Man’s mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain. — John Calvin
Here are the items and resources of interest for April 10, 2017:
- The Dead End of Sexual Sin — We live in a world that is drunk on sex, in all its forms and perversions including the entertainment world. Helpful read.
- Reset resources — From David Murray and the Heard, Heart, Hand blog. What is “Reset”? Take a look here for more information.
- Mortifying sin — I have been leading a small group of men through the classic book The Mortification of Sin by John Owen. This article by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson is helpful
- Simplicity in Preaching — Kevin DeYoung writes a useful article on the subject of preaching. Speaking of the subject, Dr. Ferguson weighs in with another useful article.
- When there are no words — How should we respond to those who mourn? Ron Edmondson offers some helpful advice in this article.
- Does God give you more than you can handle? — I have heard the phrase “God never gives you more than you can handle” overused. While that is a true statement if we are talking about “temptation” (1 Cor. 10:13), it is not necessarily a true statement when talking about “suffering.” Read this article and decide for yourself.
- Lessons from the life of Calvin — Kevin DeYoung appears on the Daily Roundup twice on the same ay with this helpful list from the life of Calvin.
- Praying together — A useful article written by Megan Hill, a pastor’s wife. Mrs. Hill is the author of Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches. By the way, she is not related to me.
- The ten best smartphones of 2017 — Imagine my joy when I saw that the Galaxy S8+ is listed as the #1 best smartphone of 2017. It hasn’t even been publicly released yet! Well, that is certainly the opinion of one man (and it may be mine when I get it near the end of April). By the way, it is listed ahead of the iPhone. With that said, if you are in the market for a new smartphone, take a look at this list.
- Killing Bugs! — Have you ever wondered how Microsoft gathers the information necessary to roll out updates to users? This article explains the process.
- Alexa — Do you have an Amazon Echo? Then you know about “skills.” Now you can open any skill without enabling it first. Read more to find out how.
- Are you looking for a new phone? — A review of the yet to be released Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus can be read here. You can also search for other phone manufacturers and see those reviews as well.
- More on classical music — a friend of mine shared this resource with me in response to the April 7th Daily Roundup. Excellent!
- The importance of Grammar — I see it all the time, and I hear it all the time. Undoubtedly I do it. However, poor grammar is typically something that I am often tempted to correct when I see it or hear it. Sometimes I listen to my sermons, and I hear poor grammar come out of my mouth. It is annoying. This article highlights the importance of proper grammar. It is possible I am the product of the grammar nazi’s I met during my seminary days.
- More on the subject of grammar — This article highlights the importance of grammar and gives some very helpful advice on the subject.
- A useful tool for writing — I use Grammarly all the time. The browser plugin checks your writing and offers to assist to in correcting over 250 grammar errors. It has a standalone app that you can use as well as a Word and Outlook plugin. The plugins will offer corrections on the fly. It has a free version with limitations as well as a paid version that unlocks the full power of the tool.