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March 04, 2015

You Don’t Need a Bucket List - Randy Alcorn explains that because of the resurrection you do not need to have a bucket list.

Everything a Child Should Know About God - Westminster Books has a great sale on an excellent new book meant to teach the basics of theology to young kids. I read through it a while ago and am glad to recommend it.

Lord, Make Me a Generous Father - “It takes my breath away to consider that, whether they know it or not, the primary way my kids are learning about their Father in heaven is through their father on earth.”

10 Ways to Hate People - It’s a quick, bulleted list, but each of them merits some thought.

MereChurch - MereChurch is a new company that wants to help good churches have good and cost-effective web sites.

Worship Is More Important than Your Small Group - I completely agree.

How We Study the Bible - This is helpful: 5 people offer a short explanation as to how they read the Bible day-by-day.

Man was never meant to be a god, but he is forever trying to deify himself. —Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Lloyd Jones

March 03, 2015

I’ve got just a couple of new Kindle deals for you today: Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior ($3.99 - Note: It is a very highly-regarded and relatively new biography); The Cell’s Design by Fazale Rana ($2.99).

Tabletalk Magazine - You may be interested in reading the columns from this month’s Tabletalk magazine. The theme is inerrancy.

Your Facebook Gender - I hope to have more to say about this in the future: Facebook now allows you to define your own gender and gender pronoun.

Josh Hamilton and the Monster that Hunts Us All - “I whispered a prayer under my breath: ‘Father, lavish your mercy on Josh Hamilton and his family. And have mercy on us. Let us never forget what hunts us.’”

The Worst Ever Honeymoon - Sometimes it’s fun to laugh at someone else’s misery: Like when David Murray recounts his honeymoon.

The Dangers of Pet Sins - “Pet sins are those sins we believe we have domesticated. We view them as small and insignificant.” And that’s just never good…

3 Muslim Misconceptions about Christians - J.D. Greear looks at “a set of misconceptions that most Muslims have about Christians that keep them from even considering the gospel.”

Worldliness is whatever makes sin look normal and righteousness look strange. —Kevin DeYoung

DeYoung

March 02, 2015

Here are today’s new Kindle deals: Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full and Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman ($3.99 each); Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin ($3.99); True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney ($3.99); Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Alsup ($2.99); Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur ($1.99); Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur ($3.03); Understanding Four Views on Baptism by Various ($1.99). (Also, the most basic Kindle device is on sale for just $59).

How Many People Died in the Inquisition? - Nathan Busenitz provides a solid answer. “Some suggest that just a few thousand people were executed during the Inquisition, while others project that there were tens of millions of victims. So how can the estimates be so widely divergent?”

Four Unthinkable Conversations - John Knight shares four unthinkable conversations.

I Feel Like Kony Won - Relevant has quite an interesting article about Invisible Children and Kony 2012.

Fireworks And Brimstone - I have a real problem with Buzzfeed, but occasionally they come up with a good article. This one on Katy Perry is both informative and sobering.

Adopted - I love the gospel.

Whole Foods and the Developing World - “Since I belong to the Developed World, I like the idea of organic food, raw milk, and clean meat.  I can see why GMO food is not great for our society.  I get why small, local farms are healthier. But I live in the Developing World.”

One glimpse at the glory of God will do more than all the punishments in the world to make men holy. —Solomon Stoddard

Stoddard

February 28, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Hints for Parents by Gardiner Springs ($3.19); Does God Exist? by William Lane Craig ($0.99); Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? by William Lane Craig ($1.99); Answering the Call by John Ensor ($3.96).

Garrett Kell finds a Pattern Among Fallen Pastors. He describes a study that looked at 246 pastors who had experienced moral failure and points to the common patterns.

Erik Raymond is one of my favorite bloggers, and just yesterday he moved his blog over to The Gospel Coalition; adjust your bookmarks accordingly!

This simple comic shows how, and how not, to be generous. “Don’t capitalize on it” is one that seems especially important in the Internet age!

There are some good takeaways from this article on The Pernicious Ideology of Personal Finance Scolds. “The scold focus is solely on accumulating a big enough money pile for oneself, never on the broader economic ecosystem that supports that wealth.”

Sooner or later you’ll want to know this: How to Stop Yourself From Crying. It’s simple enough: distract yourself with pain.

Joe Carter is writing a series on How to Memorize Anything. Memorizing is increasingly a lost art, so I’m glad he’s writing the series.

Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for sponsoring the blog this week with their article R.C. Sproul’s New Hymns to Praise Our King.

A loving God who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as if we carved Him out of stone. —R.C. Sproul

Sproul

February 27, 2015

Warming Up Your Car - The current cold snap seems like a good context to share this article about the myth of warming up your car on a cold day.

Three Relationship Rules - You may appreciate these three relationship rules from Ed Welch.

A Three-Parent Baby - How do you make a baby from three parents? Here’s how…

Counter Culture - If you’d like a second opinion on David Platt’s new book (which I reviewed on Tuesday), Al Mohler has written a really helpful review.

Euthanasia Comes to Canada - While we are on the subject of new cultural issues, Canada has recently full-out embraced euthanasia. Obviously this opens up some serious dangers and implications.

