Weekend Web Watch 5 January 2013

In this WWW:  Seven reasons to like Matt Redman’s 10 000 Reasons; free audiobook of Roger Resler’s Compelling Interest: The real story behind Roe v. Wade, and other resources on abortion; the critics aren’t happy about Mumford & Sons; lectures on CS Lewis; and how to start a pastoral training programme in your church.

  • The free audiobook from ChristianAudio.com this month, commemorating the tragic decision against the sanctity of life in Roe v. Wade in 1973, is Roger Resler’s Compelling Interest: The real story behind Roe v. Wade.  The e-book of RC Sproul’s Abortion is also on sale for 1¢ for the month.  Scott Rae and Scott Klusendorf teach an excellent “pro-life apologetics course“, and all their notes and lecture videos are available for free online.  i have watched these lectures and highly recommend them.
  • i’m not a massive fan of Mumford & Sons, i’ll be honest; but i’ve listened to and enjoyed some of their songs, and appreciated their cover of Come Thou Fount, which is one of my favourite hymns.  An article in The American Spectator asks why the critics aren’t happy with Mumford & Sons.  “In a world without taboos the only taboo is God…  Critics really don’t like that people like a record made by people who like God.”  HT: Nancy Pearcey
  • This week i finished listening to J. Knox Chamblin’s lecture series on C.S. Lewis, available free from Reformed Theological Seminary on iTunesU.  Chamblin in these twenty hours’ worth of lectures presents thoughtful and fair but not uncritical reflections on Lewis’s life, theology, understanding of general and special revelation, of social and ethical issues, of the problem of pain and suffering, and of eternal life.  There is a great deal of interaction with Lewis’s writings, and it is clear that Chamblin is a great admirer of Lewis; yet he paints Lewis as he was, not as he would wish he was.  i greatly enjoyed listening to these lectures (despite Chamblin’s sometimes lumbering style of delivery), and found his discussion of Lewis’s treatment of the problem of pain and suffering particularly insightful.  (Note that it appears the course has been edited since i downloaded it, but i think the content is still the same.)
  • Mark Rogers offers some brief pointers on “How to start a pastoral training program in your church.”  This is something really important i’d like to see much more of in local churches, whatever their size.  See also Mike Bullmore’s “Brothers, train up the next generation.”

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