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April 29, 2015

I Can Do All Things - Nathan Busenitz takes a look at an oft-misused passage. “But the irony is that, by taking this verse out of context, many people have actually turned it on its head—making it mean the opposite of what it actually means.”

It is Going to Be an Issue - Al Mohler offers some reflections on yesterday’s Supreme Court proceedings.

Side by Side - Westminster Books has some good deals this week, including one on Ed Welch’s excellent new book. Or, if you’re into Bible software you may want to check out the NIVAC Software Super Sale from Zondervan.

Hyper-Headship and the Scandal of Domestic Abuse in the Church - Justin Taylor summarizes an important sermon by Jason Meyer.

TGC Media Now Available - If you missed The Gospel Coalition conference, you can now at least catch up on all the content.

How Many Children Should I Have? - This is always a difficult question to answer, but Amanda Peacock has taken it on and done quite a good job.

Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. —A.W. Tozer

Tozer

 

April 28, 2015

Pray for Nepal - Desiring God once called Suraj Kasula Nepal’s most unlikely church planter. He provides an important update on his country after the earthquake.

Second Edition - Zondervan has released a new second edition of my book The Next Story and Books at a Glance kindly wrote a review.

In Defense of the Sermon - This is an interesting and somewhat unconventional defense of the sermon. A key sentence: “It’s a fallacy to assume that the primary purpose of preaching is teaching.”

Antarctica - This video moves at a plodding pace, but it aptly displays the cold beauty of Antarctica.

Why Not Gay Marriage? - Kevin DeYoung makes the argument against gay marriage. “I’m concerned that many younger Christians—ironically, often those passionate about societal transformation and social justice—do not see the connection between a traditional view of marriage and human flourishing.”

Five Questions with Gary Thomas - Gary Thomas answers some good questions about marriage, dating, and pornography.

Those Who Think Read - “If we are too busy to think, then we are too busy. And if we are too busy to read, then we are too busy.”

On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. —C.S. Lewis

Lewis

April 27, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals to start the week: Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch (free); The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler ($3.99); The Wonder-Working God by Jared Wilson ($2.99); The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($2.99); Can We Trust the Gospels? by Mark D. Roberts ($1.99); The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware ($2.99); Discovering Jesus by T.D. Alexander ($2.99).

A Guy on the Subway - You’ll enjoy reading about Elisha’s encounter with a stranger on the subway.

How the Prosperity Gospel Hurts Racial Reconciliation - Russell Moore: “You cannot reconcile people across carnal divisions with a gospel based on carnal promises.” So true.

Hanging Out with Your Friends Is Not Church - “Increasingly, I see younger evangelicals wondering if they can call their spiritual hang outs with friends a congregation. They are exploring the question: What is church?”

The Gum Nebula - The Hubble space telescope takes you on a fly-through of the Gum Nebula.

Nepal - Here is some guidance on praying for Nepal in the wake of that devastating earthquake.

What Is Gender Reassigment Surgery? - This article from CBMW offers a medical assessment with a biblical appraisal.

Christ is much more powerful to save, than Adam was to destroy. —John Calvin

Calvin

April 25, 2015

I’ve got no new Kindle deals today, but you may want to take a look at these from Monday: Against the Gods by John Currid ($1.99); Ancient Word, Changing Worlds by Stephen Nichols ($2.99); Inerrancy and Worldview by Very Poythress ($2.99); Canon Revisited by Michael Kruger ($5.99); Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? by Various ($5.99).

I am enjoying the new series of blog posts at 9Marks that they are calling the 9Marks Mailbag where they simply offers answers to readers’ questions.

Russell Moore answers this question: What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?

This is a helpful little infographic on photography.

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of Coke’s biggest blunder.

Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?” So why these 66 books?

Mark Altrogge offers good counsel: Don’t Be Too Quick To Look for Fruit in New Believers.

It’s true you know: You Have Just Enough Time.

Special thanks to RPTS for sponsoring the blog this week.

If we love God’s fame and are committed to magnifying His name above all things, we cannot be indifferent to world missions. —John Piper

Piper

 

April 24, 2015

I have been looking for Kindle deals, but this has been rather a slow week. How to Read the Bible in Changing Times by Mark Strauss is good value at $1.99, and new from GLH Publishing is John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence ($0.99), but that’s about all I see. Pastors may want to check out some new deals from Westminster Books.

The Holiness of GodR.C. Sproul’s classic video series The Holiness of God is available now in the App Store as a free interactive course from Ligonier Connect for iPhone or iPad. (Also, here is an update on Dr. Sproul’s health after his recent stroke.)

Making the Most of Sunday - “There are three ways to get the most out of your Sundays with the church: prepare, participate, and reflect.”

Banner of Truth - Banner of Truth is rolling out a 3-part mini-documentary on their history. Check in over 3 weeks to see it all.

