Archive - February, 2012

Science and Faith: God and Materialism

This resource looks very helpful.  It’s 10.5 hours of teaching (3 DVDs) on God and materialism, for only $10 (price good through March 6).

Publisher’s Description:

Are human beings and the rest of nature the result of purposeful design or undirected matter and energy? What is the actual scientific evidence for a materialist worldview? Does materialism help or hinder the operation of good science? And what impact has materialism had on culture, including Biblical studies and theology? Explore these questions and more through this multiple-DVD set featuring more than 10 hours of presentations from the Westminster Conference on Science & Faith: God and Materialism, held at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in April 2011.

The conference sessions examine the conflicting worldviews of theism and materialism; the widespread impact of materialism on science, ethics, society, Biblical studies and theology; the latest scientific evidence against materialism and for intelligent design in biology and cosmology; and the positive implications of modern science for theism.

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Sex, Dating, and Relationships

This outstanding book is currently 50% off at WTS Books ($6.50/copy).  I read the whole thing this past weekend and thought it was excellent.  It puts sexuality in a proper, gospel-rich context, and has some very powerful insights on the modern dating process and the dilemmas that many singles face.  A few excerpts:

“Scripture expresses states that God created sex to serve as a living portrait of the life-changing spiritual union that believers have with God through Christ.”

“God did not pattern the divine marriage after human marriage, but rather human marriage is a forshadowing of the divine marriage.”

The authors do a great job treating the age-old “How far is too far?” question and propose a concept of “friendship dating” which is sure to generate discussion.  The basic shift is that Hiestand and Thomas enjoin singles to think of dating as an activity, but not a category of relationships (e.g., “she’s my girlfriend”). You’ll have to read the book to hear more…. 🙂

A few endorsements:

“This is a straightforward, yet provocative little book. You’ll find a lot of practical, sane, biblical wisdom that will explode a number of our cultural assumptions about dating. If you are single or care about someone who is, you really should read this book. The result may just be a simpler, more God-honoring approach to dating than you thought possible.”
– Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan.

“What a gift this book is to single men and women. Here, in brief space, is clear and closely reasoned advice that is über-biblical and Christ-centered. It flows with life-giving grace. Sex, Dating, and Relationships will be a landmark read for many in this generation.”
– R. Kent Hughes, Author, Disciplines of a Godly Young Man; Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“Simplicity is the strength of this fresh approach to sex, dating, and relationships. If at first you chafe at the idea of ‘dating friendships,’ consider whether any alternative can bring greater glory to God, account for the biblical evidence, and guard against unnecessary heartache.”
– Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Young, Restless, and Reformed

Did Romney lie about contraception on Wed night?

The Boston Catholic Insider says yes, closing their detailed argument with this:

The Bottom Line:

When Romney was asked in the debate if he had required Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims and had infringed on Catholics’ rights, he responded, “No, absolutely not. Of course not.” That was untrue.

When Romney said “for the Catholic Church to provide morning-after pills to rape victims…was entirely voluntary on their part”, that was also untrue.

For him to suggest to the citizens of the United States on national television that Cardinal O’Malley and the Catholic Church would “voluntarily” provide morning-after pills is an egregious misrepresentation of Catholic Church teachings and an egregious misrepresentation of what actually happened in this situation.

BCI hopes that the media and other candidates call him out on this.

Tim Keller at Google – The Meaning of Marriage

On November 14, 2011, Tim Keller spoke at Google on his latest book, The Meaning of Marriage.

Free Copy – The Pleasures of God

OK, I have a few extra copies of the revised version of The Pleasures of God to give away to the next few people who order five or more copies of Thriving at College from one of the links on the right side of this website. Did you know that 70% of high school seniors will pursue college this fall, but that about 30% of them will not advance to their sophomore year?

Why not give out a few copies of Thriving at College to the high school students in your church or school as they get ready to pick a college in the next few weeks, and prepare to go later this year?

“There is no better guide to college than this.”

Alex and Brett Harris, best-selling authors of Do Hard Things

“Most Christian young people go to college without specific goals and are unprepared for the challenges that await them. While some prosper spiritually, most get derailed, and an alarming number abandon their faith. 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, best-selling author of Heaven and If God is Good

“Written by an ‘insider’—a former student, now a professor, this book addresses all the issues a student might face. It will be an excellent gift for all high school seniors.”

Dr. Jerry Bridges, best-selling author of The Pursuit of Holiness

Update: I am all out of extra copies of The Pleasures of God.

What is TruthXChange?

Last week I had a great time at the Think Tank run by TruthXChange. What is TruthXChange? This video provides a good intro:

A big thank you to Peter and Rebecca Jones, Mary Eady, and Joshua Gielow.

Three-Judge Panel Strikes Down CA Prop 8

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has just struck down California’s Prop 8—an amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as one man and one woman.

HT: Stand to Reason

iPhone Alone Earns More Revenue Than Microsoft

I’ve been enjoying the audio version of Walter Isaacson’s fascinating biography of Steve Jobs, a pioneer who changed the world with a series of blockbuster innovations (though he was also a narcissistic, self-absorbed, arrogant jerk). One of the themes in the book is Jobs’ clashing with other titans in the field, such as Bill Gates. Jobs would later admit that “Microsoft won” the battle to make the graphical user interface a standard part of the personal computing experience.

Today, however, the Apple’s iPhone business alone is bigger than all of Microsoft.

Media Bias in Coverage of Komen, Planned Parenthood

By now you now that the Komen Foundation reversed their wise and appropriate decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood–obviously caving to enormous political and financial pressure.

Ross Douthat, writing for the NY Times, accurately and incisively discusses the heavily biased media coverage leading up to Komen’s reversal:

It’s true that abortion is only one of the services Planned Parenthood provides. (Although mammograms, it should be noted, are not necessarily among them: the group usually provides referrals, but not the mammogram itself, which is one of the reasons Komen’s founder had cited for discontinuing the grant.) But abortion is hardly an itty-bitty and purely tangential aspect of its mission, as many credulous journalists have implied.

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You Never Marry the Right Person

Relevant Magazine publishes an excerpt from Tim Keller’s outstanding book, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God.

In generations past, there was far less talk about “compatibility” and finding the ideal soul-mate. Today we are looking for someone who accepts us as we are and fulfills our desires, and this creates an unrealistic set of expectations that frustrates both the searchers and the searched for.

Read the whole thing.

HT: Justin Chao

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