Sin? – Justin Taylor

Special Parking Privileges

If it feels right and both agree, what then is the problem: Special Parking Privileges:
So, a professor at Columbia has been charged with some kind of incestuous relationship, and everybody was apparently a consenting adult, and so we are, again, face to face with the public incoherence of our rudderless sexual ethic
So those who can follow an argument need to come to grips with how this will play out for them. Do you object to a guy bonking his sister? You, my friend, are clearly filled with hate.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Oxygen 11 - Conference for Pastors & Leaders

Piper and Lennox will be speaking at this event, and you can also get free talks (but you do have to give them your email address - nearly Katoomba, your close to offering free, no strings attached content): Oxygen 11 - Conference for Pastors & Leaders

‘The Things You Have Heard Me Say in the Presence of Many Witnesses Entrust to Reliable (Blank)’ – The Gospel Coalition Blog

More on translation and gender issues, is it "faithful men" or "faithful people"? ‘The Things You Have Heard Me Say in the Presence of Many Witnesses Entrust to Reliable (Blank)’ – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Though not quite the flash point that 1 Timothy 2:12 has become in the gender debate, 2 Timothy 2:2 presents a challenge for contemporary translators.

A Gift Idea

A nice observation: A Gift Idea:
...as Charles Spurgeon once noted in a sermon, “I consider that one of the great lacks of the Church nowadays is not so much Christian preaching as Christian talking.” In fact, a preacher may invest more time in carefully thinking about the words he will use in one sermon than most of us will invest thinking about the words that will come from our lips all year.

Friday, December 10, 2010

What makes a great preacher?

I good statement I think: What makes a great preacher? « Expository Thoughts:
Is your favorite preacher a great pastor to his sheep? Do you even know how he treats his congregation? Do you know if his fellow leaders respect his work amongst the sheep? .... The more I have reflected on this in my own life and ministry, it seems that the men who are exemplary in shepherding and preaching are rarely on tour. They’re not out building ministries their doing ministry.Your more likely to find them sweating it out every week in their own pulpits and with their own congregations.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Those pagan Christmas trees …

When I was young I wasn't allowed a Christmas tree, now I am older I don't care much for them, and I am not sure they really work in Summer in Australia (besides fake ones). Also I think attributing the Christmas tree to Luther is a bit of a stretch (maybe I should also say "bah humbug" as this post is a bit grumpy): Those pagan Christmas trees … | The Mars Hill Blog:
No one knows exactly how this got started, but legend has it that the protestant reformer Martin Luther was walking home one Christmas Eve and was struck by the beauty of the stars twinkling through the evergreen tree boughs.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Assuming Too Much about “Assume” in 1 Timothy 2:12

DeYoung talks about one verse in the new NIV translation: Assuming Too Much about “Assume” in 1 Timothy 2:12 – Kevin DeYoung:
At the very least, it’s odd that the NIV thinks the meaning of authentein has gotten less clear from 1984 to 2010, when the scholarship that’s taken place in the last 25 years suggests the NIV got it right back then.
Many complementarians object to the new NIV translation, not only because egalitarians have been pushing for this rendering (as Burk points out), but because “assume authority” communicates something different than “exercise authority.”
If “exercise authority” is the best translation, then authority is the problem. If “assume authority” is the best rendering, we are dealing with the inappropriate assumption of authority. This change’s Paul’s prohibition considerably.

AlbertMohler.com – The Retreat from Marriage — A Recipe for Disaster

I have no idea if this is that same for Australia: AlbertMohler.com – The Retreat from Marriage — A Recipe for Disaster:
Economists report that the wealth deficit of the unmarried as compared to the consistently married is as much as 75 percent. The unmarried are less healthy, less wealthy, and less stable in relationships as compared to married couples. And, to no one’s surprise, the ill effects of this condition are extended immediately to the children of unmarried unions and to generations to come.
America now faces a “marriage gap” that can only be described in stark terms. The moderately educated are now less likely to get married, to stay married, and to reserve children for marriage. These Americans are now less likely to form lasting marriages, while the more highly educated are now more likely to do so. For those moderately educated Americans who do marry, their marriages are now declining in measures of quality and stability. Divorce rates are now lower for the more highly educated and higher for the moderately educated. The moderately educated middle class is now “dramatically more likely than highly educated Americans to have children out of marriage.”

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Allergic to Other People

This is a bit of a challenge to me as I don't really do fruit. Although, the other month, I did have an apple pie for dessert, as I didn't want to say no to the new rectors wife...:Allergic to Other People:
If you think that every cook in the body has a bounden obligation to drop every other ingredient from her recipes if you are coming over, then perhaps you are waiting for the wrong person to make the sacrifice. Why don't you make the sacrifice, and just eat it?

Monday, December 6, 2010

You Didn't Have To . . .

Interesting thought with Christmas coming up: You Didn't Have To . . .:
When was the last time you heard a caution against being too stingy in your gift giving? And how many warnings have you heard about a consumerist tendency to spend way too much? Now I grant that throwing a bunch of money around is not the same thing as true, open-handed generosity, and we do have a good bit of that. It is not as though that is a non-existent problem.

Free Electronic Version of Edwards' Religious Affections

My phone can take ePub formats: Free Electronic Version of Edwards' Religious Affections - Desiring God:
..the unabridged text of Jonathan Edwards' seminal work Religious Affections and turned it into an electronic book

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism Conference Audio

More free audio from a 9marks conference: The Gospel and Personal Evangelism Conference Audio | 9Marks

The Advantages of the Small Church

This was a good talk (and conference)The Advantages of the Small Church:
In a large church the opportunity is excellence, but the challenge is relationships. In a small church the challenge is excellence, but the opportunity is relationships.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Falling in and out of love

On love: Falling in and out of love by Mark Gungor:
One can fall in the toilet or in a ditch or off a ladder. You can even fall on your face…but you do not fall in love.
Love is a choice—it is not a feeling and you do not fall in and out of it. The word of God makes it very clear what love is and is not.

Do Non-Believers Play a Public Role in Your Church Services?

A mixed response to this question. The first guy is the quote below, but the other guys I think I side with. It seems it's not ok to verbally serve the church, but its ok if you can play an instrument and support it in it's worship... sounds like a bit of a cop out... TGC Asks: Do Non-Believers Play a Public Role in Your Church Services? – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
..it would be unloving for us to have a non-believer sing songs or recite creeds about things they simply do not believe. But we do enjoy having non-believing instrumentalists offer their gifts in ways that greatly enhance the worship of God in our community.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Something funny is happening to our Bible readings

The NIV might have shot themselves in the foot with their new version that called the same as their old one. Those who were looking for a reason to change might see this (or it may mean churches will change to the 2010 and then everyone in the church will also change over time): The Sola Panel | Something funny is happening to our Bible readings:
...every church who uses the NIV will have to make a decision whether to change over to the 2010 NIV, or whether to swap to another English version like the ESV or HCSB altogether for their public reading and preaching of Scripture.

