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Christian News Headlines Kindle Deals
January 05, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Essential Theological Terms by Justo Gonzalez ($3.99); The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves ($2.99); Theology and Practice of Mission by Bruce Ashford ($2.99); Which Bible Translation Should I Use? by Andreas Kostenberger ($2.99); The Community of Jesus by Kendell Easley ($0.99).

If you have read (or are reading) Do More Better, you may be interested in this Facebook Group. Over 1,000 people there are reading the book and applying its principles. If you’ve got questions, we’d love to help.

NIVAC Software

The NIV Application Commentary series is on sale for Accordance, WORDsearch, Olive Tree and Logos. (Logos users will need coupon code NIVAC16).

We Are Getting Closer

Yes, we are! “We are closer to faith becoming sight and the day when we will walk in Immanuel’s land. Think about this truth: with the turn of the calendar from 2015 to 2016 we are that much closer to dwelling in the everlasting kingdom of Christ!”

10 Resolutions for Christian Parents

Greg and Grace Gibson share 10 important resolutions.

The 12 Golden Rules of Email Courtesy

12 rules may be a few too many. But I appreciate this article from T. David Gordon. If we could all abide by these rules, the world would be a better place.

I’m Thinking It Over

Alan Jacobs discusses his decision to withdraw from social media.

This Day in 1743. 273 years ago today, George Whitefield and Welsh Calvinist Methodists formed the first Methodist association at Wadford, Wales. *

Top Ten Risks to the World

“The Eurasia Group’s annual list of the political and geopolitical trends that threaten stability focuses on the weak relationship between the US and Europe.”

Inside Out: Outside Edition

Here’s a fun one: Inside Out without all the “inside” stuff. What’s funny is that it still stands as a cohesive enough story of a girl adjusting to a new life.

Hansen

It is better to fail in the eyes of the world than to succeed without the Lord. —Collin Hansen

Daily News Headlines Kindle Deals
January 04, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include several by Paul Tripp for just $4.99 each: Awe (brand new!), What Did You Expect?Dangerous Calling, Sex and Money, Whiter than Snow, and A Shelter in the Storm ($2.99). Also consider Joy by Abigail Santamaria ($2.99) and Standing Strong by John MacArthur ($0.99).

Can We Sing Too Much About the Cross?

Bob Kauflin: “The more I’ve studied Scripture, the more I’m convinced that as we worship God for his word, his works, and his worthiness, the blazing center of our praise will always be the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus.”

The Reading Habits of a Latter-Day Puritan

J.I. Packer is regularly asked about the major books in his life, and the lists that he generates on those occasions fall into two categories—books that influenced him most and books that he reads every year.”

Timeline of the Twentieth Century

This is an interesting little timeline showing some of the noteworthy events of the last (and current) century.

Going to the Concert Alone

I enjoyed this celebration of friendship. “There is something about the nature of friendship. A friend calls from each of us something unique. Friends bring things out of us that otherwise wouldn’t come out. Friends embellish our experiences. We simply were not made to live life alone.”

This Day in 1965. 51 years ago today, T. S. Eliot died. Eliot was the most influential English poet of the twentieth century and was part of the Church of England. *

God Has a Reason

This is both true and important: Saying that God has a reason for everything doesn’t mean you know what that reason is.

And Then There Were None

The Economist reports on the Christian exodus from the Middle East. “Overall, the proportion of Middle Easterners who are Christian has dropped from 14% in 1910 to 4% today. Church leaders and pundits have begun to ask whether Christianity will vanish from the Middle East, its cradle, after 2,000 years.”

10 Reminders for Preachers

Preachers will benefit from these ten reminders.

DeYoung

Where information has increased, wisdom has decreased. —Kevin DeYoung

Daily Christian News Information Kindle Deals
January 02, 2016

This weekend’s Kindle deals include just two titles: Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith ($0.99); Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell ($1.99). Also, Amazon has their usual monthly list of deals you may want to sort through. There will be a lot more deals next week.

If you have read Do More Better or are planning to, you may be interested in this Facebook group where we are discussing it and applying it.

You Can Change

Tim Chester brings some timely encouragement. “What does it mean for us to be a new creation? It means we’re re-created in the image of God. It means we’re given new life so we can grow like Christ. And being like Christ means being like God, reflecting God’s glory as God’s image.”

Dangerous Resolutions

“…we need to be careful. There is a danger in resolutions. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not advocating a wholesale rejection of all good goals. I believe Christian leaders should be living lives characterized by heartfelt discipline and healthy physical, personal, relational and ministry habits. But we need to be careful.”

The Best iPhone / iPad App For Tracking Your Bible Reading

Nathan Bingham highlights an app you may find helpful.

Dear Media: Stop Trying To Teach Christians Theology

Yes, please. Please stop trying to teach us what Christianity is all about.

Living Reasonably in an Unreasonable Age

How do Christians live reasonably in an unreasonable age? Don Bailey offers some answers.

This Day in 1921. 95 years ago today, “KDKA aired the first religious service in the history of radio” out of Pittsburg, PA. *

Abraham’s Ages at Ten Major Events

Short, simple, and helpful.

