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March 22, 2016

I found just one Kindle deal today, but you can’t get a better price: Anthony Carter’s book Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation, an ideal pre-Easter read, is free for a limited time.

The Bible Returns to Cuba

This is exciting to hear! “For the first time since diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored, one of the world’s largest private Bible collections was made available to all Cuban people – free and open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – on display from February 6 – March 13.”

20 Questions You Never Thought to Ask about the Gospels

Though the questions are actually an advertisement for a course, they are great questions.

A Gentle Political Recalibration

Erik Raymond: “Without minimizing the importance of the election or impugning anyone who is a political junkie, I want to offer a gentle reminder for Christians who might be getting a little too wrapped up in the election. Call it a gentle calibration.”

The Christian Life Isn’t Meant to Be Effortless

Donald Whitney explains how and why God “calls us to live the Christian life with the full—though God-centered—use of our minds and judgment and everything else that is a part of our humanity.”

Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit

This is a good bit of writing: “In the storyline of the Bible, this question pierces to the heart. Will you trust God? In some ways, this question is the very essence of true discipleship. Jesus calls each of us to turn from our former lives of death and sin and turn to a life of following him. That is predicated on this very question: do you trust God?”

This Day in 1758. 258 years ago today, pastor and scholar Jonathan Edwards died in New Jersey. *

Was the New Testament Written Early?

“Atheists and skeptics usually try to discredit the New Testament by indicating that it was written hundreds after the events. Is there evidence for this claim?” Frank Turek answers.

Tullian Tchividjian Confesses Second Affair

This ugly news broke yesterday: “This weekend, Tullian Tchividjian’s past two churches confirmed rumors that the Florida pastor had another affair prior to the one that prompted his resignation last summer.”

Lawson

Depth in the word produces height in worship, length in ministry, and breadth in outreach. —Steven Lawson

March 21, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include 3 by Crossway at $4.99 each: Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney, Why We Pray by William Phillip, and The Psalter Reclaimed by Gordon Wenham. Also consider Jesus the Son of God by D.A. Carson ($2.99), The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom ($1.99), One Perfect Life by John MacArthur ($2.99) and The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas Kostenberger & Justin Taylor ($3.99).

Logos Final 8

Logos’ March Madness is down to the final 8. Get your votes in!

Keep Lexi Home

Please read about Lexi, a little girl whose family attends John MacArthur’s church.

From Sermon to Small Groups

Tim Chester has a helpful article on tying small groups into the sermon.

How Do You See Me?

Today is World Down Syndrome Day and this video goes with the day. Also be sure to check out Dear Future Mom from two years ago.

Freedom from the Performance Treadmill

Paul Tautges describes how he was set free from the horrible performance treadmill.

Foolish Things I Used to Believe about the Ministry

Scott describes some of the foolish things he once believed about ministry.

This Day in 1788. 228 years ago today, Charles Wesley died. He and his brother John are well known for their hymn writing and gospel preaching. *

The Molasses Flood

I remember reading about the Boston Molasses flood when I was a kid. This video covers it in just 4 minutes.

Why Flying Is Awful

This short article tells why flying is such a difficult experience and explains by using your sad, lonely little apartment.

Who Crucified Jesus?

Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers the question. (HT)

Raymond

The beauty of the gospel is that while we were infinitely sinful we were also unfathomably loved. —Erik Raymond

March 19, 2016

There is just one new Kindle deal to be aware of, and it’s an appropriate one: The Last Days of Jesus by Andreas Kostenberger & Justin Taylor is at $3.99. There’s no better time of year to read it! Also, today is the last day to grab the Crossway deals I listed on Monday, including the companion volume to The Last Days of Jesus.

Gender Identity in Children

Justin Taylor: “The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds)—a socially conservative association of pediatricians and healthcare professionals in the United States, founded in 2002—has issued the following statement on gender identity in children.”

Repentance vs. Defensiveness

Here are two responses to criticism and the difference between them.