Chesteron on Thanksgiving – Justin Taylor

Some good Chesterton quote: Chesteron on Thanksgiving – Justin Taylor:
"When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?”—G. K. Chesterton

The God Who Is There

I like free stuff and Carson, you cant go wrong: The God Who Is There - The Gospel Coalition:
In February 2009, Don Carson presented a 14-part seminar entitled “The God Who Is There” at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
Full audio and video are now available for free for the
entire 14 part series

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Why Pastors Should Embrace the Pleasant . . . Unpleasant Moments in Ministry

Some advice for ministers: Why Pastors Should Embrace the Pleasant . . . Unpleasant Moments in Ministry – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Before convincing you why we as pastors should embrace this paradox we experience in ministry, I suppose I should define what I mean by a “pleasant . . . unpleasant” conversation.

Pretty Much Says It All

Click for an interesting video: Pretty Much Says It All

Dear Arminians

A good reminder: Dear Arminians – Justin Taylor:
Whatever issues relevant to salvation we disagree upon, let us agree on this: the Calvinist and the Arminian are brothers in Christ. Both belong to the household of faith. The issue of debate is not between belief and unbelief but rather which of two Christian perspectives better represents the biblical portrayal of the divine-human relationship in salvation and the contributions of both God and man in human history.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The TSA of the Reformed World

At least we are being sensible and not calling Wright a heretic, in my readings of Wright, he does seem squarely reformed: The TSA of the Reformed World:
What Cowan does is let us distinguish between these two questions: 'has Wright written heretically?' and 'has Wright written responsibly and accurately?' He clears him on the first question, and urges us to discuss the latter . . . responsibly.

Who Needs Marriage? TIME Asked the Question — Do You Have an Answer?

AlbertMohler.com – Who Needs Marriage? TIME Asked the Question — Do You Have an Answer?:
In the 1960s, two-thirds of all young adults in their twenties were married. Now, only 26 percent of twenty-somethings are married.
TIME reports that 40 percent of Americans believe that marriage is now obsolete, up from 28 percent in 1978. Cohabitation is now the norm for American adults — not just before marriage, but increasingly instead of marriage.

Monday, November 29, 2010

What N.T. Wright Really Said

A good read about NT Wright, I think I understand the issue better now: What N.T. Wright Really Said – Justin Taylor:
Did N. T. Wright adjust or change his view of justification at the 2010 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society? The claim is now making its way around the internet that Wright indeed has reformed himself (to one degree or another) on this issue, and this claim is occasionally accompanied by the insinuation that he is being less than forthcoming about the degree to which he has changed.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Three Pound Fruitcake

I don't really mind the message: A Three Pound Fruitcake:
If cliches were candied fruit, walnuts, and raisins, the Book of Psalms in The Message would be a three-pound fruitcake.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CBMW Responds to New NIV(2011)

Gender issues with the new NIV (why are they calling it the NIV, it is just too confusing now). It should be noted that these guys didn't like the TNIV and I think Wayne Grudem is on this council, who was one of the editors on the ESV. CBMW » CBMW Responds to New NIV(2011):
is still going to leave pastors and teachers with the rather onerous task of repeatedly advising the flock: “that is a singular ‘they’” or “that is a singular ‘them.’” And in many important verses, a reader will not be able to tell if “they” is meant as singular or plural from the new NIV(2011) English text alone (see John 14:23 for example).
Our initial analysis shows that the new NIV(2011) retains many of the problems that were present in the TNIV, on which it is based, especially with regard to the over 3,600 gender-related problems we previously identified. In spite of the many good changes made, our initial analysis reveals that a large percentage of our initial concerns still remain

The Hole in Our Holiness

A good article by DeYoung: The Hole in Our Holiness – Kevin DeYoung:
I have a growing concern that younger evangelicals do not take seriously the Bible’s call to personal holiness. We are too at peace with worldliness in our homes, too at ease with sin in our lives, too content with spiritual immaturity in our churches.
The fact of the matter is if you read through the New Testament epistles you will find very few explicit commands that tell us to evangelize and very few explicit commands that tell us to take care of the poor in our communities, but there are dozens and dozens of verses in the New Testament that enjoin us, in one way or another, to be holy as God is holy (e.g., 1 Peter 1:13-16).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sex Doll Android Upgrades

I'm not sure I get the whole point to this, but there is an interesting point about what we might consider natural (and ignore the title, it is a bit of a grabber): Sex Doll Android Upgrades:
Whenever we use any term as a way of praising or blaming, the basic question is this: by what standard? The Bible does use natural and unnatural as terms of praise and blame, sure enough, but it does so in the course of saying that men should generally keep their hair shorter than women's, and that men should desire women, and not other men. Nothing about molasses intend of white sugar.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Justification Debate Long Overdue

This would have been an interesting event to go to. I am not sure if the audio is online: A Justification Debate Long Overdue – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
It’s too early to tell whether this week’s ETS meeting will fundamentally change the debate over justification. Wright ceded little if any ground to his critics. But he offered clarification for at least one of their chief concerns. He continued to disparage the Reformers, particularly Luther, for asking the wrong questions and missing Paul’s point. But Schreiner agreed with Wright that Protestants should privilege no tradition above God’s Word. Schreiner expressed sincere appreciation for Wright’s work. And Wright gave evidence simply by showing up in Atlanta that he takes his critics seriously. For that he and ETS and should be commended. This face-to-face debate was long overdue.

The Reality of Death Bed Repentance

Ryle on death bed confessions (as I am pretty sure he saw many death beds in his time): The Reality of Death Bed Repentance « J.C. Ryle Quotes:
I will only remind such persons that all the experience of ministers is utterly against the theory. People generally die just as they have lived. True repentance is never too late, but repentance deferred to the last hours of life is seldom true.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Singleness with Purpose

A good into to the idea of singleness and marriage: Singleness with Purpose – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
How many times have you heard someone say, “He’s such a great guy, how is he still single?” Or, “She’s such a catch. When will she get married off?” The implication behind such questions is that great men and women get married, and those who are not great do not. For many, being single imprints upon them a meaning that touches their very identities: They are defective, second-rate, somehow less than others who marry. In response to this message, Scripture teaches that single Christians are not defined by their singleness, but by their union with Jesus Christ. Singleness, like marriage, is a God-given calling, not an identity.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Little Something Called Context

I think I might start subscribing to Doug Willison, yet another article on contradictions in the bible, he looks at two examples of contradictions: A Little Something Called Context:
"I took a random sampling of just a couple of their contradictions, and addressed them below. I will perhaps be forgiven if I don't work through them all. You don't need to drink the whole bottle to tell that it's vinegar."
...Sam Harris thinks the Bible is unreliable because it tells Christian spouses to stay married to the non-Christian if the non-Christian wants to, and not to worry about it if they don't. Most of us would call this different counsel for different circumstances, but for Sam Harris, it is a contradiction.
God told the sons of Israel not to make images that they would bow down to or worship, and this is said to contradict the making of images that they did not bow down to or worship. Heh.

