Archive - May, 2010

Good Books for Mother’s Day (or for any woman anytime)

A slew of good ones seem to have appeared very recently:
1. Voices of the True Woman Movement: A Call to the Counter-Revolution

This book appears to be the written collection of messages given at the 2008 True Woman conference (for which the audio and video have been posted). Contributors include John Piper, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mary Kassian, Karen Loritts, Janet Parshall, and Joni Eareckson Tada.
2. Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild – by Mary Kassian
This book offers twenty points of contrast between the girl gone wild and the girl gone wise. Check out the Table of Contents or download the free small group leader’s study guide.
3. Joy: A Godly Woman’s Adornment (On-The-Go Devotionals) – Lydia Brownback
The latest installment of a series of devotionals that Ms. Brownback has published over the years. This one addresses a universal challenge: finding joy in today’s world. Listen to her unpack the theme a bit, or check out the sample material:

Lydia Brownback Devotionals Promo from Crossway on Vimeo.

Marvin Olasky Interviews Tim Keller

In the latest issue of World magazine, Marvin Olasky interviews Tim Keller about going to college in the turbulent 1960s, becoming a Christian, pursuing seminary, being the solo pastor of a small church for several years, and life in the Big Apple. Here is one of their interactions:
Q: Did you wonder whether you could be both a Christian and an intelligent, educated person?
There were the intellectual credibility issues. I read lots and lots of British evangelicals: C.S. Lewis (even though he is not exactly an evangelical), John Stott, J.I. Packer. F.F. Bruce’s The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? helped me survive religion courses. When Francis Schaeffer came along and started talking about really analyzing culture from a Christian point of view, that was an epiphany.
Read the whole thing (requires World subscription – which is well worth it).

Mark Dever Interviews Os Guinness

As part of the 9Marks audio series, Mark Dever interviews Os Guinness on the general topic of evangelical Christians and modern America.
Topics such as doubt, evil, modernity, and the new atheism come up. The interview was recorded about 6 months after the inauguration of President Obama.

Classic Petra Reunion Tour – This Fall

Greg X. Volz will re-join Petra this Fall for a reunion tour. He’ll be accompanied by the usual guys: Bob Hartman (guitars), Louie Weaver (drums), John Lawry (Keys), Mark Kelly (Bass). In addition, they’ll be recording a new album this summer. More info will probably be forthcoming on the official classic Petra website.
I agree with Denny Burk: This development is beyond belief, but more power to them!

Bethlehem’s Preaching Plan During John Piper’s Leave

Executive Pastor Sam Crabtree explains how the Elders arrived at their plan:

Preaching Plan from Bethlehem Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Ligonier Ministries 2010 National Conference

I’m looking forward to attending and live-blogging the Ligonier Ministries 2010 National Conference this June 17-19 in Orlando, FL. The conference theme is Tough Questions Christians Face. Here is the list of the non-softball questions to be addressed:
Why Did Jesus Have to Die? – John MacArthur
Is the Doctrine of Inerrancy Defensible? – Michael Horton
Does the Doctrine of the Divine Decrees Eliminate the Reality of the Human Will? – John MacArthur
What Is Evil and Where Did It Come From? – R.C. Sproul
Why Do Christians Still Sin? – R.C. Sproul Jr.
How Do We Know Which Interpretation is Right? – Derek Thomas
Is the Bible Just Another Book? – Steven Lawson
Is the Exclusivity of Christ Unjust? – Alistair Begg
Why Does the Universe Look So Old? – Albert Mohler
Is Calvinism Good For the Church? – Burk Parsons
If God is Good, How Could He Command Holy War? – Derek Thomas
Can We Enjoy Heaven Knowing of Loved Ones in Hell? – R.C. Sproul

What a great list of questions and speakers. Registration is on-going ($149 right now).

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