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April 23, 2015

The Rare Jewel of Christian Commitment - It is a rare jewel, indeed. “Scripture and experience teach us that commitment to the Lord and to His people in the church is one of the rarest and yet most precious graces.”

So Much Stuff, So Little Time - “I need things. What gets confusing is knowing the difference between the things we need and the things we don’t need.”

Ask often, “What does the Bible say?” - It is simple but sound counsel.

Does God Heal Today? - Josh Buice takes on a question that is always controversial.

How to Be Productive - Here is how to be productive according to the Bible.

DayMap - DayMap is an app that may appeal to pastors or anyone else who could benefit from “organizing your projects and tasks by visually mapping out your life.”

The opposite of love is not correction but indifference. —Anthony Thiselton

Thiselton

 

April 22, 2015

These Go To 11 - Earlier this week I recorded a podcast with Greg Dutcher and we talked about all kinds of things—pornography, Reformed theology and even baseball. If you’re into podcasts you can listen in at the link. 

In Praise of Hymns - CBS News recently highlighted Keith Getty. And I don’t think they got his Irish sense of humor at all.

Dispatches From the Front - My favorite DVD series is on sale at Westminster Books. Speaking of which, check out the blog post Who Can Be Against Us?.

JBMW - The Journal for Bibilical Manhood and Womanhood has released a new issue that is free for the taking.

10 Things Young Singles in Romantic Relationships Ought to Know - Just like the title says.

Present Heaven and Future Heaven - What’s the difference between present heaven and future heaven? Randy Alcorn answers.

Don’t Be Theologically Dumb - “When you love God with your heart but not your mind, you end up loving the god of your imagination, not the God of the universe.”

True joy comes only from God and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him. —Jerry Bridges

Bridges

April 21, 2015

Zondervan has lots of good books on sale today, including Brian Croft’s excellent Practical Shepherding series: The Pastor’s Family; Prepare Them to Shepherd; Visit the Sick; Comfort the Grieving; Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals; Gather God’s People ($2.99 each). Also consider For the City by Darrin Patrick ($3.99).

Messy Community - It’s so true: “When life gets hard and there is no laughter to share, that’s when friendship is seen for what it truly is. When life gets messy, that’s where the rubber meets the road.”

I Pray This for my Children - Gregory Harris offers help on how to pray for your children.

Pray for Dr. Sproul - “Last Saturday, Dr. Sproul checked himself into the hospital. The doctors suspect he had a mild stroke. He remains in the hospital for further testing and observation. The Sproul family requests your prayers.”

It Will Fail - Peter Leithart says that gay marriage will fail and offers a very compelling argument to support his claim.

Religious Liberty Is Not Freedom from Ridicule - Here’s an important distinction.

Will We See God? - Now that is a deep question: Will we one day gaze directly at the full glory of God?

Church Plant Media and I are pleased to announce the winner of last week’s Free Stuff Fridays website giveaway contest. Doug Short from New River Valley Christian Fellowship was selected as the winner, and his church will receive a free responsive website, free monthly fees for the life of the site, and a free graphics package to get the site up and running. Congratulations Doug!

Anger may be handled wrongly in either one of two ways: blowing up and clamming up. —Jay Adams

Adams

April 20, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Against the Gods by John Currid ($1.99); Ancient Word, Changing Worlds by Stephen Nichols ($2.99); Inerrancy and Worldview by Very Poythress ($2.99); Canon Revisited by Michael Kruger ($5.99); Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? by Various ($5.99); A Life Observed by Devin Brown ($2.99).

Kindle Fire - If you’re looking for a Kindle device, Amazon has the Fire HD 7 at $60 off today only.

The Alone Instrument - I’ve really been enjoying this album from Columbia Presbyterian Church. I especially like the adaptation of “To God Be the Glory.”

Sticks and Stones - Steve Morrison makes lots of interesting points in this excerpt from a new book.

Editors and Writers Together - Gavin Ortlund offers suggestions on how writers and editors can best work together.

Themelios - The Gospel Coalition just released a new edition of Themelios (free). You may also be interested in the new edition of CCEF’s Journal of Biblical Counseling (free preview, $6 for the issue).

Don’t Be a Commentary Junkie - With all due respect to commentaries, they need to be used in the right way.

Work Worth Doing - Dorothy Sayers said it well: “We should clamor to be engaged on work that was worth doing, and in which we can take pride.”

The gospel is not for you who can save yourselves, but for those who are lost. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

 

April 18, 2015

Here are just a couple of new Kindle deals that may interest you: Cross, edited by John Piper & David Mathis ($4.99); Ordinary by Tony Merida ($4.99); 

Even though Paul was inspired, he still wanted Timothy to bring him his books.

From Tiny Churches the Loudest Prayers is an interesting little photo essay of the storefront houses of worship dotting Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Millard Erickson suggests a pledge of Convictional Civility.

I found it quite interesting to read Paul Levy’s review of Paul Tripp’s book Dangerous Calling. I often find reviews that mix praise and critique to be the most helpful reviews of all.

Jason Helopoulos says rightly that the most important thing a pastor can do is pursue personal holiness.

Thanks to Church Plant Media for sponsoring the blog this week.

You are responsible to Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You.

Every Christian would agree that a man’s spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God. —C.S. Lewis

Lewis

 

April 17, 2015

45 years after Apollo 13 - What actually went wrong and why? You’ve probably seen the film, but not surprisingly, the reality is a little bit more complicated. 

