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June 17, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper ($2.99); A History of Christianity by Joseph Early ($0.99); Entrusted with the Gospel by Andreas Kostenberger ($3.99); Preaching with Passion by James Draper ($0.99); Running Scared by Ed Welch ($2.51); An Introduction to Biblical Ethics by David Jones ($2.99); Make, Mature, Multiply by Brandon Smith ($0.99); Andrew Fuller by Paul Brewster ($2.99).

4 Ways to Reach a Child’s Heart - “Not just any fatherly involvement can reach the hearts of our children.” Rick Phillips describes the kind that can.

Children of the Moon - This is fascinating: “Albinos make up between 5 and 10 percent of the roughly 80,000 indigenous Gunas who live on the mainland of the Guna Yala region and its islands.” 

Will You Forgive Me? - I’m far better at saying, “I’m sorry” than asking, “Will you forgive me?” For that reason this article challenged me.

When Does Adulthood Begin? - More and more people are linking adulthood not with age but with economics.

How Exciting Should Our Services Be? - Bob Kauflin is the go-to guy for questions like this. “The alternative to making our meetings more ‘exciting’ isn’t trying to bore people. But Sunday mornings aren’t New Year’s Eve celebrations. They aren’t rock concerts.”

A Self-Pity Refresher - “Self-pity: a self-absorbed, feeling sorry for oneself fueled by a high view of self, a low view of God, and an attitude of entitlement.”

A great company of saints witnesses to the fact that we can indeed flourish without romance, marriage, or children. —Wesley Hill

 

June 16, 2015

I’ve got just two Kindle deals for you today: God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Everyday Decisions by J.I. Packer ($1.99) and Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida ($4.99).

Elizabeth Elliot - One of the most influential Christian women of the 20th century, Elisabeth Elliot, has died. (You may also enjoy John Piper’s reflections.)

The Most Reviled Communication Experience Ever - That’s the thing about email: “We’ve let it seep into every nook and cranny of our lives, and we resent its presence. But we also crave it.” (Note: Language warning)

Grinstead - If you enjoy alternate takes on favorite hymns you might appreciate this album by Grinstead.

The Real Reasons - “Most people when asked about their Bible reading say: I have been really busy. This may be the truth; people are very busy. However, it is not the reason. I think we can distinguish between realities and reasons.”

The Witch of Endor - TGC continues their series looking at tricky parts of the Bible with an examination of the strange story of the witch of Endor.

Private Prayer - “The applause of other people is a poor substitute with the intimacy of a relationship with the Father who cares, and who promises to reward.”

The purpose of the home is to be a place of refuge, grace, and productivity—not a platform for me to prove what a great homemaker I am. —Courtney Reissig

Reissig

 

June 15, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper ($4.99); Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns ($3.99); Pursuing Peace by Robert Jones ($3.99); You Can Change by Tim Chester ($3.99); The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams by Heath Lambert ($3.99); I Stand at the Door and Knock by Corrie Ten Boom ($0.99); The Creation Answer Book by Hank Hanegraaf ($1.99).

Don’t Return To Your Vomit - It is such a vivid and disgusting metaphor, but one worth considering.

If My Mom Were Me, I Wouldn’t Exist - “My mother absolutely did not want a child yet, did not want a life-sentence of possibly having to raise a handicapped child, did not want to see her goals and dreams and career derailed…”

The Gospel for Roman Catholics - For the Church is building a good library of articles, and that includes this one.

Why Bloggers Are Calling it Quits - CT has an interesting perspective on why a lot of bloggers have called it quits. 

Sports on Sundays - I appreciate what Mark Jones says about the dangers of allowing your kids to play sports on Sundays. “Giving up worship for sports is not an option for Christians.”

Other People’s Flaws - “From thinking highly of myself, it’s only a short jump to thinking and speaking lowly of others.”

You need to stop talking to yourself in categories of condemnation and begin talking to God in categories of confession. —Heath Lambert

Lambert

 

June 13, 2015

The only new Kindle deal I found today is a newly-published work from GLH Publishing: The Acceptable Sacrifice by John Bunyan which they’ve marked at $0.99.

