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November 22, 2014

It is a beautiful, cold and snowy start to the weekend here, though I hear rain is on the way. Early winter is a strange time in Canada. Kindle readers will want to know that I went looking for deals and found nothing. However, do check A La Carte Archives from the past 10 days and I’m sure you’ll find something to carry you through the weekend.

When the Spirit Says Put a Sock In It - Douglas Wilson: “Some might want to represent this as a view of mine, in which I am seeking to quench the Spirit. It is actually the view of the Spirit, working through Paul, in order to quench us.”

Here is something I’ve always wondered: Why do so many Asians wear masks in public? This article explains.

Angry? Jen Thorn struggles with it too and lets you into her fight with 5 Ways to Kill Anger.

I’m grateful to Reformation Heritage Books for sponsoring the blog this week with their article From Tyndale to Today. I appreciate sponsors because they cover the costs associated with hosting and supporting the site.

Lore Ferguson can flat out write, like she displays in this article: Looking for Love in All the Right Places.

J.D. Greear offers up Three Ways the Gospel Changes Our Generosity.

If your kids are into The Hunger Games, you may appreciate these 5 Ideas for Discussing Mockingjay with Teens.

One great power of sin is that it blinds men so that they do not recognize its true character. —Andrew Murray

Murray

November 21, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Everyday Talk About Sex and Marriage by John Younts ($2.99); Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell ($1.99); The Promises of Grace by Bryan Chapell ($1.99). Also, a few days ago I listed the NIV Application Commentary series that is on sale, but missed a few of the newer volumes to reach ebook: Exodus1 & 2 Samuel*, Psalms (vol 1); Proverbs, 2 Corinthians.

Immigration Reform Will Tear Us Apart - Here is Russell Moore’s response to President Obama’s immigration executive action.

Things - Things is a fantastic piece of productivity software for Apple users, and the iOS versions are free for a week (down from $9.99 and $19.99): iPhone, iPad. I rate it second only to OmniFocus for what it does.

Choose Hospitality Over Entertaining - Jen Wilkin asks forgiveness and provides some sound counsel.

A Marked Ministry - WORLD magazine features an interview with Mark Dever, who always has good things to say.

Why Do Rivers Curve? - How did we ever learn such things before YouTube?

Why the Church Needs Struggling Members - “The opposite of our instinct is what we really need most, and when it comes down to it, our trials are not always about us. Sometimes we go through them for the sake of others.”

Every breath in your life is a gift of mercy. —George Swinnock

Swinnock

November 20, 2014

I’ve got a few new Kindle deals for you today: Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Greg Koukl & Francis Beckwith ($2.99); The Problem of Evil by Jeremy Evans ($2.99); Nothing Is Impossible With God by Rose Miller (free); The Illustrated Life of Paul by Charles Quarles ($4.99). New from GLH Publishing is A Church in the House by Matthew Henry ($0.99).

True Things In a True Way - I appreciate what Darryl says here: “I’ve noticed a trend. In many of our settings, we tend to say things that are true as far as they go, but the way we say them contradicts what’s being said.”

The Case for Face-to-Face Meetings - There’s much more that could be said, but here are some good opening arguments on the value of face-to-face meetings.

Gospel-Centered - John Piper explains what it means to be gospel-centered or cross-centered.

The Band-Aid of the Future - Here’s a potential medical breakthrough. (Note for those with weak stomachs: the video display a small amount of blood.)

You Are Cured of MS - Does God heal today? Yup.

Four Reasons Time Management Is More Difficult - Matt Heerema offers 4 reasons that time management is more difficult today than in times past.

Airspace - Here’s a great video showing UK airspace over a day. Watching the overnight flights arrive from North America is incredible.

The cross of Christ is in itself an offence to the world; let us take heed that we add no offence of our own. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

November 19, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: What Did You Expect? by Paul Tripp ($0.99); Introduction to Global Missions by Zane Pratt ($4.99); Forgotten Songs by Richard Wells & Ray Van Neste ($2.99); Bonhoeffer Speaks Today by Mark Devine ($2.99); Truth in a Culture of Doubt by Andreas Kostenberger ($3.99); 1 Peter ($3.99) and James ($2.99) in B&H’s Exegetical Guide to the New Testament series; The Christian Husband by Bob Lepine ($0.99); A Theology for the Church by Daniel Akin ($5.99); 1 Corinthians by Mark Taylor ($2.99). Today only the Kindle Fire HD 7 is $20 off at just $119.

Man, Woman, and the Mystery of Christ - Here’s the (PDF) text of Russell Moore’s address at the Vatican earlier this week. 

Interpretive Dance - WORLD magazine covers BioLogos. “The BioLogos Foundation is making a major, well-funded push to change the way Christians read Genesis and think about Adam and Eve.”

