Kindles, iPads and the Digital Reading Experience

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Late in 2011, I broke down and purchased my first Kindle, and at the beginning of 2012, wrote about what I loved so far and what I didn’t love so much. In March, while in Nashville, I upgraded my Kindle to the Touch (Emily is now enjoying my original Kindle) and that pretty much took care of most of my complaints about the Kindle experience. Then, a few months later, I did something crazy:

I bought an iPad.

(This is really only crazy from my perspective–I usually don’t go on a huge tech binge like I’ve done this year.)

This summer gave me the opportunity to try a lot of different kinds of digital reading experiences, from the Kindle for iPad app, the Kindle itself and a dipping a toe into iBooks as well. How’d I like them? Here’s my take:

Kindle Touch

I love touch-screen interfaces. This was, pretty much, the biggest frustration I had with my original Kindle (that and it being useless for note taking). The on-screen keyboard, while a little clunky, is super-easy to use and I’m so glad they upgraded the highlighting function to cross pages when necessary. Grabbing highlights from personal documents is easy (just connect to a computer and open the text file), sharing is no problem, text is sharp… all in all, the Kindle Touch offers a terrific reading experience. In fact, it’s my primary reading device when I’m at home. When I’m out, though, that’s another story.

Kindle for iPad

As much as I love the Kindle Touch reading experience, I don’t like always travelling with multiple devices. It’s a bit awkward to be carrying around the Kindle and a laptop and an iPad, y’know? So when I’m out and about during the day, I take my iPad with me. What I love about the Kindle for iPad app is it keeps track of progress across devices (when connected to WiFi), has decent highlighting and note taking tools, and sharing quotes is still a snap. Whenever I’m reading a book purchased from Amazon, my highlights are stored online at kindle.amazon.com, which is helpful.

The one thing I’ve not done (yet) is read a personal document on it. Honestly, I’m kind of afraid to. The concern I have there is that I won’t be able to access any highlights or notes I make (I’m not sure if they come across to the primary Kindle device or not—I know they’re not stored online, though). And because I do so much reading for review purposes, I really need those. (If a reader knows how to do this and can tell me, I will be in his or her debt.)

The one thing I really loved reading on the iPad was a graphic novel. This summer, I was challenged to read some “fun” books as I am a giant nerd. So, I bought a Superman graphic novel and read that, which was awesome. The colors were vibrant, the images were clear… It was definitely something I’d be happy to do again sometime.

But this year I didn’t limit myself to just the Kindle and the Kindle app. I tried one more, with less than favorable results.

iBooks

I’m an Apple geek. We have multiple iDevices kicking about our home and that’s likely not going to change anytime soon. However, iBooks is by far the worst reading app I’ve used so far. While, visually, it’s nice and clear, but that’s pretty much it if you’re not reading an ePub book. If you’re reading a PDF, you’ve got nothing but the little bookmark thing and that’s it. While I’ve not given up on the app entirely, it’s definitely not been a favorite of mine so far.

Although I’m not 100 percent sold on any one type of digital reading experience (I’ve not tried the Kobo app yet and haven’t really gotten into some of the others that are out there), the Kindle and Kindle app are definitely my favorites at this stage, if for no other reason than I have so many Kindle books. I suspect they’ll continue to be my top choices for the foreseeable future.

Are you a digital reader? What’s your preference for device/app?

I’m Looking for A Few Good (Guest) Bloggers

Last year, I took a few weeks off from the blog during August. It was terrific to unplug, unwind and read some really great content from a number of different voices. In fact, it was such a great experience, I’m doing it again!

If you’ve got something you think needs to be shared with the world I’d like to provide a platform for some other bloggers with 10-15 posts in the month of August. If you’d like to submit something, here are a few details you need to know:

  1. You should have an active blog (although if you don’t, it’s not the end of the world)
  2. You need to be familiar with the flavor of Blogging Theologically and be willing to write material that will be in line thematically
  3. Your content needs to be encouraging to God’s people and glorifying to God
  4. Your guest posts must be submitted to me by July 18

Think you’re up for it? Send me an email, tell me what you want to write about and we’ll talk about what collaborating looks like.

Looking forward to your responses!

