Destinations

February 13, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I know there has been a plethora of posts dealing the 50 Shades. I certainly don’t want to add my voice to the cacophony. The film seems to be a movie that further pushes our culture in the wrong direction. We can’t begin to imagine what poisonous fruit it will bear. How we must guard ourselves and our loved ones from this satanic scat. As usual, Al Mohler, adds his interpretative voice. Tim Challies points us to ten articles he’s written about the how to, and why we should, avoid pornography.

Men, What Your Wife Wishes You Knew about Valentine’s Day (and Every Other Day of the Year) is helpful. I don’t think you can go wrong heeding the insight of this post.

Here, my go to guy on the book of Revelation, Greg Beale, unpacks the meaning of the number 666. If you are drawn to the book of Revelation, Greg’s treatment of the number will help you understand other symbols in the book.

 

Destinations

August 5, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_There is a free ebook worth nabbing. R. C. Sproul’s Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life is free for Nook and Kindle.

Jared Moore writes about 10 Myths about Lust. Here is a quote:

The only answer for a lustful heart is constant repentance and faith in Christ.  God is more beautiful and more valuable than fulfilling our lustful desires. If you embrace and meditate on His beauty, all sin will appear ugly and detestable.

 

The Van Gogh That Breaks My Heart is an interesting piece attempting to track down Van Gogh’s faith pilgrimage.

In A Fine Line, Aimee Byrd tracks down why preaching is so important. Here is a snippet:

“…throughout our week, we get discouraged as we try to live as we are called. We are tempted and sometimes fall into sin. We are weary in the race that is the Christian life. We forget who we are and what Christ has done. We fall into our default mode of self-righteousness. But “God has ordained the preaching of the Word so that we may be rescued yet again.” We were there because God ordained it. And that makes all the difference.”

Destinations

June 20, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Game of Thrones is HBO’s most popular series, with 18 million viewers. Should believers watch it and shows like it?

Jason Helopoulos discusses 10 personalities that don’t belong in a marriage.

Does time heal all wounds? I think you know the answer.

The simple passage of time does not heal such wounds. Even in the relationship of God with men, God’s forgetting of our sins is a deliberate putting away – under specific circumstances and with good grounds – of that which has caused offense.

Interested in the deep end of the pool in regards to theology? Fred Sanders has 11 theses on the revelation of the Trinity. I’m going to spend some time  camped out here.

How does logic work? I think it is always helpful to think about how we think.

Destinations

April 8, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Is mental illness actually biblical? Sometimes we struggle with this one.

The ebook 31 Days of Purity is available for free. If you are struggling with pornography this might be a good place to start.

I appreciated Paul Tripp’s “Fall in Love Again.” It is good encouragement on several levels.

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly. I never miss posts like this. I still struggle with affect versus effect.

This is a good followup to the previous link:

Destinations

April 1, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_These three links in some sense are all related.

First, I’d encourage you to read “Ministering to the Sexually Broken: An Interview with John Freeman.” I know it isn’t talked about much in our circles, but my guess is that sexual brokenness is rampant. Here’s a scary quote:

The average age of exposure to pornography today is seven for boys and nine for girls. Twenty years ago, ten-year-olds didn’t have to decide whether they may be homosexual. Today, the culture often forces this question upon them. Many ten- to twelve-year-olds, wrestling with sexuality, now use the Internet to investigate this.

Since we are on happy topics today, how about the issue of cutting? Yeah, who thinks about that? “Cutting to the Heart of Self-Injury” probably deals with an issue that is far more prevalent than we’d imagine.

When should people get married these days? I’m very much an advocate of early marriage. In my view, those who put it off end up fornicating. Like Paul said, it is better to marry than to burn. Proverbs speaks of the wife of one’s youth. Gene Fant at First things interacts with an article by Charles Murray at the Wall Street Journal, where Murray outlines his five rules for living a happy life. Murray’s first recommendation is: “consider marrying young.”

