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May 25, 2015

Crossway has put the Kindle versions of their Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series on sale at $2.99 each: Christian Worldview; The Liberal Arts; Art and Music; Philosophy; The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking; Political Thought; Ethics and Moral Reasoning.

Spiritual Dry Spells: Causes and Cures - We all go through a spiritual dry spell at one time or another, don’t we? Here’s a word on causes and cures.

Fifty Shades of Khaki: Biblical Minimalism - Clint Archer on minimalism. “The average American house contains over 300,000 items. The community of modern minimalists I stumbled upon while researching efficient packing strategies strives to prune its inventory of possessions to three digits at most.”

Atheism’s Foundation for Morality - Randy Alcorn: “Choosing moral behaviors because they make you feel happy can make sense, in a Bertrand Russell/Sam Harris sort of way, but what if it makes you feel happy to torture animals or kill Jews or steal from your employer?”

35 Things I Wish I’d Known in High School - Here is some wisdom for young ladies.

Real Glory - This is a good one: “What a day it will be. A day when true honor will be unveiled.”

The Holy Spirit Before Pentecost - This is a helpful illustration of the Holy Spirit before and after Pentecost.

(My graphic designer is on vacation, so I am on a quote graphic hiatus; quotes will return in 2 weeks.)

May 23, 2015

Here are a few Kindle deals. Killjoys by Desiring God ($2.99). This is the last day to grab these books from 9Marks: The Gospel by Ray Ortlund; Evangelism by Mack Stiles; Expositional Preaching by David Helm; Sound Doctrine by Bobby Jamieson; Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne; Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman; Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman ($4.99 each). Also, Mongerism has a whole series of books that is free for the taking.

Here is an important word about Introverts in the Dearest Place on Earth. “Both extroverts and introverts must do the work to see that those with the gift of introversion are a grace to God’s Church. In this sense, I have some considerations for my fellow introverted church members and the extroverts who love them.”

Jonathan Leeman adds an important entry to the ongoing discussion of Can Women Teach Under the Authority of Elders?

Is This What Love Looks Like? I would say it is. “My husband and I have been married nearly 20 years, and because we live in a city (and attend a church) teeming with young, professional singles, we’re often asked about marriage. There are things I wish to tell those eager for advice.”

This is a sad but still helpful article about life in the P.I.C.U. “It is the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, but they call it ‘Pick-You.’ And you wonder over and over why you’ve been picked.”

I appreciate what Jake Meador says about Evangelicals and the Search for Credibility.

This little video goes a long to to debunking the myths of OCD. Of course I’d prefer it if the video also explored the spiritual angle of OCD

Thank you to RPTS for sponsoring the blog this week with the article The Importance of Counseling Training in Pastoral Ministry.

We must be global Christians, with a global mission, because our God is a global God. —John Stott

May 22, 2015

Here are some Kindle deals that may spark your interest: Mom Enough by Desiring God ($2.99); Going Beyond the Five Points is a brand new book by Rob Ventura ($4.99); Buried Hope or Risen Savior? by Charles Quarles ($0.99); Christianity, Cults & Religions by Paul Carden ($0.99).

What Your Church Needs To Know About Church - Here is the one foundational truth every one of us needs to keep in mind week by week.

When Revival Came to Korea - Vance Christie tells about the time revival came to Korea.

Repentant Love - “What happens when the depths of sin and self meet the Jesus of grace and sacrifice? Check out Josh and Suzy’s story to find out.”

Treasuring the Presence of God in Liberty - There are some interesting thoughts on worship in this one.

A Subway Delay Story - This neat little video explains how one little delay can mess up the entire subway line (and how to fix it).

When Jesus Wanted All My Money - I enjoyed reading Craig Keener’s biographical article about obeying Jesus’ commands related to money and possessions.

God does everything for His glory, not because He is an egomaniac but because He’s doing it for our joy. —John Piper

Piper

 

May 21, 2015

Here are some Kindle deals that may interest you. New from GLH Publishing is the classic The Glory of Christ by John Owen ($0.99). Other deals include Exploring the Unexplained by Trent Butler ($2.99); The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching ($1.99); I Am a Church Member by Thom Rainer ($2.99). There are lots of other general market deals here. Free today is When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography by Vicki Tiede and A Quest for More by Paul Tripp.

