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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


January 03, 2015

There isn’t much new in Kindle deals today, though I did spot A Household Gospel by Matthew Sims ($0.99) and Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear ($2.99). You may also like to sort through Amazon’s monthly list of books at $3.99 or less.

USA Today has a list of Essential Texting Acronyms Parents Must Know. My guess is that few kids use all of these, but most kids use at least some of them.

Lore Ferguson has a message for local churches: Set Up Your Singles. “Local churches are intended to be the incubator for future marriages, not online dating sites and hookup apps. Can God use the common grace of online matchmaking? Absolutely. Is it best? I would argue no.”

You can now watch Captured By Grace, a short documentary on the life of Louis Zamperini.

What Would Jesus Say to Someone Like Leelah Alcorn? (“On December 28, 2014 a 17-year old high school student apparently committed suicide after a difficult journey with confusion over gender identity.”) Garrett Kell offers an answer.

Thanks to Clarifying the Bible for sponsoring the blog this week with the article A Great Tool to Help Your 2015 Bible Reading.

Justin Taylor summarizes a journal article titled The Law of Moses and the Christian: A Compromise. This is a difficult issue and I’ve never quite found an answer that completely satisfies.

The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanks to God; we should neither eat nor sleep, but eat to God and sleep to God and work to God and talk to God, do all to His glory and praise. —Richard Sibbes

January 02, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: True For You But Not For Me by Paul Copan ($1.99); Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer ($2.99). You will also find a whole list of A.W. Tozer’s books on sale including The Pursuit of God ($2.24); The Crucified Life ($2.99); God’s Power for Your Life ($2.99); The Dangers of a Shallow Faith ($2.51); My Daily Pursuit ($2.99); Living As a Christian ($2.99); Reclaiming Christianity ($2.99); The Purpose of Man ($2.99). Also, Ligonier has 4 good ebooks on sale today at $5 each (plus a collection of teaching series.)

Life-Changing Tech - Here’s the technology that may just change your life in 2015. Or it may fizzle—time will tell.

Aim for Godliness and Glory - Christina Fox has a word about new year’s resolutions.

Discounted Gym Memberships - This is why you should probably avoid those discounted gym memberships. Here’s a great stat: “67% of gym members never even access the gym.”

Heart-Oriented Application - Peter Krol suggests ways you can encourage heart-oriented application when reading the Bible.

Buzz-Fueled Media Startups - There’s lots to think about here. “That little vibration in your pocket could mean that we are bombing Iraq again or that a massive typhoon is headed for the Gulf of Thailand or that your father has tagged a photo of you on Facebook…”

Australia’s Lost Ship - This article from the BBC recounts the search for Australia’s lost hospital ship.

Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon. —John Piper

January 01, 2015

Here are some Kindle deals to start a new year: To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler ($2.24); Glorious Ruin and One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($1.99/$3.74)  Lifting Up Our Hearts by John Calvin ($2.99); 50 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren Wiersbe ($1.99); Perspectives on Church Government by Various ($2.99); To the Glory of God by James Boice ($1.99); Seasons of the Heart by Donna Kelderman ($3.99); Milk and Honey by Joel Beeke ($3.99); 

Morning and Evening - Free from Christian Audio this month is Spurgeon’s classic Morning and Evening.

A Holy and Happy 2015 - Holy and happy: That would be a good year.

Why Do Black Lives Matter? - “Americans are in the midst of a crisis of human dignity. Are we still able to articulate why anyone’s life matters?  We can loudly protest that ‘Black lives matter’ but it will mean nothing in the long run if we cannot explain why black lives matter.”

Strengthen the Basics in 2015 - We never grow beyond the basics; here are just a couple of tools that may help.

Bible Reading Is an Art - “Ask an old, weathered saint who’s been reading the Scriptures for himself for decades. See if he has a nice, clean formulation for how he goes about his daily reading…”

Download Tabletalk - Ligonier Ministries: “The January issue of Tabletalk is out and we’ve made the digital edition free.”

Knowledge of biblical doctrine is to the soul as an anchor to the ship, that holds it steady in the midst of the rolling waves of error, or the violent winds of persecution. —Thomas Watson

December 31, 2014

It has been quite a year for Kindle deals, and it’s not quite done yet: Two paid: Couponing for the Rest of Us by Kasey Knight Trenum ($0.99); The Heart of the Matter by New Growth Press ($4.99). And one free: Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith.

