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October 14, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few titles: George Whitefield: The Evangelist by John Pollock, Preaching the Old Testament by Scott Gibson, and The Gospel and Acts Commentary by Various.

Westminster Books has deals on some apologetic works as well as Tim Keller’s newest book.

The Preacher Who Raised 14 People from the Dead

Atlast Obscura has the fascinating story of Smith Wigglesworth, one of the early Pentecostals. His story sounds very familiar to anyone who has turned on TBN in recent times.

May You Not Be Weird

I enjoyed these 30 prayers for Katelyn Beaty’s future husband.

Seeking Clarity in this Confusing Election Season

Kevin DeYoung offers some helpful points on the election.

What Happens To Our Bodies After We Die?

This video is morbid (in the literal sense of the term) but not graphic. It simply shows what happens to our bodies when we die. What happens to our souls is far better!

CCEF Livestream

CCEF’s national conference begins today (and continues tomorrow). It is being livestreamed in case you’d like to watch it.

6 Ways to Transform Your Reading of the Gospels

George Guthrie lists them.

This Day in 1993. 23 years ago today Albert Mohler was inaugurated as the 9th president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Billy Graham spoke at the ceremony. 


This is incredible HD footage of an Arizona Monsoon.

King Jesus or King Money?

The real joy in having money “is to think, how can I use this money for kingdom purposes? How can I use this to lay up treasure forever? The one increases his spending on himself and the other increases his giving for God. One serves King Money. One serves King Jesus.”

The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity

The New York Times has a long, sympathetic look at the situation surrounding Larycia Hawkins who was, until recently, a professor at Wheaton College.

Flashback: It’s Not Just a Guy Thing

This is an article about the “second glance”—the lustful look that lingers.

Of all the doctrines of the Bible none is so offensive to human nature as the doctrine of God’s sovereignty.J.C. Ryle

October 13, 2016

It recently occurred to me that it has now been a year since I began writing on a full-time basis. And what a year it has been! I’m deeply thankful to you for continuing to read the site and for all the encouragement you’ve sent my way. A special shout-out goes to my Patreon supporters and to the many companies and ministries who have been sponsors. Here’s to many more years… 

I Was Pregnant, And Then I Wasn’t

This is a powerful article on miscarriage. 

In Praise of Heavy Providences

This one seems appropriate in light of the last article. “What the church needs and, therefore, what the world needs are Christians who identify as pilgrims, feel like sojourners, and exist as exiles. When people look at us, do they see a people gloriously uneasy in this world because we’re longing for another?”

12 Theses on a Christian Understanding of Economics

Al Mohler: “Regrettably, many American Christians know little about economics. Furthermore, many Christians assume that the Bible has nothing at all to say about economics. But a biblical worldview actually has a great deal to teach us on economic matters.”

The New Culture of Life

Slate has a long and interesting article about the (hopeful) future of the pro-life movement.

Heaven Is a Person

This is a good, simple reminder.

This Day in 1605. 411 years ago today French theologian Theodore Bezi, widely known as John Calvin’s successor, died. *

Balancing Work and Family Responsibilities

Here’s how Wilberforce failed and succeeded at striking a healthy balance of work and family responsibilities.

5 Productivity Tips You Haven’t Heard a Million Times Before

“When it comes to making each day more productive, you’re used to hearing the same tips over and over again. Resist the temptation to continuously check your email. Wake up earlier. Craft a powerful and compelling to-do list.” Here are a few unique ones.

The Mental Health Killer

“There is ONE symptom that almost every person with a mental health problem experiences–repetitive, negative thought patterns. Rumination.”

Flashback: 7 Things Your Church Needs From You

Just like the title says: 7 things your church needs from you. Yes, you!

The Bible characters never fell on their weak points but on their strong ones; unguarded strength is double weakness. —Oswald Chambers 

October 12, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include three from Christian Focus: A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Sin by Iain D. Campbell, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Suffering by Brian Cosby, and A Clearing of the Mists by Martin Haworth.

4 Reasons Spurgeon Died Poor

This article tells just how much money Spurgeon made while he was alive (a LOT!) and what he did with it all (also a lot!).