6 Questions Preachers Should Ask of Every Sermon

Here’s one for the preachers. I have found that asking the right questions of my sermons is a very important discipline.

Clarifying the Bible

Thanks to Clarifying the Bible for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Clarifying the Bible Helps Your Bible Reading.

Dibbley

We are saved as a gift of God’s grace so that we might be sent as a gift of God’s grace. —Kevin Dibbley

Friday A La Carte News Headlines Kindle Deals
January 01, 2016

Happy New Year! Last night we spent a few minutes reflecting on how God has blessed our family in 2015, and prayed together that we would continue to experience so much of his grace in the year ahead. Then we had a fun and quiet evening together as a family. God is good! Here are a few articles I thought you might enjoy.

Ten Check Up Questions for the New Year

Kevin DeYoung has ten excellent questions to consider.

Advice for Another Year of Bible Reading

Bruce Ware offers some wise counsel on another year of Bible reading.

Who Owns Antarctica?

It belongs to all of us. Kind of.

An Open Letter to You in 2016

Mike Riccardi: “As we anticipate the challenges and opportunities of 2016, I want to write an open letter of sorts that focuses on the most important realities in the world. And the addressee of my open letter is you.”

When you stop saying “Thank You”

Dan Darling: “I’ve noticed, however, that ingratitude is often the first sign of a troubled heart. When I stop saying ‘thank you’ I know that sin has overcome me.”

This Day in 2010. 6 years ago today, David Platt’s book Radical was published. It quickly became a New York Times bestseller. *

Worship Leader Resolutions: 2016

Jamie Brown gets all silly with his 2016 worship leader resolutions. “I don’t think a song without an octave jump is even worth singing. But simple octave jumps are just not enough anymore. They have lost their power. It’s time to embrace a new approach to octave jumps.”

Dibbley

The most important daily habit we can possess is to remind ourselves of the Gospel. —C.H. Spurgeon

Thursday News Kindle Deals Headlines
December 31, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson ($1.99); The Dating Manifesto by Lisa Anderson ($2.99); Hide or Seek by John Freeman ($1.99); The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper ($0.99); The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler ($2.99).

3 Reminders as You Enter the New Year

These are simple but important reminders as we head into a new year.

Gluttony: Gospel Reflections for Foodies & Comfort Eaters

“Are we really going to talk about gluttony at this time of the year? Do we have to? Yes, we need to talk about it, and if your instinct is to think this discussion can only be a ‘guilt trip,’ then we need to talk about it all the more.”

Screen Time for Babies

Time: “In a world where ‘screen time’ is becoming simply ‘time,’ our policies must evolve or become obsolete.” In other words, The American Academy of Pediatrics is reconsidering its digital exposure guidelines for children.

The One Must-Read This Year

John Piper: “I have never called any book a ‘must-read’ except one, the Bible. I suppose that’s because I take the word ‘must’ so seriously.” And so he gives his one must-read recommendation for 2016.

Just Desserts

This is an interesting (and pathetic) longform article about Sandy Jenkins, who embezzled sixteen million dollars from the company he worked for, and used it all to live a ridiculously lavish lifestyle.

This Day in 1892. 123 years ago today, Andrew Bonar died. He was moderator of the Scottish Free Church and wrote many books, including a biography of Robert Murray M’Cheyne. *

Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2015

Christianity Today shares the top ten findings of the important excavations taking place in the lands of the Bible.

Where Illegal Food Goes

Have you ever wondered what happens to all that illegal food that gets confiscated at airports? Now you know…

Luther

Resolved: that every man should live to the glory of God. Resolved second: that whether others do this or not I will. —Martin Luther

A La Carte Daily News Headlines Kindle Deals
December 30, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include The Art of Work by Jeff Goins ($0.99); The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson ($1.99); Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower ($2.51); How People Change by Paul Tripp & Timothy Lane ($1.99); Evidence for God edited by William Dembski ($1.99). Also, if you’re looking for a New Year’s kick-off kind of book, my Do More Better is just $5.99.

2015: A Christian Music Review

Jeremy Howard has a roundup of some of this year’s best Christian music (and the most precise rating system I’ve ever seen). You’ll need to scroll all the way down to see his top-5 picks.

Why Sexual Metaphors of Jesus and His Bride Embarrass Us

John Piper unblushingly answers two questions: (1) How is sex between a husband and wife a practical example of Christ and his church? (2) Why is this truth something many are so uncomfortable with?

5 Things You Can Give to God Every Day

Here’s an article I wrote for The Gospel Coalition.

The Passion Week

The latest Visual Theology poster provides a timeline of the final week of Christ’s life.

A Deeper Devotional Life

This is a great roundup of 12 quality resources that can help spark a deeper devotional life in 2016.

The Fears of Black Fathers for Their Sons

“The death of Tamir affected more than his family, the city of Cleveland, or its police force. His death affected all Americans, especially those of African descent. The decision not to indict deepens the cut and scars the soul of any black person with enough emotional fortitude to reflect on these events and their implications. I am one of those who have chosen to reflect, and I am not alone.” (Also, I appreciated this on The Perfect Victim.)