A Few Thoughts on the Fast Company Article, “What the Bible Got Wrong”

Another response to that infograph about contradictions in the bible from Project Reason: A Few Thoughts on the Fast Company Article, “What the Bible Got Wrong” : What's Best Next:
So, in conclusion, the assertion that the Bible contains contradictions matters a lot to me. As a result, I investigated it in great detail when I was first becoming more serious about my faith and, as a mere freshman in college, was able to see that no claim of contradiction ultimately holds.

Social Media and Digital Discernment

Macarthur does say social media can be good, but I found the following quotes interesting as he was putting them up on his own blog: Social Media and Digital Discernment:
But this is not just about wasting time at work. It’s about wasting time, period. By its very nature, social networking is a massive distraction. It detracts from disciplined study, thoughtful meditation, and concerted prayer.
Ironically, people can spend hours jumping from link to link without even realizing how much time they are wasting.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Don’t Call it a Comeback

Another book coming out that looks interesting: Don’t Call it a Comeback – Kevin DeYoung:
The book, which features chapters from Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor, Tim Challies, Darrin Patrick, Thabiti Anyabwile, Tullian Tchividjian, and many others will be released January 31, 2011.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Why Fast Company & Sam Harris need to do their homework

Why Fast Company & Sam Harris need to do their homework | The Resurgence:
The claim that the Bible is full of contradictions ignores the variety of genres of literature in the Bible. Fundamentalists interpret religious texts in only one way—the literal way—and so does Project Reason. You can make up lots of supposed contradictions by interpreting this way. Not interpreting a text with the awareness of the genre lacks the basic principles of reading and interpretation.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Panel Discussion: 25 Years of “Amusing Ourselves to Death”

Interesting: Panel Discussion: 25 Years of “Amusing Ourselves to Death” – Justin Taylor:
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.

Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
...In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On the Elusive Goal of Accuracy in Translation

A collection of thoughts on translation methods. You can click the names of the people to view their full response: On the Elusive Goal of Accuracy in Translation – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Surely accuracy is the translator’s chief goal in rendering God’s inspired, inerrant Word for modern readers. But translators disagree about the best strategies for bringing the Bible out of the ancient world into today’s English vernacular

This is individual stewardship at Mars Hill

This post has a nice table comparing gratitude and greed: This is individual stewardship at Mars Hill. | The Mars Hill Blog:
Rather than gratitude for God’s grace we exhibit greed for our own gain. The difference between these two outlooks influences and directs every aspect of life

Faithful Presence Amid "Continuous Partial Attention"

I am aways jumping between things, and yet like the idea of extended concentration on one topic: Faithful Presence Amid "Continuous Partial Attention" - Desiring God:
So let’s pause now—really, right now—stop all multi-tasking: turn off your cell phone, don’t check e-mail, take a break from anything media related, and slowly work your way through this quotation from James Davison Hunter

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The ESV Clip

I wonder if the ESV is worried about the new NIV that is on bible gateway now and set to come out in print next year. This clip has some big name pastors saying how much they like the ESV. Hopefully this won't become another "the KJV is the only correct translation" type debate... The ESV – Justin Taylor

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Evangelistic Worship

Is church for the Christian or for the non-Christian? This links to a good article by Keller Evangelistic Worship | 9Marks:
On one hand you have pastors who are trying to reach non-believers on Sunday, on the other you have people assuming that they are speaking to Christians. If you think about it, it's really one of the first questions on the flow chart.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Don’t Use E-mail to Correct Others

There is good video at the bottom of this: Don’t Use E-mail to Correct Others – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Why do certain Christians feel the need to review the pastor’s Sunday morning “performance”? This discouraging weekly experience is enough to dull whatever excitement you have to head into church in the morning.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Australia's Greatest Export?

Desiring God think it is Matthais Media: Australia's Greatest Export? - Desiring God:
But in terms of everyday kingdom expansion, perhaps Australia’s greatest export is Matthias Media

Don’t Waste Your Life

Free Audio book: Don’t Waste Your Life — free audiobook : Anglican Church League, Sydney, Australia:
The free audiobook for November 2010 from Christian Audio is John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. Narrated by Lloyd James.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The First Indispensable Quality

The First Indispensable Quality – Kevin DeYoung:
I’ve always loved that line from Robert Murray M’Cheyne: “What my people need from me most is my own personal holiness.” I believe this with all my heart.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Chief Objective of a Minister

I was thinking about this quote this morning, I'm not sure if have already posted it: The Chief Objective of a Minister � J.C. Ryle Quotes:
Let it never be forgotten that the chief object of a minister of the Gospel is to set forward the salvation of souls. I lay it down as a certain fact that he is no true minister who does not feel this. Talk not of a man’s ordination! All may have been done correctly, and according to rule. He may wear a black coat, and be called a “reverend”. But if the saving of souls is not the grand interest—the ruling passion—the absorbing thought of his heart—he is no true minister of the Gospel—he is a hireling, and not a shepherd. Congregations may have called him—but he is not called by the Holy Spirit. Bishops may have ordained him; but not Christ.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Science Trumps the Bible? — An Amazingly Candid (and Disastrous) Argument

Can there be a third way? I'm still wating for John Lennox to finish his book about this: AlbertMohler.com – Science Trumps the Bible? — An Amazingly Candid (and Disastrous) Argument:
At this point, Giberson’s argument gets really interesting — and really dangerous. “I am happy to concede that science does indeed trump religious truth about the natural world,” Giberson writes. “Galileo and Darwin showed this only too clearly, even if it is completely lost on Ken Ham and Al Mohler.”
In the economy of a few words, Giberson throws the Bible under the scientific bus. We should be thankful that his argument is so clear, for it puts the case for theistic evolution in its proper light — as a direct attack upon biblical authority.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hauerwas — How Real is America’s Christianity?

I've never been to America but Mohler seems to agree with this statement: AlbertMohler.com – Hauerwas — How Real is America’s Christianity?:
Americans do not have to believe in God, because they believe that it is a good thing simply to believe: all they need is a general belief in belief. That is why we have never been able to produce interesting atheists in the US. The god most Americans say they believe in is not interesting enough to deny, because it is only the god that has given them a country that ensures that they have the right to choose to believe in the god of their choosing. Accordingly, the only kind of atheism that counts in the US is that which calls into question the proposition that everyone has a right to life, liberty, and happiness.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The promise of good things.

