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May 11, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals: Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen ($5.99); Spectacular Sins by John Piper ($2.99); Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore ($3.99); Whiter Than Snow by Paul Tripp ($3.99); Walking in the Spirit by Kenneth Berding ($2.99); Why I Am a Christian by John Stott ($1.99); Zondervan will have some good Kindle deals all week long. Today’s deal is the excellent Seeking Allah Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi ($2.99).

Making Meetings Effective - Here’s some simple advice for making church-based meetings effective. Because we’ve all been in too many meetings where too little actually gets done.

A Critique of Family Driven Faith - Jerry Wragg and Todd Murray have written a helpful critique of Voddie Baucham’s Family Driven Faith, and with it the Family Integrated Church movement (part 1part 2, part 3).

25 Things Yankees Should Know When Moving to the South - I enjoyed this list from Barnabas Piper.

Masculinity Crisis - “Porn and video game addiction are leading to ‘masculinity crisis’, says Stanford prison experiment psychologist.” I don’t agree with all he says, but the basic premise is interesting (and unsurprising).

If You See Something Say Something - “Ask religion journalists which they’ve encountered more: false witnesses and discord-sowers, or people with firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing who stay silent.”

Painless Parker - This is a fun little bit of history: Painless Parker, the celebrity dentist. Yes, dentist.

There is a difference between a well-instructed congregation and a well-nourished one. —Sinclair Ferguson



May 09, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson ($1.99); Forever Mom by Mary Ostyn ($1.99); Think Big by Ben Carson ($1.99).

Douglas Wilson takes on N.T. Wright in an article titled And All God’s People Said, “Wut?”

Jared Wilson has penned An Open Letter to Tom Brady. “I’m writing this not as a BradyHater™, but as a full-on fanboy. You are my favorite sportsman ever — in any game, from any era.”

Here’s a sweet letter from a mom to the birth mothers of her children: Dear Birthmother.

Todd Billings says God Is Bigger Than My Cancer. “There’s no doubt about the diagnosis,” the doctor said. Incurable cancer. A fatal disease. I had just celebrated my tenth anniversary with my wife, and we were busy raising our children, aged 1 and 3.

Joe Thorn has a little mini-series of posts on what small churches can do: Part one and part two.

Thanks to Matthias Media for sponsoring the blog this week with Two Ways to Grow a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church.

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him. —William Law



May 08, 2015

Amazon’s Big Deal has begun again, and there are some good deals to be had including: Crazy Busy, Taking God at His Word, and The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung ($2.99 each); Don’t Call It a Comeback by Kevin DeYoung and me and others ($2.99); One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($1.99); Jesus or Nothing by Dan DeWitt ($2.99). There are lots more deals spanning all genres right here.

Why Not to Have a Woman Preach - Does 1 Timothy 2:12 leave open the possibility that women are permitted to preach in the weekly gathering of a local church as an extension of the male elders of the church or as an expression under their governing authority?

White Rose - Tim Keesee pens a stirring tribute to his mother. 

ESV Student Study Bible - The ESV Student Study Bible is on sale this week. Pair it up with Just Do Something (also on sale) and you’ve got an ideal graduation gift.

On the Path to the Cancer Ward - This is a powerful bit of writing: “Sadness is a backpack of rocks you carry: you forget for a while, stop and enjoy the view, but always it’s there, some days too heavy to bear.”

Why Sermons Often Bore - Gavin Ortlund shares some of what Tim Keller taught about preaching at the recent TGC conference.

Banner of Truth - Banner of Truth has now shared all 3 parts of the mini-documentary on the history of the Banner. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Mom! - A sweet, short film about you and your mom.

Christ is the only way to God, but there are as many ways to Christ as there are people who come to Him. —Os Guinness



May 07, 2015

A few new Kindle deals: The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman ($0.99); 7 Truths That Changed the World by Kenneth Samples ($1.99); Marriage Matters by Winston Smith (free).

How Christianity Invented Children - Fascinating: “There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn’t exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.”

To the Sons and Daughters of Divorce - “Children with divorced parents have experienced a different kind of violent, traumatic collision. And every child of divorce must likewise walk a path of healing.”

