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I love Australia, but one of my country’s major failings is that we don’t get to have a New Attitude conference every year. Boo. Nevertheless, there is a consolation prize: all the messages from NA08 are up on the New Attitude LiveBlog. The line-up includes Mark Dever, CJ Mahaney, Josh Harris, and John Piper. Woo!

Kudos to New Attitude for offering the messages online for free download, and thanks to Abigail for the heads-up.

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End-of-Summer cleaning, anyone?

  • If you’re a fan of LiveJournal, you can now read the WM blog at your friends page. Simply go here and add the Whatsoever Magazine blog syndicate to your friends page. Voila! So simple.
  • A new feature coming soon to the WM blog is Writing Wednesdays, a weeklyish look at being a Christian and a writer. It will include updates from WM’s sister publication, Words from the Heart, as well as amalgamating news and resources for writers scattered around the web.
  • WM editors Danielle and Lauren launched their new home industry last week with the opening of their etsy store, Love, Janie Lou. Check out the shop and the blog for happy handmade goodness.

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has a blog. This is something to get excited about!

John Piper’s powerful teaching has been incredibly impacting in my life. Through Piper’s humility and passion, God has taught me much about Himself and about living for His glory and renown. Many of Piper’s books are available online, for free. Which I think is completely awesome.

Check out the newly-refurbished Desiring God Online Library.

Remember being little and feeling unjustly treated by your parents? Remember finding some comfort in the thought that, “When I’m a grown-up I’ll…”? Yeah? Me, too. When I’m a grown-up I’ll buy Coco Pops. When I’m a grown-up I won’t have to go to bed at 8 o’clock. When I’m a grown-up I won’t have to obey anybody.

Well I’ve got news for both of us. Obedience is something you never really get too old for. And while there certainly comes a season in life where our parents don’t need to be reminding us to wash our hands before we eat, we don’t suddenly reach the magical age of eighteen and step outside the realm of obedience. You don’t just grow out of “honour thy father and mother.”

Thabiti Anyabwile discusses the ins and outs of society’s bias in favour of independence and the seeming difficulty in reconciling that with the Scriptural principle of honouring one’s parents:

The wider culture values independence and autonomy above most other things, sometimes including respect for others. The messages are everywhere, from Burger King commercials promising you can “have it your way” to teenage-focussed sitcoms that relegate parents and authorities to either the status of clumsy, hopelessly out-of-date nitwits or phantom-like incidental characters irrelevant to the young person’s premature explorations of adult themes and situations.

…. In this kind of culture, and with so many real life experiences with our parents, how can honor God by honoring our parents even as we transition to adulthood and adulthood roles?

Anyabwile’s answers are refreshing and Bible-based. Read the rest of his article here.

Evaluating afresh how I meditate on the Scriptures, I was inspired to hunt out a short series of blog posts I remembered reading last year. The Five15 blog, a ministry to the youth of Sovereign Grace church, posted a three-post series on spiritual journalling. It contains simple tips that may inspire you in your approach to Biblical meditation.

Check out part one, part two, and part three on writing the truth about grace.

You might wish to also explore the posts on praying, singing, and reading the truth about grace.

Check out the updates that have been made to the Resources & Links page. The list is small, however, and the internet is great. What worthy resources do you recommend we check out and add to the list?

And are any WM readers bloggers as well? It might be fun to compile a list of blogs from subscribers of WM… provided the content is wholesome, of course!