This book does look interesting. Michale Jensen and Tom Frame have co-authored a book. Theoblog Durham: The promise of good things.
This small book is part of our effort to revive interest in the Articles. It reflects our commitment to an expression of Anglican mission and ministry that honours the past, engages with the present and anticipates the future, for the sake of Jesus Christ and the coming Kingdom of God.

Monday, October 25, 2010

How to preach when your wife has cancer (or some other “distraction”)

How to preach when your wife has cancer (or some other “distraction”) � Expository Thoughts:
Before we complain about this we have to wonder why we would want it any other way. We tend to forget that the real pathway to life with Christ is narrow, difficult, and hard to find. If you haven’t cried yourself to sleep at night with the promises of 2 Corinthians 12:9 playing pinball in your heart then you haven’t been in ministry long enough. Give it time and suffering will come to your parsonage.

Google to bring Dead Sea Scrolls online

Google to bring Dead Sea Scrolls online:
JERUSALEM -- The Dead Sea Scrolls, among the world's most important, mysterious and tightly restricted archaeological treasures, are about to get Googled.

Newsletter - redeemer.com

So Keller likes the Book of Common Prayer and he is a Presbyterian :) Newsletter - redeemer.com
Years ago when I wanted to become more skillful in public prayer, I was fortunate to come across the collects of Thomas Cranmer, the writer of the original Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. The “collects” (the stress is on the first syllable)that Cranmer wrote were brief but extremely ‘packed’ little prayers that tied together the doctrine of the day to a particular way of living.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Inerrancy and Baggage

Inerrancy and Baggage – Justin Taylor:
I’d rather run the risk of being associated with those who hold a literalistic interpretation of Scripture than with those who deny central articles of the faith. (And without seeking to demean the motives of people who don’t like “inerrancy,” I wonder how much of our current aversion to the term is a self-conscious attempt to distance ourselves from some of our forefathers in the faith.)

Dumping the term while upholding the content may appear sophisticated and nuanced, but I believe it breeds more confusion than clarity. So, I’ll continue to affirm inerrancy. I”ll continue to teach it, to properly qualify it, and to reclaim it. To my friends who still don’t like the label, your baggage looks heavier to me.

DeYoung, Duncan, and Mohler: What’s New About the New Calvinism

Another good video with the colour turned down: DeYoung, Duncan, and Mohler: What’s New About the New Calvinism – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Friday, October 15, 2010

Articles | Ministry Training Paper: Evangelical Worship

I good article on church worship and an interesting point on the current symbols Anglicans have: Articles | Ministry Training Paper: Evangelical Worship | Phillip Jensen:
... the wearing of a surplice, the long white gown, was a symbol in the 16th century of not being significantly different to the layman. By the latter part of the 20th century only clergymen were left wearing the surplice as most robed choirs have moved away from such a cumbersome and inconvenient garment.

Critiquing the Left—And the Right

On men and women in church: Critiquing the Left—And the Right - Desiring God:
Below are a couple paragraphs that give the flavor of Patrick’s even-handed perspective—an approach that critiques both the left and the right, and thus steers clear of both the liberal and conservative errors.

A Question and a Challenge for Pastors of the Next Generation

Some questions worth asking: A Question and a Challenge for Pastors of the Next Generation – Justin Taylor:
So here are the questions that demand a clear answer in every generation of pastors.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Think Book Is Not a New Idea

Piper on our minds and emotions New Think Book Is Not a New Idea - Desiring God:
If we neglect the mind we will drift into all sorts of doctrinal error and dishonor God who wills to be known as he is. And if we neglect the heart we will be dead while we yet live no matter how right our creed is. “This people honors me with their lips but their heart is far from me.” So my goal for us is that we put together what so many keep apart to their own hurt. Let us be clear in our heads and warm in our hearts. Let us feel with all our might and think with all our might.

Inerrancy and the Reformers

DeYoun response to some objections about him thinking that Calvin believed in inerrancey: Inerrancy and the Reformers – Kevin DeYoung:
I argued that though he didn’t use the word (it wasn’t around), Calvin did believe what the word inerrancy defends.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How To Lose the Assurance of Your Salvation

This challenged me this morning: How To Lose the Assurance of Your�Salvation | J.C. Ryle Quotes:
Inconsistency of life is utterly destructive of peace of conscience. The two things are incompatible. They cannot and they will not go together. If you will have your besetting sins and cannot make up your minds to give them up, if you will shrink from cutting off the right hand and plucking out the right eye when occasion requires it, I will engage you will have no assurance.

Scientism Makes Scientists Laughable

On Hawking's claims: JP Moreland's Web � Scientism Makes Scientists Laughable:
In previous times when average people knew more philosophy, these claims would simply be laughable because they are philosophical assertions being made by scientists who have little or no philosophical training. Thus, however brilliant they are in their own field, Hawking and Mlodinow are laypersons when it comes to the relevant issue at hand. But we live in a scientistic culture. When a scientist speaks, he is taken to be an authority irrespective of what the topic is. And that attitude reflects poorly on the educational level of the public.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Science Behind Red Sea Parting

Penn does make a good point. Do Christians really need science to explain miracles, if that is the case then are they miracles anymore? Penn says Christians are now using Atheists arguments: YouTube - The Science Behind Red Sea Parting - Penn Point (this also has a language warning)

I’ve finally figured out what’s wrong with our church planting strategy

Andrew Katay comments on the talk that Al Stewart gave on church planting (and was just linked below this one)I’ve finally figured out what’s wrong with our church planting strategy � Gold, silver, precious stones?:
On Wednesday, we deal with an initiative in church planting. And I’ve finally figured out what’s wrong with it.

ACL Synod Dinner 2010 (Short Version) on Vimeo

The full talk is video number 1 on this page: ACL Synod Dinner 2010 (Short Version) on Vimeo:
Al Stewart speaks about the need for new churches in Sydney and beyond

Improve Your Theological Reading and Writing

Tips from the Westminster Theological Seminary on how to read and write better: Improve Your Theological Reading and Writing – Justin Taylor

Seven Questions to Ask Before You Preach or Teach the Bible

From Francis Chan's DG Nation Conference: Seven Questions to Ask Before You Preach or Teach the Bible - Desiring God:
Am I worried about what people think of my message or what God thinks? (Teach with fear)
Do I genuinely love these people? (Teach with love)
Am I accurately presenting this passage? (Teach with accuracy)
Am I depending on the Holy Spirit's power or my own cleverness? (Teach with power)
Have I applied this message to my own life? (Teach with integrity)
Will this message draw attention to me or to God? (Teach with humility)
Do the people really need this message? (Teach with urgency)"

My Missional Misfire?

DeYoung clears up some of what he thinks about the mission of the church, based off some feedback from his round table discussion: My Missional Misfire? – Kevin DeYoung:
Here’s what I said about “missional” at last week’s Desiring God National Conference....