Here is an account of Another Ordinary Pastor. And isn’t this exactly the kind of man a pastor should aspire to be? The second-to-last paragraph is beautiful.

It’s true: Calvinism Is Not New to Baptists. In fact, Calvinists once dominated Baptist church life in America.

Christlike versus Like Christ is an important distinction. “Preach so as to present Christ. Offer the person of Christ rather than a programme for self-improvement.”

Statistics Canada has released an interesting collection of data they call Father’s Day…By the Numbers.

There are some helpful takeaways in this long essay on Manhood (which, by the way, is not written from a Christian perspective).

Jamaal Williams offers counsel on Serving Your Spouse During Their Dark Seasons, which is to say, during times of depression.

Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for sponsoring the blog this week with $400+ of Bonus Discipleship Resources from Ligonier Ministries.

Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

 

June 12, 2015

Amazon’s The Big Deal Kindle sale returns as it does every few months. There are lots of general market deals to be had along with a few notable Christian ones: The Underestimated Gospel by Together for the Gospel ($0.99), Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($2.99), Anxious For Nothing by John MacArthur ($0.99), and Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas ($2.99) along with some of the deals I shared yesterday.

The Child Preachers of Brazil - The New York Times has a long article on Brazil’s child preachers: “The youngest evangelists in the country’s Pentecostal churches try to balance the demands of their youth with those of their faith.”

The Secret Key - You’ve heard it all before: “Typically, as the story goes, the author/preacher struggled for years in living for Christ. He or she was an earnest, devoted follower of Jesus, but never seemed to make much progress in Christlikeness.” But then he/she found the secret key

No Compromise Radio - I was recently a guest on Mike Abendroth’s No Compromise Radio. You can listen to our conversation here if you’re interested.

12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Airports - I spend a fair bit of time in airports, so I’m glad to know these things (even if most of them are pretty obvious).

Dinosaur Infographic - The Good Book Company has created an infographic to show how dinosaurs might fit into different understandings of the world’s origins.

Aftershock - The National Post has a sad update from Nepal in the wake of that devastating earthquake.

The Main Point - Here’s one take on tersely stating the main point of each of the Bible’s 66 books.

Where others see but the dawn coming over the hill, I see the soul of God shouting for joy. —William Blake

Blake

 

June 11, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: The Last Christian on Earth by Os Guinness ($1.99); Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel ($2.99); No Compromise by Melody Green ($2.99); Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias ($2.99).

The Oldest Trick in the Books - Here is one for the baseball fans.

Saint Samson - David takes a look at Samson and tries to rehabilitate his reputation a little bit.

Remarkable for Being Unremarkable - This is a good reminder: “Nobody ever reports on the pastors who labor in obscurity, quietly fulfilling their ministries. They will never be known by the world, but they are known by God.”

Personal Prayer - And here’s another good reminder: The reminder of how we are to pray.

Six Days in North Korea - “For the few foreign journalists who have had repeated access to the North, the views from the window become vital, offering counterpoints to the cascade of officially arranged scenes.”

McKinney and Me - Jasmine Holmes offers what I found to be a valuable reflection on the recent situation in McKinney.

Sin is bad in the eye, worse in the tongue, worse still in the heart, but worst of all in the life. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks

 

June 10, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Hebrews by David Allen (The New American Commentary) ($2.99); Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views ($0.99); Faithful Preaching by Tony Merida ($2.99); A Summary of Christian History by Robert Baker ($2.99); The Great Books Reader by John Mark Reynolds ($2.99); Engaging Exposition by Daniel Akin ($2.99).

A Day Late, A Dollar Short - Carl Trueman comments on Tony Campolo as he becomes the latest Christian leader to declare for gay marriage. (Al Mohler comments as well.)

The Fallen of World War II - This video brilliantly displays the scope of the devastation of World War II.

Augustine and Miracle Reports in Church History - Nathan Busenitz responds to questions about Augustine’s claims about miracles in the early church.

