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Luther on Book-Showers and Big, Long, Shaggy Donkey Ears – Reformation21 Blog – The first part of this is one of a few reasons that compelled me to use Professor Horner’s reading plan and spend more time reading the Bible.

[Carl Trueman] An Accidental Feminist? | MOS – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals – I’ve always felt similarly. It’s also strange when men get to determine what women should and shouldn’t be able to do outside of what the Bible clearly states for the church. That’s why the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood always kind of creeped me out.

How Reading Can Transform Your Health | HeadHeartHand Blog

Baker Book House Church Connection | Frustrated with the Times We’re Living In? Some Advice from Chuck Colson

When you think you know the Bible but you don’t… | Cryptotheology – Why Bible trivia might be an enlightening thing if done well

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This is a long one, so I’ll make it even longer. Many people post these lists every or every-other day. I used to read a lot more blogs and tried to post some noteworthy things before anyone else did. Nowadays, I collect them as I go, and when I have enough, I’ll put up a post. Some of them aren’t anything recent, but just something I came across that I like and think would be helpful and within the subject matter that I usually write about. The J. C. Ryle link would be an example of that, although many of these are a day or two old.

I have more of my own commentary on some of these today. Please only read the ones you’re interested in and don’t spend too much time reading everything.

Baker Book House Church Connection | Coming Soon – “Ordinary” by Michael Horton
A response to “radical” and “crazy” stuff, if you know what I mean. I want to get his current book on Calvin too.

Let's Stop Forgiving Those Who Don't Want Forgiveness | HeadHeartHand Blog
I once read John Stott say that we should only forgive those who ask for forgiveness, otherwise it doesn’t make any sense. At first I was kind of taken aback, because the Bible so often talks about how we are to forgive others. But it made more sense over time. I’m not beyond the point of being open to other opinions, but I think this article explains that position very well. Like the writer of the article, I’m also rather annoyed when a group of people publicly forgives a mass murderer soon after they did something horrible, when they don’t have anything to do with what happened, and there was no forgiveness asked for.

Ten Lessons from a Hospital Bed | Desiring God
This is unique and not full of unrealistically positive ideals. I had an experience in the hospital that was the worst time in my life and I can relate to things that are said.

9 Lessons God Teaches Us Concerning Sickness by J. C. Ryle | Monergism
As for #3, I can assure you he’s not referring to reincarnation.

What about Life Insurance? – Eternal Perspective Ministries

2014 National Conference — Questions and Answers | Ligonier Ministries Blog
I love question and answer sessions by a panel (paneling?). Reformed Alert

Words for the Anxious Soul | Mere Orthodoxy
One of the best shorter treatments of this subject that I’ve seen.

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Seven Common Fallacies of Biblical Interpretation | Parchment and Pen

Why Read and Study the Old Testament? « The Reformed Reader

Best Commentaries | Old and New Testament Bible Commentary reviews, ratings, and prices

How To Build A Theological Library | Marturo (Marturo | Search Results) along with How To Pick Up Commentaries For Cheap | Marturo

Another way (which most of you know about) is to use the ‘dead people’ commentaries in e-Sword, a free Bible study program for Windows, that comes with Matthew Henry’s full commentary of the Bible. This makes it so much easier than using a book because whenever you click on a verse, that part of the commentary automatically comes up. There are also commentaries from Gill, Calvin, Clarke and others. Some are done by individuals you can find on the web. All are legal.

What Do We Do About Racism – An Alternative Way | Abnormal Anabaptist
HT: Dave Black Online

6 Pillars of a Christian View on Suffering – The Gospel Coalition Blog

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Still busy with other things. One of them is ‘cutting the cable’. It’s about time we get rid of Dish Network since we don’t watch much TV anymore. But doing the research to find out how to watch those shows we just can’t live without–or we’d probably die–is very time consuming. I’ve think I’ve got it straightened out. Then when we get a device or two, we have to learn how to use it.