What is This World Coming To?

Evil has no limit :) : What is This World Coming To? – Kevin DeYoung:
Pelagians and positive thinkers beware, the doctrine of original sin is now beyond cavil.

Recent Carson MP3s from Australia

More free audio from Carson: Recent Carson MP3s from Australia – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dave Black on What Greek Teachers Won’t Tell You

Interesting: Dave Black on What Greek Teachers Won’t Tell You | NT Resources Blog

7 Marriage Lessons I Learned on the Dance Floor

I sometimes don't like these, as I think they try to read too much in the image they are trying to work with, but this isn't too bad advice at all: 7 Marriage Lessons I Learned on the Dance Floor | The Mars Hill Blog

Broken Bone Hymns

Broken Bone Hymns - Desiring God:
God hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t turned his back on you. He isn’t punishing you in anger. He surely isn’t withholding the grace that he has promised from you. No, you’re receiving grace, but it’s grace that is willing to break bones in order to capture and transform your heart. This grace is unrelenting. This grace has no intention of giving up. This grace will not be satisfied with the status quo. This grace does not get discouraged. It will never compromise. It will never become bitter or cynical. This is loving, patient, perseverant, powerful grace.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chapter One of Generous Justice

A free preview (Chapter 1) of Tim Keller's new book: Chapter One_Generous_Justice – The Gospel Coalition Blog

National Conference Media and Summary

I always like the Desiring God national conferences, this one looks good, and the content is free: National Conference Media and Summary - Desiring God:
Below are the plenary session titles from this year's Desiring God National Conference, 'Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God.' Underneath each title is a brief snapshot of what was covered in the session. Clicking the title will take you to the related audio, video, and notes.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday Morning Humor

The daily readings, from the later day Suess: Monday Morning Humor – Kevin DeYoung

The Mission of the Church: DeYoung, Gilbert, Kelly – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Another interesting video with the colour turned down, this one is on the mission of the church: The Mission of the Church: DeYoung, Gilbert, Kelly – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
In this video, young pastors Kevin DeYoung, Greg Gilbert, and Ryan Kelly seek clarity for the missional buzzword as they consider the particular calling God has given the local church. Jesus commissioned the apostles to make disciples and proclaim the gospel (Matt. 28:18-20). So is that the extent of the church’s calling today? Or should the church branch out into other good ventures as part of its mission?

Surprise Book—For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper

Looks alright: Surprise Book—For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper - Desiring God:
Then Justin read the name of each of the 27 contributors and the titles of their chapters (see below).

Between the Boy and the Bridge - A Haunting Question

AlbertMohler.com – Between the Boy and the Bridge — A Haunting Question:
Yet, when gay activists accuse conservative Christians of homophobia, they are also right. Much of our response to homosexuality is rooted in ignorance and fear. We speak of homosexuals as a particular class of especially depraved sinners and we lie about how homosexuals experience their own struggle. Far too many evangelical pastors talk about sexual orientation with a crude dismissal or with glib assurances that gay persons simply choose to be gay. While most evangelicals know that the Bible condemns homosexuality, far too many find comfort in their own moralism, consigning homosexuals to a theological or moral category all their own.

What if Tyler Clementi had been in your church?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

More on Multisite

I do like the 9Marks guys: More on Multisite – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Due to tremendous interest in the multisite conversation between Mark Dever, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald, I thought it would be helpful to feature several other resources on the topic. These articles should fill in several gaps left behind by the 10-minute video.

Never Be Ashamed Of Christ!

Never Be Ashamed Of Christ! | J.C. Ryle Quotes:
Whatever others around you think, don’t you ever be ashamed of being a Christian. Let them laugh, mock, jest, and scoff, if they will. They will not scoff in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. Hoist your flag; show your colors; nail them to the mast. You may certainly be ashamed of drinking, gambling, lying, swearing, idleness, pride, and failing to go to church on the Lord’s Day. But of reading the Bible, praying, and belonging to Christ, you have no cause to be ashamed at all. Let those laugh that will. A good soldier is never ashamed of the colors of his nation’s flag, and his uniform. Be careful that you are never ashamed of your Master.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

9Marks at Southeastern: Biblical Theology

A free conference talks from Dever, Thabiti, David Platt, Danny Akin and Chandler: 9Marks at Southeastern: Biblical Theology – Justin Taylor:
Here are five sessions recently given by 9Marks at Southeastern Seminary

Multiple Sites: Yea or Nay?

A great discussion between Dever, MacDonald and Driscoll on multi site churches. I am glad this took place. I like Driscoll, but I do side with Dever on the issue. Why build an empire? Let other people preach in "your" off site church (more than 4 times a year). Interestingly Driscoll and MacDonald also don't see value in video after they die as they would be dated, yet are old books still ok?: Multiple Sites: Yea or Nay? – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Forgiveness Part 1: Do I Have to Forgive?

Back in my old church in Sydney I remembered an argument saying that you don't have forgive unless someone asks for forgiveness. A fair few people assumed this, but it never sat right with me: Forgiveness Part 1: Do I Have to Forgive?:
Forgiveness is pretty black and white, fundamental Christianity 101; if you don’t understand forgiveness you don’t understand Christianity.

I think people are delusional. You can clap, sing, praise God and think you are a Christian all you want, but the truth is you will have to answer to God for your lack of forgiveness. Sadly, you don’t hear this taught by pastors.

People often say “I am growing in forgiveness”, or “I’m learning to forgive”—I don’t buy it. Either you have forgiven or you haven’t, there’s no growing!

I believe that people struggle with not forgiving others because pastors have failed to teach the perilousness of it.

Reasons for Reason

Reasons for Reason – Kevin DeYoung:
How do you give a reason for the hope that you have when the people asking you aren’t interested in reason? It seems to me one of the first tasks of evangelism today is to reintroduce the law of non-contradiction.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tom Wright Reads Humpty Dumpty

An amusing look at how Wright reads Israel's meta-narrative into everything: SAET � Tom Wright Reads Humpty Dumpty � The Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology:
Clearly the writer is telling an Israel story, and here alludes to the Temple.

An Open Letter to My Pastors on Glenn Beck

A Lady thanks her pastors who do not support Glenn Beck and want the bible, not America to be preached. I don't think Australian's has such a love for their country or religion that this would arise:An Open Letter to My Pastors on Glenn Beck – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
I’m moved to write today and say “thank you” for not being one of them. Thank you for your faithfulness in preaching Christ from the pulpit, not “the principles of America.”

