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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


January 08, 2015

There were hundreds and hundreds of new Kindle deals yesterday—I don’t why there are so many this week! I sorted through them and found some that are noteworthy: Death by Living by N.D. Wilson ($1.99); The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick ($1.99); Walking from East to West by Ravi Zacharias ($1.99); A City Upon a Hill by Larry Witham ($1.99); God’s Battalions by Rodney Stark ($4.99); An Introduction to the Old Testamant by Tremper Longman ($5.99). You can find a complete list 0f 150+ deals right here: Kindle Book Deals for Christians.

Interview with Douglas J. Moo - I enjoyed this interview with Douglas Moo, Chair of the Committee on Bible Translation for the NIV. While I will not be switching to the NIV, I do appreciate many of the points he makes.

How to Write Good - Tony Payne offers some sound counsel.

Advancing the Gospel on the Front Line - Tabletalk’s interview this month is with Tim Keesee. He talks about the advance of the gospel in areas supposedly closed to it.

Announcements in Worship Services - Thom Rainer has a series of interesting observations about announcements in worship services.

Are You Willing to Doubt Your Doubts? - In the Bible doubt can be either vice or virtue. J.D. Greear explains the difference.

Intergenerational Friendships - Yes! Here’s why the church needs intergenerational friendships.

The aim is never to become a master of the Word, but to be mastered by it. —D.A. Carson


January 07, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Basics of New Testament Syntax by Daniel Wallace ($5.99); Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill ($5.99); The Life of Jesus by John Dickson ($5.98); The Promise-Plan of God by Walter Kaiser ($5.99); Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics by Walter Kaiser & Moises Silva ($5.99); Is There a Meaning in This Text? by Kevin Vanhoozer ($5.99); Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur ($3.82). I have a complete list of 100+ Kindle deals right here.

Faithful with Fifteen Minutes - “We’ve all heard that small investments add up to big gains. Well, just 15 minutes a day spent in the Word will add up to these staggering figures…”

Heaven Will Never Be Boring - Dave Radford explains why heaven will never be boring.

Prepare for Seminary - Want to know what to read to prepare for seminary? Here’s a good article for you.

Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation - These are stunning photos.

Your Messy Desk - “So you’ve made the New Year’s resolution to clean out your closet and your garage. Great. What about your office or cubicle?”

Would You Skip Church for Football? - Would you?

God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. —John Piper


January 06, 2015

I dug up over 100 notable Kindle deals yesterday! Here’s a taste and then a link to the complete list: Zondervan has put the whole Counterpoints series on sale at $2.99 each, and it includes: Four Views on the Book of Revelation; Four Views on Eternal SecurityThree Views on Creation and EvolutionThree Views on the MillenniumFive Views on ApologeticsFour Views on Hell; Five Views on SanctificationFour Views on the Historical Adam; Two Views on Women in Ministry; and Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Also consider: James by Craig Blomberg ($2.99); The Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler ($2.99); Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne ($2.99); The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens ($2.99); Understanding Biblical Theology by Edward Klink ($2.99). There were so many I put them all in a spreadsheet. Here it is: The Big List of Christian Kindle Deals.

Domino Chain Reaction - “A domino can knock over another domino about 1.5x larger than itself. A chain of dominos of increasing size makes a kind of mechanical chain reaction that starts with a tiny push and knocks down an impressively large domino.”

Attracted to Men, Marries a Woman - From NPR of all things: “Allan Edwards is the pastor of Kiski Valley Presbyterian Church. … He’s attracted to men, but he considers acting on that attraction a sin. Accordingly, Edwards has chosen not to act on it.”

10 Out Of 10 People Die - Here’s a mini-documentary about Ray Comfort.

5 Reasons to Pray for Other Churches - It’s true: “many local churches are tempted to conduct themselves as if they didn’t know any other local evangelical churches existed around them.”

That Immodest Girl - Here is some guidance on how to respond to that immodestly-dressed girl at church.

The Joys of Ellipsis - Mounce’s column on Greek translation never fails to fascinate.

Never venture near the door where sin dwells, lest you are dragged in. —William Gurnall


January 05, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: Calvin on the Christian Life by Michael Horton ($3.99); Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life by Stephen Nichols ($3.99); Edwards on the Christian Life by Dane Ortlund ($3.99); The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer ($2.99); Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, Worship by the Book and Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson ($2.99 each); Worldly Saints by Leland Ryken ($2.99); Theology in the Context of World Christianity by Timothy Tennent ($4.99); The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission by John Dickson ($2.99); For Calvinism by Michael Horton ($2.99); The Letters of John in the NIVAC ($2.99); Forever by Paul Tripp ($2.99).

No Magic with January 1 - “There is nothing magical about January 1. It is another date on the calendar. While our gracious Father has established signs and seasons for the days and years (Gen 1:14), He is not limited to a day on the calendar.”

10 Questions for Moms - Christa has 10 questions for moms that “will help you guide your thinking and actions according to God’s Word during this year.”

1500’ TV Tower - You couldn’t pay me enough to do this job, though I’m glad someone does it.

Modern Identity Politics - Carl Trueman: “Advocates of LGBTQ rights often accuse their critics of living in the past, specifically in the Dark or the Middle Ages. In my case, I am guilty as charged…”

10-Eye-Opening Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger - “Margaret Sanger has been lauded by some as a woman of valor, but a closer look reveals that Planned Parenthood’s audacious founder had some unsavory things to say about matters of race, birth control, and abortion.”

Selma Movie Slander - The new movie Selma is said to be excellent, but for one major historical inaccuracy.

If the gospel has never broken you, you have never really heard it. —Matt Papa