Archive for June, 2009

A couple resources for the newest and best in books to fill out your reading plan:


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What does John Piper mean when he speaks about God ordaining, within the context of his Sovereignty over sin?

There is design in what he permits.  And therefore when I say he ordains, I mean He has a history in view and He is going somewhere with what He permits to happen.  That’s what I’m talking about when I’m talking about the ordaining of, or the governance of, sin. (Resolved ’09: God’s Sovereignty Over Satan’s Fall)

I can rest easily upon that: “He is going somewhere in what He permits to happen.”

For more of this, check out the link above, and the second part to his message titled: How Sin Serves the Glory of Christ.

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Some good links from the week…maybe just one more week of this.

Health:  Is running a death wish to the knees?  Good news for runners.

Reading: Christianity Today’s feature article on Timothy Keller and the growth of Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan.

Reading 2: A timely article from John Piper on heros in the  church and the difference between Hero Worship and Holy Emulation.

Weather: Probably the biggest day in the history of tornado research.  Vortex2 intercepts their first tornado.  Pretty incredible footage from The Weather Channel.

MoneyMint.com is an excellent, secure, and free online tool for money management.  (Thanks to Jared G. for his recommendation!)

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Summer Reading 2009

Summer is an excellent time for reading.  Winter is also an excellent time for reading.  Actually, so is Fall and Spring!  So what makes “summer reading” plans so popular?  I have no idea.  But I’ll follow suit with the rest of the blogosphere and list my summer reading plan, hopefully motivating others to be intentional about their reading as well.  Below is the list of books I’d like to work through by the end of August.  I’ve listed them in the respective order of biography, theology, history, apologetics, evangelism, and classics.  I like variety.

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes.  If you want to learn about the limits of human endurance, check this one out.  Dean Karnazes writes about his journey becoming one of the world’s top endurance athletes.  This was written before his completion of the 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days and running 350 miles without sleeping.

A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson.

Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark A. Noll.

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins.

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

What about you?  Please share your summer reading plans.

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The last “Weekly Notables.”  I have resolved to read more edited, published writing rather than spontaneous “off the cuff” blogging.  I’ll still send some good links along sporadically.

Reading: Francis of Assissi said what?  Preach the Gospel, Use Deeds When Necessary.

Health:  Do you think you know pain?  Check out this guy‘s visibly wincing pain at mile 22 of the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon.

Reading:  Lot’s of it.  D.A. Carson’s contribution to the church is real nice, and so is making nearly all of it availabe for free.

Listening: Free audio download from Christianaudio: Eugene Petersen’s Christ Plays in Ten-Thousand Places.

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