No longer practical to have young boys in the choir … the surgical solution was surprisingly unpopular …

Read this. As a parent, you are responsible for locking down Internet access. Trust me, your children will find the wrong places to go if YOU don’t guard the gate. And, the sins dabbled in now might very well haunt them the rest of their lives. Sowing now results in a harvest later. Do your best to keep your children safe.

Destinations

November 19, 2013

There are a couple of good free ebooks today. “Risen: 50 Reasons Why the Resurrection Changed Everything” is free for Nook and Kindle. Also, “How People Change” is free today for Nook and Kindle. This looks to be a very good book.

Some of you know that our son, JohnMark, puts up Christmas trees this time of the year in the Bay Area. Here is a pictorial Mercury article showing what JohnMark and his crew do.

Ever wonder what Katy Perry’s take on religion is? If you have teenagers you should. Candi Finch both encapsulates and critiques Katy Perry’s views.

Here is a very interesting video on how porn impacts the brain. While I wouldn’t say it is risqué, it is somewhat crude at points. It reminds us that sin never ultimately satisfies.

This video reminds us that grace begets grace:

Destinations

October 16, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Want to grow spiritually? Erik Raymond offers three tips.

It won’t surprise you that children of same sex couples don’t fare as well as children with opposite sex mom and dads. This article leaves many questions, however it does further the conversation. It will be interesting to digest the data over the years as this phenomenon becomes more studied.

Do you ever wonder what all the fuss over the debt ceiling is all about? Joe Carter sorts through the issue in a helpful way.

In a style reminiscent of “The Screwtape Letters,” John Knight in The Subtle Art of Destroying Humans highlights the strategies of the pro-abortion mindset. Think tissue not babies.

Eric Simmons piece, I Hate Porn, highlights the temporal and eternal impacts of porn. I’ve said this many times, but parents must guard the gate. Porn is a drug that the human spirit is often predisposed to. Lifelong addiction can start at a very young age. The destruction caused by porn is incalculable.

Stand to Reason reviews O’Reilly’s book “Killing Jesus: A History.” The review is rather positive except for its criticism of the way O’Reilly refers to some of the gospel accounts as myths.

Finally, “Help for Women Under Stress” by Randy and Nanci Alcorn is free today only for Kindle. My guess is that it is probably a pretty good book. I appreciate Randy Alcorn.

Destinations

October 1, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_In my perversity, I love 10 Silly Things Christians Say. I love this piece because Jared Wilson says just what I would say. Since he doesn’t seriously engage the ideas he mentions, there is sort of an ad hominem feel to what he says. Maybe this is why I like it. Don’t just read the silly things Christians say, also get to the bottom where gentleness is encouraged.

Stephen Altrogge’s post, I’m A Calvinistic, Arminian-ish, Totally Reformed, Fully Charismatic Kinda Guy highlights some of the tensions believers struggle with. Sometimes the Bible is not an easy book to understand.

Is nudity ever appropriate in art (including movies)? William VanDoodewaard thoroughly articulates the view that it is not. I appreciate what he writes.

Perhaps this could be and honorable mention under the 10 Silly Things Christians Say. We have all heard from well intentioned believers that God won’t give us more than we can handle. Michael Hidalgo begs to differ.

Finally, this month’s free audio book is George Marsden’s A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards. This is too good to pass up.

A New Weapon In The Porn War

September 6, 2013

I’ve said before that I don’t think it is fair of parents not to guard the internet gate. Children will either intentionally or unintentionally eventually end up where they shouldn’t be. I prefer internet accountability software for adults. Problem is, it is expensive. Usually there is a stiff monthly charge. The only exception is X3 Watch free, and lately it hasn’t been working for me. Open DNS seems like a helpful alternative. But it isn’t always easy to setup and it doesn’t work with all routers. It works with my ATT router at home but not the ATT router at the church. K9 is a powerful free filter but every device individually has to be setup. Also, on iOS devices you have to use the K9 browser. The browser pales in comparison to the functionality of Safari.

Now there is a new weapon in the anti-porn arsenal. It is called Pandora’s Hope. It seems easy to setup, however, it does have a yearly fee of $20. Of course, 20 bucks today isn’t what it used to be. Here is a review of the device.  If you have a better option, I’d love to know about it.