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July 01, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is a brand new one, You know I like to keep you on your toes with these giveaways and this week’s sponsor is, well, just a little bit different. Meet Backbone Threads, manufacturer of “Graphically Insane Christian Shirts.” If you’re over 30 or 40 years old, you may already be thinking of who you could give the prize to if you win it.

Backbone Threads has 8 different t-shirts in their catalog and are giving away 1 of each of them. Kind of. The winners will actually be able to choose whichever one they prefer.

Here’s what you need to know about the company:

We offer Graphically Insane Christian Shirts created for those who stand unashamed for Christ. We have some in-your-face attention grabbers, but offer some more subtle statements of faith as well. Our shirts are super soft, 100% preshrunk cotton fitted shirts. They tend to fit snug, so order a size up if you prefer a looser cut. We offer free and fast shipping and 100% returns for any reason. We donate 10% of our profits to worth Christian organizations, and are accepting recommendations through our Facebook page for new charities.

Backbone Threads has created a coupon code, CHALL2011, which will allow anyone to take 20% off of an order. So keep that in your back pocket if you don’t win the freebie.

Here is a sample of their wares (or wears, I suppose):

Backbone Threads

There are 8 shirts to give away, so there will be 8 winners.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

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June 24, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is Evangelical PressEP is a non-profit mission organization. Its mission is to place sound Christian books and sound biblical teaching within reach of as many people as possible across the world. One hundred per cent of purchases and giving enables EP to hold conferences, produce books, newspapers, radio shows and correspondence courses. They currently have EP employees working in three continents, and books printed in sixty languages.

This week EP is giving away 3 new books:

  • Does God Believe in Atheists? by John Blanchard
  • The Power to Save: A History of the Gospel in China by Bob Davey
  • Making Sanity Out of Vanity by Stanley Gale

Does God Believe in AtheistsOf these books, Does God Believe in Atheists? seems particularly noteworthy. “This award-winning title traces the development of atheistic and agnostic thinking over the past 2,500 years and shows how thinkers like Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Neitzsche, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Bertrand Russell and others have shaped many people’s thinking today. It also pinpoints the flaws in Darwinian evolutionism and in claims made for it by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others, explains why secular humanism self-destructs, reveals why here is no conflict between science and belief in God, exposes fatal errors in nine world religions and fourteen major cults and shows why the existence of evil and suffering is no reason to deny God’s existence.”

Also, here’s a special deal for North American shoppers. EP titles are available in North America through www.CVBBS.com. Between now and July 15 you can use the discount code epbooks to get an extra 10% off any of their books.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

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June 20, 2011

Reformed Expository Commentary

If I was faced with a desert island scenario in which I had to choose a favorite commentary series, just one series to take with me, I am quite sure I would go with the Reformed Expository Commentary set published by P&R. For someone like me, someone who has no seminary education and who has very little knowledge of the original languages, this series offers trustworthy, accessible commentary on the biblical text. I have used them in sermon preparation, I’ve used them in writing books and articles and I’ve used them in personal devotions. In every context they have proved their worth.

The set now contains 16 volumes spanning 13 books of the Bible. The Old Testament has volumes on Jonah & Micah, 1 Kings, Esther & Ruth, Zechariah and Daniel. The New Testament has volumes on Ephesians, Acts, Luke (2 volumes), Matthew (2 volumes), 1 Timothy, Galatians, Hebrews and James. There is also a “Christmas” volume that focuses on Christ’s Incarnation in the Gospels.

In the Series Introduction the co-editors make clear that these commentaries were written for pastors, lay teachers and all other lay persons. “We hope that the devotional quality of these studies of Scripture will instruct and inspire each Christian who reads them in joyful, obedient discipleship to Jesus Christ.” I think they’ve written the commentaries in such a way that this goal is attainable. As you may have discerning from the title, the commentaries are consistent with the Reformed creeds and confessions. They are biblical (committed to comprehensive exposition of the text), doctrinal (committed to the Westminster Standards), redemptive-historical (committed to a Christ-centered view of the Old Testament), and practical (committed to applying the text to people today). Individual volumes are endorsed by a wide variety of Reformed pastors and theologians (Baptist and Presbyterian alike).

Today I am giving away a complete set of these commentaries. And just to sweeten things even more, I’ve got another set of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament to add to it (see last week’s post for more information on this site).

