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March 07, 2016

There are lots of Kindle deals today. Crossway has 4 books by John MacArthur at just $2.99 each: Ashamed of the Gospel, Fool’s Gold, Think Biblically!, and The Second Coming. Zondervan has the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible discounted to $6.99 per volume: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5. The New Matthew Henry Commentary is $3.99 and the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is $4.99. Also consider Understanding the Bible by John Stott ($2.99); The Erosion of Inerrancy by G.K. Beale ($2.99); The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary ($7.99); and The Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery ($3.99).

The Man Who Made a Million Empires

I consider Sid Meier to be one of the greatest game designers of all time. For that reason I thoroughly enjoyed this rare profile of him.

6 Areas of End Times Agreement

Chris Brauns: “While there are many different interpretations of how events of the end times will unfold, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians passionately agree about the most important matters. Here I point out six end times areas of agreement about which the Bible is explicit…”

Why It Hurts So Much to Step on a LEGO

Here is a scientific explanation of why it hurts so bad when you step on that little piece of LEGO.

Inject Your Prayer List with Life

I think we can all identify with this: “My praying through a list of names and needs often feels more like reading a shopping list than meaningfully communing with the Father in heaven.”

The Chang Tang-Pa

You may enjoy this photo essay from what must be a lost and unreached people group.

We’re Called to Make Disciples, not Simply Converts

R.C. Sproul: “Discipleship is a lifelong experience of learning the mind of Christ and following the will of Christ, submitting ourselves in complete obedience to His lordship. Thus, when Jesus tells us to go to all nations, we are to go into all the world with His agenda, not our own.”

This Day in 1802. 214 years ago today, “in Washington, D.C., the first Baptist church was organized with six charter members. Their first pastor Obadiah Brown was hired five years later, and Brown remained in that pulpit while involving himself in every important local Baptist program for the next 43 years!” *

Articles on Singleness, Dating, and Marriage

Here’s a roundup of some of the best articles on singleness, dating, and marriage.

The Dark Side of International Adoption

Amy Medina has begun what sounds like an important series on international adoption.

Bonhoeffer

The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

March 05, 2016

The weekend is here! It somehow seems long overdue and I’m glad it has come. I’m also glad because today my son turns 16, an irrefutable fact that somehow seems nearly impossible. Has it really been 16 years?

Manage Your Digital Afterlife

This sounds weird to us but will sound perfectly normal to our children: We’ve got to remember to account for what happens with our digital selves when we die.

5 Distinguishing Marks of a Fruitful Church

“I think measuring a church’s fruitfulness is not as simple as how many hands get raised during an invitation or how many parking spots are filled.” I agree!

Andy Did It Again

Todd Pruitt looks at some ridiculous statements from Andy Stanley. “When I hear adults say, ‘I don’t like a big church. I like about 200. I wanna be able to know everybody.’ I say you are so stinkin’ selfish. You care nothing about the next generation. All you care about is you and your five friends.”

A Guide to the Singular “Their”

A short guide to the singular “their.”

Why I’m Running for President of the Southern Baptist Convention

J.D. Greear explains why he is accepting the nomination for president of the SBC.

Tomorrow in 1901. 115 years ago tomorrow, missionary to India Amy Carmichael sheltered her first temple runaway (a young girl dedicated to the Hindu gods and forced into prostitution to earn money for the priests). *

How Well Do You Know the Book of Romans?

It isn’t a difficult quiz, but it’s a fun way to spend a couple of minutes.

Doing More Better a Month Later

I enjoyed reading this one-month-later review of Do More Better. “The good news is that I’m still using this system, which is more than I can say for my several past attempts at improving productivity. … The bad news is that the best system in the world cannot change my sinful tendencies.”

An Inspirational Calendar from Hell?

Thanks to The Master’s College for sponsoring the blog this week with “An Inspirational Calendar from Hell?”

Spurgeon

It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if no rough winds pass over us. —C.H. Spurgeon

March 04, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99); the classic The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink ($0.99); and God’s Unfailing Purpose by Michael Barrett ($0.99).

Alistair Begg on Trump

Alistair Begg: “Last week, Susan and I attended a Republican presidential debate. The moderator had his hands full attempting to maintain some semblance of order as the five presidential hopefuls re-enacted a playground brawl…”

An Analysis of Celebrate Recovery

The Cripplegate has a two-part analysis of the popular Celebrate Recovery program. “CR contains two major problems: (1) Though claiming to be biblically based, its teachings are often constructed from a misuse of Scripture and an erroneous hermeneutic. (2) Though claiming to be Christian based, its theology often clashes with sound Christian theology.”

Books for Children

Westminster Books is offering good deals on books for children.

5 Ways Todoist Changed My Life

This was so good to read. Jason Dollar read Do More Better, then began organizing his life using Todoist. In this article he talks about how it has changed everything.

Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?

Russell Moore answers the question. “For years, I have urged Christians to take seriously their obligations as citizens, starting with exercising the right to vote. In the public square and at the ballot box, we must be more engaged, not less. But what happens in a race where Christians are faced with two morally problematic choices?”

The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings

You may be able to glean one or two productivity tips from this article.

Notable Authors. If you’ve never checked out any books by author Kevin DeYoung, I highly recommend you do so! I especially recommend What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? and Taking God At His Word.

The Gospel Theme™

The Babylon Bee is a new satire site that you may enjoy. They just ran one of my rare attempts at satire: Ease Your Conscience By Finding The Gospel Theme™ In Any Filthy Movie

An Unlikely Missionary Candidate

Vance Christie: David Livingstone’s “early history as a would-be missionary suggests important lessons about persevering through discouragements in preparing for and pursuing the ministries we sense God is calling us to undertake.”

Edwards

There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting. —Jonathan Edwards

March 03, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of books: Jesus Unmasked by Todd Friel ($2.99) and On Guard for Students by William Lane Craig ($1.99). If you’re into Logos, look below for some deals.

A Conversation about Church Revitalization with Mark Dever

Even if the title of this article is a bit dry, the interview itself is both interesting and instructive. 

Losing My Mom — One Memory at a Time

This is a powerful and poignant article on Alzheimer’s. “Alzheimer’s is cruel. Slow motion time travel into the past—with no return tickets on sale.”

Logos March Madness

Logos users will want to vote in this year’s March Madness. The longer people last in the bracket, the deeper the discount on their works. Also, you may be interested in the community pricing on Classic Studies on the Resurrection of Christ and the 57% discount on the D.A. Carson Treasury.

Lion - Accountability Browser

This new product looks like a simple and seamless way of gaining and maintaining accountability while using your iPhone.

How to take Better Photos with your iPhone!

I’m a terrible photographer but am hoping that these tips can help me improve at least a little bit.

25 Women Who Impacted the World for Christ

True Woman has been sharing a series of short profiles of noteworthy women from church history. The most recent entry is on Sabina Wurmbrand.

The Orthodoxy of Community

Read this short, sweet reflection from Burk Parsons.

This Day in 1933. 83 years ago today, evangelist Dawson Trotman and others founded the Navigators. *

How to Perform a Heart Transplant

This is a fascinating longform article: “If you need a new heart, you want Dr. Gonzo leading the search. The charismatic head of the transplant team at Baylor takes chances on donors others doctors don’t want, while maintaining the same survival rate. Here is an exclusive inside look at how he does it.”

The Supreme Court Case on Texas Abortion Clinics

Joe Carter has a FAQ on the abortion case that has gone before the Supreme Court.

Packer

The most universally awesome experience that mankind knows is to stand alone on a clear night and look at the stars. —J.I. Packer

March 02, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics by James Stobaugh ($2.98); God’s Not Dead by Rice Broocks ($2.58); Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh ($2.99); How to Preach Without Notes by Charles Koller ($2.21); Free Indeed by Richard Ganz ($2.87).

Logos users may want to check out some of the commentaries on sale this month: Preaching the Word commentaries on Exodus (30% off), Luke volume 1 and volume 2 (36% off), Acts (31% off). Also look at Cranfield on Romans at 40% off.

10 Ways to Increase Results in Meetings

Consider these 10 simple ways to increase results from your meetings.

Scott Kelly’s Year in Space

Scott Kelly spent a year in space and came back with some stunning photographs.

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

I think we’ve all had just about enough of that question, haven’t we? Regardless, this answer gets right down to the essence of the question and its most obvious answer.

Book Deals

You might want to take a look at this week’s book deals from Westminster Books. They have discounted a selection of solid resources on the Old Testament. There isn’t a bad book among them!

Don’t Leave Your Wipers Raised

This article about cars in winter seems appropriate seeing as we have just been pummelled by a major winter storm.

5 Prayers to Pray For Your Husband

Here are 5 simple ways to pray for your husband. Please do pray for him in these ways!

This Day in 1979. 37 years ago today, “over 1,100 Christian organizations combined to form the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).” *

Steph Curry Is On Pace To Hit 102 Home Runs

I don’t follow basketball, but still enjoyed this article on Stephen Curry’s incredible season and the record he is on pace to destroy.

Black Skin and True Beauty

This is a good reflection on the nature of true beauty. “As a little girl I thought, ‘Why did people love to eat chocolate, but think the color of it was ugly on my skin?’ When I looked in the mirror, I thought I was pretty. The light was on; that made my skin appear to be light brown. I wished all the kids at my school were in the bathroom with me and could see me ‘light and pretty.’”

Carson

Walk humbly—you have far more to be humble about than you realize. —D.A. Carson

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