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December 15, 2014

After a slow week last week, I’ve got some new Kindle deals for you: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine ($1.99); The Power of Suffering by John MacArthur ($2.99); Strange Fire by John MacArthur ($3.99); Ordinary by Michael Horton ($3.99); Scandalous by D.A. Carson ($0.99); The Great Exchange by Jerry Bridges & Bob Bevington ($1.99); The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest ($2.99); Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($0.99); Sojourner Truth by Terry Whalin ($1.99); How God Became Jesus by Michael Bird ($4.99); The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson ($3.99); The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones ($1.99).

Rebuilding Appalachia - I enjoyed this short film that shows the work of an interesting ministry.

To the Dad Looking at Porn - In case you still don’t have enough reasons to stop looking at porn, here are more.

Controlling Online Conversation - This article shows how it’s possible to control the news stories that appear to be most prominent.

Moses Without the Supernatural - Al Mohler reviews the new film Exodus: Gods and Kings. What I want to know: Does Dr. Mohler take a book with him when he goes to see a movie?

Prayer and Dependence - Randy Alcorn reflects on prayer and offers some encouragement for those who struggle to pray.

I Am the Very Model of a Biblical Philologist - This silly video goes back a few years, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

Christianity’s first call is not “Behave!” but “Behold!” —Matt Papa


December 13, 2014

I found an early review of the new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. Not surprisingly, the movie does a terrible and downright blasphemous way of portraying God while also playing fast and loose with Scripture.

Jean Lloyd shares Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew About My Homosexuality.

The Gettys will be playing Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night and would love to sell it out. There are just a few seats remaining if you’re interested.

I’m kind of an airplane geek, so enjoyed this article on The Pilots of Instagram (which may just have led to disciplinary action for some of those pilots).

Thanks to Books at a Glance for sponsoring the blog this week with their article 3 Ways Christian Audio Book Summaries Will Save You Time & Money.

I’ve told you before about The Resolutions Poster. Well, right now they are offering a buy one give one deal where if you buy it, you will get a second free.

When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone. —John Owen

John Owen

December 12, 2014

I’ve got just a handful of new Kindle deals today: The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson ($1.99); The Ultimate Guide to the Names of God by Elmer Towns ($2.99); The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien ($2.99); A Cross-Shattered Church by Stanley Hauerwas ($2.51).

What Is Liberal Theology? - Justin Taylor provides a quick definition of liberal theology.

Should You Do a Cleanse or Detox? - Cleanses and detoxes are a popular dietary trend today. Do they actually do anything? You probably won’t be shocked at the answer.

ESV Bible Sale - Westminster Books has all of their ESV Bibles at 50% off.

You’re Not What You Think You Are - How much of you is you, and how much is micro-organisms? You’re about to find out.

The Five Most Disturbing Things About a Benny Hinn Miracle Service - I don’t know if these are the 5 most disturbing things, but they are some of them anyway.

Alzheimer’s, the Brain, and the Soul - Tony Reinke has a fascinating interview here.

The beginning of man’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart. —Francis Schaeffer


December 11, 2014

It has been a slow week for Kindle deals. The best of them came on Monday with a few more on Tuesday. I’ll keep looking for new ones. In the meantime, here are some interesting links:

The University’s Rape System - “The longer we ignore this, the more women will be brutalized by the rape system that now dominates Greek life at many large colleges.”

Give Handmade - Here are some tips on giving handmade gifts this Christmas.

The Gospel According to Peanuts - “What people don’t know is that the [Charlie Brown] Christmas special almost didn’t happen, because some not-so-smart television executives almost didn’t let it air.”

Loving an Imperfect Husband - Aileen has a fair bit of experience with this…

Faithful Gardening - Travis Allen, writing in Tabletalk, points out several concerns with pragmatism.

19 Secrets of UPS Drivers - Here are 19 secrets of UPS drivers. Note: a couple of them are on the PG side.

The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. —C.H. Spurgeon


December 10, 2014

The Strange Oprahfication of Rob Bell - “Without intending malice or slander, I have to suggest that Bell is sounding less like a preacher of Christianity (even a liberal one) and more like the newest member of an affluent, West Coast cult.”

The Modern Hymnal - You’ll enjoy this interview with Keith Getty.

Confessions Of A Hardcore Homeschooler - Stephen Altrogge shares some confessions of a hardcore homeschooler. 

Twice-Yearly Sale - Christian Audio is having their twice-yearly sale where just about everything is on sale for $7.49.

Benefits of Expository Preaching - “Because God’s word is so valuable, expository preaching imparts blessing in many ways.”

Don’t Get an Emotional Divorce - You need to guard your heart (and not just your body) while dating.

Can Women Be Deacons? - Denny Burk takes a look at a difficult passage and addresses whether or not the Bible calls for female deacons. I tend to agree with his interpretation, while also absolutely understanding how and why people see the other side as well.

Forgetfulness of God’s grace is one of the greatest tools in the enemy’s war against our souls. —Mark Dever


December 09, 2014

I’ve got just a handful of new Kindle deals today: Ready for Reformation? by Tom Nettles ($0.99); Character Makes a Difference by Mike Huckabee ($1.99); The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching by Various ($1.99); Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous ($1.99); What Every Christian Ought to Know by Adrian Rogers ($1.99).

How Do You Sleep? - “As Christians I don’t think we give sleep much thought. I know I don’t.  We know that our bodies need it and we acknowledge that it is a gift of God. But it turns out that there is more to it.”

The Painful Lessons of Mars Hill - This will certainly not be the last word on Mars Hill, but it’s still a very interesting account of the church’s downfall, along with some important lessons.

The Ministry of Shaking Hands - I think H.B. Charles Jr. is quite right about the pastoral ministry of shaking hands.