Daily Devotionals - I’m often asked to recommend daily devotionals, but rarely know which to suggest. Here are a few that are bundled and on sale at Westminster Books; they all look excellent. (Peace by Stephen Nichols, New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp, Saving Grace by C. John Miller.)

A Proud Calvinist - Don Whitney: “A proud Calvinist is a combination of two terms that have opposite meanings. A true Calvinist is one who humbly submits to God’s sovereignty.” And yet…

Mothering in the Internet Age - Instead of googling that question about mothering, why don’t you ask one of the older women in your church?

What’s Wrong with Reparative Therapy? - Heath Lambert addresses the much-maligned reparative therapy.

In closing…one of the new ways I am jealous of Americans is that they get access to all of Amazon; we can get ebooks, but not a whole lot else unless we’re willing to pay crazy shipping costs and taxes. But if I was in the US, I’d be all over today’s Gold Box deal, since we’ve had our pots and pans forever and a day.

What makes a leader is character. What makes a non-leader is ego. —Ray Ortlund

Ortlund

November 18, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem ($2.99); Theology in the Context of World Christianity by Timothy Tennet ($4.99); The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves ($2.99); Jesus and the Gospels by Craig Blomberg ($2.99). Zondervan has lowered the price on all the volumes of their Counterpoints series ($2.99 each—the lowest I’ve seen). These are helpful books in orienting yourself in various theological dialogues: Baptism, Inerrancy, The Historical Adam, Creation and EvolutionMiraculous GiftsRemarriage After Divorce, Sanctification, The Church Growth Movement, Salvation in a Pluralistic World, Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism, Church Government, Women in Ministry, Lord’s Supper, Apologetics, Christian Spirituality, Divine Providence, The Worship Spectrum, The New Testament Use of the Old Testament, Hell, The Millennium, Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology, Law and Gospel, The Book of Revelation, The Apostle Paul, The Canaanite Genocide.

200 Calories - I’m kind of jealous that Americans get to celebrate Thanksgiving soon, so I thought I’d ruin it by sharing what 200 calories of many different foods looks like.

Count to Three in Hebrew - Was Jesus in the tomb for 3 days, or for 1 and half?

Technology and the Glory of God - If you’re in or near Ames, Iowa, why don’t you consider coming to this conference coming up in a couple of weeks.

Atheist Kids’ Songs - Tim Hawkins proposes kids’ songs for atheists. (HT)

What Kills Us - Here is a chart displaying what kills us. (See “200 Calories” above to explain the #1 killer.)

Don’t Adopt - Russell Moore tells you why you shouldn’t adopt. Kind of.

10 Things About Evangelicals - Warren Cole Smith lists ten things he wishes everyone knew about Evangelicals.

Beware of those who feed your ego. Befriend those who feed your soul. —Lecrae

Lecrae

November 17, 2014

There are lots of good Kindle deals today: Old Story New by Marty Machowski (free); Think by John Piper ($0.99); The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor by John Piper & D.A. Carson ($0.99); Logic by Vern Poythress ($0.99); Ethics and Moral Reasoning by Ben Mitchell ($0.99); The Gospel and the Mind by Bradley Green ($1.99); God So Loved He Gave by Kelly Kapic ($2.99); Christians In An Age of Wealth by Craig Blomberg ($3.99); The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission by John Dickson ($3.99); Understanding Biblical Theology by Edward Klink & Darian Lockett ($3.99); Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill ($3.99).

Today only Amazon has the 8.9” Kindle Fire on sale at $140 off (It may be a previous generation device; either way, it will be fine for reading.).

12 Struggles Singles Face - David outlines some of the struggles singles may face. He also defines singleness wider than you may be accustomed to.

Distinguishing the Spirit and the Serpent - “How do we distinguish the promptings of the Spirit of grace in His guiding and governing of our lives from the delusions of the spirit of the world and of our own sinful heart?”

Soul Earthquake - “Our comfortable life is not normal for most Christians in most parts of the world. It wasn’t normal during the time of the New Testament. In fact, looking at history, we have to say that both the religious freedom and material comfort of America are actually quite unprecedented.”

The Unsung Heroes of Church Life - The church is made up of many members, and they are all important.

Do You Hear the People Sing? - It’s this simple: “The defining sound on Sunday morning should be the singing voices of God’s people.”

Rocky Mountain Nights - Another great timelapse video, this one showing Canada’s Rocky Mountains.

God invites us to to come as we are, not to stay as we are. —Tim Keller

Keller

 

November 15, 2014

I am in Norco, California for the day, speaking to college students here about a variety of topics—productivity, technology, and pornography. By tomorrow afternoon I’ll be back on home turf and back to much better weather—cold and snowy!

