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January 30, 2015

CROSS 2015 - You and/or your church may be interested in the CROSS simulcast, which will go out live on February 27. It features John Piper, David Platt, Kevin DeYoung, and others.

The Meaning of Mundane Work - “Many Christians I speak with about work think that work is part of the fall. That work itself is a curse, but work is a reflection of God. Our Father works, so we work. That supercharges our work with all sorts of importance and meaning.”

Mobile Phone Contract - Here’s a mobile phone contract a dad had his daughter agree to before she got her first mobile phone. Not a bad idea.

Reflections on Adoption - I enjoyed these reflections from a proud father.

The Foremost - I haven’t had time to watch it yet, but wanted to make you aware of this new film.

Will Heaven Have Oceans? - Here’s an explanation of a tricky text.

The Adams - “After several miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy, Bryan and Robyn got pregnant with twins. Twenty-three weeks into their pregnancy, Robyn underwent an emergency c-section and gave birth to two little boys…”

The frightening thing is that, to enter hell, all one has to do is nothing. —Jared Wilson

Wilson

January 29, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: Hard Fighting Soldier by David Sitton ($0.99); Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson ($1.99); Life in the Balance by Joni Eareckson Tada ($1.99); new from GLH Publishing is Thoughts on Religious Experience by Archibald Alexander ($0.99).

From Massive to ‘Meh’ - Here’s how the iPad went from massive to “meh” in just a few short years.

The Rise of Trip Lee - A Q&A with Trip Lee on pastoring, porn, and John Piper.

A Word to Famous Pastors - Todd Pruitt has some good words to say to famous pastors.

The Moral Argument - This video provides an answer to this question: Can we be good without God?

Lessons from the School of Prayer - D.A. Carson provides 8 lessons from the school of prayer.

Why Love Is More Absurd Than Cruelty - Here is a sweet reflection on ultimate love. “ It’s fairly easy to complain about the absurdity of suffering, but it’s another thing to have the wits to complain about the absurdity of God’s love for us.”

15 Worship Decisions We’ll Regret - Short and to the point.

Our failures are never big enough to interrupt God’s plans for us. —Dave Harvey

Harvey

January 28, 2015

The “Let Us” In Genesis 1:26 - Here is an interesting answer to the question of whether the “Let us” of Genesis 1:26 is referring to the Trinity.

Who Is Jesus? - Westminster Books tends to have the best sales on Christian books. This week they’ve cut prices on books that are great to stock up on so you can give them away.

The Benefits of Membership - I have enjoyed all the entries in this series called A Pastor’s Reflections. This entry discusses the benefits of church membership.

William Tyndale’s Portrait - Steve Lawson has just finished a new biography on William Tyndale, and reflects on the portrait of Tyndale that hangs in his office. (FYI, the book is just $5.76 on Kindle).

My Baby’s Heart Stopped Beating - “Then I had an ugly moment. How come she gets to keep her baby but I don’t? She seems to hate kids. I love them. This isn’t fair.”

The Reason You Keep Forgetting Stuff - I’m not sure it’s the reason, but I’m sure it’s a reason.

When to Overlook a Fault - Here’s a little guide to know when to confront sin and when to overlook it.

The greater our progress in theology, the simpler and more child-like will be our faith. —J. Gresham Machen

Machen

January 27, 2015

Here are some new Kindle deals: What’s Best Next by Matt Perman (one of my top books of 2014) ($3.99); Don’t Stop Believing by Mike Wittmer ($1.99); The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ($2.79); God Is Red by Liao Yiwu ($1.99). As always, the complete list is here: Kindle Book Deals for Christians.

If the Lord Marks Iniquity - R.C. Sproul: “The Psalmist asked the question: ‘If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?’ This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one.”

But God - “Revel in these two priceless words…”

Will Christians Be Allowed To Serve as Judges? - Denny Burk writes about an alarming bit of news from California.

Often Unnoticed Marks of Godliness - I enjoyed this one—a challenge for each one of us.

A Solid Worldview Won’t Save My Kids - Stephen Altrogge is exactly right: “Worldview is important, but it’s only one part of the equation. A biblical worldview helps a person think correctly. But we are not purely intellectual beings.”

2 Years to No Lies - You may not know how much you lie until you vow that you won’t do it anymore. There’s a good sermon illustration here.

Sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest losses that can be upon our souls. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks

January 26, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals—some excellent theological works from Crossway: God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment by James Hamilton ($5.99); God Is Love by Gerald Bray ($5.99); The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders ($2.99); Salvation Accomplished by the Son by Robert Peterson ($4.99).

Missed Motherhood - Denny Burk: “Susan Shapiro’s article at The New York Times is as sad as anything I’ve read in a long time. She is the quintessential modern woman, having pursued a career and life in the city through her childbearing years…”

All Paths Lead to God - Kevin DeYoung shows how all paths do lead to God, one way or another.

NHL and GoPro - GoPro and the NHL teamed up to make an amazing video.

Joshua Harris Resigns - Josh Harris has announced his resignation from Covenant Life Church. His explanation is well worth reading.

How to Combat the Demonic - J.D. Greear offers counsel on how to combat the demonic. “If you want to fight the demonic, don’t focus on the demons at all; just let Jesus be large in your life.”

Aging Gracefully - “The focus on outer beauty is a battle Christian women have been waging for years, and it’s doubtful we’ll win anytime soon.”

