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June 29, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Defending Your Faith by R.C. Sproul ($4.99); Apologetics for the Twenty-first Century by Louis Markos ($4.99); Can You Believe It’s True? by John Feinberg ($4.99); Covenantal Apologetics by Scott Oliphant ($4.99); That’s Just Your Interpretation by Paul Copan ($3.99); The Hidden Life of Prayer by David McIntyre ($3.99); Churches, Revolutions, and Empires by Ian Shaw ($4.99).

15,790 Slave Ships - This interactive animation shows the course of 15,790 slave ships from the Old World to the New. “This interactive … gives you a sense of the scale of the trans-Atlantic slave trade across time, as well as the flow of transport and eventual destinations.”

Teach Your Child to Have Devotions - “On a human level, we can take this step of obedience: when your child is old enough to read, give him a Bible and train him to use it.” He includes a helpful worksheet.

Justice Kennedy’s Arguments for Polygamy and Polyamory - This is thought-provoking. And probably inevitable.

Advice from Chesterton - From the same site, read this excellent advice from G.K. Chesterton.

Give Us This Day Our Daily News - “The decision of what goes on the front page and what leads the evening newscast is a worldview decision. Understand this when you consume news reporting…”

Deal With Your Anger - Here are 3 compelling reasons to deal with your anger.

The gospel shows us that Jesus chooses those who are failures to display his glory. —Dave Harvey



June 27, 2015

There are a few interesting Kindle deals today. Check out Puritan Portraits by J.I. Packer ($3.99). Amazon has a collection of American history books on sale at great prices, and I’m sure you can find some good summer reading there. (Check out Manhunt, for example. Also, Amity Shlae’s life of Coolidge is considered the best biography of that figure and I quite enjoyed reading it.)

By now you know how the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. Al Mohler has a special edition of The Briefing to talk it through. John Piper shared a lamentation. The Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission released Here We Stand, a statement of dissent signed by a whole series of Christian leaders. CBMW released an official response. And that is just scratching the surface.

Mike Riccardi has a primer for those wanting the lay of the land when it comes to various Theories of the Atonement. If the subject confuses you, this is a helpful overview.

The Banner of Truth is hosting quite a good giveaway if you’re interested in good literature.

Preachers would do well to keep these Rules for Sermon Writing close at hand and to consider them both before and during sermon preparation.

How Often Should We Celebrate The Lord’s Supper? It is a question every church has to consider and this article models thinking it through well.

I find it a delight to watch any artisan at his craft. There’s even something beautiful about watching a pair of bespoke shoes come together.

If you’re a nervous flyer you might be comforted by this article which describes all those weird noises you hear on an airplane.

Thanks to AccessTruth for sponsoring the blog this week!

Correct division should be preferred over corrupt unity. —Mark Dever



June 26, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals that may interest you: Perspectives on Family Ministry ($0.99); The New Testament by Lea & Black ($2.99); Theologians of the Baptist Tradition by George & Dockery ($2.99); Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson ($0.99); New Testament Exegesis by Gordon Fee ($3.99).

Who Owns the Dead? - I’d say this article is about as off-beat as you’re likely to see me link to. But it’s an interesting one about the strange business of dying and our culture’s efforts to avoid death’s reality.

Marriage, Infidelity, and Ministry - Heath Lambert has a wisely pastoral article about marriage, infidelity, and ministry. (At least I think it’s Heath Lambert. The article doesn’t actually specify.)

Climb ‘El Capitan’ - Google Street View has gone up—way up! 

An Irish Christmas - You’ll want to take a look at the Getty’s dates for their upcoming Christmas tour. We saw them last year and enjoyed every minute of the concert. (Note: Shows prior to November 23 are part of the Hymns for the Christian Life tour.)

The Civil War Then and Now - “150 years after the last shots were fired, Guardian photographer David Levene travelled across the US photographing the sites scarred by the American civil war.” The before and after pictures make it all so real.

A Profile of Russell Moore - The Washington Post tells how a Southern Baptist leader became surprising voice on Confederate flag. I think we all see Moore as doing exactly what God created him to do.

Are you a champion of Christ on Twitter, but not in your neighborhood? —Michael Oh



June 25, 2015

A Stupid Promise To God - Have you ever made an unwise or flat-out stupid promise to God? Have you later worried about the consequence of breaking it? Brad Hambrick has some counsel for you.

Advice To Young Pastors - Earlier this year The Gospel Coalition ran a series offering advice to young pastors. Nate went through all the answers and found some interesting patterns.

Fearing the Impact - The New York Times: “Conservative religious schools all over the country forbid same-sex relationships, from dating to couples’ living in married-student housing, and they fear they will soon be forced to make a wrenching choice.

200 Million Per Day - Articles like this, which simply describes how the human male body can produce 200 million sperm per day, ought to make you marvel at the handiwork of God (and scoff at the sheer folly of evolution).

Preventing Gospel-Centered Fizzle Out - This reminds me why Erik Raymond is one of my go-to bloggers: “What the gospel-centered movement needs in order to persevere is a commitment to teaching people how to read, interpret and rightly apply their Bible.”

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Southern Baptists - Russell Moore goes into top-ten mode.

God is not embarrassed by his wrath or ashamed of his judgment, so we shouldn’t be either. —Thabiti Anyabwile



June 24, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Worldly Saints by Mike Wittmer is one of my favorite recent books and a steal at $2.99; Marriage Is by Andrew Walker & Eric Teetsel ($2.99); Adoption by Russell Moore ($5.99); The End of the Law by Jason Meyer ($0.99); Relativism by Greg Koukl ($1.99); Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul ($2.99).

