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April 14, 2015

Today I dug up just a couple of new Kindle deals: Eternity by Randy Alcorn ($3.99) and Counseling the Hard Cases by Stuart Scott & Heath Lambert ($2.99); When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner ($2.99).

A Legacy Worth Leaving - You’ll enjoy this letter that Ray Ortlund shared. “The following is a letter my dad wrote several years before his death, which he left in his desk, where he knew we would find it…”

Are You Weak Enough for God to Use? - “God is so single-minded in his preference for weakness, that when he wants to use us, he often begins by weakening us.”

Push Back Against Electronic Tipping - I completely agree: this tipping thing is getting out of hand!

Noisetrade or iTunes? - Josh Garrels gives his response on which represents a better way to support an artist you enjoy; scroll down and you’ll see his take on Spotify as well.

Does Calvinism Discourage Evangelism? - Does an affirmation of God’s sovereign election in salvation (commonly called “Calvinism”) discourage people from faithfulness in evangelism?

The Day Lincoln Was Shot - Justin Taylor has a visual FAQ of the day Lincoln was shot.

Marco Rubio’s Faith of Many Colors - Sarah Pulliam Bailey pulls together what we know about Marco Rubio’s faith of many colors.

Many of us cannot reach the mission fields on our feet, but we can reach them on our knees. —T.J. Bach


April 13, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper ($4.99); A Shelter in the Storm by Paul Tripp ($2.99); Disability and the Gospel by Michael Beates ($2.99); Suffering and the Goodness of God by Robert Peterson ($4.99); When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper ($1.99); Caring for a Loved One with Cancer by June Hunt ($1.99); What Happens After I Die? by Michael Rogers ($2.99); Why, O God? by various ($3.99); An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis ($4.99).

Our Irrational Fear of Flying - “Flying a 975,000-pound metal tube 6 miles off the ground at 570 mph will always carry some risk. Crashes will occasionally happen, and the grisly images of the aftermath will continue to evoke an irrational fear of flying.”

TGC 15 - If you’re into conferences, you may enjoy watching The Gospel Coalition conference as it unfolds over the next few days. The livestream gets underway at 1 PM EST.

The Transgender Agenda - This is true and alarming: “It might be sensible to recognise that the transgender agenda is causing us, among other things, to … experiment on our children in the most damaging way.”

Southern Baptists and the Sin of Racism - The Atlantic writes about Russell Moore, Southern Baptists, and racism.

Facebook Would Like a Monopoly on Your Entire Life - The title overstates it a little bit, but I guess it’s not too far from the truth.

ESV App - Today Crossway is releasing (at last!) a great update to the ESV app.

He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him. —C.H. Spurgeon



April 11, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Becoming Worldly Saints (A really good book!) by Mike Wittmer ($2.99); Radically Normal by Josh Kelly ($1.99); Lives Jesus Changed by Simon Vibert ($2.99); Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($5.99).

About twice a year Amazon puts a lot of board games on sale. Today’s one of those days, and they’ve got a stack of strategy board games deeply discounted.

Westminster Books is offer a Free Digital Bundle of works by Vern Poythress. If you’re a scavenger like I am, you’ll want to download it and keep it.

This is kind of neat: Jeremy Bouma looked at my book The Next Story (which is now available in a second edition) and wrote an article called A Discerning Christian’s Guide to Apple Watch.

Sex, God, and a Generation Can’t Tell the Difference looks a study of Millennials and their views on sexuality. “The only thing Millennials are black-and-white on when it comes to matters of sexual morality is that you aren’t allowed to be black-and-white on sexual morality.”

This is the first I have heard of David Stratoun, one of Scotland’s martyrs. Aaron Denlinger tells his story well.

Jason Helopoulos says A Good Assistant Pastor Is Hard to Find, and offers some counsel on what an assistant pastor should be.

Thanks to HCSB for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Gender Accuracy in Bible Translation.

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. —C.S. Lewis


April 10, 2015

Twenty-Two Years - Here’s another strong article from Greg Lucas: “My son turns twenty-two tomorrow, and his mom and I will grieve—deeply, silently, secretly, and personally.”