The Shame Culture

“Some sort of moral system is coming into place. Some new criteria now exist, which people use to define correct and incorrect action. The big question is: What is the nature of this new moral system?” David Brooks answers the question with some help from Andy Crouch.

Pay-to-Pray Scam

“Seattle-based website with 1 million Facebook fans used deceptive methods to entice people to pay $9 to $35 for prayers.” I can’t believe this site was actually real. And I don’t believe they will actually refund everyone.

A Marathon Mentality for Ministry

It is so important to approach ministry with the right expectations and the right mentality.

If the World Were 100 People

This video breaks the world down into 100 people and shares some surprising facts.

This Day in 1980. 36 years ago today, John MacArthur and Grace Community Church held the first Shepherd’s Conference. *

Look at the Book

If you downloaded John Piper’s Look at the Book for Logos this month, you may want to check this article to see how best to use it.

The Need for Perfect Obedience

This is a short but powerful statement of truth by Derek Thomas.

No Such Thing As “Secular”

I’m grateful to The Master’s College for sponsoring the blog this week with “No Such Thing As ‘Secular’.”

Spurgeon

When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love. —C.H. Spurgeon

March 18, 2016

Today I’ll give you one Kindle deal, one print book deal, and one Logos deal. For Kindle, consider Going Beyond the Five Points edited by Rob Ventura which is down to $2.99. For that printed book, consider A Peculiar Glory, John Piper’s first major release in 5 years. Westminster Books has deeply discounted it for a few days. For Logos, consider John MacArthur’s Sermon Archive which includes 3,127 sermons and is currently 30% off.

The Modesty Debate

This is a very good article on the never-ending modesty debate. “We men do not need modesty laws to have a pure heart. What we need is Christ. We need to stop blaming the girls, the advertisers, the catalogs, the TV shows, and point the finger right where it belongs. At our filthy, corrupted, sinful hearts.”

Are Millennials Selfish and Entitled?

I’m glad Russell Moore said this. “Most of the Millennial-age gospel Christians I know are far more theologically rooted than their parents’ generation. Most of them are far more committed to reaching outside of Christian subcultures to share the gospel with people not like them. Would some of them rather discuss theology than evangelize? Yes, just as many in the last generation would rather discuss evangelism than evangelize.”

The Title of “Brother” Means Something

Though it may seem like an antiquated word, “brother” is full of meaning.

Every Tribe

I’m really excited to see the next video in the excellent Dispatches from the Front series. It will be out next month. You can watch the trailer here.

A Theology of Creation in 12 Points

D.A. Carson subs for John Piper on Ask Pastor John and offers a brief theology of creation.

This Day in 1861. 155 years ago today, the Metropolitan Tabernacle first opened in London. It was the church at which English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon pastored. *

A Helpful List of Short Apologetic Videos

Here, from Stand to Reason, is a list of short apologetic videos.

It’s Not the Years, Honey. It’s the Mileage

I’ve really been enjoying Samuel James’ writing recently. Here he writes about Harrison Ford and yet another Indiana Jones film.

6 Distinguishing Marks of a Call to Gospel Ministry

Steven Lawson: “Lloyd-Jones identified six distinguishing marks of this divine summons to the pulpit. He himself had felt the gravity of each of these realities weighing heavily upon his own soul. He believed the same spiritual forces should come to bear on all preachers.”

Alexander

A humble Christian studies his own infirmities, and another’s excellencies. —Thomas Watson

March 17, 2016

It’s a bit of a slow day for Kindle deals but I did find Mormonism 101 by Bill McKeever & Eric Johnson and The Crucified Life by A.W. Tozer for $2.99 each. Also, new from GLH Publishing is Christ, The Glory of the Gospel by Thomas Goodwin which is $0.99 for the time being.

We have some new Visual Theology prints at our store that may interest you. You can see them right here.

Who’s Your Daddy?

“Christianity unapologetically places fathers (or father-types) at the head of the church and the table and the household, but commands that they lead with a servant’s heart with Christ as their model. The problems stem not from obeying the godly mandate, but from shirking it.” The article goes on to look at the problem of fatherlessness in literature.