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically


Let’s take a trip back in time to see the top ten posts in March:

  1. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle (July 2009)
  2. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves (July 2009)
  3. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur (May 2009)
  4. The Dos and Don’ts of Book Reviews (or at least how I do them) (January 2011)
  5. Book Review: Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll (December 2011)
  6. His Name was Smeagol (April 2010)
  7. Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell (March 2011)
  8. 3 Reasons Why I’m Hopeful About the A29 Leadership Change (March 2012)
  9. #Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader (March 2012)
  10. Should Christians “Name Names”? (March 2012)

And just for fun, here’s the next ten:

  1. Lessons from Nehemiah (Page)
  2. Notes from #TheGospelProject Webcast (March 2012)
  3. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words (July 2009)
  4. Solomon’s Advice for Bloggers (March 2012)
  5. Book Reviews (Page)
  6. Everyday Theology (Page)
  7. Book Review: How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens by Michael Williams (March 2012)
  8. Meet Hudson (March 2012)
  9. Where Is Jesus In The Old Testament? (June 2011)
  10. Book Review: From the Resurrection to His Return by D.A. Carson (March 2012)

If you haven’t had a chance to read any of these posts, I hope you’ll take a few minutes today to check them out.

Links I Like

Not sure if this is going to be a regular feature or an occasional thing, but here are a few links I like:

Watch the Ligonier 2012 National Conference Live

The 2012 Ligonier National Conference, “The Christian Mind,” starts Thursday at 1pm EDT. During the conference R.C. Sproul will be joined by Sinclair Ferguson,Robert GodfreyMichael HortonSteven J. LawsonAlbert MohlerStephen MeyerR.C. Sproul Jr., and Del Tackett. Together they’ll consider the importance of building a Christian worldview, the role of education in the Christian life, science and God’s natural revelation, defending the faith, and many other topics.

Simply visit live.ligonier.org, give a gift of any amount to help cover this significant cost to the ministry, and we will provide you with a link to watch the 2012 National Conference live. However, if you are a Ministry Partner, attending the conference, or cannot afford to make a donation, we offer you the live stream without additional cost.

God’s Work, Our Response

Justin Holcomb:

The whole point of God’s initiative is illustrated in Mark 1:16–20 when Jesus begins gathering his disciples. It’s very important that Jesus was seeking his own disciples, because the custom was for disciples to seek out their own teachers. But of course it makes sense that the one who came to seek and save the lost would begin by seeking out his disciples himself.

Homosexuality and the RCA: A Call for Action, Consistency, and Faithfulness

Kevin DeYoung:

For several years the Reformed Church in America has approached the issue of homosexuality as an opportunity to have our cake and eat it too. On the one hand, we have numerous official statements which condemn homosexual behavior and affirm the normativity of heterosexual marriage between a man and a woman. And on the other hand, we can easily compile a growing number of incidents where our official statements are being disregarded with apparent immunity. We have a position that says one thing and a practice that allows for another. The time has come for the RCA to make up its mind on homosexuality. There are basically two different paths the denomination can take.

The Gospel Project Webcast

Just a quick reminder that the Gospel Project webcast will start at 2 pm CDT; really looking forward to seeing this content rolled out. Watch it live here.

“Trouble Will Soon Be Over”

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HT: Ray Ortlund

3 Things I’m Looking Forward to about #TheGospelProject Webcast

Tuesday morning, I’m heading off to the exotic land of Nashville to live-blog the Gospel Project webcast and spend the day at Lifeway Christian Resources. Here’s a quick rundown of the event:

On March 14th, get an inside look at The Gospel Project, LifeWay’s new gospel-centered Bible study resource, through this special webcast event. Trevin Wax, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, will host as Advisory Council members Matt Chandler and J.D. Greear, and General Editor Ed Stetzer, talk about gospel-centeredness in the lives of Christians and the church, today. Matt Chandler will discuss the need to make the gospel explicit in our small groups, J.D. Greear will discuss the need to ground our life-application in the gospel, and Ed Stetzer will talk about the need for gospel-centeredness to move us out on mission for God’s Kingdom.

1. The content. I’m genuinely excited to learn more about The Gospel Project—all of us, regardless of our familiarity with the Scriptures, will benefit from sound teaching that makes much of Jesus. Matt Chandler does a great job of this in the following video:

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2. The Q&A. In addition to each speaker’s topical teaching, there will be the opportunity for some q&a and a panel discussion. Q&As can be a lot of fun if there are a lot of good questions and panel discussions are often the best part of these sorts of events. At TGC 2011, some of the best sessions were the ones that involved the panelists interacting with one another (the last minute addition of a panel discussion on the doctrine of hell is a good example). Looking forward to seeing how the discussion goes.

