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David Wells is a “Prophet”
It appears that Dr David Wells predicted a Zambesi river bungee disaster! The video is also amazing.

Christianity Today Comes out Against Spanking
In a case of “today” taking precedence over “Christianity,” Denny Burk reflects on the magazine’s argument against taking the Bible literally.

How to be a miserable comforter
Pau Tautges analyzes Job’s counselors for lessons in how not to counsel and concludes:”If you want to be a sorry comforter, nurture a hyper-active connection between personal sin and every form of suffering and be sure to remind your spiritual friends that they are the ultimate cause of their suffering.”

How not to apologize
This is super-helpful and could save a lot of marriages (and churches)

Pastor Rob Ventura has started a new blog to preview and review books being published by Reformation Heritage Books. You can get sample chapters, author interviews, great discounts, and giveaways. And while we’re at it, here’s an interview with Jeremy Walker, author of the forthcoming Broken-Hearted Evangelist

Parenting by God’s Promises
I’m not just plugging this because he’s my boss! Nor am I plugging it because HeadHeartHandMedia produced the video! I just think this is a great book.

Parenting By God’s Promises – Joel Beeke from Ligonier on Vimeo.

My second military wedding

On Saturday I had the honor and privilege of conducting my second wedding of an American soldier – this time a US Marine who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marines lined the sides of the church throughout the service – never felt so safe in my life – and then formed this guard (or was it a gauntlet?) as Josh and Laura left the church.

US Marine Wedding Video on Vimeo.

At the reception there was a deeply moving tribute to those present who had served their country in various wars, from World War II to the War on Terror, and hardly a dry eye in the house as the Marines remembered one of their comrades and close friends who lost gave his life in Afghanistan. I was then totally stunned as the young widow and two infant children came forward to comfort and console the still-grieving Marines.

It was good to be reminded of the need to keep praying not just for those who are still laying down their comfort and their lives for their country, but also for those who despite outward appearances are the walking wounded among us. There are emotional injuries that go deeper than any bullet.

To military families everywhere, thank you so much for your sacrificial service.

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Wisdom of God
Review of Nancy Guthrie’s latest book on Christ in the Old Testament.

Family Worship
Part 2 from R C Sproul Jr. And here’s Rebecca on A Praying Husband.

One year on
Ever wondered what it might be like to live through a flood that deluges everything you have? (HT Nathan Bingham)

What I have learned online
If you make it to the end of this post, be encouraged – you are an eccentric.

Generation Flux
Pete Cashmore started a blog called Mashable in his bedroom 7 years ago. It is now one of the worlds most popular social media websites with over 20 million unique users a month and 2 million Twitter followers. In this article he predicts that banks are next up for the digital revolution and calls us to embrace the “Age of Flux.” And did you know that the average time at a job now is 4 years?  All makes me very glad for Hebrews 13:8.

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Most parents monitor their kids on Facebook – and have their passwords
The stats on this infographic should help you the next time you hear, “But no one elses’s parents do this…”

Your brain on Technology

40 Quick Tips for Speakers
Not everything here is relevant to preaching but there’s still significant crossover.

Magnify Conference
Kevin DeYoung’s church in Lansing, MI, is hosting a conference on worship on Feb 10&11 (brochure)

Review of Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Further notes of appreciation and concern.