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September 27, 2014

Here are some Kindle deals that may be of interest: Hope Reborn is a new book from Adrian Warnock & Tope Koleoso ($3.99); new from GLH Publishing is All Things for Good by Thomas Watson ($0.99); Shepherd Press has recently released a helpful line of booklets that deal with urgent issues; titles include Help! My Anger Is Out of Control, Help! I’m a Slave to Food, Help! He’s Struggling with Pornography, and many more. The books are $1.99 each and you can find the complete list right here.

Thanks to NavPress for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsorships are an important part of covering the costs associated with this site. Be sure to check out Growing in Christ.

Here’s an article about The Stalkers, people who venture into the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.

Denny Burk shares a story about a couple being coerced into hosting a gay wedding. Such things are becoming increasingly common.

LifeSiteNews looks at a popular porn star and says, sarcastically, Porn Is Super-Empowering.

John MacArthur has some helpful thoughts on Liberty, Knowledge, and Love.

Brian Croft lists ten characteristics he looks for in an aspiring pastor. It’s a good list.

A friend sent me this old Blessercize video with this comment: When I see things like this I envision Polycarp, burning at the stake, and someone showing this to him on their iPad and telling him - “This is one of the things they’ll do with what you’re dying for.”

Arrogant worship is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. —R.C. Sproul

Sproul

September 26, 2014

Today’s a great day for Kindle deals: The Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler (my top pick for books on leadership) ($3.99); The Church by Mark Dever ($2.99); The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves ($2.99); Recovering the Real Lost Gospel by Darrell Bock ($2.99); The Love of Wisdom by James Spiegel & Steven Cowan ($2.99); Learn to Read New Testament Greek by David Black ($2.99); Augustine’s Confessions in modern English ($1.99).

Together Again - Here’s a great video from Igniter Media.

History Helps Put Things in Perspective - I quite agree with Kevin DeYoung here: “I’m a proponent of families worshiping together. I’m not a proponent, however, of taking a good principle and making it an absolute rule. Moreover, I’m not in favor of making other Christians feel like the truly biblical (or Truly Reformed) position is to have your kids of all ages with you in church at all times.”

On Piles of Sand and Eating Babies - Read this one and allow yourself to be convicted.

Psalm 139 Project - I love the idea behind the Psalm 139 Project.

Under the Book - Paul tells of a recent interview we did in our church and what we learned from one of our church members.

Why We Keep Playing the Lottery - Here’s an interesting look at why people play the lottery, despite the ridiculous odds. Just ignore the evolutionary silliness.

Beautiful Scotland - This video may make you want to visit Scotland.

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people. —G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton

September 25, 2014

When Someone Reaches Out - Christine Hoover touches on something important here: “The people who tend to struggle to connect are those who take a long while to reach out for the hands that are extended to them.” She offers good advice for joining into the life of a church.

Derek Jeter Isn’t the Greatest Player Ever - Here’s a video for the baseball fans (Note: there’s some minor language in it.)

Coming Home from War - I really enjoyed Greg Lucas’ article on family and life with a severely disabled child.

How Busy People Read - Here’s an article from Fast Company on how busy people find time to read.

7 Real-Life Reasons Women’s Blogs Go Cold - This is a follow-up to the article I shared yesterday on why blogs have gone cold.

Encourage One Another - Read this article about being an encourager and creating a culture of encouragement.

Scripture Memory Songs - You can use coupon code challies to get 25% off these two new Scripture memory albums for kids. (Listen to God Created and it will be in your head all day!)

To fear God is to have such a holy awe of God upon our hearts, that we dare not sin. —Thomas Watson

Watson

September 24, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: HCSB Study Bible ($2.99); Perspectives on the Doctrine of God ($2.99); Perspectives on Christian Worship ($2.99); Israel by Daniel Block ($2.99); The Millennials by Thom Rainer ($2.99); Calvinism by Brad Waggoner ($0.99).