Why Christians of All People Should Get Their Vaccines - I know some people will disagree with this, but do at least consider the point he makes.

Listen As He Talks - Here’s why you should listen to your son as he talks about video games.

Protecting Your Ministry - This is a helpful, and perhaps even important, guide to protecting your church or ministry from lawsuits related to sexual orientation and gender. (Note: The link opens a PDF file.)

Living with Eyes Forward to That Day - There is tons of encouragement here, no matter what sin you struggle with.

Slot Machines - This article explains the addictive power of slot machines and the quest to bring that level of addiction to mobile phones as well. (Note: There is a swear word or two in the article.)

Depend on it, my hearer, you never will go to heaven unless you are prepared to worship Jesus Christ as God. —C.H. Spurgeon



May 06, 2015

Here are some Kindle deals that may interest you: Better Love Now by Tommy Nelson ($2.99); 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son ($1.99) and 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter ($2.99) by Vicki Courtney; A Better Way by Michael Horton ($2.99); James Robinson Graves by James Patterson ($2.99); How the Bible Came to Be by Daniel Hays ($0.99). Also a few Kindle e-readers and tablets are on sale leading up to Mother’s Day.

This one isn’t on sale, but how did I not know that David McCullough has a new book out? And on the Wright Brothers? That just made my day.

Joy Beyond the Sorrow - Indelible Grace is celebrating a successful Kickstarter for a new album by giving away their last album (which is one of my favorites). While you are able to leave them a tip, they are genuinely glad for you to have it for free.

Stock Up on Minibooks - Once a year Westminster Books does a big sale on the excellent minibook series from New Growth Press. Stock up and give them away!

Young Suffering Club - Here’s a new effort from Jay and Katherine Wolf. You can learn about it at the link. To learn their story (written or by video) click here.

The Forgotten God - There is a new edition of Credo magazine that may interest you. It is free to read online and free to download.

Spitfire P9374 - Here’s the remarkable story of the finding and restoration of one of the iconic World War 2 fighter planes. You can even buy it if you’ve got £2,500,000 burning a hole in your pocket. (While on the subject of World War 2, you may enjoy these photos of Berlin then and now.)

The Gospel in Mexico - You’ll enjoy reading this interview with Victor Cruz as he tells about the challenges to preaching the gospel in Mexico. I especially appreciated this: “Maybe the greatest misunderstanding is that there is only one Mexico.”

When the voice of Christ speaks through the Word, then you will arise, and leave all, and follow Him. —Robert Murray McCheyne



May 05, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Found: God’s Peace and Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur ($1.99 each); How People Change by Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp ($1.99); Why Jesus? by Ravi Zacharias ($2.99).

When You Can’t Say “He” or “She” - I invariably enjoy Bill Mounce’s reflections on language and translation.

How to Find a Mentor - There is lots of sage counsel in this one from Russell Moore.

The Right Time to Tell My Darkest Secret - Joshua Rogers tells about the difficulty he had in revealing his darkest secret (which involves sexual victimization).

The Heresy of Indifference - Burk Parsons: “When people tell me they are into Jesus but not into doctrine, I tell them that if they are not into doctrine, they are, in fact, not into Jesus.”

What the Media Isn’t Telling You - Michael Kruger tells you exactly what the media won’t tell you about the arguments over same-sex marriage.

Two Billion Bibles - The Gideons just distributed their two billionth Bible. They were even outside my son’s high school the other day, simply giving away Bibles to whoever wanted one.

The Bible does not present an art of prayer; it presents the God of prayer. —Edmund Clowney



May 04, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes ($4.99); Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper ($3.99); Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($3.99); Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman ($3.99 each); The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink ($0.99); Depression (free) and Running Scared ($1.99) by Ed Welch.

People with Hard Lives - This is an interesting excerpt from Carl Trueman: “Being a theologian of the cross gives you something to say to real people who are suffering.” Be sure to give it a read.

What Influence Do You Have on Your Children? - John MacArthur: “Christian parents today desperately need to own this simple principle. Before the throne of God we will be held accountable if we have turned our children over to other influences that shape their character in ungodly ways.”

