Weekly Upwords and Onwords - 10/24/07

SCC Nearing 10 Million Albums Sold!!I've been talking a lot about Steven Curtis Chapman lately, and as you may know he's nearing 10 million albums sold. I believe that he will soon cross that number with his latest release, This Moment, which I will be reviewing soon. Several of SCC's albums are Certified Gold and some are even Certified Platinum. I was wondering what that meant and checked it out on Wikipedia. I quickly discovered that there were even higher certifications such as Diamond Certified. Do you know that? And just how well does SCC stack up to mainstream, secular artists and groups? This Wikipedia article will let you know: RIAA Certification.

John Piper & Desiring God Back to books. I don't if you've ever heard of John Piper before, but I want to recommend his writing to you. He is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, longtime author and national speaker, and founder of Desiring God Ministries. He has made a great stir through the years speaking on his understanding of the Christian life which provocatively calls "Christian Hedonism." If you wonder just how those two words could possibly go together then you must read Piper! Fortunately, many of his books have been made available as free downloads on his website: Piper Online Books. You can also see Desiring God's book recommendations at: DG Book Recommendations.

See his website at www.desiringgod.org.

Russell D. Moore on Proverbs Dr. Russell D. Moore is the Dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also teaches Sunday School at the local church where he is a member. He recently went through portions of Proverbs outlining the Wisdom of God and many of its practical applications. The series is titled Walking the Line, I HIGHLY recommend them. Download them and listen with Bible, pen, and paper in hand. He also runs the Carl F.H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement.

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