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May 14, 2014

Here are a few Kindle deals for today: God’s Love ($3.99) and Pleasing God ($3.99) by R.C. Sproul; Jesus and the Gospels by Craig Blomberg ($4.99); Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear ($0.99); Augustus Toplady by Douglas Bond ($3.99).

How Many Children Should I Have? - I know this is a big topic and one for which some people have very strong convictions, but I quite like David Murray’s handling of it.

The Secret Things of the Lord - “What is the will of God for my life? In this excerpt from his Foundations teaching series, R.C. Sproul distinguishes between the decretive and the preceptive wills of God.” These are important distinctions.

Books for Grads - Westminster Books has some excellent books for grads on sale.

Seven Reasons Why Christians Doubt - “I want to briefly give you some of the more ‘mundane’ causes of why we, as Christians, might experience doubt, whether it be doubt in the existence of God, doubt in his love for us, or doubt in our salvation.”

Ornaments of the Soul - Though I’m not the target audience, I enjoyed this article from Jen Thorn.

The Debate - Kevin DeYoung will get you caught up on an interesting discussion of the connection of law and gospel.

The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner. —William Cameron Townsend


May 13, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary ($4.99); Holman QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls ($2.99); Holman QuickSource Guide to Apologetics ($2.99); Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation ($2.99); Which Bible Translation Should I Use? by Andreas Kostenberger ($4.99); Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler ($2.99).

It Multiplied - Ray Ortlund: “Church growth takes planning.  Let’s do it.  But church multiplication takes miracle.  Let’s be open to what only God can do.”

A Face-to-Face Debate - I’m with Carl Trueman: I think this would be a very healthy debate.

Same-Sex Attraction in the Church - Sam Alberry lists a number of things churches can do to help Christians with same-sex attraction.

Face the Music - Here’s wise counsel from Mike Wittmer.

Mother’s Day - This is a sweet reflection on mothers and mother’s day.

The Church Needs More Tattoos - Russell Moore: “U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) often tells audiences, ‘Republican Party events need more people with tattoos.’ It struck me, as I heard him say this, that this is kind of what evangelical Christians ought to be saying about our churches.”

The gospel is only good news if it gets there on time. —Carl F. H. Henry 


May 12, 2014

A few Kindle deals to begin the day: When Will My Life Not Suck? by Ramon Presson ($3.03); Four books by J.I. Packer: Weakness Is the Way ($1.99); Finishing Our Course with Joy ($0.99); Taking God Seriously ($1.99); Growing in Christ ($1.99). (Apologies in advance if some of these prices do not drop; I am traveling to Australia today so prepared this last night.)

A Sharp Turn to the Right - Here’s a fascinating update from a blog I follow: “I am writing this on a high speed train from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to the island’s capital, Taipei. Why am I here and not in mainland China? In short, because I have been deported from China. To tell the long story, I have to go back to Easter Sunday two weeks ago.”

Integrate Theology Into Ministry - Here, from Hershael York, are five ways to integrate theology into your ministry.

She Got Up Anyway - I enjoy Mother’s Day reflections like this one. 

Blessed - Isn’t it interesting that many people are now used “blessed” in place of “lucky?” That seems significant.

Be More Specific - This is good advice: Be more specific in your sermon than listing points or things. Andy Naselli has a good list of alternatives.

Perfect Parents - According to Joel Beeke, children are not looking for perfect parents. And it’s a good thing, too.

Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell. —C.T. Studd 


May 10, 2014

Here is just one new Kindle deal: Not a Chance by R.C. Sproul ($3.99). Also, for a short time New Growth Press is offering a free download of Loving Well by William Smith.

I Heard Her Weeping - Here’s a sweet tribute to a mom. “She retreated to the refuge of her bedroom that afternoon. This didn’t happen often. Curious, I crept toward the shut door. Then I heard it. She was weeping. I was a young boy, probably about 9 or 10, so I don’t remember all that happened that day except us kids being particularly difficult.”

