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December 01, 2014

Welcome to December! There are lots of good Kindle deals to kick off the new month. They include: An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis ($0.99); Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard ($0.99); Reckless Abandon by David Sitton ($0.99); Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper ($0.99); PROOF by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones ($2.99); Game Day for the Glory of God by Stephen Altrogge ($0.99); God With Us by K. Scott Oliphant ($2.99); Luke by J.C. Ryle ($2.99); On Guard by William Lane Craig ($4.99); Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace ($4.99); One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($4.99); Live Like a Narnian by Joe Rigney ($0.99); The 3 Wise Women by Christin Ditchfield ($0.99); Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie (Free). Amazon has 2,000 other titles on sale today and you can browse the list here; they have a couple of their devices marked down as well.

Of all of that, here’s what I recommend: Buy An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis and Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard, and then download Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie. You’ve spent $1.98 and gotten 3 excellent books.

You may want to keep an eye on my roundup of Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for Christians. And now, here are some links for the day…

Free Audiobook - Free from Christian Audio this month is John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. Free from Logos this month is Opening Up Genesis by Kurt Strassner.

Tabletalk Magazine - Today only you can have a one-year subscription to Ligonier’s Tabletalk magazine for just $12.

A Unique Ministry - Brian Croft asks and answers, What is a unique and needed ministry in the local church for stay-at-home moms?

God’s Immediate Authority - Matt Perman has a really solid article on authority and leadership.

Joy: An Irish Christmas - Aileen and I really enjoyed the first stop on the Getty’s Christmas tour. You really ought to check the dates here and see if they are coming to your town. It’s a fantastic concert.

We See You, Calvin - Here’s a sweet article about disability.

Why Do These Pentecostals Keep Growing? - Ed Stetzer suggests why it is that Pentecostals keep growing even while other traditions go into decline.

It is a very ill omen to hear a wicked world clap its hands and shout “Well done” to a Christian manC.H. Spurgeon


November 29, 2014

I did not spot too many exceptional Kindle deals this morning, but you may want to look at these 3 by GCD Books: Called Together, Make, Mature, Multiply, and everPresent ($0.99 each). There were also a few good deals you may have missed yesterday.

I appreciate much of what this writer says in an article titled The Cult of Kiddie Danger. “It is founded on the unshakable belief that our kids are in constant danger from everyone and everything.”

Rick Warren minimizes the differences and highlights the similarities as he outlines a vision of unity with Roman Catholicism. I agree with Dan Phillips who comments, “Absolutely appalling.” Yes, there may be ways we can work together, but not by minimizing those all-important differences!

Here’s a brief but interesting history of the American shopping mall. It’s difficult to remember that malls are a relatively recent invention.

Thanks to HCSB for sponsoring the blog this week with their excellent article Pursuing ‘Optimal Equivalence’.

This video shows just how boring your normal flights are. (And it shows just how safe the margins are for normal airline operations.)

Michael Cooper discusses The Dangerous Task of Expository Preaching. “Just think about the ridiculous nature of preaching for a moment. People take an hour or so out of their week to listen to an oral presentation from an ancient book that contains documents that are over 2,000 years old.”

Light thoughts of sin breed light thoughts of the Saviour. —C.H. Spurgeon


November 28, 2014

It is Black Friday today, which means there are lots of great deals to be had. On another page I’ve compiled Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Christians. Amazon has put a lot of their Kindle devices on for Black Friday, and they are all at least $20 off. Kindle ($49); Kindle Fire HD 6 ($79); Kindle Paperwhite ($99); Kindle Fire HD 7 ($109). Here are a few book deals: Why Christ Came by Joel Beeke ($1.99); How Long, O Lord? by D.A. Carson ($4.99); The Four Loves and Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis ($1.99 each). Check out this list for general market books.

Abundant Thanksgiving in Poverty and True Wealth - I love the little historical snippets Vance Christie shares from time to time.

Carolling the Story - Keith Getty gives 5 reasons to love carolling the story. (I’m looking forward to seeing The Gettys in concert tonight in Hamilton!)

What Mothers Are Thankful For - From what I’ve observed, this is bang-on.

Thank God for God - If you’re going to be thankful for anything, you ought to start at the top.

Mom Enough - Mom Enough is a new book from Desiring God and it is free for the taking.

The Identity Crisis - This article from The Atlantic says, “Americans—particularly Millennials—are getting more tattoos than ever. Is a shifting, increasingly uncertain culture to blame?”

An ineffably holy God who has the utmost abhorrence of sin was never invented by any of Adam’s descendants.A.W. Pink


November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family. I sure wish I could be down there celebrating with you! Alas, it’s just a normal day here in Canada and I’ve got work to do. Be sure to check in tomorrow to take a look at all the Black Friday deals I’ve tracked down.

But for today, Amazon has put a lot of their Kindle devices on sale in a kind of pre-Black Friday sale. They are all at least $20 off. Kindle ($49); Kindle Fire HD 6 ($79); Kindle Paperwhite ($99); Kindle Fire HD 7 ($109). The book deals should come tomorrow.

