December 10, 2013
Here are 9 Lies the Media Likes to Tell About Evangelical Christians. You knew you were intolerant, right?
Erik Raymond writes about the road to apostasy. It all starts with neglect. I couldn’t agree more.
Christian Audio’s semi-annual sale is going on right now. Most all their books, even huge books, are a mere $7.49 until December 20.
How to have a great Christmas:
August 23, 2013
Nicholas McDonald has come out with his next three book lists derived from The Time Magazine top 100 Novels, The Barnes and Noble Classics Collection, The World Library 100 Greatest Novels, the famous Facebook “Book List Challenge”, Goodreads top 100, and Daniel Burt’s Top 100 Collection. In other words, if you want to read the very best fiction, these are the lists to consult. I already posted his bronze list. Here are his silver, gold, and platinum lists. Now we’re waiting for the diamond list with the best books of all time. Happy reading.
Now, for some book deals. “Take Words With You: Scripture Promises & Prayers” is free for Kindle. “Take Words With You” is a comprehensive compilation of approximately 1500 promises and Scripture prayers (ESV) to provide tangible traction to our prayers. “Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art” by the great Dutch theologian/statesman Abraham Kuyper is also free.
Also, Greg Koukl’s “Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions” is only $1.99 for Nook and Kindle. I really appreciate Koukl’s apologetical approach. If you desire to be better equipped to share your faith, this book is a great place to start.
August 20, 2013
Piggybacking on yesterday’s post about books, Nicolas McDonald is composing a list of the best novels. I love good stories. Here is his list of honorable mention books.
I appreciated this short post on when to use him, her, whom, he, she, and who. I still have nightmares about a test regarding the use of who and whom in high school. Who is for subjects, whom is for objects. I bet you already knew that.
Our educational system isn’t kind to boys. This shouldn’t surprise us given the political climate of our day. Alas, silly ideas have huge consequences. Christina Hoff Sommers from Time weighs in on the issue. Here is a quote:
Schools must enforce codes of discipline and maintain clear rules against incivility and malicious behavior. But that hardly requires abolishing tag, imposing games of tug of peace or banning superhero play. Efforts to re-engineer the young-male imagination are doomed to fail, but they will succeed spectacularly in at least one way. They will send a clear and unmistakable message to millions of schoolboys: You are not welcome in school.
Finally, Thabiti Anyabwile addresses the battle over gay marriage. Because of the graphic nature of what he writes, you might not want to read the whole thing. TMI. I appreciate what he writes about homosexual relationships and love as well as the issue of gay rights. While the yuk factor is inescapable, I’m not sure it helps believers properly interface with the lost. Thabiti writes:
Consider how many times you’ve read the word “gay” or “homosexual” in this post withoutthinking about the actual behaviors those terms represent. “Gay” and “homosexual” are polite terms for an ugly practice. They are euphemisms. In all the politeness, we’ve actually stopped talking about the things that lie at the heart of the issue–sexual promiscuity of an abominable sort.
August 19, 2013
As we all know, physical books are disappearing. I tend to only buy physical books when they aren’t available in the Kindle format or I can snatch one from a thrift store for a pittance. I do this for three reasons. First, I almost always have a great portion of my library with me at all times. Second, typically Kindle books are much cheaper. Third, as I age seeing becomes more of a problem. Having a device with self-emanating light is extremely helpful. I’m sure many of you are tracking with what I say. Is this trend impacting us in a negative way? You wouldn’t think so. More books, cheaper price, sounds good to me. However, John Bombaro begs to differ. Ultimately he is arguing for the use of physical Bibles. His arguments are worth weighing. I still believe that a Kindle book is better than no book at all. Here is a quote:
When we see and hold the physical text of Scripture, it speaks to us and occupies the reality in which we live as a living testimony, an abiding witness. It has an enduring quality. A conversation and an encounter continue through the ontological presence of books. Their very presence is sometimes iconic, sometimes instigating, always familiar, occasionally troubling. That is just the way the Lord intended the Bible to be—iconic, instigating, familiar, and troubling—just like the incarnation itself.
Here is a much lighter piece. It is entitled, “17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand.” What ones do you most identify with?