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December 24, 2014

I suspect we will see lots of good Kindle deals after Christmas. For now, here are a few to consider: When Will My Life Not Suck? by Ramon Presson (bad title, good book) ($2.51); The Great Books Reader by John Mark Reynolds ($2.99); A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas ($3.82); Prayer, Praise, & Promise by Warren Wiersbe ($1.99).

Did Someone Else Write Shakespeare’s Works? - Ken Jennings says Shakespeare did it all himself.

How to Change Your Mind - Here’s one Bible reading plan to consider in the new year.

Beautiful Libraries - Some libraries are just amazingly beautiful.

Pride - Bradford Littlejohn wraps up an excellent series on 7 deadly sins in a digital age with a look at the granddaddy of all sins.

Discipling Relationships - Here is how one person selects and schedules his discipling relationships. And while we’re on the subject, this is What Disciple-Making Is Not.

How an Airplane Is Made - This YouTube video gives you a glimpse inside Airbus’ plants.

The parent who tries to train without setting a good example is building with one hand, and pulling down with the other. —J.C. Ryle

December 23, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals for your consideration: Preaching by Calvin Miller ($1.99); You’ll also find Justo Gonzalez’s two-part history of Christianity marked down: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation ($3.99) and The Reformation to the Present ($3.99). It is known as being a particularly good set.

14 Top Biblical Counseling Books of 2014 - Bob Kellemen rounds up 14 books that will be of special interest to counselors.

Craftsman - It is a joy to watch just about any craftsman at his trade. This is a fascinating video of a jeweler doing what he does.

Unbroken - Christianity Today has a review of Unbroken which opens in a couple of days. This reviewer didn’t love it. Smithsonian has a copy of the original Air Force report of the crash.

On Being Extra-Scrooge-y - “When our friends are bearing weights of longing unfulfilled and broken promises. When thousands of children die daily from things like diarrhea. When our brothers and sisters have no home for the holidays, or families are torn apart from years of pain? How do we celebrate in the midst of all these things?”

Winter Solstice - I am a couple of days late with this one, but better late than never, I guess.

Material Goods and the True Meaning - You may enjoy this article on balancing material goods with the true meaning of Christmas.

Religious excellence will not earn you a place at God’s table. Your own efforts will never merit you a seat of honor. —Michael Horton

December 22, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Bloodlines by John Piper ($0.99); What’s Your Worldview? by James Anderson ($0.99); The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem & Barry Asmus ($2.99); To the Ends of the Earth by Michael Haykin ($0.99); Reaching the Lost by Bobby Jamieson ($0.99); Gifted Hands by Ben Carson ($2.99); Joni and Ken by Joni & Ken Tada ($2.99); HarperCollins Atlas of the Bible ($3.99); New from GLH Publishing is God’s Light on Dark Clouds by Thomas Cuyler ($0.99).

The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand - The New York Times has a brilliant profile of author Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken.

7 Myths About a Pastor’s Workweek - Thom Rainer dispels a few myths.

Peter Jackson Must Be Stopped - I agree. And what bothers me most of all is that it will be a long time (I think) before we will have someone do The Hobbit properly. He has totally wasted a beautiful opportunity.

Top Ten Theology Stories of 2014 - Collin Hansen rounds up his top ten theology stories of 2014.

Are You Sitting Too Much? - Probably. What can you do about it? Not much.

A Dangerous Passion for Growth - It’s an interesting perspective: “The most dangerous people in our Christian community are the leaders and evangelists who not only long to see growth but who also have the closest sympathy with the needs and concerns of the sinners we are seeking to reach.”

It is better to preach five words of God’s Word than five million words of man’s wisdom. —C.H. Spurgeon

December 20, 2014

There are some good Kindle deals today, including: Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini ($3.99); Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson ($2.99); Boring by Michael Kelley ($0.99); Connected by Erin Davis ($2.99); The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel ($2.99); The Lion and the Lamb by Andreas Kostenberger ($2.99).

Also, Amazon has their cheapest Kindle down to $59 and that includes free two-day shipping to get it there before Christmas. The Kindle Paperwhite has the same offer.

