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David said it. Augustine said it. Jim Elliot said it. Now MacArthur is saying the same thing about Psalm 37:4.

If you meet the conditions, you can do whatever you want, confident your wants are from God. I’ve long loved the safety this verse affords.

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Well Ted Nugent is about to hook you up.

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Do you dig creative?

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Amazon has a scratch and dent sale from time to time. So I bought 5 of these for $25 to give to my boys and two of their cousins a few days before Christmas. The regular price is still worth it for a great book that drives the imagination, encourages creativity and calls for quiet on roadtrips.

Put these in stock at your house. Click to link to Amazon.

I assume this one below is as good.

And this one for the two younger boys.

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Homeschoolers have some exhausting explaining to do sometimes.

You get the idea 2 minutes in and don’t need to watch the whole thing.

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Tim Challies posted a link to this on 12/1, and I thought it would be a stellar way to start the year.

This is a calendar of sorts for systematically (but not comprehensively) praying Scripture over your children. The first five days look like this:

1 salvation “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (Isaiah 45:8, 2 Timothy 2:10).

2 growth in grace “I pray that they may ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’” (2 Peter 3:18).

3 love “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to ‘live a life of love,’ through the Spirit who dwells in them” (Ephesians 5:2, Galatians 5:22).

4 honesty and integrity ” May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection” (Psalm 25:21, NLT).

5 self-control ” Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be ‘alert and self-controlled’ in all they do” (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

Go and do.

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Merry Christmas, TBAP Family!

Here is a narrated, animated chapter from the Jesus Storybook Bible.

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Merry Christmas, TBAP Family!

December 2010

 

“This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A Light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see. And the darker the night got, the brighter the star would shine.” — The Jesus Storybook Bible

December marks the beginning of our third winter in Nashville. After 2½ years, the newness and luster of the city is starting to wane as it gets explored and known, and we are getting down to the business of plodding along. Happily and joyfully, we are getting in stride and enjoying the pace and noise and excitement that comes with a healthy growing church, a still-new school, a household with 5 kids ages 8 and under, and a steady stream of friends and pilgrims. Just like this season last year, there has been hardly a day without day or overnight guests in the past month.

Karsten (8) is in 3rd grade and is our studious and responsible leader. Haddon (7) is a thoughtful and pro-active helper, often cheerfully going above and beyond his required load. Lincoln just turned 5 and is sweetly assuming a place among the big boys. He really digs having learned to ride his bike last month. Knox is almost 3 and is hilarious and chatty and is often quick to consider others. Claire (or Bear as she is almost always called) is 15 months and is fleeing infancy fast; she is running fast-forward toward girlhood as she dons the accessories, vocabulary, sweetness and obedience of a little girl. She is highly adored.

This has been a year in which we have consciously strived to know, understand and implement the Gospel better in our own lives and in our own home. Through thoughtful and truthful preaching, the helps of Scripture-soaked reading (especially The Gospel Primer) and other means of sharpening, we are better realizing our clear state of deeply and continually needing a Redeemer.  Our lives are hid in Christ on high, and they are full only in Him.

Feel free to swing by on your way through. We bid you a Merry Christmas.

Ryan and Christie

 

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There is an assumption herein that health and wealth are good and preferred, but past that, this is a fun and visually compelling graph with very interesting information.

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The MTA has plopped over 2500 subway cars in the Atlantic over the past three years…

Interesting stuff. More pictures in link.

MTA’s Scrap Program

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Two downers in one day…

This miserable story of forsaken love is listed in the Celebrations section of the NYT. The engagement notice is a tale of deep woe and ugliness.

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Ricky Gervais in the Wall Street Journal yesterday tells why he is an atheist. His conversion to atheism was nothing more than a simple wisp of conjecture, a half-witted attempt to make sense of someone’s tone.

This is the total antithesis of Jeremiah 9:23-24. Gervais is glorying in his lack of God, but calls it sophistication and science. His morals are based then on the community-wide definitions of good, which are based then on ???.

Read the sad story:

A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I’m An Atheist

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This story hasn’t been spun this way yet, but the Vikings-Bears game on Monday has all the trappings for a feel-good story. I’m an NFC North kind of guy, but I don’t have a dog in this fight. Here’s the deal…

1. Brett Favre is on the bench. This is the new normal.

2. Joe Webb has never done this whole NFL QB thing before. He was drafted as a wide-receiver. Well, he did complete 2 of his 5 passes this season. So I guess that’s some seasoning.

4. The back-up quarterback was just signed this week. He is an NFL veteran, but, until this week, thought he was retired.