Help Us Make Indelible Grace 7 - “A new Indelible Grace project is underway. Old hymns set to new music. Join us on the journey to record our new project.”

Naive Young Evangelicals and the Illiberal DNA of the Gay Rights Movement - Block off a few minutes, pour yourself a coffee, and read this one. They payoff is at the end.

Fear in the Cockpit - “The tragic plane crash in Taipei was the result of mechanical and psychological failures.” This article is quite interesting and very useful for illustrations. (The closing line is dumb, unfortunately.)

Winston Churchill Day - “To mark the anniversary of Churchill’s honorary US citizenship, Hillsdale College and RosettaBooks are offering free Kindle downloads of all 8 volumes of the official biography on April 9-11 – An $80 value, absolutely free!”

No Babies Please - It’s amazing to see what is happening in parts of Europe where the birth rate has completely collapsed. In a similar vein, here’s what the world’s religious population may look like in 2050.

We cannot embrace the doctrines of grace without embracing the disciplines of grace. —Curtis Woods


April 09, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals: A Simple Christianity by John MacArthur ($2.99); Exalting Jesus in 1&2 Timothy and Titus ($2.99); Payne Stewart by Tracey Stewart ($0.99).

Baseball Is Life - An oldie but a goodie from Tim Siedell. “Just like life itself, baseball is boring. Amazingly, stupendously boring.” Which is why we love it so…

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? - You’d do well to read this new book from Kevin DeYoung. And, as it happens, it’s on sale right now…

iOS Reading Hack for Efficiency - Here’s a helpful little iOS hack for those who love to read.

In Her Shoes - Christine Hoover: “I ask you today, as I’ve done before, to take a walk in another woman’s shoes: a Christian woman who’s had an abortion.”

The Trinity, The Assembly, and Sweet Potatoes - Does God still speak propositionally today outside of Scripture?

Thanks for Raising the Man of My Dreams - “Your mother-in-law responds to love, she desires appreciation, and she loves her son with every bit of fierceness with which you love him.”

There is no theme more central to the message of Scripture than the glory of God. —Gerald Bray


April 08, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: The Lion and the Lamb by Andreas Kostenberger ($0.99); A Christ-Centered Wedding by Catherine Parks ($2.99); Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper ($2.99); Preach by Mark Dever ($2.99).

How It All Started - “My parents are passionate about prayer, and the prayers of my parents have shaped my life. Sometimes even when they didn’t realize that the subject of their prayers was me.” That’s a promising start to a neat article.

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? - You may be interested in this video featuring Kevin DeYoung. And this article: Why is a Wedding Any Different?

Pray for Marriage - Russell Moore suggests how you ought to pray about the Supreme Court’s pending decision.

Radical - The audio of David Platt’s Radical is a free download for the next couple of days.

Galatians - R.J. Grune has a resource that might appeal to you—a reader-friendly adaptation of Luther’s commentary on Galatians.

Craving Spiritual Milk and Spiritual Growth - Steve DeWitt talks about some of the soul’s toxins.

When people praise you, don’t let it go to your head. When they criticize you, don’t let it go to your heart. —C.J. Rhodes


April 07, 2015

The Christ-Centered Exposition commentaries are on sale in Kindle format: ExodusEzra-Nehemiah; Song of SongsMatthewMarkGalatians; Ephesians; 1&2 ThessaloniansJames; 1, 2, 3 John ($2.99 each). The Underestimated Gospel by Together for the Gospel ($2.99); The Measure of Success by Carolyn McCulley ($2.99); Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax ($1.99); Heroes and Monsters by Josh Riebock ($2.99).

Love and Hate in a Foreign Country - There are some good lines in Carl Trueman’s latest article as he focuses on the RFRA protests of last week.

Married Men - Here’s an interesting one from The Washington Post: “Marriage has a transformative effect on adult behavior, emotional health, and financial well-being—particularly for men.”

Hassles and Joys - “Great risks, long journeys, government sabotage, official informants, chaotic crowds, packed halls, and fervent prayers: Welcome to a Christian training conference in Hong Kong.”

The Dead End of Sexual Sin - Rosaria Butterfield: “Unbelievers don’t ‘struggle’ with same-sex attraction. I didn’t. My love for women came with nary a struggle at all.”

