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December 06, 2014

I was able to find just one new Kindle deal today: Paul Well’s Taking the Bible at its Work ($3.99); Beyond that, it was a great week for Kindle deals, so feel free to browse through this week’s A La Carte archives if you’re looking for some new reading.

This article from TIME outlines 10 Tricks Companies Use to Get You to Buy More. Don’t fall for them!

You may well have encountered the “You’re Not Really Pro-Life Unless…” argument. Here’s why it doesn’t stand up.

Reuters offers their Best Photos of the Year 2014. Warning: Some of them (especially the very first) are brutal. They aptly highlight the horror of life in this world.

This article offers several helpful points as it focuses on Missionary Life: No Shortcuts.

According to the Wall Street Journal, here is why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong.

We Don’t Need a Mrs. Jesus - This article makes many valid points about how people are prone to make Jesus less than human, and Mary more than human.

If a man be not saved on this side of the grave, he will never be saved on the other. —William Jay


Thanks to P&R Publishing for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Grace Abounding.

December 05, 2014

There are a handful of new Kindle deals to tell you about: What Is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul ($2.99); Why Believe the Bible? by John MacArthur ($1.99); The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias ($1.99); The HCSB Study Bible ($2.99). New from GLH Publishing is the classic The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie ($0.99). Amazon has begun another of their “Big Deals” which marks down a lot of Kindle books (Click here for the complete list.)

7 Reasons Why BioLogos Is A Threat - Douglas Wilson outlines 7 ways that BioLogos is a threat to classical education … and to a whole lot else.

Stop Wasting Time - Here are some ways to stop wasting your colleages’ time.

How Salvation Brings Freedom - This is good stuff from Jen Wilkin. “I grew up in the Bible Belt where, by mid-elementary, most of the kids in my peer group could point proudly to a note written in the front of their Bibles announcing the exact date they Got Saved.”

$5 Friday - Ligonier has some good items in this week’s $5 Friday: Captivated by Thabiti Anyabwile, The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul, plus various ebooks and teaching series.

When You Are In Between Jobs - Luke Murry offers wisdom on those times you are between jobs.

Themelios - A new issue of Themelios is available to read or download. You can download it in PDF and/or Logos formats.

Why It’s Hard to Catch Typos - If you ever write, you know how tough it is to catch your own typos. Here’s an explanation.

Most people are brought to faith in Christ, not by argument for it, but by exposure to it. —Samuel Shoemaker


December 04, 2014

There are not a lot of new Kindle deals today. However, you’ll want to grab Ed Welch’s book Depression which is free for the day. Also, The World of Jesus by William Marty looks interesting at $0.99, while Reckless Abandon by David Sitton is $0.99 as well.

Children’s Book Sale - Reformation Trust (i.e. Ligonier Ministries) has all of its children’s books on sale today only, just on time for Christmas shopping. They are great stories and are beautifully illustrated.

Evil Spirits and Electricity Problems - Here’s another fascinating article from Amy in Tanzania.

Read the Bible - I quite like the idea of this one-year Bible-reading plan. Bonus: You get to read a good book while reading the Good Book.

Persecution Update: Somalia - Frontline Ministries has an important persecution update from Somalia.

An Urgent Ministry Opportunity - Crossway is looking for your help in distributing 250,000 study Bibles.

Reflections on Christian Publishing - Dane Ortlund offers some interesting reflections on Christian publishing.

Ebola Is Still Ravaging Sierra Leone - “America has stopped paying attention, but Ebola is still ravaging Sierra Leone.”

God has so closely twisted his own glory and our happiness together, that as we advance the one we promote the other. —C.H. Spurgeon


December 03, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Forgotten Songs by Ray Van Neste & Richard Wells ($2.99); The Children of Divorce by Andrew Root ($1.99); Lost and Found by Ed Stetzer ($2.99); When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner ($2.99); Theology and Practice of Mission by Bruce Ashford ($2.99).

On Stewarding Technology Well - There is lots of wise counsel in this article. 

Whatever Happened to Rob Bell? - Exactly what people predicted, I guess.

Noel - I really enjoyed this new and free rendition of “The First Noel.” (Alternate link)

Christian Celebrity Mascots - “The evangelical Christian community has a history of glamorizing conversion stories not only when that conversion falls from the lips of a celebrity, but perhaps particularly so in those instances…”

A Still, Small Voice - Here’s a helpful explanation of the still small voice of 1 Kings 19:11-12.

The Divorce Surge Is Over - “Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are stronger today than they have been in a long time. The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining for the three decades since.”

