Anika is back in Bellflower! And she’ll be here until December 9th…  : )   

Somehow I managed to forget to post her latest letter. I’m sorry about that. Here it is (a couple week late):

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I have a ton of respect for R.C. Sproul as a theologian and Bible teacher. I only just recently found out that he has written books for children, and it turns out he’s written 3! Commenting on “The Prince’s Poison Cup“, R.C.’s most recent children’s book, Tim Challies states: “It’s an excellent book and wonderfully illustrated. The kids loved it.” Ligonier Ministries gives an overview of each of his children’s books here.

It is possible to browse the internet endlessly from one blog to another… While you can find some real gems by doing this and also learn much about the spectrum of views out there, most often we just don’t have enough time to do this responsibly. That’s why it helps to have a few blogs you know are really good that you plan on checking often or subscribing to (see our subscribe page for a video on how this works). Our Blogroll page (which includes brief annotations on some of the blogs), may be of help to you as you pick out a few blogs to frequent. 

I don’t claim these are the best blogs on the web, but here are the blogs I visit (and find helpful) most often:

By far and away, I visit Between Two Worlds (Justin Taylor) and Challies.com (Tim Challies) the most often. Besides the very helpful posts these men write themselves, they also glean the very best from the web and link to it: other good blog posts, book reviews, resources, news Christians should be aware of, etc. Both these men post almost every day, so it’s likely you’ll always find something well worth reading at their blogs.

Raw Christianity – My dear friend, David “Gunner” Gundersen, writes this blog. He is the Dean of Student Life at The Master’s College. His posts are most often reflective (and very encouraging and/or convicting). Others are more theological, and always good food for thought… 

God is Better than All – Another friend of mine, PJ Tibayan, writes this blog, which deals mostly with church and theological matters. He was an intern at Capital Hill Baptist, the church Mark Dever pastors, for a season. Now he is planting a church in LA. I enjoy reading his blog because I find his take on things very thorough and balanced (and because he’s a lot more intelligent and knowledgable than me! 🙂 ). 

I visit these blogs less frequently, but often benefit from them too:

Pulpit – The Blog/on-line magazine of The Shepherd’s Fellowship.

Pyromaniacs – Phil Johnson, Dan Phillips and Frank Turk. Often includes plenty of debate over theology and/or the current state of the church.

Truth in Love – Voddie Baucham (author and conference speaker). I enjoy reading Voddie’s blog for 2 reasons – his biblical analysis of culture is often very enlightening, and this is a man who is not afraid to say what he thinks! Voddie’s posts are always thought provoking…

Al Mohler – Al Mohler is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He blogs every week day (his blog posts are tied to his radio program), and typically discusses current issues in the church and culture. He is very helpful for the Christian wanting to “stay abreast” of, and think biblically about, our changing world. Also see his “Commentary” articles – he has not added to these in some time, but there are many articles in the archives well worth reading. 

~Donovan 

What is 9Marks?

October 30, 2008

The ministry of 9Marks is very familiar to the men of our church who were a part of Men’s groups this year. They read the book Nine Marks of a Healthy Church together. This video gives a helpful overview of this ministry, it’s aims, and the resources (many of which are free) that it provides: 

    

See the latest free 9Marks e-journal here.

Visit their website here.

Nathan Casebolt, who works for Grace to You, writes:

“Next week, Grace to You will institute a new policy regarding the availability of John MacArthur’s sermons. On Wednesday, November 5th, we will release our entire inventory of MP3s for free download via our website (www.gty.org). Until now, GTY has sold these sermons at $3.00/sermon. Beginning next Wednesday, our entire library of John MacArthur’s sermons will be freely available to anyone with an Internet connection.

This policy is not a temporary promotion or sales gimmick. This is a new and permanent policy, and we’re encouraging our friends and supporters to get the word out. John has made this decision because he believes that in uncertain times—an historic presidential election, a struggling economy, and multiplying threats to peace and stability around the world—there’s no call to restrict the message of eternal certainty to those who can afford to pay for it. Although Grace to You is making the same hard financial decisions you and your families are making, we firmly believe God has shown us this path, and that He always honors faithfulness to His will.”

This video about Georgia’s head football coach, Mark Richt, and the two Ukrainian orphans he and his wife adopted, is well worth watching. The picture it paints of God’s grace and genuine Christian love is beautiful! Click here to watch it.  

HT: Justin Taylor

      

2,974 people died on American soil as a result of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 2001… America was shocked and outraged, and the nation immediately took action – doing all it could to ensure this would never happen again. 

 

Over 3,300 people die on American soil as a result of legal abortions every day… Over 300 more casualties than 9/11! Every day…

 

I don’t mean to downplay the horror of 9/11. My intention is just to highlight what I’ve only recently realized myself – the horrific extent of slaughter that takes place legally in this country every day. I now see why some leading evangelicals are calling this THE issue of our day…

 

~Donovan

            

Persecution in India

October 24, 2008

Christians in India need our prayers! For information on the persecution, see the “Urgent Prayer Request” link in the right column of the Good News India home page.

I’ve done some research into abortion recently, and I’ve been absolutely blown away by the statistics. I’m ashamed to say that I was naive to just how devastating the situation is…

According to the Guttmacher Institute, in the United States:

– More than 45 million legal abortions occurred from 1973 through 2005.

– About 1.2 million abortions take place every year.

– Over 1/5 (22%) of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.

– At current rates, about 1/3 of American women will have had an abortion by age 45.

The video below is very disturbing, but I decided to post it because it helps us see abortion for what it truly is. Be sure you want to watch it before you do:

 

In addition to abortion, the rates of sex trafficking – right here, right now – is staggering… The video below is a preview to a documentary made on this awful, right-under-our-noses, reality:  

 

I’m grieved. And I’m convicted. The church needs to be more aware! We need to do a whole lot more! I need to do a whole lot more…

~Donovan

Both Videos: HT: Justin Taylor

These men say “no”. This video is good food for thought:

HT: Justin Taylor