Update from Athens - Daniel Wallace is in Athens digitizing New Testament manuscripts. That may sound rather boring, but his update was actually quite fascinating.

New from Tim Keller - Westminster Books is offering a great deal on Tim Keller’s latest (for which I have heard near unanimous praise).

The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon - Brandon Smith interviews Christian George about his discovery of some long-lost sermons by Charles Spurgeon.

Farewell to a Friend - You’ll enjoy reading Conrad Mbewe sweet farewell to a dear friend. 

It is a good thing God chose me before I was born, because he surely would not have afterwards. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

 

June 09, 2015

I dug up just a few noteworthy Kindle deals today: One New Man by Jarvis Williams (Foreword by Tom Schreiner) ($0.99); God Speaks by Ray Comfort($0.99); Colossians and Ephesians by Murray Harris ($0.99); Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey ($2.99); Better Love Now by Tommy Nelson ($0.99).

God Wrote a Book - I think you’ll enjoy this new video from John Piper.

How Do I Make Christ Appealing? - “We aim to make Christ more appealing to the one who seems to that he is not very appealing. This usually means giving Jesus something of an extreme-makeover so that the eligible unbeliever might be won over.”

Learning for the Future from the Duggars - Wendy Alsup has some helpful things to say about the Duggars, and especially about the media’s victimizing of the victims.

Are Christians Really the Arrogant Ones? - You may well have read an article like this in the past, but I found it helpful to read and consider again. “Any claim to actually know one’s religious beliefs are true is regarded as a violation of the rules of intellectual inquiry.”

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Nathan Bingham thinks about the meaning of all those selfies. “What would a 21st-century Narcissus myth involve? I suspect it would include a smartphone, selfies, and crossing the street without looking.”

Why all the Superlatives? - Mark Jones asks a valid question: Why are we using so many superlatives to describe, well, pretty much everything.

Whatever sin the heart of man is most prone to, that the devil will help forward. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks

June 08, 2015

The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem ($4.99); The Case for Life by Scott Klusendorf ($3.99); Word versus Deed by Duane Litfin ($3.99); War, Peace, and Christianity by J. Daryl Charles ($3.99); The Book that Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi ($0.99); Speaking Truth in Love by David Powlison (free).

The Faith of the Wright Brothers - David McCullough’s excellent new biography of the Wright brothers left open the matter of their faith. David Roach investigates the historical record.

Marks of Orthodoxy? - “The words ‘orthodox’ and ‘orthodoxy’ are grown-up words. … Sometimes they are wrongly used to set apart those who are orthodox in their doctrinal views from others who are orthodox in their doctrinal views.”

Three Neglected Aspects of Bible Study - Here are 3 areas of Bible study you may be neglecting. Each one is quite simply remedied.

Gay Marriage Is Not About Gay Marriage - This is a very helpful article from David Murray. Be sure to read to the end where you will hear about the great value of a good conscience.

Eternity Set in Our Hearts - Randy Alcorn talks about the constant yearning of the human heart.

How Should Christians View World History? - R.C. Sproul talks about the importance of properly understanding history.

Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan. —John Bunyan 

Bunyan

 

June 06, 2015

I’ve got just a few new Kindle deals for you: The Penguin Classic edition of Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan ($2.60); Making a Difference in Preaching by Haddon Robinson ($2.99); New from GLH Publishing is To Be Near Unto God by Abraham Kuyper ($0.99).

Tim Keller has written a long article that reviews a couple of the most prominent books insisting the Bible allows for same-sex relationships and marriage.

Jared Wilson says it well: “One of the most valuable sentences in a pastor’s arsenal is ‘I don’t know’.” And there’s no point pretending otherwise.

Every few weeks someone has a different opinion on this one: Should you take notes on a laptop or by hand? This article says you do better when you stick with paper and pen.

Matt Perman has an article on How to Get Things Done in Seminary.

What are parents to do in a world of smartphones and tablets? Russell Moore offers some counsel.

Here are 5 Valuable Lessons for Young Men—the kind that young men (and older ones) need to hear again and again.

Thank you to Eternity Bible College for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Re-Imagining Education.

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