Why It’s Pivotal to Make Room for Reading

Jen Thorn: “The amazing thing about studying God’s word and reading theologically rich books is that it makes me long for more. The more I study God, the more I want to know him. So the more I read, the more I want to read.”

How I Found Freedom from Gender Confusion

“I think I always had the desire to cross-dress. Some of my very earliest memories are of a dress-up box that my brother and I played with. It was probably filled with pirate outfits and funny hats, but there were also a couple of old dresses. I only dimly remember wearing them, but I more clearly remember the disappointment of finding that they’d been removed one day—presumably by my concerned parents….” 

Driving From Duty to Delight

“Let’s cut right to it. Sometimes we don’t feel like reading our Bible, praying, going to church or other things that God tells us are good for us to do. It may not be any one thing, for any number of reasons we just don’t want to do it. So what do we do?”

This Day in 1518. 498 years ago today Martin Luther was summoned before Cardinal Thomas Cajetan to whom he refused to recant the 95 theses he had posted in Wittenberg. *

Why Definite Atonement Must Be True

Geoffrey Kirkland offers 9 reasons that it must be true.

Rose Reading Room

This video is neat. It shows the Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library being re-stocked and re-opened after repairs.

Why Does Friendship At Times Feel One-Sided?

I’ve spoken to a number of people over the years who are discouraged by friendships that seem weighted to one side. Christine Hoover writes about it.

Flashback: Positive Purity

Sexual purity has two components to it: the turning away and the turning toward, the stopping of one kind of behavior and the beginning of another.

The Bible exhorts us to weep with those who weep. It doesn’t tell us to judge whether they should be weeping.H.B. Charles Jr.

October 11, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include: Called Together by Jonathan Dodson & Brad Watson, Sent Together by Jonathan Dodson & Brad Watson, and The Religions Next Door by Marvin Olasky. New from GLH Publishing, and 50% off to start, is The Loveliness of Christ by Samuel Rutherford. 

A Transatlantic Elegy For An American Hillbilly

Mez McConnell has written a very interesting review of Hillbilly Elegy. He writes from a Scottish perspective and shares just how much the book has in common with his context.

The Patriarchy Movement: Five Areas of Grave Concern

I’m glad to see this article at Reformation21 expressing areas of concern over the patriarchy movement.

Planet Earth 2

This is exciting news: Planet Earth 2 is on the way. Watch the trailer at the link.

A Gospeled Church

“You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time. So a church that makes its main thing the gospel, and when faced with sin in its ranks doesn’t simply crack the whip of the law but says ‘remember the gospel,’ should gradually be seeing grace coming to bear.”

R.C. Sproul’s Warning Concerning Prayer

R.C. Sproul offers a warning about prayer: “The idea seems to be that we have the capacity to coerce God Almighty into doing for us whatever it is we want Him to do, but God is not a celestial bellhop who is on call every time we press the button, just waiting to serve us our every request.”

This Day in 1531. 485 years ago today Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli died in the Battle of Kappel. *

7 Tips on How to Survive Your Ordination Exam

Michael Kruger offers helpful counsel on surviving that ordination exam. Though he writes from a PCA perspective, the advice has wider application.

5 Ways Persecution in Iran Has Backfired

This was an encouraging article to read. “Scripture is clear that God often uses his people’s suffering to advance his kingdom. In his providence, the Islamic regime’s strategies to stamp out the Persian-speaking church in Iran have backfired—resulting in further church growth. Here are five examples.”

Flashback: Why I Am a Six-Day Creationist

These are my reasons why I haven’t budged from this position.

Most of us go through life worrying people will think too little of us. Paul worried people would think too much of him.D.A. Carson

October 10, 2016

First off, happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians. We have much to be thankful for, don’t we? I trust that you will be able to enjoy the day with friends or family.

And now here are today’s Kindle deals. They include: ESV Men’s Devotional Bible, ESV Women’s Devotional Bible (both of which are excellent), Nothing but the Truth by John MacArthur, and In Light of Eternity by Randy Alcorn. There are a whole more as well, including solid books on prayer and on guidance. Get them all here.