A Willingness to Listen

Yes! This was one of my big takeaways from reading Black & Reformed. “Making your church more diverse is about more than just adding another shade to your elder board. It often means having a willingness to learn and be challenged by opposing viewpoints.”

The Theology of Donald Trump

Writing for Christianity Today, Michael Horton takes a look at the theology of Donald Trump. His unfortunate conclusion: “If the working theology of American spirituality is a combination of ‘moralistic, therapeutic deism’ (Christian Smith) and pragmatism (William James), then perhaps Donald Trump is after all exactly the right candidate for the moment.”

Punting Isn’t An Option

“I hear women talking about wanting to go deeper with God, so they buy books written by women who talk about their experiences of God. To me, that is robbing ourselves of a much richer treasure. If you want to go deeper with God, go to the source: the Bible. That is where you will see God, high and lifted up, exalted, in His glory. That will change you.”

This Day in 1780. 236 years ago today, Thomas Chalmers was born. Chalmers was a pastor, social reformer, and one of the founders of the Free Church of Scotland. He preached the important sermon, “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection.” *

When Faith Is Under Attack

This one-minute video (a sermon excerpt) is worth watching.

Your Meaningless Ministry

“We all want to succeed. We all want our efforts to mean something in the end, to be worth it when all is said and done. But when death comes knocking, I would hate to find I received my entire reward here on earth.”

In Praise of Administration

Put your hands together for the invisible administrators who make our lives so much better and our churches so much stronger.

Alexander

A healthy body that houses a sick soul is not something to be coveted. —Eric Alexander

March 16, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact by Michael Haykin ($1.99); Patrick of Ireland: The Boy Who Forgave by Karen Murdarasi ($1.99); Amy Carmichael: Rescuer by Night by Kay Walsh ($1.99). Also consider World Religions and Cults by Bodie Hodge, Roger Patterson ($2.99). Also, Crossway will give you the ebook of Greg Gilbert’s Why Trust the Bible in exchange for filling out a quick survey.

Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk

Cruciform Press has just released a book on this challenging subject that Ed Welch calls “an important next step for Christian literature on same-sex attraction.” You can buy it in print and ebook formats, read an extended excerpt, and for a limited time get a free copy if you’re the book-reviewing type. (You can also buy it at Amazon.)

Undisturbed Places

“Undisturbed Places is a project made in Namibia and Botswana during Namib & Kalahari Desert Astroexpedition, organized by Safra-Go. Taking part in a month-long journey, I was able to collect 2TB of timelapse footage. What you are about to watch is a selection of the most beautiful locations I was able to film.”

Sex Trumps History

Carl Trueman has another good column. “As a teacher of history, I often wonder why history as a discipline occupies such a low place in today’s society. When I tell people at parties that I teach church history, it is hard to tell whether it is the church or the history part which more marks me out as a sociopathic weirdo. Indeed, there are few trades which seem more irrelevant today than the traditional study of the past.”

On Nude Selfies

Wendy Alsup looks at the modern-dy phenomenon of nude selfies and what it really means.

Credo Magazine

The new issue of Credo magazine is available for free download. “In this issue of Credo Magazine we aim to help pastors and churchgoers alike recover a love for Bible-preaching. Several contempoary pastors explain what expositional preaching is, why it matters so much, and how churches today can recover the expository sermon in the pulpit.”

This Day in 1930. 86 years ago today, Harry Ironside preached his first sermon at Moody Memorial Church. *

Heritage ESV

Westminster Books is selling the Heritage ESV at a steep discount. Scroll down for a second deal.

There Are No Trump Supporters on Your Facebook Feed

I have noticed this. John Dyer explains why it is.

Your Habits Show Your Heart

You are more than your habits, but not less. “At the heart of habit is the brilliance of our Creator. Making decisions takes time and energy, and habits keep us from having to make the same decisions over and over again.”

