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March 01, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Is Hell for Real or Does Everyone Go To Heaven? by Mohler, Keller, and others ($1.99); Biblical Words and Their Meaning by Moises Silva ($1.99); Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber ($0.99); John Calvin’s Sermons on 1 Timothy ($2.99); Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley ($3.99); The QuickNotes Dictionary of Bible Places ($2.99); The MacArthur Topical Bible ($3.99). Amazon has a new list of monthly deals that cross all genres and may be worth looking over.

This month’s Logos deal is 101 of John Piper’s Look at the Book videos completely free. You can add Finish the Mission for $1.99 and enter to win a whole Piper collection. Also, last Friday Lexham Press released a new book called Church History for Modern Ministry. You can check it out here; if you want to buy it, click this link and you’ll get it for just $5.99. 

Christian Audio’s free book this month of Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us to Want.

Reassurance: The Needed Component in Reconciliation

I think you will appreciate this one, a lesson on reconciliation drawn out of the narrative of Joseph and his brothers.

Lamentations

Bifrost Arts has a new album out that features songs of lament. You can listen to it at all at Bandcamp.

The Downward Spiral of My Discontent

You can identify with this, I’m sure: “I find myself feeling Eeyore-like with a black cloud over my head and a target on my back. My already full plate doesn’t seem able to hold anything else and I’m speeding down the slippery slope of self-pity. At the same time, I’m exasperated with myself for my despondency.”

Marble Race

There’s something mesmerizing about this very long marble race.

Putting Off Putting On

New from our Visual Theology shop is an infographic on putting off and putting on. You can get the high-resolution digital download for just $1.99!

This Day in 1942. 74 years ago today, Kent Hughes was born. Happy Birthday to you, Kent!

ZION 8K

ZION 8K (and I confess, I have no idea what 8K signifies) is the latest video in a great project titled More Than Just Parks.

Online Education: Relation-less Education

“Why attend a ‘brick and mortar’ institution? Why walk away from the benefits and discounts offered by online education? Because those discounts come with a cost—a savings accomplished by gutting education of its heart and soul—the relationship between teacher and student, in which not merely information, but a way of life is imparted through an ongoing relationship.”

Piper

God intends to use human prayers to accomplish his most ultimate and universal purposes. —John Piper

February 29, 2016

Zondervan has 3 books by Mike Wittmer you may want to grab: Worldly Saints (A really, really good book!), Don’t Stop Believing, and Heaven Is a Place on Earth ($1.99 each). They have also discounted The Gospel at Work by Greg Gilbert & Sebastian Traeger, Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem, and Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill ($1.99 each). Reformation Heritage Books has discounted 4 volumes in the Puritan Treasures for Today series: Stop Loving the World; Triumphing Over Sinful Fear; Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory; and The Fading of the Flesh and the Flourishing of Faith ($2.99 each). Also consider Atheism Remix by Al Mohler ($4.99); I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler & Frank Turek ($4.99); Writers to Read by Douglas Wilson ($2.99); and God Speaks by Ray Comfort ($0.99).

Wayne Grudem Reflects on His Life’s Work

I really enjoyed World magazine’s recent interview with Wayne Grudem. They talk about his life, his work, the ESV, Systematic Theology, and a lot else.

Which Generation is Most Distracted by Their Phones?

If you think it’s those Millennials, think again. The truth is “Adults are as addicted—if not more addicted—to technology as teenagers.”

Our Hope Is in the Living God Who Reigns Yet

In this video “Tim Tomlinson asks D. A. Carson about how Christians should engage in the 2016 election.”

Inerrancy Is a Place to Live

Speaking of D.A. Carson, you might also want to look at this written interview on inerrancy.

The Year Video Games [Almost] Died

This is a fascinating little video that looks back to the year that video games almost died out.

