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February 16, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals that may interest you: Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson ($1.99); The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler ($2.99); The Gospel by Ray Ortlund ($3.99); The Gospel as Center by D.A. Carson & Tim Keller ($2.99); Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace ($3.99); Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Manners and Customs ($4.99).

Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety - This is a very strong bit of writing from Carl Trueman. “I suspect that the reasons evangelicals are rediscovering Lent is as much to do with the poverty of their own liturgical tradition as anything.”

Why Are Christian Movies So Painfully Bad? - Here’s an interesting look at why Christian movies are (so often) just so bad. “Often for Christian consumers of art, the question isn’t ‘Is this artwork Christian?’ Instead, it becomes, ‘Is it Christian enough?’”

W-32 Engine - Sometimes you just have to marvel at other people’s skill and ingenuity, like the guy who made this amazing miniature engine.

A Sex Film Revival? - It looks like 50 Shades of Gray was a box office smash, leading to speculation that it may usher in a whole lot more films oozing with overt sexuality.

Islamic State Beheads 21 Christians - Joe Carter has an FAQ on the sad situation in Libya.

A Superbowl Blessing - “Some of you will remember the 2010 Super Bowl commercial, produced by Focus on the Family and featuring a prolife message from Pam Tebow about her son, Tim.” Here’s a glimpse of how God used it.

Too many are willing to sit at God’s table, but not work in his field. —Vance Havner


February 14, 2015

Here are a few Kindle deals for you: Counseling the Hard Cases by Stuart Scott & Heath Lambert ($2.99); Different by Design by Carrie Sandom ($3.99); Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life by John Calvin ($0.99); The Allegory of Love by C.S. Lewis ($2.99); Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper ($2.99).

R.C. Sproul Jr. pulls no punches: “As a rule, men are relational dolts. From an early age girls develop sophisticated communications arrays, whereby they are able to simultaneously translate what anyone says, whether with words, expression or body language, into what they actually mean.”

I enjoy the site Redeemed Reader and appreciated this: Five Red Flags to Watch for in YA Christian Romance Fiction.

Here is a look at how How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life. It contains important matters for reflection in a digital age.

When it comes to parenting, it’s good to Remember What You Signed Up For.

Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for sponsoring the blog this week with the article The Light of the Reformation Was the Light of the Bible.

Here are 10 Pointers For Young Preachers. “I am way too young to be called a sage, but I don’t get called young any more either. So while there is better advice to be found, here are some pointers from me for young preachers…”

Kress Biblical Resources has quite a lot of good books in their catalog, and for now they are deeply discounted.

The sin of fallen man is this: Man seeks the benefits of God while at the same time fleeing from God himself. —R.C. Sproul


February 13, 2015

Just a couple of minor Kindle deals today: Uncommon Marriage by Tony & Lauren Dungy ($1.99); God in the White House by Randall Balmer ($1.99). You can find a complete and updated list here: Kindle Deals for Christian Readers. Finally, several Kindle devices are on sale today at pretty good prices.

Why It’s So Popular - This is one of the best things I’ve read on the topic: The real reason 50 Shades of Grey is so popular. While we’re on the subject, here’s an interesting idea from Moody: Send them your copy of the book, and they’ll send back a copy of Pulling Back the Shades. Also Dr. Mohler has a great article on 50 Shades.

The Most Glorious Cure - Kevin DeYoung: “No one plans to be a widow at twenty-three. Tomorrow I will preach at the funeral of Elliott Preston Orr, a young man from our congregation who died of cancer last Friday.”

Truth-Telling and the News Media - A Christian who is also a former news anchor reacts to the situation involving Brian Williams.

What Your Wife Wants You to Know on Valentine’s Day - While I don’t think this is all universally true, it’s probably not far from that.

Instagram - I have been asked to begin uploading my daily quote graphics to Instagram. If you’re an Instagram user, you can now find them all right here

What Science Can’t Prove - “I often hear the comment, ‘Science has proved there is no God.’ Don’t ever be bullied by such a statement. Science is completely incapable of proving such a thing.”