Here are a few Kindle deals to close out your week: 60 People Who Shaped the Church by Alton Gansky ($0.99); Grounded in the Gospel by J.I. Packer ($2.51); Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton ($3.99); God’s Love and The Promises of God by R.C. Sproul ($3.03 each).

If you ever enjoyed Garth Brooks’ music, you might enjoy this attempt to understand his appeal and his place in country music.

Read and bookmark Don Whitney’s Six Truths About Sickness. It’s one to hold onto for a rainy day.

Here are 3 Disciplines to Develop Wise Speech. “You want to speak words that deliver, delight, gladden, and heal. You’d like to be able to defuse, persuade, inspire, and influence…”

Thanks go Logos for sponsoring the blog this week; sponsors like them make this blog possible.

Scott Sauls has quite an interesting article about abortion: Reflections Following My Conversation With An Abortion Provider.

You will enjoy reading about The King Who Never Married.

A right knowledge of sin lies at the root of all saving Christianity. —J.C. Ryle

Ryle

November 14, 2014

4 Dangers for Complementarians - Gavin Ortlund outlines 4 dangers complementarians need to face. “I don’t think it’s a sign of compromise to listen to some of their critiques. After all, some of the problems they are reacting against are real.”

Christmas Is for Sharing - It may be only a commercial, but it’s a powerful one based on a historical event.

Having Water from God for Others - A great little glimpse of the life of John Stam.

Know Your Steaks - Here’s a short video to explain what you’re eating.

Why Pastors Receive Housing Tax Exemptions - Joe Carter looks back a few years to see why pastors receive a tax exemption for housing.

How A Wound Heals - This video is just about at the right level for me. Now I (kind of) understand how a wound heals itself.

Asking Forgiveness From a Prostitute - Ed Welch: “It seems obvious, but I have never suggested it: if a man has been with a prostitute, it is right for him to ask her forgiveness. Consider this story.”

Let us humbly sit at our Lord’s feet to receive rebuke or instruction as he sees fit. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

November 13, 2014

I dug up a handful of new Kindle deals today: The Great and Holy War by Philip Jenkins ($2.99); The Narnian by Alan Jacobs ($2.99); AfterLife by Hank Hanegraaff ($3.03); God Is a Warrior by Tremper Longman ($4.99). Every week Zondervan lets me choose one book to put on sale and this week I went with What’s Best Next by Matt Perman ($2.99).

Over-Pastoring, Under-Pastoring - “There are two common dangers in pastoral ministry and Paul is alert to both of them. They are what we might call over-pastoring and under-pastoring.”

Little Things Matter - Kim Shay directs some encouragement at young stay-at-home moms.

Divine Revision - Slate has an interesting article on why the Mormonism will eventually accept homosexuality.

Critiquing a Giant - Andy Naselli points to an example of a good way to critique a theological giant.

Your Best Hours - We get two hours a day when our minds are at their best. 

Should Couples Write Their Own Vows? - Russell Moore explains why couples should not write their own wedding vows. While I don’t completely agree, I appreciate the points he makes.

Sexual Orientation - Al Mohler writes about his change on the subject of sexual orientation; where he once denied the idea of sexual orientation, now he accepts it.

All whom the Father elects, Christ redeems; all whom Christ redeems, the Father adopts. —Ian McNaughton

McNaughton

November 12, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals for you: The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays ($2.99); Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath ($2.99); Did Eve Really Have an Extra Rib? by Ken Ham ($3.03); Connected by Erin Davis ($2.99); Breakout Churches by Thom Rainer ($4.27). If you are into popular-level commentaries, don’t forget yesterday’s list from Zondervan.

A Soldier’s Diary - What was it really like to fight in the Second World War? These diary excerpts give us some glimpses.

Hide or Seek - You may want to check out this book deal from Westminster Books. When a book is recommended by Tim Keller, Ed Welch, Scotty Smith, and Philip Ryken, it must be good!

Common Mythconceptions - You might enjoy this list of common myths.

MacArthur Q&A - John MacArthur recently did a Twitter Q&A. You can find some of the highlights here. A favorite: “What is the best way to deal with pride?” “Get your eyes off yourself and onto Christ. The gap between whatever you are and what he is is infinite.”

The Sorrow and Joy of Imputation - “It is difficult to understand the sorrow and amazement and agony of a holy being in having sin thus by imputation imposed upon Him.”

Is Bill Watterson Staging a Comeback? - I doubt it, but I hope so. Did you see his new comic? It’s a good one.

A Theology of Healing - Justin Taylor summarizes an interesting article at Christianity Today.

Though sin often brings immediate pleasure, it gives no lasting joy. —RC Sproul

Sproul

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