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June 24, 2014

As usual, I’ve got some Kindle deals for you. Zondervan has great deals on some theological books: Historical Theology by Gregg Allison ($5.99); Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($5.99); The Christian Faith by Michael Horton ($7.69); Evangelical Theology by Michael Bird ($7.99); Philippians by Lynn Cochick ($4.27). Shepherd Press has a couple of their new books marked down: Active Spirituality by Brian Hedges ($3.99) and Guiltless Living by Ginger Hubbard ($3.99). And a couple of other details: What Do You Think of Me? by Ed Welch ($2.99); Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson ($3.79).

Kindle - Did you know you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle books? You can do it on your computer as well. Check it out (free!) right here.

When Words Mean What They Don’t Mean - Here’s another interesting little article from Bill Mounce.

The Joy of Typing - You probably don’t need to read this entire article to get the point of it: There are times when typing beats writing, and times when writing beats typing. Know when to use each (and teach your kids to do both!).

Adoption Misconceptions - Here are some common misconceptions about adoption and adoptive couples.

Doctor. - Here’s the story behind a recent viral photograph.

Bad Reasons to Switch - Eric McKiddie gives you some bad reasons to make the switch to expository preaching. And one good one.

Clean Water to the World - I love stories like this one: of an amazing invention that could just make a huge difference to millions of people.

The reason God knows the future is because he plans the future and accomplishes it. —John Piper


June 23, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: My own The Next Story ($3.99); A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada (free). Crossway has several volumes in their A Student’s Guide series at $0.99: Political Thought, Literature, Christian Worldview, The Liberal ArtsAnd here are a few you may have missed on the weekend: The MacArthur Bible Commentary ($4.99); What’s in the Bible? by R.C. Sproul ($2.99); 1-2-1 Discipleship by Christine Dillon ($2.99); Warfare Witness by Stanely Gale ($3.99); Created to Praise by Derek Prime ($3.99). Finally, today only Amazon is offer the Kindle Fire Certified Refurbished at $60 off.

A Christian Convert, on the Run in Afghanistan - The New York Times tells of Josef, a Christian in Afghanistan. “ ‘I think I was impressed by the personality of Jesus himself,’ he said. ‘The fact that he came here to take all of our sins, that moved me. I admired his character and personality long before I was baptized.’”

Saving Private Smith - Here’s a long-forgotten tale from the First World War.

Should Churches “Dialogue” about Sexuality? - Denny Burk: “False teachers typically won’t show up to your church wearing a sandwich board saying, ‘I am a false teacher.’ Instead, they will appeal to your piety.”

Lest Ye Be Judged - Here’s an article about a chaplain to major league umpires. “Pastor Dean has baptized 66 professional umpires, calling them safe in the only way that matters.”

Why Would You Want to Be in Heaven? - I appreciated this little illustration.

Phones Aren’t for Talking - Here’s a glimpse into the Millennial mind when it comes to a cell phone.

If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. —C.H. Spurgeon


June 21, 2014

The week of great Kindle deals continues: The MacArthur Bible Commentary ($4.99); What’s in the Bible? by R.C. Sproul ($2.99); 1-2-1 Discipleship by Christine Dillon ($2.99); Warfare Witness by Stanely Gale ($3.99); Created to Praise by Derek Prime ($3.99).

Kindle - Did you know you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle books? You can do it on your computer as well. Check it out (free!) right here.

PCUSA Redefines Marriage - This comes as no great surprise, of course. But it is still newsworthy.

She Had It All, and Lost It - “This incredibly beautiful, yet scarred woman was a bright ray of sunshine in that hospital bed. She could have been bitter… But every single day, Katherine and her husband Jay are pointing others to the Lord… Katherine is a living example that God’s grace really can be sufficient even when you’ve lost a great deal.”

Driving Away the Homeless - Here’s an interesting article about the ways cities drive away homeless people (and skateboarders, for that).

Reading Time - How much time do young people spend reading? Not very much according to this study.

What Is Hell? - R.C. Sproul answers.

Grace finds us beggars but leaves us debtors. —Augustus Toplady


June 20, 2014

It has been a great week for Kindle deals, and it keeps getting better: Redeeming Science by Vern Poythress ($0.99); Interpreting the Pauline Epistles by Thomas Schreiner ($4.99); Taking Christian Moral Thought Seriously by Evans & Heimbach ($0.99); Faithful to the End by Terry Wilder, etc ($4.99); Evangelicals and Nicene Faith by Timothy George ($3.99).

