Web Wednesday – All John Piper Books $5

Right now, DesiringGod.org has all of John Piper’s books for $5.

Be patient, as you would expect, the server is running very slow.

Personally I would recommend:

The Pleasures of God

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This is my favorite John Piper book ever. Nothing has helped shape my view of God’s glory, and self-sufficiency, than this great work on what God takes pleasure in. Nothing has ever encouraged me to read scripture to take great pleasure in God.

God is the Gospel

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When it comes to reformed views on the gospel, most people find it inapplicable to daily life and/or not practical for actually missional/evangelical work. This is a excellent work that treats the gospel as foundational and exhaustive to the Christian life. I find it a great study to help live on mission in this world. There is a reason Acts29 places this book in their missiology category of recommended books.

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

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A great selection of essays for a Biblical foundation of the roles of men and women. Plus, I have a man crush on Wayne Grudem. There I said it.

Matt

(Ryan, your recommendations?)

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Web…Friday?

Every once in a while I like to post about a cool web innovation that has been helpful to me. Well I know its not Wednesday, but I have recently found a firefox add-on that has me more giddy than Snoop Dogg when he discovered Amsterdam. I am pleased to introduce to most of you the greatest blogging tool ever:

     
ScribeFire


ScribeFire is a full-featured blog editor that is integrated into your browser. No more multiple tabs or windows when writing a blog. No matter if you go back, forward, or type in a URL in your browser, the blog editor remains open. If this were not great enough it is designed to allow you to drag and click any links or pictures that you want. So no more checking for photos and links and then trying to figure out how to save the photo where, or copy the right url. If you see a photo you like, simply drag it down.

After you have downloaded this phenomenal plug-in, simply right-click on a web page and select “Scribe-Fire” and then “blog this page”. The blog editor will pop-up in the bottom of the screen and you are ready to go. The account wizard is incredibly intuitive and all the buttons and tools are easy to use. This is my second time using it, and it cuts my total editing time down by about 1/3 to 1/2. I hope that this allows many of you fellow bloggers to blog more efficiently. Besides, spending less time blogging has to help our self-esteem right?

Matt

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web wednesday

ipod toilet

Actual quote from the website:

Some visits it’s “Splish Splash I Was Taken A Bath” and at other times “The Long And Lonesome Road” seems more appropriate. I’ll let you figure out how I match my activity to the song.

I know you cannot wait to go out and get one.

HT: graceful flavor

web wednesday

So, I’m thinking of writing a post each Wednesday highlighting a fun web app., informational blog, or great deal site. Today will be my first.

Google Reader has revolutionized my web use. I tried using it a few months ago with little success. I put the blogs I liked on there, but was overwhelmed with how they showed up, the lack of gadgets, and inability to comment. I have now discovered the problem was not with my reader, but with my understanding of how to use it. The best way to think about a “reader’s” purpose is to think of it as an organizational tool. It is to the web what TIVO is to t.v.

Imagine all the blogs and news resources you frequently “surf” to, now nicely organized within a filing system with an interface similar to your POP3 e-mail client. This is what a reader does. I have all the blogs I read, now listed by categories on the left hand side of my reader. Also filed is CNN news updates, ESPN news headlines, and a search feed for Bill Simmons (a search feed is necessary for non RSS enabled pages, this search feed will catch the new article when it comes out. Some sites have already adapted this, such as a site that does it for the Review Journal and Las Vegas Sun). Now instead of surfing around to see who has a new blog up, I simply check my reader, and there they are. To put it simply, instead of checking 15-20 different sites daily, you only check one.

If you want to get really advanced, and super organized, customize your google homepage to have your reader, your gmail account (if you don’t have one, I’ll invite you), and various other fun gadgets such as calendars or jokes of the day. This allows you to further organize your web use. As techies have been saying all over the blogosphere; google could be making the desktop very insignificant.

What is the benefit to this? Well, the organizational aspect has briefly been touched upon. Not to mention accessibility benefits. But for me the best aspect of the “reader” is that it limits my web use. Instead of spending too much time surfing the web, I get my desired content and avoid frivolous surfing. Like with my TIVO, if I limit myself to only watching shows I TIVO, I am effectively organizing the TV around my life instead of vise-versa like most people. Well, I have noticed that I have the same propensity to do that with the web. A read enables me to use the Web as a tool to serve my life, instead of being a tool who surfs the web instead of doing what he should.

In order for this to work you need to be exhaustive. Take a few hours and create a list of every site that you spend a good amount of time on, and find a way to get it on your reader. It took a while for to find a feed to get my Vegas newspaper fix, but it was there. Then, spend as much time as necessary filing all your feeds under as many categories as possible. Once again, the more exhaustive you are upfront, the easier it will make your web time later. Also, you will be overwhelmed at all the “new items” in your inbox. Since you frequent these sites often, just mark all as read. Chances are that if you do not do this, like myself, the reader will overwhelm you and prevent good use.