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November 14, 2014

4 Dangers for Complementarians - Gavin Ortlund outlines 4 dangers complementarians need to face. “I don’t think it’s a sign of compromise to listen to some of their critiques. After all, some of the problems they are reacting against are real.”

Christmas Is for Sharing - It may be only a commercial, but it’s a powerful one based on a historical event.

Having Water from God for Others - A great little glimpse of the life of John Stam.

Know Your Steaks - Here’s a short video to explain what you’re eating.

Why Pastors Receive Housing Tax Exemptions - Joe Carter looks back a few years to see why pastors receive a tax exemption for housing.

How A Wound Heals - This video is just about at the right level for me. Now I (kind of) understand how a wound heals itself.

Asking Forgiveness From a Prostitute - Ed Welch: “It seems obvious, but I have never suggested it: if a man has been with a prostitute, it is right for him to ask her forgiveness. Consider this story.”

Let us humbly sit at our Lord’s feet to receive rebuke or instruction as he sees fit. —C.H. Spurgeon


November 13, 2014

I dug up a handful of new Kindle deals today: The Great and Holy War by Philip Jenkins ($2.99); The Narnian by Alan Jacobs ($2.99); AfterLife by Hank Hanegraaff ($3.03); God Is a Warrior by Tremper Longman ($4.99). Every week Zondervan lets me choose one book to put on sale and this week I went with What’s Best Next by Matt Perman ($2.99).

Over-Pastoring, Under-Pastoring - “There are two common dangers in pastoral ministry and Paul is alert to both of them. They are what we might call over-pastoring and under-pastoring.”

Little Things Matter - Kim Shay directs some encouragement at young stay-at-home moms.

Divine Revision - Slate has an interesting article on why the Mormonism will eventually accept homosexuality.

Critiquing a Giant - Andy Naselli points to an example of a good way to critique a theological giant.

Your Best Hours - We get two hours a day when our minds are at their best. 

Should Couples Write Their Own Vows? - Russell Moore explains why couples should not write their own wedding vows. While I don’t completely agree, I appreciate the points he makes.

Sexual Orientation - Al Mohler writes about his change on the subject of sexual orientation; where he once denied the idea of sexual orientation, now he accepts it.

All whom the Father elects, Christ redeems; all whom Christ redeems, the Father adopts. —Ian McNaughton


November 12, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals for you: The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays ($2.99); Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath ($2.99); Did Eve Really Have an Extra Rib? by Ken Ham ($3.03); Connected by Erin Davis ($2.99); Breakout Churches by Thom Rainer ($4.27). If you are into popular-level commentaries, don’t forget yesterday’s list from Zondervan.

A Soldier’s Diary - What was it really like to fight in the Second World War? These diary excerpts give us some glimpses.

Hide or Seek - You may want to check out this book deal from Westminster Books. When a book is recommended by Tim Keller, Ed Welch, Scotty Smith, and Philip Ryken, it must be good!

Common Mythconceptions - You might enjoy this list of common myths.

MacArthur Q&A - John MacArthur recently did a Twitter Q&A. You can find some of the highlights here. A favorite: “What is the best way to deal with pride?” “Get your eyes off yourself and onto Christ. The gap between whatever you are and what he is is infinite.”

The Sorrow and Joy of Imputation - “It is difficult to understand the sorrow and amazement and agony of a holy being in having sin thus by imputation imposed upon Him.”

Is Bill Watterson Staging a Comeback? - I doubt it, but I hope so. Did you see his new comic? It’s a good one.

A Theology of Healing - Justin Taylor summarizes an interesting article at Christianity Today.

