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.
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?
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.
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.
Wisdom of God
Review of Nancy Guthrie’s latest book on Christ in the Old Testament.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.
This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.
The first 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.
The first 6 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in pdf.
And here’s an explanation of the plan.