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April 18, 2015

Here are just a couple of new Kindle deals that may interest you: Cross, edited by John Piper & David Mathis ($4.99); Ordinary by Tony Merida ($4.99); 

Even though Paul was inspired, he still wanted Timothy to bring him his books.

From Tiny Churches the Loudest Prayers is an interesting little photo essay of the storefront houses of worship dotting Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Millard Erickson suggests a pledge of Convictional Civility.

I found it quite interesting to read Paul Levy’s review of Paul Tripp’s book Dangerous Calling. I often find reviews that mix praise and critique to be the most helpful reviews of all.

Jason Helopoulos says rightly that the most important thing a pastor can do is pursue personal holiness.

Thanks to Church Plant Media for sponsoring the blog this week.

You are responsible to Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You.

Every Christian would agree that a man’s spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God. —C.S. Lewis



April 17, 2015

45 years after Apollo 13 - What actually went wrong and why? You’ve probably seen the film, but not surprisingly, the reality is a little bit more complicated. 

Preaching the Ten Commandments - Ray Ortlund shows how each of the Ten Commandments does 4 things.

Who Can You “One Another” Today? - How are you living out the Bible’s “one anothers?”

5 Ways the Gospel Transforms Your Work - Here’s a summary of what Tim Keller teaches about the gospel and work.

This. Is. The. Day. - “It will do me no good to wish for another day. A different day. The day that someone else is having. This is the day that I’ve been given.”

Hiring Well - Here are some traits of those leaders who hire well.

The worst sort of clever men are those who know better than the Bible. —C.H. Spurgeon


April 16, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Everyday Worship by Trisha Wilkerson ($3.99); Lives Jesus Changed by Simon Vibert ($2.99); If I Should Die Before I Wake by Sinclair Ferguson ($3.99); Still Growing by Kirk Cameron ($2.99).

Delighting in Death? - This is a good question: “Why is it that the people most vocally committed to causes connected to death (abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia) are often the same who are committed to progressive sexual causes?”

Somebody Prayed for Me - You may enjoy reading this church planting update from Thabiti Anyabwile.

Three Cheers for Celibacy - Interesting: “Sometimes in the life of the church we need to reclaim a forgotten or dormant teaching. My sense is that now is such a time and that the teaching we need to dust off and put into practice is celibacy.”

Reparative Therapy - Denny Burk comments on why some Evangelicals have turned away from reparative therapy.

Being an Iceberg Pastor - “There is one rule that I think ought to underpin every pastor’s understanding of his calling, which is that he needs to be an iceberg.”

Faithfully Delivering the Gospel - “Christians are to simply be minimum wage table servers, taking the masterpiece from the award winning chef and bringing it to the tables.”

The soul’s deepest thirst is for God Himself, who has made us so that we can never be satisfied without Him. —F.F. Bruce


April 15, 2015

Seven Reasons We Hate Free-Range Parenting - “Why has America gone lunatic on the subject of unattended children? Parents hover over their kids as if every step might be their last…”

A Pragmantic Guide with Theological Teeth - This week’s deals from Westminster Books look pretty good. Westminster Books does deals well!

In honor of tax day, B&H has a couple of Kindle deals that may interest you: Making Change by Ken Hempill ($2.99) and Your Money After the Big 5-0 by Larry Burkett ($2.99). You may also want to consider A Theology for Family Ministry by Michael Anthony ($3.99).

Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? - Can you imagine if games still went on until the first team scored 21 runs?

Does Jesus Really Love Me? - It’s such a simple truth, but one we need to remember again and again.

The Ingenious Aluminum Can - Some things are so ubiquitous that we forget just how amazing they are. The aluminum can is a good example.

Check Your Investments - Here’s a challenge to invest in your children’s spiritual development.

Do not work so hard for Christ that you have no strength to pray, for prayer requires strength. —Hudson Taylor



April 14, 2015

Today I dug up just a couple of new Kindle deals: Eternity by Randy Alcorn ($3.99) and Counseling the Hard Cases by Stuart Scott & Heath Lambert ($2.99); When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner ($2.99).

A Legacy Worth Leaving - You’ll enjoy this letter that Ray Ortlund shared. “The following is a letter my dad wrote several years before his death, which he left in his desk, where he knew we would find it…”

Are You Weak Enough for God to Use? - “God is so single-minded in his preference for weakness, that when he wants to use us, he often begins by weakening us.”

Push Back Against Electronic Tipping - I completely agree: this tipping thing is getting out of hand!

Noisetrade or iTunes? - Josh Garrels gives his response on which represents a better way to support an artist you enjoy; scroll down and you’ll see his take on Spotify as well.

Does Calvinism Discourage Evangelism? - Does an affirmation of God’s sovereign election in salvation (commonly called “Calvinism”) discourage people from faithfulness in evangelism?

The Day Lincoln Was Shot - Justin Taylor has a visual FAQ of the day Lincoln was shot.

Marco Rubio’s Faith of Many Colors - Sarah Pulliam Bailey pulls together what we know about Marco Rubio’s faith of many colors.

Many of us cannot reach the mission fields on our feet, but we can reach them on our knees. —T.J. Bach


April 13, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper ($4.99); A Shelter in the Storm by Paul Tripp ($2.99); Disability and the Gospel by Michael Beates ($2.99); Suffering and the Goodness of God by Robert Peterson ($4.99); When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper ($1.99); Caring for a Loved One with Cancer by June Hunt ($1.99); What Happens After I Die? by Michael Rogers ($2.99); Why, O God? by various ($3.99); An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis ($4.99).