I’ll give you a break from the mental illness stuff and pass on some links about books and Scripture.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Advice on What to Read – Justin Taylor – I will take the advice for sure
also see:
What Did It Look and Sound Like in Jonathan Edwards’ New England? – Justin Taylor

Book Reviews | Borrowed Light – Great blog which you’ll see more of here

The Sufficiency of Scripture | 9Marks – Unfortunately someone in the comments brings up the ‘Bibliolatry’ thing again and the rest of them are mostly about that. I’d stick to the article. I wrote what I think about that.

Why Have We Reduced Jesus to “Meek and Gentle?” Peter Kreeft Responds | Baker Book House Church Connection – God hates sin so much that there is much bloodshed as shown in the Old Testament and some in the New. Jesus died a violent death to atone for our sin. Jesus is in fact very meek and gentle. But he also hates sin enough that there will be more violence in the end. Read what Peter Kreeft says about why we focus so much on this aspect of our Savior.

The Best Way I’ve Found to Study the Old Testament | Scatterings

Commentaries as a Ministry by Douglas Moo | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org – He loves to write them, and I love to read them. I often worship when reading books about the Bible and they help me understand the Bible better, which helps me to know God better in so many ways, which has so many ramifications. I think most can even be read ‘devotionally’, for lack of a better term, section by section. I think C.S. Lewis would agree.

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The Page that Changed My Life: Tony Reinke – The Gospel Coalition Blog – Octavius Winslow’s The Precious Things of God is now on my list

Two kinds of funerals – This article is different than I thought it would be. I thought one of the examples given would be the ‘life celebration’ thing that’s popular now. These two examples cause me to think more. This helps me to see what a proper Christian funeral may be.

Why Were Job’s Friends Rebuked?

Why I Wrote a Book on Suffering | Borrowed Light – I will be taking part in the Torn To Heal Blog Tour, reviewing the book – would you like to join in?

The Gods of Social Media | A First Things Blog – You probably won’t find God in social media

Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God [Kindle Edition] – $3.99 at the moment – I liked this book a lot

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We have been inundated with articles on mental illness lately. I post a lot of these because I would be under that category and because I post a fair amount about suffering on this blog. There is a Category on the right for suffering and also a link to the old Suffering Christians blog.

I’ve read things from Oswald Chambers and D. Martin Lloyd-Jones about what I call “real psychology” and thought they were ahead of their time–earlier and middle of the last century. As it turns out, the Puritans were way ahead of their time. They even recognized that there can be physiological components to depression, which many people today still don’t believe. I’ve read that the contemporary book Helpful Truth in Past Places: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Counselling by Mark A. Deckard is a good place to start.

The Puritans and Mental Illness | HeadHeartHand Blog

The following is a good article about how certain terms can be hurtful and unhelpful. I don’t think there is a need to go all politically correct on this, but there should be some guidelines, especially for journalists who write about these things. I don’t really mind the terms like mentalheadcase, wacko or whatever, unless they’re meant in a truly hateful manner. (Sometimes we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously either.) I think it’s the proper medical terms used incorrectly that can be especially unhelpful. The writer of the article mentions calling yourself “a little bit OCD”. I’m extremely particular, almost to the point of being ‘certifiable’, but I’ve stopped using the term ‘a little OCD’ once I learned how awful being truly OCD really is. It’s not funny. And people always get schizophrenia wrong. They’re usually meaning ‘multiple personality disorder’, as in a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Or people who say one thing and then another, which could just be hypocrisy. Schizophrenia is awful (I’m not), and not funny or something that should be used when a more accurate term could be.

Another area is when someone is chronically depressed and they’ve tried everything, and have lived with it for decades, and then when mustering up the courage to mention it, have someone else say, “Yeah, I get depressed too.” That’s a tough one because there are so many degrees of depression. Same goes for anxiety and a number of other things, including chronic [physical] pain.

The article also mentions that those who are mentally ill are not likely to be more violent than the general population. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say, “Yeah, she’s Biopolar, so she’s kind of dangerous” or something to that effect. I deal with Bipolar Disorder (Bipolar II on the depressed end of the spectrum, or the unofficial term Bipolar Depression, if you’re familiar) and I know there’s no truth to that. Being Bipolar doesn’t make someone violent or mean.

