June 17, 2013
One of the more difficult things believers have to unpack is the sovereignty of God. I get questions about it all the time. How should we understand the interface between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility? Often people emphasize one or the other. They say that ultimately everything depends on the free will of man. Others stress God’s sovereignty. Both are true. (Actually, I mean that fallen men act freely, not that they have free will; fallen man is still spiritually dead and a slave to sin.) Here are three resources that help believers think about these truths. First, Justin Taylor, leaning on Don Carson, discusses compatibilism. His point is that as believers look at the cross, all believers in some sense become compatibilists. Second, this article addresses three mistakes people make when talking about the sovereignty of God. The discussion that follows the article is also insightful. Finally, John Piper’s book “Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ” is available for free in PDF format. It is a very helpful treatment of this whole issue.
Indelible Grace’s album, “The Hymn sing: Live In Nashville” is a free download right now. I paid good money for this album a year or so ago. If you like hymns done in a more folk style, you’ll probably like album. Here is a video about the album:
March 1, 2013
Page CXVI hymns are free for the month of March. 74 great songs at an unbeatable price.
December 5, 2012
Here is some fun, free Christmas music from Mockingbird:
Giddie Up - The Dumbells (aka Roxy Music)
Three Ships - Jon Anderson
Please Come Home For Christmas - The Insight (featuring Johnny & Edgar Winter)
Christmas Time In Motor City - Was (Not Was)
Let’s Get It Together This Christmas - Harvey Averne Band
Winter Wonderland - Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
Mele Kalikimaka - Arthur Lyman
Merry Christmas Baby - Dr. John
Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows
The Wildest Christmas - The Boys Next Door
Deck The Halls - Metal Mike, Alison & Julia
Merry Christmas Will Do - Material Issue
Please Leave Me Home For Christmas - Imperial Drag
Ghost of Christmas - Manic Street Preachers
Christmas, Bring Us - The Grip Weeds
Christmas Was Better In The 80s - The Futureheads
White Christmas - The Wedding Present
Christmas Spirit - The Wailers
Christmas in Prison (Live) - John Prine
Christmas '83 - Centro-matic
Silver Bells - Arlo Guthrie & Ed Gerhard
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Jethro Tull
Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
Children Go Where I Send Thee - Odetta
River - Cee Lo Green
Thank You for Christmas - Bee Gees
November 27, 2012
July 26, 2012
The issue of tattoos is interesting. In my view, there are no clear Biblical reasons for not getting a tattoo. Put positively, I don’t think the Bible prohibits the practice. But that doesn’t mean that the Bible commends the practice. Here is a piece that helps one think about other factors that might, or might not, lead one to get a tattoo.
Wayfarer has a free album. If you like hymn-type music, you might like this.
“Letters From a Martyred Christian” is free for Kindle. The reviews are very positive. For you theological nerds (like me), “Theology Drives Methodology: Conversion in the Theology of Charles Finney and John Nevin” is also free.
What is union with Christ all about? Here J. I. Packer in eight minutes gives us a bird’s eye view of this vital truth:
Finally, this is for all the frustrated deer hunters that I run into from time to time. Maybe it’s time for a new quarry?
July 11, 2012
I always appreciate hearing about how other people do things simply because I know that there are always things that I might do better. Here Randy Alcorn gives a glimpse into his life. The most interesting tidbit: his wive goes to bed at 9 while he keeps perking until 2 0r 3 a.m. Sounds like Debbie and me only reversed.
Husbands, spend time with your wives. This is a great reminder for just about every husband.
Religious Retention Rates: turns out that Hindus do the best job while atheists do the worst. Who knew? Atheism offers so much hope for life and eternity.
Here is a site that offers some good free music. At least try Ascend The Hill’s “Hymns” album. Right now I’m giving Civil Parish a test drive. Pretty good.