3. Nashville. This one isn’t so much a webcast specific bit, but it’s still a big deal to me as I’ve never visited Nash Vegas until now (despite having a number of friends in the area). Looking forward to seeing the sites, hopefully hanging out with Matt & Josh from the Bridge in Spring Hill, and seeing if Nashville lives up to the hype. Anything you recommend checking out in downtown Nashville?

Be sure to check out the live webcast Wednesday at 2 PM (CDT).

Around the Interweb

The Intellectual Persecution of the Church

C. Michael Patton:

Many people believe that the western world is on a fast train heading toward a time when there will again be physical persecution. I don’t know about that. What I do know is that when we are always looking for some time in the future . . . we miss something very important: we are already under persecution – intellectual persecution. It is happening right now, under our noses, everyday. All one has to do is turn on Bill Maher, watch the news, or read one of the “New Atheists.” Their interaction does not come in the form of reasoned intellectual response to Christian beliefs or values, but belittling sound bites which seek to gain them quick favoritism. Have you ever seen a Christian attempt to pull off a news interview? If the Christian stands up for traditional marriage, against abortion, or holds to the exclusivity of Christianity or the reality of eternal punishment, there is no call for debate or serious interaction, but ad hominem attacks. As in all things, belittling evidences more insecurity on the side of the belittler than anything else, but observers don’t always know that. This translates into a more culturally-accepted persecution and suppression of ideas. How do we know about it so intimately? Because we have done the same thing to others.

You see, Satan’s goal is not necessarily the torturous death of a person. Everyone dies eventually. Death is not an authoritative power that Satan has been given, but is an ever-abiding reality of his own future. But what he wants to do is erode our beliefs. He does not care whether this comes through a denial of the faith at the end of a barrel in a lion’s den (if I could place those two together) or the lessening of faith due to embarrassing associations of God with Santa Claus on a playground. He simply wants people to believe less today than they did yesterday. He is the crow who comes and eats the seed so people might not hear and believe the word of God (Matt. 13:19). Remember the parable of the soils? The seed is the word of God. The four soils represent the human heart. Seed number 1, Satan ate. But what about the others? Seeds number 2 and 3 gained ground, but eventually fell away. Remember the seed that took root, grew with great excitement, but then died? Why did it die? Because it was “choked” out due to persecution and oppression (Matt. 13:21). Satan’s goal is simple: he wants our faith to be insecure. There is no need for him to turn to physical persecution here in America. He has dibs on intellectual persecution and it is choking out the faith of so many. Perpetual doubt, disallusionment, and dispair are the result.


Also Worth Reading

“The longer I live, the more I care about fewer things, and it’s good.”

Is the Muslim My Neighbor?

Is God a Moral Monster?

A Heavenly Conversation is the Way to Contentment

Let’s Change Hearts and Minds


In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Reviews:

Sermon Audio: The Call and Fruit of Repentance

J. Gresham Machen: The Unpopular Message and Responsibility of the Church

R.C. Sproul: The Purpose of Testing

#Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader (March)

A Baby Dramarama Update

Walter Marshall: The Scandal of Religion

A Baby Dramarama Update

As many readers are aware, we’re currently expecting our third child. A few weeks ago, Emily went into the hospital due to the threat of pre-term labor (I shared about this here). Well, now we’re officially passed the major milestones and into week 38 of the pregnancy and excited about the possibility of meeting this wee child. And Sunday (yesterday) seemed like it could be the day! While I was preaching at Community Bible Church, Emily started having contractions. Regularly. This, we thought, was surely good news, although, being cautious, we waited until after all our responsibilities were completed before making any decisions on how to proceed. In the end, we cancelled our lunch plans and managed to get to the hospital with surprising efficiency (a 37 minute drive took 19). I brought a nurse to help Emily upstairs, took the kids home (leaving them in the care of our friend Adam) and zipped back to the hospital.

And then we waited.

Two and a half hours later, there’d been some progress, but they weren’t sure that it was enough to say “Yep, this kid’s coming today.” So they sent us home so Emily could rest and hopefully see more progress at home. Several hours later, there was nothing. No more contractions. Only a frustrated wife who wants this baby to come out already (which I can completely understand—the last couple weeks in particular have been quite uncomfortable). But such is life, I suppose. While we don’t know what Monday will bring, as of the time I’m writing this, still no baby. So if you’re so inclined, would you please pray for our family for the following:

1. Patience for Emily and I as we wait for the real labor to begin.

2. Flexibility and understanding for our older children (there’s a lot of unpredictability right now, which is not fun for kids who thrive on routine).