A Lifestyle, Not a Holiday - “If it is true that all men exist—were made to glorify God—our gratitude failure is not simply a failure of manners, akin to forgetting to write a thank-you card for a gift. Instead it is like adultery, like murder, like cosmic rebellion.” While you’re on Ligonier’s site, you can get these free Thanksgiving messages from R.C. Sproul.

Recovering Scripture - Michael Horton says that recovering Scripture is the church’s only hope.

Why I Believe the Jury Got It Wrong - Thabiti Anyabwile explains why he thinks the jury got it wrong in Ferguson. This article takes a very different perspective from Voddie Baucham’s did yesterday. You may also want to read Dan Phillips’ excellent Seven Revelations of Ferguson.

The Most Satisfying Occupations - Well look what made #1 on the list…

A Thanksgiving Assessment - Paul Tripp has a Thanksgiving assessment for you.

Why You Paid More - “You paid $400 for your flight. The person next to you paid $250. Here’s why that makes sense—and benefits everybody.”

Jesus Christ is in every way sufficient to the vast desires of the soul. —John Flavel


November 26, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: If you’ve still never read Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, there’s no better time than now ($2.99); Also consider The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones ($1.99). You’ll find three new ones from Christian Focus: A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism by Robert Letham ($2.99); The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life by Dale Ralph Davis ($3.99); and Coping with Change by Walter Kaiser, a fantastic little commentary on Ecclesiastes ($2.99).

Thoughts on Ferguson - Voddie Baucham offers his thoughts on Ferguson, and they are well worth reading.

How To Use the Colon - “It’s in ordinary writing that the colon gets a bit confusing. It’s sometimes used when it’s not needed, or not used when it is. And the biggest question is how to deal with the text that follows one.”

9 Things About Adoption - “Each year in November, the President of the United States issues a proclamation to announce National Adoption Month.” Joe Carter offers 9 things to know about adoption.

Serve Your Guts Out - Here are some great reasons to serve your guts out.

Prayer in the Facebook Age - This one is written from a Catholic perspective, but contains helpful thoughts on prayer in a Facebook age.

6 Theological Themes in Joshua - This article lists 6 theological themes that run through the book of Joshua.

I am going to judge my circumstances by Jesus’ love, not Jesus’ love by my circumstances. —Tim Keller


November 25, 2014

Every year I put together a round-up of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that are of interest to Christians. So be sure to check in on Friday and over the weekend—already I’m getting wind of some pretty good deals.

For today, though, here are some Kindle deals: Dining with the Devil by Os Guinness ($1.99); New Testament Theology by Leon Morris ($4.99); The Mission of Today’s Church by Various ($0.99); Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous ($0.99); Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart and Gospel by J.D. Greear ($0.99 each); Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey ($3.99); Called Together by Jonathan Dodson & Brad Watson ($0.99); Make, Mature, and Multiply by Brandon Smith ($0.99).

Pagans in the Youth Group - Help! There are pagans in my youth group!

Terms of Service - This short graphic novel illustrates some concerns with today’s newest technologies. It comes from just one, biased perspective, of course, but offers lots of good food for thought.

Shepherd Press eBooks - For just a couple of days Westminster Books is offering all Shepherd Press ebooks at $1.99.

6 Joys and Perils of Full Time Ministry - There is some good stuff in this article by Josh Moody.

The Briefing - You may benefit from listening to this morning’s episode of Al Mohler’s “The Briefing” in which he discusses yesterday’s grand jury announcement. I look to him as a trustworthy guide and interpreter.

How to Buy Groceries - If you’re the shopper in your home, you may appreciate this guide to smart shopping at the supermarket.

Dear Mr. Anxious - Here’s a letter to the anxious Christian.

Let us learn a lesson of humility from our Saviour; let us never court great titles nor proud degrees. —C.H. Spurgeon


November 24, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung ($1.99); A Loving Life by Paul Miller ($1.99); Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman ($0.99); Contentment by Lydia Brownback ($0.99); The Christian Counselor’s Manual by Jay Adams ($1.99); God’s Battalions by Rodney Stark ($2.99); An Introduction to the Old Testament by Tremper Longman ($4.99); Worldly Saints by Leland Ryken ($4.99); Speaking Truth in Love by David Powlison (free).

A Timelapse of the Sun - This is “the surface of the sun from October 14th to 30th, 2014, showing sunspot AR 2192, the largest sunspot of the last two solar cycles (22 years).”

Theological Trespassing - “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever.” You need to be wary of theological trespassing.

How Board Games Conquered Cafes - Here’s a trend I like; I wish I had a cafe like this in my neighborhood.

Holiday Hospitality - Here are 4 reminders for holiday hospitality.

I Will Choose to Trust God Today - Randy Alcorn (and Nancy Leigh DeMoss) share a pledge worth reading.

Satan wants to destroy our faith in God. God wants to destroy our faith in ourselves. —John Kimbell


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


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


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