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October 30, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Spurgeon’s Calvinism by Stephen McCaskell ($2.99); Visit the Sick, Prepare Them to Shepherd, & Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals by Brian Croft ($2.99 each); Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb ($1.99).

The Most Neglected Part of the Pastor’s Job Description - Thabiti Anyabwile makes a good point here about an oft-neglected ministry.

Boring Bridal Showers - I always enjoy reading about cross-cultural experiences like this one. Here’s what happens when a missionary attends a Tanzanian bridal shower.

This Argument Has Reached Retirement Age - It’s amazing how the same old arguments against the Bible are trotted out time and time again.

What Led You To Become an Atheist? - David Murray looks at the results of an interesting study and talks about the implications to the church today.

7 Figures - A new study from AEI titled ‘For Richer or Poorer’ documents the relationships between family patterns and economic well-being in America and shows how radically it can affect income.” Joe Carter draws out 7 significant figures.

No one who is a man-pleaser preaches the whole counsel of God. —R.C. Sproul

Sproul

October 29, 2014

Here are some Kindle deals from Amazon on high-priced reference books that are now deeply discounted for Reformation Day: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem ($19.99); The Christian Faith by Michael Horton ($18.99); Historical Theology by Gregg Allison ($5.99); The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson ($5.98); Center Church by Tim Keller ($5.99); Politics by Wayne Grudem ($5.99); Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($5.99). Also consider A Simple Christianity by John MacArthur ($2.99) and Reclaiming Love by Ajith Fernando ($3.79).

Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse - Here’s an important new resource you may (should?) want to consider.

Superheroes, Heresies and the God-man - I quite enjoyed this video about Jesus’ humanity and divinity.

What Is Reformation Day All About? - ‘Tis the time of year for Reformation Day articles.

Joining Hands with Rome - And on the same topic, here’s when Christians will know they can now join hands with Rome.

Hadfield’s Best Photos - Astronaut Chris Hadfield took 45,000 photos from space; here are some of the best ones.

Not a Christian? - Does the church have authority to say a person is not a Christian? Here are some brief answers.

You can work your way to heaven, but only for your sentencing at the court of divine judgment. —Jerry Wragg

Wragg

October 28, 2014

I’ve got lots of new Kindle deals for you today: PROOF by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones ($3.99); The Gospel at Work by Greg Gilbert & Sebastian Traeger ($3.99); Heaven Is a Place on Earth and Don’t Stop Believing by Michael Wittmer ($2.99 each); The Pastor’s Family by Brian & Cara Croft ($3.99); Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson ($2.99); Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax ($2.99); Christ-Centered Exposition Commentaries: Mark, James, Ephesians, 1,2,3 John. New from GLH Publishing is Thoughts on Family Worship by J.W. Alexander ($0.99).

10 Things About Reformed Theology - Here are 10 things Corrie Mitchell wishes everyone knew about Reformed theology.

Banner of Truth - Banner of Truth has some good books at Reformation Day special pricing.

Beautiful Beyond Our Control - “Something happened in middle school; I remember the moments exactly, imprinted on my mind and heart. You never forget a trusted adult calling you homely or pinching the flesh on your strong thigh, saying, ‘If you can pinch it, you’re too fat.’ I killed cute in middle school and claimed ugly instead.”

The State of Theology - Ligonier Ministries commissioned a survey of 3,000 Americans in partnership with LifeWay Research. The survey quantified Americans’ theological knowledge and awareness.

Unexpected Sacrifices - Here are some of the unexpected sacrifices of a life spent on the mission field.

The ordinary Christian with the Bible in his hand can say that the majority is wrong. —Francis Schaeffer

Schaeffer

October 27, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore ($1.99); A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur ($5.98); Worldly Saints by Leland Ryken ($4.27); A God-Entranced Vision of All Things by John Piper ($1.99); Rediscovering the Church Fathers by Michael Haykin ($0.99); For Calvinism by Michael Horton ($2.99); Gospel Coach by Scott Thomas & Tom Wood ($2.99); Recovering Classic Evangelicalism by Greg Thornbury ($0.99); The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style ($2.99).