Seeds - While we are on the subject of moms…you’ll enjoy this video, I’m sure.

Finding Grace in Failures - Joe Thorn offers 4 ways to find grace in failure.

Scared - Here is an honest bit of writing from C. Michael Patton.

My Congregation Barely Sings - “If church leaders want congregations that will really ‘speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs’ (Eph. 5:19), they will have to work at it. … Here are a few tips, many of which, no doubt, fall into the realm of prudence.”

Equip Your Kids to Say No to Porn - This is a good article on equipping your children to say no to porn for the inevitable circumstance when they are exposed to it.

Unbelief about the existence and personality of Satan has often proved the first step to unbelief about God. —JC Ryle


May 09, 2014

“I Feel Super Great About Having an Abortion” - Al Mohler: “Emily Letts is a 25-year-old abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey whose video has gone viral. These days, videos go viral on a daily basis, and most are soon forgotten. But not this one. Emily Letts decided to make a video about her own abortion, and the result is one of the most disturbing video messages ever presented to public view…”

Secrets Mothers Know - Here are a few secrets that every mother knows.

Oneness Pentecostalism: An Analysis - Yesterday I wrote about T.D. Jakes who is associated with Modalism and Oneness Pentecostalism. Just a few days ago Fred Sanders wrote a helpful article on it.

Spurgeon and His Critics - Vance Christie writes about a couple of times Charles Spurgeon had to respond to critics.

How Net Neutrality Might Look - We are hearing about Net neutrality these days. Here’s a look at what it means and why it matters.

The Jesus’ Wife Fragment Hoax - This is hardly shocking, but the Jesus’ Wife fragment has been proven a hoax.

The Bible Says - Darryl Dash looks at a recent Andy Stanley talk and provides some helpful reflections.

The Gospel does not call us to receive Christ as an addition to our life, but as our life. —Paul Washer


May 08, 2014

Here are a few Kindle deals: Defiant Grace by Dane Ortlund ($4.79); Each for the Other by Bryan Chappel ($2.99). And now, here are a few links I enjoyed yesterday:

Long-Separated Twins - “Imagine delving into your family history and discovering you have a twin. That’s what happened to Ann Hunt, a 78-year-old, who had no idea she had a sibling at all until last year. Now she and twin Elizabeth Hamel have met for the first time since they were babies - setting a new world record.”

Things I Want Him To Thank His Mom For - Here are 8 things this author wants his toddler to thank his mom for.

A Good Funeral - Someone asked: “What do you really love about your church at the moment?” And my answer? Christian funerals. Yep.”

What Do You Mean “Have Faith?” - “At Emmaus we often speak of faith in terms of ‘trusting and treasuring’ God. We believe that God is who he said he is and as a result we believe (trust) him to do everything that he has promised. Further, because he is infinitely glorious, we treasure him above any and everything.”

Lord, Liar, Lunatic…or Legend? - Stand to Reason introduces an interesting article.

In Defence of the EA - “The EA took the decision to remove Steve Chalke’s Oasis Trust from membership last week, after a long process of consultation.” It matters. Read the article to learn why and how.

Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you. —J.C. Ryle


May 07, 2014

Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity - John Piper has a sweet answer to this question: “What truths do you have to share with a man or woman such as myself, struggling with regret related to past sexual mistakes and their current consequences in the context of marriage and engagement?”

Church Is For Messy People - Church is for messy people, and it’s a good thing, too.

Can We Trade Sexual Morality for Church Growth? - “From time to time we hear some telling us that evangelical Christianity must retool our sexual ethic if we’re ever going to reach the next generation.” Russell Moore responds.

Gender Transformation - Owen Strachan writes about Johnny Weir and a brave new America.

Recovering Eden - This week Westminster Books has some great deals on some good new books on the Old Testament.

Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls - Here, from the Washington Post, are 8 questions you want answered about Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls.

