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April 10, 2015

It’s time for another Free Stuff Fridays, and this week the sponsor is Lifeway. Lifeway is offering a prize package based around David Platt’s new book Counter Culture (which I’ve reviewed here). There will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive a Counter Culture Bible Study leaders’ kit, plus 4 copies of the book. In other words, they will receive all they need to help lead other people through the book and its contents. Here is a description of the book:

David Platt believes that the truths of the gospel should compel us to a contrite, compassionate, and courageous personal response to social issues in the culture. Using biblical foundations, practical illustrations, and personal exhortations, this study is a pointed yet winsome call for readers to faithfully follow Christ in countercultural ways. There will be a cost. There will be a reward. Do Christians in the contemporary church have the courage to counter the culture?

The leaders’ kit includes a small-group Bible Study Book, DVD teaching from the author with six 30-minute sessions, and the book on which the study is based.

Counter Culture

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Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

April 03, 2015

It’s time for another Free Stuff Fridays, and we’ve got a great one for you this week. This week’s sponsor is Christian Focus and they are giving away some of their new and noteworthy books. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive all of the following books:

HeavenHeaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin Smith. What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours. “I’ve never read anything like this! This compelling first-person account from a heavenly perspective helped me understand and appreciate what Jesus endured on the cross and why he did it.” (Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition)

SpurgeonSpurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine. Christians should have the answers, shouldn’t they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, ‘the Prince of Preachers’ experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eskwine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather ‘a handwritten note of one who wishes you well. “The river of life often flows through sloughs of despond. Charles Spurgeon knew that well… Ditto Zack Eswine in this unusual, refreshing, sensible book… Read it, and take it to heart.” (David Powlison, CCEF Executive Director)

Tough TopicsTough Topics 2: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions by Sam Storms. Countless people are worried, angry, fearful and just plain confused when it comes to some of the more perplexing issues that life poses and the Bible provokes. Tough Topics 2 provides solid and scriptural answers to 25 such questions. Sam Storms seeks to tackle frustration by looking deeply, not superficially, at what Scripture says, deriving clear and persuasive explanations for these thorny matters. “Sam Storms tackles difficult questions in Tough Topics 2 like only a seasoned pastor can… This is a great book to use as a resource or to read straight through.” (Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church)

KnoxJohn Knox: Fearless Faith by Steven J. Lawson. John Knox is one of the most colourful figures in church history and his impact is still felt around the world. The real story of Knox surpasses the best fiction novels. Five hundred years after his death, Steven Lawson seeks in this book to ignite our faith for Jesus through Knox’s story. If you think of Knox as the dull Presbyterian, prepare to think again. Let this seminal figure in the history of the Scottish Reformation inspire you to stand firm in your faith and let God impact your spiritual life. “Steven Lawson, himself a bold preacher, has given us a biography of Knox that inspires similar courage. In this day of jellyfish, may God use this book to raise up more Christians like Knox!” (Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)

A Little BirdA Little Bird Told Me: Everyday Expressions from Scripture by Timothy Cross. “The writing is on the wall”, “a drop in the ocean” and “from strength to strength”. Just some of our everyday expressions which find their roots in the Bible! People quote biblical expressions without even knowing that they are doing so. Historically, the influence of the Bible has been so great that it has permeated the very fibre of the English language. Timothy Cross in this enlightening and Scripture rooted book reveals the origins of these sayings and considers their meaning.

In DefenseIn Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care by Amanda Bennett & Sara Brinton. Designed as a practical resource for Christian families and churches, the book empowers and inspires Christians to reform international adoption and orphan care. In Defense of the Fatherless casts a powerful vision for the end of the orphan crisis, inviting Christians to protect and provide for orphans and widows in response to God’s mercy. “…will challenge, convict and fuel a conversation that is much needed today for the church to move forward in international adoption and orphan care passionately, wisely, and ethically.” (Jason Kovacs, Cofounder of Together for Adoption)

Mea CulpaMea Culpa: Learning from Mistakes in the Ministry by Kyle McClellan. Kyle McClellan has gone into a church “with guns blazing” and he was quickly fired. He has experienced the disappointment of unmet expectations and left because of this. He has pastored a destructive church that chewed him up and spat him out. He has felt the pull of the bigger and better church trying to woo him away. He has faced the burnout and fatigue that many pastors experience that causes them to bail. Read this book. Learn from him. Receive the essential lessons from a wise, broken man who has lived it, possesses the scars from it, owns the T-shirt and yet by the grace of God still stands. “Learn from Kyle’s missteps, but even more, embrace the God of grace to whom he gives testimony.” (Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church)

Enter the Draw

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

March 27, 2015

It’s time for another Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Crossway, and they are offering a family pack, of sorts. There will be 5 winners and each of them will receive the following 3 books:

  • FurmanThe Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love by Gloria Furman. “In this encouraging and often humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors’ wives a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance—whether it’s late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations about how they spend their time, or complaints about their husbands’ preaching. Filled with life-giving truth from God’s Word, this book will help pastors’ wives joyfully treasure their Savior, love their husbands, and serve their churches.”
  • Dangerous CallingDangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul Tripp. After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture. Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy—an environment that actively undermines the well-being and effectiveness of our church leaders and thus the entire church body. Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today.”
  • A Loving LifeA Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships by Paul Miller. “How do you love with no love in return? How do you love when no one notices or cares? Best-selling author Paul Miller tackles these tough questions at the heart of our struggle to love head-on. Drawing from the book of Ruth, A Loving Life offers the help we need to embrace relationship, endure rejection, cultivate community, and reach out to even the most unlovable around us as we discover the power to live a loving life.”