What If She Lives With Us Forever? - “Call me crazy, but one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind when my daughter was born with Down syndrome was, ‘Will she live with us forever?’” This is a sweet article about love and disability. But mostly love.

Before You Watch Game of Thrones - Here, from John Piper, are some questions to ask before watching Game of Thrones

How the Mormons Conquered America - There’s not a lot of new information here, but it’s still an informative look at Mormonism.

Is the Pope the Antichrist? - J.V. Fesko takes this one on over at the Crossway blog.

Mommy Guilt and the Cross - “Is there a mother out there that doesn’t feel guilty about her mothering?” If there is, I don’t think I’ve met her.

Clarity on Sanctification - Todd Pruitt shares some of what Derek Thomas has taught on the suddenly hot subject of sanctification.

The severest self-denials and the most lavish gifts are of no value in God’s esteem unless they are prompted by love. —A.W. Pink 


June 19, 2014

It’s a good day for Kindle deals. Here we go: Know the Heretics and Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb ($5.99); Visit the Sick, Prepare Them to Shepherd, and Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals by Brian Croft ($5.99); The Grand Weaver, Walking from East to West, and Who Made God? by Ravi Zacharias ($5.98); The Gospel According to Jesus and Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur ($5.98); Jesus In His Own Words by Robert Mounce ($0.99); How Sermons Work by David Murray ($4.39); Faithful to the End by Terry Wilder ($4.99); Hipster Christianity by Brett McCracken ($1.99); Mary-Another Redeemer? by James White ($1.99).

Daddy, Does God Want To Save Me? - David Murray: “Did you hesitate? Even for a second? Then you have a warped Calvinism. And there’s lots of it around.”

Thoughts on Visiting - Jeremy Walker offers some thoughts on hospital visits.

I Love a Man - The angle on this one may be a bit overdone (“I’m Southern Baptist and Love a Man”), but the article is good and deals with male Christian friendship.

False Security - Don’t let false security dupe you!

Baptizing the Dora Generation - Christianity Today writes about Southern Baptists and toddler baptisms. “While the number of baptisms is down for most age groups, ‘the only consistently growing group in baptisms is age five and under,’ the task force reported.” (Here is something I’ve written on age of baptism.)

Jesus vs. the World - Here’s a good comic from Adam4D.

Profanity is the use of strong words by weak people. —William A. Ward


June 18, 2014

Here are your Kindle deals du jour: Life in Christ by Jeremy Walker ($0.99); A Portrait of Paul by Rob Ventura and Jeremy Walker ($2.99); A Better Way by Michael Horton ($3.03). Zondervan has discounted 4 volumes of John Wesley’s writings ($3.99 each): Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4. Also check out Westminster Books’ sales for this week as there are a few good deals there.

Amazon’s Massive Wish-Fulfilling Machine - This is a fascinating look inside one of Amazon’s massive fulfillment centers.

How My Son with Autism Transformed my Business - Christianity Today has a guest post by Randy Lewis about Walgreen’s new initiative to employ people with disabilities.

Terrifying Ads - Check out these creepy (but effective) ads meant to warn parents about online dangers.

When It’s Time to Leave a Church - H.B. Charles Jr. offers a red light, green light, yellow light approach to leaving a church.

Questions for Christians Who Support Gay Marriage - Kevin DeYoung has 5 questions for Christians who support gay marriage. Each is worth considering.

If you are drawn into a controversy, use very hard arguments and very soft words. –C.H. Spurgeon


June 17, 2014

Open Letter to a Daughter-in-Law - This is a really sweet letter from a grandmother-to-be to her daughter-in-law. A taste: “Your calling will be to love your baby boy like Jesus loves him. And that will entail a million little self-sacrifices, dying again and again to yourself over the course of the rest of your life.”

The Brokenhearted Evangelist - This excellent book, by Jeremy Walker, is down to $2.99 for the Kindle edition.

Tone of Voice - Lore Ferguson offers some good thoughts on tone of voice both online and offline.

How Old Were You? - Here’s an account of the heartbreaking hashtag #HowOldWereYou. (As for me, I was eleven when the school janitor began trying to groom me.)

It’s Abuse, Not an Affair - Related to the last link: I missed some hashtag activism late last week in response to an article in Leadership Journal. Ed Stetzer summarizes and tells why it matters.

