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April 07, 2015

The Christ-Centered Exposition commentaries are on sale in Kindle format: ExodusEzra-Nehemiah; Song of SongsMatthewMarkGalatians; Ephesians; 1&2 ThessaloniansJames; 1, 2, 3 John ($2.99 each). The Underestimated Gospel by Together for the Gospel ($2.99); The Measure of Success by Carolyn McCulley ($2.99); Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax ($1.99); Heroes and Monsters by Josh Riebock ($2.99).

Love and Hate in a Foreign Country - There are some good lines in Carl Trueman’s latest article as he focuses on the RFRA protests of last week.

Married Men - Here’s an interesting one from The Washington Post: “Marriage has a transformative effect on adult behavior, emotional health, and financial well-being—particularly for men.”

Hassles and Joys - “Great risks, long journeys, government sabotage, official informants, chaotic crowds, packed halls, and fervent prayers: Welcome to a Christian training conference in Hong Kong.”

The Dead End of Sexual Sin - Rosaria Butterfield: “Unbelievers don’t ‘struggle’ with same-sex attraction. I didn’t. My love for women came with nary a struggle at all.”

Young Mothers, You Need Friends - Yes, you do, and especially in those years when friendships are hard to maintain.

How Does God Define Success? - Probably not the way you do.

I am certain that the safest way to defend your character is never to say a word about it. —C.H. Spurgeon


April 06, 2015

There are lots of new Kindle deals today. Here’s a start, and I’ll have lots more tomorrow: The Shepherd Leader at Home by Timothy Witmer ($2.99); Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham ($3.99); Exploring Grace Together by Jessica Thompson ($3.99); Marriage and Family by Andreas Kostenberger ($3.99); Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($3.99); Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell ($1.99); The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson ($3.99); Finally Free by Heath Lambert ($3.99).

The Fallout of Failed Marriages - John MacArthur: “The best way to defend and uphold God’s design for marriage and family is not through political or legal action—it’s through the living testimony of a faithful, righteous adherence to God’s design.”

What Happens If All The Bees Die? - Answer? Lots of bad stuff. And isn’t it amazing how intricately God has made this world…

The Established Religion - Frank Turek argues that same-sex marriage has become the established religion. “The new established religion chooses the sword of government compulsion over the freedom of religion and conscience.”

Do You Think It Happened Or Not? - This is important: “when Christians assert that Jesus rose from the dead, they are making a historical claim, not a religious one.”

To Be Laughed At - What is it like to be the butt of the Internet’s latest joke? This writer tells you. (Language warning)

The Most Neglected Part - “I have come to believe that the most neglected part of Christ’s saving work is actual what happened to Him in between His death and resurrection.”

Remember: you are not fighting for victory, but from victory, for Jesus Christ has already defeated Satan! —Warren Wiersbe


April 04, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Rid of My Disgrace by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb ($3.99); Redemption by Mike Wilkerson ($3.99); Adoniram Judson by Jason Duesing ($0.99); Reasons for Unbelief by Norman Geisler ($1.99); Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous ($2.99).

Did Jesus suffer God’s wrath for all, or only the elect? R.C. Jr: “Just for the elect. This truth is hard for some people for a what seems like a good reason—It shows God treating people unequally.”

On a similar note, I appreciate the way Douglas Wilson approaches Roger Olson’s diatribe against Calvinism. 

What is the The Post-Indiana Future for Christians? “Our culture has lost the ability to reason together, because too many of us want and believe radically incompatible things.”

Marvin Olasky has a good article titled Cultural Hardball. “In an increasingly hostile culture, pastors and Christian ballplayers both face brushback pitches. Will they stand up to the pressure?”

And while we’re on the subject of baseball, this is worth reading if you’re a baseball fan: No Runs, No Hits, New Era. It talks about the dominance of pitching in today’s game.

Shell Shock is a fascinating (and tragic) look at a couple of tragic figures from the First World War. “They were twin sisters and scions of New York society. They were writers. They were Red Cross volunteers in the War To End All Wars. And on the way home from France, they leaped into the icy water.”

I’m grateful to P&R for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Does the Devil Have Your Ear?

Finally, today is a good day to ponder The Silence of God.

