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March 10, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals for you: Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace (Free!); Precious Blood edited by Richard Phillips ($1.99); Raised with Christ by Adrian Warnock ($1.99); Salvation Accomplished by the Son by Robert Peterson ($2.99); One with Christ by Marcus Johnson ($2.99). While it’s not a Christian book and while undoubtedly require some discernment, I’ve heard lots of good feedback on Daniel Kahnmen’s Thinking Fast and Slow ($2.99).

Pop Stars Who Are Pastors’ Kids - Relevant rounds up ten pop stars who are sons or daughters of pastors.

My Girlfriend’s Sexual Past - This is a question I have been asked many times: How can I deal with the hurt of my [significant other’s] past? Boundless provides a helpful answer.

Understanding Ukraine - The situation in Ukraine is, like all conflicts, difficult to understand. This video introduces at least some of the background issues.

When People Choose the Headlines - Here is an experiment in what would happen if people, rather than editors, chose the front page new stories.

Five Things We Miss - Here are five things we miss if we don’t give, and especially to the needy.

Calories at Starbucks - Here is the calorie count for a selection of drinks at Starbucks. That Peppermint White Chocoloate Mocha has as many calories as almost 4 cans of Coke!

The religion that makes a man look sick certainly won’t cure the world! —Phillip Brooks


March 08, 2014

The Root of Idolatry - R.C. Sproul Jr on watching the trailer for Son of God: “I had a profound, deep, emotional, religious experience, fueled by a man made, false presentation of Jesus. Much like the children of Israel had a profound, deep, emotional, religious experience, fueled by a man made, false presentation of God, in the form of a golden calf.”

Church Planting Success - I appreciate much of what Mez McConnell says in this article, and especially his thoughts about fear of failure.

Menlo Park Leaves the PCUSA - “Members of one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to leave the denomination, despite facing an $8.89 million cost for leaving.”

An Open Apology - Here, from Christianity Today, is Katelyn Beaty’s open apology to the local church. She draws out some important and valid points.

What Works for Us - Here is a quick look at how just one family does their time of family worship. What works for them might work for you.

10 Technological Breakthroughs - Here are 10 recent technological breakthroughs that may just change the world.

A man with God is always in the majority. —John Knox   


March 07, 2014

There’s just one new Kindle deal today: The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper ($3.99). Time’s running out for these deals I shared earlier this week: The Final Days of Jesus by Justin Taylor & Andreas Kostenberger is brand new ($5.99); How to Stay Christian in Seminary by David Mathis & Jonathan Parnell ($1.99); The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware ($1.99); Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness by Brian Vickers ($1.99). If you’re into print books, you may want to check out this sale from Westminster Books.

When the Power Goes Out - I enjoyed reading this: “I’m in Los Angeles at Grace Church for the Shepherds’ Conference along with 3,000-plus other pastors, and mid sermon the power went out. The place went black with only emergency lights dimly shining in the cavernous brick auditorium that is Grace Church. What did John MacArthur do? He grabbed a flashlight and just kept on preaching…”

In Praise of Long Pastorates - H.B Charles Jr.: “I still believe it is best for pastors and congregations when a man plants his flag and determines to serve a local church for the long haul.”

Four Reasons for Addictions - Ed Welch describes four different kinds of addicts.

Buying Your Way to the Bestseller List - I appreciate Jared Wilson’s take on people who use various techniques to buy their way onto the bestseller lists.

15 Pointers for Preachers - There is lots of wisdom in these 15 pointers for preachers.

Defend the Bible? I’d sooner defend a lion! Turn it loose, and it will defend itself. —C.H. Spurgeon


March 06, 2014

There are just a couple of new Kindle deals today: 3 Crucial Questions About Spiritual Warfare by Clinton Arnold ($2.99); Finding God in Hidden Places by Joni Eareckson Tada ($0.99).

You’re Going to Die - This is good stuff from Jared Wilson: “You know, it’s possible that God’s plan for us is littleness. His plan for us may be personal failure. It’s possible that when another door closes, it’s not because he plans to open a window but because he plans to have the building fall down on you. The question we must ask ourselves is this: Will Christ be enough?”

A Hostile Culture - Randy Alcorn offers a great answer to this question: What is your advice on how believers should deal with a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christianity?

Young, Restless, and Reformed Homeboys on Lenten Fasting - I enjoyed this article. “Packiam is endemic of how most Lent-adopters talk about church history: They denigrate (explicitly or implicitly) their low-church Evangelicalism as unmoored from tradition and underscore how adopting the liturgical practice connects them to the historic church.”

Rediscovering Jesus’ Hymnbook - Joe Holland offers a good list of reasons to sing the psalms, along with some advice on how to get started.

Inferior Technology - Is the printed book inferior technology to the ebook? Maybe not.

