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March 23, 2015

Here a some Kindle deals to start the week: The Last Days of Jesus by Andreas Kostenberger & Justin Taylor ($3.99); A Shelter in the Storm by Paul Tripp ($2.99); Scandalous by D.A. Carson ($2.99); How God Became Jesus by Michael Bird ($4.99); A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible by Leland Ryken ($4.99); Know the Heretics and Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb ($3.99 each).

The Archive of an Interesting Life - It’s not a junk drawer — it’s the archive of an interesting life.

The Grace in Going to Church - I like this one: The simple grace of committing to a church and going there week in and week out.

Al Mohler on Keeping the Southern Baptist Faith - WORLD magazine interviews Al Mohler.

The Wonder of Sunday Morning - Trevin Wax reflects on the sweet wonder of a normal Sunday morning.

Homecoming - Those who have followed Kara Tippetts’ blog for the past few years will want to read about her homecoming.

John Calvin’s 4 Rules of Prayer - Joel Beeke distills some of Calvin’s wisdom on prayer.

Christian, beware of thinking lightly of sin. Take heed in case you fall little by little. —C.H. Spurgeon


March 21, 2015

There is a handful of new Kindle deals today: Ego Trip by Glynn Harrison ($0.99); To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler ($2.51); A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur ($5.69).

Mental Floss explains How a Brilliant Intelligence Officer Used ‘Monopoly’ to Free WWII POWs. It’s an interesting story.

BBC has great footage of the recent total solar eclipse.

An unlikely friendship joins Christian efforts to battle high-interest loans: How a Twitter Feud over Same-Sex Marriage May Doom Payday Lending.

Here’s the Christian’s call: Come and Die. “Have you ever seen a military recruitment poster or TV ad that showed wounded soldiers? Ever seen one that showed soldiers taking bullets, medics administering morphine to blood-gushing comrades, or an array of battle-hardened quadriplegics?”

A Good Mentor Slows You Down. And, I suppose, at times he might speed you up as well! But the point is well-taken.

Thanks to RPTS for sponsoring the blog today with their article Technology and the Christian Life.

Tim Keller nails it, in this excerpt from The Meaning of Marriage: You Never Marry the Right Person.

In heaven we shall see that we had not one trial too many. —C.H. Spurgeon


March 20, 2015

Here’s a little grab-bag of Kindle deals: HarperCollins Atlas of Bible History ($3.99); Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and Other Lies You’ve Been Told by Bradley Wright ($0.99); God’s Lyrics by Douglas Sean O’Donnell ($5.29).

Magna Carta - “One of two beautifully illustrated animations telling the story of Magna Carta, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of it’s creation, and the re-union of two of the original parchments at the British Library in London - with the added bonus of being voiced by Monty Python’s Terry Jones!”

Things I Would Do Differently If I Were Raising My Children Again - Mark Altrogge explains what he would do differently if he had to do it all again.

Pastor, Should You Write that Book? - I’m doubling down on The Blazing Center today, but I really enjoyed this article from Barnabas Piper. He explains why some great sermon series make lousy books.

Rethinking The Bible For A Mobile World - “Former Apple designer Kory Westerhold, now a product design at Twitter, partnered with his childhood friend Yahoo design director Aaron Martin to create a beautiful, modern Bible app.”

Our Everyday Obedience - You’ll like this one, I think.

Airport Codes - You probably need to be a bit geeky to care about this: an explanation of various airport codes.

The humble soul endeavors more how to glorify God in afflictions, than how to get out of them. —Thomas Brooks


March 19, 2015

Here are just a couple of Kindle deals: The Shorter Catechism Made Simple by Andrew Conway ($0.99); Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall is a fun and easy read for just $1.99.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth - This is an amazing interactive graphic about what happens when you go down, down, down…

It’s Not You, It’s Me - “God has a multitude of arrows in his quiver that enable him to hit his mark. Sometimes he does so in surprising, even humbling ways.” Yes he does.

RaceTogether - What happens when you go into Starbucks and, at their invitation, ask to speak about race?

