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May 08, 2014

Here are a few Kindle deals: Defiant Grace by Dane Ortlund ($4.79); Each for the Other by Bryan Chappel ($2.99). And now, here are a few links I enjoyed yesterday:

Long-Separated Twins - “Imagine delving into your family history and discovering you have a twin. That’s what happened to Ann Hunt, a 78-year-old, who had no idea she had a sibling at all until last year. Now she and twin Elizabeth Hamel have met for the first time since they were babies - setting a new world record.”

Things I Want Him To Thank His Mom For - Here are 8 things this author wants his toddler to thank his mom for.

A Good Funeral - Someone asked: “What do you really love about your church at the moment?” And my answer? Christian funerals. Yep.”

What Do You Mean “Have Faith?” - “At Emmaus we often speak of faith in terms of ‘trusting and treasuring’ God. We believe that God is who he said he is and as a result we believe (trust) him to do everything that he has promised. Further, because he is infinitely glorious, we treasure him above any and everything.”

Lord, Liar, Lunatic…or Legend? - Stand to Reason introduces an interesting article.

In Defence of the EA - “The EA took the decision to remove Steve Chalke’s Oasis Trust from membership last week, after a long process of consultation.” It matters. Read the article to learn why and how.

Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you. —J.C. Ryle


May 07, 2014

Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity - John Piper has a sweet answer to this question: “What truths do you have to share with a man or woman such as myself, struggling with regret related to past sexual mistakes and their current consequences in the context of marriage and engagement?”

Church Is For Messy People - Church is for messy people, and it’s a good thing, too.

Can We Trade Sexual Morality for Church Growth? - “From time to time we hear some telling us that evangelical Christianity must retool our sexual ethic if we’re ever going to reach the next generation.” Russell Moore responds.

Gender Transformation - Owen Strachan writes about Johnny Weir and a brave new America.

Recovering Eden - This week Westminster Books has some great deals on some good new books on the Old Testament.

Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls - Here, from the Washington Post, are 8 questions you want answered about Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls.

The Creation Debate - Here is the creation debate in a nutshell.

God is awesome; he doesn’t need you to be awesome. He wants you to be obedient. —Matt Chandler


May 06, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter and 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son by Vicki Courtney ($2.99 each); A lot of Thom Rainer’s books are on sale; click here and scroll down to find books marked $2.99 - $4.99; The World and the Word by Merrill, Rooker & Grisanti ($4.99); This month Ligonier Ministries is giving away The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond (free!).

Who’s Hot in Hollywood? - God is, according to The Globe and Mail. It looks at a bunch of movies including a new one: Moms’ Night Out.

How Does God Get Your Attention? - How does God get people’s attention? How does he get your attention?

Prayer in the Life of Jesus - Mark Dever focuses some attention on Jesus’ prayer life.

Signs Your Child Is Not Saved - This is serious and sobering: 5 signs your child may not be saved.

Every Woman a Mother - I appreciate this perspective from Boundless. “Here’s the thing: Motherhood was never about choice to begin with. It was never intended as a calling for some and not for others. Yes, Mrs. Scott, womanhood is motherhood. It always was. But not how we’ve been defining it.”

How a Dad Loves a Prodigal - “My dad and I are really close. In fact, we’re so close that I worked for him doing all of his bookkeeping for the year before my twins were born. I loved talking to him nearly every day, especially since he lives so far away from me now. But we weren’t always so close. I was once a prodigal daughter.”

It is folly to think the Lord provides grace for every trouble but the one you are in today.C.H. Spurgeon


May 05, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre ($0.99); Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney ($1.99); Joy by Lydia Brownback ($0.99); Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman ($1.99); Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson ($2.99); Old Paths by J.C. Ryle ($0.99).

The Problem With Seeking God’s Will - Matt Papa: I have spent too much of my life, and my prayer life, asking for God to lead me into His “perfect will”. “God lead me”. “Guide me”. “Use me”. “Bless me”. While I know that God is a gracious, condescending God who meets us wherever we are, I something wonder if God has been up there saying…. “Um…yeah.  I’m Your Shepherd. That’s what I do.”

Awakening - New Zealand was already on my list of places to see, but even more so after watching this.