Though sin often brings immediate pleasure, it gives no lasting joy. —RC Sproul


November 11, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Kindle editions of the NIV Application Commentary set are on sale for just $4.99 or less each. This is considered a very good popular-level series. I’ve asterisked volumes especially recommended by the various experts I rely on to help me sort through commentaries: Genesis*; Leviticus, Numbers; Deuteronomy*; Joshua; Judges and Ruth*; 1 & 2 Kings; 1 & 2 Chronicles*; Esther*; JobEcclesiastes, Song of Songs*; Isaiah; Jeremiah, Lamentations; Ezekiel*; Daniel*; Joel, Obadiah, Malachi; Hosea, Amos, Micah; Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah; Haggai, Zechariah; Matthew; Mark*; Luke*; John; Acts*; Romans*; 1Corinthians*; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians*; Colossians & Philemon*; 1 & 2 Thessalonians; 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus*; Hebrews*; James; 1 Peter*; 2 Peter & Jude*; 1, 2, & 3 John*; Revelation*. Also consider Am I Called? by Dave Harvey ($0.99) and How to Stay Christian in Seminary by David Mathis & Jonathan Parnell ($0.99).

The Missing Ingredient - “Guys can be exegetically sound, communicate with clarity, illustrate with profundity, and then at the end of the sermon it tastes like grandma’s meatloaf: somewhat filling but not so memorable.”

A Word About Men and Marriage - Jason Garwood sounds a little mad here, but I understand what he is saying.

Saying No - What Randy Alcorn says here won’t apply directly to all of us, but he makes some good points.

Thanksgiving Devotional - You can sign up here for a free daily devotional from Paul Tripp that will help you prepare for Thanksgiving.

Parenting for Sanctification or Reputation - Here’s a helpful distinction in parenting: parenting for their sanctification or parenting for your reputation.

7 Deadly Sins - This is a good start to a series on the 7 Deadly Sins in a Digital Age.

All the approval we ever need is already sitting at the right hand of God. —Sammy Rhodes


November 10, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp ($1.99); The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson ($0.99); Church Planter by Darrin Patrick ($0.99); Beat God to the Punch by Eric Mason ($2.99); The Rise of the Nones by James Emery White ($2.51); Understanding the Bible by John Stott ($4.27); James Robinson Graves by James Patterson ($0.99). Today only you can save $30 on a certified refurbished Kindle Paperwhite.

Astronaut - This is a beautiful video. Make it full-screen and HD if you can.

Voddie Baucham - Here is some big news from Voddie Baucham: “I am leaving GfBC to lead the seminary at African Christian University in Zambia next fall.”

Songs for Danforth Chapel - This album showed up in my mailbox last week, and once I found a CD player, I really enjoyed listening to it.

A Muckraking Magazine - The New York Times has an article about World magazine.

888,246 Red Ceramic Poppies - This article describes “How 888,246 red ceramic poppies captivated Britain and brought WWI to life.”

Repentance - Jared Wilson writes about repentance yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

You can’t cry guilt away. You need to give it away. —Helen Thorne


November 08, 2014

Amazon’s Big Deal is back—they have a long list of books on sale across all categories. A few Kindle deals that may interest you include Einstein, God, and the Bible by Ray Comfort ($3.39); The Crucified Life by A.W. Tozer ($2.99); Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God by Eric Metaxas ($1.99); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($2.99). New from GLH Publishing is a classic: The Explusive Power of a New Affection by Thomas Chalmers ($0.99).

I enjoyed this take on The Crucial Importance of Stay-at-Home Wives. It looks beyond the importance of moms raising their children and looks to other benefits.

David Murray looks at a new book and mines 12 Ways to Make (And Keep) Friends.

Thanks to Mere Agency for sponsoring the blog this week with their excellent article Why Most Web Sites Are Hard To Use (And What To Do About It).

Here’s a good article about Manhood and the Cross. “Regardless of your title or position, what must be understood, is that the way we perform in our title and position is defined by the cross.”

Risk Is Right - Desiring God interviews Ebola survivor and missionary Nancy Writebol. “Along with her husband of 40 years, David, she was serving as a missionary in Monrovia, Liberia, before the Ebola outbreak. They served in a hospital that would become a frontline defense against the disease.”

Disaster at the Speed of Sounds - Here’s an account of what happened on that ill-fated SpaceShipTwo flight.

It is at once the most Christlike and the most happy course for a believer to cease from living to himself. —C.H. Spurgeon


November 07, 2014

I’ve spotted just a few new Kindle deals for today: Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul ($3.99) and The Last Christian on Earth by Os Guinness ($1.99); Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur ($5.69); Second Forgetting by Benjamin Mast ($5.12).

