Archive - May, 2011

Ambitious Teens: Win $100K Not to Go to College

Peter Thiel made a fortune co-founding PayPal shortly after graduating from Stanford Law School. He later invested $500,000 in Facebook, a stake now worth billions.

This past fall, he set up an interesting contest called 20 under 20: if you were finishing up high school and had a great idea for a technological innovation that could benefit society in a major way, you could apply for a chance to win $100,000. Those who won would have to commit not to attend college. Twenty winners were selected, and each will receive $100,000 to be used over the next two years in the pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams.

Information about applications for the next round of fellows will be available at in late October. If you have co-inventors, it appears the prize money can also be shared.

Thiel’s contest is a great Do-Hard-Things idea, and aside from the bummer of losing twenty readers of Thriving at College (every year!), I wish them all well.

HT: Beaumont Enterprise

Bob Hayton Reviews Thriving at College

Hats off to Bob Hayton for taking the time to review Thriving at College. An excerpt:

Thriving at College covers the whole gamut of the college experience. It truly has something for everyone. Study tips, schedules, eating advice, how to deal with your parents — all of this and more are addressed. Yet the book isn’t very long, and doesn’t have to be read in order. The chapter contents are clearly enough indicated that it can be used as a manual, to be referenced when needed. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter allow for its use as a book that parents read along with their children, or for use as a small group study in the summer before college.

I have no hesitation in recommending Thriving at College for any high school graduate. It would make a great gift for a graduate you may know.

Read the whole thing.

Like Bob says, the book doesn’t necessarily have to be read in order. Each chapter can stand alone. If you’d like to know more about the structure of the book, and how it can be used, see this post where I specifically address the length of the book.

John Piper Interviews Rick Warren

Here is the 90-minute May 1, 2011 interview of Rick Warren by John Piper:

You can also download the MP3 file or the transcript at this site.

Matt Perman, who gives some helpful and thought-provoking analysis of the interview, and the relationship between Piper and Warren in general, breaks down the lengthy interview by topic:

3:29 The glory of God.
7:16 David Wells and the weight of God’s reality.
9:00 Would you write the book the same today?
12:00 The sovereignty of God.
18:47 How do you speak of God’s sovereignty in the presence of tragedy?
22:01 How do all things work for bad for those who reject Christ?
24:14 Do you hedge on Larry King?
27:00 Unconditional election.
30:18 The importance of eternity.
34:42 How do you conceive of eternity: in heaven, on earth?
38:53 What is the Gospel?
42:00 What did Jesus achieve on the cross?
43:40 Repentance.
50:50 Why don’t you call yourself a Calvinist?
53:09 Propitiation.
54:39 Prevenient grace.
1:00:01 Total depravity.
1:03:00 Hell.
1:09:10 Eternal destiny of those who never heard.
1:12:40 The extent of the atonement.
1:17:00 Do unbelievers always do the devil’s bidding?
1:18:40 Your view of the Bible.
1:22:40 Expository preaching and doctrinal depth.
1:28:10 Rick Warren’s sacred trust.

FREE: 62 MP3 Lectures on Reformed Theology

The good folks at Monergism have teamed up with Pastor Brian Borgman, author of the outstanding book Faith and Feelings, to give away a free MP3 CD containing 62 lectures on Reformed Theology.

Introduction to Reformed Faith
1. Tale of Two Gospels
2. Soli Deo Gloria: The Supremacy of God in All Things
3. Grace Needed: Total Depravity
4. Sola Scriptura: The Supremacy of Scripture
5. Grace Conceived: Unconditional Election
6. Sola Gratia: The Supremacy of Grace in Salvation
7. Sola Fide: The Supremacy of God in Salvation
8. Solus Christus: The Supremacy of Christ in Salvation
9. Grace Secured: Limited Atonement
10. Grace Applied: Irresistible Grace
11. Grace Triumphant: Perseverance of the Saints
12. The Assurance of Grace: Assurance in the Life of the Saints
13. The Grace of Law: God’s Law in the Life of the Saints

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Impromptu Give-Away

Amazon has run out of copies of Thriving at College about 4 times in the last 6 weeks. The goal is to blow out their remaining inventory ASAP with a little give-away deal:

Order a copy of Thriving at College and I’ll send you a free e-copy of In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson (courtesy of Reformation Trust). Just e-mail me, and I’ll get you the e-book (in .epub format – for use with Adobe Digital Editions, a free download).

If all 6 of Amazon’s remaining copies go out today, I’ll randomly select one person to receive a free paperback copy of Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore and another to receive a free CD of Walk With the Wise by Sovereign Grace Music.

The gift of life and the grace of God

A beautiful, short film on the gift of life and the grace of God:

99 Balloons from Igniter Media on Vimeo.

HT: Justin Taylor

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—” (Rom. 5:12)

“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” (Rom. 8:20-22)

“in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Ps. 16:11b)

Harold Camping says he was off by 5 months

How sad that the story goes from bad to worse:

Camping, who made a special appearance before the press at the Oakland headquarters of the media empire Monday evening, apologized for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have.” Through chatting with a friend over what he acknowledged was a very difficult weekend, the light dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ’s judgment, he said.

The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes. But because God’s judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there’s no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.

HT: Ardel

Mitch Daniels will not run for president

“I will not be a candidate,” Daniels said in a statement given exclusively late Saturday to The Indianapolis Star. Governor Daniels is regarded as an evangelical Christian, a Presbyterian.  He walked into a buzz-saw with many conservatives when he said that to win in 2012 the GOP nominee should call for a “truce” on the social issues (i.e., abortion, gay marriage), in order to secure the support of a broad coalition (on a campaign centered on the national debt/spending/economic woes).  That said, Governor Daniels’ actual record on social issues as governor of Indiana has been solidly and unquestionably conservative.

Gov. Daniels was divorced in 1993 by his wife Cheri. She later married a California physician before divorcing again and remarrying Daniels in 1997.

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Pray for Harold Camping and his followers

As of 40 minutes ago, Doomsday predictor Harold Camping is still missing, according to reports, and Family Radio’s website appears to be completely inoperable. Camping’s followers are dejected, some having already spent every last penny.

This is not a time to heap scorn and mockery upon them, but to offer them the solace that only comes from the true gospel. Bear in mind that Camping had also taught that Christians should leave their churches, so it might be hard for his followers to enter them once more.

(Photo from ibtimes)

A Jane Austen Education

Jane Austin lovers everywhere will want to stop and take notice of this new book. William Deresiewicz is a provocative writer. His new book is called A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter. In it,  Deresiewicz looks to Austen’s novels “to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within.” Here’s what the publisher says:

In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author’s novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen’s teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz’s A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man’s discovery of the world outside himself.

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