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September 30, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); The Journey to Joy by Josh Moody ($0.99); Boring by Michael Kelley ($2.99); Why Business Matters to God by Jeff Van Duzer ($2.99); A Place for Weakness by Michael Horton ($2.99); The Insanity of God & The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken ($2.99 each); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($2.99); Connected by Erin Davis ($2.99); Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler ($2.99); The People of God by Trevor Joy ($2.99); Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous ($0.99).

The Ata: God’s Narrative Continues - I really enjoyed this film recounting God’s work in Papua New Guinea. Watch it and be encouraged!

Five Questions With a Former Muslim - Nabeel Qureshi was raised in a Pakistani-American family and grew up a devout Muslim. Here’s a short but excellent interview with him.

Why Keep Sexual Boundaries? - Ed Welch shares a helpful reflection on sin (that is applicable to all sin and not only sexual sin).

Where Satan Will Attack You Today - “You wonder why it’s so hard to find some peace of mind? Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war — a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists. And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in your head.”

Busting a Book Buying Myth - Yes to this, on the whole. 

Only One Life - Nathan Busenitz provides a short introduction to C.T. Studd, a name you ought to know.

Take heed you speak not peace to yourself before God speaks it. —John Owen

Owen

September 29, 2014

Why We Neglect Our Bibles - “Many Christians find it difficult to get into a daily habit of Bible reading. So this week John Piper addressed four common causes of Bible neglect in the Christian life, like: ‘I don’t read my Bible because…’”

The 6 Ingredients of Jesus’ Bitter Cup - “When Jesus looked into the cup He saw–from every dimension of His sufferings–all that He would suffer, both at the hands of men, Satan and God Himself. Isaac Ambrose captured so well the meaning of the cup when he set out what he believed to be the 6 ingredients that made it so burdensome a sight to the soul of the sinless Son of God…”

Sermon Introduction Mistakes - Here are ten sermon introduction mistakes.

Six Reasons To Live More Simply - Randy Alcorn gives six reasons to live more simply and give more generously.

The Cure for Shame - This is a powerful bit of writing from Sammy Rhodes.

The Long Fall of B.J. Upton - For the baseball fans.

He who crowned the heavens with stars was Himself crowned with thorns. —Thomas Watson

Watson

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

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