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March 11, 2015

I dug up a few new Kindle deals today: Introducing the New Testament by D.A. Carson ($0.99); The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 2 ($1.99); Unleashing the Word by Max McLean ($0.99); Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon ($0.99); The Measure of Success by Carolyn McCulley ($4.99); The Gospel Commission by Michael Horton ($3.99); The Promises of Grace by Bryan Chapell ($1.99); Raised? by Jonathan Dodson ($0.99).

Preparing for Easter - This week’s deals from Westminster Books will help you get ready for Easter.

A Good [Wo]man is Easy to Find - Yes! “Whenever I have languished around wishing and hoping and dreaming for mentors, I have found myself lacking them. Yet when I have engaged in the ministry of mentorship myself, I find myself in an abundance of counselors.”

Why Salvation Is Far from Some People - “One characteristic of those the Bible describes as ‘wicked’ is that they do not seek God’s statutes, God’s Word. For that reason, ‘Salvation is far from’ them since the way of salvation—the way to God—is found only in the Word of God.”

The Cost of Relativism - “We now have multiple generations of people caught in recurring feedback loops of economic stress and family breakdown, often leading to something approaching an anarchy of the intimate life.”

The Dreadful Loneliness of Life Without Scripture - Here’s a good article with a great title.

An African Ordination - You’ll enjoy reading this little glimpse into an African ordination service.

It is better to go bruised to heaven than sound to hell. —Richard Sibbes


March 10, 2015

Making it Clearer - This is a fantastic bit of writing from Jeremy Walker as he responds to a series on the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Evangelicals and Catholics Together. You may need to read a couple of other articles for context.

A True Modern Marvel - Sometimes those things we take for granted are actually real marvels—things like the aluminum can.

4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures - Cross-culture evangelism just fascinates me. This author writes about how to share the gospel in honor-shame cultures.

Who Should Raise Your Children? - Trevin Wax goes back in history a little to look at the problems with universal day care.

Complementarianism & The Single Woman - Katie Van Dyke: “I am single. I am complementarian. A lot of times people don’t see how those things go hand in hand.”

9 Marks of an Unhealthy Church - Kevin DeYoung offers 9 marks of a church that isn’t doing so well.

What keeps most of us from God is not the sin we know we have, but the righteousness we think we have. —Nate Larkin


March 09, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert ($3.99); Covenantal Apologetics by K. Scott Oliphant ($3.99); Jesus or Nothing by Dan DeWitt ($2.99); Apologetics for the Twenty-First Century by Louis Markos ($3.99); Can You Believe It’s True? by John Feinberg ($5.99). If you didn’t check in on Saturday, take a look at the Christian Focus Kindle deals.

A Plea For Gospel Sanity in Missions - A couple of weeks ago I linked to part 1 in this series. Parts 2 and 3 are also worth reading.

Leave It To Beaver - Mary Kassian’s article is titled, “Leave It to Beaver, Sex and the City, and a Woman’s Happiness.”

Is There a Future? - Is there a future for the impossibly hopeless people in our communities? Mez McConnell answers the question.

4 Types of Sermons to Avoid - Derek Thomas provides the list.

Looking Forward to Heaven - TGC interviews Randy Alcorn about heaven. “What difference is heaven supposed to make in our lives now? Why do you think many Christians don’t look forward to heaven any more? What are some of the biggest misconceptions about heaven?”

The Gospel According to Pinterest - “Projects I will never tackle, recipes I will never cook, and homemade cleaning solutions I will never try - they all mocked me horrendously. Staring at all the amazing things other women are doing, I felt ashamed.”

Because of the gospel, I no longer live for approval; I live from approval. —Dave Harvey


March 07, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Preaching? by Alec Motyer ($3.99); Your Future Other Half by Rebecca Vandoodewaard ($2.99); The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace by Richard C. Barcellos ($3.99); Pleasing God by R.C. Sproul ($1.99).

