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November 10, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp ($1.99); The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson ($0.99); Church Planter by Darrin Patrick ($0.99); Beat God to the Punch by Eric Mason ($2.99); The Rise of the Nones by James Emery White ($2.51); Understanding the Bible by John Stott ($4.27); James Robinson Graves by James Patterson ($0.99). Today only you can save $30 on a certified refurbished Kindle Paperwhite.

Astronaut - This is a beautiful video. Make it full-screen and HD if you can.

Voddie Baucham - Here is some big news from Voddie Baucham: “I am leaving GfBC to lead the seminary at African Christian University in Zambia next fall.”

Songs for Danforth Chapel - This album showed up in my mailbox last week, and once I found a CD player, I really enjoyed listening to it.

A Muckraking Magazine - The New York Times has an article about World magazine.

888,246 Red Ceramic Poppies - This article describes “How 888,246 red ceramic poppies captivated Britain and brought WWI to life.”

Repentance - Jared Wilson writes about repentance yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

You can’t cry guilt away. You need to give it away. —Helen Thorne


November 08, 2014

Amazon’s Big Deal is back—they have a long list of books on sale across all categories. A few Kindle deals that may interest you include Einstein, God, and the Bible by Ray Comfort ($3.39); The Crucified Life by A.W. Tozer ($2.99); Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God by Eric Metaxas ($1.99); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($2.99). New from GLH Publishing is a classic: The Explusive Power of a New Affection by Thomas Chalmers ($0.99).

I enjoyed this take on The Crucial Importance of Stay-at-Home Wives. It looks beyond the importance of moms raising their children and looks to other benefits.

David Murray looks at a new book and mines 12 Ways to Make (And Keep) Friends.

Thanks to Mere Agency for sponsoring the blog this week with their excellent article Why Most Web Sites Are Hard To Use (And What To Do About It).

Here’s a good article about Manhood and the Cross. “Regardless of your title or position, what must be understood, is that the way we perform in our title and position is defined by the cross.”

Risk Is Right - Desiring God interviews Ebola survivor and missionary Nancy Writebol. “Along with her husband of 40 years, David, she was serving as a missionary in Monrovia, Liberia, before the Ebola outbreak. They served in a hospital that would become a frontline defense against the disease.”

Disaster at the Speed of Sounds - Here’s an account of what happened on that ill-fated SpaceShipTwo flight.

It is at once the most Christlike and the most happy course for a believer to cease from living to himself. —C.H. Spurgeon


November 07, 2014

I’ve spotted just a few new Kindle deals for today: Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul ($3.99) and The Last Christian on Earth by Os Guinness ($1.99); Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur ($5.69); Second Forgetting by Benjamin Mast ($5.12).

Feather vs Bowling Ball - Here is proof of what we have heard so many times—that a feather and a bowling ball will fall at the same rate.

The Art of Joy - If you enjoy Christian rap music, you’ll want to check out Jackie Hill Perry’s new album which is free for the taking.

Throw Open the Doors - Nick Horton has a powerful article on pregnancy and miscarriage.

That Is the Grace - You’ll enjoy this sermon excerpt from Matt Chandler.

The Zimzum of Love - Dave Harvey has a penetrating review of Rob Bell’s new book on marriage.

What Does It Mean to Be Real? - “Nobody likes a fake. Even in our airbrush culture, we despise counterfeits and crave authenticity. Everyone wants to be real.”

The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for driving away wolves. —John Calvin


November 06, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: You Lift Me Up by Albert Martin ($3.99); One Thing by Sam Storms ($3.99); Stand for Life by John Ensor ($3.96); Living Faith by Helen Roseveare ($3.99); John Newton by Jonathan Aitken ($0.99); The Beauty and Glory of the FatherThe Beauty and Glory of Christ, and The Beauty and Glory of the Holy Spirit, and The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living by Joel Beeke ($2.99 each).

What the Election Reveals About Us - Here is Al Mohler doing what Al Mohler does so well—interpreting current events for us.

The Zimzum of Love - This is quite the review of Rob Bell’s new book on marriage.

What You Are Entitled To - Do you know what you are entitled to when your flight is full or cancelled? This article explains.

Reformation Day Bundle - Logos users may want to check out this Reformation Day bundle.

5 Truths About the Wrath of God - “The doctrine of the wrath of God has fallen on hard times. In today’s world, any concept of God’s wrath upsets our modern sentiments. It’s too disconcerting, too intolerant.”

Is Politeness Killing Your Prayer Life? - “Christians in North America are generally polite pray-ers. We tend to pray correct, respectful words that we think God wants to hear. But let’s be honest, many of our prayers are tentative, repetitive, and somewhat boring.”

Why should we proclaim the wisdom of men when we have the privilege of preaching the Word of God? —John MacArthur


November 05, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax ($0.99); How to Argue Like Jesus by Joe Carter & John Coleman ($0.99); Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy ($0.99); Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow ($5.98); A Theology for Family Ministry by Michael Anthony ($2.99); The MacArthur Bible Handbook by John MacArthur ($4.99).

Someday It Will Be Worth It - Mark Altrogge has some encouragement for you. “You won’t be disappointed. Keep believing in Jesus. Keep hoping in him. Keep clinging to him and abiding in him.”

To End All Wars - I think you’ll enjoy this video.

Mindscape - There are some good deals this week from Westminster Books, including Tim Keller’s new book on prayer.

The Barronelle Stutzman Story - This video tells Barronelle Stutzman’s story.

Hunting New Zealand’s West Coast Bull Tahr - Count the Bull Tahr.

Alex and Brett Harris - I enjoyed reading this profile of Alex and Brett Harris.

