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by Robie Day

Here are a few articles I enjoyed this week.  Hope you enjoy them as well!

Joe Thorn explains how to pray for your pastor.

Dr. Al Mohler responds to the discovery of a 4th century Coptic document that has received a great deal of attention since being announced by the Smithsonian Institution on Tuesday.

This article is not a justification for myself, especially since I have not turned on our Wii in months.  In this post, Stephen Altrogge rightly identifies that the real problem behind an obsession with video games, or any overindulgence for that matter, is really not a video game problem, but a heart problem.

For those Tolkien nerds out there, like myself, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit will be in theaters in December.  Needless to say, I am pretty excited!  Here’s a new trailor for the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy…

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by Robie Day

I apologize I have not been posting in my series on apologetics lately.  I have been very busy with the start of the school year and the conference Dylan and I are hosting this weekend.  I plan to post again this weekend.  Regardless, here are a few articles I enjoyed this week…

Jared Wilson writes about the importance of the pastor’s ability to say “I don’t know.”

Michael Horton offers this very helpful article on making sound arguments and avoiding logical fallacies.

When it comes to tragedies like 9/11, Matt Rawlings explains that it is not only important that we remember, but how we remember.

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by Robie Day

Here’s a few articles I enjoyed this week.  Hope you find them helpful.

Mark Driscoll offers this helpful article on how to pray for our political leaders.

Tim Challies posted this article referencing Mark Dever’s What is a Healthy Church? a couple of weeks ago, which I think anyone contemplating the idea of leaving their congregation should read.

Tim Keller recently released his newest book, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City.  I just received my copy today and have not had a chance to open it yet.  However, here are a couple of early reviews by David Dunham and Matt Rawlings that you may find helpful.

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Here’s some recommended reading from around the blogosphere in the past week…

I am listing this first because I would love to hear your thoughts on this grid produced by Sam Crabtree in his book Practicing Affirmation.

In this helpful post, Mark Driscoll offers five questions to ask yourself when reading the Bible.

I love Batman.  I always have.  In this post, David Dunham writes about his own affection for the Caped Crusader.

Ministry

In this post, Mark Driscoll explains three ways to faithfully preach the gospel.

Reformed Theology

James K.A. Smith offers a brief historical overview of reformed theology.

Michael Horton, author of For Calvinism, addresses five common myths about reformed theology.

In last week’s sermon, John Piper demonstrates the need for care when addressing the doctrine of election.

 

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Hello readers! I hope everyone is doing well. Here are a couple of resources that I’ve found to be particularly helpful and interesting this past week. Enjoy!

Gay is NOT the New Black– This article from The Gospel Coalition was written by Voddie Baucham and interacts with recent public debate on the issue of homosexuality. This discussion has everything to do with issues in the church at the present time and it is very much worth your time to read.

Worldview,Culture, and Eschatology– This podcast was put out by The Reformed Forum. In light of our current series on worldview, this is a remarkably helpful resource. It is highly recommended. Enjoy!

Worldview Basics Pt.2: God as Absolute Personality

By Dylan Rowland

Last week we began a study covering the basic principles of “Weltanschauung”, or worldview, and opened the series by formulating a brief history and definition of the concept (click here to view). We found that, according to the Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant, a very simplistic definition of Weltanschauung consists of one’s sense perceptions of the world—the lens through which a person views reality. Given this introduction, I also noted that, for the remaining segments of this series, I would like to focus our attention on discussing what John Frame describes as, “The four most important things to remember about the Christian worldview.”[1] So…what are they?

According to Frame, the four most important concerns for maintaining a healthy Christian worldview are, “First, the absolute personality of God; second, the relationship between Creator and creature; third, the sovereignty of God; and fourth, the Trinity.”[2] Let’s dissect the first—the absolute personality of God.

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Songs for Your Playlist

I have a confession.  I like Christian rap.  There, I said it.  I know, I know, it’s the thing to do because guys like John Piper have supported and promoted Christian hip-hop.  Regardless, I still like it.  While many Christians I know would think the mixture of Christianity and hip-hop go together like oil and water, the fact is that you will likely hear more truth proclaimed in one song by Lecrae, Shai Linne, or Trip Lee than you will after listening to a contemporary Christian station for an hour.  Having said that, here are a few of my favorites…

This is Trip Lee’s “To Live is Christ,” from his album 13 Letters.

Here’s Shai Linne’s “Perfect Love,” from his album The Attributes of God.

Finally, this is Beautifly Eulogy’s song “Beautiful Eulogy,” from their most recent album Satellite Kite.  You can download the entire album for free here.