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November 18, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include one of my favorite Michael Horton books, Putting Amazing Back into Grace ($2.99). Also consider Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God by C.J. Mahaney ($2.99); Going Public by Bobby Jamieson ($4.99); Scripture Alone by James White ($2.99); and these 3 from Christian Focus: Joseph by Liam Goligher, Jonah by Colin Smith, and Daniel by Sean Michael Lucas ($2.99 each). You may want to download Don’t Follow Your Heart by Jon Bloom which is available free at Desiring God.

10 Questions about Adventism

Nathan Busenitz is finding out what I learned a little while ago: That critiquing Seventh Day Adventism brings about some harsh responses.

What ISIS Really Wants

“The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.”

If We Perish, We Perish

Amy makes an important point here: “It’s ironic that two months ago, when a drowned toddler was the Face of the Refugee, there was only criticism for those countries who didn’t open their arms wide.  Now, when the Face of the Refugee is a terrorist, those same doors are slamming shut.”

How One Man’s Face Became Another Man’s Face

(Note: Since I shared this today, NY Mag has added an inappropriate ad for another article in the right sidebar. My apologies.) “Patrick Hardison’s face was not always his own. Three months ago, it belonged to a young Brooklyn bike mechanic.” This article (which contains a handful of swear words) describes a procedure on the very frontier of medical science: a face transplant.

Christmas Books

Westminster Books has deals this week on Christmas books. There are some good choices there for individuals and families.

This Day in 1874. 141 years ago today the Women’s Christian Temperance Union was founded in Cleveland. *

Talking with Catholics about Jesus

Mark Gilbert: “Here are my answers to some great questions a student at a theological college asked me about talking with Catholics about Jesus.”

For the Love

TGC has a helpful review of Jen Hatmaker’s popular new book For the Love. They point out strengths and weaknesses and make it sound like there are probably better books to read.


No man more truly loves God than he that is most fearful to offend Him. —Thomas Adams

November 17, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include Christians in an Age of Wealth by Craig Blomberg ($3.99); Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock by Daniel Strange ($4.99); John Wesley’s Teachings by Thomas Oden ($2.99); Urban Legends of the New Testament by David Croteau ($4.99).

Amazon also has quite a list of Ravensburger games and puzzles on sale today. They have some excellent ones.

Discipleship, Rest and Reading

It has been a while since Thabiti Anyabwile last updated his blog, but he came back strong with this article. It’s geared toward pastors but has wisdom for all of us.

When You Indulge in Porn, You Participate in Sex Slavery

Andy Naselli makes the case. I do not disagree.

We Cannot Look the Other Way

No, we cannot. David Altrogge wants to tell you about this documentary 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy about the infamous Kermit Gosnell case. I have seen it and recommend it.

Immigration Policy

Kevin DeYoung has penned a really strong article on immigration policy and some of the dangers of elevating compassion as the primary decision maker.

This Day in 3 BC. According to early church father Clement of Alexandria (c.155–c.220), Jesus was born 2,018 years ago today. Merry Christmas? *

Irony’s Dead And Planned Parenthood Killed It

Here’s a brief take on Planned Parenthood’s outrageous tweet.


God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. —C.S. Lewis

November 16, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester ($3.99); To the Glory of God by James Montgomery Boice ($1.99); A Theology for Family Ministry by Michael Anthony ($2.99); and three by Joel Beeke: Meet the Puritans ($2.99), Taking Hold of God ($2.99), and Puritan Evangelism ($0.99).

Rise of the College Crybullies

Here’s an interesting analysis of what’s going on at college campuses. “The status of victim has been weaponized at campuses across the nation, but there is at least one encouraging sign.” In a similar vein: A Crisis Our Universities Deserve.

The Islamic Revolution Comes to Paris

David Murray: “If the world is spared long enough, I believe that many will look back on these years and say, ‘That was a revolution. The world was radically and irreversibly transformed in the first 10-15 years of the 21st century.’”

Who Do I Make the Effort to Notice?

Amy provides an international perspective on the situation in Paris. “We mourn more deeply when the tragedy happens closer to us. We become more frightened when we can picture it also happening to us.” The message from Uganda is similar.

What’s a Budget?

Here’s a good way of understanding a family budget: “A budget is the numerical expression of an individual’s or family’s mission and priorities.”