Abdella Abraham Ascol—A Tribute - Tom Ascol has a powerful tribute to his father.

Why Your Church Needs the Trinity - Sam Allberry: “Some things naturally belong together: Laurel and Hardy; Morecombe and Wise; bananas and custard; Star Trek and singleness. Most of us would probably not add to this list ‘Church and the doctrine of the Trinity.’” But we should…

Stories of My Dad - I love stories like these, from Ray Ortlund.

Are you too bad to receive grace? How could you be too bad to receive what is for the bad? —David Powlison


June 16, 2014

Here are some Kindle deals you may have missed over the weekend: Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan ($0.99); Has God Spoken? by Hank Hanegraaff ($0.99); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($1.99); Transformational Discipleship by Geiger, Kelley & Nation ($4.99); and, new from GLH Publishing, Indwelling Sin by John Owen ($0.99). And new today are books by Kent & Barbara Hughes (and son Carey): Disciplines of a Godly Man ($2.99), Disciplines of a Godly Woman ($2.99), Disciplines of a Godly Family ($2.99), Disciplines of a Godly Young Man ($1.99).

After the Reformation - The Reformation had a significant impact on the development of education in Scotland. It’s a very interesting bit of history.

Sabbath Elevator - I find the existing of Sabbath elevators absolutely fascinating.

Letters from Dad - This is a sweet bit of writing from Richard Phillips.

My Dad, Your Father - Wendy Alsup: “Father’s Day can be tricky. I have many sweet beautiful friends who were utterly failed by their fathers. These friends struggle to know their heavenly Father. It’s natural to cast onto our heavenly Father the characteristics of our fallen earthly fathers.”

Man Enough - Are you man enough to be yourself with other men? That’s the question at the heart of this article.

Agents of Grace - Be sure to read this one: “We took our son to his annual dentist appointment a few days back. Not really exciting or extraordinary news in the schedule of a typical family. Then again, nothing is typical for our tribe.”

There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears. —Charles Seymour Robinson


June 14, 2014

Saturdays aren’t often great days for Kindle deals; today is an exception. Strange Fire by John MacArthur ($0.99); Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan ($0.99); Has God Spoken? by Hank Hanegraaff ($0.99); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($1.99); Transformational Discipleship by Geiger, Kelley & Nation ($4.99); and, new from GLH Publishing, Indwelling Sin by John Owen ($0.99).

25 Facts on the Importance of Fathers - Here’s Joe Carter doing what Joe Carter does.

Ecclesiology of the New Calvinism - I certainly don’t agree with all this author says, but I did benefit from his take on New Calvinist ecclesiology (based on the book Creature of the Word). He writes from a confessional Dutch Reformed perspective.

Taking God at His Word - Westminster Seminary held an event to mark the release of Kevin DeYoung’s Taking God at His Word. You can now watch all the video from that event.

A Quest for More - New Growth Press is offering Paul Tripp’s book A Quest for More as a free download. Today only!

Daaaad! - This Father’s Day video rings true.

Christ Receives the Devil’s Castaways - I love these little historical vignettes from Vance Christie. “Lady Huntingdon, a member of the aristocracy in eighteenth-century England, was a zealous Evangelical Christian who heartily supported the ministry of George Whitefield.  She regularly had him speak to aristocratic audiences in the drawing room of her estate mansion.”

Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith. —Hudson Taylor


June 13, 2014

I’ve got a few new Kindle deals for you: The Measure of a Man by Gene Getz ($4.99); The Measure of a Young Man by Gene Getz ($2.99); The Majesty of God in the Old Testament by Walter Kaiser ($3.99); God’s Will by J.I. Packer ($3.99).

I Will Not Offer the Lord What Costs Me Nothing - H.B. Charles Jr. is fast becoming one of my favorite bloggers, and especially on the subject of preaching. This is another good article.

To: Dad - This is a sweet article from a daughter to her dad.

Charismatic Teaching Is Breeding Spiritual Havoc - Don’t react emotionally to this one. Read it and at least consider what Mbewe says.

E-Mail: The Relationship Blowtorch - Basically, make email your last resort.

Your Family Tree Explained - My brain hurts whenever I try to figure out all this stuff. The video helps, at least.

A Short History of the Executioner - The history of the professional executioner is a chronicle of perfecting the choreography of death. It’s a bit morbid, but still interesting.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. —Corrie ten Boom

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