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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

March 12, 2016
 
Hillsong Church: Do Not Colonize San Francisco

Hillsong announced a new church plant in San Francisco and this blogger takes on the arrogant tone of their announcement. “I’m tired of pastors coming to San Francisco, posting pictures of bridges and crooked streets and declaring how much they love this city without actually understanding any of it, without being hurt by it, without any scars to show or dirt on their shoes or callouses on their hands.”

Friday Quiz: The letter G

Here’s another fun little Bible quiz from The Good Book Company.

Too Sexy for This Selfie

“For ‘digital natives’—people who’ve never known a world without the Internet—social media has become the place where relationships are formed, proven, and tested. It also represents an aspirational pathway to fame and fortune, with figures like the Kardashians as sexy, selfie-taking role models.”

These Are The Long-Term Effects Of Multitasking

Essentially and not surprisingly, multitasking is not good for you in any way. We all know this, but just keep doing it!

Evangelists Adapt to a New Era

Here’s the New York Times profiling Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Tomorrow in 1804. 212 years ago tomorrow, American Presbyterian clergyman and hymn writer James Alexander was born. In 1830, Alexander rendered the English text of Paul Gerhardt’s German hymn, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” *

11 Mind-bending Christian Book Covers You Can’t Unsee

The title of this article is way over the top but, to be fair, so too are the book covers.

Is Our Media Consumption Hindering Our Pursuit of Holiness?

This is well worth considering. “It is interesting—no, disheartening—to hear that many believers’ answers are often not very different than the average non-Christian’s. It matters little whether it’s a similarity of content or sheer approach (e.g., bingeing). When it comes to consumption of media, both quality and quantity of intake matter immensely.”

What It Looks Like to Live Inside God’s Grace

Thanks to NavPress for sponsoring the blog this week with their article.

Carson

Some Christians want enough of Christ to be identified with him but not enough to be seriously inconvenienced. —D.A. Carson

March 11, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include a bunch from Lexham Press at $0.99: Bible Word Studies; The Bible in its Ancient Context; The Bible in the Real World; Letters to a Christian; When the Bible Is Complicated; The Gospel Works Everywhere.

The Greater the Sinner

The New Yorker profiles Joshua Milton Blahyi of Liberia where most still know him by his nom de guerre from the nineteen-nineties: General Butt Naked. He is now a preacher and claims to have turned around his life.

Encouraging Women to Do Biblical Studies at the Graduate Level

I was very glad to read this article and very much agree with its major point: “Reasons why complementarians of many stripes should encourage as many women as possible to get a Masters degree (or its equivalent) in biblical studies.”

How Far Is Planet 9?

It’s possible that there is actually a ninth planet out there. If there is, this video explains just how far from us it is.

Now Trending: Pre-Midlife Divorce

“With only my own observations of society and personal relationships, I am seeing more married couples separating and divorcing. Especially for adults in their mid-30s to mid-40s, it seems to have become a trend.” I think he could be right.

When Washrooms Are Weaponized

Jeff Jones peers a couple of years into the future and sees how bathrooms and change rooms will become the battleground for activism.

What You Should Know about the Syrian Civil War

Joe Carter offers a very helpful explanation of the Syrian Civil War (which has led, of course, to the Syrian refugee crisis).

This Day in 1888. 128 years ago today, Samuel Zwemer preached his first sermon, which was to a congregation of black people in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Later, he was a notable missionary to the Arab world. *

What Should You Look For in a Church?

This will serve as a helpful guide, I’m sure.

Gurnall

Unholiness in a preacher’s life will either stop his mouth from reproving or the people’s ears from receiving. —William Gurnall