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Make This a Day of Turning

Piper on organising a prayer life: Make This a Day of Turning - Desiring God:
Therefore, my simple exhortation is this: Let us take time this very day to rethink our priorities and how prayer fits in. Make some new resolve. Try some new venture with God. Set a time. Set a place. Choose a portion of Scripture to guide you. Don’t be tyrannized by the press of busy days. We all need midcourse corrections. Make this a day of turning to prayer—for the glory of God and for the fullness of your joy. (Desiring God, 2003 edition, pages 182–183)

Who’s Afraid of Inerrancy?

Kevin DeYoung points out a discussion with Tim Keller, Alister McGrath, Brian McLaren, and Dempsey Rosales-Acosta on biblical authority: Who’s Afraid of Inerrancy? – Kevin DeYoung

Thursday, September 23, 2010

“The Best Sermon on Christianity and Politics”

“The Best Sermon on Christianity and Politics” – Justin Taylor:
I have not had the chance to listen to this sermon, but I certainly trust Collin and Thabiti’s judgment.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Free Preview of John Piper’s New Book, Think

A trailer and pdf with the forwards, into and chapter one of Piper's next book to be published: A Free Preview of John Piper’s New Book, Think – Justin Taylor

The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Spiritual Dehydration

Encouraging post by Mahaney, with a link to his sermon on Jude: The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Spiritual Dehydration:
So have your affections for the Savior diminished? If so, ask yourself these questions from Jude:

- Am I preaching the gospel to my own soul each day?
- Am I praying with any level of consistency?
- Am I eagerly awaiting Christ’s return and am I longing for heaven?

The Gospel in Every Sermon: Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald

Should you mention the Gospel (eg. Jesus' death and resurrection) in every sermon? Driscoll, Dever and MacDonald think so: The Gospel in Every Sermon: Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Honour, Head-coverings and Headship: 1 Corinthians 11.2-16 in its Social Context

A new paper on the head coverings bit in 1 Corinthians. In bible study this year we looked at 1 Corinthians and this passage still had a bit of question marks over it. Hopefully this is helpful (I haven't read it yet): Honour, Head-coverings and Headship: 1 Corinthians 11.2-16 in its Social Context — Journal for the Study of the New Testament:
The argument offered here is that notions of honour come to the fore and higher-status male Corinthians are employing modes of head attire to maintain distinctions of status. At the same time, Paul insists upon female head-coverings to safeguard the honour of the community within a context of the potential presence of non-believers in a communal service of worship.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Anglicans oppose euthanasia move

Anglicans oppose euthanasia move:
Bishop Huggins said: ''This was not a matter of pre-election debate. Would people have voted the same way if they knew a Labor government with the Greens would, as a near-first action, promote a conscience vote on euthanasia?

''There would be more integrity in foreshadowing this proposal before an election rather than immediately after. It should have been made plain during the election campaign. There should be a broad-based public debate.'

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Raised with Christ to Do Good Works

A good article on Jesus' Resurrection: Raised with Christ to Do Good Works – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
How important is the resurrection? It means everything. God’s wrath has been completely spent. He looks at his children now, all who have been given faith to believe, and he says, “These are my beloved children who please me.” My imperfect works please God? Yes, because they are clothed in the work of the perfect Son. So now I can work and serve and love without having to examine every little nuance of what I do to see if it passes the test (which it never does).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Why I called Terry Jones [and why I blame Shane Claiborne for doing it] � Attempting to behold the miracle long enough without falling asleep

After the church called off burning the Q'uran this guy called the church to say thankyou: J.R. Briggs - Why I called Terry Jones [and why I blame Shane Claiborne for doing it]:
I was a bit nervous when the phone began to ring. A woman greeted me kindly. My mind and heart were full of so many things in those first few seconds.

Free PDF of With Calvin, and Pastoral Endorsements

This is why I like Desiring God. They put their new books online for free: Free PDF of With Calvin, and Pastoral Endorsements - Desiring God:
Last week we announced that With Calvin in the Theater of God is now in stock. From the heart of wanting to spread our resources beyond the limits of affordability and geographic location, the PDF version is available for free on our website.

Exclusive: The Reason For God Trailer

Looks interesting. I liked the book: Exclusive: The Reason For God Trailer:
Earlier this year I ran Tim Keller’s Prodigal God DVD with some friends in downtown Chicago. It had the habit of unsettling even inveterate Christians with the truth about God’s grace.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Advice for Seminarians, Theology Students, and Young Pastors

I was going to point to DeYoung's posts here, but Justin Taylor has come through with more links on advice for young ministers, worth a look: Advice for Seminarians, Theology Students, and Young Pastors – Justin Taylor

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why Porno Shops Don’t Have Windows

Interesting idea about looking at the sky: Why Porno Shops Don’t Have Windows – Justin Taylor:
There’s something about bigness, there’s something about beauty, that helps battle against the puny, small, cruddy use of the mind to fantasize about sexual things.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A List of Important Sermons and Articles That Are Worth Reading

A good list of resources, some of which are free: A List of Important Sermons and Articles That Are Worth Reading – Justin Taylor:
I thought it might be helpful to ask some pastors and theologians what they would recommend as sermons or essays that have had a special impact on them, or that they would seriously urge students and pastors to consider reading.

JESUS IS ___.

An interesting site where you can fill in the blank: JESUS IS ___. Is it bad that I find some of them so amusing?

Keith Olbermann Special Comment: There Is No 'Ground Zero Mosque' - 08/16/10

I know he is a little left and all, but I do like Keith Olbermann. He makes some good points: YouTube - Keith Olbermann Special Comment: There Is No 'Ground Zero Mosque' - 08/16/10

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Commission of The Risen Jesus

The Sydney Anglican Church League linked to a sermon Big Trev (my old minister) gave at an ordination service in Goulburn: The Commission of The Risen Jesus : Anglican Church League, Sydney, Australia:
Two weeks ago, Bishop Trevor Edwards preached on John 20:21 at an ordination in the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn. Read his sermon here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Red Flags in Discipleship

6 helpful tips about Discipleship: Red Flags in Discipleship Acts 29 Network

John Piper visit to Australia in August 2011

The page has a little video as well: John Piper visit to Australia in August 2011:
John Piper has confirmed he will visit Australia in August 2011 and speak at a number of events organised by Katoomba Christian Convention.

Pastor cancels 9/11 Koran-burning plan

The Christian life is one of repentance, of cause it helps not to have stupid ideas in the first place: Pastor cancels 9/11 Koran-burning plan | smh.com.au
A US pastor has cancelled a Koran-burning ceremony marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.
"We have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday," Terry Jones said.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

‘No One Else Knows God,’ Says Jesus Christ: Luke #44 Sermon Notes

A 5 minute clip from Driscoll's sermon, how Jesus is the only person who knows God. If you think you know God and not Jesus, you are wrong: ‘No One Else Knows God,’ Says Jesus Christ: Luke #44 Sermon Notes | The Mars Hill Blog

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Burn Couches, Not the Quran

It is true, the small crazies get the most attention: Burn Couches, Not the Quran – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
I am saddened that a church of 50 people will not only destroy the Quran, but also damage the credibility of all the churches out there that go unheard for all the good they do in the name of Christ. Though I should not be, I am astonished that a 50-person church has gained more attention than any 5,000-person church could by living out the gospel everyday.

