Archive for October, 2008

Alas, it’s time to move on

October 6, 2008 Leave a comment

…that is, move on to the all new BrianD Blog.

The preceding link will take you to my new blog, where I’ll be providing fresh content from now on. This site will be my reserve, go-back-to-in-case-of-economic-doom blog 😉

This site will remain up for some time, while I migrate threads to my new blog, and I’ll respond to any comments posted here. However, I encourage you to check out the conversations at the new site.

The address is

Please update your RSS feeds and internet links and make sure you tell your friends!

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Book discussion: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, intro

October 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Note: Today you’re reading what I normally plan run on alternating Thursdays here at BrianD Blog: a discussion of the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan (a discussion of Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney will run on the other alternate Thursdays).

Who is Francis Chan, and why am I discussing his book, Crazy Love?

Allow me to answer the why first. I heard good things about him, and was impressed by the reviews I had read of Crazy Love (such as this one by Tim Challies).

Now to the who: Chan is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. He may be best known in evangelicalism for a well-received talk he gave at the Catalyst conference in 2007 (you can watch a portion of it below, and you can read Jacob Vanhorn’s summary here).

He has also spoken during chapel services at The Master’s College (John MacArthur is the school president).

We’re going to start the discussion full-on sometime in the next week.

Meanwhile, get a sample of what Chan has written about from the book’s website; there, check out the videos for each chapter.

Hopefully, this will be a great discussion not just of what Chan is telling us, but what God is doing in us.

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Introducing….BrianD blog

October 4, 2008 Leave a comment

And there she is 🙂

As you can see, she’s nowhere ready for her varsity debut, but we had to get her out there anyway 🙂

I will be working on the new site over the next week, and plan to switch over to there from here at some point in the next week.

Meanwhile, I’ll post here and encourage you to continue the conversation here.

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Daily linkathon 10/3

October 3, 2008 4 comments

Good morning/afternoon!

Over at FTA, I’m continuing my discussion on Jack Hayford and S. David Moore’s history of the charismatic movement titled The Charismatic Century; this week, we talk about the early life and ministry of William Branham (he was an influence of Todd Bentley).

Michael Newnham defends John Piper, who’s been harshly criticized by some discernment bloggers for his support of one Mark Driscoll.

Tom Ascol gives a good retrospective of Christian blogging (while arguing that blogging hit its peak a year ago).

Peter-John Courson on what drives him.

iMonk critiques a certain “conservative evangelical” young preacher’s current series on the Song of Solomon.

Take an inside look at internet church campuses with Leadership Network.

Gary Lamb takes a look back at a multi-site church conference he attended, in which he makes this statement: “Multi-site is NOT the future of the church.”

Tim Stevens makes a good case that conducting a baptism over the internet can be done.

Digital Sanctuary on a phishing scam aimed at Facebook users.

Jared Wilson argues sometimes, you have to be the first to do something in ministry.

Scot McKnight on why he is evangelical, not Catholic nor Eastern Orthodox. Michael Patton comments.

R.C. Sproul’s series on prayer at Ligonier’s website continues, with part 4.

Scott Thomas of the Acts29 Network has 20 questions to help you figure out if you are a church planter.

For those of you who’ve always wondered about such things, Ed Stetzer lists who’s who in megachurch research.

Finally, a blog note: you’ll see to the right-hand side of the screen web buttons for Monergism and icons for books I’m currently reading or plan to read ASAP (they are, in order, Death by Love by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears; Crazy Love by Francis Chan; Approaching God by Steve Brown; and Spectacular Sins by John Piper). The list will change periodically.

Clicking on the icons takes you to If you order those books through this site, I get a small kickback – 4 percent of the profits goes toward store credit for me. The Monergism link works the same way – if someone clicks on the link through this site and orders something, it works the same way as the Amazon deal does.

In short, I’m not getting rich off this deal, and I’m hoping for enough return from this to get me a free book or two 🙂

If you choose to order through this site, wherever you can get a better deal on a book, take advantage of it!

Michael has a similar set up at Phoenix Preacher – so, when you visit his site, if you’re in the mood to buy something from Amazon or Monergism, get to either site through the links at HIS blog, and support him in the process.

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Linkathon 10/2

October 2, 2008 2 comments

The Linkathon for this week can be found at Phoenix Preacher.

Also, be sure to read Michael Newnham’s interview with Tom Stipe as Stipe discusses William Paul Young’s book The Shack, and why he invited Young to speak at his church.

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Daily linkathon 10/1

October 1, 2008 7 comments

You’re reading an early, early edition of Daily Linkathon today.

Tomorrow – tentatively – we’ll start a discussion of Francis Chan’s Crazy Love and post the mega, once-a-week Linkathon that got postponed a day because of an interview Michael did with Tom Stipe today at PP. Saturday, tentatively, I’m going to start the discussion on the Crazy Love book.

Let’s get rolling:

I have posted a thread at, and exclusive to, From the Ashes: Get a move on! where I give an update my fitness regimen.

The following link from Marty Duren’s blog may be another of the best links you’ll read all year, and I’ll sum it up thusly: American Evangelical Christendom is dying, if not already dead; long live the Church.

Want to catch up on Granger Community Church’s Innovate ’08 conference, featuring such speakers as Steven Furtick, Bobby Gruenewald and Tim Stevens? Do so right here. (HT: Kem Meyer)

PyroManiacs is going dark for all of October.

Part 3 of R.C. Sproul’s book Does Prayer Change Things? is online.

Bryon Mondok reviews N.T. Wright’s Matthew for Everyone (Part One) commentary.

Vitamin Z links to some helpful online, FREE 🙂 resources from Covenant Seminary, including classes you can take online for FREE 🙂

From, Outreach Magazine’s 100 largest and 100 fastest-growing churches in America. (HT: Ed Stetzer)

Michael Patton says Calvinists often make the worst Calvinists. 😯

Mark Driscoll was featured in Newfrontiers Magazine. (HT: The Mission and Vision).

The Resurgence interviewed Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae. It also posted the latest chapter of Driscoll’s e-book on p*rn, male sexuality and other things not discussed in polite society but probably very helpful to a large group of men.

Jonathan Dodson on why evangelism methods must change.

iMonk wraps up his series on rebaptism.

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