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October 02, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Liberating Black Theology by Anthony Bradley ($0.99); The Leadership Dynamic by Harry Reeder ($0.99); The Case for Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson ($0.99); Replant by Mark Devine & Darrin Patrick ($3.82); Forever by Paul Tripp ($5.98); Issues Facing Christians Today by John Stott ($5.98).

Twenty-Two Problems with Multi-site Churches - Jonathan Leeman offers “22 misgivings I have about the multi-site model.” His focus is multi-site churches that use video for the preaching.

What Is Domestic Violence? - “The month of October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to raise public awareness about domestic violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to domestic violence.”

Gordon College - Here’s a soon-to-be-common situation at Gordon College. “Gordon College has been given 18 months to recant. If they do not change the standards for sexual behavior in their ‘life and conduct statement’ (which prohibit ‘sexual relations outside of marriage’ and “homosexual practice”), they will lose their accreditation…”

The Hound of Heaven - Here is a trailer for a new short film from N.D. Wilson that is about to make its debut.

On Not Doing Nothing - “The only wrong thing you can do with the gospel is nothing. Not telling the gospel shows you don’t trust it; you don’t trust Jesus or the one who sent him. It shows your heart. God cannot be fooled, even if we fool ourselves.”

My Best Pastor-Member Meeting Ever - I appreciate this little anecdote that makes a great point.

Till men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins. —Thomas Brooks


October 01, 2014

Every week Zondervan lets me choose one ebook to offer at a sale price and this week I chose A Place for Weakness by Michael Horton ($2.99). Crossway has a big list at $0.99 each: A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester; John Newton by Jonathan Aitken; Joy by Lydia Brownback; How to Argue Like Jesus by Joe Carter; Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax; The Immigration Crisis by James Hoffmeier; Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Thabiti Anyabwile; Church History by Christopher Catherwood; Learning Evangelism from Jesus by Jerram Barrs; Game Day for the Glory of God by Stephen Altrogge. Other deals include Collected Writings on Scripture by D.A. Carson ($1.99). And don’t forget Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung, probably the best $0.99 you’ll spend today. Here is Amazon’s monthly list of books at $3.99 or less.

3 Ways to Avoid the “Children’s Church” Ditch - Sean Sawyers has some wise and winsome comments about children’s church and having children in the worship services.

Norway - This is a beautiful time-lapse of Norway. Full-screen and HD it if you can!

Worship At A Crossroads - This is great stuff from Jamie Brown: “This is about a fundamental distinction between two models of worship leading (irrespective of the style of music). The first model views the congregation’s engagement as integral. The second model views the congregation’s engagement as incidental.”

The Week Dominator - A few times I’ve featured the NeuYear calendar; the people behind that calendar have a new product on Kickstarter: The Week Dominator.

Calvin for Everyone - This week’s deal from Westminster Books is a good one and may finally be what you need to get into Calvin’s Institutes.

3 Truths about Spiritual Gifts - Here is a brief article addressing some misconceptions about spiritual gifts.

Mercy is God’s Benjamin; the last born and best beloved of His attributes. —C.H. Spurgeon


September 30, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); The Journey to Joy by Josh Moody ($0.99); Boring by Michael Kelley ($2.99); Why Business Matters to God by Jeff Van Duzer ($2.99); A Place for Weakness by Michael Horton ($2.99); The Insanity of God & The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken ($2.99 each); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($2.99); Connected by Erin Davis ($2.99); Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler ($2.99); The People of God by Trevor Joy ($2.99); Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous ($0.99).

The Ata: God’s Narrative Continues - I really enjoyed this film recounting God’s work in Papua New Guinea. Watch it and be encouraged!

Five Questions With a Former Muslim - Nabeel Qureshi was raised in a Pakistani-American family and grew up a devout Muslim. Here’s a short but excellent interview with him.

Why Keep Sexual Boundaries? - Ed Welch shares a helpful reflection on sin (that is applicable to all sin and not only sexual sin).

Where Satan Will Attack You Today - “You wonder why it’s so hard to find some peace of mind? Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war — a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists. And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in your head.”

Busting a Book Buying Myth - Yes to this, on the whole. 