The more holy a man becomes, the more he will loathe and mourn over the remains of indwelling sin. —C.H. Spurgeon


February 12, 2015

Crossway has discounted a few Kindle books for Valentine’s Day: A Loving Life by Paul Miller ($3.99); What Did You Expect? by Paul Tripp ($3.99); Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Philip Ryken ($3.99); Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard ($3.99). Also consider Divine Design by John MacArthur (free); Better Love Now by Tommy Nelson ($2.99); and God on Sex by Daniel Akin ($0.99).

Using A Theological Dictionary for Word Studies - You may enjoy this article from Patrick Schreiner as he looks at how to use a theological dictionary.

Why Is the Number of the Beast 666? - TGC asks the question of Greg Beale. And speaking of Beale, Westminster Books has his new, abbreviated commentary on Revelation discounted today. (Note: Beale’s full commentary on Revelation is regarded as one of the best, so this abbreviation should be excellent.)

God Likes You - It’s such a sweet truth: God doesn’t only love you; he also likes you.

The Hidden Network - BBC writes about the hidden network that runs the world.

The Receiving End of Grace - So true: Brian Williams has fallen from grace, and now he needs grace.

The Rightful Heir? - “How do you respond to people who locate the gay rights movement within the civil rights tradition?” Jonathan Leeman answers.

The Shadow Eclipsed by the Substance - You will enjoy reading Erik’s meditation on the cross of Christ.

Preach one Christ by Christ to the praise of Christ. —William Perkins


February 11, 2015

Giving Toasters Sentience - This author lays out a few important concerns about the increasing connectivity in all our devices (Note: the article has a few unfortunate words choices in it.)

You and Me Forever - Christian Audio is having a flash offer that may interest you. For the next 2 days You and Me Forever by Francis & Lisa Chan is free.

An Unintended Consequence - Zac Hicks describes an unintended consequence of the missional movement. “Is it possible for the Church to be so sent that it is never gathered?”

Your Dog Is Not Human - “Your dog is not a human being. Stop treating her like one.” Exactly. 

Love Is… - Paul Tripp lists 23 things love is.

Reading as Parenting - This reminds me that it has been too long since my family has begun reading a new book together. “When we think about parenting, the word ‘books’ probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But reading to our children is a fundamental but aspect of parenting little people, though we rarely talk about it in the context of raising children.”

The commands of God are given, not to rob me of joy, but lead me into the fullness of joy. —Matt Chandler


February 10, 2015

I’ve found just a handful of new Kindle deals: Scripture Alone by James White ($2.99); Preaching with a Plan by Scott Gibson ($1.99); Helps for Counselors by Jay Adams ($1.99); Evangelism by John Mark Terry ($0.99). (Here is the complete list of Kindle deals for Christians.)

The President at the Prayer Breakfast - Al Mohler: “Presidents of the United States are usually awful as theologians. In far too many cases, the closer they get to anything theological, the bigger the mess they make.”

The One Ring Explained - If you’ve ever tried to figure out why the rings matter so much in The Lord of the Rings, you’ll want to watch this short video.

Three Truths for the Tired Mother - Aileen and I are just a little past the baby years, but we remember them well. Here’s hope for the tired mom.

Jim Hamilton wrote two good articles yesterday, both related to Justin Taylor’s recent article on creation: The Days of Creation and Exodus 20:11 and The Days of Creation and Death Before the Fall.

You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology - “What’s more dangerous to the human soul — money or theology?”

Toolbox for Skillful Shepherding - Here’s a helpful little chart for pastors.

The Danger of Celebrity Pastoring - Mike Leake: “I’ve read many books on how to get through the snares of gospel ministry. I’ve only read a couple which speak of the dangers which attend popularity.”

God’s Word, when rightly expounded, is medicinal for a whole host of spiritual diseases. —Joel Beeke


February 09, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper ($0.99); Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman ($3.99); Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($2.99); New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp ($4.99); God So Loved, He Gave by Kelly Kapic ($1.99); Grounded in the Faith by Ken Erisman ($2.99); A God-Sized Vision by Collin Hanson & John Woodbridge ($1.99).

Is Your Marriage a Picture of the Gospel? - I really enjoyed this one from Hershael York; he writes about the evangelistic opportunity of a good marriage.

Getting Medieval - “Medieval historians like myself can’t help wincing when the period that we study finds its way into modern political discourse.” Which is what President Obama did last week…

Life Inside a Bitcoin Mine - This is an interesting little video about life inside a secret Chinese Bitcoin mine.

