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Ladies, what are some questions you should ask before you put on that dress or blouse? Dan Philips had a great post on one question you should ask that you probably don’t.

I know you never get irritated. But for those people you know who do, Philip Ryken has good word about how irritability is  a sin.

Toby Sumpter has been preaching through the Ten Commandments. He has reached “you shall not steal.”  Here are his sermon notes. His conclusions/applications are worth their weight in gold. Read it and get the balance of obedience and forgiveness that you don’t usually get from preachers today.

Evolution continues to snake its way into the Christian Church. Any compromise with evolution is deadly. Christians must not become bored of fighting this battle. Kevin DeYoung does his part to combat theistic evolution here.

Carl Trueman, an OPC pastor, reminds us that the Gospel is insufficient. We need something more. What else do we need?  Well, read his essay and find out.

Finally, Doug Wilson spoke at Indiana University last week on “Sexual by Design.”  Here  and here are some videos from the event by students at the university.  Eventually Canon Press will have their own video of the event. Here is Doug Wilson’s description of the event. Here is the Secular Alliance of IU’s description of and response to the event. I encourage you to read the comments. My hope is that one day we will be able to do similar event here at WVU.

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John Piper has some good and strong reflections on last week’s mega-millions lottery craze. There were three people had winning tickets. Which means these three people will split $640 million.  Should we have gone out and bought lottery tickets? In West Virginia there were over $3.5 million worth of tickets sold.

Since we live in a university town, this post by Al Mohler on the attempt to kick Christian groups out of Vanderbilt University is eye-opening.  The world does not want to tolerate us. They want to eradicate us. Unfortunately for them, Christ reigns and his people cannot be eradicated. But hey, they get an “A” for effort.

Here is a post by Randy Alcorn’s son in law on how the pro-choice crowd is becoming more consistent. No longer are they hiding their real desire. They want their lives easy and they want no consequences for their sins. They want to kill babies with disease.  The reflections in the article are good.  We should expect that as our society sinks into darkness pagans will become more consistent in their lives. Killing babies will not longer be early in the pregnancy or because of rape. It will be for whatever reason we see fit.

How should Christians approach science? Here is a really neat article on James Clerk Maxwell. A man I  have never heard of or never remember hearing of. Maxwell used the Trinity and the idea of unity in diversity to solve some sticky scientific issues. The post is a good reminder that theology and reflection on God and his character actually serve to advance the cause of true science.

Finally, here is a post from Frank Turk about how not to reason with a “Christian” who doesn’t believe in the resurrection. His point is simple: We should not allow non-Christians to dictate the boundaries of our discussions. The man who he attacks is a liar, cheat, and is bound for Hell. Why should we listen to him or even   try to rationalize with him?  The post is not easy to read, but worth it if you have the time.

Take Up and Read: Special AV Edition

Douglas Wilson’s brother, Gordon Wilson, gives two lectures on setting the record straight: Creation vs. Evolution.

The first one is here.
The second one here.

 A couple of years ago Rich Lusk gave an excellent sermon on Deuteronomy 6 and training our children. You can find it here.  It is the first sermon on the list. I left this message with a renewed desire to honor God with my children.

If you are looking for a comprehensive and Biblical web site for counseling, you cannot do better than ccef.org. There are numerous articles, audio segments, and video segments that address every area of counseling. I know many of you wonder about how a Christian should approach things like psychiatry and drugs for schizophrenia, etc. They address these issues as well as many others. Here is a link to their  resources page.  I have not read nearly all that is here. So do not assume I endorse everything. But I think their general direction is the best I have found.

Finally, here is the video of the question and answer session from the Ligonier’s 2012 National Conference. Many godly men are here, giving answers to various questions.

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Who is Planned Parenthood afraid of in 2012? Here is an interesting list.   I do not know everyone on the list. But any enemy of Planned Parenthood is a friend of mine.

Peter Leithart encourages us to tear a page out of Bible. Which one is it? Well check here to find out.

Kevin DeYoung reminds us that Calvinism does not make us cranky. Pride does.

Thabiti Anyabwile shows the various ways faith is shown in Hebrews 11. I really enjoyed this list. He makes a good point that real faith always expresses itself, but does so in many different ways.

Finally, here are some good words by D.A.Carson about his father. It struck me to the core and made me ask, yet again, what type of heritage am I leaving behind?

