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February 27, 2015

Warming Up Your Car - The current cold snap seems like a good context to share this article about the myth of warming up your car on a cold day.

Three Relationship Rules - You may appreciate these three relationship rules from Ed Welch.

A Three-Parent Baby - How do you make a baby from three parents? Here’s how…

Counter Culture - If you’d like a second opinion on David Platt’s new book (which I reviewed on Tuesday), Al Mohler has written a really helpful review.

Euthanasia Comes to Canada - While we are on the subject of new cultural issues, Canada has recently full-out embraced euthanasia. Obviously this opens up some serious dangers and implications.

Who Turned the Lights Out? - Bob Kauflin writes about the relatively new phenomenon of turning down the lights during a worship service.

Mysteries of Sleep Lie Unsolved - I’m really bad at sleeping and have found the same thing as this author: sleep-tracking devices provide information, but not answers.

Because He’s the living God, He can hear. Because He’s a loving God, He will hear. —C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon

February 26, 2015

Here are a few new Kindle deals: Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions by Ken Ham ($3.49); If God Made the Universe, Who Made God? ($2.99); All the Names in the Bible ($2.99); (Here is the Complete List of Kindle Deals for Christians).

6 Rules of Cultural Engagement - Joe Thorn offers guidance on engaging the culture around us.

Congratulating Wesleyan - Carl Trueman congratulates Wesleyan for a ridiculous new step forward in the sexual revolution.

The Medium is the Message - Here’s a helpful 2-minute summary of Marshall McLuhan’s famous aphorism, “The medium is the message.”

Don’t Badmouth Obama - Mark Altrogge explains why you should refrain from badmouthing your president. 

Ligonier Ministries 2015 National Conference - The audio and video for the recent Ligonier Ministries National Conference is now available (for free).

The Greatest Illustrated Story - God does not only tell us the story of what he is doing in this world, but he also illustrates it for us.

A good man is ashamed to speak that which many people are not ashamed to act. —Matthew Henry

Henry

February 25, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The God Who Justifies by James White ($2.99); The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson ($3.99); The Ever-Loving Truth by Voddie Baucham ($0.99); In My Father’s House and Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian ($0.99 each); Biblical Authority by James Draper ($2.99).

How Well Do You Know Your Bible? - The new issue of Credo magazine is now available for free online reading or download. This issue’s subject: How Well Do You Know Your Bible? 

That Malaysia Airlines Plane - This guy thinks he knows where that missing Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared to. It seems more than a little unlikely, but it sure is an interesting read.

Why We Pray - This week’s deals from Westminster Books include a new, highly-endorsed book called Why We Pray (along with several other excellent books on prayer).

Iwo Jima and the Monumental Sacrifice - My rule: If Tim Keesee writes it, I read it. I’ve yet to be disappointed.

SDO: Year 5 - The sun is big. And awesome. And beautiful. Check out this video from NASA.

Inviting Children into the Prayer Closet - I sure do feel this one all the way.

Does Your Youth Ministry Mess with Christ’s Bride? - This is an excellent article on both the blessings and potential drawbacks of youth ministry.

Too many church members are starched and ironed but not washed. —Vance Havner

Havner

February 24, 2015

A Young Earth - Steve Ham: “I do believe the Bible gives ample justification for calculating the age of the earth at around 6,000 years and for seeing six normal 24-hour days in the week of creation.”

A Plea for Sanity - Mike Wittmer offers a plea for sanity at a time when people’s lives and businesses are being ruined for decisions they are making about their clientele.

Jesus Flips The Switch - Here is a good illustration that makes a good point.

A Crash Course on Influencers of Unbelief - Justin Taylor offers a crash course on Karl Marx.

Reading in Print - “Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.”

Powerhouse in a Petticoat - “Meet the heart of William Wilberforce’s abolitionist movement.”

Hope can see heaven through the thickest clouds. —Thomas Brooks

Brooks

February 23, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); Wellness for the Glory of God by John Dunlop ($1.99); The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper ($1.99); Imagination Redeemed by Gene Veith ($2.99); What Is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert ($2.99); Tactics by Greg Koukl ($1.99).

A Plea For Gospel Sanity in Missions - I regard this as a very important article. Aubrey Sequeira writes about overseas pastors who are deceiving North Americans into supporting their work. Make sure you read to the end!

Whose History Is It Anyways? - Does historical accuracy really matter when it comes to film? 

You Are My Son, and I Love You - Timy Brister: “As a Christian who believes the gospel should permeate every area of my life, there are more and more blind spots that I’m learning to see more clearly.”

The Shaming of Lindsey Stone - “When a friend posted a photograph of charity worker Lindsey Stone on Facebook, she never dreamed she would lose her job and her reputation. Two years on, could she get her life back?” (Note: There are a few bad words in interviews.)

The Necessity of Expository Preaching - Derek Thomas explains how expository preaching is a necessary corollary of the doctrine of the God-breathed nature of Scripture.

3 Reasons We Must Not Forget the Psalms - Just like the headline says…

The more I learn about God, the more aware I become of what I don’t know about him. —R.C. Sproul

Sproul

February 21, 2015

Carl Trueman has wise words about Bondage to Pornography. “One would not allow alcoholics to have the last word on liquor licensing laws or crack addicts on drug policy. Yet when it comes to sexual morality, that is the kind of world in which we now live.”

