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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


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


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


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


January 15, 2015

How I Almost Lost the Bible - I enjoyed reading this from Gregory Alan Thornbury: “Had it not been for the first editor of CT, I likely would have gone the way of liberal scholar Bart Ehrman.”

Why Christians Don’t Seek to Avenge Insults against God - “We forget how entirely unexpected and shocking the humility and servanthood of Jesus is—how foreign it is to human expectations of God, and in this case, to Muslim expectations.”

How the Universe Made the Stuff That Made Us - I read an article like this one and think, Isn’t it just far simpler and more obvious that God made it all? How could the universe make itself? See Romans 1:18ff.

Lecrae, John Piper, & John Ensor - Here’s an interesting conversation with Lecrae, John Piper, and John Ensor on the story behind Good, Bad, Ugly, the remorse of abortion, and the healing of the gospel of Christ.

Cripping Up - Very interesting: “Eddie Redmayne, who won a Golden Globe for playing Stephen Hawking, is the latest in a long line of non-disabled actors to portray disabled characters.”

9 Things You Should Know about Boko Haram - “While the world’s attention has been focused on terrorist attacks by radical Islamist groups in Europe, Iraq, and Syria, another series of attacks in Africa has largely gone unnoticed. Here are nine things you should know about Boko Haram…”

The Christian’s life should put his minister’s sermon in print. —William Gurnall


January 14, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad by Robert Spencer ($1.99); Pearls of Great Price by Joni Eareckson Tada ($1.99). Here is the complete list of current Kindle deals.

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward - This article (language warning) describes just some of the difficulties of dealing with serious mental illness. It is sad, but also very revealing.

Books on Sale - Westminster Books has some new, noteworthy, and slightly off-the-beaten-path titles on sale this week.

Lonely Jack Nicholson - This article deals with adult topics, but also real-world topics. Jack Nicholson, who was a notorious womanizer, reaches his senior years and finds himself all alone. It’s like something out of Ecclesiastes.

Big Hairy Audacious Goals - I like Mark Altrogge’s big hairy audacious goal for the year ahead.

Love the Church More than its Health - This one goes out to the people who love doctrine.

Human Trafficking at Your Finger Tips - Jefferson Bethke talks about the connection between porn and human trafficking.

How Far Will We Go to Learn Ongota? - J.D. Payne lays down a challenge.

Love says: I’ve seen the ugly parts of you, and I’m staying. —Matt Chandler


January 13, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: Willing to Believe by R.C. Sproul ($1.99); Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow ($1.99); Biblical Words and their Meaning by Moises Silva ($1.99); An Introduction to Biblical Ethics by David Jones ($0.99); Holy Ground by Chris Costaldo ($1.99). Today only Amazon has a huge list of discounted books for students. And I’ve got the list of Kindle Book Deals for Christians all updated.

Fisherman That Don’t Fish - It’s a helpful illustration.

Religious Liberty vs. Erotic Liberty - Al Mohler comments on a very troubling piece of news.

Home for the Holidays - TGC: “In the aftermath of the holidays, we offer this two-part article as a window into how to respond to family strife in a godly manner. The author, Dan Doriani, is also working on a book on the topic.”

A Review of ‘Patterns of Evidence: Exodus’ - Joe Carter reviews a new documentary. “Despite being made for a niche audience, Patterns is one of the most well-crafted documentaries released in years.”

Practical Atheism - Here is R.C. Sproul on practical atheism.

Making Fun of Gamers - I consider this an important message on video gaming: “30 year old gaming is the way the world tells its stories.”