How the Berenstain Bears Found Salvation

I’ve only ever found them moralistic, but still, here’s how the Berenstain bears found salvation, so to speak. “As a parent, I took it for granted that the moral framework of contemporary children’s books, when it made an appearance, would remain disengaged from any actual dogma. So, when had the Berenstain Bears found Christ? And why?”

Trump’s Moral Character and the Election

I haven’t said or shared much of anything on the election (I’m Canadian, after all. Plus, it’s not like the blogosphere has been silent on the subject). However, I did think it worthwhile to share that Wayne Grudem has withdrawn his endorsement of Donald Trump.

The World’s Worst Flavor

What’s the worst flavor in the world? “The world’s worst flavor was developed in a lab by accident. You’ve probably never tasted Bitrex, but it’s all over your home.”

Scotch Tape and Popsicle Sticks

Here’s an article about ministries that are (apparently) held together by scotch tape and popsicle sticks.

Understanding the Gospel of Nat Turner

I was interested in reading this article from Smithsonian. “Turner’s views on private revelation were not unlike those of his contemporaries Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and William Miller, the father of the Adventist movement. Turner’s views were clearly unacceptable to the whites who controlled Southampton’s interracial churches.”

This Day in 2003. 13 years ago today Desiring God held its very first National Conference on the life and legacy of Jonathan Edwards. 

God Is Not the Author of Uncertainty

John MacArthur has at it.

N. T. Wright Reconsiders the Meaning of Jesus’s Death

Michael Horton reviews N.T. Wright’s latest work. “I agree with a lot in this book. I agree with the basic gist of Wright’s critique and with much of his own proposal. That response might surprise some, including the author, with whom I’ve enjoyed spirited and edifying discussions of the manuscript. My differences lie at the point of certain details. That said, they are significant.”

Flashback: Busy, Lazy, and the Space In Between

We have a word for doing too little: lazy. We have a word for doing too much: busy. But we don’t have a word for whatever comes in between. Not a good one, anyway.

A sheep in the midst of wolves is safe compared with a Christian in the midst of ungodly men.C.H. Spurgeon

October 08, 2016

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, with the official holiday coming up on Monday. We have escaped the city with some friends and are nicely settled here in the quiet beauty of Eastern Ontario. We are thankful and anticipating a quiet, restful weekend.

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few—a good end to what has been a bit of a slow week!: Confronted by Grace by John Webster, Where Only God Could Lead by Cary Schmidt, The Cross in the Experience of Our Lord by R.A. Finlayson, Old Wives Tales by Clare Heath-Whyte, and War in the Wasteland by Douglas Bond.

Good Manners and Good Sales

Chick-fil-A massively outsells its competitors even though “all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays, due to a national corporate policy—whereas most of their competitors are open seven days a week.”

InterVarsity Responds to Pro-LGBT Outcry

WORLD: “InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, an evangelical ministry serving more than 41,000 U.S. college students, is taking flak for reaffirming its biblical stance on human sexuality and requiring its employees do likewise.”

The Dogs’ Nose

Apparently dogs may just tell time with their noses. Who knew?

They Are More Than Their Rehab Potential

“I am a pediatric occupational therapist, and I play for the glory of God.” This is a sweet article.

Ten Tips from Ten Years

Stephen McAlpine shares ten tips from ten years of involvement in the missional church planting scene.

This Day in 1971. 45 years ago today Russell Moore was born. Happy birthday, Russell!

A Church Weekend Away - Don’t Forget the Beer

Here’s a unique situation that arises in a unique ministry context. And I post this older article because apparently the man in question died yesterday.

The Holiness of God & Chosen by God

“You can stream all of the messages in Dr. R.C. Sproul’s classic series’ Chosen by God and The Holiness of God for free. You can also stream these series for free on YouTube.” If you’ve never seen these, get thee to YouTube!

Flashback: Songs We Sing (That You Probably Don’t)

Here are a few songs we sing at Grace Fellowship Church that you may not be familiar with.