The 9Marks blog has some good Advice for a New Elder.

Thanks to Logos for sponsoring the blog this week with their article 3 Easy Ways to Get Logos 6 (and Special Gifts!). Sponsors help cover the costs associated with hosting and maintaining this site.

This probably won’t be a shock, but family-friendly TV isn’t so family-friendly.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church just released some sweet congregational singing they recorded while honoring Mark and Connie Dever for 20 years of service there.

Looking at the mess that is Sony right now, this editorial says it well: The Media Fiddles While Sony Burns.

For the next two weeks there will be no quote graphics. They will return in January. So enjoy this last one until 2015!

Had any other condition been better for you than the one you are in, Divine Love would have put you there. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

December 19, 2014

Friday is here, and it brings a brand new edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Shepherd Press and they are giving away some great new products. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive the following items:

  • ShepherdingShepherding a Child’s Heart. You have probably heard of Tedd Tripp’s book before, but there is now a DVD to go along with it. The DVD is a seminar recorded before a live audience. This package includes the The Shepherding a Child’s Heart DVD, along with a copy of the book, the Parent’s Handbook, and the Leader’s Guide. It is recorded in English and subtitled in both English and Spanish. “In this newly-recorded edition, Tedd Tripp presents his Shepherding a Child’s Heart seminar in twelve sessions. Tedd has refined this material over two decades, resulting in a presentation that is practical and accessible. He draws on his wealth of experience as a parent, school administrator, and pastor as he guides viewers through the principles of biblical parenting.” (Learn more)
  • HarveyWhen Sinners Say “I Do.” And that’s not all. You will also receive a package based around Dave Harvey’s excellent book When Sinners Say “I Do.” This package will include the teaching DVD, a copy of the book, and the Study Guide. “In this eight-session video series, Dave engages his audience with humor and honesty as he speaks about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God’s word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say ‘I do.’” (Learn more)

For anyone who is interested, the following products will be discounted 30% using the coupon code CHALLIES (valid through 11:59pm EST, Monday 12/22).

Enter to Win

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

 

December 19, 2014

There are not a lot of new Kindle deals today, though I did find PROOF by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones ($3.51) and Gospel by J.D. Greear ($2.99). And don’t forget some of the better deals from earlier in the week: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine; The Power of Suffering and Strange Fire by John MacArthur; Ordinary by Michael Horton.

An Unforgettable Christmas - It is so true: “Kids learn to love what brings their parents delight.” There is direct application for the Christmas season.

Embiggening English - It has been many, many years since I’ve watched an episode of The Simpsons. But I did enjoy reading this article about its impact on the English language.

Bloodlines - There may be no better time than now to read John Piper’s book Bloodlines. Westminster Books has marked it way down.

Ligonier - Ligonier also has some good books on sale today for $5 each, and they include a favorite: R.C. Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross. There are several other deals as well.

The Everything Books - “Amazon won the book war. In a series of rare interviews, the company tells us what’s next.”

The Thank You Project - “Ten years after a tragic car accident, Kellie wants to find the heroes that saved her son’s life and thank them.”

Christian theology stands or falls with a historical Adam and a historical fall. —Michael Horton

Horton

December 18, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals for you: Money, Greed, and God by Jay Ricards ($3.79); Theologians of the Baptist Tradition by Timothy George ($2.99); Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi ($3.99); Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton ($3.99). There are also several titles by C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters ($2.99); The Weight of Glory ($1.99); The Great Divorce ($3.99); Virtue and Vice ($0.99); George MacDonald ($1.99); The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Illustrated) ($1.99); The Magician’s Newphew (Illustrated) ($3.99); Yours, Jack ($3.99); The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis Volume 1 ($3.99). Finally, The 40 Most Influential Christians by Daryl Aaron (free).

The Weight of Perfection in Marriage - This is a very enjoyable and challenging article on marriage.

Pharma Spam - Ever wondered who’s behind all those spam emails you get that try to sell you cheap pills? This article explains.

Through the Eyes of Spurgeon - This new documentary looks at the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon.