A materialistic world will not be won to Christ by a materialistic church. —David Platt


January 12, 2015

We’ll start with Kindle deals: Crossway has their Foundations of Evangelical Theology series on sale for $4.99 each: The Cross and Salvation; To Know and Love God; No One Like Him; He Who Gives Life; Sojourners and Strangers. Also consider Gospel Formed by J.A. Medders (free); Joshua by Robert Hubbard (NIVAC) ($5.99); 1, 2, and 3 John by Karen Jobs (ZECNT) ($5.99); Scripture and Counseling by Bob Kellemen ($5.99); The Crucified King by Jeremy Treat ($1.99); Raised? by Jonathan Dodson ($0.99). There are far more than I can list here—you can find a complete list of new and updated deals at Kindle Book Deals for Christians.

Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances? - Thanks to Randy Alcorn for addressing this question.

R.C. Sproul on Mark - Logos users will want to grab R.C. Sproul’s commentary on Mark while it is free.

When the Sin of Sloth Sneaks Up on You - “One day I woke up and realized that I was stressed out about the chaotic state of my life.  There was no relaxation, EVER.  But, it wasn’t because I never sat around.  It was because I was sitting around too much.  I was avoiding what I didn’t want to do, and it was making me miserable.”

The Strange Life of ‘Lord’ Timothy Dexter - This is an interesting little bit of history.

The View from the Ash Heap - Scholar Daniel Block reflects on sitting at his grandson’s side while he endures cancer treatments.

Which Promises Are for Me? - Jen Wilkin helps you understand which of the Bible’s promises are for you (and what may not be).

A Mother’s Brain - Here’s what happens to a woman’s brain when she becomes a mother. “From joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.”

The weakest faith gets the same strong Christ as does the strongest faith. —Sinclair Ferguson


January 10, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Mary—Another Redeemer? by James White ($1.99); Zondervan Dictionary of Bible and Theology Words ($2.99); Timeless Stories by Vance Christie ($3.99); Practical Prayer by Derek Prime ($2.99); The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson ($5.99). A complete list of 100+ deals is here: Kindle Books Deals for Christians.

Wesley and the Death of Toplady - There is some interesting and cordial back-and-forth going on between those who admire Wesley and those who admire Toplady. The two of them once had quite the spat.

John Calvin believed that at times we need to Condone Theological Delusion. Here’s the when’s and how’s of it.

The Boston Globe has a simple but beautiful collection of Animal Patterns.

Rod Dreher says No, We Are Not Charlie, though he includes an alternate viewpoint below his own.

Thanks to B&H for sponsoring the blog this week with Tony Medira’s article Good Doctrine Wins People, Not Arguments.

Joe Holland offers A Sophisticated Way of Denying the Gospel.

Sin is what you do when you are not satisfied in God. —John Piper


January 09, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Schaeffer on the Christian Life by William Edgar and Warfield on the Christian Life by Fred Zaspel ($3.99 each) round out the series that went on sale on Monday. Also consider The Way of Wisdom edited by J.I. Packer ($5.99); The Gospel of the Lord by Michael Bird ($3.99); God’s Love by R.C. Sproul ($0.99; New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer ($2.99). I continue to update the big spreadsheet of Kindle Book Deals for Christians with all the deals I don’t have space to list here.

Theological Extremism in a Secular Age - Here are Al Mohler’s comments on the terrorism in France. He says, “Western elites are often relatively unwilling or unable to deal with the disorder that has now emerged on the world scene.”

The Ineptitude of Moral Equivalence - Here is Jesse Johnson with a helpful article on the same subject. Culturally, “We value relativism so much that we have lost the ability to say that some religions are enemies of both truth and freedom.”

2014 Bestsellers on Sale - Westminster Books has many of 2014’s bestselling books nicely discounted. You can’t go wrong with any of them!

Flirting with the Law - You may find yourself identifying with Ed Welch here.

What About Intolerance Inequality? - “Intolerance is bad. Inequality is bad. But what about intolerance inequality?”

Not a Game of Telephone - You may have heard that the early transmission of the Bible is like the kids’ game of telephone. Here’s why that’s a bad comparison.

To know that God knows everything about me and yet loves me is indeed my ultimate consolation. —R.C. Sproul