Not the Unforgivable Sin - “Divorce is not the unforgivable sin. As a Christian, the only scarlet God sees on you is the blood of Christ, which covers your sins and presents you before God as his blameless child.”

The Financial Ruin of a Christian Family - Denny Burk reports on the latest news about Aaron and Melissa Klein. 

Running From a Bad Church - Trevin Wax urges caution toward those who are running from a bad church situation. 

Voddie Baucham’s Big Move to Africa - WORLD magazine interviews Voddie Baucham, and eventually asks him about his forthcoming move to Africa.

The First 21 Days - This is some remarkable footage of the first 21 days of a bee’s life.

16 Secrets of One Happy Marriage - There is always something to learn from articles like this one.

Sisters, Let’s Become Cheerleaders - Elisha has a good word to herself and other women.

It is a greater mercy to descend from praying parents than from nobles. —John Flavel

Flavel

 

May 20, 2015

Commentary Sale - Westminster Books is having a fantastic commentary sale, offering paperback volumes in the solid Tyndale Commentary series for just $10 each (which is very, very low). Stay tuned and I’ll post an article suggesting which are the best in the series.

Does R.C. Sproul Believe in Miracles? - “If you want me to give the simple answer, the answer is no. [I]f you expect a miracle—if miracles are expectable—there’s nothing miraculous about them.” However…

The Well-Gifted Grad - Here are some solid ideas for books to gift to grads.

Rome, Her Saints, and the Gospel - “What is a saint? How does one become a saint? And what is Rome doing when they canonize someone?”

4 Principles for Finishing Well - This one is for students who can just about smell the summer coming.

Five Things Every Christian Should be Doing with God’s Word - In Psalm 119 we find “David interacting with the Word of God in five ways that should be paradigmatic for all believers…”

Ten Unforgettable Lessons - Ray Ortlund shares 10 unforgettable lessons on fatherhood that he learned from his own father.

Maybe the reason we’re not humbled by the holiness of God is we’ve fashioned a God who is just like us. —Ryan Huguley

Huguley

 

May 19, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Rise by Trip Lee ($1.99); The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts ($0.99); Seven Men by Eric Metaxas ($1.99); Coffee with Calvin by Donald McKim ($1.99); The White Horse King by Benjamin Merkle ($0.99); Mere Apologetics by Alistair McGrath ($2.51); A City Upon a Hill by Larry Witham ($1.99); 

Adding Stars - Don’t miss this one! “So, we send off the ones we love and we go forth ourselves—over oceans and just across the street, into hostile regions of foreign countries and into the familiar comfort of a culturally Christian Bible Belt. Each is as full of wandering and wondering souls as the other.”

Students! Seize the Summer! - Here’s some good counsel for students.

What is Marriage to Evangelical Millennials? - “The one promise I make to my students at the beginning of the course is that they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive. That promise used to be easier to keep.”

A Goodbye to Youth Ministry - As Mike Leake says farewell to youth ministry, he lays out a simple, helpful philosophy of youth ministry.

The Benefits of an Annual Study Group - I’ve always loved what Darryl models here: An annual study group with a bunch of like-minded people.

Family Ministry - Writing primarily to pastors, Timothy Paul Jones offers three truths and three tips to engage with families in your church.

Wolf Hall and the Protestant Reformation - [Especially] If you watched the PBS series Wolf Hall, you may be interested in this article on the main characters and what became of them.

We must meditate, brothers. These grapes will yield no wine till we tread upon them. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

 

May 18, 2015

The excellent 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series is on sale today: The Gospel by Ray Ortlund; Evangelism by Mack Stiles; Expositional Preaching by David Helm; Sound Doctrine by Bobby Jamieson; Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne; Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman; Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman ($4.99 each). The Confessions of St. Augustine in modern English ($0.99); The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible by William Marty ($2.99).