Baptizing lost people and teaching them to vote Republican is not revival. —Russell Moore


November 04, 2014

The Myth of Hate - “I’m told writing this post won’t matter. I can clarify until I’m blue in the face and nothing will change. It doesn’t matter what Christians actually think or believe about homosexuality. It seems the world will still believe what it wants to believe no matter what anyone says.”

4 Ways to Speak the Gospel to One Another - Here is specific instruction on a much-discussed practice.

Drive - This video contains a brief and helpful overview of what motivates us.

BBC Collections - Today only Amazon has a lot of their BBC collections on sale. No one does drama quite like the BBC

A Christian Tightrope Walker - Is there such a thing as a Christian tightrope walker? Here’s David Murray’s answer.

KJV Study Bible - The new King James Study Bible is available, and it looks fantastic.

How Not to Use Greek - Here are 3 ways not to use Greek in Bible study.

Truth Exchange - Peter Jones has some fascinating things to say in this interview from Tabletalk.

Every day Noah was building the ark someone told him he was on the wrong side of history. —Hershael York


November 03, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Sex and Money by Paul Tripp ($1.99); God, Marriage and Family by Andreas Kostenberger ($2.99); Why Cities Matter by Justin Buzzard & Stephen Um ($0.99); Joy to the World by Greg Forster ($0.99); If I Had Lunch With C.S. Lewis by Alister McGrath (free); The Life of A.W. Tozer by James Snyder ($1.99). New from GLH Publishing is The Pastor in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon ($0.99).

Driving Away First-Time Guests - Thom Rainer gives the results of an informal poll that looks at what drives away first-time guests at a church.

Olympic Bowling - Seriously? Yes, seriously. Bowling is trying to work its way into the Olympics.

More Important Than Getting Things Done - I enjoyed this short video.

Unsavable People - Do you think there are some people who are unsavable?

Endless, Bottomless, Boundless Grace and Compassion - Sinclair Ferguson: “The New Testament’s most frequent, and indeed most basic, description of the believer is that he or she is a person ‘in Christ.’”

A Catholic Schism - “A Catholic church schism under Pope Francis isn’t out of the question. The conservative backlash against the liberal pope’s authority has been fierce, and is gathering momentum.

A man may easier see without eyes, speak without a tongue, than truly mortify one sin without the Spirit. —John Owen


November 01, 2014

This month’s free audiobook from Christian Audio is The Attributes of God by A.W. Tozer. Free from Logos is From Prussia With Love by Carol Purves. You may want to look at Amazon’s list of Kindle books for $3.99 or less (Example: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is a fantastic biography and is currently just $1.99). Also consider How to Read the Bible in Changing Times by Mark Strauss ($1.99).

Mars Hill Church has announced that their multiple campuses will soon each become an independent church and that Mars Hill as an entity will cease to exist.

If you’re still in the Reformation Day spirit, you may enjoy this free lecture on Luther from Carl Trueman.

I’m grateful to the team at B&H and to the HCSB for sponsoring the blog this week.

I appreciate this perspective on preaching the gospel to yourself: Stop Preaching and Start Acting.

John Piper writes about Brittany Maynard and says, We Are Not Our Own. “I write mainly for those who are considering this issue afresh in light of Brittany’s story.”

Thomas Kidd looks to Colonial America and How (Not) to Pray Against Cultural Decline.

Here are some signs that you may be a Christian Celebrity Wannabe.

Those who preach the gospel preach in a graveyard. —Keith Mathison


October 31, 2014

Here are just a few Kindle deals for today: The Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard ($2.99); Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($3.79); God’s Will by J.I. Packer ($2.99); Autopsy of a Dead Church by Thom Rainer ($0.99); How People Change by Tim Lane & Paul Tripp (free). Of greater interest may be Free Reformation Day Friday — Ligonier has some great resources for free today (Kindle books, audio books, and teaching series), in honor of Reformation Day. Get ‘em while the gettin’s good!

The Hardest Text to Preach - Here are three preachers giving their take on the hardest text they’ve had to preach (John MacArthur, Al Mohler, and H.B. Charles).

Prepare Him Room - This is a resource that may be helpful in preparing your family for the Christmas season.

Are You a Good Parent? - Julian has a good article for parents (who, in my experience, are chronically guilty!).

Get Married - Even though the article goes on a little long, there is lots of good in it. As one who got married at 21 and has never had even a moment’s regret, I fully agree: Hey young people: now’s the time to get married.

The Perils Facing the Evangelical Church - R.C. Sproul: “When we consider the predicament that the evangelical church of the twenty-first century faces in America, the first thing we need to understand is the very designation ‘evangelical church’ is itself a redundancy.”

Is the Reformation Over? - Kevin DeYoung outlines the issues that continue to separate Protestantism from Catholicism.

There is no death of sin without the death of Christ. —John Owen


October 30, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Spurgeon’s Calvinism by Stephen McCaskell ($2.99); Visit the Sick, Prepare Them to Shepherd, & Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals by Brian Croft ($2.99 each); Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb ($1.99).

The Most Neglected Part of the Pastor’s Job Description - Thabiti Anyabwile makes a good point here about an oft-neglected ministry.

Boring Bridal Showers - I always enjoy reading about cross-cultural experiences like this one. Here’s what happens when a missionary attends a Tanzanian bridal shower.

This Argument Has Reached Retirement Age - It’s amazing how the same old arguments against the Bible are trotted out time and time again.

What Led You To Become an Atheist? - David Murray looks at the results of an interesting study and talks about the implications to the church today.

7 Figures - A new study from AEI titled ‘For Richer or Poorer’ documents the relationships between family patterns and economic well-being in America and shows how radically it can affect income.” Joe Carter draws out 7 significant figures.

No one who is a man-pleaser preaches the whole counsel of God. —R.C. Sproul