God is as much, if not more, interested in doing a great work in us as he is in doing a great work through us. —Mike Ayers

Ayers

January 24, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle Deals: Jesus, the Only Way to God by John Piper ($0.99); You, Your Family and the Internet by David Clark ($0.99); George Muller of Bristol by Arthur Pierson ($3.96); Igniting the Fire by Jake Hanson ($3.82).

You may enjoy this article on The Jennifer Epidemic. It traces the rising and waning of the most popular baby names over the past decades. And apparently there has never been a name like Jennifer.

Al Mohler looks at Downtown Abbey and asks What Are Americans Really Watching?

Here is an Ode to Skymall as it announces its bankruptcy. “SkyMall, that stupid wonderful completely American wonder that, with its insistence that you take your own free copy, announced it was your right as a human in the ‘90s to never not be shopping.”

Gavin Ortlund offers 7 Principles of Sabbath Rest. “Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am learning. I share them in hopes they might help others fighting the battle of busyness, fatigue, and endurance.”

Amazing Grace is a brief and quirky update from Scotland and the ministry 20 Schemes (which I both love and support!).

Jamie Brown has an interesting one: Pointing at the Same Thing from Different Angles.

As pastors, you will find that guarding the gospel will cause you intense personal pain. —Sinclair Ferguson

Ferguson

January 23, 2015

Spoiler Alert - This is an interesting one from Slate: “Children’s birthday parties are getting more and more extravagant. Here’s how we let it happen.” I have noticed this trend!

Going Paperless - This is a long but helpful guide on going paperless. It’s easier than ever!

What I Saw at the Abortion - Trevin Wax: “Ross Douthat linked to this first-person testimony from Richard Selzer, a surgeon, as an example of a pro-choice person who can’t ‘unsee’ what they’ve witnessed in an abortion.”

When You’re Prayerless - “Prayerlessness is not fundamentally a discipline problem. At root it’s a faith problem.” And it happens to all of us sometimes.

Under the Microscope - You know you want to see what some common objects look like under the microscope.

Patterns of Evidence - Here’s another review of the new documentary film Patterns of Evidence.

3 Leadership Lessons from Winston Churchill - Gavin Ortlund looks to Winston Church to find 3 important leadership lessons.

When we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing. We worship anything. —G.K.Chesterton

Chesterton

January 22, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: On Guard by William Lane Craig (free); The Forgotten Trinity by James White ($1.99); Heresy by Alister McGrath ($1.99). (Complete list)

How Small Is an Atom? - Very small, apparently, according to this video.

Books on Sale - This week’s deals from Westminster Books include excellent resources for middle schoolers.

I’ve Sinned; Now What? - Here are eleven reminders for dealing with sin.

The Boy Who Didn’t Come Back From Heaven - The Guardian: “Alex Malarkey co-wrote a bestselling book about a near-death experience – and then last week admitted he made it up. So why wasn’t anyone listening to a quadriplegic boy and a mother who simply wanted the truth to be heard?”

5 Scientific Problems with Current Theories of Biological and Chemical Evolution - Justin Taylor summarizes some work from the Discovery Institute.

Before He Preachers - Thom Rainer makes six observations about speaking to the pastor right before he preaches.

Idolizing the Bible - Is it possible for Christians to idolize the Bible?

God never made a promise that was too good to be true. —D. L. Moody

Moody

January 21, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler ($2.99); Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax ($2.99); The People of God by Trevor Joy & Spence Shelton ($0.99); Ordinary by Tony Merida ($4.99); Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer ($4.99); The Wisdom of Narnia by Pauline Baynes ($0.99); The Church by Richard McBrien (this is history of Catholicism by a liberal Roman Catholic may be of interest to some readers) ($3.99). Complete List.

Women’s Discipleship and the Mommy Blogosphere - Hannah Anderson has some valuable things to say about the mommy blogs—their strengths and their weaknesses.

God’s Light in Our Darkness - “Being ‘saved’ doesn’t save us from facing sickness and sword, including depression. However, God does promise to give us the proper footing as we walk through hard terrain.”

How Should We Respond? - Justin Taylor suggests an appropriate response to the new reports that a fragment from the gospel of Mark dates to the first century.

The Gospel in Colombia - The Gospel Coalition reports on the state of the church in Colombia.

Husbands, Pray with Your Wives - Wendy Alsup encourages husbands to love their wives by praying with their wives.

Stop Obsessing - Mike Wittmer gives you 4 good reasons to stop obsessing about heaven.

When a man truly sees himself, he knows nobody can say anything about him that is too bad. ―D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Lloyd Jones

January 20, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Finally Free by Heath Lambert ($3.99); Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (A new edition edited by Kevin DeYoung) ($3.99); The Forgotten Trinity by James White ($1.99); A Model of Christian Maturity by D.A. Carson ($2.99); The Crucified King by Jeremy Treat ($1.99); The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson ($3.79). You can find a complete list here: Kindle Books Deals for Christians.

Zobrist’s Goodbye - I enjoyed reading what Ben Zobrist did as he left Tampa Bay (after being traded to the Oakland A’s).

20 Things for My Daughter - This is a great list: 20 things Melissa wants her daughter to understand about being a woman.

This Will Revolutionize Education - “Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education?” This is quite an enjoyable video.

Undeveloped World War II Film Discovered - You might like this video in which the Rescued Film Project discovers and processes 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago.

The Oldest Gospel Fragment - “A text found on papyrus used on a mummy mask may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist—a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year AD 90.”

What Did Jesus Mean? - What did Jesus mean when he said we would do greater work than he would do? Here’s R.C. Sproul’s explanation.

We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to Someone. —Os Guinness

Guinness

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