Jesus, Friend of Sinners - “As precious as this truth is—that Jesus is a friend of sinners—it, like every other precious truth in the Bible, needs to be safeguarded against doctrinal and ethical error. It is all too easy, and amazingly common, for Christians (or non-Christians) to take the general truth that Jesus was a friend of sinners and twist it all out of biblical recognition.”

The place where God has supremely destroyed all human arrogance and pretension is the cross. —D.A. Carson


March 05, 2014

Lots of new Kindle deals today! The New Testament Deacon by Alexander Strauch ($5.99); Girls Gone Wise by Mary Kassian ($2.99); Distinctives by Vaughan Roberts ($5.79); Is Jesus the Only Way? by Philip Ryken ($1.99); Identity by Eric Geiger ($2.99). B&H has put their “Perspectives” series on sale for $3.99 each (each offers multiple perspectives on an issue): Christian Worship, Our Struggle With Sin, Family Ministry, Tithing, Church Government, Spirit Baptism, Children’s Spiritual Formation, the Doctrine of God, Your Child’s Education, Sabbath, Election, the Ending of Mark, Christian America.

Taking God at His Word - I’m really excited about this new book by Kevin DeYoung. 

Something More - Be sure to check out this powerful little three-minute film.

Sex Scandals in Conservative Homeschool Circles - This is some hard-hitting writing from Lore Ferguson. “These parents intended to protect, and they did, but drawing boundary lines close around your daughter still does not protect her from herself. Naming things as off limits to your son does not keep him from delving into the darkness in his own heart.”

Bible Literacy and Bible Trivia - “For some time now, people have been rightly concerned about the trajectory of biblical literacy. Talking to those who have been teaching Bible/theology for many years, they all say that one of the greatest challenges they face is that people just don’t know the Bible like they used to.” But this can’t be solved with Bible trivia.

Choosing a Secure Password - There’s some good counsel here on choosing a secure password. It also warns you away from the tricks that don’t actually make a difference.

What Is Conscience? - Joe Carter has a brief primer on the conscience.

No man who is full of himself can ever truly preach the Christ who emptied himself. —J. Sidlow Baxter


March 04, 2014

There is a bunch of great new Kindle deals today: The Final Days of Jesus by Justin Taylor & Andreas Kostenberger is brand new ($5.99); How to Stay Christian in Seminary by David Mathis & Jonathan Parnell ($1.99); The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware ($1.99); Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness by Brian Vickers ($1.99); Who’s Tampering with the Trinity? by Millard Erickson ($5.68); The Inmates Are Running the Asylum by Stephen Altrogge ($0.99).

Don’t Be the Team that Refuses to Shower - Here, from the mission field, comes part one of a look at the plusses and minuses of short-term missions. Here are some shocking examples of how not to do it!

Legalist! - Daniel Doriani explains four different ways we use the word “legalist.” 

Governments that Criminalize Homosexuality - Russell Moore takes on this pressing question: What should Christians think of governments that criminalize homosexuality?

If the World Had 100 People - Here is a series of images that explain the world by reducing its population to 100 people.

Spiritual Schizophrenia - Paul Tripp: “I want to write today about something that I call Spiritual Schizophrenia. I can summarize it with a question: does the public persona of your faith live in harmony with the private realities of your life?” Uh oh.

Turning a New Page - The current issue of Tabletalk magazine has an interesting interview with Allan Fisher who has spent most of his life involved in publishing Christian books.

Our work is great, our time short, and our Master urgent. —Thomas Watson


March 03, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: The Purpose of Man by A.W. Tozer ($4.99); Captivated by Thabiti Anyabwile ($5.99). And, in case you missed it on Saturday: Center Church by Tim Keller ($2.99); How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas (Free); Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas ($2.99); The MacArthur Daily Bible ($2.99).

What’s Missing in Son of God - “Herein lies the problem for any filmmaker daring enough to take on the Bible: how to portray Jesus? How does one visually communicate the truth about who He is? How does one make Him stand out from the crowd? Unfortunately, this film took the same road as too many others: they made him tall, pretty, and ‘spiritual’.”

The Terms of Our Surrender - Ross Douthat pens an important column: “It now seems certain that before too many years elapse, the Supreme Court will be forced to acknowledge the logic of its own jurisprudence on same-sex marriage and redefine marriage to include gay couples in all 50 states.”

Pre-Marital Mentoring Program - Brad Hambrick has provided “everything you need to provide every engaged couple in your church with a mentor couple who can walk them through a comprehensive pre-marital program. We also want to see the experienced marriages in your church enriched as they invest in engaged couples who are just beginning their marital journey.”

10 Reasons to Avoid Sexual Immorality - Here, drawn from Proverbs, are 10 good really good reasons to avoid sexual immorality.

Is Keller Weak on Wrath? - Tony Reinke did some research on how Tim Keller speaks and preaches about wrath.