Our Irrational Fear of Flying - “Flying a 975,000-pound metal tube 6 miles off the ground at 570 mph will always carry some risk. Crashes will occasionally happen, and the grisly images of the aftermath will continue to evoke an irrational fear of flying.”

TGC 15 - If you’re into conferences, you may enjoy watching The Gospel Coalition conference as it unfolds over the next few days. The livestream gets underway at 1 PM EST.

The Transgender Agenda - This is true and alarming: “It might be sensible to recognise that the transgender agenda is causing us, among other things, to … experiment on our children in the most damaging way.”

Southern Baptists and the Sin of Racism - The Atlantic writes about Russell Moore, Southern Baptists, and racism.

Facebook Would Like a Monopoly on Your Entire Life - The title overstates it a little bit, but I guess it’s not too far from the truth.

ESV App - Today Crossway is releasing (at last!) a great update to the ESV app.

He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him. —C.H. Spurgeon



April 11, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Becoming Worldly Saints (A really good book!) by Mike Wittmer ($2.99); Radically Normal by Josh Kelly ($1.99); Lives Jesus Changed by Simon Vibert ($2.99); Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($5.99).

About twice a year Amazon puts a lot of board games on sale. Today’s one of those days, and they’ve got a stack of strategy board games deeply discounted.

Westminster Books is offer a Free Digital Bundle of works by Vern Poythress. If you’re a scavenger like I am, you’ll want to download it and keep it.

This is kind of neat: Jeremy Bouma looked at my book The Next Story (which is now available in a second edition) and wrote an article called A Discerning Christian’s Guide to Apple Watch.

Sex, God, and a Generation Can’t Tell the Difference looks a study of Millennials and their views on sexuality. “The only thing Millennials are black-and-white on when it comes to matters of sexual morality is that you aren’t allowed to be black-and-white on sexual morality.”

This is the first I have heard of David Stratoun, one of Scotland’s martyrs. Aaron Denlinger tells his story well.

Jason Helopoulos says A Good Assistant Pastor Is Hard to Find, and offers some counsel on what an assistant pastor should be.

Thanks to HCSB for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Gender Accuracy in Bible Translation.

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. —C.S. Lewis


April 10, 2015

Twenty-Two Years - Here’s another strong article from Greg Lucas: “My son turns twenty-two tomorrow, and his mom and I will grieve—deeply, silently, secretly, and personally.”

Help Us Make Indelible Grace 7 - “A new Indelible Grace project is underway. Old hymns set to new music. Join us on the journey to record our new project.”

Naive Young Evangelicals and the Illiberal DNA of the Gay Rights Movement - Block off a few minutes, pour yourself a coffee, and read this one. They payoff is at the end.

Fear in the Cockpit - “The tragic plane crash in Taipei was the result of mechanical and psychological failures.” This article is quite interesting and very useful for illustrations. (The closing line is dumb, unfortunately.)

Winston Churchill Day - “To mark the anniversary of Churchill’s honorary US citizenship, Hillsdale College and RosettaBooks are offering free Kindle downloads of all 8 volumes of the official biography on April 9-11 – An $80 value, absolutely free!”

No Babies Please - It’s amazing to see what is happening in parts of Europe where the birth rate has completely collapsed. In a similar vein, here’s what the world’s religious population may look like in 2050.

We cannot embrace the doctrines of grace without embracing the disciplines of grace. —Curtis Woods


April 09, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals: A Simple Christianity by John MacArthur ($2.99); Exalting Jesus in 1&2 Timothy and Titus ($2.99); Payne Stewart by Tracey Stewart ($0.99).

Baseball Is Life - An oldie but a goodie from Tim Siedell. “Just like life itself, baseball is boring. Amazingly, stupendously boring.” Which is why we love it so…

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? - You’d do well to read this new book from Kevin DeYoung. And, as it happens, it’s on sale right now…

iOS Reading Hack for Efficiency - Here’s a helpful little iOS hack for those who love to read.

In Her Shoes - Christine Hoover: “I ask you today, as I’ve done before, to take a walk in another woman’s shoes: a Christian woman who’s had an abortion.”

The Trinity, The Assembly, and Sweet Potatoes - Does God still speak propositionally today outside of Scripture?

Thanks for Raising the Man of My Dreams - “Your mother-in-law responds to love, she desires appreciation, and she loves her son with every bit of fierceness with which you love him.”

There is no theme more central to the message of Scripture than the glory of God. —Gerald Bray


April 08, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: The Lion and the Lamb by Andreas Kostenberger ($0.99); A Christ-Centered Wedding by Catherine Parks ($2.99); Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper ($2.99); Preach by Mark Dever ($2.99).

How It All Started - “My parents are passionate about prayer, and the prayers of my parents have shaped my life. Sometimes even when they didn’t realize that the subject of their prayers was me.” That’s a promising start to a neat article.

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? - You may be interested in this video featuring Kevin DeYoung. And this article: Why is a Wedding Any Different?

Pray for Marriage - Russell Moore suggests how you ought to pray about the Supreme Court’s pending decision.

Radical - The audio of David Platt’s Radical is a free download for the next couple of days.

Galatians - R.J. Grune has a resource that might appeal to you—a reader-friendly adaptation of Luther’s commentary on Galatians.

Craving Spiritual Milk and Spiritual Growth - Steve DeWitt talks about some of the soul’s toxins.

When people praise you, don’t let it go to your head. When they criticize you, don’t let it go to your heart. —C.J. Rhodes