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.

Destinations

July 24, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_We often hear that when two or three are gathered together we have a church. What does Matthew 18:20 really mean? This is simply a helpful post on church discipline.

Porn is ubiquitous in our culture. It is very difficult to escape. Because of this it might be assumed that it is okay. This is not true; it is deadly. Russell Moore discusses the sin and how it should be addressed.

Here are 10 Basic Facts About the NT Canon you need to know. This list is worth digesting and memorizing.

Stephen Altrogge suggests that church should be like a good U2 song. In my cultural ignorance, I’ve never heard the song used in this piece.

Speaking of music, there is some great theology and encouragement in this song:

Destinations

January 22, 2013

Affairs look tantalizing. They seems to offer delight that can’t be found in our marriages. Here is a New York Times article detailing the devastating cost of dalliance.

Women, porn is coming your way. The success of the 50 Shades series has opened the eyes of those who make the stuff to the potential of the female market. Tim Challies writes about the new porn emphases tailored to women.

Today is the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As you no doubt know, 51 million human babies have been slaughtered since then. Russell Moore relates the gospel to abortion.

Our children require energy to raise. Fortunately, there are many technological baby sitters that work for little or no money. But is this a good thing? Here is a helpful short article entitled “Why Not Be Engulfed in Technology?”

Douglas Wilson insightfully deals with the question as to whether faithful Roman Catholics will be saved.

Destinations

August 29, 2012

John Piper has a new devotional for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.).

Some of you have probably heard me respond to the “It’s not about religion; it is about a relationship” line. There is a place in Christianity for religion (Ja 1:26-27). And, stressing relationship to the exclusion of religion might be sending the wrong message. Here Mark Altrogge weighs in.  Here’s a snippet:

If taken the wrong way people might think they don’t need to believe specific truths or be a committed member of a church. That they need not gather with others to hear the word preached or learn sound doctrine or serve others or speak the truth in love, confront sin or repent. It’s just me and Jesus; I don’t need all that religion stuff.

We’ve all heard about gateway drugs. But, how about gateway porn? Here is a post that discusses the issue. It is right on.

Here is a post entitled “D. A. Carson on Angry Christians and the Devil’s Tactics.” I almost always appreciate what D.A. Carson writes and in this piece he is very helpful. Here’s a taste:

Now the reason it does is because there is so much in this society that feels—with a certain amount of justification—that all those nasties on the Left are taking away our heritage! They’re perverting our schools! They’re overthrowing principles of jurisprudence! They’re making the city unsafe! And so there’s anger—there’s anger seething through the whole land.

Now contrast that with the first Christians taking the gospel in the Roman Empire. They were nobodies. They didn’t have anybody taking away their heritage. They were out to take over the heritage. They looked around and saw an extremely pluralistic empire, and they said with Caleb, in effect, “Give us this mountain.” And they kept witnessing and kept getting martyred, and so on, and there was a revolution, finally—a spiritual revolution.

“No Other gods: Confronting Our Modern Day Idols” is free today for Kindle and Nook. I don’t know anything about the book but here is part of the description:

No Other gods offers a revealing look at the heart of a woman. Author Kelly Minter explores what happens when good desires become false gods, robbing us of an intimate relationship with our heavenly father.

 

Destinations

March 26, 2012

Given Starbucks’ same-sex marriage core value, should believers boycott? Of course, we have every right to boycott. But is it wise? Here Russell Moore weighs in. His thoughts might surprise you.

Covenant Eyes has a free ebook that offers strategies for creating a porn free church. The book is only offered in the epub and pdf formats. So, I’ve converted the file to Kindle format. It can be found here.

Barnabas Piper helps his readers think about how to make the Bible more applicable. He suggests that we read ourselves into the biblical stories.

Clint Archer writes about what pastors do with the rest of their week. So there is Sunday morning … what happens the rest of the week? Of course, I appreciate what he writes.

Here Greg Koukl responds to this past weekend’s Reason Rally.