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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



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



May 13, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Ordinary by Michael Horton ($1.99); The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler ($2.99); Which Bible Translation Should I Use? by Andreas Kostenberger ($4.99); If God Why Evil? by Norman Geisler ($1.99).

Pray for R.C. Sproul - Ligonier has an update on R.C. Sproul’s condition. Do continue to pray for his recovery.

Books for Theologians - This week’s deals at Westminster Books will be of special interest to pastors or theologians (or people looking for read reading that will stretch them); be sure to scroll down to see them all.

Leading on the Edge - The article is actually about leading worship but I loved the quote: “Someone once described an American football game as ‘22 people on the field in desperate need of rest, watched by 60,000 people in the seats in desperate need of exercise’.” 

Charles Spurgeon, Susannah, and The Pilgrim’s Progress - This is a fun little snippet from the life of Charles Spurgeon.

Is Christianity Dying? - Russell Moore: “Bible Belt near-Christianity is teetering. I say let it fall.”

Tempted on All Points? - David Murray follows up John Piper in addressing the temptation of Jesus. “Can Jesus really identify with me when he doesn’t know the experience of indwelling sin raging war against the Spirit? Aren’t our temptations more powerful than those faced by Christ on earth?”

None of the important things God has for us to do in church each week can happen if we’re not there. —Tony Payne



May 12, 2015

The new second edition of my book The Next Story on sale today only for just $1.99. It’s unlikely to ever be cheaper!. Other Kindle deals include: The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper ($2.99); Jesus and the Gospels by Craig Blomberg ($4.99); The Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis ($1.99). Then there are a few Warren Wiersbe books: Be Mature (James); Be Joyful (Philippians); Study Guides for Leviticus, 2 Samuel & 1 Chronicles, Ezekiel, the Minor Prophets.

Engagement Announcement - Nancy Leigh DeMoss is getting married! She shared the happy announcement yesterday morning.

The Five Best Years In Christian Music History - I’m inclined to agree with Stephen Altrogge: “I think 1995 – 2000 may have been the greatest five years in Christian rock history.”

Mix in Some Off-Speed Pitches - This is good preaching advice from Erik Raymond.

America’s $70 Billion Shame - People spent more money playing the lottery last year than on books, video games, and tickets for movies and sporting events combined.

Two Days in Dubai - Here’s an amazing collection of photos from Dubai (with a few of Abu Dhabi).

How Do I Know I’m a Christian? - Kevin DeYoung provides an answer for a question people keep asking.

Who Wrote the Gospels? - This is a very logical and common-sense answer to the question of who wrote the gospels.

It is not the doctrine of justification that does my heart good, it is Christ, the justifier. —C.H. Spurgeon



May 11, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals: Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen ($5.99); Spectacular Sins by John Piper ($2.99); Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore ($3.99); Whiter Than Snow by Paul Tripp ($3.99); Walking in the Spirit by Kenneth Berding ($2.99); Why I Am a Christian by John Stott ($1.99); Zondervan will have some good Kindle deals all week long. Today’s deal is the excellent Seeking Allah Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi ($2.99).

Making Meetings Effective - Here’s some simple advice for making church-based meetings effective. Because we’ve all been in too many meetings where too little actually gets done.

A Critique of Family Driven Faith - Jerry Wragg and Todd Murray have written a helpful critique of Voddie Baucham’s Family Driven Faith, and with it the Family Integrated Church movement (part 1part 2, part 3).

25 Things Yankees Should Know When Moving to the South - I enjoyed this list from Barnabas Piper.

Masculinity Crisis - “Porn and video game addiction are leading to ‘masculinity crisis’, says Stanford prison experiment psychologist.” I don’t agree with all he says, but the basic premise is interesting (and unsurprising).

If You See Something Say Something - “Ask religion journalists which they’ve encountered more: false witnesses and discord-sowers, or people with firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing who stay silent.”

Painless Parker - This is a fun little bit of history: Painless Parker, the celebrity dentist. Yes, dentist.

There is a difference between a well-instructed congregation and a well-nourished one. —Sinclair Ferguson



May 09, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson ($1.99); Forever Mom by Mary Ostyn ($1.99); Think Big by Ben Carson ($1.99).

Douglas Wilson takes on N.T. Wright in an article titled And All God’s People Said, “Wut?”

Jared Wilson has penned An Open Letter to Tom Brady. “I’m writing this not as a BradyHater™, but as a full-on fanboy. You are my favorite sportsman ever — in any game, from any era.”

Here’s a sweet letter from a mom to the birth mothers of her children: Dear Birthmother.

Todd Billings says God Is Bigger Than My Cancer. “There’s no doubt about the diagnosis,” the doctor said. Incurable cancer. A fatal disease. I had just celebrated my tenth anniversary with my wife, and we were busy raising our children, aged 1 and 3.

Joe Thorn has a little mini-series of posts on what small churches can do: Part one and part two.

Thanks to Matthias Media for sponsoring the blog this week with Two Ways to Grow a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church.

