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November 05, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax ($0.99); How to Argue Like Jesus by Joe Carter & John Coleman ($0.99); Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy ($0.99); Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow ($5.98); A Theology for Family Ministry by Michael Anthony ($2.99); The MacArthur Bible Handbook by John MacArthur ($4.99).

Someday It Will Be Worth It - Mark Altrogge has some encouragement for you. “You won’t be disappointed. Keep believing in Jesus. Keep hoping in him. Keep clinging to him and abiding in him.”

To End All Wars - I think you’ll enjoy this video.

Mindscape - There are some good deals this week from Westminster Books, including Tim Keller’s new book on prayer.

The Barronelle Stutzman Story - This video tells Barronelle Stutzman’s story.

Hunting New Zealand’s West Coast Bull Tahr - Count the Bull Tahr.

Alex and Brett Harris - I enjoyed reading this profile of Alex and Brett Harris.

Baptizing lost people and teaching them to vote Republican is not revival. —Russell Moore


November 04, 2014

The Myth of Hate - “I’m told writing this post won’t matter. I can clarify until I’m blue in the face and nothing will change. It doesn’t matter what Christians actually think or believe about homosexuality. It seems the world will still believe what it wants to believe no matter what anyone says.”

4 Ways to Speak the Gospel to One Another - Here is specific instruction on a much-discussed practice.

Drive - This video contains a brief and helpful overview of what motivates us.

BBC Collections - Today only Amazon has a lot of their BBC collections on sale. No one does drama quite like the BBC

A Christian Tightrope Walker - Is there such a thing as a Christian tightrope walker? Here’s David Murray’s answer.

KJV Study Bible - The new King James Study Bible is available, and it looks fantastic.

How Not to Use Greek - Here are 3 ways not to use Greek in Bible study.

Truth Exchange - Peter Jones has some fascinating things to say in this interview from Tabletalk.

Every day Noah was building the ark someone told him he was on the wrong side of history. —Hershael York


November 03, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Sex and Money by Paul Tripp ($1.99); God, Marriage and Family by Andreas Kostenberger ($2.99); Why Cities Matter by Justin Buzzard & Stephen Um ($0.99); Joy to the World by Greg Forster ($0.99); If I Had Lunch With C.S. Lewis by Alister McGrath (free); The Life of A.W. Tozer by James Snyder ($1.99). New from GLH Publishing is The Pastor in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon ($0.99).

Driving Away First-Time Guests - Thom Rainer gives the results of an informal poll that looks at what drives away first-time guests at a church.

Olympic Bowling - Seriously? Yes, seriously. Bowling is trying to work its way into the Olympics.

More Important Than Getting Things Done - I enjoyed this short video.

Unsavable People - Do you think there are some people who are unsavable?

Endless, Bottomless, Boundless Grace and Compassion - Sinclair Ferguson: “The New Testament’s most frequent, and indeed most basic, description of the believer is that he or she is a person ‘in Christ.’”

A Catholic Schism - “A Catholic church schism under Pope Francis isn’t out of the question. The conservative backlash against the liberal pope’s authority has been fierce, and is gathering momentum.

A man may easier see without eyes, speak without a tongue, than truly mortify one sin without the Spirit. —John Owen


November 01, 2014

This month’s free audiobook from Christian Audio is The Attributes of God by A.W. Tozer. Free from Logos is From Prussia With Love by Carol Purves. You may want to look at Amazon’s list of Kindle books for $3.99 or less (Example: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is a fantastic biography and is currently just $1.99). Also consider How to Read the Bible in Changing Times by Mark Strauss ($1.99).

Mars Hill Church has announced that their multiple campuses will soon each become an independent church and that Mars Hill as an entity will cease to exist.

If you’re still in the Reformation Day spirit, you may enjoy this free lecture on Luther from Carl Trueman.

I’m grateful to the team at B&H and to the HCSB for sponsoring the blog this week.

I appreciate this perspective on preaching the gospel to yourself: Stop Preaching and Start Acting.

John Piper writes about Brittany Maynard and says, We Are Not Our Own. “I write mainly for those who are considering this issue afresh in light of Brittany’s story.”

Thomas Kidd looks to Colonial America and How (Not) to Pray Against Cultural Decline.

Here are some signs that you may be a Christian Celebrity Wannabe.

Those who preach the gospel preach in a graveyard. —Keith Mathison


October 31, 2014

Here are just a few Kindle deals for today: The Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard ($2.99); Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($3.79); God’s Will by J.I. Packer ($2.99); Autopsy of a Dead Church by Thom Rainer ($0.99); How People Change by Tim Lane & Paul Tripp (free). Of greater interest may be Free Reformation Day Friday — Ligonier has some great resources for free today (Kindle books, audio books, and teaching series), in honor of Reformation Day. Get ‘em while the gettin’s good!

The Hardest Text to Preach - Here are three preachers giving their take on the hardest text they’ve had to preach (John MacArthur, Al Mohler, and H.B. Charles).

Prepare Him Room - This is a resource that may be helpful in preparing your family for the Christmas season.

Are You a Good Parent? - Julian has a good article for parents (who, in my experience, are chronically guilty!).

Get Married - Even though the article goes on a little long, there is lots of good in it. As one who got married at 21 and has never had even a moment’s regret, I fully agree: Hey young people: now’s the time to get married.

The Perils Facing the Evangelical Church - R.C. Sproul: “When we consider the predicament that the evangelical church of the twenty-first century faces in America, the first thing we need to understand is the very designation ‘evangelical church’ is itself a redundancy.”

Is the Reformation Over? - Kevin DeYoung outlines the issues that continue to separate Protestantism from Catholicism.

