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A La Carte

July 22, 2014

Here’s a handful of new Kindle deals: John A. Broadus by David Dockery ($0.99); The Gospel Commission by Michael Horton ($3.99); Five Points by John Piper ($5.99). The next two I’m not familiar with, but they may be worth a look: Effective Staffing for Vital Churches by Bill Easum & Billy Tenny-Brittian ($3.99); Five Secrets Great Dads Know by Paul Coughlin ($0.99). If you’re in the market for a Kindle, Amazon has the 7” Kindle Fire HDX at $100 off today only.

Gavin Peacock’s Moment - CBMW is venturing into longform writing and they get it started well with this article.

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day - Rich versus poor is not the world’s most important distinction, but I did find these 9 differences quite interesting.

Was Bonhoeffer Gay? - A recent biography of Bonhoeffer has focused on his sexuality and suggested he had same-sex attraction. Trevin Wax responds.

Why a Lustful Man Doesn’t Want a Woman - Denny Burk highlights a particularly brilliant quote from the particularly brilliant C.S. Lewis.

An Abandoned Dog - Here’s your feel-good video du jour.

The Dangers and Duty of Confessing Sin to One Another - Nicholas Batzig looks at the dangers and the duty of obeying the Bible’s command to confess your sins to one another.

The world is filled with God’s glory. You can’t turn without bumping into it. —R.C. Sproul

Sproul

July 21, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99); Faithful Women and the Extraordinary God by Noel Piper ($1.99); The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook by Various ($2.99); The Gospel As Centered edited by Tim Keller & D.A. Carson ($2.99); To the Glory of God by James Montgomery Boice ($1.99); The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel ($1.99); A Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig ($3.99).

Testing Your Faith in Divine Intervention - Sandy Grant writes about some of the evil events in the news today and assigns the blame accordingly.

3 Scriptures for Financial Hardship - Here are three passages (out of many) that may console in times of financial hardship.

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker has some tips on being a better online reader.

Through Heaven’s Doorway - Randy Alcorn has an encouraging (yes, encouraging!) post about death.

Convert, Pay the Tax, or Die - “Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq’s dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul.”

Ministering to Families Battling Cancer - Here is how (and how not) to minister to families battling cancer.

The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. —C.H. Spurgeon 

Spurgeon

July 19, 2014

Our vacation continues, though we’re reaching the end. We left South Carolina yesterday and drove almost due north to spend the last few days in Pennsylvania. I’m due to be back in my office by Wednesday, so time is running out! We really enjoyed our time in South Carolina and I, at least, would rank it as one of my favorite states.

And now, without further ado, here are some links for your weekend reading:

Europe 24 is a beautiful look at European air traffic over the course of a day.

This article looks at Why Some Preachers Get Better while others do not.

One excursion I made this week was to Traveler’s Rest, SC, to meet Tim Keesee. His new Dispatches from the Front DVD releases next week. It is fantastic.

Ligonier Ministries is giving away 200 copies of R.C. Sproul’s Everyone’s a Theologian. All 200 copies will go to one person to distribute at his or her church. Enter the draw here.

You know by now that I enjoy infographics. Well, here is one that displays the timeline of the book of Acts.

Third World Osteen overlays Joel Osteen’s quotes with pictures of the poorest of the poor. I find it quite effective in displaying the weakness of what he teaches. If you visit, be sure to read this article as well.

I agree with this Dating Advice You Actually Need from Derek Rishmawy.

Aimee Byrd looks at a sad article to reflect on Your Naked Truth.

When I see Thee as Thou art, I’ll praise Thee as I ought. —John Newton

Newton

July 18, 2014

I’ve got some new Kindle deals for you: Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites by Bradley Wright ($3.99); The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson ($1.99); Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul ($3.99); Reasons for Belief by Norman Geisler ($1.99). At Cruciform Press we’re doing a $0.99 sale on 5 of our books: Brass Heavens by Paul Tautges; Grieving, Hope, and Solace by Al Martin; Does God Listen to Rap? by Curtis Allen; Cruciform by Jimmy Davis; Smooth Stones by Joe Coffey.

Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? - This long article from Christianity Today explains that today’s controversy is far more complicated that religious freedom versus LGBT rights.

5 Insights Into Idolatry - J.D. Greear offers five valuable insights into idolatry. Since we are all idolaters on some level, we should all pay attention!

Do Planes Really Fly Themselves? - Here’s a (kind of angry) pilot explaining that despite what you’ve probably heard on the news, commercial airliners don’t come close to flying themselves.

