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February 08, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include A Loving Life by Paul Miller ($3.99); Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Philip Ryken ($3.99); New from GLH Publishing is The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards ($0.99). Zondervan has a series of theological works on sale: Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem ($5.99); The Holy Spirit by Christopher Holmes ($5.99); Understanding Biblical Theology by Edward Klink ($3.99); Faith Alone by Thomas Schreiner ($5.99); The Crucified King by Jeremy Treat ($3.99). 

Four Things to Help Overcome Gridlock in Your Marriage

“Have you ever found yourself in a place in your marriage where you and your spouse disagree and it seems like there is no way forward?” We have all been there at one time or another, haven’t we?

We Will Never Let Our Daughters Die for Us

Quite right: “Christian dads should never allow their little girls to die for them. This is the opposite of manhood. This is the opposite of honor.”

Why I Don’t Share The Gospel

Here’s an honest look at a common reason we don’t share the gospel.

Wheaton, Larycia Hawkins agree to part ways

“Wheaton College and Larycia Hawkins, the political science professor who started a furor over theology and academic freedom after declaring on social media that Christians and Muslims serve the same God, announced tonight they are amicably parting ways.”

This Day in 356. 1,660 years ago today, Athanasius went into hiding after escaping five thousand soldiers who surrounded his church. *

The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible

Christianity Today interviews Sally Lloyd-Jones whose Jesus Storybook Bible has now sold 2 million copies.

What Ivy League Students Are Reading that You Aren’t

“If you want an Ivy League education, you could fork over $200 grand or so and go to Cornell or Harvard for four years. Alternatively, you could save a ton of cash by simply reading the same books Ivy League students are assigned.”

Thunderstorm Time-lapse

Check out this amazing time-lapse footage of a thunderstorm.

Ferguson

High degrees of Christian assurance are simply not compatible with low levels of obedience. —Sinclair Ferguson

February 06, 2016

This has been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals. That is, in part, because so many of the deals cycle on a regular basis and I try not to link to them if they’ve come up recently. There should be some new ones on Monday. Until then, here’s some reading for you:

Unearthing Treasures of Gilgamesh

“Out of the destruction and looting [in Iraq], and partly because of it, emerge striking gains in knowledge of our oldest literary inheritance.”

What’s So Special About Singing on Sundays?

This is a good one from Bob Kauflin. He focuses on what makes singing in church different from every other kind of singing.

The Ultimate Unsolicited Redesign

Here’s an interview with Adam Lewis Greene who Kickstarted a beautiful redesign of the Bible. “The expected form of the Bible almost across the board for the last 200 years or so has not been conducive to appreciating biblical literature as literature. Rather, the Bible is designed to be an easily-navigated theological encyclopedia.”

Clippings

If you read with Kindle, you may be interested in Clippings, a service that does a great job of extracting and formatting your notes and highlights. You can also use it to copy your notes right over to Evernote or other programs.

The Deep Ditches of Doubt

Here are a few things to remember in those times you stumble into the deep ditches of doubt.

This Day in 1951. Sam Storms turns 65 today! You can wish Sam a Happy Birthday on Twitter.

Psallos

Have you ever checked out Psallos? It is a concept album based on the book of Romans.

CBMW Preconference

If you are heading to Together for the Gospel, you might be interested in CBMW’s preconference. They’ve got quite a list of speakers for you to hear.

Canadians Together for the Gospel

Also, if you are from Canada or interested in ministry in Canada, be sure to come to this breakout.

Why the Bible Is Hard to Understand—and What You Can Do About It

My thanks goes to Zondervan for sponsoring the blog this week with “Why the Bible Is Hard to Understand—and What You Can Do About It.”

Lewis

A man can’t be always defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it. —C.S. Lewis

February 05, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey ($0.99)—a great book that won’t get cheaper!; Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes ($0.99); Islam and America by George Braswell ($1.99); The Homosexual Agenda by Alen Sears ($2.99). Remember that the whole Exalting Jesus commentary set is for sale at $2.99 each; these are reader-friendly commentaries suitable for anyone.

From Slum to Shining Sea

“Growing up in a solid, Christian, God-fearing home, at some indefinable point between child-like faith and adolescent angst, my two-dimensional version of God had become synonymous with rules, broken rules, and never-ending failure. So I left.”

Calvin’s 4 Rules of Prayer

Joel Beeke explains what Calvin believed about prayer. (Also, read his article My Indebtedness to the Puritans.)

Enjoy Your Prayer Life

In a similar vein, here’s Michael Reeves encouraging you to enjoy your prayer life. He says “I hope this article will be a refreshment and a tonic – maybe even a kick-start! – for our prayer lives.”

8 Ways to Order Your Marriage

Nick talks realistically about some of the ways you can order your marriage.

Dwelling Richly

You may want to bookmark this site where Christa is interviewing a series of women on their Bible study and devotional habits.