The Creation Debate - Here is the creation debate in a nutshell.

God is awesome; he doesn’t need you to be awesome. He wants you to be obedient. —Matt Chandler


May 06, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter and 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son by Vicki Courtney ($2.99 each); A lot of Thom Rainer’s books are on sale; click here and scroll down to find books marked $2.99 - $4.99; The World and the Word by Merrill, Rooker & Grisanti ($4.99); This month Ligonier Ministries is giving away The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond (free!).

Who’s Hot in Hollywood? - God is, according to The Globe and Mail. It looks at a bunch of movies including a new one: Moms’ Night Out.

How Does God Get Your Attention? - How does God get people’s attention? How does he get your attention?

Prayer in the Life of Jesus - Mark Dever focuses some attention on Jesus’ prayer life.

Signs Your Child Is Not Saved - This is serious and sobering: 5 signs your child may not be saved.

Every Woman a Mother - I appreciate this perspective from Boundless. “Here’s the thing: Motherhood was never about choice to begin with. It was never intended as a calling for some and not for others. Yes, Mrs. Scott, womanhood is motherhood. It always was. But not how we’ve been defining it.”

How a Dad Loves a Prodigal - “My dad and I are really close. In fact, we’re so close that I worked for him doing all of his bookkeeping for the year before my twins were born. I loved talking to him nearly every day, especially since he lives so far away from me now. But we weren’t always so close. I was once a prodigal daughter.”

It is folly to think the Lord provides grace for every trouble but the one you are in today.C.H. Spurgeon


May 05, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre ($0.99); Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney ($1.99); Joy by Lydia Brownback ($0.99); Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman ($1.99); Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson ($2.99); Old Paths by J.C. Ryle ($0.99).

The Problem With Seeking God’s Will - Matt Papa: I have spent too much of my life, and my prayer life, asking for God to lead me into His “perfect will”. “God lead me”. “Guide me”. “Use me”. “Bless me”. While I know that God is a gracious, condescending God who meets us wherever we are, I something wonder if God has been up there saying…. “Um…yeah.  I’m Your Shepherd. That’s what I do.”

Awakening - New Zealand was already on my list of places to see, but even more so after watching this.

Ask Anything - My favorite episodes of Dr. Mohler’s podcasts are the “Ask Anything” weekend edition. This weekend: 1) How should Christians respond to the claim that God made homosexuals the way they are? 2) Should parents teach their children to pray to Jesus or to the Father? 3) For whom did Christ die?

9 Things to Know About Prayer in the Bible - Joe Carter gives us a list.

Sibling Rivalry - “If we’re honest, there are times where we meet a brother or sister in Christ and don’t feel like being a brother or sister in Christ to them.” Very true.

Modern Hymns - Kristen Gilles has a Spotify list of modern hymns you may want to listen to.

In our day it’s worse to judge evil than to do evil. —Os Guinness


May 03, 2014

Here are a couple of new Kindle deals: How Long, O Lord by D.A. Carson ($4.99); Alone with God by John MacArthur ($0.99).

Small God, Big Storm - “How many times have I read or watched a news report about the devastation, caused by a tornado in some part of the country? Dozens maybe. … This time it was different. This time a friend of mine–and two of his children–died.”

Terrible International Aid Ideas - Here is a list of ways people thought they could help but actually just made things worse.

MLJ: World’s Best Grandfather - I enjoyed this article from Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ grandson.

Snapchat’s New Update - Parents whose kids use Snapchat should read this and be aware of what Snapchat is and does.

Do Christians Overhype Porn Addiction? - Granted he’s writing for Covenant Eyes, but the points are still valid.

7 Lessons from Failure - David shares some of what he has learned from failure. In a similar vein J.D. Payne says The Conference No One Hosts Is the One You Need to Attend.

Field Trip to a Junkyard - This sounds like a worthwhile activity.

“Exaggeration” is actually a proud, unbroken word for “lying.” —Nancy Leigh DeMoss