This Day in 1948. Richard Wurmbrandt, author of Tortured for Christ and founder of Voice of the Martyrs, was arrested on his way to church. He then spent many years in prison for his faith and was tortured many times. *

Teach Your People to Suffer

“The truth is that this trial—the most suffering we’ve ever faced—has been an immeasurable blessing. It has been such a blessing because of the amazing church we attend, a church with leaders who prepare their people to suffer.”

Oil Drilling Collapse

This little graphic shows the sudden collapse of oil drilling as the price of oil plummeted.

Spurgeon

Six feet of dirt make all men equal. —C.H. Spurgeon

February 27, 2016

If you haven’t yet picked up Onward by Russell Moore, you’re just about out of time to get Christianity Today’s Beautiful Orthodoxy book of the year for $2.99. Also consider Jesus and the Jihadis by Craig Evans ($1.99) or 10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer by Elmer Towns ($2.99). This is also the last day to get the Theologians on the Christian Life series from Crossway at just $3.99 each: Augustine; Bavinck; Calvin; Edwards; Luther; Newton; Owen; Packer; Warfield; Wesley.

Making the Most of Prayer Meeting

Here are some worthwhile tips on enjoying your church’s prayer meeting. You do go to your church’s prayer meeting, right?

The Word Made Flesh

Yesterday, here at the Ligonier Ministries National Conference, Ligonier released The Ligonier Statement on Christology. It is well worth reading and pondering and perhaps even reciting as a church.

Six Things Submission Is Not

John Piper provides six things that the Bible does not mean when it talks about submission.

Why So Many Evangelicals Are For Trump

I guess everyone is speculating about the reason for Trump’s popularity, even among Evangelicals. An article at the Federalist offers a compelling answer. “He is not one of them—they know that. But they believe he is for them at a time when their faith and beliefs have become politically incorrect.”

Reformation Round Table

A few weeks ago I sat down with Steve Lawson and Josh Buice to discuss the Reformation. I didn’t say a whole lot, but sure enjoyed hearing Dr. Lawson talk, and especially about John Calvin.

Tomorrow in 1784. 232 years ago tomorrow, at age 80, John Wesley “formally chartered the movement within Anglicanism which afterward came to be known as Wesleyan Methodism.” *

Gramercy Typewriter

I enjoyed this short video on a family business.

The Difference Between Costly Sacrifice and Needless Burnout

Thanks to The Good Book Company for sponsoring the blog this week with an article entitled “The Difference Between Costly Sacrifice and Needless Burnout.”

Newton

I have reason to praise him for my trials, for, most probably, I should have been ruined without them. —John Newton

February 26, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include just one book, actually, but it’s worth checking out since it’s brand new: Alex Chediak’s Beating the College Debt Trap. It came out just a few weeks ago and is $1.99 for a short time.

If you are here at the Ligonier Ministries National Conference, I’d love to meet you either at the book signing I’m doing this morning or at the youth and family seminar which is taking place after lunch.

Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes

The whole superpower motif is a bit overplayed, but it was still good to see this video on the heroes of MAF.

How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin?

“I don’t think Paul had perfect, sinless anger in mind when he quoted King David from Psalm 4:4 to the Ephesians. Paul’s point seems to be that not all anger Christians experience is rooted in the prideful, selfish soil of our sin nature.”

Hack Attack

There is a bit of bad language in this video. With that out of the way, it aptly shows how hacking and hackers actually work and just how vulnerable our information is. But it also shows why it’s not all bad news.

A History of Awakening

Keith Mathison provides a brief history of awakenings and offers hope for many more. “If you are a Christian, He has awakened you by bringing you out of darkness and into the light. Pray that by His Spirit He would move mightily to awaken many more.”

Risen - The Movie

Melissa Penner has a good review of Risen telling what it includes and what it omits.

This Day in 398. 1,618 years ago today, John Chrysostom (nicknamed “golden tongue” because of his eloquent preaching) becomes bishop of Constantinople. *

The Number One Predictor of Divorce

I don’t think I’ve ever linked to Woman’s Day before. But this article is important in that it explains the number one predictor of divorce. “After four decades of research, the world’s foremost marriage therapist noticed a clear pattern among couples that didn’t stay together.”