The Millennial Adulthood Decision - “Millennials are often labeled as the self-centered, ‘Me’ generation, and I’ve always hated that stereotype because I didn’t really see it. Now I do. Millennials think adulthood is more self-empowerment than self-sacrifice. This explains everything.”

Of Serial Killers, Hiding Sins, and the Glorious Hope of Forgiveness in Christ - It is good to be reminded of the hope and power of the gospel.

Why I’m Not a Feminist - From the True Woman blog: “I’m just not a feminist. Here’s why…”

An argument may remove doubt, but only the Holy Spirit can convict of truth. —Ravi Zacharias


March 18, 2015

Why Doesn’t God Just Remove that Sin? - “Every Christian I know has had the experience of coming up against the same sin—again—and wondering, ‘Will this struggle ever end? Why doesn’t God just remove this?’”

Man Does Not Live By Man Skills Alone - Paul Tripp takes a look at some of the cultural conversation about manhood and manliness.

Grief Undone - Westminster Books continually offers some great sales, and this week’s is no exception.

How TripAdvisor Is Changing the Way We Travel - “Research almost any travel destination and you’ll probably wind up on travel-industry Goliath, where passionate people praise and denounce everything from romantic getaways to cockroach-infested hotel rooms. But who can you trust?”

When Orphan Care Goes Bad - “Adoption is a beautiful, life-giving act, when taken up by those called to and equipped for it. But it does a child no good to be brought into a family that has counted their blessings but hasn’t counted the cost.”

Your Kids Are Hurting - This is a powerful letter, written by a woman raised by a lesbian couple. “I loved my mom’s partner, but another mom could never have replaced the father I lost.”

Nowhere in Scripture do we find doctrine studied for its own sake or in isolation from life. —Wayne Grudem


March 17, 2015

Reformation Heritage Books has their Reformed Historical Theological Studies series on sale at $4.99 each: The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition; Teaching Predestination; Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism; The Spiritual Brotherhood; Unity and Continuity in Covenantal ThoughtThe Theology of the French Reformed Churches. And here are a few other deals: Truth Matters by Andreas Kostenberger ($2.99); The Five Points of Calvinism by Edwin Palmer ($0.99); Saint Patrick by James Holmes ($0.99); Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan ($2.99).

It is St. Patrick’s Day today, and here are two videos you may appreciate: Who Was St. Patrick? and St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies.

Advice to Young Speakers and Writers - Nancy Leigh DeMoss has some wise counsel for young speakers and writers.

It’s the Little Things - ” It’s the little things that members of a church or church plant do that help the ministry thrive—and without which the growth of the local church would be greatly hindered.”

Isn’t the Christian View of Sexuality Dangerous and Harmful? - “One of the most common and significant charges leveled against the traditional Christian understanding of sexuality and marriage is that it is damaging.” Sam Allberry answers the charge.

A Tale of Two Ecumenisms - Carl Trueman reflects on Evangelicals and Catholics Together twenty years after the fact.

The Church of TED - This article in the New York Times takes a brief look at the infamous TED talks and shows how they are not far off from their own religion.

If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. —C.H. Spurgeon


March 16, 2015

Crossway has several Kevin DeYoung Kindle titles on sale: Taking God at His Word ($3.99); The Hole in Our Holiness ($3.99); The Holy Spirit ($0.99); Acting the Miracle ($2.99); Don’t Call It a Comeback ($2.99). Also of interest: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, 2nd Edition, by Donald Whitney ($2.99). The first two by DeYoung, plus Whitney’s book, belong in every library.

The Ultimate Scandal - CNN has a long, sad profile of D.E. Paulk.

An Age of Irrational Parenting - What I found interesting in this article is the reason why today’s parents are so overprotective: Having fewer children later in life.

The Grim Reality of Bathroom Door Locks - Here’s another fascinating article from Tanzania; it explains why bathrooms there lock from the outside, not the inside.

The Ikea Way - I enjoyed this article on Ikea’s worldwide success.

6 Advantages of Consecutive Expository Preaching - Derek Thomas shows some of the advantages to preaching through a lengthy text.