If you have only been born once you will die twice, but if you are born twice you will only die once. —Steven Lawson


December 02, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper ($0.99); Church History by Christopher Catherwood ($0.99); Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Thabiti Anyabwile ($0.99); Learning Evangelism From Jesus by Jerram Barrs ($0.99); That You May Know by Jacob Gerber ($2.99); Preaching the Old Testament by Scott Gibson ($1.99); Peace Child by Don Richardson ($1.99); What Do You Think of Me? by Ed Welch ($2.51). (Also check yesterday’s excellent deals.)

Visual Theology - If you’ve ever wanted to buy my Visual Theology prints, now’s the time as today only you can get 45% off plus free shipping with the code HOLLY45.

How Then Shall We Pray? - The new issue of Credo magazine is dedicated to the subject of prayer. It’s free to read online or to download.

The Underbelly of Revival? - Desiring God: “We wrote to D.A. Carson and asked, “Do you find that the thrill and euphoria of being part of something that feels like revival may serve to dull the senses in some? Has the ‘success’ of this movement some call ‘Young, Restless, Reformed’ blinded many of us to ministry’s true nature? Has the perceived fruitfulness clouded the vision of some (many?) to the things that matter most?” 

Pastors and Office Hours - Thom Rainer notes nine key issues about pastors and their office hours.

Alex Van Bibber - “Alex Van Bibber, an incredible Yukon trapper, just may have been the toughest man in Canada.” No kidding.

Pursuing Holiness - This month’s interview in Tabletalk magazine is with one of my favorite people: Jerry Bridges.

The Lost Art of Letter Writing - Here are 10 reasons to reclaim the lost art of letter writing.

Parents Undermined in Ontario Curriculum Plans - This is an important link for people who live in Ontario.

A prayerless person is a disaster waiting to happen. —D.A. Carson


December 01, 2014

Welcome to December! There are lots of good Kindle deals to kick off the new month. They include: An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis ($0.99); Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard ($0.99); Reckless Abandon by David Sitton ($0.99); Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper ($0.99); PROOF by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones ($2.99); Game Day for the Glory of God by Stephen Altrogge ($0.99); God With Us by K. Scott Oliphant ($2.99); Luke by J.C. Ryle ($2.99); On Guard by William Lane Craig ($4.99); Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace ($4.99); One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($4.99); Live Like a Narnian by Joe Rigney ($0.99); The 3 Wise Women by Christin Ditchfield ($0.99); Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie (Free). Amazon has 2,000 other titles on sale today and you can browse the list here; they have a couple of their devices marked down as well.

Of all of that, here’s what I recommend: Buy An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis and Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard, and then download Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie. You’ve spent $1.98 and gotten 3 excellent books.

You may want to keep an eye on my roundup of Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for Christians. And now, here are some links for the day…

Free Audiobook - Free from Christian Audio this month is John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. Free from Logos this month is Opening Up Genesis by Kurt Strassner.

Tabletalk Magazine - Today only you can have a one-year subscription to Ligonier’s Tabletalk magazine for just $12.

A Unique Ministry - Brian Croft asks and answers, What is a unique and needed ministry in the local church for stay-at-home moms?

God’s Immediate Authority - Matt Perman has a really solid article on authority and leadership.

Joy: An Irish Christmas - Aileen and I really enjoyed the first stop on the Getty’s Christmas tour. You really ought to check the dates here and see if they are coming to your town. It’s a fantastic concert.

We See You, Calvin - Here’s a sweet article about disability.

Why Do These Pentecostals Keep Growing? - Ed Stetzer suggests why it is that Pentecostals keep growing even while other traditions go into decline.

It is a very ill omen to hear a wicked world clap its hands and shout “Well done” to a Christian manC.H. Spurgeon


November 29, 2014

I did not spot too many exceptional Kindle deals this morning, but you may want to look at these 3 by GCD Books: Called Together, Make, Mature, Multiply, and everPresent ($0.99 each). There were also a few good deals you may have missed yesterday.

I appreciate much of what this writer says in an article titled The Cult of Kiddie Danger. “It is founded on the unshakable belief that our kids are in constant danger from everyone and everything.”

Rick Warren minimizes the differences and highlights the similarities as he outlines a vision of unity with Roman Catholicism. I agree with Dan Phillips who comments, “Absolutely appalling.” Yes, there may be ways we can work together, but not by minimizing those all-important differences!

Here’s a brief but interesting history of the American shopping mall. It’s difficult to remember that malls are a relatively recent invention.

Thanks to HCSB for sponsoring the blog this week with their excellent article Pursuing ‘Optimal Equivalence’.