This grieving grandmother writes that This is NOT a Disney World… ” I got a phone call from my son. He told me that his two-year-old daughter (who doesn’t live with him) had somehow gotten out of the house the night before into the bitter Wisconsin winter.”

David Prince offers A Simple Guide to Reading and Applying the Bible with Jesus as the Hero.

Canadians may be interested in this article from Macleans that tells what happened on Parliament Hill on October 22 (the day Nathan Cirillo was shot).

Preachers may want to consider these 3 Questions for Managing the Heart. I especially like this one: On Monday morning, do you believe what you prayed Saturday night?

Douglas Groothuis explains why we shouldn’t use the word porn for anything but smut.

Thanks to HCSB for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Let’s Be Clear: Clarity in Bible Translation.

We must show sympathy with sinners, but not with their sins. —C.H. Spurgeon


March 06, 2015

I’ve got just a few new Kindle deals today: Identity by Eric Geiger ($0.99); Defending Inerrancy by Norman Geisler ($1.99); A Year of Prayer by John MacArthur ($4.99); New from GLH Publishing is The Character of a Genuine Theologian by Herman Witsius ($0.99).

The Difference Between Outrage and Accountability - Yes! “For the Christian, shame and outrage can never be ends in themselves. While we value accountability, Christian accountability should always be oriented toward reconciliation and restoration - and seasoned with humility and love.”

What It Means And Does Not Mean To Honor Our President - Mark Altrogge follows up.

Let Boys be Non-Medicated Boys - “Even the goodness of boyhood energy is broken by the fall. But in most cases, what if we are getting the diagnosis wrong?  What if ADHD seems more like God-given characteristics of what it means to actually be a boy?”

The Man in the Van - ESPN has a great profile of one of the quirkiest players in Major League Baseball.

The Life and Theology of Paul - Ligonier Ministries is putting together a great selection of courses; the latest one looks at the life and theology of Paul; the first lecture is free. (Also consider their $5 Friday sale which has some good books and commentaries.)

The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church - “In the church, we face the challenge of upholding the sanctity of life, while simultaneously ministering to women who feel overwhelming shame about their abortions.”

Because of Jesus the sin we cannot forget God does not remember. —Tullian Tchividjian


March 05, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals: B&H has put their “Perspectives” series on sale for $2.99 each (each offers multiple perspectives on an issue): Christian Worship, Our Struggle With Sin, Family Ministry, Tithing, Church Government, Spirit Baptism, Children’s Spiritual Formation, the Doctrine of God, Your Child’s Education, Sabbath, Election, the Ending of Mark, Christian America.

Three Christian Misconceptions About Muslims - “When the average Westerner hears ‘Muslim,’ a number of images come to mind—mostly negative. But most Muslims would be just as horrified as we are at the assumptions entertained about them.”

We Are Called to Be Irritating - “The writer of Hebrews is emphasizing an intentional provoking or promoting of ‘love and good works’.”

The Internet Is Public Space - Mike Wittmer offers some thoughts on the Internet.

What Scares the New Atheists - “The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline – but in fact flourishing.”

Do Women Look at Porn? - Covenant Eyes shares some stats.

Guard and Repair - Here are 7 ways to guard and repair relationships.

Morality may damn as well as vice. A vessel may be sunk with gold as well as with dung. —Thomas Watson


March 04, 2015

You Don’t Need a Bucket List - Randy Alcorn explains that because of the resurrection you do not need to have a bucket list.

Everything a Child Should Know About God - Westminster Books has a great sale on an excellent new book meant to teach the basics of theology to young kids. I read through it a while ago and am glad to recommend it.

Lord, Make Me a Generous Father - “It takes my breath away to consider that, whether they know it or not, the primary way my kids are learning about their Father in heaven is through their father on earth.”

10 Ways to Hate People - It’s a quick, bulleted list, but each of them merits some thought.

MereChurch - MereChurch is a new company that wants to help good churches have good and cost-effective web sites.

