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June 04, 2014

Here are your daily (or near-daily, at least) Kindle deals: Preparing Your Teens for College by Alex Chediak ($2.99); Romans Study Guide by Jared Wilson ($0.99); Introducing the New Testament by Joe Blair ($0.99); Preach by Mark Dever ($2.99); Subversive Kingdom by Ed Stetzer ($2.99); Doxology & Theology by Matt Boswell ($2.99).

Prayer Request - Charles Woodrow (whom my church has supported for many years) is doing amazing missions work in Mozambique and he has a very specific and time-sensitive prayer request for all of us.

A Mess Worth Making - This is a long and kind of dense article from Kevin DeYoung and Ryan Kelly, but it’s one worth reading.

A Meandering on Marriage - I enjoyed these thoughts on marriage. As promised they meander a little, but that’s okay.

7 Things - Here are 7 things every guy should know about buying a suit. If you’re like me, you’ll want your wife to watch it so she can help you shop better.

Judging Others - Here are 7 signs that you may just be judging others.

He’s Not a Woman - I can only imagine how much trouble this article has caused its author. Common sense is a lost virtue. “Sex is a biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are, how sincerely they are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life. No hormone injection or surgical mutilation is sufficient to change that.”

Satan and all his agents, with all their combined strength and subtilty, cannot separate one soul from Christ. —Robert Shaw 


June 03, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals for you: Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow by R.C. Sproul (free); Unveiling Grace by Lynn Wilder ($3.99); The Shape of Faith to Come by Brad Waggoner ($2.99); The Church by Mark Dever ($0.99); Joni and Ken by Joni & Ken Tada. Also, Logos’ free book of the month is Spirituality of the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann. 

No Third Way - I think Al Mohler is exactly right: When it comes to the issue of same-sex relationships, there is no third way. On a similar note, Denny Burk has a resolution on transgender in the SBC.

10 Things You Should Know About Evangelism - Mack Stiles lists them.

Listen When You Apologize - This is helpful counsel we will all have reason to practice at one time or another.

Feeling God? - I appreciate this article from Matthias Media. “Do you ever wonder if there’s something more to the Christian life? Maybe you’ve heard of or know people who tell you about having some sort of amazing God-experience—whether it’s been intense feelings of peace and joy, some kind of ecstatic excitement, maybe even visions or voices—and you wonder if you’re missing out. You hear about these things and you think to yourself ‘I want more’.”

ReMoved - ReMoved is a short film meant to bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up foster parents (though not from a Christian perspective). It’s quite powerful.

A Passion for Preaching - This month’s interview in Tabletalk is with one of my favorite people: Steve Lawson.

Be obedient even when you do not know where obedience may lead you. —Sinclair Ferguson


June 02, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz ($3.99); Understanding Scripture edited by Wayne Grudem ($3.99); Reasons for Faith by Various ($3.99); Ancient Word Changing Worlds by Stephen Nichols & Eric Brandt ($3.99); Beyond Bath Time by Erin Davis ($2.99); Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic ($3.99). Crossway has discounted 3 volumes in their Knowing the Bible series: Genesis, Isaiah, James, ($0.99 each). You may also want to sort through Amazon’s 100 or so monthly deals at $3.99 or less (Michael Korda’s Hero is great value at $0.99).

And while we’re on the subject of books, this month’s free audiobook from ChristianAudio is Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness.

Left Behind - That new Left Behind movie is nearly here; they just released a teaser trailer.

Commentary Sale - I mentioned this last week but want to do so again: Westminster Books is offering 3 excellent commentaries by Iain Duguid for $20—for all 3! That is a really, really good deal.

Addict. Informant. Mother. - This is a long and sad look at addiction.

Six Lies Grads Will Be Told - “It’s graduation season. And as such, scores of graduating students and their doting family and friends will be exposed to the senseless drivel known as a graduation speech. This speech is supposed to prepare the students to face the real world—or perhaps the ‘real world’ of going to college. One last shot at making something out of these thugs.” Here are six lies they may hear.

