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Do More Better
December 01, 2015

Do More BetterToday is the day! My new book Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity is now available. This is a unique book on productivity and one that I believe will prove helpful to anyone who reads it. In fact, the book begins with these words: “I believe this book can improve your life.” And, let’s be honest, it would not have been worth my time writing it (or your time reading it) if I didn’t believe that. I believe it can and will. I can say this because of the nature of productivity.

I define productivity as effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God. That is a universal call. Whether you are a student or a professional, a work-from-home dad or a stay-at-home mom, you are responsible before God for emphasizing this kind of productivity. So productivity is not about doing more stuff or taking on more projects or crossing more tasks off your to-do list. It’s about doing more good, more of what matters most.

Do More Better teaches both why and how you need to do good—good works that benefit others and glorify God. It teaches the great purpose behind our productivity, it tells about common obstacles and how to overcome them, it provides specific guidance on using 3 essential tools for getting things done, it helps you develop daily and weekly routines, and it offers much more besides.

The book is short (just over 100 pages), fast-paced, and very practical. I wrote it to be applicable to every Christian, not only the highly-paid businessman or the too-busy-to-breathe pastor. Because productivity is for all of us, I wrote a book for all of us. I hope you’ll consider reading it, and I trust you’ll benefit from it.

Buy It (Please!)

Do More Better is currently available at Amazon in both print and Kindle editions. It will be available to other retailers in early 2016. PDF and EPUB versions are now available at Cruciform Press.

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December 01, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include When The Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper ($2.99); A Shelter in the Time of Storm by Paul Tripp ($2.99); Hope: The Best of Things by Joni Eareckson Tada (free); Look and Live by Matt Papa ($4.16); Finally Free by Heath Lambert ($3.99); Essential Works of Charles Spurgeon ($2.99); The Mormonizing of America by Stephen Mansfield ($1.30); What’s Your Worldview? by James Anderson ($3.46); World Religions in a Nutshell by Ray Comfort ($3.12).

Logos has a free book for you: Ephesians by Stephen E. Fowl. (I am not familiar with the author, so cannot comment on the book.) They are also giving away a book a day for Advent. And did you know you can get the complete works of Shakespeare for free as well?

Free from ChristianAudio this month is Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler.

ESV Reader’s Bible

Westminster Books has a great deal on the cloth over board ESV Reader’s Bible. Today’s the last day to get it at just $10 (a 67% discount). The Reader’s Bible has no verse markings and is meant to allow you to read the Bible like any other book.

The First Review

David Steele has written the first review of my new book Do More Better which releases today. Darryl Dash also wrote an early review. (Buy the book)

6 Principles for Student Ministry

These are solid principles related to student and youth ministry.

Did Jesus Lie?

Bill Mounce gives a quick (but good) answer to the question of whether Jesus lied in John 7:8.

The Edges of Faith and the Center of the Zeitgeist

Several days ago, Kent Dobson, successor at Rob Bell’s famous Mars Hill Bible Church, stepped down as teaching pastor. Dustin Messer offers some interesting reflections on Dobson’s announcement and the reasons behind it.

Hymns of Grace

Hymns of Grace looks like a great resource. It’s a new hymn book from Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary that includes many of the new hymns we love (but which haven’t yet made it into most hymnals).

This Day in 1857. 158 years ago today, John Paton was licensed to preach the gospel. He spread the gospel both in Glasgow, Scotland and the New Hebrides islands (now the nation of Vanuatu). *

Wild Scotland

And speaking of Scotland, be sure to watch this video of some of its wild beauty.

Paris Slowly Coming to Terms With a New Vulnerability

This will probably remind you a little bit of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. “Though tributes to the victims of the Nov. 13 attacks have begun to erode at sites like the Place de la République, many in France are still coming to terms with the fact that the terrorist strikes might not be the last.”


He who begins by seeking God within himself may end by confusing himself with God. —B.B. Warfield

November 30, 2015

For the past few years I’ve made it a point to collect Cyber Monday deals that may be of particular interest to Christians. While there are many places you can go online to find deals on electronics and other big-ticket items, I wanted to provide a place for Christian retailers to make their deals known to Christians who are trying to kick-start their Christmas shopping. I will update this list regularly throughout the weekend, so check back often.

Top Deals: Amazon | CBD | Circle | Ligonier | Westminster Books


Amazon has a lot of their devices on sale today including Kindle Fire tablets for as low as $34.99 and Kindle e-readers for as low as $49.99. They also have a Cyber Monday page with a variety of deals (phones, KitchenAids, Kindle Unlimited, etc).

I have an entire post dedicated to Kindle deals right hereCyber Monday Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader. Here are a few highlights:





Again, visit Cyber Monday Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader for many more.