Ask Anything - My favorite episodes of Dr. Mohler’s podcasts are the “Ask Anything” weekend edition. This weekend: 1) How should Christians respond to the claim that God made homosexuals the way they are? 2) Should parents teach their children to pray to Jesus or to the Father? 3) For whom did Christ die?

9 Things to Know About Prayer in the Bible - Joe Carter gives us a list.

Sibling Rivalry - “If we’re honest, there are times where we meet a brother or sister in Christ and don’t feel like being a brother or sister in Christ to them.” Very true.

Modern Hymns - Kristen Gilles has a Spotify list of modern hymns you may want to listen to.

In our day it’s worse to judge evil than to do evil. —Os Guinness


May 03, 2014

Here are a couple of new Kindle deals: How Long, O Lord by D.A. Carson ($4.99); Alone with God by John MacArthur ($0.99).

Small God, Big Storm - “How many times have I read or watched a news report about the devastation, caused by a tornado in some part of the country? Dozens maybe. … This time it was different. This time a friend of mine–and two of his children–died.”

Terrible International Aid Ideas - Here is a list of ways people thought they could help but actually just made things worse.

MLJ: World’s Best Grandfather - I enjoyed this article from Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ grandson.

Snapchat’s New Update - Parents whose kids use Snapchat should read this and be aware of what Snapchat is and does.

Do Christians Overhype Porn Addiction? - Granted he’s writing for Covenant Eyes, but the points are still valid.

7 Lessons from Failure - David shares some of what he has learned from failure. In a similar vein J.D. Payne says The Conference No One Hosts Is the One You Need to Attend.

Field Trip to a Junkyard - This sounds like a worthwhile activity.

“Exaggeration” is actually a proud, unbroken word for “lying.” —Nancy Leigh DeMoss


May 02, 2014

I don’t see new Christian Kindle deals today, but there are a few general market books worth looking at: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ($3.99); Quiet by Susan Cain ($2.99); Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner ($1.99); Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand ($6.99); Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman ($2.99).

My Wife Has Tattoos - “Today is the day of my wedding. And I am not marrying the girl of my dreams. If you would have told me when I was a teenager that my wife would have seven tattoos, a history in drugs, alcohol, and attending heavy metal concerts, I would have laughed at you, given you one of my courtship books, and told you to take a hike…”

Jesus, You Are Enough - There is an interesting challenge in this article.

PCRT Conference - The PCRT Conference begins today. You can get information at the link and watch the livestream here.

Approaching God - This article is an editorial introduction to an issue of a magazine, but a couple of the paragraphs are gold when it comes to prayer. “The differences between Christian prayer and other traditions actually highlight its magnificence. There’s no need for a ritual of set phrases or physical actions—we ourselves can enter the throne room of God.”

Faithful Graciousness - Jared Wilson says to encourage your pastors with faithful graciousness.

How the Pyramids Were Built - This doesn’t explain it all, but it gives a valuable clue to at least one part of the process.

The difference between heart belief and head belief is the difference between salvation and damnation. —George Sweeting


May 01, 2014

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Engaging with the Holy Spirit by Graham Cole ($2.99); Our Triune God by Philip Ryken ($3.99); Sunsets by Deborah Howard ($3.99); The Call to Joy and Pain by Ajith Fernando ($3.99); The Hidden Life of Prayer by David McIntyre ($3.99); Amazon has 110 books at $3.99 or less. This month’s free book from ChristianAudio is the excellent Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer. Free from Logos this month is 300 Quotes for Preachers from the Puritans.

A Secret Life of Sin - “Nobody just falls out of a tree. They climb up in it, move around a bit, and then fall out.” Indeed. And here’s an implication: Where a secret life is present, a secret prayer life is absent.”

Learning From Calvin and Hobbes - “Anybody who has a message that they care about communicating should pay attention to the great lesson taught by Calvin and Hobbes: The lesson is that not every message can be communicated in every medium.”

The Lord Gives, The Lord Takes Away - A sad report: “Rob Tittle, a FamilyLife staff member and kindred spirit warrior for the family, died last night in the tornado that crushed parts of central Arkansas.  Two of his daughters—Tori, age 20, and Rebekah, 14—were among the 15 killed in the storm.”

All I Know Is Grace - You’ll be encouraged by this testimony to God’s saving grace.

Be Quick to Hear - Here is some sound counsel for the next time someone criticizes you.

