Biblical Parenting

The astute Tedd Tripp, author of the fantastic Shepherding A Child's Heart, did a conference at Mars Hill Church on Biblical Parenting.  This is the worth the attention if you've ever had a parent, want to be a parent, are a parent, or have friends who are parents.


Those Whom God Intends To Destroy...

...He gives them leave to play with Scripture.
-Martin Luther, quoted by Bruce Waltke in his excellent An Old Testament Theology.

It's Never Been A More Dangerous Time To Be A Black Baby

Anne Hendershott:
It's never been a more dangerous time to be a black baby. While overall rates of abortion have declined to the lowest level since 1974, the Guttmacher Institute recently reported alarming increases in racial disparities between the rates of abortion for black and white women. Analyzing more than 30 years of data collected directly from abortion providers, Guttmacher found that black women's abortion rates are now five times greater than those of white women.

Currently, white women's rates of abortion have declined to 10.5 abortions per 1,000 women while black women's rates are an alarming 50 abortions per 1,000 black women. Put in terms of actual pregnancies, the figures are shocking: Nearly half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. Since 1973, the number of abortions by African American women has totaled more than twelve million.
Does anyone care?

HT: Justin Taylor


Which Is More Embarrassing? An Endorsement From George Bush or the Present Democratic Congress?

Bush's approval ratings are horrible, and Congress' is 1/2 of his...


Prop 8 Ramifications

How it could affect our kids (protectmarriage.com):
Voters may differ about how they feel about gay marriage, but there is no disputing that the organizations funding and leading the No on Proposition 8 campaign have already revealed, in their own words, their desire to impose this subject on children in the public schools – ‘whether you like it or not.’


The Culture, It Is Cracking

Here's another fissure.

I Love My Ladies


What Would You Say If Your Daughter Was Murdered?

Here's the sermon Pastor Terry Stauffer gave at the funeral for his 14-year-old daughter who was murdered when she went for a walk.  Wow.
When Emily’s death was confirmed on Saturday night, I was shocked and bewildered. All I could pray was, “O Lord, Help! Help! Help!” As I was on my knees, a thought came to me: “If all my talk about the Gospel and God’s goodness is not true now, then it was never true.”

Radical Womanhood — Book Promo

And...my wife recommends it.

HT: Justin Taylor

The Debate on Gay Marriage

Thoughts for your Prop. 8 decision from Al Mohler.
Human society is a complex reality, but certain constants have framed that reality for human beings.  One of those constants has been the institution of marriage.  The respected status of the heterosexual pairing, set apart for exclusive rights and respected for its functions for the society, is among the most important of those constants.


How To Train Your Kids To Love God's Word

From Justin Buzzard: 
As parents, especially as dads, it's important that we train our children to love God's Word. Here's the single greatest way I know how to do this: Show your children every single week of their lives that YOU love God's Word.  


Modern Persecution - Let's Pray For Our Suffering Brothers and Sisters

Eric Ortland reports:
I'm sure some of you have heard about the persecution in India, in the northern province of Orissa - about 50,000 Christians have had to flee their homes under persecution by extreme Hindus. Churches have been burned and Christians have been tortured and martyred for their faith in Jesus.


A Review of the ESV Study Bible

From Tim Challies:
...I think the ESV Study Bible is an incredible resource. A long list of endorsers have expressed their excitement for its theological faithfulness, its accessibility, its insight, its scholarship, its practicality and its sheer excellence. I would simply append my name to this list. I agree wholeheartedly with C.J. Mahaney who writes, "I can't imagine a greater gift to the body of Christ than the ESV Study Bible. It is a potent combination indeed: the reliability and readability of the ESV translation, supplemented by the best of modern and faithful scholarship, packaged in an accessible and attractive format. A Christian could make no wiser investment for himself, a pastor could recommend no better resource for his congregation." This is a powerful resource and one that can aid any reader of Scripture. It is one I recommend wholeheartedly.


Pre-Game Coin Toss Makes Jaguars Realize Randomness Of Life


HT: Ed

Making Sense of Suffering

While I'm looking at Reinke, he has links to D. A. Carson's messages on "Making Sense of Suffering."

"Make War!"

 Tony Reinke quotes John Piper:
I hear so many Christians murmuring about their imperfections and their failures and their addictions and their short-comings. And I see so little war! ‘Murmur, murmur, murmur… Why am I this way?’ MAKE WAR!”
He adds (from Ed Welch):
There is a mean streak to authentic self-control. Self-control is not for the timid. When we want to grow in it, not only do we nurture an exuberance for Jesus Christ, we also demand of ourselves a hatred for sin. The only possible attitude toward out-of-control desire is a declaration of all-out war. There is something about war that sharpens the senses. You hear a twig snap or the rustling of leaves and you are in attack mode. Someone coughs and you are ready to pull the trigger. Even after days of little or no sleep, war keeps us vigilant.
This is a fight, my friends (Col. 3.5):
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you...


A Tribute To My Dad On His Birthday

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
My dad did that.  In a world full of men who abdicate their responsibilities or think masculinity means dominating others, my dad stands out.  In a world full of churches whose men are pansy and apathetic, my dad is an example.  I have no idea how blessed I am.  Here's the top 10 things I love about my dad:
10. My dad is a man.  He takes a benevolent responsibility for everything in his domain.  He cultivates, protects, and teaches.  

9. My dad works hard and never quits.  As a Naval Academy grad, when he lost his job due to an airline going out of business, he did whatever it took to provide for his family - selling phone books, painting houses.  I'll never forget that.

8. My dad is my friend and my dad.  He knows how to play, and takes time to spend good, fun time with his family.  But he is also serious about obedience, and you'd feel it if you were out of line.  How thankful I am that my dad disciplined me!

7. My dad is full of integrity, and he made darn well sure I was too.  He is committed to his church.  As kids, we were going.  Period.

6. My dad is open.  You can talk to him about anything and he will listen to you.  And he'll change his mind if he thinks you're right.

5. My dad is very generous.  He is always giving of himself, his time, and his money in order to bless others and build the Kingdom.

4. My dad loves me.  I've never, ever doubted it.  He is always there as a wise support.

3. My dad loves my wife and kids with all his heart.

2. My dad loves my mom and is uncompromisingly committed to her.

1. My dad loves Jesus and is submitted to His Word.  That's what makes him who he is.


D. A. Carson on Trends in the Church

Scott Thomas took notes.

If you ever want to feel like you have the intelligence of a NASCAR fan that just finished off a six-pack (I think it's a Red Neck law), then listen to D.A. Carson talk about, well, anything. Don is fluent in something like 7 languages and has written over 45 books. He is the esteemed Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago. For instance, Carson said in his talk to us, "To be a non-perspectivalist is to be omniscient." Nobody in the room was smart enough to argue with him over that.

Don spoke at a luncheon at Bethlehem Baptist Church (John Piper) on Friday September 26, 2008 just before the Desiring God Conference. I attended this lunch with about 40 other church leaders. Don spoke for an hour about five trends in the American church that are troubling to him.

HT: Tim Challies