This Day in 1855. 160 years ago today, “Scottish missionary-explorer David Livingstone first sees and names Victoria Falls (in modern Zimbabwe) during his first missionary journey though Africa.” *

‘I’m an Evangelical’: Rescuing the Term

Stephen Nichols: “To be an evangelical is to be about the gospel, and the gospel is ultimately content-rich.”

The Funniest Animal Photos of 2015

Sometimes nature is beautiful. Sometimes it’s goofy.

PDF Expert 5

This iPhone app is usually $9.99 but for a short time is free.


On this side of the cross misery persists, but the scales are tipped in favor of joy. —Ed Welch

November 14, 2015

Like so many others, I sat transfixed last night, caught by the horror of what was unfolding in Paris. What is there to do but mourn the depravity of man. Denny Burk asks you to consider praying the words of Psalm 10.

Three Joel Beeke books are on sale for Kindle: Meet the Puritans ($2.99), Taking Hold of God ($2.99), and Puritan Evangelism ($0.99). You may also enjoy We Believe by Matthew Sims ($2.99) and Crazy Love by Francis Chan ($2.99).

The Illusion of Respectability

You will enjoy reading about Allen Guelzo’s first meeting with Cornelius Van Til. “ ‘Dr. Van Til, why did you decide to devote your life to the study of philosophy and the teaching of apologetics?’ And I then sat back to allow the metaphysics free room to roll. Van Til never blinked.”

22 Mistakes Pastors Make in Practicing Church Discipline

Jonathan Leeman lays out a long list of ways that pastors can go wrong in practicing church discipline.

Making Jesus Central in Your Family’s Life

Jamie Brown offers “some important foundational ways you can help your kids see and savor Jesus Christ.”

Why I’m Complementarian

Gavin Ortlund explains why he holds the complementarian position.

The Mustard Seed

Here’s an enjoyable short film for you: “Jesus compared the kingdom of God to one of the smallest seeds on Earth and over 2000 years later, the truth of this teaching can be seen all across the globe.”

Capture and Save Great Quotes

Here’s a bit of guidance on how to capture and save the great quotes you encounter while reading.

This Day in 1741. 274 years ago today at 27 years old, preacher and revivalist, George Whitefield, married widow Elizabeth Burnell. *

Absurd Creature of the Week

Wired’s absurd creature of the week is always an interesting read.

The Reformed Holiday Gift Guide

I’m grateful to Missional Wear for sponsoring the blog this week with “The Reformed Holiday Gift Guide.”


Only God can make the depraved heart desire God. —John Piper

November 13, 2015

Yesterday I uploaded the PDF versions of my theological quizzes. The Trinity quiz had one copying/pasting error, so you may want to download it again to make sure you have the latest version. And now, here are today’s links:

Modern Educayshun

This probably isn’t one to watch with the kids, but it offers some pretty good insight into our cultural conversation. “Modern Educayshun delves into the potential dangers of our increasingly reactionary culture bred by social media and political correctness.”

21 Ways I Know You’re Financially Unstable

There is nothing groundbreaking here, but it never hurts to review the basics.

Mizzou and a More Excellent Way

I’m grateful to Isaac Adams for sharing a painful experience. “ ‘Too many niggers, too many niggers.’ Immediately I turned around and stared at this man. He stopped, looked at me, and said, ‘This city is the rape capitol of the world, and you’re surprised, nigger?’ He turned around. He walked away.”

You Create Your Own Treadmills

I think you will enjoy reading this interview with Matt Chandler. He has lots of wisdom to share.

I Messed Up

This is a good article to file away for the day you or someone you love will need it. Counsellor Deepak Reju provides counsel on confessing past or current sexual sin to a boyfriend or girlfriend before they get engaged.

This Day in 1618. 397 years ago today, Calvinists rejected Arminianism at the Synod of Dort in the Netherlands. *

The Definition of Insanity

Here’s some encouragement for preachers.

The Best of Michael Phelps

If you are up for a long read, you may enjoy this look at Michael Phelps and his recent struggles.

Joy: An Irish Christmas

If you are in the Toronto area, be sure to consider coming to Joy: An Irish Christmas with Keith and Kristyn Getty and their band. It takes place Monday, November 23 at Roy Thomson Hall. It should be a great show!


The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God. —C.S. Lewis

November 12, 2015

I managed to dig up only a couple of new Kindle deals today: The Archaeology Book by David Down ($2.99) and What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? by Ed Welch ($0.99). You might also enjoy God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace ($5.38).