Who Turned the Lights Out? - Bob Kauflin writes about the relatively new phenomenon of turning down the lights during a worship service.

Mysteries of Sleep Lie Unsolved - I’m really bad at sleeping and have found the same thing as this author: sleep-tracking devices provide information, but not answers.

Because He’s the living God, He can hear. Because He’s a loving God, He will hear. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

February 26, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions by Ken Ham ($3.49); If God Made the Universe, Who Made God? ($2.99); All the Names in the Bible ($2.99); (Here is the Complete List of Kindle Deals for Christians).

6 Rules of Cultural Engagement - Joe Thorn offers guidance on engaging the culture around us.

Congratulating Wesleyan - Carl Trueman congratulates Wesleyan for a ridiculous new step forward in the sexual revolution.

The Medium is the Message - Here’s a helpful 2-minute summary of Marshall McLuhan’s famous aphorism, “The medium is the message.”

Don’t Badmouth Obama - Mark Altrogge explains why you should refrain from badmouthing your president. 

Ligonier Ministries 2015 National Conference - The audio and video for the recent Ligonier Ministries National Conference is now available (for free).

The Greatest Illustrated Story - God does not only tell us the story of what he is doing in this world, but he also illustrates it for us.

A good man is ashamed to speak that which many people are not ashamed to act. —Matthew Henry

Henry

February 25, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The God Who Justifies by James White ($2.99); The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson ($3.99); The Ever-Loving Truth by Voddie Baucham ($0.99); In My Father’s House and Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian ($0.99 each); Biblical Authority by James Draper ($2.99).

How Well Do You Know Your Bible? - The new issue of Credo magazine is now available for free online reading or download. This issue’s subject: How Well Do You Know Your Bible? 

That Malaysia Airlines Plane - This guy thinks he knows where that missing Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared to. It seems more than a little unlikely, but it sure is an interesting read.

Why We Pray - This week’s deals from Westminster Books include a new, highly-endorsed book called Why We Pray (along with several other excellent books on prayer).

Iwo Jima and the Monumental Sacrifice - My rule: If Tim Keesee writes it, I read it. I’ve yet to be disappointed.

SDO: Year 5 - The sun is big. And awesome. And beautiful. Check out this video from NASA.

Inviting Children into the Prayer Closet - I sure do feel this one all the way.

Does Your Youth Ministry Mess with Christ’s Bride? - This is an excellent article on both the blessings and potential drawbacks of youth ministry.

Too many church members are starched and ironed but not washed. —Vance Havner

Havner

February 24, 2015

A Young Earth - Steve Ham: “I do believe the Bible gives ample justification for calculating the age of the earth at around 6,000 years and for seeing six normal 24-hour days in the week of creation.”

A Plea for Sanity - Mike Wittmer offers a plea for sanity at a time when people’s lives and businesses are being ruined for decisions they are making about their clientele.

Jesus Flips The Switch - Here is a good illustration that makes a good point.

A Crash Course on Influencers of Unbelief - Justin Taylor offers a crash course on Karl Marx.

Reading in Print - “Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.”

Powerhouse in a Petticoat - “Meet the heart of William Wilberforce’s abolitionist movement.”

Hope can see heaven through the thickest clouds. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks

February 23, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); Wellness for the Glory of God by John Dunlop ($1.99); The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper ($1.99); Imagination Redeemed by Gene Veith ($2.99); What Is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert ($2.99); Tactics by Greg Koukl ($1.99).

A Plea For Gospel Sanity in Missions - I regard this as a very important article. Aubrey Sequeira writes about overseas pastors who are deceiving North Americans into supporting their work. Make sure you read to the end!

Whose History Is It Anyways? - Does historical accuracy really matter when it comes to film? 

You Are My Son, and I Love You - Timy Brister: “As a Christian who believes the gospel should permeate every area of my life, there are more and more blind spots that I’m learning to see more clearly.”

The Shaming of Lindsey Stone - “When a friend posted a photograph of charity worker Lindsey Stone on Facebook, she never dreamed she would lose her job and her reputation. Two years on, could she get her life back?” (Note: There are a few bad words in interviews.)

The Necessity of Expository Preaching - Derek Thomas explains how expository preaching is a necessary corollary of the doctrine of the God-breathed nature of Scripture.

3 Reasons We Must Not Forget the Psalms - Just like the headline says…

The more I learn about God, the more aware I become of what I don’t know about him. —R.C. Sproul

Sproul

February 21, 2015

Carl Trueman has wise words about Bondage to Pornography. “One would not allow alcoholics to have the last word on liquor licensing laws or crack addicts on drug policy. Yet when it comes to sexual morality, that is the kind of world in which we now live.”

This is a good one: Spurgeon on Christians who Rail Against the Times

Michael Wittmer writes about Rejoicing in Lament.

You have heard of the florist who has been sued because of her decision not to provide flowers for a gay wedding. Here is her response to the Attorney General’s offer.

To Shill a Mockingbird shows that lots of people are trying to figure out where this sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird came from.

Thanks to RPTS for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Where Professors Learn.

What I appreciated most about this article on Church Splits is the comparison to a split atom.

Take a saint, and put him into any condition, and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord. —Walter Cradock

Cradock

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