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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 21, 2017:
- This place looks great (or it will be when it is finished). Opening in the Fall of 2017 is the Museum of the Bible. My wife and I are already talking about visiting. The site is rich with information and even has a LIVE camera of the construction project.
- The Antidote to Anemic Worship — written by Albert Mohler.
- What is the difference between exegesis and exposition? — as a pastor, I do both of these each week, and there is a difference. More resources on the topic of preaching from the Gospel Coalition: The 5 C’s of Preaching a helpful article written by Jared C. Wilson.
- The Usefulness of the Westminster Confession — a video discussion with Nick Batzig and Nate Shurden.
- Ligonier Ministries $5 Friday deals — the full list.
- Some help for my friend Nick Napier as he has a blog and often writes on it. Take a look.
- Do you want Logos Bible Software but cannot afford it? Go here and get the Basic package for free.
- I use Mile IQ to track all of my ministry related drives (home visits, hospital visits, etc.). I do not get reimbursed from my church for these miles, so I need to keep accurate track of all of them so I can submit it to the IRS for tax purposes. It just works. No need to do anything other than to install the app. It automatically keeps tracks of your drives and the miles. You assign each drive a “purpose” under personal our business with the ability to categorize each one to suit your purposes. Give it a try! Free and premium versions available.
- The Galaxy Note 8 is official. It will be released on August 23rd.
- Fous simple note taking extensions for Chrome.
- What’s new in Office 365? Click the link and find out. You may want to get in on the “Office Insider” program. I joined the “slow release” version of the program as opposed to the “fast release” version.
- For my “paranoid: readers who are Facebook Messenger frightened.
- Staying safe online. A security checklist courtesy of CNET.
- For you golf fans, The Open plays this weekend.
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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 19, 2017:
- Five passages your pastor wishes you’d stop taking out of context — Helpful article written by Kyle Rohane
- Many parents grieve when their children stray from the faith. This article, written by GPTS graduate and pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church Nick Batzig is helpful. On a different subject, Nick helps with the question of why Jesus needed the Holy Spirit.
- Making sense of the terms Protestant and Roman Catholics use — they are the same, but as Gregg Allison points out in this article, they use different dictionaries.
- Store up for yourself treasures in heaven — Randy Alcorn asks if this promotes “legalistic living.”
- Porn is destructive. There is no way around it. Read this article about what porn did to the lives of these people.
- Why Worship on Sunday? O.Palmer Robertson answers the question.
- Google and Facebook: head to head on the issue of “news feeds.”
- The best IFTTT recipes for forgetful people — I have some IFTTT recipes, and I encourage you to take a look at their service (which is FREE).
- You need to have a system for backing up your computer, especially your important documents, pictures, and photos. I use One Drive to sync and store all of my important data. Hard drive failure WILL happen. Have a system that works and read this article about the six things you need to know about backing up your system.
- Removing water stains from wood furniture. It happens to everyone, and this article is helpful in dealing with it.
Here are the items and resources of interest for July 7, 2017:
- PCA Ad Interim Study Committee Report — Recommendation 4 is examined and commentated by my friend and pastor of Cliffwood Presbyterian Church, Geoff Gleason.
- When I was growing up, we had a “junior church.” Some have “children’s church.” This article argues that children should be in worship with mom and dad. Written by
- The subject of Christian liberty is one that I think is very misunderstood. Sinclair Ferguson helps clarify things in this article at Ligonier.
- Another subject that is often misunderstood is fasting. Donald Whitney helps clarify things. (Video).
- Let me encourage you to attend the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary “Summer Institute” held July 31-Aug4. If you are a pastor, you will want to take advantage of this course taught by seminary president Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. From the website:
The 2017 Summer Pastors’ Institute will focus on the preaching of God’s Word. Designed as an interactive workshop, Let Your Progress be Evident to All will include examination of the sermons of ten effective preachers throughout church history. Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. will lead the class, and the template for discussion will be selections out of R.L. Dabney’s Evangelical Eloquence.
- Facebook is testing a group video chat — a report from Engadget.
- The best smart locks of 2017 — I would like to add this technology to my already wireless items in my home.
- Outdated Android users beware!
- Soundcloud cuts staff and closes offices according to this article. For those churches that use Soundcloud, you may want to read this article and, perhaps, seek other alternatives like SermonAudio.
- The History of the IBM PC — This is part one, courtesy of ArsTechnica
- I love the game of chess and have watched Garry Kasparov play many matches. I only wished I lived closer to St. Louis to watch in person. By the way, I play many correspondence games on chess.com. My username is mdivman if you want to look me up, friend me, and play live or correspondence games. Chess.com is free, but there are premium options as well. They hold many live and correspondence tournaments as well. Great place to play!
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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 6, 2017:
- Man cannot live on podcasts alone — To be honest, I am not a huge fan of podcasts. Sure, I listen to a few from time to time, but I have not been particularly drawn to any one podcast. I know that may sound odd for a person who used to host one, but that is the way it is. This is an interesting article from the Gospel Coalition written by
- John MacArthur and the issue of [Homosexual] Weddings — Yes, I changed the title somewhat. I do not like the use of the term “gay” when referring to homosexuals. They are, after all, homosexuals and that is what they should be called, in my opinion.
- Three Reasons Why a Preacher Should Not Publicly Contradict a Bible Translation — Mark Ward, writing on Logos.com says it shouldn’t happen. I think there are times when you should. What do you think?
- Worship Issues in the Presbyterian Church in America — This article, written by William H. Smith is a response to Terry Johnson, who wrote an earlier piece on the subject. You should also read Sam DeSocio’s response as well. By the way, the “William Hill” mentioned in Mr. Smith’s article is not related to me.
- A thoughtful article on the issue of commissioned church workers — Rich Leino, a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America examines the term “commission” as it relates to recommendation 7 of the ad interim study committee on women in the ministry of the church. Speaking of the PCA General Assembly, The Atlantic has something to say.
- The 2017 Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference audio is now available — you can get them in mp3 CD, audio CD’s, or mp3 download. Highly recommended! It was an outstanding conference, as usual.
- I use IFTTT all the time. I have recipes created for inbound and outbound SMS messages that log the entire text of every message to a Google spreadsheet. If I accidentally delete an important message, I can easily retrieve it from my spreadsheet. I also have a Twitter log of tweets sent and others that I favorite. It is an outstanding service that will automate many tasks you are probably doing manually. This CNET article highlights a few, but you will want to check out the website for much more.
- Android “O” versus iOS 11 — CNET weighs in on why they are more excited about the Android update than they are the Apple update.