#AskAlcorn - Here are the results of Randy Alcorn’s recent Twitter chat. He answered a whole host of questions.

The Best Idioms in the World - This is an amusing list of some of the best (and weirdest) idioms from across the world.

The Pastor and Social Media - Pastors (and others) may do well to read these comments by Nicholas Batzig. “I have to insist that to write off this medium wholesale … is shortsighted at best. Similarly, judging others for their use of social media is shortsighted at best as well.”

In Flight - If you’re at all interesting in air travel you will probably enjoy this article in which you’ll gain a pilot’s-eye view of a flight from London to Tokyo.

The Gathering Storm - Al Mohler borrows a line from Winston Churchill and warns of a different kind of battle that is fast approaching.

That Little Word - Andrew Wilson discovers the final question and answer in the Heidelberg Catechism, and it is worthy of reflection.

The Power of False Memory - The recent attacks in Manhattan show how quickly we can develop false memories.

A twig is brought to any form, but grown trees will not bow. How few are converted in old age! —John Flavel

Flavel

 

May 16, 2015

Nick writes about The Pastor’s Dilemma, the fact that an awful lot of seminary students are carrying an awful lot of debt.

Today’s flash deal from Zondervan is PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones.

It’s always fun to meet a quirky person who simply loves what he does. That’s the case in this short film titled Conrad and The Steamplant.

“Go to the ant,” said Solomon. You’ll enjoy seeing how trap-jaw ants have evolved been created. “Their spring-loaded jaws are capable of snapping shut as fast as 60 meters/second (134 miles/hr) and can generate forces over 300 times their body weight.”

It was fun to read The Gospel Coalition profiling Betty McPhee, a dear family friend: Helping Deaf Students to Flourish.

Here are 5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 Years. “We’re seeing more and more recruiters use the web as a place to search for talent and conduct employment background searches.”

Thanks to MereChurch for sponsoring the blog this week. They are exactly right: Your Church Needs a Great Website.

The process of history is not haphazard. There is a purpose in it all. And the purpose is the purpose of God. —Leon Morris

Morris

 

May 15, 2015

Today’s flash deal from Zondervan is A God-Sized Vision by Collin Hansen & John Woodbridge ($1.99); you might also consider Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear ($0.99). Finally, tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of Monday’s deals.

Overstock Sale - I know I already linked to Westminster Books once this week, but thought I’d do so again since they have some great deals on overstock and imperfect items (including books by some favorite authors).

Love Theologically - Here’s a good word from Mike Wittmer on a common false dichotomy.

The State of the PCA - Bryan Chapell has a long and interesting evaluation of the current state of the Presbyterian Church in America. (Richard Phillips replies.)

Should We Call Them Bullies? - John Knight pulls no punches in this article on bullies, disability, and abortion.

Our Words Will Be Thunder When Our Life Is Like Lightning - That’s a great title for a good article.

Pixar Easter Eggs - This video displays some of the internal cohesion in Pixar movies.

Love is counting someone else’s needs and interests as more important than your own needs or interests or comfort. —Tim Keller

Keller

 

May 14, 2015

Today’s flash deal from Zondervan is Matt Perman’s excellent What’s Best Next ($1.99). Other daily deals include Nothing Is Impossible with God by Rose Marie Miller ($1.99); Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian ($1.99); Identity by Eric Geiger ($2.99); and the bestselling The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown ($2.99).

Don’t Confuse Spirituality with Righteousness - R.C. Sproul says it well: “Spirituality and piety are not ends in themselves. In fact they are worthless unless they are means to a higher goal. The goal must go beyond spirituality to righteousness.”

What Does It Mean to Accept Jesus? - Ray Ortlund explains by way of a helpful illustration.

Portrait Of A Master Woodworker - It is always a joy to watch a master at his craft.

Typedrummer - Bookmark it and come back to it when you need something to take your mind off life for 10 minutes. You’ll thank me later.

Rethinking Access to the Autographs - One of the standard challenges for New Testament textual criticism is whether we can work our way back to the original text. Michael Kruger looks at some interesting new research here.

Every christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it. —John Stott

Stott

 

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