5. The deflated Metrodome has moved the game to the smaller, stadium at University of Minnesota. The frozen, rock-hard playing field was not built to be played in at this time of year. Even the Bears have expressed concern over the field conditions.

6. Joe Webb has never even experienced sub-zero temps, let alone played in them.

7. The Bears are coming off a huge loss at home in the snow to New England. They are hungry.

8. The game is on Monday night. The world’s eyes will be directed on this game.

9. But then there’s this play I found from the preseason. He’s got good legs:

I fully expect the Bear’s defense to pound Webb, but IF he can manage a good game, it will be against a lot of odds.

I’m going to root for him.

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We’ve had the joy of heaps of time in our home over the past three weeks with some of our favorite people. We have 4 boys and a girl. They have 4 girls and a boy. The oldest kid is 8. Eight of the kids are 5 and under. The 14 of us have a raucous time, punctuated by tickles, baby laughs and bumps/bruises and “when are we going to eat?”

When quiet adult talk can happen in the very late hours of the night, it’s easy to spend the time speaking of parenting issues, analyzing and examining issues we are facing, seeking sharpening, and reflecting on the labor and joys of our tasks and preparing for what is coming. Privately we perhaps are free to especially speak of the difficulties [read as: "overwhelming exhaustion"] of raising so many young children (all at once).

These words from John Piper are a balm to us. Here is an impromptu response to the common, secular “kids will kill the planet” talk that is common in the world,

“The kids I’m going to raise are going to lift a million burdens. Christian, you’ve got to believe that bringing kids into the world and being brought up in the Lord, makes them burden-lifters not burden-adders. They are in the world to lift the world, to save the world, to love the world. You’re not just adding dead weight to the world when you bring a child up in the Kingdom. You’re bringing up lovers of people and servants of the world.”

Source video

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Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ

Gather ‘round, ye children come
Listen to the old, old story
of the power of death undone
by an infant born of glory
Son of God
Son of Man…

It may be enough to tell you that iTunes says that we have listened to this album about 230 times since we found it in 2008. It is Scripture simplicity in stunning lyrical form, and it has knocked my socks off. Beyond any other music, the effect that this album has had on my heart is almost unrivaled, coupled with the move in 2008, a wonderful new church, the realization of the beauties of The Jesus Storybook Bible…these things combined at once to open Scripture to me as I had never seen it. It enhances the beauty of the Old Testament and the incarnation as I had not known.
I meant to do a listing on TBAP of my favorite Christmas albums. I would need to figure out what to do Messiah, which has been shaping the world for a lot longer than this has, but this certainly is the top of my heap for anything written in the last 100 years…far and away.
You can get this on Amazon at the link above or below, but it’s also on iTunes and it’s also free to listen to online here (studio edition preferred but live edition included) and here (with lyrics). But the best place to buy it is straight from the artists (and it’s $2 cheaper than iTunes).

 


This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.


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Artificial Missions

Here’s a really good article about how how the work of missions is becoming increasingly humanitarian and the Gospel is being treated as an afterthought:

But the term “missions” itself now carries with it a negative connotation, even in politically and theologically conservative circles. Christians today typically travel abroad to serve others, but not necessarily to spread the gospel.

He calls these workers “vacationaries,” those who idea are that missions is primarily about service and humanitarian needs, not first the Gospel.

Here’s the story from the Wall Street Journal:

How Missionaries Lost Their Chariots of Fire

 

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A Gospel Primer: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love

Bound for Heaven as you may be, you do not yet well-know what you were, are or will be. The Gospel is our bread, hope, and life. This small book should be studied by every Christian as a rich source of condensed Gospel talk.

After pages of careful explanation, the book concludes with a bonus section of prose and a section of poetry that both concisely summarize the entirety of the book. It’s a great feature.

Nothing should be more prominent and preeminent in our lives than Gospel truth and living. This book is an essential means to aid toward this end.


This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.

 

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Snow Day

A lot of people have snow days today. I’ve done some reading in the past few days of Snowflake Bentley and his work of photographing over 5,000 snowflakes in his lifetime.

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”

Here is some of his stunning work:

Here is great blog posting with more background and great pictures by Snowflake Bentley.

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Dawn Treader

We haven’t seen Dawn Treader yet and I don’t know when we will. But if you have or haven’t, you may wonder what you were supposed to think about it and what you are supposed to think about movies inspired by books in general.

Doug Wilson is pretty authoritative about such things. Let’s let him tell us what to think:

It is probably best for Christian parents to not let their kids see the movie unless those kids are already steeped in the books.