Just a Piece of Paper? - Is marriage just a piece of paper? R.C. Sproul answers.

A Pastor’s Reflection on Shyness - I appreciate this reflection on shyness.

Are You Intellectually Humble? - “Here are 13 tough questions from Elizabeth Krumrei-Mancuso to help you get honest about your intellectual character. We hope it offers you some pause and inspires you to reserve the right to change your mind, like Elizabeth does.”

Busy Is Blasphemy - Here are reflections on the tricky topic of busyness.

Benefit from Reading Genealogies - I like this one! Here are 6 ways to benefit from reading genealogies.

Phantom Vibrations - What’s up with those phantom cell phone vibrations? (Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about!) This article explains.

Why Leaves Change Color - Here’s a brief explanation as to why leaves change color in autumn.

The Christian life is not always best lived by people making big waves. —Michael Gembola

Gembola

September 23, 2014

I’ve tracked down just a couple of noteworthy Kindle deals today: The new book Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer is $4.99, and How We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot is $1.99.

Serving Those with Mental Illness - David Murray introduces a new, free ebook.

Wilderness Forever - Here are 18 of the best photos from Smithsonian’s “Wilderness Forever” photo competition. 

Two Fruits of True Forgiveness - “Psalm 32 gives us a litmus test for true forgiveness, which shows us how distinct it is from all competing ideas. According to the psalmist, those who find forgiveness are changed by it. Once we are truly forgiven, we find that our love for God and our compassion for others begin to grow.”

To the Pure - Mike Leake looks at Titus 1:15 and asks whether it means we can watch South Park.

Sobering Up - Sobering up (not that kind of sobering up!) is the prerequisite to a good prayer life. 

Advice to Young Pastors - From The Gospel Coalition: “This is the second installment in a new series in which we publish brief answers from experienced church leaders to this question…” 

The Bible is a letter God has sent to us; prayer is a letter we send to him. —Matthew Henry

Henry

September 22, 2014

Here are a few Kindle deals to start the week: Warfare Witness by Stanley Gale ($3.99); The Pilgrim’s Progress (slightly modernized) ($1.99); the three volumes of Bryan Litfin’s Chiveis Trilogy are marked at $1.99 each: The Sword, The Gift, The KingdomIt’s All In How You Tell It by Haddon & Torrey Robinson ($2.99). New from GLH Publishing is All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan ($0.99). (If you’re in the market for a Kindle device, the certified refurbished 7” Kindle HDX is $50 off today.)

Are You Leeching the Local Church? - “I continue to grow in my love for the local church. One of the ways God has grown my love for the church is by teaching me that worship is more than showing up.”

Wise Decisions about Psychotropic Medications - Here are 6 steps to making wise decisions about psychtropic medications.

Using “Brokenness” Biblically - We often hear Christians today talking about “brokenness.” But what’s the correct way to use the word?

Debunking Conspiracies - “Explore the truth behind the iconic Buzz Aldrin moon landing photo. See how modern graphics innovations can shed new light on a 35-year-old conspiracy theory.”

Undercover at Oprah’s Tour - Paula Hendricks went undercover at Oprah’s tour and shares a few reflections.

Drinking From a Fire Hose - Clint Archer has a good article on why we [hopefully] hear so many sermons and so much teaching in our churches today.

Common people respect more a preacher’s life than his learning. —Richard Bernard

Bernard

September 20, 2014

Amazon’s Big Deal is back, which means there are lots of Kindle deals across all categories. The only really intriguing deal I see for a Christian book is Pleasing God by R.C. Sproul ($0.99). You can check the list for others.

Thanks to Zondervan and Jonathan Dodson for sponsoring the blog this week. Check out Jonathan’s new book The Unbelievable Gospel.

Kevin DeYoung has a list of things Jesus Didn’t Say.

Halee Gray Scott is concerned when Christians slam one another in the Spirit.

