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May 02, 2015

The Kindle deals have been ultra-slow lately. You may like The End for Which God Created the World by Jonathan Edwards (modern English) at $2.99, or Good News for Those Trying Harder by Dave Kraft ($2.99). It is your last day to take advantage of these deals: The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler ($3.99); The Wonder-Working God by Jared Wilson ($2.99); The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($2.99); Can We Trust the Gospels? by Mark D. Roberts ($1.99); The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware ($2.99); Discovering Jesus by T.D. Alexander ($2.99).

Also, depending on your Mother’s Day traditions you may like Amazon’s daily deal today.

This week I was a guest on the TechTonic podcast and talked about where technology helps and hinders. We also discussed writing methods, productivity, and our everyday devices.

This is heartbreaking: “In the Women’s Center, my friends and I giggled awkwardly at the rainbow condoms and joked about a brochure entitled ‘Pregnant At Harvard?’ I never dreamed that it would be relevant to my life.”

I have been keeping an eye on reviews for Apple Watch, and this one seems to catch it well: It’s beautiful but still very much a version 1: rough around the edges.

Mark Altrogge outlines the most important factor in becoming more like Jesus.

Canadians may be interested in Michael Coren’s recent move from Catholicism to Liberal Anglicanism, and largely because of the Catholic view on homosexuality.

Jonathan Leeman shares a talk he gave recently on The Meaning of Sex.

Finally, thanks to Moody for sponsoring the blog this week with Life on Mission.

The habit of introspection may be abused, to divert the eyes of the soul too much from Christ. —R.L. Dabney



May 01, 2015

How Carl Trueman Changed My Mind About Luther - “An understanding of Luther’s approach to the Christian life is fundamental to understanding the varieties of practical Western Christianity over the last five hundred years”

The World Map of Christian Apps - Here’s a roundup of some Christian apps that may interest you.

Mother’s Day @ WTS - Westminster Books has a whole section of deals for Mother’s Day. Note that some of the items will have price drops when you buy 3 or more copies (e.g. Glimpses of Grace or Women of the Word). 

Gnostic Sex - Michael Wittmer considers the two main catalysts that got our culture to where it is at the moment.

Top 10 Questions - Russell Moore and Andrew Walker provide the top ten most important questions that Supreme Court justices asked lawyers from each side of the case that was before them earlier this week.

Connect Spirit with Truth - Don Whitney has been sharing some highlights from one of his older books Simplify Your Spiritual Life.

The Word of God is clear; it is not that we have accepted God; rather, He has accepted us into His family. —Burk Parsons


April 30, 2015

Here is a handful of new Kindle deals; I expect there will be more tomorrow. Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer ($2.99); Tear Down This Wall of Silence by Dale Ingraham ($2.99); Paul Meets Muhammad by Michael Licona ($2.99).

Embers to Flames - George is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and is the Pastor-Teacher of Baltimore Bible Church; he reflects on the recent events in his city.

Apologetics Canada - If you’re in the Toronto area and have an interest in apologetics, you may want to consider this event in June. And if you’re in Vancouver, I’d like to see you at Men for God earlier in the month.

Ligonier and YouTube - Ligonier Ministries has just added some of their best teaching series to YouTube (The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, etc).

What Should America Expect? - Aaron Armstrong looks at same-sex marriage from a Canadian perspective (where it has been legal since 2005). “This probably is no shock to the Americans reading this, but Canadians don’t really get you.”

Fetal Homicide Laws - It is amazing when ideology gets in the way of morality, as is the case with fetal homicide laws.

God Owes Me Nothing - This is such an important truth. “I owe him everything; he owes me nothing.”

Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book. —J.C. Ryle


April 29, 2015

I Can Do All Things - Nathan Busenitz takes a look at an oft-misused passage. “But the irony is that, by taking this verse out of context, many people have actually turned it on its head—making it mean the opposite of what it actually means.”

It is Going to Be an Issue - Al Mohler offers some reflections on yesterday’s Supreme Court proceedings.

Side by Side - Westminster Books has some good deals this week, including one on Ed Welch’s excellent new book. Or, if you’re into Bible software you may want to check out the NIVAC Software Super Sale from Zondervan.

Hyper-Headship and the Scandal of Domestic Abuse in the Church - Justin Taylor summarizes an important sermon by Jason Meyer.

TGC Media Now Available - If you missed The Gospel Coalition conference, you can now at least catch up on all the content.

How Many Children Should I Have? - This is always a difficult question to answer, but Amanda Peacock has taken it on and done quite a good job.

Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. —A.W. Tozer



April 28, 2015

Pray for Nepal - Desiring God once called Suraj Kasula Nepal’s most unlikely church planter. He provides an important update on his country after the earthquake.

Second Edition - Zondervan has released a new second edition of my book The Next Story and Books at a Glance kindly wrote a review.

In Defense of the Sermon - This is an interesting and somewhat unconventional defense of the sermon. A key sentence: “It’s a fallacy to assume that the primary purpose of preaching is teaching.”

Antarctica - This video moves at a plodding pace, but it aptly displays the cold beauty of Antarctica.

Why Not Gay Marriage? - Kevin DeYoung makes the argument against gay marriage. “I’m concerned that many younger Christians—ironically, often those passionate about societal transformation and social justice—do not see the connection between a traditional view of marriage and human flourishing.”