5 Wise Principles - Here are 5 wise principles gleaned from a too-short life of excellence. (This was posted in February, but I only spotted it today.)

How Do You Know You’re Repentant? - Jared Wilson offers 12 signs we have a genuinely repentant heart.

A Decade of YouTube - A decade of YouTube has changed the future of television in significant ways.

Be careful what books you read, for as water tastes of the soil it runs though, so does the soul taste of the authors that a man reads. —John Trapp

Trapp

April 23, 2015

The Rare Jewel of Christian Commitment - It is a rare jewel, indeed. “Scripture and experience teach us that commitment to the Lord and to His people in the church is one of the rarest and yet most precious graces.”

So Much Stuff, So Little Time - “I need things. What gets confusing is knowing the difference between the things we need and the things we don’t need.”

Ask often, “What does the Bible say?” - It is simple but sound counsel.

Does God Heal Today? - Josh Buice takes on a question that is always controversial.

How to Be Productive - Here is how to be productive according to the Bible.

DayMap - DayMap is an app that may appeal to pastors or anyone else who could benefit from “organizing your projects and tasks by visually mapping out your life.”

The opposite of love is not correction but indifference. —Anthony Thiselton

Thiselton

 

April 22, 2015

These Go To 11 - Earlier this week I recorded a podcast with Greg Dutcher and we talked about all kinds of things—pornography, Reformed theology and even baseball. If you’re into podcasts you can listen in at the link. 

In Praise of Hymns - CBS News recently highlighted Keith Getty. And I don’t think they got his Irish sense of humor at all.

Dispatches From the Front - My favorite DVD series is on sale at Westminster Books. Speaking of which, check out the blog post Who Can Be Against Us?.

JBMW - The Journal for Bibilical Manhood and Womanhood has released a new issue that is free for the taking.

10 Things Young Singles in Romantic Relationships Ought to Know - Just like the title says.

Present Heaven and Future Heaven - What’s the difference between present heaven and future heaven? Randy Alcorn answers.

Don’t Be Theologically Dumb - “When you love God with your heart but not your mind, you end up loving the god of your imagination, not the God of the universe.”

True joy comes only from God and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him. —Jerry Bridges

Bridges

April 21, 2015

Zondervan has lots of good books on sale today, including Brian Croft’s excellent Practical Shepherding series: The Pastor’s Family; Prepare Them to Shepherd; Visit the Sick; Comfort the Grieving; Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals; Gather God’s People ($2.99 each). Also consider For the City by Darrin Patrick ($3.99).

Messy Community - It’s so true: “When life gets hard and there is no laughter to share, that’s when friendship is seen for what it truly is. When life gets messy, that’s where the rubber meets the road.”

I Pray This for my Children - Gregory Harris offers help on how to pray for your children.

Pray for Dr. Sproul - “Last Saturday, Dr. Sproul checked himself into the hospital. The doctors suspect he had a mild stroke. He remains in the hospital for further testing and observation. The Sproul family requests your prayers.”

It Will Fail - Peter Leithart says that gay marriage will fail and offers a very compelling argument to support his claim.

Religious Liberty Is Not Freedom from Ridicule - Here’s an important distinction.

Will We See God? - Now that is a deep question: Will we one day gaze directly at the full glory of God?

Church Plant Media and I are pleased to announce the winner of last week’s Free Stuff Fridays website giveaway contest. Doug Short from New River Valley Christian Fellowship was selected as the winner, and his church will receive a free responsive website, free monthly fees for the life of the site, and a free graphics package to get the site up and running. Congratulations Doug!

Anger may be handled wrongly in either one of two ways: blowing up and clamming up. —Jay Adams

Adams

April 20, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Against the Gods by John Currid ($1.99); Ancient Word, Changing Worlds by Stephen Nichols ($2.99); Inerrancy and Worldview by Very Poythress ($2.99); Canon Revisited by Michael Kruger ($5.99); Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? by Various ($5.99); A Life Observed by Devin Brown ($2.99).

Kindle Fire - If you’re looking for a Kindle device, Amazon has the Fire HD 7 at $60 off today only.

The Alone Instrument - I’ve really been enjoying this album from Columbia Presbyterian Church. I especially like the adaptation of “To God Be the Glory.”

Sticks and Stones - Steve Morrison makes lots of interesting points in this excerpt from a new book.

Editors and Writers Together - Gavin Ortlund offers suggestions on how writers and editors can best work together.

Themelios - The Gospel Coalition just released a new edition of Themelios (free). You may also be interested in the new edition of CCEF’s Journal of Biblical Counseling (free preview, $6 for the issue).

Don’t Be a Commentary Junkie - With all due respect to commentaries, they need to be used in the right way.

Work Worth Doing - Dorothy Sayers said it well: “We should clamor to be engaged on work that was worth doing, and in which we can take pride.”

The gospel is not for you who can save yourselves, but for those who are lost. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

 

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

Lewis

 

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