This Day in 1887. 129 years ago today at age 50, evangelist D.L. Moody organized the Chicago Evangelization Society. Two years later, the Society established the Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions. Moody died in 1899, and in 1900 the school was renamed Moody Bible Institute. *

Absurd Creature of the Week

Wired’s absurd creature of the week isn’t as much absurd as horrific.

A 13-Year-Old’s Fantasies Turn Deadly

It is wise for parents to occasionally read an article like this and be reminded of the importance of knowing what your children are doing online.

Spurgeon

Believer, when you are on your knees, remember you are going to a king. Let your petitions be large. —C.H. Spurgeon

February 04, 2016

True Reformation

You’ll enjoy Burk Parson’s short but powerful meditation on true reformation.

Counseling Wives of Addicts

The most recent episode of Mortification of Spin begins with a discussion of counseling women whose husbands are addicted to pornography, then goes on to discuss a host of other important areas. This is a very helpful discussion.

New Footage Shows Planned Parenthood Negotiating Organ Sales

That this happens is outrageous. That few people seem to care is even more outrageous.

Don’t Just Pray About It

“The same heart of faith that comes to God in prayer patiently waits and watches for God to answer his prayer.”

Church in Hard Places

Westminster Books has a couple of books on sale by Mez McConnell. Read the books, watch the video, and join them on a 20schemes vision trip. (I will be there in October!)

This Day in 1555. 461 years ago today, English Reformer John Rogers was burned at the stake at Smithfield, the first of many martyrs in the reign of Mary Tudor. *

They Know My Voice

We live in a noisy world and “the subtle danger of the unrelenting noise in our lives is that we may miss the voice of God.”

Evernote Resources

Here are some helpful resources for those who use Evernote.

Christian Bakers

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Bakery are at the center of a storm in Ireland after refusing to make a cake celebrating gay marriage. (You can read the story here.) Daniel’s statement to the media is a joy to listen to.

Keller

If your god never disagrees with you, you might just be worshiping an idealized version of yourself. —Tim Keller

February 03, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Sexual Fidelity by Mike Abendroth ($2.99); Burning Hearts by Josh Moody ($2.99); Uncensored by Brian Cosby ($1.99); Jesus On Every Page by David Murray ($1.99); The True Story of Noah’s Ark ($2.99).

Your 7 Job Responsibilities as a Church Member

Just imagine what a church can be when all the members are functioning like this.

5 Reasons You Should (Probably) Leave Your Attractional Church

Jared Wilson is a big believer in the local church, so he isn’t being flippant when he tells you to consider leaving your attractional church. Be sure to consider the article in light of the caveats he provides.

Being a Pastor Isn’t Fair

Mike Leake wants to tell you one way in which being a pastor isn’t fair at all…

Don’t Panic

This could be true: “With all due respect to baseball, panicking is America’s favorite public pasttime.”

Bad Homiletical Models of Expository Preaching

Derek Thomas has an article preachers would do well to read. Here’s just one quote: “Speaking generally is always dangerous, but it is probably true to say that few young preachers can sustain a lengthy (and slow) series of expositions on a particular book of the Bible.”

This Day in 1469. 547 years ago today, Johannes Gutenberg died. He was famous for developing movable type, which became a powerful tool in the spread of the Protestant Reformation. *

Meet the Puritans

This new site may be one to subscribe to.

Prioritizing Communication and Romance

This is short and sweet.

How To Pronounce ‘Newfoundland’

Sooner or later you’ll be thankful that you know how to pronounce it properly.

Dever

There are no closed countries. Only places where it’s more difficult to preach your second sermon. —Mark Dever

February 02, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Walking As He Walked by Joel Beeke ($0.99); Night of Weeping and Morning of Joy by Horatius Bonar ($2.99); Faithful to the End by Terry Wilder ($2.99). The whole Exalting Jesus commentary set is for sale at $2.99 each; these are reader-friendly commentaries suitable to anyone.

The 2016 Reading Challenge is well underway and it has been fun to see people doing their own roundups. Here are a few: Nate Claiborne, Eric Dodson, Julie Thompson. There are way more at Goodreads.

Facing a Task Unfinished

This is a great idea: “Getty Music is inviting thousands of churches around the globe to sing the new hymn Facing a Task Unfinished together on Sunday, February 21st, 2016! We will provide you with the sheet music and demonstration, all you need to do is register!”

The Popularity of Donald Trump

This is a fantastic article about why Donald Trump is seeing such success and popularity. (If time is short, breeze down to the conclusion where the author nicely summarizes it all.)

Why Christian Women Need to Talk about Sex

Christianity Today: “Amid all this cultural baggage, being able to open up about sex with close female friends can be wonderfully freeing, encouraging, and healthy. Women can assure their friends that they are not the only ones. They can validate each other’s feelings and offer advice. These conversations about sex are valuable for us personally, our marriages, our friendships, and our communities.”

Understanding Toronto

Darryl explains Toronto, a unique and amazing city that is in need of more churches. “I want you care about Toronto. The reason? There’s a great need. It’s one of the largest cities in North America, and it’s one of the least churched.”