The Monster Within - The Biblical Counseling Coalition takes a look at eating disorders and how to counsel those who have one.

How to Shut Down Gossip - “Gossip is one sin that seems to fall in the spiritual ‘No-Man’s Land’ between passivity and vigilance. But this should not be. Gossip is the RPG that blasts holes in the fabric of the church.”

When Mount Everest Shook - Here is an account of what happened on Mount Everest during the earthquake.

God is pleased to use ordinary people and ordinary conversations to do most of the heavy lifting in his kingdom. —Ed Welch


May 02, 2015

The Kindle deals have been ultra-slow lately. You may like The End for Which God Created the World by Jonathan Edwards (modern English) at $2.99, or Good News for Those Trying Harder by Dave Kraft ($2.99). It is your last day to take advantage of these deals: The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler ($3.99); The Wonder-Working God by Jared Wilson ($2.99); The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($2.99); Can We Trust the Gospels? by Mark D. Roberts ($1.99); The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware ($2.99); Discovering Jesus by T.D. Alexander ($2.99).

Also, depending on your Mother’s Day traditions you may like Amazon’s daily deal today.

This week I was a guest on the TechTonic podcast and talked about where technology helps and hinders. We also discussed writing methods, productivity, and our everyday devices.

This is heartbreaking: “In the Women’s Center, my friends and I giggled awkwardly at the rainbow condoms and joked about a brochure entitled ‘Pregnant At Harvard?’ I never dreamed that it would be relevant to my life.”

I have been keeping an eye on reviews for Apple Watch, and this one seems to catch it well: It’s beautiful but still very much a version 1: rough around the edges.

Mark Altrogge outlines the most important factor in becoming more like Jesus.

Canadians may be interested in Michael Coren’s recent move from Catholicism to Liberal Anglicanism, and largely because of the Catholic view on homosexuality.

Jonathan Leeman shares a talk he gave recently on The Meaning of Sex.

Finally, thanks to Moody for sponsoring the blog this week with Life on Mission.

The habit of introspection may be abused, to divert the eyes of the soul too much from Christ. —R.L. Dabney



May 01, 2015

How Carl Trueman Changed My Mind About Luther - “An understanding of Luther’s approach to the Christian life is fundamental to understanding the varieties of practical Western Christianity over the last five hundred years”

The World Map of Christian Apps - Here’s a roundup of some Christian apps that may interest you.

Mother’s Day @ WTS - Westminster Books has a whole section of deals for Mother’s Day. Note that some of the items will have price drops when you buy 3 or more copies (e.g. Glimpses of Grace or Women of the Word). 

Gnostic Sex - Michael Wittmer considers the two main catalysts that got our culture to where it is at the moment.

Top 10 Questions - Russell Moore and Andrew Walker provide the top ten most important questions that Supreme Court justices asked lawyers from each side of the case that was before them earlier this week.

Connect Spirit with Truth - Don Whitney has been sharing some highlights from one of his older books Simplify Your Spiritual Life.

The Word of God is clear; it is not that we have accepted God; rather, He has accepted us into His family. —Burk Parsons


April 30, 2015

Here is a handful of new Kindle deals; I expect there will be more tomorrow. Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer ($2.99); Tear Down This Wall of Silence by Dale Ingraham ($2.99); Paul Meets Muhammad by Michael Licona ($2.99).

Embers to Flames - George is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and is the Pastor-Teacher of Baltimore Bible Church; he reflects on the recent events in his city.

Apologetics Canada - If you’re in the Toronto area and have an interest in apologetics, you may want to consider this event in June. And if you’re in Vancouver, I’d like to see you at Men for God earlier in the month.

Ligonier and YouTube - Ligonier Ministries has just added some of their best teaching series to YouTube (The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, etc).

What Should America Expect? - Aaron Armstrong looks at same-sex marriage from a Canadian perspective (where it has been legal since 2005). “This probably is no shock to the Americans reading this, but Canadians don’t really get you.”

Fetal Homicide Laws - It is amazing when ideology gets in the way of morality, as is the case with fetal homicide laws.

God Owes Me Nothing - This is such an important truth. “I owe him everything; he owes me nothing.”

Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book. —J.C. Ryle