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May 21, 2014

The Gospel-Driven Life by Michael Horton ($2.99); How to Study the Bible by Richard Mayhue ($3.99); Together by Carrie Ward ($2.99); One Bible Many Versions by Dave Brunn ($2.99); New from Puritan specialists GLH Publishing is On Temptation by John Owen ($0.99).

Headed for a Crash - Jamie Brown attended “the National Worship Leader Conference, hosted by Worship Leader Magazine, featuring many well-known speakers and worship leaders.” He spotted a disturbing worship trend that we all need to guard against.

The Trauma of Abuse - Wendy Alsup writes about the trauma of abuse and the blessing of repentance.

Tom Nettles - Tom Nettles, historian and professor at SBTS, has just announced his retirement from full-time teaching. Here’s an interview with him.

To Set the Captives Free - Tullian announces that he has left the Gospel Coalition site as his blogging platform. Question for my readers: Do you understand the context behind this? Do you understand the law/grace distinction behind this battle? I’m thinking of trying to clarify it in my own mind and perhaps write about it.

Are Youth Groups Bad? - Ed Stetzer asks and answers.

The Least Popular Book - Apparently Obadiah is the least popular book in the Bible. David Murray gives you 6 motives to give it a study.

Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. —Elisabeth Elliot


May 20, 2014

The Real Proverbs 31 Mom - “She was a new member of the church and asked me how she could get more involved. I mentioned several things including women’s ministry and when I did her countenance changed and she said, ‘I just cannot take another Proverbs 31 study!’”

Mahaney and Harris Leave TGC - In the wake of the conviction of a child molester at Covenant Life Church, both Joshua Harris and C.J. Mahaney have resigned from The Gospel Coalition. (CT also has the story.)

Motherhood and the Abortion Culture - I think there is more to the story than this, but certainly not less. 

8 Ways to Comfort the Suffering - Articles like this are so important because I need to be reminded of these things again and again.

Where People Run - This isn’t going to save or change your life, but it’s still kind of interesting to see where people run in various cities.

God Herself - We tend to react emotionally when someone refers to God as “her.” 

Skydog on Sale - The Skydog router I told you about a short time ago has gone on sale. You can use coupon code SKYDOGBY to get it down to $99.

God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him. —Hudson Taylor


May 19, 2014

Here are a few Kindle deals to start the week: You, Your Family, and the Internet by David Clark ($0.99); Christian History Made Easy by Timothy Paul Jones ($3.03); 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; I am getting aboard a flight and hoping the prices adjust while I’m in the air!)

The Irony of the Overprotected Child - This is a fascinating article on overprotecting our kids. It seems there is a difference between the freedom afforded children in days past and children today.

Lighten Up, Christian - There’s something to be said for this attitude.

Common Problems in Modern Preaching - I appreciate the list of common problems in today’s preaching (and especially as it applies to the Reformed world).

The Largest Dinosaur - I suppose we always have to take these things with a grain of salt until all the facts are in, but this sure does look like an incredible animal.

Satan’s Lies About Prayer - Here are some lies you may be tempted to believe on the subject of prayer.

You can drift into sin, but not into righteousness. —Leon Morris


May 17, 2014

Jesus and Non-Violence - “Does Jesus’s teaching in the sermon on the Mount to “turn the other cheek” and not resist evil require pacifism on the part of Christians?” Here’s a good little article from the Crossway blog.

Law-Gospel Off the Rails - I post this only because of Tullian’s popularity as a blogger and author. Some of what he is teaching is becoming increasingly problematic as Rick Phillips points out here.

Fire on the Mountain - Michael Horton finds an illustration of law and gospel close to his home and workplace.

When God Says Wait - Steve DeWitt offers advice “for single men whom God has given the desire for marriage but who have not yet found a wife.”

Unconditional Love - “It is common today to hear people say, ‘God loves us unconditionally.’ It is also common to watch people bristle when people say, ‘God elects us unconditionally’.”

Speaking Truth in Love to Mormons - A good, short article from Brett Kunkle.

Without the heart it’s not worship, it’s a stage play. —Stephen Charnock


May 16, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem ($5.99); The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce ($2.99); Basics for Believers by D.A. Carson ($2.99); A Basic Guide to Eschatology by Millard Erickson ($1.99); How Then Shall We Worship? by R.C. Sproul ($2.99).

Looking Back - Is looking back to past relationships a good idea? Here’s some simple advice.

Stung by Joy - Christianity Today profiles Matt Chandler. 

Die As a Christian - Denny Burk shares a story of a Nigerian Christian man who was shot by Boko Haram terrorists for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.

Gratitude for Schaeffer - Ray Ortlund shares three reasons he is grateful for Francis Schaeffer.

Love in the Face of Evil - “Even when life is ‘easy’ it is hard to show mercy to our fellow sinners. When enjoying order, safety, and congeniality, serving others can still be a challenge. But when you are drowning in poverty, murder, violence, lawlessness, sickness, injustice, pain, and desperation, showing mercy to sinners amplifies the sin in yourself.”

Sin has been pardoned at such a price that we cannot henceforth trifle with it. —C.H. Spurgeon


May 15, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung ($3.99); A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur ($5.99); Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper (new from GLH Publishing) ($0.99).

So Little of the Bible - Al Mohler writes about why so many Christians hear so little of the Bible in their churches. Be warned: “The biblical formula is clear: the neglect of the Word can only lead to disaster, disobedience, and death. God rescues his church from error, preserves his church in truth, and propels his church in witness only by his Word—not by congregational self-study.”