5 Specific Prayers for Unsaved People - Here are five specific prayers for the unsaved people in your life.

Tattoo Removal Surges - Something to think about before getting that tattoo: Revenue for tattoo removal has surged 440% over the last decade. Not surprisingly, the main customers are people in their 30s or 40s.

The 8 Steps of Sin - An old sermon on Hebrews 3 traces the 8 steps of sin.

The Road to Jericho and the Border Crisis - Russell Moore comments on the current border crisis.

On this side of the cross misery persists, but the scales are tipped in favor of joy. —Ed Welch

Welch

July 16, 2014

I remain on vacation this week, and am enjoying all the unwinding—the time with family and the time with some good books (Let’s be honest—a lot of good books.) While I get back to it, here are some new Kindle deals for you: The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($0.99); Peacemaking Women by Tara Barthel & Judy Dabler ($2.99); The Great Evangelical Recession by John Dickerson ($1.99); How to Preach Without Notes by Charles Koller ($1.99).

Too Hot for Google - You may have heard that Google is no longer allowing advertisements for porn sites. This article explains why. (It’s important to note that Google search results will still find porn—it’s merely advertising that they aren’t allowing.)

Three Ways to Help - Tony Payne tells you three ways that the excellent Two Ways to Live outline of the gospel can be helpful to you.

What’s All This “Gospel-Centered” Talk About? - Dane Ortlund offers an explanation (and a helpful example) of what all this “gospel-centered” talk is all about.

8 Ways to Beat Temptation - Mark Altrogge offers 8 ways to beat temptation.

The Pastor’s Kid: My Happy Childhood - I really enjoyed reading this article from a pastor’s kid who says, “I would go so far as to say that being born the son of a pastor is one of the greatest gifts that God has ever given me.”

15 Benefits of the Word of God - If you are wondering how to come to God’s Word today, or you’re feeling like you can’t be bothered, here are some things to consider.

If God were not my friend, Satan would not be so much my enemy. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks

July 14, 2014

I’ve got some new Kindle deals for you today. To Live is Christ to Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler ($3.99); The Message of Acts by John Stott ($2.99); Ten Myths About Calvinism by Kenneth Stewart ($2.99);  The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever ($0.99); Learning Evangelism From Jesus by Jerram Barrs ($2.99); Reaching the Lost by Bobby Jamieson ($0.99); Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? by Thomas Miller ($2.99); Christian Focus has some of their Jungle Doctor books on sale ($2.99 each): Jungle Doctor Spots a Leopard, Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind, Jungle Doctor’s EnemiesEyes on Jungle Doctor, Jungle Doctor’s Crooked Dealings.

Does He Need to Confess Adultery? - I appreciate Russell Moore’s answer to this difficult question: Does a man who had a brief affair several years ago need to confess it to his wife?

Cheap at Sea, Pricey on the Plate - Most weekends I enjoy reading a few longform articles. This one from The Globe and Mail was quite interesting as it simply follows a lobster from the sea (where it’s cheap) to the plate (where it’s expensive).

Arminianism FAQ - Roger Olson is probably the foremost champion of Arminianism today. He has put together a helpful FAQ that answers common questions about Arminianism. Start at that link and navigate to parts 2 and following. (I remain a Calvinist, but am glad to have firm answers to these questions.)

Open Letter to Gospel-Centered Preachers - Nick has an open letter to gospel-centered preachers. What he says is worth considering.

The Wonder of the Word - Matt Boswell considers the wonder of the Word in corporate worship.

Working Out Before Work - Here, from QZ, is a complete guide to working out before work.

Little learning and much pride come of hasty reading. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

July 12, 2014

We arrived safely to our quiet spot in South Carolina, after a very long and scenic drive that took us through ONNYPAWVVATNNCSC. And here we are. Again, it will be light blogging for the next week as I focus on unwinding. (But I can’t not write at least a bit since it is the most relaxing part of my life.)

A shout-out goes to the folk at Bristol Caverns in Bristol, TN. We dropped by to take a tour of the caverns and met our tour guide Doug who turned out to be a reader of this site. The caverns are well worth the hour-long tour.

This Is Mindy - This is a hard-to-read article from former porn producer Donny. He describes how he recruited a girl named Mindy and then destroyed her life. The point of the article: there is a terrible hidden cost to pornography.

The Vanishing Screwball - Baseball lovers may enjoy this longform article from the New York Times on the screwball and why almost nobody throws it anymore.