10 Questions to Ask - Don Whitney gives you 10 questions you might want to ask yourself today. (On Brian G. Najapfour’s blog you may enjoy 3 reminders about the year ahead: Don’t worry about it, don’t boast about it, don’t waste it.)

What Is a Real Christian? - “In his book Religious Affection, Edwards answered his question by outlining twelve marks of genuine Christian faith. Inspired by this description, [Todd] Wilson aims to provide the contemporary church with a similar description of what it means to be ‘real’.”

Shallow and Narrow - Jeremy Walker responds to a lot of the “best book of the year” lists he’s seen recently.

Missing the Outrage of the Day - Slate rounded up all of this year’s outrages, and Mike Leake wants to talk about it.

Google Got It Wrong - The open workplace is pretty much destroying productivity. Let’s go back to having walls and doors!

The Prodigal Prince - If you’re up for some longform reading you may enjoy this profile of the Roberts family—Oral Roberts’ family, that is.

If you leave the fountain foul the streams cannot be pure. Renewal must begin with the heart. —C.H. Spurgeon

December 30, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: One Perfect Life ($4.74) and A Tale of Two Sons ($5.69) by John MacArthur; Counseling the Hard Cases by Stuart Scott & Heath Lambert ($2.99); Exalting Jesus in James by David Platt ($2.99); The Baptist Heritage by H. Leon McBeth ($0.99); Come Let Us Reason by William Lane Craig ($0.99). Also consider 2 biographies: Winston Churchill by William Manchester & Paul Reid ($2.99) (this is the third and final volume in that epic series); Johnny Cash by Robert Hilburn ($2.99). 

Is Evolution Biblically Acceptable? - I’m glad to see Rick Phillips taking on this huge question.

Officer Rafael Ramos - CNN: “Rafael Ramos was an unusual cop. He saw the streets of New York as his ministry. In fact, he was just hours away from becoming a lay chaplain and graduating from a community-crisis chaplaincy program before he and fellow New York police Officer Wenjian Liu were gunned down in their patrol car Saturday in Brooklyn.

A Bad Business Model - “Imagine if you could only fill up your car with one brand of gasoline. Once you bought the car, you were trapped — try any other brand, and your car wouldn’t even start. It sounds crazy, but this same business model is proliferating across industries from coffee machines to cleaning brushes.”

Disassembling a Rolex - I found this video strangely fascinating—stripping a $8,000 watch to its smallest component and then putting it back together.

Kara’s End - Those who have been following Kara Tippett’s blog will want to read this update.

Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!C.H. Spurgeon

December 29, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken ($2.99 each); Preach by Mark Dever ($2.99); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($2.99); Moments Together for Couples by Barbara & Dennis Rainey ($1.99); I Am a Church Member by Thom Rainer ($2.99); Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey ($2.99); The Peacemaking Pastor by Alfred Poirier ($1.99); The Home Team by Clint Archer ($3.99).

B&H has put their excellent New American Commentary Studies on sale for $4.99 each: Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Schreiner; Future Israel by Barry Horner; Enthroned on Our Praise by Timothy Pierce; Sermon on the Mount by Charles Quarles; Lukan Authorship of Hebrews by David Allen; God’s Indwelling Presence by James Hamilton; The Messianic Hope by Michael Rydelnik; The Ten Commandments by Mark Rooker; The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Schreiner; The End of the Law by Jason Meyer; That You May Know by Christopher Bass.

A Gift from Logos - Logos users will want to click and grab the coupon code which gets you $20 credit. You’ll need to use it by December 31.

Don’t Get Too Familiar with the Bible - Here’s a timely warning from Peter Krol: “Beware the deceptive wiles of familiarity — that sweet but double-edged virtue that makes you feel at home in the word of God.”

How Movies Embraced Hinduism - This article shows how many films are based on the tenets of Hinduism.

One Year With the Bible - YouVersion released an infographic showing what people read in 2014. I love that Romans 12:2 was the most popular verse!

Predictable Christmas Fare - Daniel Wallace destroys Newsweek’s ridiculous article on the Bible.

What Should We Be on Our Guard for as Our Children Grow Older? - R.C. Sproul Jr. raises some good points in this article.

Ten Practical Ways to Control Spending and Wisely Manage God’s Money - Here is wisdom from Randy Alcorn on being wise with money.

I had rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous. —Thomas Lye

December 27, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: I Am a Church Member by Thom Rainer ($2.99); Evangelism Handbook by Alvin Reid ($0.99); Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear ($2.99). Those who enjoy military books may want to click here and scroll down for a list of popular ones at $1.99 each.