Tabletalk Magazine - Each month Ligonier Ministries shares a selection of articles from that month’s Tabletalk magazine. You can find May’s selection (a good group of articles!) at the link.

To exhibit God’s righteous anger, you must be angry at sin wherever you find it—especially in yourself. —Winston Smith


April 30, 2014

Ian & Larissa - You may have heard of Ian and Larissa. This video provides an update on their unique situation and tells that they’ll soon have a book out titled Eight Twenty Eight.

Encouraging Others Through Loss - This is a powerful story following a devastating loss. “A lot of people have said our faith is strong. But God’s grace is strong. But really what’s getting us through it, His sustaining us. God’s giving us power, giving us calmness, peace…”

Show Them Jesus - This looks like a very helpful resource from New Growth Press. Westminster Books has it deeply discounted if you buy it in bulk to give away.

Mr. Controller - David Murray goes looking for the characteristics of the authoritarian, controlling person.

Firing Rome’s Canon - R.C. Sproul Jr. on the canonization of two former popes: “I can’t fathom how anyone could believe the silliness we’re all supposed to be celebrating. Rome actually insists that we believe that when these popes died, they wrote a check for more than they owed and calmly told God He could keep the change.”

15 Landmarks Zoomed Out - This is really interesting: 15 landmarks zoomed out to tell a bigger story.

A Dad Who Sings - “We had the windows down, the sun roof open, and the music turned up. I was singing along, oblivious to the mounting embarrassment of the person occupying the passenger seat. Until…”

Truth has no degrees or shades. A half truth is a whole lie, and a white lie is really black. —John MacArthur


April 29, 2014

Kindle readers are on sale in the lead-up to Mother’s Day. You can get the basic Kindle for $49 and the Paperwhite (which is my preferred Kindle) for just $99. Congratulations to Kevin DeYoung whose book Crazy Busy was named Christian Book of the Year. And here are a couple of Kindle deals: Entrusted with the Gospel edited by D.A. Carson ($3.99); The MacArthur Bible Handbook ($3.99); Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith (free).

Pope Francis, TMZ, And Sainthood - “The only thing worse than celebrity culture, is celebrity culture in the church.” There are some great reflections on celebrities and celebrityism in this article.

The Future of Protestantism - “Should the shape of Protestant theology and the Protestant consciousness still be determined by the Reformation’s reaction to Roman Catholicism?” You may want to log in at 7 PM PST to watch this dialog. It looks absolutely fascinating.

March for Life 2014 - If you are in the Ottawa area, you may be interested in coming to the 2014 March for Life. I will speak, then there will be some pro-life training, and then there will be the march to Parliament Hill.

6 Types of Grace - Paul Tripp describes six different types of grace.

What Would Jesus Say to the LGBT Community? - I appreciate this attempt at suggesting what Jesus might say to the LGBT community.

A Gosnell Movie - Owen Strachan wants you to know about a proposed, crowdfunded film on Kermit Gosnell.

Those who give much without sacrifice are reckoned as having given little. —Erwin Lutzer


April 28, 2014

I found just a couple of new Kindle deals today: Knots Untied by J.C. Ryle ($0.99; Doctrine by Mark Driscoll has some glowing endorsements and serves as a good primer to Christian theology ($2.99).

Can Blessings Be a Trial? - “Do you find yourself in the midst of blessings? Your marriage is strong. Your children seem to coast along. Everything is going well at work. Your health is decent. Finances are sufficient to pay the bills. Friendships seem to be easy and fun. Overall, life is going your way and you couldn’t be happier. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?”

Game of Thrones - I’m probably kind of a geek, but I enjoyed this longform article on air travel. Even though we all hate air travel.

In Australia - I am going to be in Australia in a couple of weeks (in both Sydney and Perth). If you’re down under, it would be great to meet you. The link has some of the places I’ll be.

Should We Speak of Gay Christians? - Owen Strachan asks whether we should speak of gay Christians.

God’s Not Dead - Here’s an interesting comparison of the movie God’s Not Dead to real life. It highlights what was probably my chief concern with the film.

Welcoming Autism - I love to hear of churches that are welcoming to those with special needs. Here’s an article on welcoming autism into your church.

Jesus Lived for You - R.C. Sproul explains that Jesus did not only die for you, but also lived for you.

Let those be thy choicest companions who have made Christ their chief companion. —Thomas Brooks