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Archive for the Link List Category

Jun 24

Texting Parents, Christianity at College, and Christian Adoption (The Link List, 6/24/13)

2013 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Link List

Christian Adoption: Disavowals and Affirmations,” John Piper

Evangelical adoption been the subject in the news of late. Here are some important commitments that Christian adoption advocates should embrace and relate.

9 Things You Should Know About the Bible,” by Joe Carter

For as much as we hold, hear, and read this book, here are some good things to know about the Bible.

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting,” Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung shares some thoughts on an important book outlining some of what we can expect in the years ahead, given current reproductive rates among Americans and westerners in general.

Matt and Lauren Chandler on Stability amid Difficulty,” The Gospel Coalition

A faithful pastor and his wife share about growth through the trial.

FactChecker: Does College Cause Young Adults to Lose Their Faith?,” Glenn Stanton

 Here’s a reason for encouragement.

Papa, Don’t Text: The Perils of Distracted Parenting,” The Atlantic

One of God’s gifts to children is parents who will talk not only to but with them from a very young age. Here’s an analysis of how new technologies may complicate the normal and important process of learning for children.

The Sufficiency of Scripture,” Carl Trueman

The always helpful and always clear, Carl Trueman, helps us think through an important doctrine.

Mission Accomplished! – Barreras Enjoying Their Renovated Home,” DSC Missions Blog

Here’s a post from the DSC Missions Blog on the arrival of the beloved Barreras to their home in Wyoming, recently renovated by a group from DSC.

May 13

Facebook, Arrows, and the Pro-Life Home (The Link List, 5/13/13)

2013 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Link List

Preparing for the Future in the Age of Facebook,” by Alex Chediak

“Our best work simply can’t be done in five minute increments between text messages.”

Raising Arrow Children,” by Douglas Wilson

Don’t reduce your children to being “adorable,” and miss out on the promise of formidable children, arrows in the hand of a warrior.

Donald Rumsfeld’s Rules for Successful Meetings,” by Donald Rumsfeld

Common grace wisdom for the dynamic work of leading people through meetings.

The Gay Marriage Campaign and the Despotism of Conformism,” by Justin Taylor

A helpful analysis of “the peculiar non-judgmental tyranny of the gay-marriage campaign, which judges harshly those who dare to judge how people live.”

Advice for the Pop Culturally Perplexed,” by Ted Turnau

Consider five ways to understand popular culture, and therefore engage popular culture.

Gosnell, Law, and Modest First Steps,” by Christopher O. Tollefsen

The Gosnell case shows us that a society’s laws teach, and if they teach a lesson of injustice they will corrupt its people over time.

The Real Life of the Pro-Life Home,” by Rachel Jankovic

“But the truth is that abortion is the sacrifice that our religion of selfishness requires . . . Motherhood is the big-leagues of self-sacrifice . . . It is the real life of the pro-life movement, and it will change the world.”

‘Supercharged’ heart pumps blood up a giraffe’s neck,” by Jody Bourton

Giraffes display the glory of God with their long necks and custom designed hearts.

9 Things You Should Know About Pornography and the Brain,” by Joe Carter

Joe Carter discusses the neurological dynamics involved with pornography addiction in this frank, though non-graphic, discussion of this always urgent subject.

Apr 22

Boston, Getting to Church on Time, and John Piper (The Link List, 4/22/13)

2013 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Link List

A Prayer about the Entanglements of Pornography” (Scotty Smith)

Here’s a heartfelt and helpful prayer for those ensnared in the destructive sin of pornography.

The Boston Bombers Were Outside Their House” (Matt Smethurst)

The shoot out that took down Suspect #1 happened right outside the home of believers, Stephen and Emily McAlpin. Here’s their story.

The Explosion in Texas and Fatherhood” (Grant Castleberry)

Over at the new CBMW site, Grant Castleberry reflects on the death of his father, fatherlessness, and tragedies like last week’s explosion in West Texas.

Courtroom horror” (World Magazine)

Andrée Seu Peterson, reporting on the Gosnell murder trial, reflects on a conversation with her 81 year old mother to show the moral contradiction in the legality of abortion.

How Mollie Hemingway Introduced the Nation to Kermit Gosnell” (Trevin Wax)

Trevin Wax shows how the Gosnell story gained traction in the mainstream media.

Get to Church Early” (Joe Thorn)

Chicago area pastor, Joe Thorn, gives us some good reasons to make a priority of being on time to church.

The Legacy of John Piper in the Lives of Real People” (Desiring God)

After 33 years at Bethlehem Baptist Church, John Piper has retired from his preaching post, though not from ministry. Here’s a nice video tribute put together by his church.

Thanks to the Bethlehem Staff” (John Piper)

Also related to Piper’s retirement, here’s a encouraging read. This is a personal thank you from Pastor Piper to his staff.

The Mystery of the Tiny Door in a Tree” (Joe Rosato, Jr.)

Five dollars from me personally (Trent Hunter) to anyone to visits this tree and brings home a picture of themselves in front of it.

Mar 18

Marital Love, the Holocaust, and Toys (The Link List, 3/18/13)

2013 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Link List

What Is Love?” (cvcnow)

“‘Til death do us part” doesn’t really mean to us what it should. Here’s what it means.