3 Ways To Be Ready for the Best Evangelistic Opportunity this Year

My thanks goes to The Good Book Company for sponsoring the blog this week with “3 Ways To Be Ready for the Best Evangelistic Opportunity this Year.”

To become slow to anger is to become like God. —David Powlison

October 07, 2016

I wasn’t able to dig up any new Kindle deals today. However, Logos has a roundup of their best deals for October while Westminster Books has some deals on books related to counseling one another.

Findings from the New Atlantis Report on Sexuality and Gender

Al Mohler breaks down an important new report and focuses on the most important findings.

How William Tyndale Changed the World

Here’s an article and video on a man who changed the world.

City Gate Destroyed by Hezekiah

WORLD reports: “archeologists have uncovered a city gate-shrine they believe Hezekiah’s men demolished at the city of Lachish in the eighth century B.C.”

Six Disturbing Assumptions Uncovered in A World Without Downs

Here, based on a new documentary, are “six chilling assumptions informing a culture that would enable the elimination of a subgroup.”

Boys Online

This is neither fun nor easy to read, but it is helpful in understanding what it’s like to be a teenaged boy navigating a digital world.

This Day in 1832. 184 years ago today Charles Converse, American lawyer and composer of the hymn tune for “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” was born. *

6 Ways the Psalms Sing to Our Fears

George Guthrie: “When I am struggling with fear, I find meditating on the Psalms a great help and comfort. Here are 6 ways in which that wonderful ‘song book’ for life helps me to process my fears, bringing them to the Lord.”

A Few Tips on Raising Boys

David Murray comes through with some good ones.

Lying About Hitler

Justin Taylor has an interesting interview with historian Richard Evans.

Flashback: Take a Test on the Trinity

A year ago I created this 33-question test on the Trinity. Why don’t you take 5 minutes to go through it and see how you do?

If you add anything to Christ, you lose Christ. Salvation is in Christ alone by grace alone through faith alone. —John Stott

October 06, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include: 60 People Who Shaped the Church by Alton Gansky, Each for the Other by Byran Chapell, Pastors Are People Too and Survive or Thrive by Jimmy Dodd, and Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Get them here.

Turning 40 While Single and Childless

Bethany Jenkins penned a really good article for TGC. “Four weeks shy of turning 40, I’m still single and childless. ‘Barren’—a description that was laughable to my 28-year-old self—may turn out to be true.”

Every Click Counts

This is a good reminder from David Mathis: “You’re never alone when you’re online. Not only is God watching — which should be significant enough! — but others are watching too. Every click counts, and is counted.”

What Andy Stanley Has Forgotten

The big point of this article by Richard Phillips is short but so important: “The Bible conveys not only information but power.” We need to believe this and not forget this!

Single Men, Consider the Single Mothers in Your Church

There is lots to chew on in this meaty article from Sam Parkison. Here’s the charge to young men: “as you look for a future wife, don’t write off the single moms in your church.”

The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st-Century Agriculture

The New York Times has an interesting photo essay showing the grandeur—the sheer size—of food-growing and food-production facilities today.

This Day in 1536. 480 years ago today reformer William Tyndale, who translated and published the first mechanically-printed New Testament in English, was strangled to death before being burned at the stake. *

When the American Church Fails Its Missionaries

This is very convicting. “I have been praying fervently for these friends, and many others like them.  I have seen firsthand how committed, driven, and strategic they are.  They need to be here.  They need to stay here.  But that can only happen with enough financial support.”

Faithful Preachers are Forgetful Preachers

Here’s a good reminder from H.B. Charles Jr.

Where Did Satan Come From?

It’s a good question, isn’t it? If God created the world good and very good, how did Satan suddenly show up?

Flashback: 6 Great Reasons To Study Doctrine

I guess I’m one of those geekly people who loves to learn a new word and the big idea behind it. But I hope I do not love doctrine for doctrine’s sake. Rather, I strive to be a person who loves doctrine for God’s sake. Today I want to give you 6 great reasons to study doctrine.

Authentic sadness is better than artificial happiness. —David Murray