Only One Life - Nathan Busenitz provides a short introduction to C.T. Studd, a name you ought to know.

Take heed you speak not peace to yourself before God speaks it. —John Owen


September 29, 2014

Why We Neglect Our Bibles - “Many Christians find it difficult to get into a daily habit of Bible reading. So this week John Piper addressed four common causes of Bible neglect in the Christian life, like: ‘I don’t read my Bible because…’”

The 6 Ingredients of Jesus’ Bitter Cup - “When Jesus looked into the cup He saw–from every dimension of His sufferings–all that He would suffer, both at the hands of men, Satan and God Himself. Isaac Ambrose captured so well the meaning of the cup when he set out what he believed to be the 6 ingredients that made it so burdensome a sight to the soul of the sinless Son of God…”

Sermon Introduction Mistakes - Here are ten sermon introduction mistakes.

Six Reasons To Live More Simply - Randy Alcorn gives six reasons to live more simply and give more generously.

The Cure for Shame - This is a powerful bit of writing from Sammy Rhodes.

The Long Fall of B.J. Upton - For the baseball fans.

He who crowned the heavens with stars was Himself crowned with thorns. —Thomas Watson


September 27, 2014

Here are some Kindle deals that may be of interest: Hope Reborn is a new book from Adrian Warnock & Tope Koleoso ($3.99); new from GLH Publishing is All Things for Good by Thomas Watson ($0.99); Shepherd Press has recently released a helpful line of booklets that deal with urgent issues; titles include Help! My Anger Is Out of Control, Help! I’m a Slave to Food, Help! He’s Struggling with Pornography, and many more. The books are $1.99 each and you can find the complete list right here.

Thanks to NavPress for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsorships are an important part of covering the costs associated with this site. Be sure to check out Growing in Christ.

Here’s an article about The Stalkers, people who venture into the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.

Denny Burk shares a story about a couple being coerced into hosting a gay wedding. Such things are becoming increasingly common.

LifeSiteNews looks at a popular porn star and says, sarcastically, Porn Is Super-Empowering.

John MacArthur has some helpful thoughts on Liberty, Knowledge, and Love.

Brian Croft lists ten characteristics he looks for in an aspiring pastor. It’s a good list.

A friend sent me this old Blessercize video with this comment: When I see things like this I envision Polycarp, burning at the stake, and someone showing this to him on their iPad and telling him - “This is one of the things they’ll do with what you’re dying for.”

Arrogant worship is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. —R.C. Sproul


September 26, 2014

Today’s a great day for Kindle deals: The Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler (my top pick for books on leadership) ($3.99); The Church by Mark Dever ($2.99); The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves ($2.99); Recovering the Real Lost Gospel by Darrell Bock ($2.99); The Love of Wisdom by James Spiegel & Steven Cowan ($2.99); Learn to Read New Testament Greek by David Black ($2.99); Augustine’s Confessions in modern English ($1.99).

Together Again - Here’s a great video from Igniter Media.

History Helps Put Things in Perspective - I quite agree with Kevin DeYoung here: “I’m a proponent of families worshiping together. I’m not a proponent, however, of taking a good principle and making it an absolute rule. Moreover, I’m not in favor of making other Christians feel like the truly biblical (or Truly Reformed) position is to have your kids of all ages with you in church at all times.”

On Piles of Sand and Eating Babies - Read this one and allow yourself to be convicted.

Psalm 139 Project - I love the idea behind the Psalm 139 Project.

Under the Book - Paul tells of a recent interview we did in our church and what we learned from one of our church members.

Why We Keep Playing the Lottery - Here’s an interesting look at why people play the lottery, despite the ridiculous odds. Just ignore the evolutionary silliness.

Beautiful Scotland - This video may make you want to visit Scotland.

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people. —G.K. Chesterton


September 25, 2014

When Someone Reaches Out - Christine Hoover touches on something important here: “The people who tend to struggle to connect are those who take a long while to reach out for the hands that are extended to them.” She offers good advice for joining into the life of a church.

Derek Jeter Isn’t the Greatest Player Ever - Here’s a video for the baseball fans (Note: there’s some minor language in it.)

Coming Home from War - I really enjoyed Greg Lucas’ article on family and life with a severely disabled child.