9 Things You Should Know About the Papacy” (Joe Carter)

 Some helpful history and context for the Papacy.

Why a New Student Missions Conference?” (John Piper)

John Piper explains the reasoning behind the formation of a new student conference, Cross.

Goodbye, Faith in Humanity” (Derek Rishmawy)

Surprising news about the Holocaust; unsurprising news about our capacity as human beings.

Consider Yourself” (Burk Parsons)

Here are ten things to consider before engaging in controversy

Engaging the Quiet Guy In Your Small Group” (Ben Reed)

There are many reasons a person might be afraid to talk in a small group. Here’s help for opening up the conversation.

Toy Stories” (Gabriele Galimberti)

A little off topic, but fun. This photographer traveled around and took photos of kids with their toys.

Data reveal scale of China abortions” (Financial Times)

A reminder to pray and plead for the lives of the unborn.

Gospel Presentations or Conversations?” (Alvin Reid)

Encouragement for conversational gospel sharing in an age of “presentation.”

Feb 25

Michael Jordan, the Afterlife, and the Marketplace (The Link List, 2/25/13)

2013 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Link List

Do You Still Want to Be Like Mike?” (Matt Smethurst)

An excellent reflection on a much loved sports hero who is sadly living out the implications of a, quite literally, self-centered worldview.

Reaching Catholics in Your Community” (Chris Castaldo)

With the Pope’s retirement comes an opportunity to consider how we might reach our Catholic neighbors with the gospel.

Are You Worshiping the Idol of ‘Open-Options’?” (Barry Cooper)

The false god of limitless choices, like at the coffeehouse, is enslaving modern Americans.

Was Adam For Real, and Does It Matter?” (John Piper)

John Piper answers this important question.

Ten Sure Signs We’ve Lost Our Minds” (Trevin Wax)

Documenting the bizarre beliefs and inconsistencies that surface in contemporary discourse.

7 Things Pastors Should Teach Those in the Marketplace” (Lukas Naugle)

Insightful words about the diversity and dignity of work, and how we can go about it to the glory of God.

Why the Afterlife Bores Us” (Russell Moore)

Our very verbiage of “afterlife” indicates that we think of heaven as a postlude to our more exciting present life.

D. A. Carson: ‘This Is Now the “Must Read” Book in the Field’” (Justin Taylor)

If D.A. Carson recommends a book, consider getting it. Here’s an important new book on ethics and the beginning of human life.

What Is the Bible?” (Dane Ortlund)

Here’s a great answer to this question by J.I. Packer.

Feb 18

The Link List, 2/18/13

2013 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Link List

A Personal Liturgy of Confession” (David Powlison)

David Powlison with another always insight article, this time on the subject of confession of sin to God. He walks us through a liturgy of confession.

How Could God Command Genocide in the Old Testament?” (Justin Taylor)

That’s an important question. Here’s Justin Taylor’s explanation of what he sees in Scripture.

Churches Torched in Egypt” (Christian Today)

Read this article and pray for Christians suffering under persecution in Egypt.

Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church” (Marc)

Every godly Christian wants to see the next generation embrace the gospel. Mark at 5solas helps us think through where the church can grow in its ministry to young people.

Lecrae Raps the Gospel in One Minute” (Desiring God)

Listen to this great summary of what the gospel is in the form of a rap you will like if you are breathing.

Three Kinds of Accusation” (Doug Wilson)

Some helpful reflections on how our liberation from guilt, shame, and fear in the gospel transforms our relationships.

Generic Prayer Request Generator” (Zach Nielsen)

Just in case you need some help with prayer.

How To Stop Church-Killing Gossip” (Justin Taylor)

Why are we enticed to gossip and why is it so damaging?

Piper, Carson, and Keller on Sustaining the Covenant of Marital Love” (Collin Hansen)

A short video trying to answer: “What sustains the marital bond and affections over the long haul?”

Feb 11

The Link List, 2/11/13

2013 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Link List

One of our purposes on this blog is to point out some of the better resources around the web in a given week. The Link List is a new way of getting that done. Here’s the first installment!

Advice For Parenting Young Kids” (Steve McCoy)

A pastor from Illinois and father of four shares some wise counsel for parents of young children.

Do You Know Your Neighbors’ Names?” (Justin Taylor)

Are you eager to do something big and evangelistic? Here’s an idea.

How’s Your Bible Reading Going?” (Ryan Kelly)

Why is it hard for me to read my Bible? Ryan Kelly offers a few suggestions for why we struggle with Bible reading and offers help for pursuing God through his Word.

What is Church Membership?” (9Marks Ministries)

DSC’s Membership Class, Knowing Christ, Knowing the Church, began this past week. Be in prayer for those taking the class, and consider the wisdom of God’s plan to redeem people to himself for a people for his name.

Confessions from a New Mom’s Devotional Life” (Sharon Miller)

A new mom reflects on how the pressures of parenting impact how she approaches Bible reading.

Happy 100th Birthday, Mrs. Parks,” Justin Taylor

Here’s a nice write up by Justin Taylor about the story of Civil Rights heroine, Rosa Parks.