By the way, incorrect spellings would be Bi-polar or BiPolar, if you happen to be writing about it. Bipolar Disorder is the general term, but there are two basic types, being I and II (1 and 2) and it’s a spectrum disorder in many ways. So two people who both suffer from ‘Bipolar Disorder’ could have varying symptoms that vary in severity.

‘Crazy Talk’: How We Characterize Mental Illness | Her.meneutics | Christianitytoday.com

The 9 words you missed. – This is a post about hope. I identify with the majority of what he says. I’m basically in a permanent “season of hurt”, so I get a lot of practice. I really like his “edge verses”. I call them “verses off the beaten path”, which I like to post on Twitter or Facebook when I come across them if they don’t require explanation–especially the OT, but his term sounds less like some are more important than others.

A couple of Reformed resources:

Westminster Theological Seminary – The Westminster Theological Journal – this has somehow failed to acquire my attention until now

The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson – free ebook in various formats and even as an MP3 audio book too

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

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Mental Illness and the Church | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

Why Should we “Study” the New Testament? | Baker Book House Church Connection – Terrific rebuttal to “just me and the Holy Spirit”

Are those people [who worry about theology] just being cold, heartless, unfeeling, selfish and indifferent to the world’s needs? I don’t think so. We tend to compartmentalize our Christianity, and this is our undoing. Strong dichotomies and strict antitheses are not helping anyone. It is not a matter of doctrine versus practice, truth versus love. It is both. It is a matter of the doctrine under-girding our practice; the truth in our love. That order is deliberate. Doctrine precedes and is the foundation for practice. Truth precedes and informs love.

Are You a Member of a “Real” Church? | Alien Citizens

It’s nice to see more writings out there on introverts. I am one, but I never let others bamboozle me into thinking it’s a bad thing. I always stood my ground on this one, even as a high school student. There’s nothing wrong with being quiet. I always naturally did things like taking a break to be by myself between dinner and desert during holidays, and many other things. I never felt selfish about needing to have a certain amount of time alone.

One time during a meeting with the Navigators (a college Christian ministry, in this case), they handed out pieces of paper with the name of one of four or five animals on it. Then they had everyone close their eyes. We were supposed to make the noise of whatever animal was on your piece of paper and migrate (get it?) into groups of the animals. I was too shy to do it. Which nobody could tell I was [not] doing. I still don’t know the purpose of that one, but it shows how the leaders were extroverts, the group was filled with extroverts and many of these people were unaware of what an introvert is, and belittled me for being “quiet”. If you’re an introvert, there’s nothing wrong with you.

Although we have been kind of bombarded with blog posts on introverts lately, I hope this one will be helpful for some of you.
Four Lies About Introverts – The Gospel Coalition Blog

My 3 Excuses for not watching The Bible on the History Channel | Stuff Christians Like – Jon Acuff

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The Really Big List of Kindle Deals | Challies Dot Com – the commentary on Deuteronomy looks interesting and I read Michael Horton’s A Place for Weakness which is excellent

Gospel Grace blog is owned by Luma, who writes about all kinds of interesting things in a very intelligent way, much of it from a Reformed perspective (just as a warning to those who are sensitive to R rated content)

I may as well mention Housewife Theologian again, which is where I found Luma from Gospel Grace (noted above) commenting. If I had a twin sister, it may be her.

One of Justin Taylor’s Favorite Prayers in the Whole Bible:

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
2 Chronicles 20:12

Related Scripture:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
Proverbs 3:5-7

A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?
Proverbs 20:24

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:1-3

I may be blogging a little less for a while. I’m working on a big series on the silly sayings that evangelical Christians say. But it won’t just be poking fun at others, or each other, but will be writing about the problems and possible alternatives. I will also be thinking and praying about what I write here. Pray with me if you’d like.

On the subject of prayer, my back pain has been worse this week than ever outside of surgery recovery. I don’t know what’s going on. I hope that if there’s something wrong with the various hardware in there that it could be figured out. I’m trying my best to trust and not worry. It’s hard not to be thinking of various scenarios.

~Jeff

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This started out small and ended up being a whopper. The letter from a gay woman has really been getting around, so I hope it’s not a repeat for too many of you. I think it’s a good reminder that there are people who struggle with their sexual preferences everywhere.