Forgotten Providence - “We seem to have moved past needing to talk about God’s providence—we’re quite sophisticated these days.” That’s true, I think. Read this article to brush up on providence.

ERLC Conference - You can tune in today and the next couple of days to watch the ERLC National Conference. There’s a great list of speakers on a critical topic.

JW’s and Viral Marketing - I found this a fascinating article. It looks at Jehovah’s Witnesses from a marketing perspective.

Halloween on Mission - David Mathis thinks about Halloween and mission.

The Decline of Contemporary Worship Music - David T Gordon predicts and describes what he believes is the imminent decline of contemporary worship music.

An unforgiving heart is an unforgiven heart. —Tim Keller

Keller

October 25, 2014

It was quite a week for Kindle deals, and especially if you’re into resources and commentaries. I don’t have anything new for you today, but if you’re into Kindle deals, you may want to look back at this week’s A La Carte archives.

Nick Batzig is Working on Learning to Rest. I need help there as well!

Ray Ortlund shows how The Ways of God Are To Be Admired.

I’m grateful to Thom Rainer for sponsoring the blog this week with his article 7 Reasons Some Churches Experience Revitalization (While Others Don’t).

Here are some of the best shots from The National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest.

Here is a sweet and comforting letter To Parents Who Have Lost a Child.

If you are in or near Toronto, I’d love to see you at the annual dinner for the Pregnancy Care Centre, an amazing ministry you ought to know about. (If finances are an issue, send me an email and I’ll see if I can hook you up…)

Here’s a description of the World’s Strangest Road-Trip through North Korea.

The preacher can only bring the Word to the ear; the Spirit must bring it from the ear to the heart. —Steven Lawson

Lawson

October 24, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Is It My Fault? by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb ($3.99); Rediscovering Holiness by J.I. Packer ($1.99); Going Public by David & Kelli Pritchard ($1.99)—a must-read for families who have chosen to public school.

Standing Ovation - You heard the news from Canada’s Parliament, I’m sure. Take 5 minutes and watch the hero of the story as he proceeds into Parliament, just like every other day.

Resisting Gossip Together - Westminster Books has Resisting Gossip resources on sale. Just imagine if every church was free of gossip…

Theology Stifling Compassion - So true: “The training in systematic theology and hermeneutics we have is valuable, in terms of ministering the Scriptures to people who seek answers. Yet, there are times, if we are not careful, when our ‘sound doctrine’ may sound like a clanging cymbal, and push hurting believers away.”

Your Teen Is Looking at Porn - Here’s another disturbing article about the sheer volume of porn teens are exposed to today.

Do You Know Him? - Blaire Linne’s spoken word performances were some of the highlights of the True Woman conference.

Smiling Into the Shadows of Life - “I want to go home, she announced.  She turned to those seated near her and gestured with age-spotted hands to the crowds of people rushing past.  Do you know where all these people are going?

For Jesus, Scripture is powerful, decisive, and authoritative because it is nothing less than the voice of God. —Kevin DeYoung

DeYoung

October 23, 2014

Here are some Kindle deals: Understanding the Koran by Mateen Elass ($2.99); Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts ($3.99); The Inklings of Oxford by Harry Lee Poe ($5.98); Ephesians by Clinton Arnold ($5.99); Gum, Geckos, and God by James Spiegel ($5.99).

When Dad Doesn’t Disciple - Here’s an interesting one from Jen Wilkin: “Three kinds of “single moms” exist in the church: the literal single mom who is raising children on her own, the mom whose husband is an unbeliever, and the mom whose husband professes belief but does not partner in the spiritual nurture of the family.”

Cheerful Confidence after Christendom - Here is some encouragement for you as you adapt to a post-Christian world.

6 Costs of Real Friendships - “Do you know how your ‘friends’ are doing? How their hearts are? The spiritual condition of their soul? If we have no idea how our ‘friend’ is doing in their walk with God, what difficult times they are going through, or the sins they struggling with, we have a superficial acquaintance, not a friendship.”

The Multi-Site Model - J.D. Greear is answering some critiques of the multi-site model of church.