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him. —William Law



May 08, 2015

Amazon’s Big Deal has begun again, and there are some good deals to be had including: Crazy Busy, Taking God at His Word, and The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung ($2.99 each); Don’t Call It a Comeback by Kevin DeYoung and me and others ($2.99); One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($1.99); Jesus or Nothing by Dan DeWitt ($2.99). There are lots more deals spanning all genres right here.

Why Not to Have a Woman Preach - Does 1 Timothy 2:12 leave open the possibility that women are permitted to preach in the weekly gathering of a local church as an extension of the male elders of the church or as an expression under their governing authority?

White Rose - Tim Keesee pens a stirring tribute to his mother. 

ESV Student Study Bible - The ESV Student Study Bible is on sale this week. Pair it up with Just Do Something (also on sale) and you’ve got an ideal graduation gift.

On the Path to the Cancer Ward - This is a powerful bit of writing: “Sadness is a backpack of rocks you carry: you forget for a while, stop and enjoy the view, but always it’s there, some days too heavy to bear.”

Why Sermons Often Bore - Gavin Ortlund shares some of what Tim Keller taught about preaching at the recent TGC conference.

Banner of Truth - Banner of Truth has now shared all 3 parts of the mini-documentary on the history of the Banner. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Mom! - A sweet, short film about you and your mom.

Christ is the only way to God, but there are as many ways to Christ as there are people who come to Him. —Os Guinness



May 07, 2015

A few new Kindle deals: The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman ($0.99); 7 Truths That Changed the World by Kenneth Samples ($1.99); Marriage Matters by Winston Smith (free).

How Christianity Invented Children - Fascinating: “There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn’t exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.”

To the Sons and Daughters of Divorce - “Children with divorced parents have experienced a different kind of violent, traumatic collision. And every child of divorce must likewise walk a path of healing.”

Why Christians of All People Should Get Their Vaccines - I know some people will disagree with this, but do at least consider the point he makes.

Listen As He Talks - Here’s why you should listen to your son as he talks about video games.

Protecting Your Ministry - This is a helpful, and perhaps even important, guide to protecting your church or ministry from lawsuits related to sexual orientation and gender. (Note: The link opens a PDF file.)

Living with Eyes Forward to That Day - There is tons of encouragement here, no matter what sin you struggle with.

Slot Machines - This article explains the addictive power of slot machines and the quest to bring that level of addiction to mobile phones as well. (Note: There is a swear word or two in the article.)

Depend on it, my hearer, you never will go to heaven unless you are prepared to worship Jesus Christ as God. —C.H. Spurgeon



May 06, 2015

Here are some Kindle deals that may interest you: Better Love Now by Tommy Nelson ($2.99); 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son ($1.99) and 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter ($2.99) by Vicki Courtney; A Better Way by Michael Horton ($2.99); James Robinson Graves by James Patterson ($2.99); How the Bible Came to Be by Daniel Hays ($0.99). Also a few Kindle e-readers and tablets are on sale leading up to Mother’s Day.

This one isn’t on sale, but how did I not know that David McCullough has a new book out? And on the Wright Brothers? That just made my day.

Joy Beyond the Sorrow - Indelible Grace is celebrating a successful Kickstarter for a new album by giving away their last album (which is one of my favorites). While you are able to leave them a tip, they are genuinely glad for you to have it for free.

Stock Up on Minibooks - Once a year Westminster Books does a big sale on the excellent minibook series from New Growth Press. Stock up and give them away!

Young Suffering Club - Here’s a new effort from Jay and Katherine Wolf. You can learn about it at the link. To learn their story (written or by video) click here.

The Forgotten God - There is a new edition of Credo magazine that may interest you. It is free to read online and free to download.

Spitfire P9374 - Here’s the remarkable story of the finding and restoration of one of the iconic World War 2 fighter planes. You can even buy it if you’ve got £2,500,000 burning a hole in your pocket. (While on the subject of World War 2, you may enjoy these photos of Berlin then and now.)

The Gospel in Mexico - You’ll enjoy reading this interview with Victor Cruz as he tells about the challenges to preaching the gospel in Mexico. I especially appreciated this: “Maybe the greatest misunderstanding is that there is only one Mexico.”

When the voice of Christ speaks through the Word, then you will arise, and leave all, and follow Him. —Robert Murray McCheyne



May 05, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Found: God’s Peace and Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur ($1.99 each); How People Change by Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp ($1.99); Why Jesus? by Ravi Zacharias ($2.99).

When You Can’t Say “He” or “She” - I invariably enjoy Bill Mounce’s reflections on language and translation.

How to Find a Mentor - There is lots of sage counsel in this one from Russell Moore.

The Right Time to Tell My Darkest Secret - Joshua Rogers tells about the difficulty he had in revealing his darkest secret (which involves sexual victimization).

The Heresy of Indifference - Burk Parsons: “When people tell me they are into Jesus but not into doctrine, I tell them that if they are not into doctrine, they are, in fact, not into Jesus.”

What the Media Isn’t Telling You - Michael Kruger tells you exactly what the media won’t tell you about the arguments over same-sex marriage.

Two Billion Bibles - The Gideons just distributed their two billionth Bible. They were even outside my son’s high school the other day, simply giving away Bibles to whoever wanted one.

The Bible does not present an art of prayer; it presents the God of prayer. —Edmund Clowney