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Here is a post I found in my Drafts that I apparently didn’t put up.

John Calvin's 4 Rules of Prayer by Joel Beeke | Ligonier Ministries Blog

The Christian Reader's Resource Guide | Gospel Relevance

Why We Should Read Books | MOS – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

The Bible Is Not an Instruction Manual

“But what will really save the lost world? Let me tell you: none of our complaints against it.”

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Read Better with Baxter

What Your Complaining Says about God

The Secrets of God in Our Suffering | Desiring God

Book Review: Stop Loving the World – Meet the Puritans

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Here is one I started and never really finished, so I’ll put it up as an abbreviated holiday link post.

How To Lose Your Zeal for Christ | Challies Dot Com

20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Exegesis | HeadHeartHand Blog

Carl Trueman on How John Owen Speaks to the Most Pressing Pastoral Issue of Our Day | TGC

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Of the reading of many books… – Reformation21 Blog – more on this balanced view later…

Reflections on the Top 25 Christian Classics by Keith Mathison | Ligonier Ministries Blog

A Modest Proposal: Don’t Tell Everyone about Every Shooting | TGC

Credo Magazine » A very cool John Owen chronology by Lee Comings

More than a Game: A Theology of Sport | Themelios from The Gospel Coalition – This has been mentioned on Twitter about 100 times, but in case any of you missed it, this is a great article on sports. I’ve read about people who say watching sports is bad, like it’s a god, and other people never give it a second thought. This is about sports from a Biblical view.

The Paradox of Chronic Pain

Too often, when I’ve mentioned my chronic pain to fellow believers, they’ve responded with a possible cure or treatment. “You should see a chiropractor.” “How much magnesium are you getting?” “Are you familiar with essential oils?” Certainly these responses mean well, but they aren’t the most loving. Instead, we can offer each other a listening ear, offer sincere encouragement, and pray for the sufferer. I’ve probably received more than 100 potential cures and pieces of advice in the past year, and almost every suggestion has been unique. In other words, what works for one person’s experience of pain most likely won’t work for another’s.

In dealing with various chronic conditions, including pain and mental health issues, I’ve gotten this from all angles, although I’ve had it much less worse than many other people. I could write half a book about this. But that’s not really what the article is about. I just thought I’d post my ‘favorite’ part.

I haven’t quite come to the point where I can say that pain, both physical and mental, is a gift, as is written in the article, or that I see it that way. But without it, I don’t think God would have brought me so much closer to him than otherwise, and I am grateful that God does work through suffering. I can now see the paucity of my commitment and zeal in the past, even though I thought I was so deadly serious about my relationship with God, and now long for much more.

I’ll be working on some posts for after Christmas.

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Seven Sentimental Lies You Might Believe | Desiring God – This is my big pet peeve area. It also mentions the movie The Princess Bride.

Saint Augustine on Prayer | Monergism – Excellent–I love what he says about suffering.

Praying the Bible vs. Interpreting the Bible

God Actually Spoke To Me – This is a rehash of a Piper devotional, which I read originally, but it’s just as great the 2nd time around.

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I’m still here and still have ideas for posts. The mojo should come back at some point, God willing.

Baker Book House Church Connection | How Well Do You Really Know Greek? – Can we even trust our commentaries?

8 Reasons We Need the Puritans | The Gospel Coalition

Jesus our Pilot « The Reformed Reader – God is not our “co-pilot”. If you hear somebody say this, in the most polite manner, tell them it’s idiotic.

How I Read, Take Notes, and Process Information from Books — Danny Zacharias – Not the typical methods that I’ve seen

You Should Care | Monergism – Monergism and Seinfeld?

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God: An Interview with R.C. Sproul Jr. on Vimeo

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I realize I haven’t been blogging much lately. Hopefully I’ll get back into it at some point.

Audio Bible Name Pronunciation Tool | The Bible Workshop

Does the Gospel Threaten? – Reformation21 Blog – Fear God; Fear the Gospel

Baker Book House Church Connection | John Frame’s Thoughts on Joel Osteen – He goes way easier on him than I would, and leaves out much of what I’ve seen of him, including interviews where he can’t bring himself to say that Jesus is the only way to the Father. But it somehow seems instructive to me, since he seems to have thought this out and tried to look at him objectively.

My Bible… My Idol? – It would be nice if this could be put to rest.

‘Yeah, well they all thought the earth was flat, too…’ | Cryptotheology – Not everybody thought the earth was flat; the Bible is silent on it. (So I wish some people would stop using it as an argument!)

How Memorization Feeds Your Imagination | The Gospel Coalition

When we have the entire Bible available as an app on our smartphones, it seems an unnecessary waste of time and effort to memorize specific verses or the grand narrative of the story. By relying on technology to do our remembering for us, we have forgotten the moral aspect of memorization. “A trained memory wasn’t just about gaining easy access to information,” says Jonathan Foer, referring to the ancient world, “it was about strengthening one’s personal ethics and becoming a more complete person.” Foer adds that the thinking of the ancients was that only through memorization could ideas truly be incorporated into one’s psyche and their values absorbed. “Indeed, the single most common theme in the lives of the saints—besides their superhuman goodness—is their often extraordinary memories,” Foer notes.

Albert Einstein reportedly said, “Never memorize something that you can look up.” That doesn’t apply to Scripture.