No Need for God? Stephen Hawking Defies Divine Creation

Al Mohler chips in on Hawkings new book: AlbertMohler.com – No Need for God? Stephen Hawking Defies Divine Creation:
Professor Stephen Hawking is a remarkable human being. His courage and tenacity are an inspiration to all. His work on the theory of gravity has changed the way the field of physics is taught. But, when he crosses that border from science to theology, his worldview leads him into abject disaster. The Grand Design is yet another attempt to celebrate the universe’s breathtaking design, while denying the existence of a Designer. It will not be the last.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Importance of Using Your Body in Worship

Jonathan Edwards was a caro: The Importance of Using Your Body in Worship :: Desiring God:
Tis necessary that there should be something bodily and visible in the worship of a congregation; otherwise, there can be no communion at all. (From Miscellanies #101)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

How Can I Glorify God on the Job?

Piper on how to live in the workforce: How Can I Glorify God on the Job? :: Desiring God:
So the counsel I would give is to seek to do your work in such a way that Christ looks more important than your work. Seek to make and use money in such a way that Christ looks more important than money. Seek to have relationships with people in the work place such that Christ is more important than those relationships.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Stephen Hawking is wrong. You can't explain the universe without God

John Lennox has responded to Hawkings new book: Stephen Hawking is wrong. You can't explain the universe without God | Mail Online
Unfortunately, while Hawking's argument is being hailed as controversial and ground-breaking, it is hardly new.
But, as both a scientist and a Christian, I would say that Hawking's claim is misguided. He asks us to choose between God and the laws of physics, as if they were necessarily in mutual conflict.

Gospel Integrity and Pastoral Succession

I like Kellers model of Church. Instead of building his empire of a multi-site church he is going to form 4 churches with their own leader: Gospel Integrity and Pastoral Succession – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Redeemer revealed in June that it plans to eventually divide into four distinct but networked congregations, each of which will try to plant another church. Redeemer leaders selected four pastors—David Bisgrove, John Lin, Scott Sauls, and Leo Schuster—to lead these neighborhood-based congregations. But for now these men will share preaching and leadership responsibilities with Keller, who will mentor them closely.

Friday, September 3, 2010

God did not create the universe, says Hawking

Perhaps the misquoting of the end Hawking's other book might stop now: God did not create the universe, says Hawking | Reuters
"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist," Hawking writes.

"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.

The Cross and Resurrection (Series Recap)

The Cross and Resurrection (Series Recap):
Over the past two weeks Jeff Purswell has been answering some key questions about the relationship between the cross and the resurrection. Here's an index to the questions and Jeff's answers

World champ stickers up for Christ

My cousin, Jason English: World champ stickers up for Christ | News stories | Sydneyanglicans.net

Carson on Psalms 1, 2, 40, 48, and 110

Carson's talks from Ridley in Melbourne: Carson on Psalms 1, 2, 40, 48, and 110 – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Muslim Group Releases PSA, Promises Not to "Take Over This Country"

A response to intolerance in America: Muslim Group Releases PSA, Promises Not to "Take Over This Country"

Your Students Can Handle Expository Preaching

Your Students Can Handle Expository Preaching – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
...a biblical goal for a sermon to youth might be to teach a passage carefully and faithfully, so that students listening say to themselves: I see what he did! I could get that from this passage! This model shapes the way the students do devotions, listen to sermons, and one day teach Sunday school and lead Bible studies on their own.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Church Planter Intro

A video plugging a church planting book, but its not really selling it, it is more trying to motivate guys to living missionally and to not live in their parents place playing games, but to grow up into men: YouTube - Darrin Patrick | Re:Lit Book | Church Planter Intro

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This is why God gave you a couch

We just got our new couches last week: This is why God gave you a couch: Luke #43 Sermon Notes | The Mars Hill Blog:
We’re gonna open our home. We’re gonna see the harvest of the Kingdom of God on our couch. On our couch, we’re gonna see the Kingdom of God. We’re gonna see people go from death to life. We’re gonna see generations and legacies altered on our couch.” Just so you know, that’s why God gave you a couch.

Driscoll, Chan and Harris in a conversation

A 15 minute discussion with the colour turned down: What's Next for Francis Chan? A Conversation with Mark Driscoll and Joshua Harris on Vimeo

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Theological Acumen from the IRS

The US Government hasn't done too bad in their definition of a Church...Theological Acumen from the IRS – Kevin DeYoung:
The U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that religious groups who primarily offer radio and internet worship services do not meet the IRS definition of church. .... In addition, the IRS has outlined 14 criteria for determining what is and and is not a church
And here are the 14 points of a Church, according to the IRS

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Family Worship

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Family Worship | TheResurgence:
I beseech, I entreat, I charge you to begin and continue the worship of God in your families from this day to the close of your lives... Consider family religion not merely as a duty imposed by authority, but as your greatest privilege granted by divine grace

Saturday, August 28, 2010

EPIC FAIL Pastors’ Conference

I think this sounds like a good idea. There are probably conferences like this, but you just never hear about them, unless they are in your area...: J.R. Briggs � EPIC FAIL Pastors’ Conference � Attempting to behold the miracle long enough without falling asleep:
Invite healthy, faithful, honest and deep pastors/leaders from around the country (most who pastor congregations under 250 people) to speak.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Archer and the Arrow

Maybe I am a cynic, but when I see any sequel that was not meant to be one, I think its a cash in...: The Archer and the Arrow | Challies Dot Com:
The follow-up to The Trellis and the Vine is called The Archer and the Arrow. While it comes from Matthias Media, the same publisher, it is written by different authors: Phillip Jensen and Paul Grimmond.

A Lost Letter to Wormwood

Kevin DeYoung writes another Screwtape letter, mostly aimed at student attending a church:
A Lost Letter to Wormwood – Kevin DeYoung
A Lost Letter to Wormwood (conclusion) – Kevin DeYoung
students today love the idea of community. Do everything in your power to keep them loving the idea of community rather than loving their community. As long as they love their vision of community instead of loving the actual fleshly people around them, they will never have real community and they will stay far away from church.

The world is filled with boys who can shave - Mark Driscoll

Driscoll in the Washington Post: On Faith Panelists Blog: The world is filled with boys who can shave - Mark Driscoll
Today, adolescence starts somewhere in the teen years and continues indefinitely. There is no foreseeable end. The problem with adolescence is guys don't know when they're ever going to grow up and be men, and no pressure is exerted on them to do so.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What Is the Bible Basically About?