Ten Diagnostic Questions for Your Marriage

Kevin DeYoung has some good, simple diagnostic questions for your marriage.

Patience is Not Optional for the Christian

Al Mohler: “Most of us recognize that patience is one of the cardinal Christian virtues—we’re just in no hurry to obtain it.”

By His Grace God Wounded Me

Darryl Dash: “I’m much weaker than I like to admit, and I carry more than I should. It’s good that I want to work hard and get things done; it’s bad that I forget that I’m weak, and that I carry anxieties I should have handed over to him a long time ago.”

Getting a Job in Publishing

Andy Le Peau offers some useful counsel on finding a job in the publishing field.

To Moms of One or Two Children

A mother of five children writes to mothers of one or two children.

This Day in 1950. Paul Tripp turns 65 today. You can wish him a happy birthday!

Evaluating Seventh-day Adventism

Nathan Busenitz provides a brief video introduction to Seventh Day Adventism. He also provides some analysis of what they believe and what areas are problematic.

We’re Moving to Greenland

I enjoyed this little photo essay on people who are moving to Greenland, of all places. And it made me wonder if there are sound, Evangelical churches in Greenland.


By the cross, God sets aside and shatters all human pretensions to strength and wisdom. —D.A. Carson

November 11, 2015

Thomas Nelson has a series of biographies called The Generals and the Kindle versions are on sale at $1.99 each. The series covers Patton, Sherman, Pershing, Washington, Jackson, and Lee.

Also, I wanted to make another mention of my campaign over at Patreon. I am very encouraged by the early results, I thank all who have chosen to participate, and I invite you to consider it. And now, without any further ado, enjoy some interesting articles, videos, and music:

Why Your Body Is AMAZING!

You will enjoy this little video that simply describes some amazing facts about the human body.

Debunking Stupid Statements about the Bible

Greg Gilbert takes on ignorant statements like this: “No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.”

One of the Strangest Commands in the Bible

“Why in the world would God tell Israel to hamstring captured horses? Does he have something against horses?”

Sex Offenders in the Pews

“One of the many horrors about child sexual abuse is the inability to definitively assess who poses a danger to our children.” We need to understand the danger and properly equip our churches.

Rain for RootsNew Album. Today marks the release of Waiting Songs, a new album by Rain for Roots. It is a collection of 10 songs for children exploring the themes of Advent. You can listen to the whole thing at Bandcamp (maybe begin with Isaiah 11) and purchase it right here.

Why a Friend Is Suing Me

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, explains why she felt she could not sell flower arrangements for a gay friend’s wedding.

Christian Mingle Inspector

This is a pretty good bit of parody.


Whoever marries the spirit of this age will become a widow in the next. —William Inge

November 10, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include the classic (and still relevant) Christianity and Liberalism by Gresham Machen ($0.99); Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey ($5.99); Heresy by Alister McGrath ($3.99); and In My Father’s House by Mary Kassian ($0.99).

My Abortion Story

“I had an abortion years ago. For the most part, I don’t even let my mind go there for fear of the terrible sadness that will follow. I know that others, like me, must be feeling the same pangs of grief.” She pens a moving letter to her child.

Three Reasons to Not Make Sexually Immoral Jokes

This is simple but important.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Wedding

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is getting married this Saturday and is inviting you to watch the ceremony via livestream.

You Cannot Domesticate Pride

It’s very true and deadly dangerous.

The New Intolerance of Student Activism

There’s a scary little glimpse of our culture there at Yale. “It is no surprise that the students behave like bullies even as they see themselves as victims.”

Underprogram Your Church

Jared Wilson offers 10 reasons you should underprogram your church.

This Day in 1871. 144 years ago today, Henry Stanley finds David Livingstone at Ujiji, Lake Tanganyika, one of the most famous moments in missionary history, supposedly greeting him with the words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” *

7 Gospel-Centered Principles for Protecting Your Marriage

“What can a couple do to preserve the joyful loving intimacy of their marriage? Consider these seven gospel-centered principles.”

New Teaching Fellows

Ligonier Ministries announces a pair of new teaching fellows. I really appreciate the direction the ministry has taken with its teaching fellows.


The greatest dangers to the church will always come from within the church. —Kevin DeYoung