Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Blogs I've Read Recently

I was going to post another book review, but the disk I have them saved on isn't working, so I'll work on that and try to get a new review up soon. But in the meantime here's a list of links to blogs I've recently read and would like to share.

Clint Humfrey on "A Short, But Telling Article on the Atonement."

Albert Mohler agrres with me-This is on the Vatican document saying Protestants churches aren't churches.

Paul Tripp's been going through Psalm 51--here's the lastest-
Broken Bones.

Charles Biggs gives this history of Augustine & Pelagius on the Reformation Theology blog.

Kim Riddlebarger posts about a proposed cigar tax on the Riddleblog.

Scott on Rotundus tells us The answer to life, the universe and everything IS actually 42

Unsaved Family (A Repost from September 19, 2005)

This is a tough one. We can spend so much time proclaiming, defending, and even living the truth, but when our families-whether parents, siblings, children, or extended-don't believe it can be heart breaking.
They're often the people it's hardest to witness to. They see us at our worst, and most of them knew us when we were unsaved.

I must confess a sense of jealousy for those who grew up in Christian homes. This is not a complaint against my parents. They did well. It's not a complaint against God. I've seen reasons why I did not grow up in that setting.

But I see the closeness Christian families have on a level non-Christians can never experience. I see the blessings. And so I desire to create that sort of environment for the future.

I pray for my unsaved family. I pray I will model God's grace for them, they do know I've changed, but it's not always easy. Sometimes believing the Gospel creates conflict--as Christ said it would. (Matthew 10:33-35)
In my extended family there is more acceptance now than when I first believed, but there can still be tension. There still can be conflict.

Part of the reason I post this is asking for advice or comments, from anybody who can relate to it. Part of the reason is to hopefully encourage those who can relate to it.


(I did receive comments on this when it was first posted, and thanks to those who left them.)

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Woody Allen interviews Billy Graham?

This was posted by James Swan on the Beggars All blog.

I'll link you to his blog to go watch this--it's kind of bizarre on several levels.
I wonder if an interview of this sort could be done today...

Woody Allen interviews Billy Graham

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

One True Church?

Pope Benedict seems "paper happy" these days. I saw a couple of newspaper articles about this one today:
"Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church." (This is a link to the Vatican website.)

Here are a couple of links to news stories about the paper.
Vatican re-asserts belief Catholicism one true church
Catholic Church only true church, Vatican says

One of the articles I read in the paper spoke about how this would rile Protestants. (I couldn't find any links to those articles.) And I saw similar contents on a Catholic discussion board.

Personally, I'm not riled. Why should I be? I do disagree with Benedict, but he is the pope, after all. Why would anybody be surprised by this? If anything this statement helps to clarify a line of demarcation between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. There are signifcant and essential differences between Catholic & many Protestant doctrines of salvation and the church, as well as issues of authority. I don't believe the Roman Catholic Church (as an organization) is a true church.

Too many people seem to forget that we can disagree without anger. But I'm not surprised some people don't like this, especially those who think all roads lead to God (or a god or gods.) There are also those who seek an outward unity at the expense of the truth.

I might expand upon this in future posts.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Another Reason to Love Books

As if I needed another reason, now there's a report that states our literacy skills aren't set after school, but actually decline starting about age 25.

Literacy skills fall as we age.

Now it's only about one grades worth, but still that could make a difference. This part made me think I should be okay-"The reading people do at work helps, but not nearly as much as reading a variety of materials for pleasure at home."

Sounds like me.

I should stop though before it sounds like bragging, and I get prideful.

Let this be another encouragement and reason to read.

(And here's a related link-Literacy Statistics. Now go do some more reading.)

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

You might be a Pelagian if....

This is an amusing, and interesting list in the latest issue of Modern Reformation.

It made me think, and it is commentary on the Church today.

It's by Shane Rosenthal, and you can read it here.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Book Recommendation-Spiritual Warfare & satan’s schemes by Rev Darrin Lauder

There it was, a small book sticking out among the others in the spiritual warfare section. Some were books that blamed everything on demons and told how to get deliverance. Some told how to address the demons, while others saw demons under every rock, and around every corner. This one looked to Christ and His Word.

In his first book, Darrin Lauder uses a devotional approach presenting 31 meditations on spiritual warfare. It’s an easily accessible book that is practical and biblical. I like the approach as it allows Rev Lauder to target several areas and aspects of true biblical warfare. And while he urges us no tot be ignorant of the devil’s schemes, (2 Cor 2:11) he points us to Christ in every chapter.

This book grasps the reality of God’s sovereignty and our responsibility. The Lord is our strength, and we fight the battle in His power. He helps us to persevere. Yet we can not ignore the situations where we may stumble and fall. This is every day Christian living, not dramatic demon hunting. It may not seem as dramatic, but following Christ has its own drama.

I do know of people who minister in cultures where demons are given undue attention. They do encounter more dramatic situations than most of us do. I am glad I do not have the encounters they do, but the devil’s schemes are no less dangerous in my life. They may be more so in some ways as they can be much more subtle.

Reading this book I was reminded of C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters. In that book he points out the devil’s two main schemes are get us to ignore him or even deny he exists, or to go the other way and obsess about him. Unfortunately much of the Church does one or the other. But this book presents a good balance-we are not ignorant of his schemes, but we focus on Christ, and go to Him.

One of the chapters I enjoyed the most was one on perseverance through pain. (Those who were reading this blog in November and onwards know, at least in general that I lived through that.) While he wrote this book before I experienced my pain, Rev Lauder wrote words I could relate to so well. With the Lord’s grace I made it through.

I also enjoyed the chapter on James 4:7. That is a wonderful verse that sums up how to deal the devil. Submit to God and resist the devil. Of course if we submit to God we will resist evil and sin. Unfortunately we don’t always submit.

I certainly recommend this book. You could use it as a devotional, as a starting point for study-individually or in a group, or just read it as any other book. But digest the words and go to the Word and pray. And yes, the author is an old friend of mine, but it is encouraging to see growth in him from many years ago, and to see familiar patterns in his writing.

You can find the book online, and there’s more info at his church website.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

I Call That a Bargain

You don't see deals like this every day!

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Links of the Whenever

For those who came in late-this used to be "Links of the Week".
However due to time constraints I wasn't always able to post these weekly. Even when I posted weekly or more often than weekly I sometimes left them out, so LOTW changed from Links of the Week to Links of the Whenever--as in whenever I post them.
So on with the show.

First--Hipster Calvin-
This is from a blog that hasn't been added to for a while. But it is humourous, so I'm posting it here. It's by a guy nmaed Sean McCausland. Sean is a member of a sister church-Woodgreen Presbyterian Church. This was done as an ad promoting the church library.
Hipster Calvin
There are others he's done posted here.

I don't know if Sean ever checks these for comments--but drop by & check it out.
Sean also has other stuff online--including Church in the Lurch, which I link to under blog links, and study notes on Romans and one on Mark (Which I can not find the link to right now.)

Next--I previously linked to a similar site that had helmets for all sorts of football teams. This one was inspired by the earlier one, and he presents some different leagues and themes.
Helmets, Helmets, Helmets

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