2008 Books of the Year

16 12 2008

Tony Reinke, over at Miscellanies, has put up his annual “Books of the Year” list.  It is always a great selection, and I found last year’s choices a very good source for my reading in ’08.  I’m sure this year’s list will be a helpful guide for ’09. Thanks, Tony!

2008 Books of the Year


39 Lessons, 20 Tips and 10 “Don’ts”

15 12 2008

Check out this great list for Christian parents: “39 Lessons, 20 Tips and 10 ‘Don’ts’ for Parenting.”   It is put together by Matt & Elizabeth Schmucker and posted over at IX Marks.  Matt is the executive director of IX Marks and an Elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

Some of my personal favorites:

(From Lessons about Ourselves…)

1. To be a faithful steward of your children you must abide in Christ (John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”).

6. Being parented is defining; Parenting is refining.

10. To have children is to need margin in your life.

11. A disreputable life will undermine the gospel. An exemplary life will commend it.

(From Lessons about Children…)

13. Pack in truth while your children are little and trust the Lord to unpack it in his time.

20. Do not presume you will be able to speak into the lives of your older children if you do not live in their world when they are younger. Play with your children. There is a reap/sow principle at work here (2 Cor. 9:6: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously”).

29. Teach your children to receive reproof, correction, and instruction (Prov. 12:15 “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice”).

30. Let kids be kids. Let them dabble in various areas of extra-curricular activities (sports, art, drama, etc) rather than build a resume.

(From Lessons about Satan [his devices]…)

36. Arm your children for the world, not (necessarily) shield them from it. Consider getting your high-school-aged children out of the Christian bubble.

(From Lessons about God…)

37. Prayer is a mighty weapon to use in the life of your children:
a. It changes the parent’s approach to the child
b. It softens the hard-hearted child

39. God elects. God saves. Parents cannot do this heart-changing work. At best we can pray and point to the One who can cause our children to be born again.

There is a lot more excellent stuff in this article.  Be sure to check it out.

Dr. Robert George on Obama and Abortion

15 10 2008

Please take the time to read this powerful post by Justin Taylor over at Between Two Worlds.  It again reminds us of what is at stake in this election.  When I read through Obama’s record and views, it just breaks my heart and turns my stomach.

Robert P. George: “Voting for the Most Extreme Pro-Abortion Political Candidate in American History Is Not the Way to Save Unborn Babies”

Dr. Packer’s Advice for the Next Generation

1 08 2008

Came across this short interview of J. I. Packer by Mark Driscoll.  Packer detailed the top four areas young leaders should focus upon in light of the current trends in the Church and the areas of lack he sees in our generation.  Here are the top four areas, but check out the link for a more detailed description.

1. Understanding the Doctrine of Regeneration

2. A God-Centered Approach to Theology

3. Realizing that our Christian Living begins in the Home

4. Delving into the Doctrine of the Trinity

Planned Parenthood: “The LensCrafters of Family Planning”?

26 06 2008

Dr. Albert Mohler has posted a disturbing article on the new strategy of Planned Parenthood.  The organization is seeking to take its “product” to a mall near you.  The post does a good job at exposing what is really driving these centers for “social services” and it is not care for the needy, but a desire to make a profit off of the helpless.  Pray that God would thwart this new effort and please continue to support those who truly are caring for the needy and the helpless.

Making the Issue Clear?

31 05 2008

After bringing up the topic of Calvinism the other day, I thought it would be a good idea if everyone was clear on the difference between Calvinism and the opposing view, Arminianism.  So, in an effort to be helpful, I offer the following two dictionaries (wink, wink):

A Dictionary of Calvinistic Terminology (helpfully produced by an Arminian)

A Dictionary of Arminian Terminology (helpfully produced by a Calvinist)

Both dictionaries were produced in jest, two bloggers having some good fun with the other side.  I found them humorous (and even a bit enlightening!) so I thought I’d share the fun.  Enjoy!

However, if you truly aren’t familiar with either system, check out the following helpful links:

Overview of Calvinism    

Overview of Arminiansim

Want $200 Worth of Free Books?

21 05 2008

Tim Challies, blogger extraordinaire and master of spiritual discernment, has posted his monthly giveaway and it’s a great one!  He is giving away a gift certificate to Monergismbooks.com to three winners, with first prize being a $200 certificate, second $75, and third $35.  In order to enter, all you need to do is visit his site and fill out a little form. (Don’t worry, he does NOT use the information to spam you to death.)  To sign up for the contest and take your shot at this great prize, simply click the banner below.

May Giveaway