The Blog Patrol (April 28, 2009)


Welcome to this week’s installment of “The Blog Patrol.” I’ve tried to get back to the basics with this weeks’ Blog Patrol. In past weeks I have included more links for each day, but my goal with this process has been to include only the best posts. The problem I have been having is that there are so many good posts out there. That said, I have done my best to pick the best of the best for inclusion in the Blog Patrol, and tried to accept that that means that some good posts will be excluded. I hope that this process will help to keep the Blog Patrol more concise and useful to you the reader. If you have any suggestions for blogs that have not been featured in the Blog Patrol, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.


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

Are We Saying Anything Worth Saying?

  • Clayton King looks at the importance and goal of Biblical teaching.

Wednesday (April 22, 2009)

From TGC: Mark Driscoll on Avoiding Irreverent Babble in a Facebook, Blog-happy Culture

  • Steve Matthewson reports on Mark Driscoll’s talk from the Gospel Coalition. Apparently, Driscoll’s talk was a 40 point sermon on 2 Timothy 2:14-26.

From TGC: Tim Keller Takes on Cultural Idols

  • In this report, Matthewson looks at Tim Keller’s presentation on Acts 19:23-41 on discerning, exposing, and destroying the idols of our culture.

Not Just Good-Housekeeping: A Case for Christian Hospitality (Part 1)

  • John Starke starts a series on the call for Christian Hospitality.

Adoration that Offends

  • Tyler Kenny looks at why the exclusivity of the gospel offends.

Thursday (April 23, 2009)

No Truth Without Love, No Love Without Truth

  • In this post, Dr. Albert Mohler looks at Biblical love in the face of sin.

7 Ways to involve children with the Bible

  • One of the things the Lord has laid on my heart recently is how to get kids, my own and those I work with at church, more exposure to the Bible. This post offers seven fun ways to get your kids more involved in the Bible. Whether you utilize these methods in Sunday School or around the kitchen table, they should help to build your kids’ love for God’s Word.

Friday (April 24, 2009)

Top Artist Award Caps Christian Music Star’s Emotional Year

  • It was great to see Steven Curtis Chapman win artist of the year at this year’s Dove Awards. His rendition of Cinderella at the awards ceremony was moving. My wife and I were blessed enough to get to see him and Michael W. Smith in concert on the first night of their United tour here in Columbus. When he performed this song, it brought tears to the eyes of every person in the theater.

Christian fish symbol has a long history

  • This newspaper article looks at the history of the fish as a symbol for Christianity.

I don’t want to go to hell, how can I be saved?

  • This article from ministry to children is exciting for two reasons. First, it addresses the important question of what to do in Children’s Ministry when a child comes to you and announces that they want to be saved. Secondly, it marks the inaguration of a new series called Think Tank Children’s Ministry in which a pertinent question is posed to several prominent children’s ministry workers.

How to Become a Great Storyteller

  • Studies show that kids retain more information when presented as stories. This article looks at using stories in Children’s Ministry.

Saturday (April 25, 2009)

The Morning After Pill and the End of Parenthood

  • Albert Mohler looks at the recent FDA guidance that allows kids age 17 or older to purchase the Plan B contraceptive over the counter. Specifically, Dr. Mohler focuses on how this decision further erodes the fundamental rights of parents.

The Indispensable Father

  • This article from Rick Johnson calls men to fulfill their God given role as father. It also offers encouragement to men who are fulfilling that role.

Sunday (April 26, 2009)

How Are We to Keep the Sabbath in Today’s Society?

  • This article from R.C. Sproul looks at how the Sabbath applies in a Christian life.

Spiritual Gifts: Wisdom

  • Mark Driscoll looks at the spiritual gift of wisdom – what it is and how to figure out if you have it.

Was Kipling’s “If” Based On The Lord Jesus?

  • I’ve always like the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. At one point it was hanging on my office wall. This article from the normally lighthearted TomInTheBox takes a second look at the poem and wonders if Kipling may have had Jesus in mind when he wrote it.

Psalm 55:22

  • My kids love music, and I love singing it (albeit off key) with them. This is a great video and song to help kids memorize Psalm 55:22.

Monday (April 27, 2009)

Not Even Close? — Is America Becoming a Post-Christian Culture?

  • This is Dr. Mohler’s third entry this week in the Blog Patrol. Last week, Dr. Mohler looked at a Newsweek article on the end of Christian America. This week he has a look at a response to that article which takes issue with some of Dr. Mohler’s comments.

#530. Buying a new bible. (The 9 easy questions you need to ask yourself.)

  • This blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This article takes a look at nine light-hearted questions to consider when picking the perfect Bible for you. It is a humorous look at the proliferation of Bibles available today.

Themelios 34:1

  • The next edition to Themelios is out now. “Themelios is an international evangelical theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith. Its primary audience is theological students and pastors, though scholars read it as well.”

Recommended Reading on Bioethics

  • Russell Moore provides us with a listing of some books that look at Bioethics and the Christian worldview. For anyone interested in this area, these books look like a great place to start.

Tuesday (April 28, 2009)

Coming Out of the Closet — Atheist Style

  • Dr. Albert Mohler looks at the increasing number of Atheists in our country, and their plan for growing the movement.

On Hating Christians: A Follow-Up

  • This post has a look at the Bible’s take on why Christians will be hated.

Thanks-say it, show it, live it!

  • This article from Jim Wideman is about being thankful and showing thankfulness.

Video “Philippians 4:6-7″ Bible Memory Song

  • As a follow up to the Psalm 55 video (see Sunday in this Blog Patrol), here is another video to help kids learn scripture. This one is based on Philippians 4:6-7. I like this one a lot. I think it’s catchy and kids will love it!

Of Rules and Obedience

  • This article from Carl Brower reminds me of something God impressed on me from an early time in my spiritual journey.  As fathers, we are uniquely positioned to learn about our heavenly father from our own kids.  This one is definitely worth a read!

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1 Comment

  1. Wayne,
    Thanks again for the links and your thoughtful comments over on my blog.