From Timber To Tide

These artisanal videos are becoming almost cliché (and this one pushes every single button), but I continue to really enjoy them. 

This Day in 1944. 71 years ago today, a clerical “error” freed Corrie ten Boom from prison. *

Westminster Daily

Here’s a neat idea: A daily reflection from the Westminster Standards that will take you through the Shorter Catechism, Larger Catechism, and Westminster Confession over the course of the year.

Waves

There is beauty in all of creation. Even in the waves.

Spurgeon

When we deal seriously with our sins, God will deal gently with us. —C.H. Spurgeon

News Headlines Kindle Deals
December 29, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include the whole Vintage Puritan series which offers 38 Puritan classics at just $0.99 each. Also consider Look and Live by Matt Papa, one of my favorite books of 2014 ($2.99); Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley, a very solid church history 101 book ($4.99); Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family by Michelle Anthony ($1.99); 20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists by Ken Boa ($0.99); A Life Observed by Devin Brown ($1.99); A Year with C.S. Lewis ($2.99); Boring by Michael Kelley ($0.99); The People of God by Trevor Joy & Spence Shelton ($2.99).

The Dior Woman and True Freedom

This is a must-read article. “Have we really reached a point where freedom is portrayed by such petty play things like a little black dress, a helicopter ride, and a man to kiss but not commit to? Is freedom merely the absence of responsibility? If that’s the definition of freedom, I don’t want it.”

Plagiarizing and Quoting in Preaching

Here are some good, realistic, and helpful thoughts on preachers and plagiarizing. “If you find a great thought in Calvin, the best thing to do is to turn it over in your mind, polish it, reduce it to something manageable and add to it for the benefit of those to whom you preach. There is no need to feel as though you must quote and cite every thought that you glean from others.”

What A World Champion Whistler Sounds Like

Don’t pretend that you’ve never wondered before what a world champion whistler sounds like.

11 Ways to Write Better

“We are all writers now. Whether you write books, blogposts, emails, tweets, or text messages, you are a writer. No matter your preferred medium, here are a few tips to help you write more effectively…” I quite appreciate tip #1!

Using Your Memory to God’s Glory

“We don’t like to memorize stuff. We find it dull, painful, and pointless. … But the funny thing is, we will memorize that which is important to us. It’s really unavoidable.”

This Day in 1876. 139 years ago today, American hymn writer Philip P. Bliss and his wife died in a train wreck. Ironically, the night before he sang, “I’m Going Home Tomorrow.” *

2016 Reading Challenge for Kids

Redeemed Reader took my 2016 reading challenge and did up a version for kids.

Pastoring a Culturally-diverse Church

Paul, pastor at Grace Fellowship Church (where I serve as an elder), shares a few reflections on pastoring a culturally diverse church in a culturally diverse city.

Watson

The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel. —Thomas Watson

Daily News Headlines Kindle Deals
December 28, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include The NIV Zondervan Study Bible ($3.99); The Pastor’s Kid ($1.99) and Help My Unbelief ($3.99) by Barnabas Piper; Found: God’s Peace by John MacArthur ($0.99); Running on Empty by Barbara Bancroft ($1.99); The Forgotten God and Erasing Hell by Francis Chan ($3.99 each); Heart of the Matter by CCEF ($1.99); From Good to Grace by Christine Hoover ($1.99); When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography by Vicki Tiede ($1.99). Also, Crossway has daily devotionals on sale: For the Love of God Volume 1 and Volume 2 by D.A. Carson ($5.99); Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon & Alistair Begg ($5.99); New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp ($5.99). Finally, Amazon has a lot general market Year-End Deals you may want to sort through.

If I Suffered, It Was Worth It

“Last week I read an article called “Should the Children Suffer?” It’s about a missionary father’s struggle to trust God with the suffering his children are experiencing on the mission field.” This response comes from Amy, who grew up the child of missionaries and who is now a missionary herself.

Parenting in an Age of Awfulness

Here’s an interesting take on problems in today’s parenting.

Your Meeting Should Have Been an Email

This article shows three indicators that you probably could have just written some emails instead of calling for a meeting.

Performance Enhancing Drugs

Al Jazeera carried out an investigation of performance-enhancing drugs and posted a very interesting documentary to YouTube. Do note that there is quite a lot of bleeped-out swearing in it.

This Day in 1065. Even though it was incomplete, Westminster Abbey was dedicated 950 years ago today. *

Lordship Is Not Legalism

“Denying yourself and submitting to King Jesus, then, is true countercultural living. And though it may look like legalism to the world, submitting to his authority is in fact liberty—shocking, unexpected, subversive liberty.”

Trustworthy Teaching on the New Apple TV

Ligonier Ministries announces an app for the new Apple TV.

The Christmas Revolution

“Because the Christmas story has been told so often for so long, it’s easy even for Christians to forget how revolutionary Jesus’ birth was.” Fancy reading that in the New York Times.

Duncan

People don’t fall out of love. They fall out of repentance and forgiveness. —Ligon Duncan