Quick Takes – 1/26/2008

Bibliography Creator – Enter the ISBNs of all the books you used in a paper; get back a perfectly formatted bibliography ready to cut and paste into your paper’s “Works Cited” page. Choose various formats such as MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, etc. (See next entry for more great student resources.)

Lifehack compiles The Ultimate Student Resource List. “It’s back to school time, yet again. In the spirit of the season, I decided to gather together the best tools, websites, and advice I know of to help make you a more effective and relaxed student this semester. Since I know you’re broke, it’s all free!”

Dave Harvey discusses various chapters from his book on Christian marriage, When Sinners Say I Do. Using brief video clips on YouTube, Harvey discusses such issues as conflict, forgiveness, growth in holiness, God’s grace, the gospel and sex, and coping with bereavement.

Tim Challies reviews the book Inside Prince Caspian, by Devin Brown. “As an author and writer, this book revealed to me all kinds of good opportunities to look to Lewis for examples or for illustrations. As a reader it revealed to me just how much I missed in reading the book. As a Christian it revealed the depth of spiritual insight Lewis managed to relay even in what seem to be such simple stories.”

Mary Lofthus reminds her readers of the value of asking people questions. “One time I asked an acquaintance in Sunday school what coffee she was drinking. That led to a discussion about how she roasts her own coffee beans. And now we’re friends. Today I met a woman who said she had a horse stable. I asked if she boarded horses or raised horses. She told me about her dream to provide therapeutic riding for handicapped children. She is well on her way with 17 horses. I wish her well. I’m glad I asked.”

John McArthur offers some good insights on what it means to pray without ceasing. “To ‘pray without ceasing’ means when you are tempted, you hold the temptation before God and ask for His help. When you experience something good and beautiful, you immediately thank the Lord for it. When you see evil around you, you ask God to make it right and to use you toward that end, if that is His will. When you meet someone who does not know Christ, you pray for God to draw that person to Himself and to use you to be a faithful witness. When you encounter trouble, you turn to God as your Deliverer.”

Jon Smith provides pastoral reflections on being comforters to the suffering. This article grew out of his own experience of being comforted by friends when he and his wife lost their infant son. Here are Jon’s main summary points:

  • Weep with those who weep.
  • Help them run to where their supreme comfort can be found.
  • Help them speak with honest emotion.
  • Choose your words carefully.
  • Let them initiate the doctrinal questions.
  • Don’t ignore them or the death.
  • Pray for those who are suffering.

I am sure Job wished that he had friends like these!


  1. Mary says:

    Thanks for including me today. I am honored to be surrounded by Tim Challies on one side and John McArthur on the other. Good company.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Mary – That’s cute. I honestly didn’t think twice when I put you between Tim and John. As brothers and sisters in Christ, I guess we are all in good company!

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