Some old school paintings have been put over some audio from Tim Keller, explaining what the Bible is pretty much about: What Is the Bible Basically About? – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Why Aren’t ‘Emerging Adults’ Emerging as Adults?

Do you think 20-somethings in Oz are also putting off adulthood? AlbertMohler.com – Why Aren’t ‘Emerging Adults’ Emerging as Adults?:
Consider this: In 1960, the vast majority of young adults had, by the time they reached 30, accomplished the five standard milestones used to measure adult status. These milestones include completing school, leaving home, getting married, having a child, and establishing financial independence. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than one-half of all young women reached these milestones by age 30 in 2000. Even more concerning — less than one third of all young men did.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Castle on King

Do Moore College students have too much time on their hands? :) This is an amusing parody of "the Castle" set in some student accommodation on King Street: YouTube - The Castle on King.mov

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The man who 'sees' Virgin Mary every day

I'm a bit sceptical if I'm honest. Is their focus on Jesus or Mary? I thought the bible was clear on worshiping Mary, or if an angel preaches anything but the good news of Jesus... BBC News - Newsnight - The man who 'sees' Virgin Mary every day

John Piper's Concern in the Justification Debate

Piper on imputation: John Piper's Concern in the Justification Debate :: Desiring God:
So I'm giving this little video clip just to say that I really believe that Christians have to be loving, they have to be just, they have to be caring. In other words, the fruits of the Spirit really matter. We are not born again if we are not living differently than we would if we weren't born again. I just want to say that the doctrine of justification by faith alone, or imputation through union with Christ along the instrument of faith alone, is the best way forward in that.

“And Then They Are All Mine” — The Real Agenda of Some College Professors

Is this just an american thing?: AlbertMohler.com – “And Then They Are All Mine” — The Real Agenda of Some College Professors:
That’s right, a significant number of professors are happy to have parents spend 18 years raising children, only to drop them off on the campus and head back home. These professors are confident that the four or so years of the college experience will be ample time to separate students from the beliefs, convictions, moral commitments, and faith of their parents.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Religious Pray for Atheists to Die?

Atheist Penn talks about the possible story of people praying for Hitchens to get sick and Die: YouTube - Religious Pray for Atheists to Die? - Christopher Hitchens Fights Cancer - "Why Not Me?" - Penn ... (there is a small language warning to this link)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Young, Restless & Reformed Cake

This cake is taking it to another level. Should I be concerned that Piper on top of the bible?: Young, Restless & Reformed Cake :: Desiring God

Friday, August 13, 2010

How a Godly Man Dates a Woman

Christians date differently: How a Godly Man Dates a Woman | The Mars Hill Blog:
...there are selfish reasons to date and God-honoring reasons to date. This [unmarried, cohabitating couple I know at work] is in a self-serving relationship: all the benefits, but none of the commitments and responsibilities of being in a marriage.

Teens Want More Than Pizza

A good article on youth ministry: Teens Want More Than Pizza – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Youth pastors need to embrace a ministry of gospel proclamation and gospel equipping. We preach the gospel, we make disciples, and then we train those disciples to do the same. We get the students to the point where they say of our gospel work: “Hey, I can do that!” That is more exciting than Wii. The growth that comes through this is called “gospel growth.” And that’s better than kids coming just for the pizza.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Who’s building the kingdom? (a few quotes) � Expository Thoughts

Are Christians to build the Kingdom of God or is it all up to God to do it himself? Or is it a cooperation? Three interesting quotes on this: Who’s building the kingdom? (a few quotes) � Expository Thoughts


Justification by Theology

Do we think we are saved by our theology or by Jesus? Justification by Theology | TheResurgence:
- If there is a disagreement, we defend Calvinism before we seek unity in the Gospel.
- When asked to describe our theology, we define ourselves as a Calvinist more quickly than as a Christian.
- And perhaps the worst of all...when our hearts are more captivated by the points of TULIP than with the person and work of Jesus.

Is it OK to kill people proselytizing?

Ed Stetzer asks a good question: Twitter / Ed Stetzer: Media keeps saying medical ...
Media keeps saying medical workers weren't proselytizing. OK, but is OK to murder if they were?

Here is more info on what he is talking about.

Australian Christian Book of the Year 2010

Losing my Religion by Tom Frame came first, "The Trellis and the Vine" came second: Australian Christian Book of the Year 2010 : Anglican Church League, Sydney, Australia

I wrote a review of Losing my Religion here and a review of a Trellis and the Vine workshop here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Bible, seen from outer space

Satellite photos of Moses crossing the red sea, the garden of Eden, Noah's ark and the crucifixion: The Bible, seen from outer space

The Making of an Atheist

Possibly interesting book: The Making of an Atheist - TGC Reviews:
Spiegel clearly states his thesis: The real causes of unbelief and skepticism have more to do with the will than with reason. These causes are moral and psychological in nature. He says, no doubt to the ire of atheists everywhere, “For the atheist, the missing ingredient is not evidence, but obedience” (11).

Ministry Training Paper: Use Of Music In Church

Phil Jensen on music in Church: Articles | Ministry Training Paper: Use Of Music In Church | Phillip Jensen

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Policy Comparison - 2010 Federal Election

The ABC have a summary of the 3 main party polices Policy Comparison - 2010 Federal Election - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The ACL also have their own list which you can customise using the "Compare Parties" button: http://www.australiavotes.org.au/policies/

Monday, August 9, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Faith in the OT

Faith in the OT � Expository Thoughts:
"The only thing that is going to cause an Israelite to take an expensive, flawless animal and sacrifice it is faith in what Moses has said"

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What I Didn’t Learn About Manhood from Esquire

What the mag Esquire thinks about manhood: What I Didn’t Learn About Manhood from Esquire | The Mars Hill Blog:
...the magazine is left with manhood being defined by what you individually consume, from clothes to technology to women.
Nonetheless, they proceed (boldly or foolishly, I don’t know) to fill the pages of the guide-that-isn’t-a-guide on manhood
One hundred and seventy pages later, I don’t know how to be a man. I learned some general life lessons and heard some nice stories about Tom Cruise and A.J. Jacobs’ kids, but I haven’t left the How to be a Man issue with any tangible instruction as to how to be a better man, let alone a better husband or father.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Media and the Local Church – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Dirty bloggers: New Media and the Local Church – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
the average American pastor delivers his sermon to 60 people each week. Yet during that same week, even mildly successful bloggers will reach a more sizable audience. Who has the greater influence, then?
Evangelical bloggers are not only able to gain significant influence, but are able to do so without scrutiny by a seminary, local church, or other ecclesiastical or institutional body. Indeed, some bloggers have found that their leadership on the web dwarfs the leverage they have within their local church (especially if they attend a megachurch).