DeYoung

Repentance is more than a repeated apology. —Kevin DeYoung

March 15, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Saint Patrick by John Holmes ($0.99); 50 Days of Heaven by Randy Alcorn ($2.99); The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Manfield ($1.99).

Logos users may be interested in 35% off March Madness round 2 titles. There are lots of good ones to choose from. And be sure to vote in Round 3.

Finally, if you are preaching this Easter season, consider watching this helpful video from Bryan Chapell as he discusses how to make sermons connect with the listener.

5 Ways Not to Tell Your Wife about Your Porn Addiction

If you need to tell her, at least give her the dignity and grace of telling her well.

He’s Still Risen

You’ll enjoy this short video, I think.

4 Essentials for Finishing Well

Now that Jerry Bridges has finished well, these words take on added weight.

The Day After DST

Why on earth was I so tired yesterday, the day after Daylight Saving begins? This article explains.

Band of Bloggers

Band of Bloggers lives on. It will be taking place at this year’s T4G with quite an interesting panel (and, of course, lots of free books). Registration is limited, so don’t wait!

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

Check out our new Visual Theology print on the resurrection of Jesus. Bundle it with The Passion Week and you’ll get a discount on both.

7 Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Church

Kristen Wetherell tells of a book that made “me think more deeply about common objections I’ve heard from friends, family, and others regarding local churches, along with the lies that fuel these objections. Here are seven lies that you may also have encountered, whether personally or from other people, about church…”

This Day in 1953. 63 years ago today, “the first Southern Baptist church in North Dakota was formed in Williston, with 12 charter members.” *

Muslims turning to Christ in Denmark

This was a neat report to read from Gene Veith. “The organization Inner Mission, whose conference I spoke at, does much of the evangelism work in that supposedly secularist country.  Staffers told me about how they are being overwhelmed by Muslim immigrants and refugees who come to them wanting to learn about Jesus and asking to be baptized.”

A Trapped Cougar

This is an intense video of park rangers releasing a very large trapped cougar. Note: I think there is one swear word along the way.

Carson

The more clearly we see sin’s horror, the more we shall treasure the cross. —D.A. Carson

March 14, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include a few Easter-related deals from Crossway: The First Days of Jesus by Andreas Kostenberger ($3.99); Scandalous by D.A. Carson ($3.99); Raised with Christ by Adrian Warnock ($3.99); Behold the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey ($3.99). Also consider The Compelling Community by Mark Dever ($2.99); On Guard by Deepak Reju ($2.51).

More Than Feeling in Love

“Don’t sit around and wonder if you’re still in love with your spouse or if your spouse is still in love with you. Just love him. Just love her. Go above and beyond to shower your marriage with the kind of love that you promised you would demonstrate for the rest of your life.”

Did Moses Edit Noah?

WORLD has an interesting article on six-day creation. You may need to be a subscriber to read it.

Why a Synthesizer Isn’t the Holy Spirit

“In recent decades ambient sounds have become omnipresent in church gatherings. Meetings start with a synth swell and every song after that is connected to the next with musical glue. Synth pads play softly behind prayer, Scripture readings, song intros, communion, and in some cases, the preaching.” Bob Kauflin explains how this matters.

Omnibus of Fallacies

I’m not familiar with the author of this book or its reviewer, but I sure did enjoy reading it. “Faith versus Fact is some kind of achievement. Biologist Jerry Coyne has managed to write what might be the worst book yet published in the New Atheist genre. True, the competition for that particular distinction is fierce…”

25 Quick Prayer Tips

Here are 25 quick tips and reminders meant to help your prayer life.

This Day in 1908. 108 years ago today, “Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was chartered in Waco, Texas. Originally named Baylor Theological Seminary, the school campus relocated in 1910 to Fort Worth.” *

Judges

The Bible Project has released their video overview of the book of Judges.

Wingdings

Why does that Wingdings font even exist? This little video explains.

Lawson

We are saved from God’s wrath by God’s grace. Only God can save from Himself. —Steven Lawson