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March 07, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Preaching? by Alec Motyer ($3.99); Your Future Other Half by Rebecca Vandoodewaard ($2.99); The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace by Richard C. Barcellos ($3.99); Pleasing God by R.C. Sproul ($1.99).

This grieving grandmother writes that This is NOT a Disney World… ” I got a phone call from my son. He told me that his two-year-old daughter (who doesn’t live with him) had somehow gotten out of the house the night before into the bitter Wisconsin winter.”

David Prince offers A Simple Guide to Reading and Applying the Bible with Jesus as the Hero.

Canadians may be interested in this article from Macleans that tells what happened on Parliament Hill on October 22 (the day Nathan Cirillo was shot).

Preachers may want to consider these 3 Questions for Managing the Heart. I especially like this one: On Monday morning, do you believe what you prayed Saturday night?

Douglas Groothuis explains why we shouldn’t use the word porn for anything but smut.

Thanks to HCSB for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Let’s Be Clear: Clarity in Bible Translation.

We must show sympathy with sinners, but not with their sins. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

March 06, 2015

I’ve got just a few new Kindle deals today: Identity by Eric Geiger ($0.99); Defending Inerrancy by Norman Geisler ($1.99); A Year of Prayer by John MacArthur ($4.99); New from GLH Publishing is The Character of a Genuine Theologian by Herman Witsius ($0.99).

The Difference Between Outrage and Accountability - Yes! “For the Christian, shame and outrage can never be ends in themselves. While we value accountability, Christian accountability should always be oriented toward reconciliation and restoration - and seasoned with humility and love.”

What It Means And Does Not Mean To Honor Our President - Mark Altrogge follows up.

Let Boys be Non-Medicated Boys - “Even the goodness of boyhood energy is broken by the fall. But in most cases, what if we are getting the diagnosis wrong?  What if ADHD seems more like God-given characteristics of what it means to actually be a boy?”

The Man in the Van - ESPN has a great profile of one of the quirkiest players in Major League Baseball.

The Life and Theology of Paul - Ligonier Ministries is putting together a great selection of courses; the latest one looks at the life and theology of Paul; the first lecture is free. (Also consider their $5 Friday sale which has some good books and commentaries.)

The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church - “In the church, we face the challenge of upholding the sanctity of life, while simultaneously ministering to women who feel overwhelming shame about their abortions.”

Because of Jesus the sin we cannot forget God does not remember. —Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian

March 05, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals: B&H has put their “Perspectives” series on sale for $2.99 each (each offers multiple perspectives on an issue): Christian Worship, Our Struggle With Sin, Family Ministry, Tithing, Church Government, Spirit Baptism, Children’s Spiritual Formation, the Doctrine of God, Your Child’s Education, Sabbath, Election, the Ending of Mark, Christian America.

Three Christian Misconceptions About Muslims - “When the average Westerner hears ‘Muslim,’ a number of images come to mind—mostly negative. But most Muslims would be just as horrified as we are at the assumptions entertained about them.”

We Are Called to Be Irritating - “The writer of Hebrews is emphasizing an intentional provoking or promoting of ‘love and good works’.”

The Internet Is Public Space - Mike Wittmer offers some thoughts on the Internet.

What Scares the New Atheists - “The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline – but in fact flourishing.”

Do Women Look at Porn? - Covenant Eyes shares some stats.

Guard and Repair - Here are 7 ways to guard and repair relationships.

Morality may damn as well as vice. A vessel may be sunk with gold as well as with dung. —Thomas Watson

Watson

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

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