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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.


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.’”


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.


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 (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.”


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.


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.”


I have reason to praise him for my trials, for, most probably, I should have been ruined without them. —John Newton

February 26, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include just one book, actually, but it’s worth checking out since it’s brand new: Alex Chediak’s Beating the College Debt Trap. It came out just a few weeks ago and is $1.99 for a short time.

If you are here at the Ligonier Ministries National Conference, I’d love to meet you either at the book signing I’m doing this morning or at the youth and family seminar which is taking place after lunch.

Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes

The whole superpower motif is a bit overplayed, but it was still good to see this video on the heroes of MAF.

How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin?

“I don’t think Paul had perfect, sinless anger in mind when he quoted King David from Psalm 4:4 to the Ephesians. Paul’s point seems to be that not all anger Christians experience is rooted in the prideful, selfish soil of our sin nature.”

Hack Attack

There is a bit of bad language in this video. With that out of the way, it aptly shows how hacking and hackers actually work and just how vulnerable our information is. But it also shows why it’s not all bad news.

A History of Awakening

Keith Mathison provides a brief history of awakenings and offers hope for many more. “If you are a Christian, He has awakened you by bringing you out of darkness and into the light. Pray that by His Spirit He would move mightily to awaken many more.”

Risen - The Movie

Melissa Penner has a good review of Risen telling what it includes and what it omits.

This Day in 398. 1,618 years ago today, John Chrysostom (nicknamed “golden tongue” because of his eloquent preaching) becomes bishop of Constantinople. *

The Number One Predictor of Divorce

I don’t think I’ve ever linked to Woman’s Day before. But this article is important in that it explains the number one predictor of divorce. “After four decades of research, the world’s foremost marriage therapist noticed a clear pattern among couples that didn’t stay together.”

The Most Beautiful Thing

“When Robb Scott overheard another father telling his son last weekend that Down syndrome was an ‘illness of not knowing anything,’ he said nothing. But as the father of a five-year-old boy with Down syndrome, he felt sick inside.”


It is not our eye on him which is our great protection, but his eye on us. —C.H. Spurgeon

February 25, 2016

I was not able to track down any noteworthy Kindle deals today. However, those who (like me) are big Logos users may be interested in a new deal they are offering. They have a lot of new Crossway collections coming along, and for each one you pre-order they’ll give you a 20% discount toward an existing Crossway product.

Do Christian Parents Flirt with the Idol of Sports?

I fear that too many parents really do flirt with the idol of sports. “There’s an idolatry problem in our community related to youth sports. I see this problem every weekend as families gather at the field rather than their church. It’s a problem in my heart, too.”

The Apple Case and Your Future

“Digital technology always grows hungrier for more personal information, and we users nearly always accede to its demands.” The more we give to our digital technologies, the more important privacy becomes.

I Am

I Am is one of two new prints we’ve released at our Visual Theology store. The other is The Function and Use of the Gospel.

The Day I Saw Jesus

I guess each one of us can say that a day came when we finally saw Jesus. I enjoyed reading this account.

Is Family-Integrated Worship the Historical Norm?

I’ve said it before: If you believe family-integrated worship is most consistent with the Bible, please practice it. But, as this article shows, you cannot make the claim that it is the historical norm.

This Day in 2004. 12 years ago today was opening day of Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ. *

How To Win an Election

In this video a leading political strategist explains how candidates use the art of storytelling to help swing elections.

Southern Baptists Lose Almost 1,000 Missionaries

“Six months after announcing plans to cut 600 to 800 missionaries and staff in order to balance its budget, the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) revealed today that it has lost 1,132 workers—almost twice as many as its low-end estimate.”


In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart. —John Bunyan

February 24, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include A Better Way by Michael Horton ($2.99); The Complete Guide to Christian Quotations ($2.99); The Man Called Cash by Steve Turner ($1.99); Beginning at Moses by Michael Barrett ($0.99); Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey ($3.99).

Risen: Movies, Faith, and the Bible

The best and most important part of this article on the film Risen comes in the final paragraph.

I Got Skills

I enjoyed this reflection on motherhood and parenting.

Corpus Linguistics

I appreciated this critical interaction with the post I wrote on feeling, thinking, and believing.

Planet Earth 2

This is exciting: There will soon be a second series of Planet Earth. I can’t help but wonder, though, how much will be dedicated to climate change hysteria. “The series, which originally used the working title One Planet, uses technology including ultra high definition filming, drones and remote recording.”

Can God’s Love for Us Increase?

Mark Jones answers a common question and does so with a solid “yes and no.”

A Short History of the Mosquito that Transmits Zika Virus

“Question: What do Napoléon Bonaparte, Walter Reed, the Panama Canal, and the Zika virus all have in common? Answer: The Aedes aegypti mosquito…”

This Day in 303. 1,713 years ago today, the first official Roman edict for the persecution of Christians was issued by Roman Emperor Galerius Valerius Maximianus. *

Bonjour Paris

There may be a little too much hyper in this hyperlapse video of Paris, but it’s still pretty amazing.

The World’s Quietest Room

Imagine being in a room so quiet that you can hear your heart beat. You can even hear your joints scraping together when you move.


The truly wise are humble because they know they still have so much to learn. —Don Whitney