The Invisible Sin of Gluttony - “Gluttony is not that peckish sensation of wanting seconds when you haven’t had enough food to satisfy your hunger; it’s the sin of unrestrained overconsumption. Gluttony is thus the kissing cousin of drunkenness.” (This headline from yesterday seems relevant.)

Would You Pay a Bribe? - I have spoken to several missionaries about this issue. “If you’re like most westerners, you’ve never really had to think about it. You’ve probably never been asked for one. The temptation has never been there. It’s a non-issue.”

GoThereFor - GoThereFor seems to have trouble explaining what it is. But it is actually a very good resource for churches and individual Christians. It is worth investigating, especially now that it has re-launched.

Walking with Jesus Through His Word - This new book comes high commended by some trusted theologians. It, and a few other titles, are on sale for the week.

Homeschooling Concerns - I highlight this one because it is written by R.C. Sproul Jr. who has been (and is) a leading advocate of homeschooling. “Where there are people, there are sins to be concerned about, and that includes we who homeschool. Here are five things I believe are a current danger.”

When Leaders Fall, All Are Punished - “First, a word to leaders. Faithfulness, holiness, and purity are priorities and necessities for all believers in Jesus Christ, but especially for you.”

God’s will is what we would choose if we knew what God knows. —Nancy Leigh DeMoss 



June 23, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: Radically Normal by Josh Kelley ($1.99); God’s Indwelling Presence by James Hamilton ($0.99); Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Schreiner ($0.99); The New Testament by David Allan Black ($2.99); The People of God by Trevor Joy ($2.99); A Christ-Centered Wedding by Catherine Parks ($2.99); The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno ($5.99); Exalting Jesus in Galatians by David Platt ($2.99); A Simplified Harmony of the Gospel by George Knight ($2.99).

Real Conversations with Dad - I completely identify with this: The majority of parenting is done in those sweet, mundane, meaningful little moments.

Pit Stops - You might find this dead boring, but I found it strangely fascinating. It is a series of pit stops from different kinds of car race.

Cigars, The Christian, and the Glory of God - Joe Thorn is starting a series on cigars. I can’t stand the things, but am interested in his take on them.

#PrayForCharleston - “Charleston, South Carolina will always be the place I call home. From my youth, I walked her ancient streets, climbed her shrines to days past, snuck into her private gardens, and enlisted into her Corp of Cadets.”

A Killer Drug Crisis - Weekends are the time I tend to read longform articles. I learned a lot by reading this one from Macleans.

Why Would God Choose Me? - John Piper explains how he explains election.

The Confederate Flag - If you are wondering what Christians are saying about the current controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in South Carolina, this article will get you caught up.

If the college you visit has a bookstore filled with t-shirts rather than books, find another college. —Al Mohler



June 22, 2015

This week’s Kindle deals from Crossway are all about the Bible: Understanding Scripture and Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible by Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins & Thomas Schreiner ($2.99 each); Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence ($3.99); Welcome to the Story by Stephen Nichols ($2.99). Also consider The Saint’s Everlasting Rest by Richard Baxter, which is new from GLH Publishing ($0.99).

Tullian Tchividjian Resigns - Here is very sad news from Florida: “Popular pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian has resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church,” citing “ongoing marital issues” and “an inappropriate relationship.”

How Pixar Enchants Us - “Arguably no film studio in the world expends so much energy actively trying to fail. And succeeding at it.”

Reflections from an AME Prayer Vigil - Rich Phillips: “Last evening I was greatly blessed, together with many members of the congregation I serve, to participate in a prayer vigil for the nine victims of the racist attack on Emmanuel AME in Charleston.”

The Death Treatment - This long, difficult article from The New Yorker shows what seems to be the inevitable slide once euthanasia becomes legalized.

15 Prayers from the Bible - Here are 15 prayers drawn from specific passages of the Bible. It is good to pray God’s Word back to God!

Thinking in Public - I really enjoyed Al Mohler’s conversation with Grant Wacker as they discuss the life and legacy of Billy Graham. It may sound dry, but I assure you it is not.

We can all look at life and agree that there are some parts that have no purpose—like neckties or cats. —Matt Chandler



June 20, 2015

Kim Ransleben writes about When the Wages of Sin Is a Grandbaby. “Her weeping came ahead of her presence, causing my heart to pound. As a mom of three, it wasn’t the first time a crying child had entered our bedroom hours after we thought they’d gone to sleep…”

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

You may enjoy this longform article called Aneurysm. It is a neurosurgeon simply writing about the work he does. (Note: It includes a bad word or two.)

David Murray draws some principles out of The Most Painful Interview He’s Ever Watched. Because sometimes it is just so hard to say, “I was wrong.”

Here is A Monumental Display of Mercy. “The late Christopher Hitchens formulated (and forever repeated) a superficially clever challenge to people of faith: ‘Find one good or noble thing,” he said, “which cannot be accomplished without religion.’ The astonishing rejoinder to Hitchens comes now from the family members of those who were gunned down Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina.”

Thanks to Reformed Presybterian Theological Seminary for sponsoring the blog this week with Sacrifices by Fire.

If community in your local church is not dependent on God’s supernatural Spirit for its lifeblood, it is not evidently supernatural. —Jamie Dunlop