3. That we would continue to glorify God and give thanks as best as we are able, even in the midst of frustration.

Around the Interweb

The State of the Church in Canada

John Mahaffey in conversation with Collin Hansen:

Churches serious about the gospel and mission have had to rethink how they do ministry. How do we communicate the gospel to a Hindu? How do we share the gospel with a Muslim? These are questions we have had to wrestle with. Our Jerusalems with which we were so familiar now look and feel like Samaria. Our neighbors used to be those who were physically close and culturally close. Now they are physically close and culturally distant. In major urban centers where the concentration of non-Christian religions is the highest, pastors and churches have had to think and function more like foreign missionaries if they want to reach people with the gospel. Many churches have not adjusted well to the demographic changes in their communities and have closed their doors. Others have looked upon the new multicultural reality as an opportunity to remake themselves into a diverse community that actually looks like the kingdom of God. . . . The church in Canada is no longer just a missionary-sending church. It is also a missionary-receiving church. We need experienced bicultural missionaries to come alongside the church and assist us in our mission…

In addition to the challenges the Canadian church faces in reaching people of other cultures and religions, the greatest challenge is to uphold the glory of Christ and the gospel in the midst of a multicultural world. The emerging generation of Christian young people who have grown up with Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Buddhists as neighbors and classmates can easily have doubts about the exclusivity of Christ. It’s easy to believe that people are lost when they are on the other side of the world. It’s another thing when they are your nice next-door neighbors.

Canadian readers, I’ll be at TGC’s Ontario Conference May 29-31—I hope to see you there!


Also Worth Reading

Heresy and a Call for Humility

We Dare Not Defend Our Rights

A Prayer for Worn Out and Struggling Friends in Vocational Ministry

10 Benefits of Ebooks that Will Surprise You


In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

My Next Book: Contend

Reading, Life and Priorities

State of the Blog 2012

Book Review: The Armageddon Factor by Marci McDonald

Help Bring a Free Ultrasound Clinic to Indiana, PA

Walter Marshall: The Way of Attaining to Godliness

C.H. Spurgeon: All Other Books Are As Gold Leaf

What’s On Your To-Read Pile?

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

 

Let’s take a look back in time and see the most-read posts from February. Go check them out:

  1. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle (July 2009)
  2. The Dos and Don’ts of Book Reviews (or at least how I do them) (January 2011)
  3. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves (July 2009)
  4. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur (May 2009)
  5. Why I Quit Following (Most) Celebrity Pastors on Twitter and Maybe You Should, Too (February 2012)
  6. Book Review: Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll (December 2011)
  7. Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell (March 2011)
  8. Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader (February 2012)
  9. Lessons from Nehemiah (Page)
  10. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words (July 2009)
And just for fun, here’s the next 10:
  1. Book Reviews (page)
  2. The Joyless Pursuit of Being Right (February 2012)
  3. Who Writes This? (page)
  4. The Books I’m Not Proposing (April 2011)
  5. His Name was Smeagol (April 2010)
  6. Book Review: Forever by Paul David Tripp (January 2012)
  7. Book Review: Radical Together by David Platt (June 2011)
  8. Book Review: You Lost Me by David Kinnaman (December 2011)
  9. Everyday Theology (page)
  10. My Next Book! (February 2012)

As is common, the archives are dominating in terms of what you all are reading (as I’ve said in the past, this is not a bad thing). The “Celebrity” Pastors post is the most-read original piece of content from February (which was kind of surprising), and it’s interesting to see how many folks are checking out some of the series pages. If you’ve not had a chance to read these posts and pages, I hope you’ll take some time today to do so.

Help Me Choose My New Facebook Cover

You may have heard that Facebook is introducing the Timeline format to Pages. Aside from some snazzy new features (the admin panel is terrific), this redesign allows for “cover” photos—a big banner image at the top, rather than just an itty-bitty profile picture. So, in preparation for making the change to the Facebook page, I’d like you to help me choose what to cover image to use:

Option 1:

Option 2:

Tell me your favorite in the comments—the winner will be used when I make the switch later today!