This is a good one: Spurgeon on Christians who Rail Against the Times

Michael Wittmer writes about Rejoicing in Lament.

You have heard of the florist who has been sued because of her decision not to provide flowers for a gay wedding. Here is her response to the Attorney General’s offer.

To Shill a Mockingbird shows that lots of people are trying to figure out where this sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird came from.

Thanks to RPTS for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Where Professors Learn.

What I appreciated most about this article on Church Splits is the comparison to a split atom.

Take a saint, and put him into any condition, and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord. —Walter Cradock

Cradock

February 20, 2015

Here are today’s Kindle deals: The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts ($2.99); Defending Inerrancy by Norman Geisler ($2.99); Each for the Other by Bryan & Kathy Chapell ($4.99). New from GLH Publishing is Systematic Theology (all 3 volumes) by Charles Hodge ($1.99).

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson - I enjoyed reading this longform article on [soon to be former] McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson.

The Gospel in the Dominican Republic - I’m thankful for this series from TGC on how the gospel is going forth in different countries from around the world.

The Hopes of Central High - Sports fans may appreciate this profile of Lester Cotton, who will soon be heading to the University of Alabama.

3 Keys to a Better Prayer Life - Here are 3 simple keys to a better prayer life. (Of course the #1 tip is always this: Just pray!)

Phrasing - Andy Naselli introduces “phrasing,” which he says is his favorite way to trace a biblical argument. There are lots of good resources at the link if you want to give it a try.

The Door to a New Vastness - CNN: “Two white specks appearing next to Pluto in the blackness of space may look like faint blips on a screen. Don’t be fooled.”

How Clocks Changed Humanity - This is merely an introduction to the subject, but you may still enjoy this brief video on how clocks changed humanity.

One proof of the inspiration of the Bible is that it has withstood so much poor preaching. —A.T. Robertson

Robertson

February 19, 2015

I dug up just a handful of new Kindle deals today: Saint Patrick by Jonathan Rogers ($1.99); Redeeming Church Conflicts by Tara Barthel ($2.99); HarperCollins Atlas of Bible History ($3.99).

Connecting with the Conference - I’m at Ligonier Ministries’ National Conference this week; for those who can’t make it, here are some ways to connect during the event.

When Bible Reading Feels Like a Chore - Here are 3 reasons your Bible reading may feel like a chore.

Keep Your Greek - Sign up for Logos’ mailing list (or just input your email if you’re already signed up) and you will get Keep Your Greek for free. (Also, you may be interested in this pre-order deal.)

Samsung Design - If you’re into technology, you may enjoy this article on why Samsung just can’t quite match Apple when it comes to design. Turns out it’s a systemic issue.

The Caligulan Thrill - “Viewed from one angle, the sexual revolution looks obviously egalitarian. It’s about extending to everyone the liberties. … But viewed from the other angle…”

Greenland - “Google Street View just added a new virtual destination: some of the most stunning landscapes in Greenland, from fjords to viking ruins.”

The Christian life is not one of attained perfection but ongoing purification. —Joe Thorn

Thorn

February 18, 2015

Women, Stop Submitting to Men? - This is good stuff from Russell Moore: “Those of us who hold to so-called ‘traditional gender roles’ are often assumed to believe that women should submit to men. This isn’t true.” Not quite.

Bible Translation and I.T. - I appreciate this—a quick look at how I.T. plays a crucial role in Bible translation work.

John Frame’s Writings - This week’s deals from Westminster Books will be of special interest to people who love theology.

The Brown Sisters - “The Brown sisters have been photographed every year since 1975. The latest image in the series is published here for the first time.”

How to Think About Persecution - Here’s some guidance on how to think about persecution when you’re not very persecuted.

Dog Show Look-Alike - This is for-fun only: Match the Westminster Dog show entrants with their dogs.

Age with Zeal - J.I. Packer’s “encouragement is that older people should shun the worldly notion that aging and retirement is a time of inactivity. He suggests that being older is a time to stay active, to keep running the race set before us.”

The softest call from Jesus can silence the Enemy’s greatest roar. —Gaye Clark

Clarke

February 17, 2015

Today’s Kindle deals include Jesus, Continued by J.D. Greear ($0.99); The Complete Spurgeon Sermons on Genesis ($0.99); Preaching the Parables by Craig Blomberg ($3.99); How We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot ($2.99); and God as Author by Gene Fant ($0.99).

The Shape of Things to Come - I don’t think you have to be an Apple fanboy to enjoy this (very long!) profile of Apple’s lead designer Jony Ives. (Note: language warning.)

The Murderer Who Became a Missionary - Here is a remarkable historical account. (Update: This story may not be true.)

What ISIS Really Wants - “The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.”

Away from the Body - Kevin DeYoung writes about being away from the body and being at home with the Lord.

How to Survive Winter in Antarctica - “The last flight out of the South Pole until November departed on Friday. How do the people left behind cope with months of endless darkness and sub-zero temperatures?”

Announcing the NIV Study Bible - Andy Naselli announces the NIV Study Bible. D. A. Carson is general editor; the associate editors are T. Desmond Alexander, Richard S. Hess, and Douglas J. Moo; Naselli is the assistant editor.

The truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinion of any man. —R.A. Torrey

Torrey

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