How Busy People Read - Here’s an article from Fast Company on how busy people find time to read.

7 Real-Life Reasons Women’s Blogs Go Cold - This is a follow-up to the article I shared yesterday on why blogs have gone cold.

Encourage One Another - Read this article about being an encourager and creating a culture of encouragement.

Scripture Memory Songs - You can use coupon code challies to get 25% off these two new Scripture memory albums for kids. (Listen to God Created and it will be in your head all day!)

To fear God is to have such a holy awe of God upon our hearts, that we dare not sin. —Thomas Watson


September 24, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: HCSB Study Bible ($2.99); Perspectives on the Doctrine of God ($2.99); Perspectives on Christian Worship ($2.99); Israel by Daniel Block ($2.99); The Millennials by Thom Rainer ($2.99); Calvinism by Brad Waggoner ($0.99).

Just a Piece of Paper? - Is marriage just a piece of paper? R.C. Sproul answers.

A Pastor’s Reflection on Shyness - I appreciate this reflection on shyness.

Are You Intellectually Humble? - “Here are 13 tough questions from Elizabeth Krumrei-Mancuso to help you get honest about your intellectual character. We hope it offers you some pause and inspires you to reserve the right to change your mind, like Elizabeth does.”

Busy Is Blasphemy - Here are reflections on the tricky topic of busyness.

Benefit from Reading Genealogies - I like this one! Here are 6 ways to benefit from reading genealogies.

Phantom Vibrations - What’s up with those phantom cell phone vibrations? (Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about!) This article explains.

Why Leaves Change Color - Here’s a brief explanation as to why leaves change color in autumn.

The Christian life is not always best lived by people making big waves. —Michael Gembola


September 23, 2014

I’ve tracked down just a couple of noteworthy Kindle deals today: The new book Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer is $4.99, and How We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot is $1.99.

Serving Those with Mental Illness - David Murray introduces a new, free ebook.

Wilderness Forever - Here are 18 of the best photos from Smithsonian’s “Wilderness Forever” photo competition. 

Two Fruits of True Forgiveness - “Psalm 32 gives us a litmus test for true forgiveness, which shows us how distinct it is from all competing ideas. According to the psalmist, those who find forgiveness are changed by it. Once we are truly forgiven, we find that our love for God and our compassion for others begin to grow.”

To the Pure - Mike Leake looks at Titus 1:15 and asks whether it means we can watch South Park.

Sobering Up - Sobering up (not that kind of sobering up!) is the prerequisite to a good prayer life. 

Advice to Young Pastors - From The Gospel Coalition: “This is the second installment in a new series in which we publish brief answers from experienced church leaders to this question…” 

The Bible is a letter God has sent to us; prayer is a letter we send to him. —Matthew Henry


September 22, 2014

Here are a few Kindle deals to start the week: Warfare Witness by Stanley Gale ($3.99); The Pilgrim’s Progress (slightly modernized) ($1.99); the three volumes of Bryan Litfin’s Chiveis Trilogy are marked at $1.99 each: The Sword, The Gift, The KingdomIt’s All In How You Tell It by Haddon & Torrey Robinson ($2.99). New from GLH Publishing is All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan ($0.99). (If you’re in the market for a Kindle device, the certified refurbished 7” Kindle HDX is $50 off today.)

Are You Leeching the Local Church? - “I continue to grow in my love for the local church. One of the ways God has grown my love for the church is by teaching me that worship is more than showing up.”

Wise Decisions about Psychotropic Medications - Here are 6 steps to making wise decisions about psychtropic medications.

Using “Brokenness” Biblically - We often hear Christians today talking about “brokenness.” But what’s the correct way to use the word?

Debunking Conspiracies - “Explore the truth behind the iconic Buzz Aldrin moon landing photo. See how modern graphics innovations can shed new light on a 35-year-old conspiracy theory.”

Undercover at Oprah’s Tour - Paula Hendricks went undercover at Oprah’s tour and shares a few reflections.

Drinking From a Fire Hose - Clint Archer has a good article on why we [hopefully] hear so many sermons and so much teaching in our churches today.

Common people respect more a preacher’s life than his learning. —Richard Bernard