Category Archives: Recommendations | Audio

When Self-Actualization Cripples the Next Generations

[The Demographic Transition is a theory where demographers] believed was fertility rates decline from being in the 6 or 7 range, which is what they had been in the 1800s, and that they would then settle another replacement rate because they thought that what people naturally would want…what everybody would naturally want was two children and would settle into a replacement-rate society.

Well the problem is as fertility rates began shrinking they didn’t stop at 2, and so anywhere where fertility decline has set in, it never stops at the replacement rate. It always continues diving towards the floor and heading down towards 1.4 or 1.5.

And that became the question: So why are we stuck in dramatically sub-replacement-rate fertility? And the theory which was put forward to explain that was called then the theory of the second demographic transition. And what those guys argued … very persuasively that the reason people didn’t stop at two was because once they mastered contraception, once they had conquered infant mortality, once they had access to food and higher standards of living and medicine and could do whatever they want—conceive of themselves however they want—they would change their worldview.

They would no longer really see themselves as standing in a long line of people paying sort of fealty to the past and looking forward into the future. They would see themselves in their own self-actualization, the highest form of human existence, and this would then cause them to have fewer and fewer and fewer children.

Jonathan V. Last on Thinking in Public , America’s Coming Demographic Disaster Transcript , April 1, 2013. Audio here .


What Does The Qur’an Teach?

This was very helpful: What Does The Qur’an Teach? with James R White of Alpha and Omega Ministries.

The Lure of Eastern Orthodoxy

Been enjoying  Office Hours Podcast – Westminster Seminary California.

Very interesting is The Lure of Eastern Orthodoxy with Michael Horton.

Few More Good Audio Resources

Two weeks ago I went to Xenos Summer Institute in Columbus, OH with DA Carson, Mark Mittelberg and Mark Driscoll.

The first night was particularly powerful with Mark Driscoll and Dennis McCallum (the lead pastor of Xenos).

Here are the audio:

Here is the link to all the conference’s sessions: here
Also been listening to JD Greear, pastor of Summit Church. One of the best preachers I’ve heard. No lie.
Check out his sermons: Summit Sermons/Podcasts. You won’t be disappointed.

Two Talks

Been really busy.

Here are two worthy talks to listen to.

Greg Koukl – Emerging Culture and the Government: Download

J.D. Greear- Romans 9: Download

Greear’s talk is amazing, particularly the last 10 minutes. Can’t agree with the entire talk, but great nonetheless.

Some Good Audio Resources

Though I don’t plan on reading Young, Restless, and Reformed by Collin Hansen (not least of which are expressed by Challies), the following interviews with Hansen may be of some value to you–they were for me.

While I’ve heard and read many of what DA Carson has said in the following lectures at the 2008 Nashville Conference on the Church and Theology, I still found them to be profitable (particularly the end of the first on with regards to the Gospel being necessarily the epicenter of all theologizing).


Some Good Interviews

Here are some helpful interviews I’ve found: