Worth Noting 9/17

  • Jerry Rankin – president of the largest international missions agency in the world – recently announced his retirement after 17 years of service.   He says, “I would not presume to equate my devotion to the Lord and passion for His mission with the Apostle Paul nor with that of Lottie Moon, who adopted Paul’s testimony in Acts 20:24 as her life verse, but it expresses what we want to communicate on the occasion of this announcement.  “I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the Gospel of the grace of God.” I do not consider the course of my life and God’s purpose complete, but at this stage of the journey it is time to press forward in the calling of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Tim Challies gives some thoughts on the nature of reviewing the work of real people in conjunction with this visit to Saddleback to meet Rick Warren.
  • For those of you into Reformed hip-hop, Lamp Mode Records has announced the release of Jas Knight’s album, The Psalter. They offer a free download of Psalm 37, which features Shai Linne.  The album sounds like its a musical and theological treat, as the promotional material states:   It’s like Jas took all of his influences (Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz and Neo-Soul) and threw them into a cosmic blender, which gave birth to The Psalter. Not only is the album a musical masterpiece, but Jas also makes sure to thread Jesus throughout the album as He is the one to which all Scripture points.   Do you want to see Jesus in the Psalms? If so, be sure to check The Psalter out!
  • For a very different sound, Ligonier has released a cd called Scenes from the Life of Christ.  The cd is made up of various passages of Scripture that give us a kind of overview of the life of Christ.  Each selection of Scripture is read by a famous pastor or church leader – Alistair Begg, D. A. Carson, John MacArthur, Sinclair Ferguson, R. C. Sproul, John Piper, Albert Mohler, Ligon Duncan, and Derek Thomas.  Each track is backed with Tom Howard’s “original chamber orchestra pieces is a survey of musical landscapes through selected biblical accounts.”   Looks awesome!
  • Finally, for my fellow Whovians out there, Kasterborous has posted the results of DWM’s largest fan poll on the top episodes.  I was surprised (pleasently!) at how many of the classic shows made the list.


  1. Oooh! Peter Davidson was my favourite – but I guess he was the Doctor at that ideal age for a Dr Who viewer, so maybe it was inevitable.

    And two Moffat Stories! (and only one Davies…teehee)

  2. I have to admit, my favorite is Tom. But, like most people, your favorite is your first and he was mine. I used to stay up late on Saturday nights to watch him on PBS. Of course, then we got a VCR and I got some sleep before church the next morning!

    I remember watching Caves a couple days after I taped it. I had not seen much Davison at that point and was only interested in the regeneration scene, but was totally blown away by the story – it was great! Probably Davison’s best.

    Looking forward to more Moffat in series 5…!

  3. I just about remember some Pertwee, and then was mostly terrified during the Baker years. Davison seemed somehow more human, and his cricket interest was quite reassuring (maybe that’s an English thing)

    Water of Mars is getting trailed a bit over here – but really I want to get the specials over and done with so we can move onto Moffat!

    Did you know Patrick Troughton’s son is an evangelical minister?

  4. but really I want to get the specials over and done with so we can move onto Moffat!

    Yes, I really liked Tennant overall, but this year off thing has been the pits. They should have just went ahead and regenerated him. Once those pics of Matt Smith started coming out online, I’ve been wanting to see the new Doctor.

    Of course, it’s rumored that the Time Lords are back in 10’s swansong; that is definitely worth waiting for.

  5. Really?! I hope there’s a good storyline for that, and not just another endless Davies “Well I know I have said all the daleks are gone 6 times, but actually here’s another disruption in the space-time thingummy, and oops! there they are again!”

    Believe it or not, I nearly got round to planning a Doctor Who event at my previous church (yes, they would have let me: because people who stay in their bedrooms watching SF and letting their mum make all their meals, need saving too). And I had the agreement in principle of the above mentioned timelord’s son to come along and talk about his dad, and Dr Who, and give a gospel talk too…

  6. Excellent idea, Alan. I would be tempted to fly over for that one! ;-) So this a different son than appeared in the recent episode, Midnight, I take it?

    Yes in regards to the Time Lords. Apparently, several B-list actors now have “Time Lord” / Doctor Who listed on their CV’s for 2009/2010. There this picture hit the next a couple weeks ago (confirmed to be real) – http://tinyurl.com/pkkf3s

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