The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord. —George Müller


April 03, 2015

Here are just a couple of new Kindle deals: The MacArthur Study Bible (NASB) or NKJV ($4.99); and The Jesus Answer Book by John MacArthur ($1.99).

Revival on the Pennsylvania Frontier - “While George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards have come to be considered the primary human instruments used by God in America’s First Great Awakening, numerous other ministers were privileged to have a significant role in that widespread revival as well.”

Curse Motif - Here’s R.C. Sproul speaking on the curse motif of the atonement. (Click here if you’d rather read it.)

The Internet Ruined April Fool’s Day - Like Halloween, it’s fun when it’s a day for kids, but goes off the rails when the adults take over.

Jerusalem Journal - Tim Keesee shares a dispatch from Jerusalem.

Died: Robert Schuller - You certainly won’t agree with everything in this article, but it does provide an interesting look back at Robert Schuller’s life and legacy.

What Happened in Kenya? - Joe Carter has an FAQ on the attacks on Christians in Kenya.

Look to the cross, and hate your sin, for sin nailed your Well Beloved to the tree. —C.H. Spurgeon


April 02, 2015

A Fixation with a Sky Pixie - “In a culture that prizes sophistication, non-judgmentalism, irony and detachment, [Christianity] is to declare yourself intolerant, naive, superstitious and backward.”

Peddlers vs. Pastors - Are you a peddler of God’s word or a pastor of the Word? Here’s how you can tell.

Men for God Conference - If you’re in the Vancouver area, you might be interested in the Men for God conference which I will be speaking at in June.

The Truth of the Cross - The audiobook of R.C. Sproul’s excellent The Truth of the Cross is a free download this week.

Redeeming Rap - The Atlantic covers Christian rap and profiles Trip Lee.

Death Has Been Swallowed Up by Death - TGC continues their series on doctrine with a look at the Apostle’s Creed and the trick phrase, “He descended into hell.”

An Unlikely Convert - This month’s issue of Tabletalk magazine has an interview with Rosaria Butterfield.

Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell. —C.H. Spurgeon


April 01, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Not Just a Soup Kitchen by David Apple ($4.99); Sex, God, and the Single Life by Hafeez Baoku ($4.99); The Complete Spurgeon Sermons on Exodus ($0.99); Tulip by Duane Spencer ($1.99). New from GLH Publishing is The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Lorraine Boettner ($0.99). Amazon also has a whole list of titles at $3.99 or less.

RHB @ WTS - Here’s good news for you whether you use Kindle or another e-reader: Westminster Books has partnered with Reformation Heritage Books to offer some great ebook deals starting at $1.99. A Puritan Theology for $4.99? Yes, please. 

In other deals, Logos has Brevard Childs’ commentary on Isaiah as their free book of the month while Christian Audio is giving away Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand.

Journey - Here’s the best blog-related news I’ve heard in a while: Tim Keesee has begun a blog. You’ll want to bookmark it, I’m sure. Oh, and he’s got a new episode of Dispatches From the Front coming soon. Here’s the trailer.

Images of Jesus - I tend to favor the interpretation of the second commandment that forbids images of Jesus.

An Inheritance of Tears - Here’s a great review of the latest book from Cruciform Press: Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord When Death Visits the Womb

Through the Eyes of Spurgeon - You can watch this full feature-length documentary for free on YouTube.

EnChroma - Though this video is a bit mellodramatic, it is also pretty neat. According to the color blindness test, I’m a “strong deutan” (strong red-green color blindness caused by an anomaly in the M-cone photopigment gene sequence). I’ve never really seen red or green.

Americans Muddled Morality about the Unborn - “The debate over fetal homicide reveals our society’s inconsistency in the ongoing debate over abortion: We only affirm the humanity of the unborn if the child is ‘wanted.’”

There is no sin so prevalent, so insidious, and so deep as the sin of fearing people more than we fear God. —Kevin DeYoung


March 31, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Discovering the God Who Is by R.C. Sproul ($3.99); 12 Challenges Churches Face by Mark Dever ($3.99); How People Change by Paul Tripp & Timothy Lane ($2.99); CrossTalk by Michael Emlet ($2.51).