I memorize for many reasons. It’s obviously a gift from God because it’s not something I could normally do. One of the lesser reasons I memorize Scripture, which may be paranoid, is that if I ever become blind, I will have a lot of Scripture in my head. It’s the same reason I collect free Christian audio books when they’re offered. I can certainly confirm what’s written in this article, as can just about everyone else who has Scripture memorized. It’s a great angle to look at it from.

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Logic Proves Women Are Spiritual Leaders Over Men? | Tim's Blog – Just One Train Wreck After Another – Logic. It’s a good thing.

Thursday is for Thinkers: How to Love a Loved One with Mental Illness | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

50 Micro-Book Reviews from 2014 | Scribblepreach

Until Someone Unsettles It | Blog and Mablog – My annual link defending young earth

Surveying the Text: Ecclesiastes | Blog and Mablog – Another from Doug Wilson – A good intro to Ecclesiastes

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Is God an Egotistical Maniac? | Parchment and Pen

Free Online Video Course on Suffering and God’s Sovereignty | HeadHeartHand Blog

Credo Magazine » Reflections on the Loss of Our Daughter (Fred Zaspel)

Baker Book House Church Connection | A More Accurate Picture of the Original Christmas Morning

Two Infographics:
ADHD, Mental Disorders and the Forgotten ChildrenTrends in Mental Disability

Every Day Things Zoomed in at a Microscopic Level Look Trippy

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The Upward Call – Can I vent? – a small part of protecting and maintaining your marriage

I wrote a mini-review of John Walton’s commentary on Job. This video will give you a synopsis of what he writes in the commentary. I read the commentary and watched the video, so if you want to know what the commentary is like, this video will give you a good idea.
Asking the Right Questions of Job by John Walton, Ph.D. – YouTube

Ask RC: Why did God command the children of Israel to kill every man, woman and child in the Promised Land? – R.C. Sproul Jr.

Christ in the OT: Calvin's Eight Principles | HeadHeartHand Blog

The Bible is my creed. Not really.
Carl Trueman’s Top 10 Quotes on Creeds and Confessions. | Scribblepreach
Sorry, I forgot where I found this

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 – In Focus – The Atlantic

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If you want to be a good Christian, remember not to judge. Jesus said so.
Evangelicalism's Last Taboo – Reformation21 Blog

Founders Ministries Blog: Memo: How to smoke out a Calvinistic pastor in your church – old but funny, and maybe scary and sad

JESUS + NOTHING = EVERYTHING: On The Expressions "Word-For-Word" And "Literal" Dealing With Translations
HT: Dave Black Online

Why reading books on suffering is good for your soul | Blogging Theologically

Tenderness by Natalia Lysenco – a picture of love, and modesty and autumn

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Is “Gluten-Free” Biblical? – Wheat and Bread in the Bible – This is a nice blog in general too; see the About page to learn about the writers

The Surprising Science of Happiness | HeadHeartHand Blog

christianaudio free download of George Marsden’s biography of Jonathan Edwards – for October

Recommended Biographies | The Gospel Coalition – the top few entries

Free October Desktop Backgrounds – the first nine are for this year

Are There Aliens?

Actually, we all are:

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
1 Peter 2:11

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Hard to imagine this is the 46th one of these I’ve done.

Tominthebox News Network – Religious Humor/Satire – Religious humor and satire from a reformed perspective. Not trying to be mean here, just trying to laugh. [He used the word Religion!]

A.W. Pink Quotations.docx – Google Drive

Theology Proper by Charles Hodge – Available free in Kindle .mobi and ePub formats

FactChecker – Search Results – The Gospel Coalition Blog – Very interesting posts

Dictionary of Christianese

I will be writing a series on Christian sayings and platitudes at some point.

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The Word made flash [cool and relevant]; the Word made kitsch; the Word made bland

How Horror Films Matter – I don’t endorse horror films for entertainment but find this informative

Lies My Pastor Told Me & Lies Hip Hop Told Me: Confronting Common Clichés and Slogans with the Gospel by Cole Brown

Affliction: The Christian’s Great Teacher by Reformed Reader

Misinterpreted Bible Passages

Giving thanks for suffering via @NWBingham (Eph 5:20) A little change in theology of suffering may be in order here.

But many decades in a wheelchair have taught me to not segregate my Savior from the suffering he allows, as though a broken neck-or in your case, a broken ankle, heart or home-merely ‘happens’ and then God shows up after the fact to wrestle something good out of it. No, the God of the bible is bigger than that. Much bigger.
–Joni Eareckson Tada’s foreword to Nancy Leigh DeMoss Choosing Gratitude from the blog post in the above link and something I think about a lot. God is not a clean up man, making things good after they happen (as if that’s what Romans 8:28 means). He means and plans things for good (Genesis 50:20, Lamentations 3:37-38).

Our self- centeredness is deep. It is so brutally idolatrous that it tries to domesticate God himself. In our desperate folly we act as if we can outsmart God, as if he owes us explanations, as if we are wise and self-determining while he exists only to meet our needs.
–D.A. Carson

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If we are perplexed by any apparent contradiction in Scripture, it is not allowable to say, the author of this book is mistaken; but either the manuscript is faulty, or the translation is wrong, or you have not understood.