Worship Is More Important than Your Small Group - I completely agree.

How We Study the Bible - This is helpful: 5 people offer a short explanation as to how they read the Bible day-by-day.

Man was never meant to be a god, but he is forever trying to deify himself. —Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Lloyd Jones

March 03, 2015

I’ve got just a couple of new Kindle deals for you today: Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior ($3.99 - Note: It is a very highly-regarded and relatively new biography); The Cell’s Design by Fazale Rana ($2.99).

Tabletalk Magazine - You may be interested in reading the columns from this month’s Tabletalk magazine. The theme is inerrancy.

Your Facebook Gender - I hope to have more to say about this in the future: Facebook now allows you to define your own gender and gender pronoun.

Josh Hamilton and the Monster that Hunts Us All - “I whispered a prayer under my breath: ‘Father, lavish your mercy on Josh Hamilton and his family. And have mercy on us. Let us never forget what hunts us.’”

The Worst Ever Honeymoon - Sometimes it’s fun to laugh at someone else’s misery: Like when David Murray recounts his honeymoon.

The Dangers of Pet Sins - “Pet sins are those sins we believe we have domesticated. We view them as small and insignificant.” And that’s just never good…

3 Muslim Misconceptions about Christians - J.D. Greear looks at “a set of misconceptions that most Muslims have about Christians that keep them from even considering the gospel.”

Worldliness is whatever makes sin look normal and righteousness look strange. —Kevin DeYoung


March 02, 2015

Here are today’s new Kindle deals: Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full and Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman ($3.99 each); Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin ($3.99); True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney ($3.99); Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Alsup ($2.99); Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur ($1.99); Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur ($3.03); Understanding Four Views on Baptism by Various ($1.99). (Also, the most basic Kindle device is on sale for just $59).

How Many People Died in the Inquisition? - Nathan Busenitz provides a solid answer. “Some suggest that just a few thousand people were executed during the Inquisition, while others project that there were tens of millions of victims. So how can the estimates be so widely divergent?”

Four Unthinkable Conversations - John Knight shares four unthinkable conversations.

I Feel Like Kony Won - Relevant has quite an interesting article about Invisible Children and Kony 2012.

Fireworks And Brimstone - I have a real problem with Buzzfeed, but occasionally they come up with a good article. This one on Katy Perry is both informative and sobering.

Adopted - I love the gospel.

Whole Foods and the Developing World - “Since I belong to the Developed World, I like the idea of organic food, raw milk, and clean meat.  I can see why GMO food is not great for our society.  I get why small, local farms are healthier. But I live in the Developing World.”

One glimpse at the glory of God will do more than all the punishments in the world to make men holy. —Solomon Stoddard


February 28, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Hints for Parents by Gardiner Springs ($3.19); Does God Exist? by William Lane Craig ($0.99); Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? by William Lane Craig ($1.99); Answering the Call by John Ensor ($3.96).

Garrett Kell finds a Pattern Among Fallen Pastors. He describes a study that looked at 246 pastors who had experienced moral failure and points to the common patterns.

Erik Raymond is one of my favorite bloggers, and just yesterday he moved his blog over to The Gospel Coalition; adjust your bookmarks accordingly!

This simple comic shows how, and how not, to be generous. “Don’t capitalize on it” is one that seems especially important in the Internet age!

There are some good takeaways from this article on The Pernicious Ideology of Personal Finance Scolds. “The scold focus is solely on accumulating a big enough money pile for oneself, never on the broader economic ecosystem that supports that wealth.”

Sooner or later you’ll want to know this: How to Stop Yourself From Crying. It’s simple enough: distract yourself with pain.

Joe Carter is writing a series on How to Memorize Anything. Memorizing is increasingly a lost art, so I’m glad he’s writing the series.

Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for sponsoring the blog this week with their article R.C. Sproul’s New Hymns to Praise Our King.

A loving God who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as if we carved Him out of stone. —R.C. Sproul