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Why (I Think) People Like Awful Christian Books | Marturo – now if he could tell me why people like bad Christian movies

Speaking of mediocre Christian entertainment:
Abandoned to Christ: History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ exalts man over God – see the two other links at the bottom of her article; and she has an interesting blog you may want to peruse

Two on Bible translation:
How Literal is the NASB? | Baker Book House Church Connection

Five Myths About Bible Translation | Parchment and Pen – I thought I had seen this before somewhere else

Here we go again, with less fanfare and hopefully less vitriol, but always lots of questions:
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GOD – Rob Bell (2013) | Veritas et Lux

Warfield’s description of Christianity sounds very Puritan to me (in a good way):
Warfield on the Essence of Christianity – Reformation21 Blog

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A Reformed Farewell to Benedict XVI – White Horse Inn Blog – The ever-reasonable Michael Horton writes a good piece on this

Lutheran Satire – “Choose Your Pope” | Baker Book House Church Connection

Underdog Theology: Van Til the Street Preacher[?]

February 2013 Best Sellers | Baker Book House Church Connection – Always interesting, and shows that a Christian book store can have a great department like the one that Louis McBride is in charge of

It's God's Drama, Not Ours-Housewife Theologian – This is my kind of post

Kevin Vanhoozer on inerrancy and the fact that we don’t have the original manuscripts:

First: the Bible speaks truly ‘in the original manuscripts’. First: the Bible speaks truly ‘in the original manuscripts’. We have already seen that the Reformers were able to affirm the truthfulness of the Bible and to acknowledge errors due to faulty translation or transmission. To the objection that we do not now possess the original manuscripts, it must be pointed out that textual critical studies have brought us extremely close to the original text. The relatively small number of textual variations do not for the most part affect our ability to recognize the original text. At the same time, it is important not to ascribe inerrancy to the copies of the originals, since these are the products of an all-too human process of transmission.

The second qualification is just as important: ‘when interpreted according to the intended sense’. It is often tempting to claim the same authority for one’s interpretations as for the biblical text itself. The thrust of the doctrine of inerrancy, however, like that of sola scriptura, is to stress the distinction between the Word of God and the words of men. Interpretations of the Bible fall under the category ‘words of men’. It is thus important not to ascribe inerrancy to our interpretations. To the objection that we do not possess the correct interpretation, we must appeal not to inerrancy but to the perspicuity of Scripture. What conflicts there are about biblical interpretation ultimately must be ascribed to the fallible interpreter, not to the infallible text.

From: Theology Network – The Bible – The Inerrancy of Scripture

HT: Around the Web | Baker Book House Church Connection

~Jeff

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Baptist Press – Schreiners display strong faith amid tragedy

“The best thing to prepare for suffering is good theology. Whether it is life or death, healing or disease, God is good and He rules.”

–Thomas Schreiner

The Beauty of Faithful Suffering – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Confused about what “known by God” means (Galatians 4:9)? John MacArthur explains Calvinism in a Nutshell on YouTube along with explaining foreknowledge and predestination from a Calvinist perspective. No complaining allowed.

Subvocalization and Greek Speed Reading – be sure to see the encouraging Slate Magazine article on speed reading linked from there

As bloggers, we have the tremendous opportunity to provide an alternative to those who see the American Dream as their only hope.

–David Black, Dave Black Online

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Battling Depression – Justin Taylor

New blog:
Tim's Blog – Just One Train Wreck After Another

Reliable Source Reveals November’s Election is Already Fixed

New Theologian, May I Have a Word? – An interview with the author of a book mentioned in a recent post

Giveaway: Our Daily Bread Bible – NLT Blog

The Case for Day-Age Creation – an intelligent argument against young earth (which I don’t fully endorse) but belief in a literal account, and a well written article – see Our Mission of his organization
HT: Brian

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Nine Good Purposes in Our Suffering

C.H. Spurgeon – The People’s Preacher – Hour-long YouTube Video

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The Neverending Story
Fuel for the Thinkers of Today

The Remarkable Photo Manipulations of Jan Oliehoek

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