Unbroken - “A new documentary chronicling the remarkable life story of the late Louis Zamperini will be released on Christmas day to coincide with the highly anticipated release of Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’.”

The Hobbit - To some degree Peter Jackson is a victim of his own success.

Jehovah’s Witnesses - Here’s how to very simply prove the existence of the Trinity to a Jehovah’s Witness.

Winning arguments does not create spiritual transformation. —Paul Wartman

Wartman

December 17, 2014

I’ve got just a couple of new Kindle deals for you today: The updated-English version of Jonathan Edwards’ The End for Which God Created the World is $1.99; What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert is $0.99.

Free Bible Study Tools - Jacob Gerber shows where to find and how to use some excellent free Bible study tools.

The Things of Earth - Westminster Books is offering good discounts on some new books, including one that comes highly recommended by John Piper: The Things of Earth.

The Dumbest Thing - Here’s the dumbest thing he said: “Christianity is so easy. I don’t see what the big deal is.”

Is it Ridiculous? - Is it ridiculous to believe in a literal Adam and Eve? No more ridiculous than any other explanation of our origins.

Immediately Mom at Christmas - “For moms, sometimes days are just a series of ‘immediately’s.’ This is especially true during the holidays…”

Trials in life are meant to take our eyes off of our trials and fix them on Christ. —Burk Parsons

Parsons

December 16, 2014

Here are today’s new Kindle deals: The Gospel-Driven Life by Michael Horton ($2.99); Taking Christian Moral Thought Seriously by Various ($0.99); Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas ($2.99); God’s Not Dead by Rice Broocks ($2.99); But Don’t All Religions Lead to God? by Michael Green ($0.99); A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada ($2.99); A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddelbarger ($5.68).

Board Game Sale - Amazon has a bunch of board games on sale today—with time to have them shipped before Christmas. Be sure to check out Ticket to Ride, Dominion, and 7 Wonders. I’m not as familiar with the rest of them.

A Time to Speak - Today Gospel Coalition is sponsoring “A Time to Speak,” live-streamed from the historic Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Several of their Council members and other contributors will be participating, including Darrin Patrick, John Piper, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Voddie Baucham.

Christmas Tree, Inc - I enjoyed this article on the Christmas tree industry. Who knew so much was involved in getting that tree into my living room?

Cracking the Code - “For years, scholars have been searching for meaning in the artist’s preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. Perhaps the real purpose of the shrine lies not in his cryptic notes, but in our own sense of astonishment.”

How to Ruin a Moses Movie - Joe Carter looks to Exodus: Gods and Kings and shows how to ruin a movie.

Can Any Man Forgive My Past? - “I am a woman in my late-20s who is hoping to be married someday. I love and follow God to the best of my ability. I grew up in a Christian home; however, during high school and college I backslid: partying, drinking and having sex.”

Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, but a gift for the guilty. —Steven Lawson

Lawson

December 15, 2014

After a slow week last week, I’ve got some new Kindle deals for you: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine ($1.99); The Power of Suffering by John MacArthur ($2.99); Strange Fire by John MacArthur ($3.99); Ordinary by Michael Horton ($3.99); Scandalous by D.A. Carson ($0.99); The Great Exchange by Jerry Bridges & Bob Bevington ($1.99); The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest ($2.99); Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($0.99); Sojourner Truth by Terry Whalin ($1.99); How God Became Jesus by Michael Bird ($4.99); The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson ($3.99); The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones ($1.99).

Rebuilding Appalachia - I enjoyed this short film that shows the work of an interesting ministry.

To the Dad Looking at Porn - In case you still don’t have enough reasons to stop looking at porn, here are more.

Controlling Online Conversation - This article shows how it’s possible to control the news stories that appear to be most prominent.

Moses Without the Supernatural - Al Mohler reviews the new film Exodus: Gods and Kings. What I want to know: Does Dr. Mohler take a book with him when he goes to see a movie?

Prayer and Dependence - Randy Alcorn reflects on prayer and offers some encouragement for those who struggle to pray.

I Am the Very Model of a Biblical Philologist - This silly video goes back a few years, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

Christianity’s first call is not “Behave!” but “Behold!” —Matt Papa

Papa

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