This video shows just how boring your normal flights are. (And it shows just how safe the margins are for normal airline operations.)

Michael Cooper discusses The Dangerous Task of Expository Preaching. “Just think about the ridiculous nature of preaching for a moment. People take an hour or so out of their week to listen to an oral presentation from an ancient book that contains documents that are over 2,000 years old.”

Light thoughts of sin breed light thoughts of the Saviour. —C.H. Spurgeon


November 28, 2014

It is Black Friday today, which means there are lots of great deals to be had. On another page I’ve compiled Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Christians. Amazon has put a lot of their Kindle devices on for Black Friday, and they are all at least $20 off. Kindle ($49); Kindle Fire HD 6 ($79); Kindle Paperwhite ($99); Kindle Fire HD 7 ($109). Here are a few book deals: Why Christ Came by Joel Beeke ($1.99); How Long, O Lord? by D.A. Carson ($4.99); The Four Loves and Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis ($1.99 each). Check out this list for general market books.

Abundant Thanksgiving in Poverty and True Wealth - I love the little historical snippets Vance Christie shares from time to time.

Carolling the Story - Keith Getty gives 5 reasons to love carolling the story. (I’m looking forward to seeing The Gettys in concert tonight in Hamilton!)

What Mothers Are Thankful For - From what I’ve observed, this is bang-on.

Thank God for God - If you’re going to be thankful for anything, you ought to start at the top.

Mom Enough - Mom Enough is a new book from Desiring God and it is free for the taking.

The Identity Crisis - This article from The Atlantic says, “Americans—particularly Millennials—are getting more tattoos than ever. Is a shifting, increasingly uncertain culture to blame?”

An ineffably holy God who has the utmost abhorrence of sin was never invented by any of Adam’s descendants.A.W. Pink


November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family. I sure wish I could be down there celebrating with you! Alas, it’s just a normal day here in Canada and I’ve got work to do. Be sure to check in tomorrow to take a look at all the Black Friday deals I’ve tracked down.

But for today, Amazon has put a lot of their Kindle devices on sale in a kind of pre-Black Friday sale. They are all at least $20 off. Kindle ($49); Kindle Fire HD 6 ($79); Kindle Paperwhite ($99); Kindle Fire HD 7 ($109). The book deals should come tomorrow.

A Lifestyle, Not a Holiday - “If it is true that all men exist—were made to glorify God—our gratitude failure is not simply a failure of manners, akin to forgetting to write a thank-you card for a gift. Instead it is like adultery, like murder, like cosmic rebellion.” While you’re on Ligonier’s site, you can get these free Thanksgiving messages from R.C. Sproul.

Recovering Scripture - Michael Horton says that recovering Scripture is the church’s only hope.

Why I Believe the Jury Got It Wrong - Thabiti Anyabwile explains why he thinks the jury got it wrong in Ferguson. This article takes a very different perspective from Voddie Baucham’s did yesterday. You may also want to read Dan Phillips’ excellent Seven Revelations of Ferguson.

The Most Satisfying Occupations - Well look what made #1 on the list…

A Thanksgiving Assessment - Paul Tripp has a Thanksgiving assessment for you.

Why You Paid More - “You paid $400 for your flight. The person next to you paid $250. Here’s why that makes sense—and benefits everybody.”

Jesus Christ is in every way sufficient to the vast desires of the soul. —John Flavel


November 26, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: If you’ve still never read Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, there’s no better time than now ($2.99); Also consider The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones ($1.99). You’ll find three new ones from Christian Focus: A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism by Robert Letham ($2.99); The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life by Dale Ralph Davis ($3.99); and Coping with Change by Walter Kaiser, a fantastic little commentary on Ecclesiastes ($2.99).

Thoughts on Ferguson - Voddie Baucham offers his thoughts on Ferguson, and they are well worth reading.

How To Use the Colon - “It’s in ordinary writing that the colon gets a bit confusing. It’s sometimes used when it’s not needed, or not used when it is. And the biggest question is how to deal with the text that follows one.”

9 Things About Adoption - “Each year in November, the President of the United States issues a proclamation to announce National Adoption Month.” Joe Carter offers 9 things to know about adoption.

Serve Your Guts Out - Here are some great reasons to serve your guts out.

Prayer in the Facebook Age - This one is written from a Catholic perspective, but contains helpful thoughts on prayer in a Facebook age.

6 Theological Themes in Joshua - This article lists 6 theological themes that run through the book of Joshua.

I am going to judge my circumstances by Jesus’ love, not Jesus’ love by my circumstances. —Tim Keller