Overcoming Pornography: Choosing Obedience - Randy Alcorn: “Right now, in moments of strength, we must make choices that will serve us well in moments of weakness. If we don’t radically cut off the sources of the temptations that pursue us, then we are just playing games, and have no intention of obeying Christ.”

Gethsemane is not a place for hurried theological tourism: it is where the believer must linger, watch and pray. —Frederick Leahy


March 14, 2015

Before I Go is a powerful bit of writing from Paul Kalanithi in which he opens up about his battle with advanced lung cancer and how he is facing his own mortality. (Note: Kalanithi succumbed to cancer just days ago.)

C. Michael Patton outlines 4 Characteristics of Legalism.

Yes, you can Be Happy When Someone Leaves Your Church, even if it’s difficult. How? There’s really only one church – and that’s Jesus’ church.

Deepak Reju has A Marriage Preparation Inventory that looks like an excellent tool for pre-marriage counselling.

Gavin Peacock says that the modern day litmus test for inerrancy is marriage. “Marriage is so intrinsically linked to the image of God, the authority of God and the gospel that to deny it is to deny the truth about God.”

Does Your Schedule Know You’re a Christian Dad? Steve Watters offers some good counsel in this article from CBMW.

Thanks to MereChurch for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Three Roads to Joy in Bi-vocational Ministry.

Here are 5 Things People Blame the Church For, but shouldn’t.

A message of grace will attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. —Jared Wilson


March 13, 2015

Amazon has begun another of their The Big Deal sales, where they mark down hundreds of Kindle books across all genres. Christian deals include: Lit! by Tony Reinke ($1.99); The Love of Wisdom by James Spiegel ($1.99); Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian ($1.99); The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts ($2.99). You’ll also find a selection of volumes in the HCSB commentary series at $1.99 each: Genesis, Deuteronomy, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra - Esther, Nahum - Malachi, Mark, Luke, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians - Colossians, 1 Thessalonians - Philemon, 1 Peter - Jude.

Cage-Stage Calvinism - R.C. Sproul: “Cage-stage Calvinists are identifiable by their insistence on turning every discussion into an argument for limited atonement or for making it their personal mission to ensure everyone they know hears—often quite loudly—the truths of divine election.”

Why Some Pregnant Moms Don’t Wait to Announce - “Greater openness around miscarriage has us rethinking first trimester etiquette.”

All About a Number - I admit that this short film is a bit melodramatic, but you’ll probably see at least a glimpse of yourself in it.

Revival at Yale - Vance Christie does what he does so well in this short article.

Gospel Transformation Bible - If you’ve been after a Gospel Transformation Bible, Westminster Book has them deeply discounted for a few days.

Chameleon’s Colour Magic - And it just evolved that way, right?

Ten Punctuation Mistakes - You’ve been warned.

The whole business of Christianity contradicts sense. We give up the visible for invisible rewards. —Thomas Manton


March 12, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Intellectuals Don’t Need God and Other Modern Myths by Alister McGrath ($0.99); Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper ($0.99); How To Be a Christian in a Brave New World by Joni Eareckson Tada ($0.99); There Is a Plan by Ravi Zacharias ($0.99); The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones ($0.99); Biblical Words and their Meaning by Moises Silva ($1.99).

Google’s CFO Retires - There is some wisdom in this memo from Patrick Pichette in which he explains why he has chosen to retire.

Shells for Jesus - “A couple of times my family went to the beach, where we hunted for shells and shark’s teeth. I thought of the Christians who struggle with such frivolity. How can a Christian collect shells when people are going to hell?”

Biblical Eldership - Biblical Eldership is a web site that offers an impressive collection of resources on an important topic.

A Taste of Austria - Here is a stunning timelapse video of Austria.

From Lesbianism to Complementarianism - Jackie Hill Perry tells her story.

Shepherds’ Conference 2015 - All of the video from the recent Shepherds’ Conference Inerrancy Summit is now available.

A Brief Defense of Infant Baptism - While I continue to hold to believer’s baptism, I do appreciate Kevin DeYoung’s defense of infant baptism.

We must not be concerned only with that which troubles us, but with all that troubles God. —John Owen