Preaching the Ten Commandments - Ray Ortlund shows how each of the Ten Commandments does 4 things.

Who Can You “One Another” Today? - How are you living out the Bible’s “one anothers?”

5 Ways the Gospel Transforms Your Work - Here’s a summary of what Tim Keller teaches about the gospel and work.

This. Is. The. Day. - “It will do me no good to wish for another day. A different day. The day that someone else is having. This is the day that I’ve been given.”

Hiring Well - Here are some traits of those leaders who hire well.

The worst sort of clever men are those who know better than the Bible. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

April 16, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Everyday Worship by Trisha Wilkerson ($3.99); Lives Jesus Changed by Simon Vibert ($2.99); If I Should Die Before I Wake by Sinclair Ferguson ($3.99); Still Growing by Kirk Cameron ($2.99).

Delighting in Death? - This is a good question: “Why is it that the people most vocally committed to causes connected to death (abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia) are often the same who are committed to progressive sexual causes?”

Somebody Prayed for Me - You may enjoy reading this church planting update from Thabiti Anyabwile.

Three Cheers for Celibacy - Interesting: “Sometimes in the life of the church we need to reclaim a forgotten or dormant teaching. My sense is that now is such a time and that the teaching we need to dust off and put into practice is celibacy.”

Reparative Therapy - Denny Burk comments on why some Evangelicals have turned away from reparative therapy.

Being an Iceberg Pastor - “There is one rule that I think ought to underpin every pastor’s understanding of his calling, which is that he needs to be an iceberg.”

Faithfully Delivering the Gospel - “Christians are to simply be minimum wage table servers, taking the masterpiece from the award winning chef and bringing it to the tables.”

The soul’s deepest thirst is for God Himself, who has made us so that we can never be satisfied without Him. —F.F. Bruce

Bruce

April 15, 2015

Seven Reasons We Hate Free-Range Parenting - “Why has America gone lunatic on the subject of unattended children? Parents hover over their kids as if every step might be their last…”

A Pragmantic Guide with Theological Teeth - This week’s deals from Westminster Books look pretty good. Westminster Books does deals well!

In honor of tax day, B&H has a couple of Kindle deals that may interest you: Making Change by Ken Hempill ($2.99) and Your Money After the Big 5-0 by Larry Burkett ($2.99). You may also want to consider A Theology for Family Ministry by Michael Anthony ($3.99).

Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? - Can you imagine if games still went on until the first team scored 21 runs?

Does Jesus Really Love Me? - It’s such a simple truth, but one we need to remember again and again.

The Ingenious Aluminum Can - Some things are so ubiquitous that we forget just how amazing they are. The aluminum can is a good example.

Check Your Investments - Here’s a challenge to invest in your children’s spiritual development.

Do not work so hard for Christ that you have no strength to pray, for prayer requires strength. —Hudson Taylor

Taylor

 

April 14, 2015

Today I dug up just a couple of new Kindle deals: Eternity by Randy Alcorn ($3.99) and Counseling the Hard Cases by Stuart Scott & Heath Lambert ($2.99); When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner ($2.99).

A Legacy Worth Leaving - You’ll enjoy this letter that Ray Ortlund shared. “The following is a letter my dad wrote several years before his death, which he left in his desk, where he knew we would find it…”

Are You Weak Enough for God to Use? - “God is so single-minded in his preference for weakness, that when he wants to use us, he often begins by weakening us.”

Push Back Against Electronic Tipping - I completely agree: this tipping thing is getting out of hand!

Noisetrade or iTunes? - Josh Garrels gives his response on which represents a better way to support an artist you enjoy; scroll down and you’ll see his take on Spotify as well.

Does Calvinism Discourage Evangelism? - Does an affirmation of God’s sovereign election in salvation (commonly called “Calvinism”) discourage people from faithfulness in evangelism?

The Day Lincoln Was Shot - Justin Taylor has a visual FAQ of the day Lincoln was shot.

Marco Rubio’s Faith of Many Colors - Sarah Pulliam Bailey pulls together what we know about Marco Rubio’s faith of many colors.

Many of us cannot reach the mission fields on our feet, but we can reach them on our knees. —T.J. Bach

Bach

April 13, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper ($4.99); A Shelter in the Storm by Paul Tripp ($2.99); Disability and the Gospel by Michael Beates ($2.99); Suffering and the Goodness of God by Robert Peterson ($4.99); When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper ($1.99); Caring for a Loved One with Cancer by June Hunt ($1.99); What Happens After I Die? by Michael Rogers ($2.99); Why, O God? by various ($3.99); An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis ($4.99).

Our Irrational Fear of Flying - “Flying a 975,000-pound metal tube 6 miles off the ground at 570 mph will always carry some risk. Crashes will occasionally happen, and the grisly images of the aftermath will continue to evoke an irrational fear of flying.”

TGC 15 - If you’re into conferences, you may enjoy watching The Gospel Coalition conference as it unfolds over the next few days. The livestream gets underway at 1 PM EST.

The Transgender Agenda - This is true and alarming: “It might be sensible to recognise that the transgender agenda is causing us, among other things, to … experiment on our children in the most damaging way.”

Southern Baptists and the Sin of Racism - The Atlantic writes about Russell Moore, Southern Baptists, and racism.

Facebook Would Like a Monopoly on Your Entire Life - The title overstates it a little bit, but I guess it’s not too far from the truth.

ESV App - Today Crossway is releasing (at last!) a great update to the ESV app.

He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

 

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