Banner of Truth

The Banner is running a 48 Hr Cyber Monday deal. The Christian in Complete Armour (a classic, in-depth, Puritan title) is on sale for $15, down from $48, and you can select any 3 Puritan Paperbacks (classic, short Puritan works) for $9. Also, Banner’s Christmas Special is on through the month of December, featuring The Works of John OwenThe Works of John NewtonSpurgeon’s Autobiography, Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Romans Series and many other solid Christian books.  

Christian Audio

Christian Audio has books bundled together for $9.98. There are several bundles available.

Christian Book Distributors

CBD has deals for Cyber Monday. They include:


Kids’ Books

And lots of books for adults that I will leave you to sort through.


Circle is on sale today. (I reviewed this product last week.) Circle is a new way for families to manage content and time across all electronic devices. It works with every device in the home and is simple to set up. It comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. Today only it is $85, discounted from the usual $99.

Cruciform Press

Cruciform Press has a deal lasting through to Monday. You can get 20% off all shopping cart purchases except subscriptions. Use the coupon code Challies20.

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front is offering the complete collection of their 8 DVDs for $60 or individual DVDs at $10. All products include free Media Mail shipping. I love these DVDs and think they make a great gift for a person on your Christmas list or even better, your church library. You can also get these discount prices at Amazon.

Getty Music

Getty Music has all of their albums at 50% off for the digital downloads.

The Good Book Company

The Good Book Company is offering 50% off DVD-based curriculum. That includes Gospel Shaped ChurchLive, Grow, KnowChristianity ExploredDiscipleship ExploredSoulThe World We all Want, and Putting Parenting to Bed.

Lexham Press

Lexham Press has several Kindle books on sale at $0.99 each: I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible by Michael Heiser, Bible Word Studies: A How-To Guide by John Barry, The Bible in Its Ancient Context edited by John Barry, The Bible in the Real World edited by Rebecca Van Noord, The Gospel Works Everywhere edited by Rebecca Van Noord, and When the Bible Is Complicated edited by John Barry. (Note: Lexham Press is the publishing arm of Faithlife; I am not too familiar with any of these books.)

Ligonier Ministries

Ligonier Ministries has a lengthy list of deals today. The Reformation Study Bible is on sale, as are a selection of books, teaching series, and other resources. You can also save on a subscription to Tabletalk.


Logos has several items marked down for the weekend. Deals include Theological Dictionary of the OT/NT (25 vols.) at 44% off, The Works of Cornelius Van Til (40 vols.) at 54% off, Crossway Apologetics Collection (10 vols.) at 31% off, B. B. Warfield Collection (20 vols.) at 41% off, Lexham Press Master Bundle (175 vols.) at 75% off, and Mobile Ed: Learn to Use Greek and Hebrew at 50% off.

Missional Wear

Missional Wear has Cyber Monday deals that will be available at midnight on Monday morning!

The Rabbit Room

The Rabbit Room has sales all weekend on a variety of books and CDs from Andrew Peterson and others.

Reformation Heritage Books

Reformation Heritage Books has many items on sale through the weekend. Printed book deals include The Gospel Call and True Conversion by Paul Washer at $5, The Works of William Perkins volume #1 at $25, The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible (Hardcover) at $24 and How Sermons Work by David Murray at $4. Ebook deals include Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation edited by James T. Dennison Jr. ($9.99).

Revive Our Hearts

Revive Our Hearts has a variety of products deeply discounted.

Shepherd Press

Shepherd Press has a simple sale: 40% off everything. They have a lot of books and DVDs to sort through.

Sovereign Grace Music

Sovereign Grace Music has all their albums marked down to just $6 (in digital formats).

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

SBTS is offering 40% off any conference registration. Use code CYBER40 to get the deal.

The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition is offering $20 off registration along with a free eBook download of Word-Filled Women’s Ministry from Crossway.

Unlocking the Bible

Unlocking the Bible has all of their products at 40% off.

Verse Art

Verse Art—Scripture-themed art that you can hang on your walls—is a new effort from Faithlife (the parent company of Logos). They are launching this new product with a Black Friday discount of 30% off.

Westminster Books

Westminster Books has all ESVs at 50% off along with various other Christmas deals.

Cyber Monday
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November 30, 2015

It is Cyber Monday today, which means you will find an unusual number of Kindle deals. Amazon has over 800 Kindle books on sale spanning all genres. You can see the complete list right here. Here are some of the deals that will be of interest to Christians. (Also, be sure to visit my listing of other non-Kindle deals: Cyber Monday 2015 Deals for Christians.)





Black Friday Kindle Deals for Christians
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November 30, 2015

Today is Cyber Monday which means there are a lot of online deals to be had. I’ve made up listings of the best deals I’ve tracked down. You can find them at Cyber Monday Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader and Cyber Monday 2015 Deals for Christians.