Dawn Treader Review

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An interesting series of photos from Field and Stream magazine from 1941-1945.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

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Busted Dreams

TBAP can’t always dish out the Happy Charms.

Fallen Princesses

 

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

This book is somewhat of a biography of Lincoln, but it’s really about how Lincoln brought a team together. It’s an  astounding display of how Lincoln, for the good of the country and to his own personal detriment sometimes, would hire (and then not fire men) who were totally opposed to him, sometimes bitterly-opposed. There are lessons in deep and wide magnanimosity and lessons for playing well with others.

A few weeks ago a friend was looking for some suggestions on a biography of Lincoln. I said, in part: “I understand about not wanting to commit to it… it took some time… [this is a big book]. But I might need to suggest you do it anyway. It is first, a dealing with his politics, especially the relationships and it has a good deal to teach about dealing with people with heaps of grace. But it also covered some of the biographical stuff very well and it really, REALLY pulled me in during the final days of his life; I wept at one of the scenes that occurred two days after his death.”

Lincoln is controversial, too. Though widely hailed (especially among people who can’t name more than four Presidents) as the best President, Lincoln is not faultless. But he knew that. And while some men would have tried to cover up their foibles with lies, screens, smoke, and eloquence, Lincoln brought in transparency, honesty and, literally, a team of rivals (primarily those who had lost to him in the primary) to stand next to him and help him through the turbulent pre-Civil War America. It’s an amazing study.


This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.

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ONE DAY CONTEST!

There’s a drawing going on over at the TBAP Fan page today for a one-year subscription to Golf Digest. It’s a super-simple entry, and you can give the prize to anyone in the U.S. Come on over:

To Be a Pilgrim Fan Page

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The Church History ABCs: Augustine and twenty-five other heroes of the faith

We were only gifted this book a few days ago, so it may be a little premature to add to the list, but…

This is a great $10 spent. Per the title, it’s a fun alphabet book of personalities in Church history. Primarily, this is a great start to overcoming our historical myopia. It very palatable introduction to Church history for children and almost everyone will learn some new personalities and some fun things about those people.

I’m really into books that don’t take themselves seriously, and this one doesn’t. A few times, it’s a little too [being careful with words here] silly.

I want my kids to know history much better than I do. I want them to be better acquainted with these men and women and their idea, their valor, their heartiness, their hardiness, their God.

 


This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.

 

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Jonathan Edwards: A Life

Edwards was not a prude, a stiff, a softie. He is often mischaracterized as a  mean-spirited and spewing brimstone. The reality is that his sermons and life were overflowing with the words joy, pleasure, delight, and enjoyment and often they referred to the hear and now.

I think Marsden treated Edwards pretty fairly. He has his warts, but most common conceptions of him are wrong. This is a big book, but it will enrich you, because you can’t spend hardly any time studying Edwards, without learning to hope in God.

Edwards stands on one of the very tippy-top rungs of the Church history ladder. He is recent and he is knowable. Here is where you can find out. Come see how wrong you were.


 

This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.

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The God-Centered Life: Insights from Jonathan Edwards for Today

I love and am helped by maps, airplane level views and wide angle pictures. This book is a sort of that for me as it takes the dense writing of Edwards, picks out the high ideas and processes them beautifully.

If you are never going to read Edwards, read this. If you are willing to read Edwards, but haven’t yet, read this first.

This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.

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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

Weighing in at a hernia-inducing 22 lbs and covering almost 1,500 pages, this table-crushing collection is the single, comprehensive source for all things Calvin and Hobbes. It includes significant commentary from Bill Watterson and every single strip from the 10-year run.

The humor is insightful, mischievous, whimsical, sardonic, daring, honest, and profound. Calvin, the perpetual 6 year old, grabs boyhood by the horns and gives stodginess a shake. If it weren’t for the heft, this could make my desert-island collection.

I can’t express how thrilled I am that this set makes 8-year old roll in riotous laughter.

This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.

 

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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree (Book 1)

and

North! Or be Eaten: Wild escapes. A desperate journey. And the ghastly Fangs of Dang (Book 2)

Yes, really. This silly-named-books are stellar story and should be enjoyed by all. It’s gripping and can be enjoyed by all ages. Though it’s intense for children, I read it to a classroom of first-graders who were delighted and eager for more. Here is a full-review I wrote last year about the first book. A third installment in the saga is nearing completion.

I’m not being flippant with these recommendations: Christie, the boys and I love this series.

This is one in a series of posts this month of things  must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.


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