Phlegons Among Us - Be content to be a Phlegon.

Why Google Glass Broke - If you are interested in technology, you may well enjoy this analysis of Google Glass.

Getting the Gospel Right - Steve Lawson interviews R.C. Sproul on the subject of the gospel.

Apollo Speeches - This is good for a Monday morning laugh.

No man can give at once the impressions that he himself is clever and that Jesus Christ is mighty to save. —James Denney


February 07, 2015

I’ve got a few new Kindle deals to start your weekend: Finally Free by Heath Lambert ($1.99); Marriage Matters by Winston Smith ($3.99), Morning by Morning by Charles Spurgeon ($2.99). New from GLH Publishing is The Love of Christ by Richard Sibbes ($0.99).

It requires a bit of a time commitment, but you may enjoy this video on Why Bible Typography Matters. And, believe it or not, it actually does.

I appreciate this pastor’s view that what is happening in the church today might be able to be compared to a baseball team Rebuilding in the Off-Season. “The church in North America has simultaneously become both fat and malnourished, a feat that would be impressive if it weren’t so tragic.”

This is from The Banner of Truth: Shall We Read Jonathan Edwards? The answer is a resounding yes.

Speaking of Jonathan Edwards, Logos just recently released the Yale edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, an incredible body of work. Be sure to watch the video to see how you can put the resources to work for you.

Russell Moore did a great job on this artice: What Will Matter to Evangelicals in 2016.

Thanks to Tabletalk for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Tabletalk Avoids Shallow Doctrine.

Fifty Shades of Genesis 3:16: “The popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t surprise me, because God predicted it in Genesis 3. The woman’s desire or strong craving (addiction if you will) will be for the man, and he will rule over her. THAT is why Fifty Shades of Grey, the Twilight Series, and countless other lesser known masochistic ‘romance’ novels have flourished over the years.”

Truth needs to be baptized into love if it is to possess the charm of loveliness. —Archibald Brown


February 06, 2015

Here are a few interesting Kindle deals: The Most Misused Verses in the Bible by Eric Bargerhuff ($1.99); James (ZECNT) by Craig Blomberg ($2.99); Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon ($2.99); Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper ($2.99); Understanding the Book of Mormon by Ross Anderson ($2.99); The Daring Mission of William Tyndale by Steve Lawson ($3.99). (Complete List)

Many Heroes, So Little Heroism - “As America lurches toward a fully same-sex-affirming public square, it is increasingly urged along by that most curious of cheerleaders: the ‘affirming pastor’.”

Riding Light - You may not watch the entire video, but at least give it a look. “This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.”

Worth the 400-Year Wait - I don’t want to link to too many book sales, but I thought some of you would be interested in this sale on the (newly published) works of William Perkins. It’s a fantastic deal.

When Reading the Bible Through Just Wouldn’t Do - I enjoyed this article on the day everything changed.

Anti-Vaxxers - Vaccinations have been in the news this week. I really appreciate what Jesse Johnson says here, and especially his comments about Christian distrust toward science.

24 Free eBooks - Here are 24 free ebooks from our friends at Desiring God. If that’s not enough, get these two classics (one, two) from Monergism.

There will be no peace in any soul until it is willing to obey the voice of God. —D.L. Moody


February 05, 2015

I spotted just two noteworthy new Kindle deal todays: Grounded in the Faith: An Essential Guide to Knowing What You Believe and Why by Ken Erisman is a great value at $3.99. (My review). Also consider Everyone’s a Theologian by R.C. Sproul ($3.99).

The Girl in the Tuxedo - Wow. Be sure to read this one. “Teens struggling with their sexual identity may seem to have more options than they did in the 1980s—but one important option is increasingly denied to them.”

The “Plus One” Approach to Church - Kevin DeYoung offers some wise counsel when it comes to involvement in a local church: Take the plus one approach.

Praying for Adult Children - Here is an important topic that receives scant attention: praying for adult children.

BeLoved - You may enjoy this new video on the best kind of love.

Should I Date a Godly Girl I Don’t Find Attractive? - I appreciate Matt Chandler’s response to the question.

Why Singing Is Essential - Michael Kelley offers 3 reasons singing is essential to the Christian.

There is no life so deeply and tragically sinful that it’s beyond the reach of God’s amazing rescuing grace. —Paul Tripp