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January 27, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: What’s Best Next by Matt Perman (one of my top books of 2014) ($3.99); Don’t Stop Believing by Mike Wittmer ($1.99); The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ($2.79); God Is Red by Liao Yiwu ($1.99). As always, the complete list is here: Kindle Book Deals for Christians.

If the Lord Marks Iniquity - R.C. Sproul: “The Psalmist asked the question: ‘If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?’ This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one.”

But God - “Revel in these two priceless words…”

Will Christians Be Allowed To Serve as Judges? - Denny Burk writes about an alarming bit of news from California.

Often Unnoticed Marks of Godliness - I enjoyed this one—a challenge for each one of us.

A Solid Worldview Won’t Save My Kids - Stephen Altrogge is exactly right: “Worldview is important, but it’s only one part of the equation. A biblical worldview helps a person think correctly. But we are not purely intellectual beings.”

2 Years to No Lies - You may not know how much you lie until you vow that you won’t do it anymore. There’s a good sermon illustration here.

Sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest losses that can be upon our souls. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks

January 26, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals—some excellent theological works from Crossway: God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment by James Hamilton ($5.99); God Is Love by Gerald Bray ($5.99); The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders ($2.99); Salvation Accomplished by the Son by Robert Peterson ($4.99).

Missed Motherhood - Denny Burk: “Susan Shapiro’s article at The New York Times is as sad as anything I’ve read in a long time. She is the quintessential modern woman, having pursued a career and life in the city through her childbearing years…”

All Paths Lead to God - Kevin DeYoung shows how all paths do lead to God, one way or another.

NHL and GoPro - GoPro and the NHL teamed up to make an amazing video.

Joshua Harris Resigns - Josh Harris has announced his resignation from Covenant Life Church. His explanation is well worth reading.

How to Combat the Demonic - J.D. Greear offers counsel on how to combat the demonic. “If you want to fight the demonic, don’t focus on the demons at all; just let Jesus be large in your life.”

Aging Gracefully - “The focus on outer beauty is a battle Christian women have been waging for years, and it’s doubtful we’ll win anytime soon.”

God is as much, if not more, interested in doing a great work in us as he is in doing a great work through us. —Mike Ayers

Ayers

January 24, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle Deals: Jesus, the Only Way to God by John Piper ($0.99); You, Your Family and the Internet by David Clark ($0.99); George Muller of Bristol by Arthur Pierson ($3.96); Igniting the Fire by Jake Hanson ($3.82).

You may enjoy this article on The Jennifer Epidemic. It traces the rising and waning of the most popular baby names over the past decades. And apparently there has never been a name like Jennifer.

Al Mohler looks at Downtown Abbey and asks What Are Americans Really Watching?

Here is an Ode to Skymall as it announces its bankruptcy. “SkyMall, that stupid wonderful completely American wonder that, with its insistence that you take your own free copy, announced it was your right as a human in the ‘90s to never not be shopping.”

Gavin Ortlund offers 7 Principles of Sabbath Rest. “Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am learning. I share them in hopes they might help others fighting the battle of busyness, fatigue, and endurance.”

Amazing Grace is a brief and quirky update from Scotland and the ministry 20 Schemes (which I both love and support!).

Jamie Brown has an interesting one: Pointing at the Same Thing from Different Angles.

As pastors, you will find that guarding the gospel will cause you intense personal pain. —Sinclair Ferguson

Ferguson

January 23, 2015

Spoiler Alert - This is an interesting one from Slate: “Children’s birthday parties are getting more and more extravagant. Here’s how we let it happen.” I have noticed this trend!

Going Paperless - This is a long but helpful guide on going paperless. It’s easier than ever!

What I Saw at the Abortion - Trevin Wax: “Ross Douthat linked to this first-person testimony from Richard Selzer, a surgeon, as an example of a pro-choice person who can’t ‘unsee’ what they’ve witnessed in an abortion.”

When You’re Prayerless - “Prayerlessness is not fundamentally a discipline problem. At root it’s a faith problem.” And it happens to all of us sometimes.

Under the Microscope - You know you want to see what some common objects look like under the microscope.

Patterns of Evidence - Here’s another review of the new documentary film Patterns of Evidence.

3 Leadership Lessons from Winston Churchill - Gavin Ortlund looks to Winston Church to find 3 important leadership lessons.

When we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing. We worship anything. —G.K.Chesterton

Chesterton

January 22, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: On Guard by William Lane Craig (free); The Forgotten Trinity by James White ($1.99); Heresy by Alister McGrath ($1.99). (Complete list)

How Small Is an Atom? - Very small, apparently, according to this video.

Books on Sale - This week’s deals from Westminster Books include excellent resources for middle schoolers.

I’ve Sinned; Now What? - Here are eleven reminders for dealing with sin.

The Boy Who Didn’t Come Back From Heaven - The Guardian: “Alex Malarkey co-wrote a bestselling book about a near-death experience – and then last week admitted he made it up. So why wasn’t anyone listening to a quadriplegic boy and a mother who simply wanted the truth to be heard?”

5 Scientific Problems with Current Theories of Biological and Chemical Evolution - Justin Taylor summarizes some work from the Discovery Institute.

Before He Preachers - Thom Rainer makes six observations about speaking to the pastor right before he preaches.

Idolizing the Bible - Is it possible for Christians to idolize the Bible?

God never made a promise that was too good to be true. —D. L. Moody

Moody

January 21, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler ($2.99); Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax ($2.99); The People of God by Trevor Joy & Spence Shelton ($0.99); Ordinary by Tony Merida ($4.99); Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer ($4.99); The Wisdom of Narnia by Pauline Baynes ($0.99); The Church by Richard McBrien (this is history of Catholicism by a liberal Roman Catholic may be of interest to some readers) ($3.99). Complete List.

