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Round the Sphere Again: Books, Books, Books

My domain is still not working, at least as I write this, so if you want to reach my actual site, you’ll have to use I spent a long time on the phone with my domain host this afternoon, and I was assured that the problem should be fixed “in an hour or by the end of the day.” I’m not sure what that means, exactly, but it means at least this: I shouldn’t panic yet.

More Free Ones

  • Persis (Tried With Fire) has a list of recent book giveaways. John’s (While We Sojourn) giveaway has already expired, but you can get in on the rest if you hurry.
  • Persis is offering a free book, too.

    I will be giving away a copy of Living for God’s Glory - An Introduction to Calvinism by Dr. Joel R. Beeke.  This was written for “lay-people and ministers who are interested in learning the basics of Calvinism.”   The book includes a brief history of Calvinism and detailed chapters on the doctrines including TULIP and the solas.  There are also sections covering the relationship of reformed theology to the the heart, the church,  our practice, and the ultimate goal - doxology.

    The draw ends on March 30.

  • Violet (promptings) is giving away a copy of a children’s Bible story book. Violet writes that
  • This book would be a wonderful addition to any home, preschool, kindergarten, early elementary school, or church library. It could be used as a book for adults to read to youngsters or for beginning readers to read themselves. If there is a little person in your life who needs a first Bible, the Read and Share Bible would be an excellent choice.

    I’ve entered my name because I think this would be a good addition to my church’s library.

  • And then there’s my own giveaway. Entries slowed way down yesterday when my URL quit working, but you can still enter if you use this link. (As an aside, despite the URL glitch, I have a lot more entries to this giveaway using the Google Documents form than I have in the past when I asked people to leave comments.)

For Toddlers
Someone was looking for books for babies and toddlers in my church library recently and we didn’t have any. Our collection starts with books for preschoolers and go up from there, so I’ve been thinking that I need to order at least a couple of baby books. Conveniently, this list of suggestions for Easter books for the wee ones (Let the Nations Be Glad) came across my feed-reader this morning, giving me a few suggestions already.


Not Working

My domain, that is. I’ve got a support ticket in to the DNS host and am waiting for an answer. Meanwhile, works fine, so if you’re reading this on your feed reader, you can just click this link and be at my place. Or if you want to enter the free book draw, click here.

I’m hoping this will all be fixed soon.


A Catechism for Girls and Boys

Part I: Questions about God, Man, and Sin

26. Q. Who tempted them to this sin?
       A. The devil tempted Eve, and she gave the fruit to Adam.

(Click through to read scriptural proofs.)

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Starting With I Am 

And a gift for someone. See bottom of the post for details.

Continuing on where we left off on Friday, quoting from The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story by D. A. Carson:

But the first half of the 1600s witnessed the rise of what is now called Cartesian thought (under the influence of René  Descartes and those who followed him). The traditional way of thinking about knowledge changed. More and more people based their knowledge on an axiom that Descartes made popular: “I think, therefore, I am.” Every first-year philosophy student today is still introduced to Descartes’s axiom. Descartes himself thought that this axiom was a foundation for all human knowing. After all, if you are thinking, you cannot deny your own existence; the very fact that you are thinking shows that you exist. Descartes was looking for a foundation that Christians and atheists and Muslims and secularists and spiritual types could all agree was indisputable. From this foundation and other approaches, he then gradually built up an entire system of thought to try to convince people to become Roman Catholics.

But notice how his axiom runs: “I think, therefore I am.” Two hundred years earlier, no Christian would have said that very easily because God’s and God’s absolute knowledge were already givens. Our existence was seen as dependent on him, and our knowledge a mere tiny subset of his. It was very widely thought proper to begin with God, not with the “I” in “I think, therefore, I am.” If we exist, it is because of God’s power. Our knowledge, even our existence, is finally dependent on him. But this side of Cartesian thought, we begin with “I.” I begin with me. And that puts me in a place where I start evaluating not only the world around me but also morals and history and God in such a way that God now becomes, at most, the inference of my study. That changes everything.

But the Bible does not run along those lines. God simply is.

That everything starts with God is one of things that Genesis 1-2 tells us. You’ll also recognize these two posts as an apologetic for presuppositional apologetics. Or, as some like to call it, Biblical apologetics—apologetics that start with God simply is.

I’m giving away one copy of The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story by D. A. Carson. To enter the draw for the free book, click through to fill out the entry form.

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Sunday's Hymn

Jesus Lives, And So Shall I

Jesus lives, and so shall I.
Death! thy sting is gone forever!
He who deigned for me to die,
Lives, the bands of death to sever.
He shall raise me from the dust:
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and reigns supreme,
And, his kingdom still remaining,
I shall also be with him,
Ever living, ever reigning.
God has promised: be it must:
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and by his grace,
Vict’ry o’er my passions giving,
I will cleanse my heart and ways,
Ever to his glory living.
Me he raises from the dust.
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, I know full well
Nought from him my heart can sever,
Life nor death nor powers of hell,
Joy nor grief, hence forth forever.
None of all his saints is lost;
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and death is now
But my entrance into glory.
Courage, then, my soul, for thou
Hast a crown of life before thee;
Thou shalt find thy hopes were just;
Jesus is the Christian’s Trust.

—Christian F. Gellert (1715-1769), Translated by Philip Schaff (1819-1893)

Listen here.

Other hymns, worship songs, sermons etc. posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.