The Unexpected Answers of God - Jon Bloom explains that we are often unprepared for the kind of answers we receive from God. And I think he’s absolutely right.

Foods that Taste Bad - Ever wondered why that glass or orange juice tastes unbearable after brushing your teeth? This article explains.

Theology, the Last Resort - Here is some thought-provoking stuff from J.D. Payne.

The Vatican’s Bank - Did you know the Vatican has a bank? Neither did it. Foreign Policy says that its history “reads more like Dan Brown than the financial pages.”

When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head. —C.H. Spurgeon\

Spurgeon

July 11, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Running Scared by Ed Welch (free); The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven Mathewson ($2.99); Union with Christ by Todd Billings ($3.99); Promises of Grace by Bryan Chapell ($1.99); Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore (just a good, fun summer read) ($3.99).

eBooks for Sale - Westminster Books has begun offering eBooks. And to get things started, you can get 2 books of your choice published by Crossway for just $1.99 each. You can see the list of books here.

China Beachhead - WORLD has an important report from China: “Pro-life efforts are growing in the nation with the most abortions. But saving lives in the womb is an enormous challenge—even within the church.”

Don’t Touch the Button - Here’s why you should never touch the elevator buttons when you’re in a hospital.

Unbroken - Here’s a trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of Unbroken. (The book is just $4.99 at Amazon.)

Entangled in Photons - “If you’re after science that makes you question your place in the universe, focus on that phrase ‘light years’, one that astronomers use so casually.”

How Do You Prepare Your Teenager for Adulthood? - Here are a couple of suggestions from Brian Croft.

Our little time of suffering is not worthy of our first night’s welcome home to Heaven. —Samuel Rutherford

Rutherford

July 10, 2014

My vacation begins today and that means I’ll be scaling back my writing for a week or so. It will be either A La Carte or another article most days, not both. I’d love your prayers since we have a lot of driving to do while we head very far south (and since we’ve got Aussies, of all people, taking care of our place while we’re gone!).

Here are some Kindle deals: Reckless Abandon by David Sitton ($0.99); 7 Truths That Changed the World by Kenneth Samples ($2.99); From Tyndale to Madison by Michael Farris ($2.99); Christless Christianity by Michael Horton ($3.49); Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton ($2.99).

Comfort for Christian Parents of Unconverted Children - Jim Elliff: “All Christian parents wish that God would show us something to do to secure our child’s salvation, and then ‘we’ll do it with all our might’ because we love our child so much. Yet, God has not made salvation the effect of somebody else’s faith; our son or daughter must come to Christ on his or her own.”

Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary? - This episode of Ask Pastor John has Michael Reeves as a guest and he explains the history behind Roman Catholics and their devotion to Mary.

War on Religious Liberty - Denny Burk points to a chilling new front in the war on religious liberty in the United States.

Married to Darwin - Marvin Olasky: “Theistic evolutionists say we must bend or die, but when we bend on something so basic, where do we stop? Is our chief task to glorify our Creator or to be glorified by other creatures? When Darwin trumps the Bible, what are we worshipping?”

A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? - Are we in the midst of a sexual revolution for young evangelicals? Russell Moore says no.

Evangelicals Who Are Not Evangelicals - Thomas Kidd says “There are at least four types of Christians who often get cast as evangelicals who really are not evangelicals, if that term has any meaning.”

I would not give much for all that can be  done by sermons if we do not preach Christ by our lives. —D.L. Moody

Moody

July 09, 2014

The Perfect Family - That Greg Lucas guy can flat out write. “God in His sovereignty builds families. They are His work, His masterpiece, for His glory and our highest good. God makes a place for the destitute. He fathers them, defends them, rescues them—and He gives them to us for a family. What a lovely, messy, wonderful, disorganized, beautiful, loud, perfect group we are!”

A Company Liberals Could Love - Ross Douthat offers some important points about Hobby Lobby.

Evangelicals and Cities - I quite agree with Kevin DeYoung: “The evangelical advocacy for the city is a discussion in dire need of clarity.” If you’ve got some extra time, some of the comments are helpful as well.

Designer Babies - This is an interesting article about designer babies. Though it doesn’t look at the issue from a biblical perspective, it highlights some very legitimate concerns.

First Among Equals - What does it mean for one elder (or pastor) to be first among equals? Jonathan Leeman answers.

Exodus: Gods and Kings - “From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings,’ the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire.” It releases in December, I believe.

Only God is capable of telling us what our rights and needs are. You have to surrender that right to Him. —Joni Eareckson Tada

Tada

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