Eric McKiddie comments on The Blessings and Curses of Being an Introverted Pastor. “The stakes are high when it comes to being an introverted pastor because our job is people. The very nature of our role requires us to engage with our congregation relationally, but the nature of our personality inclines us toward alone time.”

Here’s one explanation as to why President Obama said ISIL is not Islamic. I guess it makes sense when presented like this.

The Minecraft Parent looks at the phenomenon that is Minecraft.

Some folk, if they knew themselves better, would not brag as loudly as they now do. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

September 19, 2014

I tracked down just a couple of new Kindle deals today, but they’re both good ones: The Most Misused Verses in the Bible by Eric Bargerhuff ($1.99) and From the Resurrection to His Return by D.A. Carson ($3.49).

The Church Needs Men and Women To Be Friends - Just because there are horror stories, it doesn’t mean we can’t have successful and meaningful friendships between men and women.

Mentoring - There are lots of good takeaways in this article on mentoring.

How ISIS Works - Here’s an overview of ISIS.

6 Reasons Women Should Study Theology - Jen Thorn has a list.

More Evidence that Scripture is of Divine Origin - Ed Welch: “I am always eager to find Scripture that encourages my confidence in its divine authorship. Every once in a while, I feel like I need to be wowed.”

Books Still Matter - Even ask Lecrae… (This new, free, biographical song of his is quite good.)

I have often repented of speech but hardly ever of silence. —C.S. Lewis

Lewis

September 18, 2014

Here are some Kindle deals: A Quest for More by Paul Tripp (free); Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Philip Ryken ($0.99); That’s Just Your Interpretation by Paul Copan ($2.99). Also, Amazon just rolled out a whole lot of new Kindle devices. You can get details and/or pre-order right here. The new Voyage looks especially nicely crafted for just plain reading.

The Ordinary Church - John MacArthur writes about ordinary life and ordinary church. “God works through ordinary means, ordinary people in ordinary churches, doing very ordinary things.”

Friendless Millennials in a Digital Age - This is a worthwhile reflection on Millennials.

You Can’t Catch Sin Like A Cold - Barnabas Piper writes about those who “live in cultural quarantine, shutting themselves off from what they see as sinful influences.”

Thoughts on a Call to Worship - I appreciate Bob Kauflins thoughts on calls to worship.

Do You Hate to Wait? - This article deals with prayers that are not answered immediately by a clear yes or no.

Dads: Plan for Family Time - There is wisdom in this article on planning and preparing for family time.

Don’t excuse yourself by accusing Satan. —Thomas Brooks 

Brooks

September 17, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Love or Die (a great little book!) by Alexander Strauch ($3.99); Preparing Expository Sermons by Ramesh Richard ($1.99); The Cell’s Design by Fazale Rana ($2.99); Faith and Learning by David Dockery ($2.99); and three books by C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity ($4.27); The Great Divorce ($4.27); A Grief Observed ($2.99).

Gospel Affection - Joe Thorn offers 10 practical ways to show love to one another in the church. “Consider what follows a simple encouragement to press into a life of love in practical ways. A life God has called us to, saved us for, and modeled for us.”

The Death of Thomas Cramner - Do yourself a favor and read this brief account of the death of Thomas Cramner.

The Art of Being Ungrateful - You are probably already plenty good at being ungrateful, but if you want more help, Melissa’s offering it.

The New Abortion Absolutists - Trevin Wax asks, “Are abortion rights supporters fully embracing an absolutist agenda, one that legitimizes and praises a woman’s choice to abort, no matter the circumstances?” (Erik Raymond also writes about abortion and moral ambiguity.)

Rush Hour - This is for entertainment purposes only, I suppose. But it’s fun to see how this video was stitched together to create the illusion of traffic.

125 Free eBooks - Monergism lists 125 free classics in ebook formats.

Avalanches of evil begin with a single pebble of sin. —John Piper

Piper

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