The Blog Patrol (April 21, 2009)

Welcome to the third weekly installment of “The Blog Patrol.”


These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Faith | Salvation and Kids | Part 1

  • This article examines one church’s look at how to convey the gospel to kids from birth up through age 18.

How do we know which Scriptures are applicable today and which should be considered culturally irrelevant?

  • John Piper has a look at this age old question that arises regarding the interpretation of God’s Word.

Our High Places (1)

  • This is the beginning of a series in which Kevin Deyoung looks at modern day “high places” analogous to the high places of the ancient kings of Israel. In this post – “1. The lack of Psalm singing in our churches.”

Wednesday (April 15, 2009)

Multiply Your Influence

  • In this 5th Installment on parenting skills from Jabberfrog, they look at the issue of creating strategic relationships for your kids.

Our High Places (2)

  • In this second installment, Kevin DeYoung looks at “2. Worldliness in entertainment.”

The Importance of Studying and Loving Little Children

  • Between Two Worlds takes a scriptural look at the mandate to study and love children.

“There is a new economy for writing” (so don’t worry too much about online typos)

  • Looks like the lack of standard applies to blogging as well. That’s good news for those of us who can’t spell or edit!

Thursday (April 16, 2009)

Our High Places (3)

  • In this third installment, Kevin DeYoung looks at “3. The Idolatry of Youth.”

Have You Lost the Joy of the Election?

  • This article offers 14 reasons, and the scriptural support, for why we should rejoice in the doctrine of election.

Getting in “the zone” to get things done

  • This article from James Grant deals with the idea of working on something uninterrupted long enough to “get into the zone.” According to this post, and the linked article, that takes at least 15 minutes. It’s no wonder we parents don’t accomplish what we want as it’s hard to find 15 minutes of uninterrupted time when you have kids! 

Friday (April 17, 2009)

Our High Places (4)

  • In this fourth installment, Kevin DeYoung looks at “4. Our lack of church discipline.”

22 Things I Wish Carried Over From Childhood Into Adulthood

  • From the blog 22 Words, guest columnist Stephen Altrogge gives us a list of 22 things he wishes he had carried from his childhood into adulthood. A number of them resonated with me personally such as #8 – though I may have changed it from e-mail address to cell phone.

Children’s Ministry Needs to Step Up

  • Matthew Guevara looks at the importance of solid theology in Children’s Ministry.


  • Brenna Phillips looks at the power of One Kind Word in a family’s life.

Saturday (April 18, 2009)

Should We “Let It All Out”?

  • Adrian Warnock addresses the cultural issue of just “letting it all out” compared to the Bible’s call to control ourselves.

First “We’re Not A Church” of Baton Rouge

  • Funny stuff! Like most good humor, this one is funny because of the truth underlying it.

Sometimes It Means Being a Dork

  • This is a great reminder to parents (Dads especially) as well as Children’s Ministry workers that in order to reach kids we have to let go of our inhibitions and sometimes just be a “dork.” One of the highest compliments I ever received in Children’s Ministry was from a five year giggling girl who was visiting our church for the first time who told me, “You’re goofy!”

Sunday (April 19, 2009)

Jonah & Peter: a light to the nations?

  • This post includes a look at the comparison between the Apostle Peter and Jonah. I found it interesting because I had never noticed it before.

Monday (April 20, 2009)

Go Deep

  • Trevin Wax looks at what Jesus’ command to Peter means to our current day efforts at evangelism.

Ten Lessons from Great Christian Minds

  • I’ve started to read more and more from the great historical Christian thinkers recently, and this post looks at one-line pieces of advice from 10 such thinkers.

#525. Not knowing whether to pray before a dinner party with strangers.

  • This article takes a light-hearted look at the sometimes uncomfortable position of praying before meals in the company of non-believers. I particularly like #3 as an option – well worth the read!

Soli Deo Gloria

  • The Blog Patrol goes Latin. In this post, Peter Beck looks at one of the five solas of the Protestant reformation and examines five biblical means of glorifying God.

Tuesday (April 21, 2009)

Deception 1: Slain In The Spirit Or Just “Slain” Stupid??

  • This article includes an interesting take on the charismatic phenomenon of being “slain in the spirit,”

Why Johnny Can’t Preach

  • Tim Challies reviews a book by the same name authored by T. David Gordon which looks at why we have a generation of preachers who can’t preach.

Our High Places (5)

  • In this fifth installment, Kevin DeYoung looks at “5. Prayerlessness.”

Who Told You God is Love?

  • This article from R.A. Torrey looks at the authority of scripture in light of its claim that “God is Love.”

Children’s Ministry and Discouragement

  • It is easy to become discouraged in Children’s Ministry. This article looks at why we must persevere.

Teaching Respect in the Classroom: Part One

  • This entry is the beginning post in a blog series from Karen Wingate that looks at dealing with a bully in the classroom. It looks like it will be valuable to parents, teachers and children’s ministry workers. I for one am looking forward to the next post.

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