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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


May 23, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Reading the Gospels Wisely by Jonathan Pennington ($4.99); God on Sex by Daniel Akin ($2.99); Willing to Believe by R.C. Sproul ($1.99).

10 Least Popular Books of the Bible - Here are the 10 least popular books of the Bible. Get to reading them!

Sing a New Song - Jamie Brown writes about how, when and why to sing a new song in your church. 

Remember Rather than Blame - “It’s not uncommon for those who grew up in the church, and who have become disenchanted with it, to blame the church they grew up in. I’ve seen it and I’ve heard it from young people around me.” I have too.

The Deepest Hole - Here’s a quick video about the deepest hole on the earth and what we’ve learned from it.

Russell Moore at HuffPo - “Since becoming the political point man a year ago for the Southern Baptist Convention, Russell Moore has more than once been interpreted as sounding a political and cultural retreat.” The Huffington Post reports.

Divine Child Abuse - Jason Helopoulos asks whether Christ’s death was divine child abuse. I especially appreciate his final point.

True religion is like the smallpox. If you get it, you give it to others and it spreads. —C.T. Studd


May 22, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Revive us Again from Walter Kaiser Jr. ($3.99); HCSB Study Bible ($4.99); The Promises of God by R.C. Sproul ($3.03); The Flow of the New Testament by Dale Leschert ($4.99).

When We Get Small and God Gets Big - This is a powerful bit of writing from Jared Wilson. Don’t miss it!

The Hardest Place on Earth to Be a Christian - “While there are many terrible places on earth to be a Christian (Sudan, North Korea, Afghanistan, Bhutan, etc.), Pakistan is arguably the worst. Other nations persecute believers, but in Pakistan the entire country has spent generations forming a world view that values the torturing of those that claim the name of Christ.”

The Great (American) Commission - This is good stuff from Tim Keesee. “When it comes to The Great Commission, I’m afraid that for too long, many of us here in America believe (or at least behave) as if we are at the center of the missions universe. Whether spoken or unspoken, the attitude is that our heritage, resources, seminaries, organizations, and obedience are critical to the breadth and depth of gospel work throughout the world.”

Minibooks on Sale - CCEF’s excellent minibooks are on sale this week at Westminster Books. They’re great resources to keep around the home and church as giveaways.

Sexual Desire and the Single Girl - The church is under-served in resources related to single women and sexual desire and temptation. This article could be helpful.

Genesis 1-11 - I enjoyed this short video overview of Genesis 1-11.

We talk of the second coming; half the world has never heard of the first. —Oswald J. Smith


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