And here are some articles for you to read:

Swasey’s Last Sermon

“Garrett Swasey was the officer killed trying to rescue people at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs. Swasey was shot while saving people at a place he abhorred. He was an elder of a church that believed in the inerrancy of Scripture, and that abortion is evil.” The Cripplegate shares excerpts from his final sermon.

Porn is a Co-ed Sin

“ ‘We know this wasn’t you; women just don’t have this problem.’ Those words hit hard. More than anything, I wanted to be caught. Here I was, red-handed, with a red folder…”

Why Teens and College Students Need to Work While in School

“Too few college students hold a significant part-time job before graduation. As a result, they struggle with professionalism in the work place.”

The Lord’s Leading in the Cessationist’s Life

Clint Archer explains that even cessationists believe in God’s leading and guiding in life.

When Church Leaders Get Gossiped About

It happens too often, unfortunately.

This Day in 1984. 31 years ago today, R. C. Sproul’s influential book, The Holiness of God, first hit store shelves. *

The Most Important Word I Learned in Seminary

Jason Duesing tells about the most important word he learned in seminary.

How Do You Forgive a Murder?

TIME: “On the night of June 17, a gunman opened fire in a church basement in Charleston. Nine people died. Five survived. Survivors and families tell their stories of faith and forgiveness.”


Work is always healthier for us than idleness; it is always better to wear out shoes than sheets. —C.H. Spurgeon

November 29, 2015

It was a slow week for letters to the editor, largely because of American Thanksgiving, I think. So I will double-down next week and in the meantime share a great little quote from Spurgeon.

No neutralities can exist in religion. We are either ranked under the banner of Prince Immanuel, to serve and fight His battles, or we are vassals of the black prince, Satan. “To whom belongest thou?” (1 Samuel 30:13)

Reader, let me assist you in your response. Have you been “born again”? If you have, you belong to Christ, but without the new birth you cannot be His. In whom do you trust? For those who believe in Jesus are the sons of God. Whose work are you doing? You are sure to serve your master, for he whom you serve is thereby owned to be your lord. What company do you keep? If you belong to Jesus, you will fraternize with those who wear the livery of the cross. “Birds of a feather flock together.” What is your conversation? Is it heavenly or is it earthly? What have you learned of your Master?—for servants learn much from their masters to whom they are apprenticed. If you have served your time with Jesus, it will be said of you, as it was of Peter and John, “They took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

We press the question, “To whom belongest thou?” Answer honestly before you give sleep to your eyes. If you are not Christ’s you are in a hard service—Run away from your cruel master! Enter into the service of the Lord of Love, and you shall enjoy a life of blessedness. If you are Christ’s let me advise you to do four things. You belong to Jesus—obey him; let his word be your law; let His wish be your will. You belong to the Beloved, then love Him; let your heart embrace Him; let your whole soul be filled with Him. You belong to the Son of God, then trust him; rest nowhere but on him. You belong to the King of kings, then be decided for Him. Thus, without your being branded upon the brow, all will know to whom you belong.

November 28, 2015

There aren’t many new Kindle deals today besides Think Biblically by John MacArthur ($2.99) and On Being a Pastor by Alistair Begg ($3.38). If you did not already get a chance to, you may want to browse through yesterday’s Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2015 Deals for Christians and Black Friday Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader since many of the sales are still in effect. (Amazon still has some good deals through the rest of the weekend.)

Books for Christmas

Is there anything better to get for Christmas than books? Here are gift recommendations from Westminster Books.

When My Industry Died

This author writes about the death of the video store he worked in. It’s interesting to consider what we lose when we go from a store staffed with people and filled with DVDs and migrate to Netflix.

Five Questions about the Pastor’s Piety

The Gospel Reformation Network asked Scott Oliphint to respond to a series of questions on holiness in pastoral ministry and church leadership.

What Is a Budget?

“A budget is more than numbers scribbled on a yellow steno pad in response to a crisis with good intentions that will never be fulfilled.” OK, but what is it, then? Brad Hambrick explains.

Has Marcion Invaded our Churches?

Marcion rejected certain portions of the Old and New Testaments. And maybe we follow his lead in some ways.

Tomorrow in 1960. 55 years ago tomorrow, Ligon Duncan was born. You can wish Lig a happy birthday on Twitter—but remember to wait till tomorrow!

If Famous People Had Kim Jong-un’s Hair

Whether or not it’s true that Kim Jong-un has told people to imitate his hairstyle, it’s fun to see what various people would look like if they did so.

Thanks to Books at a Glance

Thanks to Books at a Glance for sponsoring the blog this week with “A Valuable, Time-Saving Resource for Busy People.”


Repentance requires greater intimacy with God than with our sin. —Rosaria Butterfield