Young Mothers, You Need Friends - Yes, you do, and especially in those years when friendships are hard to maintain.

How Does God Define Success? - Probably not the way you do.

I am certain that the safest way to defend your character is never to say a word about it. —C.H. Spurgeon


April 06, 2015

There are lots of new Kindle deals today. Here’s a start, and I’ll have lots more tomorrow: The Shepherd Leader at Home by Timothy Witmer ($2.99); Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham ($3.99); Exploring Grace Together by Jessica Thompson ($3.99); Marriage and Family by Andreas Kostenberger ($3.99); Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($3.99); Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell ($1.99); The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson ($3.99); Finally Free by Heath Lambert ($3.99).

The Fallout of Failed Marriages - John MacArthur: “The best way to defend and uphold God’s design for marriage and family is not through political or legal action—it’s through the living testimony of a faithful, righteous adherence to God’s design.”

What Happens If All The Bees Die? - Answer? Lots of bad stuff. And isn’t it amazing how intricately God has made this world…

The Established Religion - Frank Turek argues that same-sex marriage has become the established religion. “The new established religion chooses the sword of government compulsion over the freedom of religion and conscience.”

Do You Think It Happened Or Not? - This is important: “when Christians assert that Jesus rose from the dead, they are making a historical claim, not a religious one.”

To Be Laughed At - What is it like to be the butt of the Internet’s latest joke? This writer tells you. (Language warning)

The Most Neglected Part - “I have come to believe that the most neglected part of Christ’s saving work is actual what happened to Him in between His death and resurrection.”

Remember: you are not fighting for victory, but from victory, for Jesus Christ has already defeated Satan! —Warren Wiersbe


April 04, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Rid of My Disgrace by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb ($3.99); Redemption by Mike Wilkerson ($3.99); Adoniram Judson by Jason Duesing ($0.99); Reasons for Unbelief by Norman Geisler ($1.99); Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous ($2.99).

Did Jesus suffer God’s wrath for all, or only the elect? R.C. Jr: “Just for the elect. This truth is hard for some people for a what seems like a good reason—It shows God treating people unequally.”

On a similar note, I appreciate the way Douglas Wilson approaches Roger Olson’s diatribe against Calvinism. 

What is the The Post-Indiana Future for Christians? “Our culture has lost the ability to reason together, because too many of us want and believe radically incompatible things.”

Marvin Olasky has a good article titled Cultural Hardball. “In an increasingly hostile culture, pastors and Christian ballplayers both face brushback pitches. Will they stand up to the pressure?”

And while we’re on the subject of baseball, this is worth reading if you’re a baseball fan: No Runs, No Hits, New Era. It talks about the dominance of pitching in today’s game.

Shell Shock is a fascinating (and tragic) look at a couple of tragic figures from the First World War. “They were twin sisters and scions of New York society. They were writers. They were Red Cross volunteers in the War To End All Wars. And on the way home from France, they leaped into the icy water.”

I’m grateful to P&R for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Does the Devil Have Your Ear?

Finally, today is a good day to ponder The Silence of God.

The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord. —George Müller


April 03, 2015

Here are just a couple of new Kindle deals: The MacArthur Study Bible (NASB) or NKJV ($4.99); and The Jesus Answer Book by John MacArthur ($1.99).

Revival on the Pennsylvania Frontier - “While George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards have come to be considered the primary human instruments used by God in America’s First Great Awakening, numerous other ministers were privileged to have a significant role in that widespread revival as well.”

Curse Motif - Here’s R.C. Sproul speaking on the curse motif of the atonement. (Click here if you’d rather read it.)

The Internet Ruined April Fool’s Day - Like Halloween, it’s fun when it’s a day for kids, but goes off the rails when the adults take over.

Jerusalem Journal - Tim Keesee shares a dispatch from Jerusalem.

Died: Robert Schuller - You certainly won’t agree with everything in this article, but it does provide an interesting look back at Robert Schuller’s life and legacy.

What Happened in Kenya? - Joe Carter has an FAQ on the attacks on Christians in Kenya.

Look to the cross, and hate your sin, for sin nailed your Well Beloved to the tree. —C.H. Spurgeon