Keep Your Kids From Running - There is lots of great parenting counsel here from Erik Raymond.

Offer Advice Very Carefully - This is a good article from Ed Welch; he tells you why you need to be careful in giving advice.

Peace in the Midst of Regrets - “It started with a phone call. I sat down on my bed, prepared for a typical midday chat with my husband. I couldn’t have been more wrong. New management had taken over. His position was being eliminated. He had a few loose ends to wrap up in the next few days, then his job would be over. I experienced a myriad of emotions in those next few seconds—anger, sadness, a white-hot flame of terror—but the emotion I remember most is regret.”

Grumpiness - Paul Miller on the cure for a cranky soul.

A Culture of Feedback - Here, from Eric Geiger, are six ways to create a culture of feedback.

The greatest good suffering can do for me is to increase my capacity for God. —Joni Eareckson Tada


May 14, 2014

Here are a few Kindle deals for today: God’s Love ($3.99) and Pleasing God ($3.99) by R.C. Sproul; Jesus and the Gospels by Craig Blomberg ($4.99); Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear ($0.99); Augustus Toplady by Douglas Bond ($3.99).

How Many Children Should I Have? - I know this is a big topic and one for which some people have very strong convictions, but I quite like David Murray’s handling of it.

The Secret Things of the Lord - “What is the will of God for my life? In this excerpt from his Foundations teaching series, R.C. Sproul distinguishes between the decretive and the preceptive wills of God.” These are important distinctions.

Books for Grads - Westminster Books has some excellent books for grads on sale.

Seven Reasons Why Christians Doubt - “I want to briefly give you some of the more ‘mundane’ causes of why we, as Christians, might experience doubt, whether it be doubt in the existence of God, doubt in his love for us, or doubt in our salvation.”

Ornaments of the Soul - Though I’m not the target audience, I enjoyed this article from Jen Thorn.

The Debate - Kevin DeYoung will get you caught up on an interesting discussion of the connection of law and gospel.

The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner. —William Cameron Townsend


May 13, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary ($4.99); Holman QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls ($2.99); Holman QuickSource Guide to Apologetics ($2.99); Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation ($2.99); Which Bible Translation Should I Use? by Andreas Kostenberger ($4.99); Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler ($2.99).

It Multiplied - Ray Ortlund: “Church growth takes planning.  Let’s do it.  But church multiplication takes miracle.  Let’s be open to what only God can do.”

A Face-to-Face Debate - I’m with Carl Trueman: I think this would be a very healthy debate.

Same-Sex Attraction in the Church - Sam Alberry lists a number of things churches can do to help Christians with same-sex attraction.

Face the Music - Here’s wise counsel from Mike Wittmer.

Mother’s Day - This is a sweet reflection on mothers and mother’s day.

The Church Needs More Tattoos - Russell Moore: “U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) often tells audiences, ‘Republican Party events need more people with tattoos.’ It struck me, as I heard him say this, that this is kind of what evangelical Christians ought to be saying about our churches.”

The gospel is only good news if it gets there on time. —Carl F. H. Henry 


May 12, 2014

A few Kindle deals to begin the day: When Will My Life Not Suck? by Ramon Presson ($3.03); Four books by J.I. Packer: Weakness Is the Way ($1.99); Finishing Our Course with Joy ($0.99); Taking God Seriously ($1.99); Growing in Christ ($1.99). (Apologies in advance if some of these prices do not drop; I am traveling to Australia today so prepared this last night.)

A Sharp Turn to the Right - Here’s a fascinating update from a blog I follow: “I am writing this on a high speed train from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to the island’s capital, Taipei. Why am I here and not in mainland China? In short, because I have been deported from China. To tell the long story, I have to go back to Easter Sunday two weeks ago.”

Integrate Theology Into Ministry - Here, from Hershael York, are five ways to integrate theology into your ministry.

She Got Up Anyway - I enjoy Mother’s Day reflections like this one. 

Blessed - Isn’t it interesting that many people are now used “blessed” in place of “lucky?” That seems significant.

Be More Specific - This is good advice: Be more specific in your sermon than listing points or things. Andy Naselli has a good list of alternatives.

Perfect Parents - According to Joel Beeke, children are not looking for perfect parents. And it’s a good thing, too.

Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell. —C.T. Studd 


May 10, 2014

Here is just one new Kindle deal: Not a Chance by R.C. Sproul ($3.99). Also, for a short time New Growth Press is offering a free download of Loving Well by William Smith.

I Heard Her Weeping - Here’s a sweet tribute to a mom. “She retreated to the refuge of her bedroom that afternoon. This didn’t happen often. Curious, I crept toward the shut door. Then I heard it. She was weeping. I was a young boy, probably about 9 or 10, so I don’t remember all that happened that day except us kids being particularly difficult.”

Seeds - While we are on the subject of moms…you’ll enjoy this video, I’m sure.

Finding Grace in Failures - Joe Thorn offers 4 ways to find grace in failure.

Scared - Here is an honest bit of writing from C. Michael Patton.

My Congregation Barely Sings - “If church leaders want congregations that will really ‘speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs’ (Eph. 5:19), they will have to work at it. … Here are a few tips, many of which, no doubt, fall into the realm of prudence.”

Equip Your Kids to Say No to Porn - This is a good article on equipping your children to say no to porn for the inevitable circumstance when they are exposed to it.

Unbelief about the existence and personality of Satan has often proved the first step to unbelief about God. —JC Ryle