So whoever wins this one will with both sets—16 volumes of the Reformed Expository Commentary and 4 volumes of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary. 

I’m sticking with PunchTab to coordinate this giveaway. A few people have mentioned that they dislike PunchTab’s reliance on Facebook. Do know that they will soon open it up to people who do not have a Facebook account. However, with a giveaway like this one, PunchTab makes my life much, much (much!) easier.

Can’t See the Form?: If you are reading this via Facebook or RSS, please visit the blog to enter. If you are at the blog, trying hitting the “refresh” button in your browser.

June 17, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s sponsor for Free Stuff Fridays is, once again, CBD Reformed, a regular participant in these giveaways. As always, they are giving away 5 great prize packs, each of which contains 3 books. Five winners will each receive:

  • Generous JusticeGod, Freedom and Evil by Alvin Plantinga - Retail price $15.00
  • Generous Justice by Timothy Keller - Retail Price $19.95
  • Operation World by Jason Mandryk - Retail Price $24.99

Also, CBDReformed is offering a sale on several items. Anyone is free to take advantage of these deals:

These items will be available at those prices from June 17 until June 20.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

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June 13, 2011

The more stuff I give away, the more stuff I’m able to give away. I guess that’s a good thing. Today I am giving away a great little prize: Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. The series currently stands at 4 volumes and I’m giving away a complete set. Maybe if we get a big enough response I can convince them to part with another set or two.

Here is where the series stands so far:

  • Matthew by Grant Osborne
  • Galatians by Thomas Schreiner
  • Ephesians by Clinton Arnold
  • James by Craig Blomberg

Exegetical CommentaryWith twenty volumes projected, this looks like it will be a must-have series for the student of the Bible (or the preacher of the Bible at any rate). Here is what Justin Taylor said about it, focusing on the ease-of-use:

I now think that the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament is probably the best in terms of creative typesetting and a well thought-through approach for making available the kinds of materials that pastors in particular need in preparing messages. The format it clean and attractive and useful. Especially helpful is the use of Greek instead of transliteration, the sentence flows that look at the logical relationships between the clauses and propositions, and the application section at the end. It’s just the sort of thing I’m looking for when studying a passage, a chapter, or a book.

I agree entirely with his assessment. Here’s a PDF that allows you to check it out.

I’m going to stick with PunchTab to do the giveaway. Some have asked me why. Well, largely it’s because it is really, really convenient. I know a few have had trouble seeing the entry form and I think this may be connected to Internet Explorer. And I know that you still need a Facebook account to participate (though they’re working on opening it up). But bear with me, if you would.

This giveaway will close on Thursday morning.

If you are reading this via Facebook or RSS, please visit the blog to enter

June 10, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
For several years now every Free Stuff Fridays has been introduced with the same graphic. At long last it has gone into retirement and has been replaced by a new one. I guess that’s just the way the world works.

ResolutionsNow, let me get to the good stuff. This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Missional Wear. Missional Wear provides quality apparel (and other stuff) that is inspired by reformed theology and missional living. They are giving away 5 prizes. 1 person will win a copy of The Resolutions Poster. “Beautifully designed to look like the original document, each poster is printed on a latex infused matte paper with eco-solvent inks that add to its vintage appeal.” I’ve got one hanging in the church office and love it! Another 4 people will each win a t-shirt of their choice plus a Soli Deo Gloria License plate frame.

As with the last time Missional Wear sponsored a giveaway, they have added a social element. If they get up to 5,000 Facebook fans they will double the prizes.

If you want to “like” them, just go ahead and click the button below…or click here and do it that way.

 

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

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June 06, 2011

I have been able to do some special giveaways lately and, well, I keep getting new opportunities to give away great stuff. And that is what I want to do today (and again a week from today!). I’ve got another Kindle to give to a reader of this site.

Let me give you the context (I know, I know…most of you have already just skipped to the bottom and just entered!). Revive Our Hearts, the ministry associated with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, has just begun to give away some great items to every Friend of the Blog. With all the books they have also offered up several Kindles. Some will go only to Friends of the Blog while others, this one included, is available to anyone.

Win a Kindle 3GThe prize is a 3rd generation Kindle 3G (which is the latest generation…). It will come pre-loaded with a whole library of Nancy Leigh DeMoss books including Becoming God’s True Woman, Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness, Choosing Forgiveness, Choosing Gratitude, Lies Women Believe, Lies Young Women Believe, A Place of Quiet Rest, 30-Day Walk in Psalms, Seeking Him, and Voices of the True Woman Movement.

