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Two Weeks of Listening. Some Snapshot Thoughts

Apologetics 315 Interview with David Wood

Excellent interview exploring the subject of Islam.  Instead of looking at the historical evidence, which is rarely what Muslims care to explore, David Wood very helpfully shows how one can and should use the Koran itself as a foil to the Muslim’s most common objections against Christianity.  Good stuff.

http://apologetics315.blogspot.com/2011/07/apologist-interview-david-wood.html

Epistemology – Andrew Fellows

In one of the most helpful and concise sketches of the history of epistemology I’ve run across, Andrew Fellows of L’Abri ministries shows how nearly everything after Plato and Aristotle, in the history of philosophy, is but footnotes.  Well worth the 90 minutes.

Business for the Glory of God (Clarus Conference) – Wayne Grudem

How might you answer these questions?

Is God pleased with our owning things?
Is God pleased when we take materials from the earth and produce things?
Is God pleased when men employ others for work?
Is God pleased with commercial transaction?
Is God pleased with men making a profit?
Is God pleased with the idea of money?
Is God pleased with inequality of possessions?
Is God pleased with competition?
Is God pleased with borrowing and lending?

Door-to-Door

In answer to prayer and at the urgings of a young man in our congregation, last night our church began door-to-door visitation.  We plan to do this throughout the summer.   With two of my daughters in tow, I enjoyed the interactions with people.  One encouragement was meeting a young family who had just moved into the area and seemed genuinely interested in the information.  One humorous moment came when we met a door-to-door security salesman coming down the street from the other direction.  We exchanged notes on houses (the people in the next house had just returned from Bible study at a faithful church in the community so we just passed it by!) and we continued on.

Gospel Coalition Workshops: A Tasty Assortment

The workshops at this year’s Gospel Coalition National Conference have been good.  And a few have been outstanding.  Of the some 35 or so sessions, I’ve listened to about a third.  So maybe there’s a few more gems just waiting to be unearthed.  I’m hoping, anyway.  Regardless, here are a few stand outs.  None of them are “Must Listens,” but neither are they low to moderate.

Training the Next Generation of Pastors and Other Christian Leaders – Panel Discussion: R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Mark Driscoll, David Helm, Don Carson and Ligon Duncan

A fascinating round table discussion involving a few of evangelicalism’s bigger movers and shakers.  If you listen to nothing else, check out Dr. Mohler’s understanding of the relationship between the seminary and the church.  Start at 11:19.

John Piper Interviews Rick Warren on Doctrine

I am not a Rick Warren aficionado.  I don’t have the foggiest idea what he does on Thursday afternoon, nor do I listen to his sermons (I’ve heard one).  I’ve never read any of his books.  And I don’t follow his tweets.

This means that what I’m about to say concerning John Piper’s interview is strictly limited to what I heard in this interview.  I’m judging it solely on the basis of the content found therein.

So let’s start with the big question.  Is Rick Warren, based on what he said in this interview (3rd time’s a charm), a heretic?  No.  Not at all.  He’s a conservative, monergistic Evangelical.  And for that, I’m extremely thankful.

The Tide of Culture (It Gets Better, by Google)

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I recently saw this commercial while watching the NBA playoffs.  The thought
that entered my mind, after watching this powerful commercial, was, “It’s going
to get tougher… for us.”

Let us speak lovingly, yet clearly, brothers, in the days to come.

You might check out James White’s recent interview with Dr. Mike Brown.  They
discuss his latest book A Queer Thing Happened to America.  It’s
a pretty good interview.  You can find it here: Link.

S.O.S.

Picture yourself for a moment a few centuries ago as a passenger on a storm-tossed sailing vessel in the midst of a raging gale.  Water is deep in the hold and, despite hours of manning of the pumps by the crew, rising fast.  The captain has just issued orders that the cargo on the ship needs to be jettisoned within the quarter hour to make the ship lighter or it will sink.  You know this means stores, cannons, and anything else unnecessary needs to be tossed over the side immediately.  As yet another wave crashes over the bow, you make your way down the swaying steps to the deck below to see if you can help the crew.  Yet rather than seeing them loosing