The Most Beautiful Thing

“When Robb Scott overheard another father telling his son last weekend that Down syndrome was an ‘illness of not knowing anything,’ he said nothing. But as the father of a five-year-old boy with Down syndrome, he felt sick inside.”

Spurgeon

It is not our eye on him which is our great protection, but his eye on us. —C.H. Spurgeon

February 25, 2016

I was not able to track down any noteworthy Kindle deals today. However, those who (like me) are big Logos users may be interested in a new deal they are offering. They have a lot of new Crossway collections coming along, and for each one you pre-order they’ll give you a 20% discount toward an existing Crossway product.

Do Christian Parents Flirt with the Idol of Sports?

I fear that too many parents really do flirt with the idol of sports. “There’s an idolatry problem in our community related to youth sports. I see this problem every weekend as families gather at the field rather than their church. It’s a problem in my heart, too.”

The Apple Case and Your Future

“Digital technology always grows hungrier for more personal information, and we users nearly always accede to its demands.” The more we give to our digital technologies, the more important privacy becomes.

I Am

I Am is one of two new prints we’ve released at our Visual Theology store. The other is The Function and Use of the Gospel.

The Day I Saw Jesus

I guess each one of us can say that a day came when we finally saw Jesus. I enjoyed reading this account.

Is Family-Integrated Worship the Historical Norm?

I’ve said it before: If you believe family-integrated worship is most consistent with the Bible, please practice it. But, as this article shows, you cannot make the claim that it is the historical norm.

This Day in 2004. 12 years ago today was opening day of Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ. *

How To Win an Election

In this video a leading political strategist explains how candidates use the art of storytelling to help swing elections.

Southern Baptists Lose Almost 1,000 Missionaries

“Six months after announcing plans to cut 600 to 800 missionaries and staff in order to balance its budget, the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) revealed today that it has lost 1,132 workers—almost twice as many as its low-end estimate.”

Bunyan

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart. —John Bunyan

February 24, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include A Better Way by Michael Horton ($2.99); The Complete Guide to Christian Quotations ($2.99); The Man Called Cash by Steve Turner ($1.99); Beginning at Moses by Michael Barrett ($0.99); Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey ($3.99).

Risen: Movies, Faith, and the Bible

The best and most important part of this article on the film Risen comes in the final paragraph.

I Got Skills

I enjoyed this reflection on motherhood and parenting.

Corpus Linguistics

I appreciated this critical interaction with the post I wrote on feeling, thinking, and believing.

Planet Earth 2

This is exciting: There will soon be a second series of Planet Earth. I can’t help but wonder, though, how much will be dedicated to climate change hysteria. “The series, which originally used the working title One Planet, uses technology including ultra high definition filming, drones and remote recording.”

Can God’s Love for Us Increase?

Mark Jones answers a common question and does so with a solid “yes and no.”

A Short History of the Mosquito that Transmits Zika Virus

“Question: What do Napoléon Bonaparte, Walter Reed, the Panama Canal, and the Zika virus all have in common? Answer: The Aedes aegypti mosquito…”

This Day in 303. 1,713 years ago today, the first official Roman edict for the persecution of Christians was issued by Roman Emperor Galerius Valerius Maximianus. *

Bonjour Paris

There may be a little too much hyper in this hyperlapse video of Paris, but it’s still pretty amazing.

The World’s Quietest Room

Imagine being in a room so quiet that you can hear your heart beat. You can even hear your joints scraping together when you move.

Whitney

The truly wise are humble because they know they still have so much to learn. —Don Whitney

February 23, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Onward by Russell Moore ($2.99); Understanding Baptism by Bobby Jamieson ($2.99); The Absurdity of Unbelief by Jeffrey Johnson ($0.99); Evangelical Feminism by Wayne Grudem ($2.99). Also the volumes of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary are on sale for $4.99 each: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus & Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua-Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra-Job, Psalms-Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah & Lamentations, Ezekiel & Daniel, The Minor Prophets.