Can You Trust Your Ears? - This is a bit disquieting. Just as there are optical illusions, there are audio illusions as well. Can you trust your ears?

Prisoners of Sex - Ross Douthat reflects on the most recent mass shooting and offers a valuable reflection.

Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves. —Joni Eareckson Tada


May 31, 2014

Tullian Apologizes - If you’ve been following the disagreement between Tullian Tchvidjian and The Gospel Coalition, you should read Tullian’s apology. (You may also like to read Russell Moore’s reflections on it.)

25 Words that Are Their Own Opposites - English is a fascinating language and somehow allows things like this—words that are their own opposites.

GooBing Detroit - Here’s a fascinating site that compares Google Streetview pictures of Detroit over several years, highlighting the city’s decay. Be sure to scroll down a little bit.

What Was Jesus Praying in the Garden? - Here is some assistance in understanding what Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

How Many Stars in the Milky Way? - It’s awfully hard to know, but here’s a shot at an answer. Ultimately, though, it comes down to plus or minus a few hundred billion.

Fasting from Technology - Thomas Kidd offers some helpful thoughts on fasting from technology.

Dispatches from the Front - This video serves as a kind of prologue to the Dispatches from the Front DVDs.

You can give without loving, but you cannot live without giving. —Amy Carmichael


May 30, 2014

Two excellent books have been discounted for Kindle: The Forgotten Trinity by James White ($1.99); What Is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul ($2.99).

Commentaries on Sale - Westminster Books is offering three hardcover commentaries by Iain Duguid at $20. That’s $20 for all three! That’s a ridiculously good deal. They’ve also got a free book in PDF format.

The Transgender Question - Russell Moore is really gifted at thinking through issues like this one. “As a conservative evangelical Christian, I believe the so-called transgender question will require a church with a strong theological grounding, and a winsome pastoral footing.”

What I Didn’t Do Today - I enjoyed this one!

What the Bible Says About Swearing - “There are two basic ways we might handle swear words with our kids and in our own use of the tongue. We could call them the List Strategy and the Heart Strategy.”

Self-Denial Giving - “In August, 1886, William Booth delivered a stirring challenge at London’s Exeter Hall, encouraging support of the Salvation Army so it could expand its ministries around the globe.  In the audience sat Salvation Army Major John Carleton, a one-time Irish textile executive.”

Legalism Is a Real Problem - “In the coming weeks, Dr. Richard Phillips will be discussing the affirmations and denials of the Gospel Reformation Network.” This is an increasingly important issue, so I’m looking forward to the series.

The worst thing thou has to fear is the treachery of thine own heart. —C.H. Spurgeon


May 29, 2014

Here are a couple of new Kindle deals: The Mission of Today’s Church edited by R. Stanton Norman ($0.99); Christ’s Glorious Achievements by Charles Spurgeon ($1.99). Remember as well that Kevin DeYoung’s Crazy Busy is just $3.99.

Brooklyn’s Bridge - “In the year following the loss of their 4 month old daughter, Brooklyn, Adam and Corrie wrestle with grief and pain that leads to many questions. They discover joy can coexist with tragedy and that death is a bridge to something more in Christ.”

Hard Times - Here, from Mark Altrogge, are seven benefits of going through hard times.

Logos Reformed Resources - Logos is ramping up their Reformed resources. If you sign up for their email list, they will give you a free download of Cranfield’s On Romans and Other New Testament Essays.

Net Neutrality Jargon - Here’s the jargon behind the net neutrality discussion. This is an important discussion!

What Are We Teaching Our Daughters? - “There are young mothers in our churches who feel stressed because they have not mastered baking, sewing, ______, and feel as though they are failing their daughters because they can’t teach them these skills.”

The Only Running App - Here’s a clever article about the only running app you really need.

Until Christ’s return, there is only a pilgrim church here on earth, not a perfected one. —Sinclair Ferguson


May 28, 2014

Portrait of a Young Man with Down Syndrome - This is a long but interesting article about a dad trying to help his son find employment. His son has Down Syndrome, introducing an extra measure of challenge.

