Archive - June, 2011

Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples, Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged

Desiring God:

The theme of this year’s Desiring God National Conference is “Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples, Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged.” The event will take place in Minneapolis, MN on September 23 – 25, 2011.

We are pleased to announce that Louie Giglio, David Platt, Michael Ramsden, Michael Oh, Ed Stetzer, along with John Piper will be bringing the plenary addresses at this year’s conference.

We’ll also be hosting two tracks of seminars on frontier missions and church planting. Seminar speakers include David Sitton, David Sills, Jason Mandryk, Ed Stetzer, Dave Harvey and Jeff Vanderstelt.

Should the USA really pull out of Afghanistan?

Some Afghan Christians prefer otherwise, it seems:

Afghans are warning of dire consequences for the country’s tiny Christian population should American forces leave Afghanistan, as President Barack Obama prepares to announce his plans for a troop drawdown in a televised address to the nation scheduled for Wednesday evening.

“If U.S. troops are not in Afghanistan the Taliban will come to power,” said Obaid S. Christ, an Afghan Christian exiled to India who spoke to me Tuesday. “We will have the same situation we had in the 1990s when the Russians left Afghanistan, when we had civil war and millions killed.”

Read the whole thing.

HT: John Piper (whose post had nothing to do with politics)

The Next Story

Tonight, with the convenience of iTunes, I finished listening to this interesting and helpful book.  I particularly liked the ending, where Tim Challies went over how he handles information and technology to avoid being overloaded and distracted from his God-given priorities. I found myself resonating with Tim’s dissection on how distractions (new e-mails, FB notes, tweets) are actually desirable (each offers an immediate thrill, doesn’t it?), even though we know they’re interruptions and potential time-wasters.  Along the way, the book contains insights on how new methods of communication can foster anonymity (thereby exposing us to temptation) and even render us less able to successfully engage in (let alone enjoy) face-to-face communication. Check it out.

Should Christians Embrace Evolution?

Update at the bottom.

Wayne Grudem writes the Foreword for what sounds like a fascinating book on an important topic. World magazine selected it as one of its two 2011 Books of the Year.  From the Foreword:

It may at first seem easy to say ‘God simply used evolution to bring about the results he desired’, as some are proposing today. That view is called ‘theistic evolution’. However, the contributors to this volume, both scientists and biblical scholars, show that adopting theistic evolution leads to many positions contrary to the teaching of the Bible, such as these:

  1. Adam and Eve were not the first human beings, but they were just two Neolithic farmers among about ten million other human beings on earth at that time, and God just chose to reveal himself to them in a personal way.
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Fathers: Key to Their Children’s Faith

I’ve posted on this before, but with Father’s Day this past Sunday, it seems fitting to mention it again. S. Michael Craven looks at data from the study “The Demographic Characteristics of the Linguistic and Religious Groups in Switzerland” by Werner Haug and Phillipe Warner of the Federal Statistical Office, Neuchatel. An excerpt of Mr. Craven’s findings:

In short, if a father does not go to church-no matter how faithful his wife’s devotions-only one child in 50 will become a regular worshipper. If a father does go regularly, regardless of the practice of the mother, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will become churchgoers (regular and irregular). One of the reasons suggested for this distinction is that children tend to take their cues about domestic life from Mom while their conceptions of the world outside come from Dad. If Dad takes faith in God seriously then the message to their children is that God should be taken seriously.

Read the whole thing. Craven, the President of the Center for Christ & Culture,  is the author of Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity (NavPress, 2009).

Tim Challies, David Murray: Interview on Thriving at College

Yesterday it was a great honor to be the guest of Tim Challies and David Murray on their podcast series Connected Kingdom. They asked me a series of questions about Thriving at College. The interview is now live.

Sale Ends Wed – Thriving at College – Kindle – $1.99


Amazon is selling Thriving at College for only $1.99. Offer expires June 15 (Wed). In God’s providence, the book recently hit the Christian Bookseller’s Association best-seller list.

“There is no better guide to college.”
–Alex and Brett Harris

“Alex has written an insightful and useful book to help college-bound people know what to expect, how to prepare for it, and what to do to avoid the pitfalls.”
–Randy Alcorn

“Written by an ‘insider’—an excellent gift for high school seniors.”
–Jerry Bridges

“I’ve been a Campus Pastor for the last seventeen years, and have seen a lot of excellent books on how a Christian student should go about being a truly Christian student. Chediak’s book is the best I’ve seen.”
Ben Patterson, campus pastor at Westmont College

Abandon Retirement as the Reward for Your Life

John Piper:

HT: Matt Perman

What If You Work for a Bad Leader?

Great thoughts here from Michael Hyatt.

1. Manage your expectations.

2. Evaluate the impact.

3. Consider your options.

4. Be assertive.

5. Support him publicly.


David Brooks: “It’s Not About You”

David Brooks has an outstanding article directed to recent college graduates. He echoes many of the themes I sought (less skillfully than Mr. Brooks) to unpack in Thriving at College.  The gist of it is that our culture tells young adults to find happiness inside themselves.  Yet true happiness comes by losing yourself in the cause of something greater.  This is a biblical principle verifiable by Christian and non-Christian alike (Luke 17:33). Brooks writes:

Follow your passion, chart your own course, march to the beat of your own drummer, follow your dreams and find yourself. This is the litany of expressive individualism, which is still the dominant note in American culture.

But, of course, this mantra misleads on nearly every front.

College grads are often sent out into the world amid rapturous talk of limitless possibilities. But this talk is of no help to the central business of adulthood, finding serious things to tie yourself down to. The successful young adult is beginning to make sacred commitments — to a spouse, a community and calling — yet mostly hears about freedom and autonomy.

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