People who use the Logos ecosystem may be interested in several Cruciform Press bundles that are deeply discounted. Also, they have just begun a sale on Wipf & Stock resources which may be of special interest to pastors, students, and scholars.

What Should Evangelicals Make of Karl Barth?

Justin Taylor shares D.A. Carson’s answer to Tony Reinke’s question. (Did you get all that?) “It is sad if knowledgeable pastors don’t make use of Barth, but it is even more sad if they make a wrong use of Barth. Barth has the capacity to say contradictory things without embarrassment.”

Discipleship in Jesus’ Style

Be sure to read this article on the best kind of discipleship. This is a serious, serious challenge to me.

Nothing to Celebrate

Carl Trueman: “The seriousness of a society’s funeral rites speak volumes about the seriousness of a society, for the way we treat the dead is really a function of how we value life.”

Hillary, Bernie, Donald, and Me

John Piper writes about life, dreams, and goals after 70. “At 70, I am energized to dream great things, because this year Hillary turns 69, Bernie turns 75, and Donald turns 70. … They only get to be President of a tiny territory called the U.S.A. I get to be an ambassador of the Sovereign of the universe.”

How to Slay the Dragon of Pornography

Ed Welch has a short but pointed article on slaying the ugly dragon of pornography.

Gospel-Centered Life Questions

Bob Kellemen is comparing the world’s 8 ultimate life questions to the Bible’s 8 ultimate life questions and seeing that the Bible wins every time.

This Day in 155. 1,861 years ago today, Polycarp, an early church father who was a disciple of the apostle John, was burned at the stake for his faith in Christ. *

iPhone Backdoor Brawl

WORLD has an article telling why Apple’s compliance or non-compliance with an order to unlock an iPhone is such a big deal.

Could We See the End of Malaria?

Is it possible that our generation will see the end of malaria? “The Nobel laureate Baruch Blumberg once estimated that malaria has killed half of the people who have ever lived. In 2015 alone, it killed almost half a million people, 70 percent of which were children. Today, about 3.2 billion people are, according to the World Health Organization, at risk of contracting it, most of whom are children and pregnant women.”

Flavel

One word of God can do more than ten thousand words of men to relieve a distressed soul. —John Flavel

February 22, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include the excellent Theologians on the Christian Life series from Crossway at just $3.99 each: Augustine; Bavinck; Calvin; Edwards; Luther; Newton; Owen; Packer; Warfield; Wesley. Also consider picking up Rise by Trip Lee at $1.99.

More Thoughts on Christians and Sex in Movies

Samuel James responds to comments and criticism on his excellent article about nudity and sex in movies.

What Happened Between the Old and New Testaments?

When you flip that page between the Old Testament and New Testament, you are travelling 400 years. What happened in that time? (This is an advertisement for a course, but still has a helpful and brief overview of the main headings.)

Socialism Is Evil

Rick Phillips explains why socialism is evil. He focuses on 3 reasons: “because socialism is a system based on stealing; because socialism is an anti-work system; because socialism concentrates the power to do evil.”

At Least You’re Married or Single

Marrieds love to tell singles going through transitions and hard times, “At least you’re not tied down! At least you’re free to be flexible! At least you can make your own schedule, etc.” Singles love to tell marrieds going through transitions and hard times, “At least you have each other! At least you’re married! At least you don’t have to do it alone!”

Returning Home From Life In Space

What’s it like to return from space? This little video gives one astronaut’s perspective.

This Day in 1649. 367 years ago today, “The Westminster Assembly adjourns, having held one thousand one hundred and sixty three sessions over a period of five years, six months, and twenty-two days.” *

Turning from Idols to Find True Happiness in God

Randy Alcorn explains our attraction to idols.

The Blessing of Teaching the Children

Nick Batzig explains the unexpected blessings of teaching children.

Spurgeon

Though you hoard up wealth, gold is nothing but dust to a dying man. —C.H. Spurgeon