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John Piper shows how grace takes a very practical priority in Paul’s letters. He begins and ends each letter with grace. Pastor Piper tells us why this is important.

Over at Ligonier they discuss what Charles Spurgeon believed about unconditional election. Several of Spurgeon’s quotes are pure gold.

Translating the Bible into various languages is one of the primary ways the Church reaches into lost countries and cultures.  Without a Bible in their own language people will have a difficult time learning about Christ and obeying his commands. However, there is always the danger that a translation will not be faithful to the text.  Some Islamic translations are attempting to make the Scriptures less offensive by removing the term “Son” when referring to Jesus. Gene Veith addresses that particular issue here.   And here is a lengthy note by a missionary on why this translating to accommodate a  particular culture is rotten.

I remember a pastor preaching on Proverbs 7 and adultery saying, “Dread the first step.”  How many lives, marriages, and churches have been destroyed because men and women do not dread that first step?  They play with knives and wonder why they and those around them end up bleeding on the floor.  Andree Seu over at World Magazine describes how affairs often begin with a very small first step.

Here is a tribute to John Knox. One of my favorite men from the reformation. He is a great example of how clinging to Christ gives one courage.

Finally, Carl Trueman has great quote from B.B. Warfield, a professor at Princeton when it was still reformed.  The quote hits at the center of the Christian life; an understanding that we are saved by grace through no merit of our own.

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I want to bring to your attention two blog series that are worth following and a couple of regular posts that I enjoyed.

First, Kevin DeYoung belongs to the RCA, a denomination that is close to compromising on the homosexuality issue. His church is presenting an overture on sodomy. He is writing a series of posts this week on why and how sodomy must be fought in his denomination. Here is the first, second, and third posts in the series. Today he posted the overture that he will make to his classis (think presbytery).  These posts take a lot of courage. It is easy for those of us in denominations that reject sodomy to think what he is doing is easy. But it isn’t.  DeYoung has been in this denomination his whole life. His family, going back a couple of generations, is from this denomination. His reputation has been forged preaching in RCA churches. No doubt, he will upset a lot of people for attacking this lie.

Second, Keith Mathison is one of my favorite writers and was very influential as I left Dispensational theology and came to covenant theology. He is doing a series of posts on eschatology over at Ligonier’s blog. Here are the posts that are currently up:
Introduction
The Promise to Abraham
Blessings and Curses
The Davidic Covenant
Psalm 110

Here is a great post by Al Mohler on the challenges that will face the next generation of ministers. I would encourage you to note where he believes pastors will be tempted to compromise, places like evolution, sexuality, and the exclusivity of the Gospel.  Pray that the elders at Christ Church would not compromise on these particular issues.

Finally, here is wonderful praise from a man whose father sang with vigor in worship.  As I read, a couple of things struck me. First, fathers should remember that their approach to worship has a deep impact on their children. Second, the songs from worship should not be limited to worship. They should stretch out and fill the corners of our lives. Third, he speaks of hymns, but how much more should we sing the psalms with vigor. They are the very word of God.

Take Up and Read: Thursday Edition

Here is a wonderful list of six things that would be true of the Church if true reformation was to take place. J.I. Packer, like John Stott, has a gift for being clear and deep.

Toby Sumpter explains how the Reformation was an opening of the armory. A great post on what the Roman Catholic Church had done and how the reformers undid it.

How bad are things on the abortion/infanticide issue? There is an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics advocating “after-birth abortions.”  Anyone who opposes this point of view is a “fanatic” who is destroying “academic discussion and freedom.” Notice the tone the editor of the journal, Julian Savulescu, takes with those who are critical of the article. The systematic killing of children in the womb will lead inevitably to the systematic killing of children outside the womb. Honestly, Hitler is in rear view mirror. We passed him long ago.

Here is another article on abortion. Be warned.  It is has some language describing an abortion, which is graphic and heartbreaking.  In the article a man laments killing two out of three triplets after an IVF treatment. Several thoughts occurred to me as a I read the article. First, what are we to think of medical doctors who kill babies? Second, why do men have no say in whether a child is born or not, yet if it is born they must support him/her financially?  The logic of this escapes. Third, how many other men and women are crippled with the same grief and guilt, a grief and guilt that can only be remedied at the cross.