State of the Blog 2012

February 24th, 2012 marked the third anniversary of Blogging Theologically (I wrote a little bit about its origins in a post last June). In internet years, that’s the equivalent of being 1,000, I think. Anyway, since the blog began and more readers have found there way here, I’ve noticed I’ve started getting a lot of emails with the same kind of question: What advice can you give to help build my blog?

First, it’s really nice to be asked a question like this. I want to be able to help others as much as I can. But this is also a really hard question for me to answer. Honestly—and hopefully this isn’t false humility talking—I don’t know that I’ve done anything particularly special that other bloggers aren’t already doing. The advice I see most frequently given usually amounts to post daily (or at least on a regular schedule). But even then, that’s not necessarily the case—Scott Stratten (author of UnMarketing) usually gives the following advice: Just post something awesome. Doesn’t matter if it’s daily, monthly, annually… if you’ve got something awesome to say or share, post. If you don’t, don’t.

I (obviously) post daily, and my biggest goal is to post worthwhile content, whether it’s an original piece, a quote I’ve appreciated from a really good book or sermon, or the occasional video. But aside from content—because, honestly, I think everyone gets that whatever you’re posting should be great—I want to give to offer a few pieces of advice (much of which comes from an interview I did with Darryl Dash earlier in February) and look at how I’ve been trying to apply these things over the last year:

First, and most importantly, be who you are. Don’t try to be Tim Challies, Trevin WaxJustin Taylor or whichever big name bloggers you read because you’ll only be frustrated and disappointed (and really, no one wants to read a copycat, it’s no fun).

This past year, I think/hope I managed to find my “voice” as a writer. I’m not super-skilled, I’ve never taken a course in journalism or anything like that, but probably the best thing I’ve done is made sure I’m reading more broadly. So even though I’m reading a large amount of contemporary material, I’m also trying to get into the riches of the past as much as possible, as well as reading a good deal of material that falls outside the Christian realm. It’s like D.A. Carson’s advice to young preachers—if you listen to a lot of different men, you’re more likely to actually start to sound like you, rather than a bad imitation of your favorite preacher.

Second, contend well. There is a great temptation to chase gossip and controversy like so many watch-bloggers do and it’s just wicked nonsense. God is not honored by that sort of behavior. Don’t shy away from addressing a difficult subject if you have something of merit to say, particularly on a pressing issue, but try your best to be known for what you’re about rather than what you’re against.

This past year—indeed, even this calendar year, I’ve worked very hard to practice this and in recent weeks have written a fair amount on it. It’s always tempting to go there because, let’s face it, controversy generates traffic (as Tony Jones rightly pointed out on his blog—and yes, that just happened). But if I even considered chasing every controversy, two things would happen: one, my wife would rightly rebuke me and so would my pastor. Which brings me to my next point…

Third, get some accountability. Probably the biggest danger for bloggers is not having any visible form of accountability. Anyone who doesn’t have this needs to get it. Now.

Not that I ever really ran without some form of accountability (Emily is always in the loop on what I post, and I have a number of friends who are always willing to ask questions), but up until last year, I didn’t have anything formal in place. So in 2011, I asked our pastor to keep an eye on things and speak into anything that he finds questionable and it’s been a weight off my shoulders. The idea of not being under any authority makes me extremely uncomfortable, so I’m grateful that he’s willing to do this.

Finally, be content with whatever influence God gives you. If you have one person reading your blog and finding it helpful, praise God. If 10,000 read it, praise God just the same. Don’t worry about things like traffic or trying to parlay your following into a book deal or any such thing. Just have fun and appreciate whatever impact God allows you to have.

Whenever I check the traffic stats on the blog, it simply amazes me. I still remember the first day I had 24 pageviews for the whole day, and I still kind of think of it a bit like that (even though I know it’s not). All that to say, I’m really grateful for you all making this site a part of your day. Thanks!

Around the Interweb

Why I Hope Real Books Never Die

Kevin DeYoung:

Perhaps I am a wishful thinking bibliophile, but I just don’t think the physical book is going the way of the dodo bird. No doubt, many scholars and students will house parts of their reference libraries on an electronic device. Some frequent flyers will stick books on their tablets instead of in their brief cases. And some techno-geeks will conclude that everything is better on an Apple product. I’m sure  ereaders will make inroads. They serve a useful purpose. But only to a point.

Old books are like old friends. They love to be revisited. They stick around to give advice. They remind you of days gone by. Books, like friends, hang around.