Sin Is Worse Than Hell - “For some, the doctrine of everlasting punishment in hell feels like a divine overreaction…”

My Worth - Check out this new song from the Getty’s.

We must measure afflictions by their outcome, not how much they hurt. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks

October 22, 2014

The great Kindle deals continue: Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat ($3.99); Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary ($5.99); An Introduction to the New Testament by D.A. Carson & Douglas Moo ($5.99); The Way of Wisdom by J.I. Packer ($5.99); Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer ($4.27); Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics by Walter Kaiser & Moises Silva ($5.99); The New Matthew Henry Commentary ($7.99); New Testament Theology by Leon Morris ($4.99); Zondervan All-in-One Bible Reference Guide ($4.99).

Jesus, What a Wonderful Name - You’ll enjoy watching Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ long and powerful Scripture recitation from the recent True Woman conference.

Proactive and Reactive Prayer - The distinction between proactive and reactive prayer can be a helpful one. If we don’t guard ourselves, our prayers will almost always drift toward the reactive.

Moses, Maximum, and a Bloody Valentine - I’m enjoying the series at The Gospel Coalition that deals with perplexing passages of the Bible.

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep - Here are some tips on getting a good night’s sleep.

70 Years Ago Today - 70 years ago today was the day that J.I. Packer became a Christian.

Early believers had to be commanded not to evangelize. Modern believers have to be urged to speak. —Thom Rainer

Rainer

October 21, 2014

Kindle collectors will want to know that Zondervan has some amazing deals on reference books. They include volumes in the excellent ZECNT series: Galatians by Thomas Schreiner ($7.99); Matthew by Grant Osborne ($9.99); Ephesians by Clinton Arnold ($7.99); James by Craig Blomberg ($4.99); Luke by David Garland ($9.99). You’ll also find An Old Testament Theology by Bruce Waltke ($9.99); An Introduction to the Old Testament by Tremper Longman ($7.99); Theology of the New Testament by Frank Thielman ($7.99); Church History Volume 1 by Everett Ferguson ($7.99). There are also some volumes in the Expositors Bible Commentary series: Genesis-Leviticus ($9.99); Proverbs-Isaiah ($9.99); Daniel-Malachi ($7.99); Romans-Galatians ($7.99); Hebrews-Revelation ($9.99). Most of those are deep discounts.

Technologies That Will Be Inside You - This all sounds terrifying now. And a few years from now we’ll wonder how we ever lived without them.

4 Reasons to Speak the Gospel to One Another - Derek Hiebert begins an interesting-looking series by offering four reasons that Christians ought to speak the gospel to one another.

From Medicine to Ministry - You’ll enjoy reading this profile of Miguel Nunez, who pastors in Dominican Republic.

Morning to Evening - Here’s a new album from Redeemer Church of Knoxville.

Central Iowa - If you’re in or near central Iowa, I’d love to see you at this conference I’m doing with Matt Perman.

In Secret - Derek Thomas: “According to Jesus, it is what we do in secret that matters most. Jesus is not suggesting that the outward is unimportant—far from it.”

Your restless heart will only find rest when it rests in the person, presence and promises of Jesus. —Paul Tripp

Tripp

October 20, 2014

It’s not hard to spot the theme for this week’s Kindle deals from Crossway: What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile ($0.99); Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever ($1.99); The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever ($1.99); Total Church by Tim Chester ($0.99); Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne ($0.99). Also consider Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan ($1.99); Preaching to a Post-Everything World by Zack Eswine ($1.99); Keep Your Greek by Constantine Campbell ($2.99).

Of Michael Landon and Brittany Maynard - Wesley Smith powerfully compares the deaths of Michael Landon and the forthcoming death of media darling Brittany Maynard.

The Wide Road to Divorce - This is a helpful article on divorce-proofing marriage.

Humans of the World - Here are some of the most striking photos from the world tour of the author of Humans of New York.

The Odd Music of Motherhood - I enjoyed this poetic celebration of the music of motherhood.

Adventures of a Church Introvert - I can identify with this one, though I’ve learned to embrace it.

In his presence is fullness of joy; in his absence is depth of misery. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

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