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A La Carte

October 20, 2014

It’s not hard to spot the theme for this week’s Kindle deals from Crossway: What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile ($0.99); Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever ($1.99); The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever ($1.99); Total Church by Tim Chester ($0.99); Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne ($0.99). Also consider Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan ($1.99); Preaching to a Post-Everything World by Zack Eswine ($1.99); Keep Your Greek by Constantine Campbell ($2.99).

Of Michael Landon and Brittany Maynard - Wesley Smith powerfully compares the deaths of Michael Landon and the forthcoming death of media darling Brittany Maynard.

The Wide Road to Divorce - This is a helpful article on divorce-proofing marriage.

Humans of the World - Here are some of the most striking photos from the world tour of the author of Humans of New York.

The Odd Music of Motherhood - I enjoyed this poetic celebration of the music of motherhood.

Adventures of a Church Introvert - I can identify with this one, though I’ve learned to embrace it.

In his presence is fullness of joy; in his absence is depth of misery. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

October 18, 2014

It has been a good week for the Kindle bargain hunters, but I’ve got just two new ones to close out the week: The Dangers of a Shallow Faith by A.W. Tozer is $1.99 while John Stott’s Issues Facing Christians Today is $2.99. You can go back through this week’s A La Carte archives to find a lot more.

Be sure to read this fantastic review of The Bible Tells Me So, a new and troubling book to Peter Enns. It seems that he is attempting to do for the Bible what Rob Bell did for hell.

I am thankful to Truth Remains for sponsoring the blog this week; you can watch a free documentary about the English Bible at the link.

Ed Welch has an article about The Hopeless Marriage. “I hate that hopelessness. The choices are to persist in the relationship and see who dies first or to craft an independent life and try to pretend you don’t care. Either way, your soul withers. It is hard to have a vibrant life with God when your primary relationship is in the dumper.”

This video shows how to draw a perfect circle freehand. Scoff all you want, but someday you’ll actually be glad to have watched it.

Al Mohler writes about the ugly situation in Houston . “Here was a legal demand, sent to Christian pastors in the name of one of America’s largest cities, to surrender…” sermons related to homosexuality.

Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness. —Martin Luther

Luther

October 17, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Forever by Paul Tripp ($2.99); Showing the Spirit by D.A. Carson ($3.99); God and the Gay Christian edited by Al Mohler ($0.99); Who Made God? by Ravi Zacharias & Norman Geisler ($3.99); Moments with You by Dennis & Barbara Rainey ($2.99).

Mandating Bible Reading For Your Kids - “Every Christian parent deals with this at some point. They struggle with what they should mandate vs just encourage their kids to do. And with this, how much? At what point will we defeat our purpose and discourage them?”

How To Die Beautifully - This is some good writing.

Mourning the Missing - Here is a touching photo gallery of people mourning loved ones who disappeared on flight MH370.

The Epidemic of Male Body Hatred - There is lots of wisdom and insight in this article.

3 Principles for Asking Forgiveness - It’s a skill we all need to grow in.

The Best Theological Label - Randy Alcorn tells us the best theological label.

We fear men so much, because we fear God so little. —William Gurnall

Gurnall

October 16, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Ministry Medical by Jonathan Griffiths ($2.99); Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell ($3.99); Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne ($3.99); Diamonds in the Dust by Joni Eareckson Tada ($2.99); Herein Is Love: Leviticus by Nancy Ganz ($3.99).

Caring for Aging Parents - “What does Jesus’ example offer for his followers? It reminds us that honoring our parents isn’t simply payback for their care for us in childhood. It’s not a reward dependent on how well they parented us. Care for your parents is a reflection of what we believe about the gospel.” Amen!

Resisting Gossip - Westminster Books is having a great sale on the book Resisting Gossip (an excellent book on a way-too-common problem) and some helpful resources surrounding it. (Here is some video about the book.)

The YRR in the SBC - I appreciate Tim Brister’s comments on what happened to the Young, Restless, and Reformed in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Mark Driscoll Resigns - Mark Driscoll has resigned from Mars Hill Church.

Benefits of a Challenging Teen - Mark Altrogge shows how God works all things for good—even a rebellious or difficult teen.

The Spirit Never Convicts - This makes a lot of sense. “In Christianese, the word is used anytime somebody feels guilty about something and wants to explain that the Holy Spirit was the source of their guilt.” But…

The sermon which does not lead to Christ … will make the devils in hell laugh, but make the angels of God weep. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

October 15, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: You Lift Me Up by Albert Martin ($2.99); How Prayer Impacts Lives by Catherine MacKenzie ($2.99); The Ascension by Tim Chester & Jonny Woodrow ($2.99); The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur ($3.79); Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham ($0.99); Four Views on the Book of Revelation and Four Views on Hell by Various ($2.99); How to Help People Change by Jay Adams ($2.99); Preaching to a Shifting Culture by Various ($2.99). Every week Zondervan lets me choose one book to put on sale and this week I went with Christian Apologetics by Meister & Sweis ($4.99). Finally, if you’re into bargain hunting, check out today’s Gold Box deal from Amazon which has a great pair of headphones 76% off.

From the River to the Ends of the Earth - This is a free album from Matt Searles, and it is based on the Psalms. You need to input your email address to get it, but you won’t be put on the mailing list until you opt-in.

Compassion Without Compromise - Westminster Books has some good deals this week, including one that looks very promising and comes highly commended by Kevin DeYoung.

Only Themselves to Blame - This article looks at the recent battle over encrypting information and says, “Feds only have themselves to blame for Apple and Google’s smartphone encryption efforts.”

Rethinking Jephthah’s Foolish Vow - Here, from Gospel Coalition’s series on perplexing passages, is a look at Jephthah’s foolish vow.

Successful Ministry - This is an encouraging article for anyone who is sharing the gospel with others.

Houston, We Have a Constitution - Russell Moore responds to some alarming news from Houston.

Death is only a grim porter to let us into a stately palace. —Richard Sibbes

Sibbes

October 14, 2014

Here are some Kindle deals that may interest you: Unleashing the Word by Max McLean ($2.99); Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan ($2.99); Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore ($1.99); The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias ($2.99); When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography by Vicki Tiede (free).

Who Am I? - Cruciform Press has partnered with Christian Audio to give you a pretty good deal—a free download of Jerry Bridges’ Who Am I (read by Alistair Begg). And, if you so choose, 5 more books bundled together for $9.98.

Did Jesus Hang on a Pole? - Bill Mounce talks about another difficult translation.

Through a Western Lens - Elisha reflects on just one way that we tend to read the Bible through a distinctly Western lens.

Idiot’s Guide to the Bible - You’ve probably seen the Idiot’s Guide series before. Jim Hamilton writes about the new volume which is about the Bible. 

Support PrayerMate - I’ve written before about how PrayerMate has been a huge blessing to me. Andy Geers, who created the app, is now crowdfunding the next version of it.

5 Ways to Lead Your Wife - David Murray offers 5 ways God calls men to lead their wives.

As the wicked are hurt by the best things, so the godly are bettered by the worst. —William Jenkyn

Jenkyn

October 13, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals, all of which are from Crossway: One with Christ by Marcus Peter Johnson ($0.99); Found in Him by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($0.99); He Who Gives Life by Graham Cole ($1.99); Engaging with the Holy Spirit by Graham Cole ($1.99).

Should Giving Always Be Kept Secret? - Randy Alcorn answers the question of whether giving should always be kept secret.

Cheating Video Poker - There is no real redeeming value in this article; it’s just plain interesting what people will do for greed. Also, it’s hard to feel sorry for casinos when people find ways to rip them off.

Relishing Baseball’s Postseason - Here’s Barnabas Piper on the joys of postseason baseball.

Reading As Spiritual Warfare - Redeemed Reader is a blog dedicated to reviewing books for kids, and they are featuring an interesting article about reading as spiritual warfare.

Activism in the Social Media Age - Clever.

Strange Fire Redux - John MacArthur is beginning a brief series looking back at Strange Fire one year later.