There is no death of sin without the death of Christ. —John Owen


October 30, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Spurgeon’s Calvinism by Stephen McCaskell ($2.99); Visit the Sick, Prepare Them to Shepherd, & Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals by Brian Croft ($2.99 each); Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb ($1.99).

The Most Neglected Part of the Pastor’s Job Description - Thabiti Anyabwile makes a good point here about an oft-neglected ministry.

Boring Bridal Showers - I always enjoy reading about cross-cultural experiences like this one. Here’s what happens when a missionary attends a Tanzanian bridal shower.

This Argument Has Reached Retirement Age - It’s amazing how the same old arguments against the Bible are trotted out time and time again.

What Led You To Become an Atheist? - David Murray looks at the results of an interesting study and talks about the implications to the church today.

7 Figures - A new study from AEI titled ‘For Richer or Poorer’ documents the relationships between family patterns and economic well-being in America and shows how radically it can affect income.” Joe Carter draws out 7 significant figures.

No one who is a man-pleaser preaches the whole counsel of God. —R.C. Sproul


October 29, 2014

Here are some Kindle deals from Amazon on high-priced reference books that are now deeply discounted for Reformation Day: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem ($19.99); The Christian Faith by Michael Horton ($18.99); Historical Theology by Gregg Allison ($5.99); The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson ($5.98); Center Church by Tim Keller ($5.99); Politics by Wayne Grudem ($5.99); Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($5.99). Also consider A Simple Christianity by John MacArthur ($2.99) and Reclaiming Love by Ajith Fernando ($3.79).

Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse - Here’s an important new resource you may (should?) want to consider.

Superheroes, Heresies and the God-man - I quite enjoyed this video about Jesus’ humanity and divinity.

What Is Reformation Day All About? - ‘Tis the time of year for Reformation Day articles.

Joining Hands with Rome - And on the same topic, here’s when Christians will know they can now join hands with Rome.

Hadfield’s Best Photos - Astronaut Chris Hadfield took 45,000 photos from space; here are some of the best ones.

Not a Christian? - Does the church have authority to say a person is not a Christian? Here are some brief answers.

You can work your way to heaven, but only for your sentencing at the court of divine judgment. —Jerry Wragg


October 28, 2014

I’ve got lots of new Kindle deals for you today: PROOF by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones ($3.99); The Gospel at Work by Greg Gilbert & Sebastian Traeger ($3.99); Heaven Is a Place on Earth and Don’t Stop Believing by Michael Wittmer ($2.99 each); The Pastor’s Family by Brian & Cara Croft ($3.99); Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson ($2.99); Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax ($2.99); Christ-Centered Exposition Commentaries: Mark, James, Ephesians, 1,2,3 John. New from GLH Publishing is Thoughts on Family Worship by J.W. Alexander ($0.99).

10 Things About Reformed Theology - Here are 10 things Corrie Mitchell wishes everyone knew about Reformed theology.

Banner of Truth - Banner of Truth has some good books at Reformation Day special pricing.

Beautiful Beyond Our Control - “Something happened in middle school; I remember the moments exactly, imprinted on my mind and heart. You never forget a trusted adult calling you homely or pinching the flesh on your strong thigh, saying, ‘If you can pinch it, you’re too fat.’ I killed cute in middle school and claimed ugly instead.”

The State of Theology - Ligonier Ministries commissioned a survey of 3,000 Americans in partnership with LifeWay Research. The survey quantified Americans’ theological knowledge and awareness.

Unexpected Sacrifices - Here are some of the unexpected sacrifices of a life spent on the mission field.

The ordinary Christian with the Bible in his hand can say that the majority is wrong. —Francis Schaeffer


October 27, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore ($1.99); A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur ($5.98); Worldly Saints by Leland Ryken ($4.27); A God-Entranced Vision of All Things by John Piper ($1.99); Rediscovering the Church Fathers by Michael Haykin ($0.99); For Calvinism by Michael Horton ($2.99); Gospel Coach by Scott Thomas & Tom Wood ($2.99); Recovering Classic Evangelicalism by Greg Thornbury ($0.99); The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style ($2.99).

Forgotten Providence - “We seem to have moved past needing to talk about God’s providence—we’re quite sophisticated these days.” That’s true, I think. Read this article to brush up on providence.

ERLC Conference - You can tune in today and the next couple of days to watch the ERLC National Conference. There’s a great list of speakers on a critical topic.

JW’s and Viral Marketing - I found this a fascinating article. It looks at Jehovah’s Witnesses from a marketing perspective.

Halloween on Mission - David Mathis thinks about Halloween and mission.

The Decline of Contemporary Worship Music - David T Gordon predicts and describes what he believes is the imminent decline of contemporary worship music.

An unforgiving heart is an unforgiven heart. —Tim Keller


October 25, 2014

It was quite a week for Kindle deals, and especially if you’re into resources and commentaries. I don’t have anything new for you today, but if you’re into Kindle deals, you may want to look back at this week’s A La Carte archives.

Nick Batzig is Working on Learning to Rest. I need help there as well!

Ray Ortlund shows how The Ways of God Are To Be Admired.

I’m grateful to Thom Rainer for sponsoring the blog this week with his article 7 Reasons Some Churches Experience Revitalization (While Others Don’t).

Here are some of the best shots from The National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest.

Here is a sweet and comforting letter To Parents Who Have Lost a Child.

If you are in or near Toronto, I’d love to see you at the annual dinner for the Pregnancy Care Centre, an amazing ministry you ought to know about. (If finances are an issue, send me an email and I’ll see if I can hook you up…)

Here’s a description of the World’s Strangest Road-Trip through North Korea.

The preacher can only bring the Word to the ear; the Spirit must bring it from the ear to the heart. —Steven Lawson