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Weekly Links (1/22/10)

by Stephen Rodgers

Alright, another Friday, another Weekly Links! This week we’ve got some really great stuff for you, and a lot of it is audio/video as well as text, so let’s get down to it:

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Weekly Links (1/15/10)

by Stephen Rodgers

Well, it was hard to pare it down this week, but I think you’ll enjoy the following articles that survived the culling:

  • First up, the most significant news of the week had to be the massive earthquake in Haiti and the ensuing suffering and tragedy. Al Mohler has posted an article addressing the question (and some insensitive and bizarre comments) entitled “Does God Hate Haiti?” I highly recommend it to you. Also, Tim Challies reflects on the tragedy and fears that in our information-age, we will be informed and updated far more than we will be moved.
  • I can’t vouch for any of the other videos that this user posted, but I found this one entitled “I am a chair” to be rather thought-provoking, particularly in light of Christian love (not to mention obedience, and yes, they can be the same thing), necessitating evangelism.
  • Changing gears, on the topics of Christian ethics and modern culture, I found two articles on the Stand to Reason blog this week to be interesting and food for thought. Both deal with approaches to hot topics in light of Christian ethics. The first is on the subject of same-sex marriage, and the second deals with the issue of abortion.
  • Mark Driscoll wraps up his interview with RC Sproul, reflecting on his impact on a generation of Christians.
  • Kevin DeYoung asks the question “Why Are We So Offended All The Time?
  • In honor of Pastor Patrick coming up on his ordination, I thought that I would refer you (and him if he reads this) to an article on the 9Marks blog on the remarkable ordinariness of pastoral ministry.
  • And ending with a bang, I think you’ll agree that the author of this article nails it when he explores the theology of “The Smaller You Get, The Freer You’ll Be.”

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Weekly Links (1/08/10)

by Stephen Rodgers

Alright, well this might be a little bit longer than usual, since a LOT happened this week. But here we go. First up, a small collection of articles with a New Year’s theme that were missed in the last update:

Alright, I think that takes care of that. So, moving on to the non-New Year’s themed articles of the week:

  • This might not be interesting to absolutely everyone, but over at Kevin DeYoung’s blog, he has a three-part series of posts on the topic of writing. You can find them here, here, and here. Which naturally begs the question of, “when do you have time to read?
  • In a similar vein, Dan Phillips over at PyroManiacs has a post entitled “Why I Believe In Blogging.”
  • Please understand that this is not an attempt to push a political agenda, but I couldn’t help but notice that amidst all the craziness this week in misrepresenting the Gospel, Ann Coulter got it right.
  • Considering that his book has had a major impact on our church, you might be interested to know that CJ Mahaney did a two-part interview with Ken Sande, which can be found here and here.
  • Mark Driscoll continues his interview of RC Sproul, asking him “How Has Your Wife Impacted You?” He seems to take the question quite literally.
  • Speaking of, over at the Mars Hill blog there’s a very thought-provoking article that challenges us to look at sinful addictions as worship disorders.
  • Over at the Desiring God blog, John Piper writes about The Strange Way God Arranges to Forgive.
  • And let’s wrap this up with a topic I’ve been thinking more about lately: missionaries. Over at his blog, David Doran has a great thought on Human Sympathy vs. Missionary Compassion. And back at the Gospel Coalition, there’s an article on 10 Ways to Encourage a Missionary.

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Weekly Links – New Year’s Edition (1/04/10)

by Stephen Rodgers

Hey Everyone!

Since it’s a new year, I thought we’d kick thing off with a special bonus edition of Weekly Links, so that you can get a view of what other interesting articles regarding the New Year are out there. So without further ado:

Happy New Year!

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Weekly Links (12/31/09)

by Stephen Rodgers

Alright, here’s the last weekly links of the year, and it’s a bit of doozy since last week we focused exclusively on Christmas. So, to round out the year, we have the following:

And since it’s an appropriate time for resolutions and resolve, I thought I’d try to pass along some great advice regarding how to live your life differently this year:

“You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on into eternity, you don’t need to have a high IQ. You don’t have to have good looks or riches or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things—or one great all-embracing thing—and be set on fire by them.”

– John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life

See you next year!

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Weekly Links – Christmas Edition (12/25/09)

by Stephen Rodgers

Merry Christmas Everyone! This week, since it is Christmas and all, I’m going to focus purely on a collection of Christmas links for you. I hope you enjoy them.

  • In an interesting bit of Christmas triva, RC Sproul writes about why Christians being upset at “Christmas” being written as “X-Mas” may have misplaced their anger. He then follows that up with a post underscoring Christ as Savior in understanding the glory of Christmas.
  • Frank Turk of TeamPyro fame has a rather penetrating post dealing with the subject of the wise men who came to worship Jesus. The parallels for our own lives are convicting to say the least. I would greatly encourage you to read what he’s written on the subject of coming to worship.
  • CJ Mahaney reminds us all that before we can rightly celebrate Christmas (as it was meant to be celebrated), we must first be disturbed by what it means.
  • Al Mohler writes to remind us that the Christmas story does not begin with the four gospels of the New Testament.
  • And finally, Kevin DeYoung writes what could be considered the unabridged version of Al Mohler’s post (see above), in attempting to tackle the Christmas story from beginning to end. And yes, I saved this one for last because it requires not one, not two, not three, but four parts to tell that story.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Weekly Links (12/18/09)

by Stephen Rodgers

Following the trend from last week, we’ve got fewer links than usual, which should give you time to really think about the ones we have. So without further ado, here we go:

  • Over at the A Different Story, there’s a great article on the dangers of anonymity in Christian community.
  • Mark Driscoll’s interview of RC Sproul continues; this week, he asks RC “How do you prepare yourself for ministry?” Find a pre-sem guy and ask him if he’s watched this yet; if he says no, you can give him a disapproving look. Really, you can, and you should.
  • Also on the Resurgence, there’s a great article entitled “Jesus is for Losers.” If you don’t think this applies to you, you may have missed the Gospel.
  • This one’s for Pastor John. Over at the Grateful to the Dead blog, there’s a great overview article on how Jonathan Edwards was kicked out of his own church. And before you ask, this is for PJ because he loves Edwards, NOT because we want him gone. Don’t even go there.
  • Some days you just need to get back to fundamentals. Over at the Straight Up blog, James MacDonald has an article on How to Benefit from the Bible.
  • For my more economically/mathematically/statistically/operationally-minded brothers and sisters, the Swerve blog has reposted a series of three articles that are great for starting to think about resource allocation in the church. Don’t be scared, they’re short, simple, and just designed to prompt thought. So hit up the introductory article, then check out the Cost vs. Excellence article, and finally read the Cost vs. Effectiveness article.
  • And last but not least, the Ligonier blog has a neat article reminding us that to be called to God is to be called to a struggle. Check it out and remind yourself what it means to struggle with God Biblically.

See you Sunday!

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