2. Lisa Miller of Newsweek has a revealing interview with Victoria O’Steen, wife of Joel O’Steen:
3. The blog world lit up last week with a very reasoned, well argued article by Robert P. George on Obama’s abortion extremism:
a. Here is a follow-up article, also from Robert P. George:
5. Some beautiful fall pictures from the Boston Globe:
6. 10 Cool facts about Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, professor at Southern Seminary:
- He is no Indiana – but it’s still cool to say you’ve had class with Dr. Jones
- He does serve a church in Indiana, which makes him an Indiana Baptist
- He is a children’s pastor, which is the best staff position in any church
- He is one of the few SBTS profs who know how to comment on blogs 1 2 3 4
- He has 345+ friends on FACEBOOk (and a cartoon for a profile picture)
- He is a Star Wars Fan – he even went to see Clone Wars on opening night
- He teaches in the LEAD school, which makes him Randy Stinson’s homeboy
- He hasn’t owned a television since 2003 – which explains all the book writing
- He makes liberal biblical scholars mad (think Jude 1:3)
- He has earned the reputation as a Heresy Hunter
7. Andy Naselli reviews the new Zondervan book, “Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament”:
8. Denny Burk quotes the Wall Street Journal on a political prophecy of the future:
“If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.
“Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all. . .
“Americans voting for ‘change’ should know they may get far more than they ever imagined.”
Here is the article from WSJ
9. Definitely check out Internetmonk, as he ponders some potential study Bibles for the Christian world (I liked “The Al Mohler Encyclopedic Punditry Study Bible” and “The Mark Driscoll R-rated Study Bible for Dudes”):
10. Summary of the Gospel by Martyn Lloyd-Jones:
[Jesus] deliberately went to the cross and suffered the shame and the spitting and the indignity of it all; and this He did to bear my sins; to receive my punishment; to suffer the penalty that my guilt had deserved; and infinitely more important, to deliver me from the bondage of sin and of Satan; to separate me unto Himself; and to make of me a man zealous of good works, delighting in holiness. He died; He was raised from the dead; He returned to heaven, and He sent down the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in order that I might have the assurance of my faith, and the joy, and the power. He has given me a new life and a new nature; He has joined me unto Himself; I am a member of His mystical body; I am a child of God, I am an heir of heaven.
That is what knowing Christ means, learning Him, hearing Him, being taught in Him! I believe the teaching that nought that defileth shall be allowed to enter into heaven; that heaven is eternally pure and holy, the antithesis of this world and sin, the opposite to hell. That is how I have learned Christ, that is how I have heard Him, that is how I have been taught in Him—that I am in Him the living Head, and a part of Him; and that beyond this life and death and the veil, I am going to be with Him forever and forever. If you believe these things, says Paul, you will ‘have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness’.
11. Trevin Wax’s Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2007:
12. Trevin Wax reviews “The Big Picture Story Bible”. Should we raise our children on these types of Bibles?
14. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on marital satisfaction, “Who wears the pants”:
“The general consensus of sociologists is that, whereas a woman’s marital satisfaction is dependent on a combination of economic, emotional and psychological realities, a man’s marital satisfaction is most determined by one factor: how happy his wife is. When she is happy, he is. Working within this framework, most husbands are unwilling to dig in their heels on any issue unless they have a tremendous incentive to do so.”
15. Tim Challies points to John Hagee’s new book, “Financial Armogeddon,” and has this to say:
I should have seen this coming. John Hagee takes on the financial and global economic downturn in his new book Financial Armageddon. Hagee claims to have written it in less than three weeks. He also offers advice about how people can protect their personal finances and claims many of the current events were “spelled out in stunning detail by prophetic writings penned more than two thousand years ago.”
16. I’m sure that you’ve all heard of the new documentary by Bill Maher, “Religulous.” Watch this trailer for the film, and then read John Piper’s response:
In the video Maher intereviews a Jesus impersonator, and this is the conversation:
Maher: Why doesn’t [God] just obliterate the devil and therefore get rid of evil in the world?
Jesus Impersonator: He will.
Maher: He will?
Jesus Impersonator: That’s correct.
Maher: What’s he waiting for?
Although Piper doesn’t mention the movie specifically in his post, it is clear that he saw the movie trailer in this response:
The glory of Christ is seen in his absolute right and power to annihilate or incapacitate Satan and all demons. But the reason he refrains from destroying and disabling them altogether is to manifest more clearly his superior beauty and worth. If Christ obliterated all devils and demons now (which he could do), his sheer power would be seen as glorious, but his superior beauty and worth would not shine as brightly as when humans renounce the promises of Satan and take pleasure in the greater glory of Christ.
17. Greg Boyd also has a review of “Religulous”:
18. Colin Hansen writes for Christianity Today about the smorgasbord of churches and influential leaders in the Minneapolis area, including Tony Jones, Doug Paggit, Greg Boyd, and John Piper:
19. Everyone is really raving about Douglas Wilson’s review of the The Shack (still #1 on Amazon’s best-seller list, with over 1,699 reviews and counting), so here it is:
20. The Westminster Bookstore has a video-tour of the new ESV Study Bible:
21. Bob Kauflin has the 10 ten ways to write bad worship songs (I wish every Christian writer would read this):
1. Aim to write the next worldwide worship hit.
2. Spend all your time working on the music, not the words.
3. Spend all your time working on the words, not the music.
4. Don’t consider the range and capabilities of the average human voice.
5. Never let anyone alter the way God originally gave your song to you.
6. Make sure the majority of your songs talk about what we do and feel rather than who God is and what he’s done.
7. Try to use as many Scriptural phrases as you can, and don’t worry about how they fit together.
8. Cover as many themes as possible.
9. Use phrases and words that are included in 95% of all worship songs.
10. Forget about Jesus and what he accomplished at the cross.
24. Pic of the Week: Joe the Plumber