Indiana: A Religious Liberty Bellweather - Rod: Dreher seems to get it right when he says, “This total political and media freakout over the Indiana law is the real story.”

What Dawkins, Hawking, and Harris Know About God - It’s the truth: “As we evangelize, we are not evangelizing blank slates. We are not starting with total ignorance. We are going to people who already know much about God.”

Write “Sending” Into Your Church’s DNA - Though eventually J.D. Greear mentions a forthcoming conference, you won’t want to miss the heart of the article: That every church ought to be a sending church.

Nuclear Energy Explained - This excellent little video explains how nuclear energy works.

Civil War Photos Online - The Library of Congress has acquired thousands of Civil War photographs and has put them online.

Fake Testimonials - Slate writes about Lifeway’s recent decision to stop selling heaven tourism books. “Theologically speaking it’s a sensible and belated move, one that has likely taken so long because of the immense amount of money these books bring in.”

Helping Children Benefit from the Sermon - Erik Raymond offers some tips.

If you are weak enough to confess your sins, God is strong enough to save you from them. —Thabiti Anyabwile


March 30, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges ($2.99); The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson ($1.99); Sensing Jesus by Zach Eswine ($3.99); Expositional Preaching by David Helm ($3.99); Am I Called? by Dave Harvey ($2.99); The Heart of the Matter by New Growth Press ($2.99); Multiply by Francis Chan ($2.99); Forgotten God by Francis Chan ($4.99); Old Story New by Marty Machowski ($3.99); Long Story Short by Marty Machowski ($4.99).

Can Canada Teach the Rest of Us to Be Nicer? - “Canada is to niceness as Saudi Arabia is to oil. It’s awash in the stuff, and it’s about time, I say, the rest of the world imported some.” Amen!

Fake Maple Syrup - First an article about Canadian niceness and then one about Americans’ apparent love for fake maple syrup.

The Spiritual Stages - Christians progress through various spiritual stages.

The Effect of Singing - “Worship is first and foremost addressing God and giving glory to God.”

Two Kinds of Bad Singers - In a similar vein, this article tells you about two different kinds of bad singers.

Discrimination in Indiana? - Wondering what the furor in Indiana is all about? Denny Burk explains.

Whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want. —C.S. Lewis


March 28, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals: Jesus Unmasked by Todd Friel ($4.49); Beat God to the Punch by Eric Mason ($2.99); Understanding World Religions by George Braswell ($0.99); Ordinary by Tony Merida ($4.99).

How Can Hummingbirds Hover So Well? That’s a questions scientists have wrestled with for a long time.

Gene Veith writes about Who the Unchurched Really Are. “Can it be that American Christianity, with roots in this culture, has become so prosperous and middle class that it would rather not deal with people from this social class?”

Richard Phillips answers this question: Why Are There So Many Singles? “Why does it seem that God withholds marriage for so many when he clearly upholds it, encourages it, desires it, etc.?  Why are there so many singles who want marriage but don’t seem to find it?”

It really is that simple: We Complain Because We Forget.

I appreciate these 10 Pointers for Untrained Preachers.

Thanks to Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Short-Term Missions: Redefining Success.

The true test of our worldview is what we find entertaining. —Albert Mohler


March 27, 2015

30 Years of Ministry - Mark Altrogge shares some of the lessons he has learned in 30+ years of pastoral ministry. I think the 2nd lesson is my favorite.

10 Chapter Books for Dads to Read to Their Kids - Looking for books to read out loud? Here are some options. (If your kids love to read, or you love to read to them, Redeemed Reader is a great site to bookmark.)

Biblical Grounds for Divorce - This article outlines a very traditional (and I think biblical) view of when divorce is permissible.

5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Smaller - I know it counters the Western mindset, but it’s true: Bigger is not always better.

Parenting in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture - Heath Lambert explains how he and his wife are raising their children in this hyper-sexualized culture. (I am not as committed to the discussion of modesty as he is, but I do understand why and how he uses the concept.)

Locking Out the Pilot - Here’s an answer to the question we are all asking: How is it possible to lock a pilot out of his cockpit? The answer is 9/11.

You must either give up your sins or give up all hope of heaven. —C.H. Spurgeon