Hobbies: Gift or God? - “Are hobbies evil? Absolutely not! But when hobbies become obsessions they flip the created order, where man exercises God-given authority and dominion over creation, and instead place man in subjection to the creation.”

Regret feels bad about past sins. Repentance turns away from past sins. —Kevin DeYoung 


March 01, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Center Church by Tim Keller ($2.99); How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas (Free); Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas ($2.99); The MacArthur Daily Bible ($2.99). Amazon also has a wide selection of books, movies and soundtracks on sale today. Free from Logos is Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians.

Care For Your Family Into Eternity - Ray Ortlund: “After my dad’s death in 2007, I found in his desk a letter he had written to the family several years before.  Here is one way a saintly man can care for his family so that it lasts forever…”

Moving Huge Blocks - This man has figured out how to move huge blocks using only the most rudimentary of tools. It’s impressive even in really low definition video.

How to Speak Postmodern - This is an oldie but a goodie. “First, you need to remember that plainly expressed language is out of the question. It is too realist, modernist and obvious. Postmodern language requires that one uses play, parody and indeterminacy as critical techniques to point this out.”

Red Letter Nonsense - Kevin DeYoung uncorks on the red letter nonsense.

OOOOOPSI - Justin Taylor highlights the OOOOOPSI model of American media outrage coverage.

There is no pride so dangerous, none so subtle and insidious, as the pride of holiness. —Andrew Murray


February 28, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Faith Alone by R.C. Sproul ($3.99); A Model of Christian Maturity by D.A. Carson ($3.99); What Does the Lord Require? by Walter Kaiser Jr. ($3.99); A Little Book for New Theologians by Kelly Kapic ($4.93). While we’re on the subject of books, Westminster Books has great deals on two new books about work and getting things done: What’s Best Next by Matt Perman and The Gospel at Work by Sebastian Traeger & Greg Gilbert.

The Economics of Sex - I guarantee this is one of the most interesting things you will encounter all day. 

Get the Bigger Pizza - I guess we can file this under “stewardship.” “The math of why bigger pizzas are such a good deal is simple: A pizza is a circle, and the area of a circle increases with the square of the radius. So, for example, a 16-inch pizza is actually four times as big as an 8-inch pizza.” 

You Want to #EndIt? - Lore Ferguson: I’m glad to see respected voices of men and women publicly denouncing human trafficking. … You have to act. And acting on this stuff is not as hard as we make it seem—or as easy as marking a red X on your hand or buying a tshirt or retweeting a tweet. There are actual things you can do in your home and life to end slavery in our lifetime.”

Avoid Every Appearance of Evil - “Avoid every appearance of evil. It’s 1 Thes 5.22 and it puts a damper on everything. Wait a minute. Does it really mean this? Does it really mean that even if something looks like it’s evil to some, we can’t enjoy it? Hardly.”

Pursuing Your Wife - Here is an article for the husbands (or future husbands) to consider.

The “Well, maybe…” of Redemption - This is a great little overview of the Old Testament and, really, an overview of man’s attempts to live without a Savior.

Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God. ― Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Lloyd Jones

February 27, 2014

There’s just one new Kindle deal today: God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew ($1.99). Before the week ends and prices return to normal, you may want to revisit Crossway’s sale on some of their new books: A Loving Life by Paul Miller ($5.99); God in the Whirlwind by David Wells ($5.99); Finishing Our Course with Joy by J.I. Packer ($3.99); What’s Your Worldview? by James Anderson ($4.99).

Reading Reimagined - You can probably read way faster than you think you can. Click the link, then click on the cell phone to give it a try. 

For Moms Stuck Inside - Here’s an article for moms who are feeling cooped up during a long winter. “But once Christmas is behind you and you are facing a couple months or more of bad weather, it’s easy to feel down. This is especially true if you’re a mother of young children and you are more confined to your house than usual.”

Surface Appearances - Doug Wilson on Son of God: “[W]e have yet another Jesus who perpetuates our perennial and mule-headed idea that holiness consists of one part anemia, one part effeminacy, two parts stoner-mystique, and one part slight constipation, this time with a British accent. But I don’t want a Russell Brand Jesus.”

Jo’s Story - Here’s a sweet two-part article on fostering (here’s part two). (Note: the blogger is my sister and Jo is my cousin, so this is an all-family affair!)

What Put Blockbuster Out of Business? - This is a fascinating infographic that shows the battle between Netflix and Blockbuster.

The Jesus Lens or the Jesus Tea-Strainer? - Andrew Wilson: “I don’t think Steve Chalke, Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo, Rob Bell and co are reading the Bible through a Jesus lens, as much as they are reading Jesus through a selective, progressive postmodern lens, and then reading the rest of the Bible through that.”

If you’re a beast in the pulpit but a coward in your neighborhood, something has gone wrong. —Matt Chandler