The Centrality of the Word in Discipleship - I’ve been learning this same thing. Instead of saying, “Here, read this book” try saying, “Let’s read the Book together.”

The Death of Freedom - Here’s an important article on why the freedom to marry actually signals the death of freedom.

When Grammar Fails - “One of the great conundrums in the Synoptics is the issue of whether Jesus told his disciples to take a staff, not take a staff, or don’t take an extra staff.”

God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. —Randy Alcorn


December 08, 2014

I dug up some great Kindle deals to start the week: We’re Just Friends by Chuck Milian (free); Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke ($1.99); Note to Self by Joe Thorn ($0.99); Faithmapping by Mike Cosper & Daniel Montgomery ($0.99); Not By Sight by Jon Bloom ($0.99); Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessice Thompson ($0.99); Finding God in the Hobbit by Jim Ware ($1.99). And a few by John MacArthur: The MacArthur Bible Handbook ($4.99); The MacArthur Daily Bible ($4.99); MacArthur Study Bible NASB ($4.99); MacArthur Study Bible NKJV ($4.74); One Perfect Life ($4.99). If you’re in the market for a Kindle device, today only they have a selection of their newest models at 50% off.

Marriage Is On the Rocks - Here’s an important follow-up to one of last week’s interesting articles. Divorce rates are falling but marriage is still on the rocks. How can that be? Read on…

Why Christians Care About Sex - In a different (but related) matter, here is one take on why Christians care about sex and those who seek to tamper with it.

Covenant Eyes - Ever thought of trying out Covenant Eyes? You can get your first 2 months free, today only.

Christian Christmas Haters - Clint Archer has a gift for the Christian Christmas haters.

Can We Identify Those Who Prey On Our Children? - Please read this one, and prepare your church.

4 Ways Generosity Benefits Us - “By God’s grace, it’s not only others who benefit when we give. Here are just four of the many benefits we receive when we choose generosity…”

Praise God For Mentors - I really enjoyed reading this sweet and simple example of the power of mentorship.

There is a God we want and a God who is, and the two are not the same. —Ligon Duncan


December 06, 2014

I was able to find just one new Kindle deal today: Paul Well’s Taking the Bible at its Work ($3.99); Beyond that, it was a great week for Kindle deals, so feel free to browse through this week’s A La Carte archives if you’re looking for some new reading.

This article from TIME outlines 10 Tricks Companies Use to Get You to Buy More. Don’t fall for them!

You may well have encountered the “You’re Not Really Pro-Life Unless…” argument. Here’s why it doesn’t stand up.

Reuters offers their Best Photos of the Year 2014. Warning: Some of them (especially the very first) are brutal. They aptly highlight the horror of life in this world.

This article offers several helpful points as it focuses on Missionary Life: No Shortcuts.

According to the Wall Street Journal, here is why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong.

We Don’t Need a Mrs. Jesus - This article makes many valid points about how people are prone to make Jesus less than human, and Mary more than human.

If a man be not saved on this side of the grave, he will never be saved on the other. —William Jay


Thanks to P&R Publishing for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Grace Abounding.

December 05, 2014

There are a handful of new Kindle deals to tell you about: What Is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul ($2.99); Why Believe the Bible? by John MacArthur ($1.99); The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias ($1.99); The HCSB Study Bible ($2.99). New from GLH Publishing is the classic The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie ($0.99). Amazon has begun another of their “Big Deals” which marks down a lot of Kindle books (Click here for the complete list.)

7 Reasons Why BioLogos Is A Threat - Douglas Wilson outlines 7 ways that BioLogos is a threat to classical education … and to a whole lot else.

Stop Wasting Time - Here are some ways to stop wasting your colleages’ time.

How Salvation Brings Freedom - This is good stuff from Jen Wilkin. “I grew up in the Bible Belt where, by mid-elementary, most of the kids in my peer group could point proudly to a note written in the front of their Bibles announcing the exact date they Got Saved.”

$5 Friday - Ligonier has some good items in this week’s $5 Friday: Captivated by Thabiti Anyabwile, The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul, plus various ebooks and teaching series.

When You Are In Between Jobs - Luke Murry offers wisdom on those times you are between jobs.

Themelios - A new issue of Themelios is available to read or download. You can download it in PDF and/or Logos formats.

Why It’s Hard to Catch Typos - If you ever write, you know how tough it is to catch your own typos. Here’s an explanation.

Most people are brought to faith in Christ, not by argument for it, but by exposure to it. —Samuel Shoemaker


December 04, 2014

There are not a lot of new Kindle deals today. However, you’ll want to grab Ed Welch’s book Depression which is free for the day. Also, The World of Jesus by William Marty looks interesting at $0.99, while Reckless Abandon by David Sitton is $0.99 as well.

Children’s Book Sale - Reformation Trust (i.e. Ligonier Ministries) has all of its children’s books on sale today only, just on time for Christmas shopping. They are great stories and are beautifully illustrated.

Evil Spirits and Electricity Problems - Here’s another fascinating article from Amy in Tanzania.

Read the Bible - I quite like the idea of this one-year Bible-reading plan. Bonus: You get to read a good book while reading the Good Book.

Persecution Update: Somalia - Frontline Ministries has an important persecution update from Somalia.

An Urgent Ministry Opportunity - Crossway is looking for your help in distributing 250,000 study Bibles.

Reflections on Christian Publishing - Dane Ortlund offers some interesting reflections on Christian publishing.

Ebola Is Still Ravaging Sierra Leone - “America has stopped paying attention, but Ebola is still ravaging Sierra Leone.”

God has so closely twisted his own glory and our happiness together, that as we advance the one we promote the other. —C.H. Spurgeon