And they prefer not to be invisible.


Also Worth Reading

What kind of men does God use?

Nostalgia Is the Enemy of Faith: Learn from Your Heroes’ Warts

Friday Questions: An Interview with Ted Kluck

Saved By Jesus, Not Doctrine


In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

The Problem with Labels and the Need for Clarity (and Charity)

D.A. Carson: Do Not Adopt a Pollyannaish View of Things

Walter Marshall: The Strange Forgetfulness of Urging Others to Practice the Law

Making Assumptions

R.C. Sproul: Sheer Madness

Book Review: A Cross-Shaped Gospel by Bryan Loritts

 

Around the Interweb

O God, deliver us from this coldness!

Ray Ortlund:

The problem is not reformed theology per se.  Inherent within that theology is a humbling and melting and softening and beautifying tendency.  The problem is when that theology is not allowed to exert its natural authority.  Instead, in the name of reformed theology, our own native religiosity creates a culture at odds with that theology.  And our religious culture, whatever it is, reveals what we really believe as opposed to what we think we believe.  If we are cold, hard, harsh and ruthless — and can we say this does not occur among those who wave the reformed banner? — if we are ungracious in our relationships and ethos and demeanor and vibe and culture, then we are betraying the doctrines of grace and only using them for covert purposes of self-exaltation.


The Gospel Project for Kids

Looking forward to learning more about the Gospel Project (both for kids and adults) in about a month. Here’s Lifeway’s description:

The Gospel Project for Kids follows a chronological timeline of Bible events. Each week, these stories come to life through video, music, activities, and more as children connect biblical events to God’s ultimate plan of redemption through Christ.

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The Gospel Project for Kids features:

  • Three versions: Preschool, Younger Kids, and Older Kids
  • Videos that bring Bible stories to life
  • Music for all ages
  • Coloring pages for Preschool and Younger Kids
  • Fun-filled activity sheets
  • Low-prep lesson plans
  • Digital or print resources
  • Customizable parent resources

Also Worth Reading

Some Questions to Ask Before You Contribute to the Next Online Controversy

Is Your Sin Bigger Than Jesus?

The Lion Who Died February 16

But I Don’t Hate Anyone

Nathan W. Bingham’s moving to America—and he needs your help!


In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Review: Friends and Lovers by Joel. R. Beeke

Why I Quit Following (Most) “Celebrity” Pastors on Twitter and Maybe You Should, Too

Walter Marshall: The True Morality of Which God Approves

Unworthy of Assistance?

The Gospel and Marriage Explain One Another

What’s the Deal with One or Two?

Around the Interweb

What All Of Our Ministries Really Need

Stephen Altrogge:

…I’m all for planning. You can usually tell when something has just been thrown together. The first sign that things haven’t been planned well is when someone gets up on stage and says, “Well, I don’t really know what we’re going to do today, but we’re trusting the Spirit to guide us.” Planning is a good and necessary thing.

But sometimes we can be tempted to put way too much trust in our planning, at the expense of relying on the Holy Spirit.


From Victoria’s Secret Model to Proverbs 31 Wife

Kylie Bisutti:

The Lord knocked me off my feet and showed me where to find true happiness and self worth. How to be truly beautiful (which has NOTHING to do with external beauty) and most importantly how to truly live a life for Him and His glory and not my own. As I studied the word more, I desired to be more Christ like in the way that I was living. I wanted to be a better example to young women. I wanted to be the wife that God made me to be and the one my husband deserved. (we were recently married before the whole Victoria’s Secret thing happened) I wanted to be honoring to the Lord in all things. So, I stopped modeling lingerie, and skimpy bathing suits. I told myself I would never be on a men’s magazine again, and I decided to be more modest in the way that I dressed. I don’t want to be known as a sex symbol or lingerie model. I desire to be known as a woman who fears the Lord…


Also Worth Reading

Worship: Confessions of an Idol Worshipper

Interview: Friday Questions: An Interview with Tim Challies

Attitudes and Apologetics: Win the Man, Not the Argument

Church Life: Church Discipline and Social Media


In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Review: Long Story Short by Marty Machowski

Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader (February)

J. Gresham Machen: The Loss of Art

Irenaeus: The King and the Fox

Tertullian: The Principal Crime of the Human Race

William Blackstone: It is Binding Over all the Globe

My notes from the truthXchange 2012 Think Tank: