Monday, September 27, 2010

Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

Check out Twilight: Emotional Porn for Women.

Read an interview with John MacArthur about the biblical doctrine of election.

Read the Myth of Freewill by Walter Chantry.

Get free download of J.C. Ryle's The Duties of Parents.

Read about Harry Reid calling Kirsten Gillibrand the Senate's "hottest member" and the subsequent furor of such sexism.

Check out 50 Mind Blowing Facts About America That Our Founding Fathers Never Would Have Believed.

Read (pdf) Jim Hamilton's essay "Still Sola Scriptura: An Evangelical View of Scripture" from the book The Sacred Text.

Read What We Believe about the Five Points of Calvinism by Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis, pastored by John Piper.

View the visual "Che Guevera t-shirts vs. the people who wear them."

Read James Montgomery Boice on Why We Do Not Have a Strong Church Today.

Read John MacArthur on the Heart of True Ethics.

Read Laura Wood "On Maternal Lust."

Check out 5 Concerns about the Merging of Charismatic and Calvinistic Doctrine.

Read the Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List.

Check out the Conservative Fact of the Day.

Read the Art of Hating Kobe Bryant.

Read "How Do Busy Leaders Find Time for Social Media?" by Michael Hyatt.

Read Don Whitney on the Sinkhole Syndrome where sin is concerned.

Read Zach Eswine on Bad Sermons and Awful Preachers.

Read R.C. Sproul on the Problem of Legalism.

Read Al Mohler's answer to the question, Should Christians Practice Yoga?

Read The Gospel According to Islam by John MacArthur.

Check out Top 25 Universities rated by recruiters according to the The Wall Street Journal. N.B. Texas A&M in the #2 slot. Whoop!

Read 13 Things Your Child's Teacher Won't Tell You.

Read about US diplomats walking out of UN meeting in response to Iranian accusations of US behind 9/11 attacks. (HT Jade)

Read Eric Redmond's "Fallen from Grace and the Pulpit: Eddie Long and Expectations of the African American Pastor."

Read about how Husbands Who Earn Less than Wives Are More Likely to Cheat.

Check out John Piper on What Is the Will of God and How Do We Know It?

Read the Eternal Flame of Muslim Outrage by Michelle Malkin.

Check out the list of books John MacArthur says have most impacted him.

Read Whine Coolers about the respectable sin of complaining.

Read 10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly.

Read Witches Not Funny - Were and Are Murderers of Both the Born and the Unborn by Abortion.

Read what it would sound like if N.T. Wright read Humpty Dumpty. (HT Ron H)

Check out the table of contents of Tom Schreiner's upcoming book, 40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law, dealing with the thorny, but vital topic of Law & Gospel.

Read Hank Hanegraaff on the Importance of Attending Church.
"There is nothing which shows our ignorance so much as our impatience under trouble. We forget that every cross is a message from God, and intended to do us good in the end. Trials are intended to make us think – to wean us from the world, to send us to the Bible, to drive us to our knees. Health is a good thing; but sickness is far better, if it leads us to God. Prosperity is a great mercy, but adversity is a greater one, if it brings us to Christ. Anything, anything is better than living in carelessness, and dying in sin." ~J.C. Ryle


Thursday, September 23, 2010

A boy's best friend is his mother.

From my sermon Sunday on Exodus 20:12, the 5th Commandment ...

4 Ways We Dishonor Our Parents:
  1. Disobedience dishonors parents. Ergo ... Obey your father and mother.*
  2. Decision making independent of parents dishonors them. Ergo ... Value the counsel of your parents.
  3. Disregarding your parents in their old age dishonors them. Ergo ... Make time for those who made you.
  4. Making them look bad dishonors your parents. Ergo ... Make mom & dad look good.
*To the extent such obedience does not conflict with God's prescription for behavior.
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Below is the Bear Bryant commercial referenced in the sermon.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

And if I find that you are trying to corrupt my firstborn child, I will bring you down, baby. I will bring you down to Chinatown.

I'm reading What He Must Be ... if he wants to marry my daughter, by Voddie Baucham, Jr.

Among other gems, he lists (and elaborates upon) some things that must characterize any potential suitor..

1. He must be a follower of Christ.

2. He must be prepared to lead.

3. He must lead like Christ.

4. He must be committed to children.

5. He must practice the four P's.
"Whatever words we choose to use, it is clear that a young man must be ready to represent his family before God (as a priest), represent God before his family (as a prophet), meet the needs of those in his household (as a provider), and place himself between his family and all who would do them harm (as a protector)."

Apart from omitting sports teams allegiances, it's a pretty good list and a book I heartily recommend, particularly to those entrusted with the development of boys.

There's a drought of young men suitable for marriage and my heartaches for the young ladies who are much more ready for life than the lads who delay adulthood to stay in "Guyland" into their 30s or 40s.

Sadly, women are stuck with such a poor pool from which to choose, being limited to wimps or barbarians, none of which understand nor care to understand what it takes to love another human, particularly making sacrifices for her benefit.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Shomer shabbos!

My sermon Sunday on the 4th Commandment was one of my longest on record. So many things were cut on the fly, including the following quote, which I hated to eliminate.
Setting aside the scandal caused by His Messianic claims and His reputation as a political firebrand, only two accusations of personal depravity seem to have been brought against Jesus of Nazareth. First, that He was a Sabbath-breaker. Secondly, that He was "a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners" -- or (to draw aside the veil of Elizabethan English that makes it sound so much more respectable) that He ate too heartily, drank too freely, and kept very disreputable company, including grafters of the lowest type and ladies who were no better than they should be.

For nineteen and a half centuries, the Christian Churches have laboured, not without success, to remove this unfortunate impression made by their Lord and Master. They have hustled the Magdalens from the Communion-table, founded Total Abstinence Societies in the name of Him who made the water wine, and added improvements of their own, such as various bans and anathemas upon dancing and theatre-going. They have transferred the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, and, feeling that the original commandment "Thou shalt not work" was rather half-hearted, have added to it the new commandment, "Thou shalt not play."
~ Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)
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Monday, September 13, 2010

And we'll weep for him, in the press, set up a scholarship in his name. Eventually, and I'm talkin' way, way down the road, we file an insurance claim

Dave Ramsey addresses term life insurance versus "whole life" (or "cash value") insurance. (HT Oilcan)

Why Does Dave Like Term Insurance?

Dave has a reason for recommending term life insurance, and he details it here.

QUESTION: Breck on Twitter wants Dave to explain how term life insurance works at the 15-year and 20-year level, and why Dave likes it so much.

ANSWER: There are a couple of parts to that discussion. Term life insurance versus a cash value policy is no comparison. Term life has no savings plan built into it and the others do, but the others are more expensive.

If you take a 30-year old who buys $125,000 in cash value life insurance, he’ll pay $145 a month for it. Built into that is a savings program called cash value that builds up over the years. By the time he’s 50, he’d have $27,000 of cash value built up in there. If instead he bought a $400,000 term life insurance for $10 and invest that difference of $135, he’d have $133,000 in a good growth-stock mutual fund.

That’s not even the big problem. The big problem is that, when you die with the savings insurance, they keep your money. They will give your beneficiary the check for the face value and keep the savings for themselves. Cash value is the biggest middle-class ripoff with the exception of maybe the car lease and the credit card. You could put your money in a fruit jar and it would do better than this insurance!

You buy the term life insurance based on how long you need it. In 15 or 20 years you will have a paid-for house, kids that are not living at home anymore and lots of money built up in your 401k. Buy inexpensive term life insurance and invest elsewhere. [Emphasis Gunny's]


Saturday, September 11, 2010

You don't need to see his identification. These are not the droids you're looking for.

Most Americans, particularly those who are not Muslims, are rather ignorant of Islam, having very little firsthand knowledge. We tend to believe what we hear from supposed credible sources, like the news and those in the Oval Office.

However, George W. Bush began a trend after 9/11 which has been continued wherein folks in US authority make it their burden to do PR work for Islam, often missing the mark significantly in the process.

First, 3 things you probably didn't know about Islam:
  1. Islam has not been hijacked.
  2. Striving to institute worldwide Shari'a Law is a religious duty.
  3. Muslims are allowed to deceive non-Muslims if it helps Islam.

Second, a commonly held myth about the prevalence of Islam in the USA:

Third, with apologies up front for a bit of exclamatory language therein, a sobering reminder of Islamic terrorist activity in our own country:

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

But we think you're crazy to make us write this essay telling you who we think we are.

A.W. Tozer's Rules for Self Discovery:
  1. What we want most
  2. What we think about most
  3. How we use our money
  4. What we do with our leisure time
  5. The company we enjoy
  6. Whom and what we admire
  7. What we laugh at

To make it an even 10, to those I would add the following:
  1. What makes us cry
  2. What we fear
  3. What we pray about

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