Five Questions with Gary Thomas - Gary Thomas answers some good questions about marriage, dating, and pornography.

Those Who Think Read - “If we are too busy to think, then we are too busy. And if we are too busy to read, then we are too busy.”

On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. —C.S. Lewis


April 27, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals to start the week: Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch (free); The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler ($3.99); The Wonder-Working God by Jared Wilson ($2.99); The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($2.99); Can We Trust the Gospels? by Mark D. Roberts ($1.99); The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware ($2.99); Discovering Jesus by T.D. Alexander ($2.99).

A Guy on the Subway - You’ll enjoy reading about Elisha’s encounter with a stranger on the subway.

How the Prosperity Gospel Hurts Racial Reconciliation - Russell Moore: “You cannot reconcile people across carnal divisions with a gospel based on carnal promises.” So true.

Hanging Out with Your Friends Is Not Church - “Increasingly, I see younger evangelicals wondering if they can call their spiritual hang outs with friends a congregation. They are exploring the question: What is church?”

The Gum Nebula - The Hubble space telescope takes you on a fly-through of the Gum Nebula.

Nepal - Here is some guidance on praying for Nepal in the wake of that devastating earthquake.

What Is Gender Reassigment Surgery? - This article from CBMW offers a medical assessment with a biblical appraisal.

Christ is much more powerful to save, than Adam was to destroy. —John Calvin


April 25, 2015

I’ve got no new Kindle deals today, but you may want to take a look at these from Monday: Against the Gods by John Currid ($1.99); Ancient Word, Changing Worlds by Stephen Nichols ($2.99); Inerrancy and Worldview by Very Poythress ($2.99); Canon Revisited by Michael Kruger ($5.99); Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? by Various ($5.99).

I am enjoying the new series of blog posts at 9Marks that they are calling the 9Marks Mailbag where they simply offers answers to readers’ questions.

Russell Moore answers this question: What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?

This is a helpful little infographic on photography.

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of Coke’s biggest blunder.

Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?” So why these 66 books?

Mark Altrogge offers good counsel: Don’t Be Too Quick To Look for Fruit in New Believers.

It’s true you know: You Have Just Enough Time.

Special thanks to RPTS for sponsoring the blog this week.

If we love God’s fame and are committed to magnifying His name above all things, we cannot be indifferent to world missions. —John Piper



April 24, 2015

I have been looking for Kindle deals, but this has been rather a slow week. How to Read the Bible in Changing Times by Mark Strauss is good value at $1.99, and new from GLH Publishing is John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence ($0.99), but that’s about all I see. Pastors may want to check out some new deals from Westminster Books.

The Holiness of GodR.C. Sproul’s classic video series The Holiness of God is available now in the App Store as a free interactive course from Ligonier Connect for iPhone or iPad. (Also, here is an update on Dr. Sproul’s health after his recent stroke.)

Making the Most of Sunday - “There are three ways to get the most out of your Sundays with the church: prepare, participate, and reflect.”

Banner of Truth - Banner of Truth is rolling out a 3-part mini-documentary on their history. Check in over 3 weeks to see it all.

5 Wise Principles - Here are 5 wise principles gleaned from a too-short life of excellence. (This was posted in February, but I only spotted it today.)

How Do You Know You’re Repentant? - Jared Wilson offers 12 signs we have a genuinely repentant heart.

A Decade of YouTube - A decade of YouTube has changed the future of television in significant ways.

Be careful what books you read, for as water tastes of the soil it runs though, so does the soul taste of the authors that a man reads. —John Trapp


April 23, 2015

The Rare Jewel of Christian Commitment - It is a rare jewel, indeed. “Scripture and experience teach us that commitment to the Lord and to His people in the church is one of the rarest and yet most precious graces.”

So Much Stuff, So Little Time - “I need things. What gets confusing is knowing the difference between the things we need and the things we don’t need.”

Ask often, “What does the Bible say?” - It is simple but sound counsel.

Does God Heal Today? - Josh Buice takes on a question that is always controversial.

How to Be Productive - Here is how to be productive according to the Bible.

DayMap - DayMap is an app that may appeal to pastors or anyone else who could benefit from “organizing your projects and tasks by visually mapping out your life.”

The opposite of love is not correction but indifference. —Anthony Thiselton



April 22, 2015

These Go To 11 - Earlier this week I recorded a podcast with Greg Dutcher and we talked about all kinds of things—pornography, Reformed theology and even baseball. If you’re into podcasts you can listen in at the link. 

In Praise of Hymns - CBS News recently highlighted Keith Getty. And I don’t think they got his Irish sense of humor at all.

Dispatches From the Front - My favorite DVD series is on sale at Westminster Books. Speaking of which, check out the blog post Who Can Be Against Us?.

JBMW - The Journal for Bibilical Manhood and Womanhood has released a new issue that is free for the taking.

10 Things Young Singles in Romantic Relationships Ought to Know - Just like the title says.

Present Heaven and Future Heaven - What’s the difference between present heaven and future heaven? Randy Alcorn answers.

Don’t Be Theologically Dumb - “When you love God with your heart but not your mind, you end up loving the god of your imagination, not the God of the universe.”

True joy comes only from God and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him. —Jerry Bridges