Northern India - Here is a great video of some of the best sights in Northern India.

What I’ve Learned in Twenty Years of Marriage - Russell Moore is one of my favorite writers and articles like this are exactly why. He describes some of what he’s learned in twenty years of marriage.

Al Mohler’s Summer Reading List - I always look forward to Al Mohler’s list of recommended summer reading. Here is the 2014 edition.

Faking Cultural Literacy - This could apply to the church as well. “It’s never been so easy to pretend to know so much without actually knowing anything. We pick topical, relevant bits from Facebook, Twitter or emailed news alerts, and then regurgitate them.”

Dangers of Theological Controversy - This is an important look at some of the dangers that can come during times of theological controversy. 

No man can do me a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me. —C.H. Spurgeon


May 27, 2014

Here are just two Kindle deals for today: How We Got the Bible by Rose Publishing ($0.99); Bonhoeffer Speaks Today by Mark Devine ($2.99). And in case you didn’t check in yesterday, here are yesterday’s deals: Leland Ryken’s Christian Guides to the Classics are $0.99 each: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter; Homer’s The Oddysey; Milton’s Paradise Lost; Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Why Gay Marriage Is Winning - “A decade after Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, the gay marriage movement has all the momentum.”

Four Wrong Turns - I’ve really been enjoying Jamie Brown’s thoughts on avoiding performancism in corporate worship.

How to Engage the Demonic - “The questions is: how should we engage against the demonic? If Satan is real – prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour – what can Christians do about it?”

Debunking Divorce Rates - If these statistics are better than the ones they debunk, they are very encouraging.

The Cause of Mental Illness - This looks like it will be a helpful series on identifying the cause of mental illness.

Germans in the Woods - Here’s a short, sad memory from the Second World War.

A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant. —Stephen Charnock


May 26, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals. Leland Ryken’s Christian Guides to the Classics are $0.99 each: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter; Homer’s The Oddysey; Milton’s Paradise Lost; Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

One Anothers - Ray Ortlund has a list of “one another” commands he can’t find in the New Testament. They include Sanctify one another, humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another and a whole lot more.

How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise - It’s an odd subject, I admit. But it’s a fascinating article about how we can ignore wider context and focus on the sound bite.

On 5 Years of Marriage - “Marriage is one of those things that you think you know all about and then you get blindsided by the reality that what you thought you knew really was nothing at all.” Yup.

Whetting Your Appetite for the Word - “Recently, my wife and I had the joy of bringing our second son, Nathan, into the world. Newborns cry (for those of you who are not parents yet). Nathan cries amazingly loud when he’s hungry. He desires, with unfettered passion, to be fed every 2-3 hours. God reminds us in 1 Peter 2:2 that we are to desire his Word as babies desire to be fed.”

War on Boys - This video is worth watching.

This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on earth. —Keith Green

May 24, 2014

Remember that Crossway has 4 volumes in the excellent Preaching the Word commentary series on sale for $4.99 each: 1-2 Timothy & Titus; Matthew; Acts; Isaiah. (These commentaries are ideal for preachers or for devotional reading). Also, here’s one new Kindle deal: Relativism by Greg Koukl & Francis Beckwith ($2.99). It has the amazing subtitle Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air.

What Tom Nettles Taught Me - Don’t miss this one. “Tom Nettles retired last week as professor of historical theology at Southern Seminary, capping off a long and distinguished career. As I thought about his retirement, I reflected on what I’ve learned from this iconic Baptist historian, and it was hard to find a place to start.”

Six Principles for Youth Ministry - Here are six valuable principles to consider for youth ministry.

The Mansion: A Subprime Parable - I enjoyed this bit of writing from Michael Lewis.

Skipping Church - Here is a parable from Charles Spurgeon. He explains why people may be skipping church.

Empathetically Correct - This article deals with the “trigger warning” phenomenon and the move toward being empathetically correct (instead of merely politically correct).

Death used to be an executioner, but the gospel has made him just a gardner. —George Herbert