There is no idol like self. —Thomas Watson

Watson

October 11, 2014

I get my wife back today! Aileen has spent the last few days in Indianapolis to take in the 2014 True Woman conference. It sounds like she is having a great time, but I’ll be glad to have her back just in time for Thanksgiving (which, in Canada, we celebrate this weekend).

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Spiritual Warfare by Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura ($5.99); When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada ($5.99); Hitler in the Crosshairs by Maurice Possley & John Woodbridge ($3.79); The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens ($3.99); Gifted Hands by Ben Carson ($3.99); Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith ($1.99).

Here’s an interesting and quantified take on America’s Most Well-Spoken President - “We crunched the data on more than 600 presidential speeches and addresses to see how they changed over time, and had Bill Clinton’s speechwriter check the results. Our findings may surprise you.”

A Lens to the Front is a photo gallery from Iraq.

Thanks to Books at a Glance for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors help keep this site afloat by covering the costs associated with hosting and maintenance.

I always love to read Sinclair Ferguson on the Bible - “If Scripture is our final authority, exactly how reliable is it as the authority on which we should base the whole of our lives?”

The title of this one just about says it all: Let Your Dim, Sin-Stained Light Shine Before The World.

This article outlines one of the ways same-sex marriage will affect friendships. Esolen asks us to imagine a world in which the incest taboo is erased. In such a place, “You see a father hugging his teenage daughter as she leaves the car to go to school. The possibility flashes before your mind. The language has changed, and the individual can do nothing about it.”

Holiness is not the way to Christ. Christ is the way to holiness. —Adrian Rogers

Rogers

October 10, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Discovering the God Who Is by R.C. Sproul ($3.99); Still Growing by Kirk Cameron ($1.99); The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts ($3.49). And here are a couple that have just been published: New from GLH Publishing is The Gospel in Ezekiel by Thomas Guthrie ($0.99), and new from GCD Books is Called Together by Jonathan Dodson & Brad Watson ($3.99).

Follow Your Passion - Here’s why following your passion isn’t always a good idea.

Living with Ebola in West Africa - A sobering photo gallery from The Big Picture.

Glory Be to God - Jamie Brown has a free song for you. “As an Anglican, I was aware of the Te Deum being in our Book of Common Prayer, but as is the danger with most liturgical elements, I had gotten used to it.”

The Boring Parts - Nancy Guthrie tells us the best thing about the boring parts of the Bible.

The Key to Radical Generosity - The key to the best kind of generosity: God doesn’t need you. ”[I]t’s just that he’s not looking for people to supply his needs. He’s not short on money, talent, or time. He has never commanded us to go save the world for him; he calls us to follow him as he saves the world through us.”

Practical Evangelism - Here’s some very practical help on being a more faithful evangelist.

To really hear the gospel is to be shaken to your core. To really hear the gospel is to change. —Mark Dever

Dever

October 09, 2014

Every morning I hunt through mountains of e-book junk looking for a few e-book jewels. And on that note, here are today’s worthwhile Kindle deals. You’ve got 5 from Sproul to choose from: The Promises of God by R.C. Sproul (free!); How Then Shall We Worship? ($1.99); The Work of Christ ($2.51); God’s Love ($1.99); Pleasing God ($1.99). Also consider  Preaching for God’s Glory by Alistair Begg ($4.43); Christian Mission in the Modern World by John Stott ($5.07).

Why Did God Allow Satan to Harm Job and His Family? - This is one answer to a perplexing question.

Will Christians Be Left Behind? - This article looks at the history of the belief in a secret rapture.

True Woman Live - The True Woman conference kicks off today; if you’d like to watch the livestream, you can do so at truewoman14.com/live/. It begins at 6:45 PM EST.

Ordinary and Other Deals - Westminster Books has some deals on a book called Ordinary, and some other promising titles.

Christ and Ebola - Denny Burk asks whether you have confidence that Christ can handle Ebola.

Christians not Welcome - I hate to read stories like this, but they are becoming more common. A graduate of a Canadian Christian university was rejected for a job because of the school’s position on sex and homosexuality.

Why Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Seems Anti-Gospel - Mike Leake writes about why opposing same-sex marriage seems anti-gospel.

No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one else talks to you more. —Paul Tripp

Tripp

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