On doing ordinary things
Maybe it’s because it met my need so perfectly at the moment, but I think this is one of the best articles Tim Challies has ever written.

He descended into Hell
Before I came to Grand Rapids, I have to admit I’d never given the Apostle’s Creed a second thought. Now I read it or hear it read every Lord’s Day. And of course, it’s got that ambiguous and oft-argued-about phrase: “He descended into Hell.” Aaron Armstrong introduces us to J I Packer’s explanation.

Online friends
I put my “Amen” to Anne’s thoughtful meditation on the positive value of online friendships.

The Joy of Quiet
How does the perennially cutting-edge designer Philippe Starck stay so consistently ahead of the curve? “I never read any magazines or watch TV,” he said, perhaps a little hyperbolically. “Nor do I go to cocktail parties, dinners or anything like that.” He lived outside conventional ideas, he implied, because “I live alone mostly, in the middle of nowhere.”

What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology
I’m pretty excited about the expected Education Announcement from Apple later today, and especially hopeful that they will provide a tool for creating and distributing digital textbooks. I’ve looked into this again and again and unless you are a real geek, the tools are just not there. It’s so ripe for an “iPod moment.” However, I also agree with the late great Jobs that the problems with education are deeper than technology. When you read paras like this, you so much wish he was still alive to push his vision:

If we gave vouchers to parents for $4,400 a year, schools would be starting right and left. People would get out of college and say, “Let’s start a school.” You could have a track at Stanford within the MBA program on how to be the businessperson of a school. And that MBA would get together with somebody else, and they’d start schools. And you’d have these young, idealistic people starting schools, working for pennies.

They’d do it because they’d be able to set the curriculum. When you have kids you think, What exactly do I want them to learn? Most of the stuff they study in school is completely useless. But some incredibly valuable things you don’t learn until you’re older — yet you could learn them when you’re younger. And you start to think, What would I do if I set a curriculum for a school?

  • Foppe VanderZwaag

    Excellent post by Tim Challies! Did you read this one too?


    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Yes, another great article in the same vein.

  • Peter

    Hi David,

    Just wondering if you agree with J.I. Packer’s explanation of “descended into hell.” I think it makes a lot of sense, but I have one question. The Apostles Creed already said that he “…died and was buried” so why would they have to then add “he descended in to hell (he descended to the dead). It seems like they are saying the same thing twice.

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Yes, Peter, it’s one of the better explanations that I’ve read, although as you say it does seem to duplicate. Every interpretation seems to have a downside. I know that if it was being drafted today, that exact phrase wouldn’t get one vote from the committee!

  • Bob Wiegers

    Hi David,
    Just a quick recommendation for you and your readers to check out a newish blog by Gary Waldecker.


    Gary is with MTW (the PCA’s missions board) and spent many years planting churches in Chile. The ideas behind this post are a big reason why I’m doing church-based ministry training here in Portland, Maine. He also has many other posts on his site that are mostly the result of years of thought and experience, which he is now releasing in blog-form.

    I commend it to you.
    Bob Wiegers

  • Leslie from VA

    Dr. Murray,

    Our family has been so blessed by your ministry in so many ways. Thank you…..

    I so agree with the “Online Friends” link you mentioned…..I love the author of that blog post. I consider Anne’s friendship a blessing from the LORD. The LORD truly has knitted our hearts together. One of the greatest gifts of our friendship is to be able to talk via phone and pray together. I hope the LORD will let us meet on this side of heaven one day. :) Yes…..online friends can be true.

  • http://bibleanswerswithrevfletcher.wordpress.com/ Rev. Fletcher

    Very thought provoking! Thank you for sharing these wonderful insights and helpful posts from the other blogs! May the Lord bless your ministry