We all know that it’s going on, but this article actually explains Why Airlines Want to Make You Suffer. The short answer: The worse the normal experience, the greater the likelihood you’ll pay for upgrades.

Is Your Church Functionally Liberal? It’s not always as simple as we make it. “The liberal churches I’ve known are not openly hostile to the Bible. They like the Bible. They want their preacher to use the Bible.”

This is a fascinating article about the way Tom Brady prepares himself and keeps himself going. Paul must have been thinking of guys like this when he used all those athletic metaphors in his epistles.

Here is another powerful article from Lore Ferguson. Her theme: You Ask Not Because You Have Received Not.

Don’t miss this article from Gavin Ortlund: What Kind of a Thing Is the Bible?

If you’re up for some more longform reading, here’s a good one: What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried To Be Steve Jobs? Hint: It didn’t go well.

Thanks to Reformed Presbyterian Theology Seminary for sponsoring the blog this week with the article So What Are You Waiting For?

The question shouldn’t be, “Is it okay for me to have some nice stuff?” The real question is, “If I don’t have nice stuff, will my spirit be okay with that? —Dave Ramsey

December 26, 2014

We know how to do the holidays up here in Canada. After Christmas, we double down and award ourselves a second public holiday called Boxing Day. So I’m going to take it a bit easy today. Here’s A La Carte and I’ll be back shortly with Free Stuff Fridays.

Publishers know a lot of people got Amazon gift cards yesterday, and here’s how they’ll help you spend them: The Message of James [an excellent little commentary] by Alex Motyer ($2.99); Five Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter by Vicki Courtney ($2.99); The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer ($0.99); The Sending Church by Pat Hood ($0.99); Transformational Church by Stetzer & Rainer ($2.99); Mere Apologetics by Alister McGrath ($2.99); One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($3.74); The Concise A to Z Guide to Finding it the Bible ($0.99); The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts ($3.99); The Love of Wisdom by James Spiegel ($0.99. 

B&H has put most of their excellent New American Commentary Studies on sale for $4.99 each. I suppose the couple that haven’t fallen in price yet will soo enough: Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Schreiner; Future Israel by Barry Horner; Enthroned on Our Praise by Timothy Pierce; Sermon on the Mount by Charles Quarles; Lukan Authorship of Hebrews by David Allen; God’s Indwelling Presence by James Hamilton; The Messianic Hope by Michael Rydelnik; The Ten Commandments by Mark Rooker; The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Schreiner; The End of the Law by Jason Meyer; That You May Know by Christopher Bass.

Three great history books are on sale as well at just $2.99 each: Johnstown Flood (David McCullough), No Ordinary Time (Doris Kearns Goodwin), and The Wise Men (Walter Isaacson).

Jack Miller has a helpful little illustration of how Jesus came to save us: He Entered the Water.

One of the reasons I love being Canadian is its sheer diversity. The world is coming to Canada! Last year Canada welcomed 260,000 new citizens.

You may have read Newsweek’s awful article on the Bible. Michael Kruger absolutely destroys Newsweek’s nonsense in this fiery response. I am looking forward to part 2.

This is probably the weirdest sentence I’ve ever written: Be sure to listen to this phenomenal recording of “Oh Holy Night” by Puddles the Clown.

WORLD magazine has a review of Unbroken and they, too, lament the incompleteness of the story. If you haven’t done so yet, read the book.

David Platt wants to talk through Our Obligation to the Unreached.

December 24, 2014

I suspect we will see lots of good Kindle deals after Christmas. For now, here are a few to consider: When Will My Life Not Suck? by Ramon Presson (bad title, good book) ($2.51); The Great Books Reader by John Mark Reynolds ($2.99); A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas ($3.82); Prayer, Praise, & Promise by Warren Wiersbe ($1.99).

Did Someone Else Write Shakespeare’s Works? - Ken Jennings says Shakespeare did it all himself.

How to Change Your Mind - Here’s one Bible reading plan to consider in the new year.

Beautiful Libraries - Some libraries are just amazingly beautiful.

Pride - Bradford Littlejohn wraps up an excellent series on 7 deadly sins in a digital age with a look at the granddaddy of all sins.

Discipling Relationships - Here is how one person selects and schedules his discipling relationships. And while we’re on the subject, this is What Disciple-Making Is Not.

How an Airplane Is Made - This YouTube video gives you a glimpse inside Airbus’ plants.

The parent who tries to train without setting a good example is building with one hand, and pulling down with the other. —J.C. Ryle