Feather vs Bowling Ball - Here is proof of what we have heard so many times—that a feather and a bowling ball will fall at the same rate.

The Art of Joy - If you enjoy Christian rap music, you’ll want to check out Jackie Hill Perry’s new album which is free for the taking.

Throw Open the Doors - Nick Horton has a powerful article on pregnancy and miscarriage.

That Is the Grace - You’ll enjoy this sermon excerpt from Matt Chandler.

The Zimzum of Love - Dave Harvey has a penetrating review of Rob Bell’s new book on marriage.

What Does It Mean to Be Real? - “Nobody likes a fake. Even in our airbrush culture, we despise counterfeits and crave authenticity. Everyone wants to be real.”

The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for driving away wolves. —John Calvin


November 06, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: You Lift Me Up by Albert Martin ($3.99); One Thing by Sam Storms ($3.99); Stand for Life by John Ensor ($3.96); Living Faith by Helen Roseveare ($3.99); John Newton by Jonathan Aitken ($0.99); The Beauty and Glory of the FatherThe Beauty and Glory of Christ, and The Beauty and Glory of the Holy Spirit, and The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living by Joel Beeke ($2.99 each).

What the Election Reveals About Us - Here is Al Mohler doing what Al Mohler does so well—interpreting current events for us.

The Zimzum of Love - This is quite the review of Rob Bell’s new book on marriage.

What You Are Entitled To - Do you know what you are entitled to when your flight is full or cancelled? This article explains.

Reformation Day Bundle - Logos users may want to check out this Reformation Day bundle.

5 Truths About the Wrath of God - “The doctrine of the wrath of God has fallen on hard times. In today’s world, any concept of God’s wrath upsets our modern sentiments. It’s too disconcerting, too intolerant.”

Is Politeness Killing Your Prayer Life? - “Christians in North America are generally polite pray-ers. We tend to pray correct, respectful words that we think God wants to hear. But let’s be honest, many of our prayers are tentative, repetitive, and somewhat boring.”

Why should we proclaim the wisdom of men when we have the privilege of preaching the Word of God? —John MacArthur


November 05, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax ($0.99); How to Argue Like Jesus by Joe Carter & John Coleman ($0.99); Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy ($0.99); Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow ($5.98); A Theology for Family Ministry by Michael Anthony ($2.99); The MacArthur Bible Handbook by John MacArthur ($4.99).

Someday It Will Be Worth It - Mark Altrogge has some encouragement for you. “You won’t be disappointed. Keep believing in Jesus. Keep hoping in him. Keep clinging to him and abiding in him.”

To End All Wars - I think you’ll enjoy this video.

Mindscape - There are some good deals this week from Westminster Books, including Tim Keller’s new book on prayer.

The Barronelle Stutzman Story - This video tells Barronelle Stutzman’s story.

Hunting New Zealand’s West Coast Bull Tahr - Count the Bull Tahr.

Alex and Brett Harris - I enjoyed reading this profile of Alex and Brett Harris.

Baptizing lost people and teaching them to vote Republican is not revival. —Russell Moore


November 04, 2014

The Myth of Hate - “I’m told writing this post won’t matter. I can clarify until I’m blue in the face and nothing will change. It doesn’t matter what Christians actually think or believe about homosexuality. It seems the world will still believe what it wants to believe no matter what anyone says.”

4 Ways to Speak the Gospel to One Another - Here is specific instruction on a much-discussed practice.

Drive - This video contains a brief and helpful overview of what motivates us.

BBC Collections - Today only Amazon has a lot of their BBC collections on sale. No one does drama quite like the BBC

A Christian Tightrope Walker - Is there such a thing as a Christian tightrope walker? Here’s David Murray’s answer.

KJV Study Bible - The new King James Study Bible is available, and it looks fantastic.

How Not to Use Greek - Here are 3 ways not to use Greek in Bible study.

Truth Exchange - Peter Jones has some fascinating things to say in this interview from Tabletalk.

Every day Noah was building the ark someone told him he was on the wrong side of history. —Hershael York