This Day in 1738. 278 years ago today, a “young George Whitefield departs for Georgia, intending to become a permanent missionary to the American colony.” *

John MacArthur’s Top 5 Books On a Deserted Island

Here’s John MacArthur answering everyone’s favorite question.

Confessions of a Former Date-Night Legalist

I’m not eager to stir up this controversy again, but I did enjoy Courtney Reissig’s article on date nights. (And remember, all I said was that you don’t need a date night.)

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

Justin Taylor asks whether C.S. Lewis’ infamous Liar, Lunatic, or Lord argument is sound or unsound.

Moody

The nearer men are to being sinless, the less they talk about it. —D.L. Moody

February 01, 2016

Today’s Kindle deals include Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson ($2.99); Finishing Our Course with Joy ($2.99) and Rediscovering Holiness ($2.51) by J.I. Packer; Finishing Well to the Glory of God by John Dunlop ($2.99); Has Christianity Failed You? by Ravi Zacharias ($3.99); Yawning at Tigers by Drew Dyck ($2.99); The Call by Os Guinness ($3.99); No Compromise by Melody Green ($2.99); God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace ($3.99). Also check out Amazon’s general market monthly deals.

Logo users can check out the free book of the month (which is actually a journal) while those who are into audiobooks can download I Don’t Have the Faith to Be an Atheist for free from Christian Audio.

Patient Parenting

Sometimes parenting is really, really hard. We’ve been experiencing some of those times lately, so this article was a joy to read.

You Can Trust God with Your Kids

Speaking of parenting, here is encouragement that you can trust God with your kids.

Ten Biblical Truths on the Obedience of Children

Sticking with the theme of parenting, read John Piper’s ten biblical truths on the obedience of children.

When Will It End?

And then one more—a mother’s reflection on just how quickly it all goes by.

How ‘Church Relevance’ Is Boring

It’s so true—all of this relevance stuff gets so boring.

Helping One Another Forsake Sin and Follow Jesus

Randy Alcorn tells how and when to help others forsake sin in order to follow Jesus.

New from Crossway: Crossway just released numerous books at the end of January, and they look excellent. I specifically recommend you check out these: The Miracles of Jesus by Vern Poythress, The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson, Family Worship by Donald Whitney, Christ or Chaos by Dan Dewitt, and Church in Hard Places by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley.

The Secret to a Happy Life

R.C. Sproul: “The world is marked by warfare. There’s global war and national conflict; there’s warfare in the church; there’s warfare in the community; there’s warfare in the home—there’s conflict all around us.” What’s the key to happiness in a world like this?

How R.C. Sproul’s Words Changed My Life

Speaking of R.C. Sproul, I enjoyed this. “I asked a question about pride and success. Sure, I could have struck a nerve with double predestination or eschatology or whatever. But I can find those answers on my own. I wanted to ask a question that only Sproul could answer, so I asked this…”

Carson

If you want to see what judgment looks like, go to the cross. If you want to see what love looks like, go to the cross. —D.A. Carson

January 30, 2016

This weekend’s Kindle deals include The Religions Next Door by Marvin Olasky ($0.99); Beginning at Moses by Michael Barrett ($0.99); Prayers of an Excellent Wife by Andrew Case ($0.99); Preaching with Passion by James Draper ($0.99); The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing by Don Aycock ($0.99).

Don’t Theologize or Spiritualize Ministry Mediocrity

This is an important challenge to churches that love good preaching. “Why is it that so many churches that profess a commitment to the primacy of expository preaching, settle for mediocrity in so many other facets of the church’s ministry?”

The Most Dangerous Place On Earth

And speaking of preaching, read this one by Steve Lawson. “Satan has no greater strongholds than houses of worship where the truth is suppressed. Nowhere is he more deeply entrenched in the lives of people than among those who are religious but who have no supernatural light of holiness and truth.”

The Deep Space of Digital Reading

This is a good article to read if you are concerned about what digital reading is doing to us. “The history of reading suggests that what we’re presently experiencing is probably not the end times of human thought. It’s more like an interregnum, or the crouch before a leap.”

75 Hobby Ideas for Men

Yes, 75 of them. I approve of reading being at the top.

Why the iPad Is Going Extinct

Here’s why the iPad and other tablets are slowly going extinct. I don’t see them disappearing anytime soon, but they do seem to be in decline. I don’t want to go back to preaching off of paper!

The Blessing of Visiting the Sick

Nick Batzig tells of the unexpected blessing of visiting the sick.

Tomorrow in 1892. 124 years ago tomorrow, extraordinary Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon died. *

Hearse

I enjoyed this short video on the word “hearse.” It fascinates me to learn how words transform in meaning over time.

Family Worship 101

Westminster Books is offering a deal on Donald Whitney’s book on family worship. It’s a good one to buy in bulk and distribute in your church.

iPhones, Androids, and Your Church

My gratitude goes to Finalweb for sponsoring the blog this week with an article titled “iPhones, Androids, and Your Church.”

Sanders

We are saved by the gospel of God to worship the God of the gospel. —Fred Sanders