Kindle is Amazon’s bestselling product, the most-gifted, the most-wished-for and the one with the most 5-star reviews. Here’s what it offers:

  • All-New, High-Contrast E Ink Screen – 50% better contrast with latest E Ink Pearl technology
  • Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
  • New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
  • New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6” size reading area
  • Battery Life of One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
  • Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 books
  • Books in 60 Seconds – Download books anytime, anywhere
  • Free 3G Wireless – No monthly payments, no annual contracts
  • Built-In Wi-Fi – In addition to the 3G wireless, you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots

Kindle GraphiteTo make my life a lot easier, I am using some software to manage the giveaway. For the time being this widget relies upon a Facebook account, so you’ll need to have a Facebook account to participate (it will ask about a Facebook app—go ahead and allow it; it’s safe). Once you’ve clicked the entry button, you’ll have the opportunity to increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment, by mentioning the giveaway on Twitter, and so on. 

So here you go. Enjoy!

June 03, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This is the second week in a row that we’ve had a new sponsor for Free Stuff Fridays. Last week it was Peacemaker Ministries and this week it is Family Christian Stores, a name most are familiar with, I think. Family Christian is giving away the complete set of Gospel Coalition booklets.

Gospel Coalition BookletsThere are 5 prizes to win which means that 5 people will each receive all 8 of the booklets.

This is what the Gospel Coalition says about these books:

During a 2008 Council meeting, we decided to partner with Crossway to produce a series of books for local church leaders. The first book—issued initially as a series of booklets published this week—unpacks TGC’s Foundation Documents. Several Council members and like-minded friends have written the initial eight booklets on a variety subjects of crucial doctrinal importance.

The books cover gospel-centered ministry, creation, the Holy Spirit, restoration, the church, the gospel, the plan and whether we can know the truth.

You can find out more about them here:
 http://www.familychristian.com/gospelcoalition/

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

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May 27, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
We’ve got a new sponsor for this week’s edition of Free Stuff Fridays. But it is a name that is probably familiar to you. Peacemaker Ministries will be giving away five complete sets of their new video group study, Resolving Everyday Conflict (regular price $249). Each set contains the materials needed for a group of 10 to go through the study together (including DVD set, study guides, peacemaking reference book, promotional materials, and more). 

Resolving ConflictResolving Everyday Conflict is an eight-lesson study that unpacks the amazing things the Bible has to say about conflict and relationships. As you go through this study, you’ll find the powerful and practical answers you are looking for to forever change how conflict looks in your life.

The primary places this study will be used are:

  • The Church - Give your church members a tool for outreach to the community: This study will help your church reach people that you might otherwise have trouble reaching—the people on the fringe of your church life as well as the unchurched in your community. By offering this study, you can give them practical help with an issue that is relevant—conflict—and teach them about Jesus at the same time.
  • The Workplace - Help employees deal with conflict at work (and everywhere else): Studying Resolving Everyday Conflict in the workplace has two key benefits: 1) It will help your team members by giving them practical tools to handle conflict at work and outside work; and 2) It is good for your organization—as your team learns to resolve conflict quickly and constructively (or avoid it altogether!), you’ll have a healthier and more productive work environment.

By the way… Resolving Everyday Conflict works in lots of other places, too. We’ve already heard of it being used as a neighborhood bible study, in prison ministry, in college dorms, and more. It’s flexible enough to work in just about any context where a group wants to learn to deal with conflict differently—in a way that reflects the reality of the gospel in all our relationships.

If you’d like to watch a video teaser of the course, you can do so here.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

Note: If you are reading via RSS or email, you may need to click through to see the form.

May 24, 2011

I have been enjoying doing some special giveaways recently, and today seemed like the kind of day that I should do another one. And I think you’ll like it. Today I am giving away a brand spankin’ new Kindle.

Win a Kindle 3GThe prize is a 3rd generation Kindle 3G (which is the latest generation…). It will come pre-loaded with copies of all 3 of my books: The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, Sexual Detox and The Next Story. That will leave you room for 3,497 books of your own.

Kindle is Amazon’s bestselling product, the most-gifted, the most-wished-for and the one with the most 5-star reviews. Here’s what it offers:

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