Women’s Discipleship and the Mommy Blogosphere - Hannah Anderson has some valuable things to say about the mommy blogs—their strengths and their weaknesses.

God’s Light in Our Darkness - “Being ‘saved’ doesn’t save us from facing sickness and sword, including depression. However, God does promise to give us the proper footing as we walk through hard terrain.”

How Should We Respond? - Justin Taylor suggests an appropriate response to the new reports that a fragment from the gospel of Mark dates to the first century.

The Gospel in Colombia - The Gospel Coalition reports on the state of the church in Colombia.

Husbands, Pray with Your Wives - Wendy Alsup encourages husbands to love their wives by praying with their wives.

Stop Obsessing - Mike Wittmer gives you 4 good reasons to stop obsessing about heaven.

When a man truly sees himself, he knows nobody can say anything about him that is too bad. ―D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Lloyd Jones

January 20, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Finally Free by Heath Lambert ($3.99); Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (A new edition edited by Kevin DeYoung) ($3.99); The Forgotten Trinity by James White ($1.99); A Model of Christian Maturity by D.A. Carson ($2.99); The Crucified King by Jeremy Treat ($1.99); The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson ($3.79). You can find a complete list here: Kindle Books Deals for Christians.

Zobrist’s Goodbye - I enjoyed reading what Ben Zobrist did as he left Tampa Bay (after being traded to the Oakland A’s).

20 Things for My Daughter - This is a great list: 20 things Melissa wants her daughter to understand about being a woman.

This Will Revolutionize Education - “Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education?” This is quite an enjoyable video.

Undeveloped World War II Film Discovered - You might like this video in which the Rescued Film Project discovers and processes 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago.

The Oldest Gospel Fragment - “A text found on papyrus used on a mummy mask may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist—a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year AD 90.”

What Did Jesus Mean? - What did Jesus mean when he said we would do greater work than he would do? Here’s R.C. Sproul’s explanation.

We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to Someone. —Os Guinness

Guinness

January 19, 2015

Crossway has reduced the price on several volumes of the excellent Preaching the Word commentary series to $5.99 each: Job, ProverbsLuke, Revelation. Also consider: Jesus on Every Page by David Murray ($1.99); Standing Strong by John MacArthur ($2.99); Alone with God by John MacArthur (free).

Gigapixels of Andromeda - NASA recently released an incredibly detailed photo of the Andromeda galaxy. This video shows it off. It’s amazing.

A Story About a Bird - I enjoyed Elisha’s account of someone simply taking the time to encourage her.

Developing Godly Qualities in Children - Randy Alcorn: “Teaching our children the truth is absolutely necessary, but it is not sufficient. The solid foundation for a life is not just hearing the words of God, but doing them.”

Euthanizing God? - This is an important article that deals with the growing likelihood that euthanasia will soon be considered a legitimate option in Canada and beyond.

The Path to the Attack at Charlie Hebdo - The New York Times has a long but interesting piece on the attacks in Paris.

Heavenly Lies - Mike Wittmer writes about Alex Malarkey and his new claims that he didn’t go to heaven after all.

2 Principles to Consider - Here are 2 principles to consider before you pick up and move to a new town.

We should be content to be abased and obscure provided Christ is honored and exalted. — Thomas Manton

Manton

January 17, 2015

I’ve got just a few new Kindle deals today: I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That by Steve Timmis ($1.99); The Measure of a Young Man by Gene Getz (free); The Real Face of Atheism by Ravi Zacharias ($2.99).

Here are 5 Simple Ways to Teach Your Children Theology. It’s not nearly as complicated as we can sometimes imagine it.

In light of the firing of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Russell Moore asks Is Glorifying God a Hate Crime Now?

Nancy Leigh DeMoss shares some reflections on Ministering in a Maximum-Security Women’s Prison. “We conducted an impromptu two-day conference that included many hours of studying God’s Word together, group interaction, worship, prayer, and testimonies, as well as one-on-one ministry with numerous women.”

Yes, even pastors sometimes get Hate Mail. Here are tips on what to do about it.

Yesterday I linked to the video, but also wanted to link to this article: Lecrae Confesses Abortion, Invites Others into the Light.

Thanks to Matthias Media and Tony Payne for sponsoring the blog this week with the article Doing the Obvious.

Denny Burk looks Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage.

Tell me what the world is saying today, and I’ll tell you what the church will be saying in seven years. —Francis Schaeffer

Schaeffer

January 16, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson ($1.99); Introducing the New Testament by D.A. Carson & Douglas Moo ($1.99); Sense and Nonsense about Heaven and Hell and Sense and Nonsense about Angels and Demons by Kenneth Boa ($0.99 each). You can find a complete list at Kindle Book Deals for Christians.

Change For Struggling Marriages - This is a helpful article written by a couple who were both Christians when they were married, but who had significant relationship struggles in the first few years.

The Boy Who Didn’t Come Back From Heaven - This is big news: One of the bestselling heaven tourism books has been taken out of print because the child now says it was all a bunch of nonsense. Phil Johnson explains in more depth.

What Did You See in Heaven? - Speaking of which, Adam4d pokes some fun at the heaven tourism books.

9 Things You Need to Know About Widows - “Here are nine things you need to know about the ever-increasing member of society, the widow…”

Our Father Is not Like Our father - “We all have the tendency to project a concept of fatherhood upon God instead of to receive the image that he projects.”

A 67th Book? - In 1 Corinthians 5:9, Paul alludes to an earlier letter to fellow believers in Corinth. If we found that letter, would it become part of Scripture? Should it?

The existence of hypocrites does not prove the non-existence of true believers. —C.H. Spurgeon

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