Enter the Draw

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

March 20, 2015

For those who are counting, this is the 300th edition of Free Stuff Fridays. Do the math, and that means readers have won somewhere around 4,500 books. Not bad! This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. And as they always do, they are giving away a pretty good prize package. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive the following 3 books:

  • KellerJesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Timothy Keller (Retail Price $16.00). “An insightful and revelatory look at the life of Christ by the man Newsweek called ‘a C.S. Lewis for the 21st century.’ Join Keller as he explores the Gospel of Mark; demonstrates how the story of Jesus is cosmic, historical, and personal; and encourages you to re-examine your relationship with God. Previously published as King’s Cross.”
  • Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer (Retail price $12.99). “Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom!”
  • Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter, Edited by Nancy Guthrie (Retail Price $12.99). “In Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, editor Nancy Guthrie draws from works and sermons of twenty-five classic theologians and contemporaries to bring you and your family into an experience of the passion of Christ. Combining the victory of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and Scripture, she draws you to the cross throughout the Easter season and beyond.”

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (March 20 - 23) on the following three products:

Enter the Draw

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

March 13, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Baker Publishing, and they’ve got some great new books to send your way. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive the following 3 books:

  • Matt PapaLook and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ by Matt Papa. This was one of my favorite books of 2014. “Are you tired? Stuck? Still fighting the same sin you’ve been fighting for years? The call in these pages is not to work or to strive, but to lift your eyes. You don’t need more willpower. You need a vision of greatness that sweeps you off your feet. You need to see glory. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
  • MohlerThe Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler. “Cultures and organizations do not change without strong leadership. While many leadership books focus on management or administration, the central focus of The Conviction to Lead is on changing minds. Using his own experiences and examples from history, Dr. Mohler demonstrates that real leadership is a transferring of conviction to others, affecting their actions, motivations, intuition, and commitment. This practical guide walks the reader through what a leader needs to know, do, and be in order to affect change.”
  • PiperThe Supremacy of God in Preaching, Revised and Expanded Edition by John Piper. “This newly revised and expanded edition of this classic preaching resource is the essential guide for preachers who want to stir the embers of revival. John Piper has added valuable new material reflecting on his thirty-three years of preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church, offering a glimpse of what a lifetime of putting God first has done for the faith of the hundreds of thousands who have heard him preach over the years.”

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All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

March 06, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at Reformation Heritage Books. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive a copy of the following 4 books:

  • Historical AdamThe Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins by William VanDoodewaard. “Was Adam really a historical person, and can we trust the biblical story of human origins? Or is the story of Eden simply a metaphor, leaving scientists the job to correctly reconstruct the truth of how humanity began? Although the church currently faces these pressing questions—exacerbated as they are by scientific and philosophical developments of our age—we must not think that they are completely new. In The Quest for the Historical Adam, William VanDoodewaard recovers and assesses the teaching of those who have gone before us, providing a historical survey of Genesis commentary on human origins from the patristic era to the present…”
  • PerkinsThe Works of William Perkins, Volume 1 edited by Stephen Yuille. “The Works of William Perkins fills a major gap in Reformed and Puritan theology. Though Perkins is best known today for his writings on predestination, he also wrote prolifically on many subjects. His works filled over two thousand large pages of small print in three folio volumes and were reprinted several times in the decades after his death. However, his complete works have not been in print since the mid-seventeenth century. This modern typeset edition of the Works includes four volumes of Perkins’s expositions of Scripture, three volumes of his doctrinal and polemical treatises, and three volumes of his practical writings.”
  • Battle PlanGod’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation by David Saxton. “During the seventeenth century, English Puritan pastors often encouraged their congregations in the spiritual discipline of meditating on God and His Word. Today, however, much of evangelicalism is either ignorant of or turned off to the idea of meditation. In God’s Battle Plan for the Mind, pastor David Saxton seeks to convince God’s people of the absolute necessity for personal meditation and motivate them to begin this work themselves.”
  • Revelation Journible. “Each Journible is organized so that you can write out your very own copy of Scripture. You will be writing the Bible text only on the right hand page of the book. This should make for easier writing and also allows ample space on the left page to write your own notes and comments. From time to time a question or word will be lightly printed on the left page; these questions are to aid in further study, but should not interfere with your own notes and comments.”

Enter the Draw

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

February 27, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at Crossway. They are offering 5 prizes this week, and each of the prizes will contain 3 of their brand new books. All 5 winners will receive:

  • The Things of EarthThe Things of Earth by Joe Rigney. “The world is full of good things. Ice-cold lemonade. The laughter of children. College football. Scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. But what happens to these earthly pleasures when Jesus shows up? Do the things of earth grow strangely dim? Or does he shine in all that’s fair? In this book, Joe Rigney offers a breath of fresh air to Christians who are burdened by false standards, impossible expectations, and misguided notions of holiness. Steering a middle course between idolatry on the one hand and ingratitude on the other, this much-needed book reminds us that every good gift comes from the Father’s hand, that God’s blessings should drive us to worship and generosity, and that a passion for God’s glory is as wide as the world.”
  • ExperiencingExperiencing the Trinity by Joe Thorn. “What do you do when you’re at the end of your rope? For Christians, there is only one simple yet profound answer: turn to the triune God. Born out of lessons learned during one of the most spiritually challenging periods of his life, Experiencing the Trinity by pastor Joe Thorn contains 50 down-to-earth meditations on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Overflowing with scriptural truth, pastoral wisdom, and personal honesty, this book reflects on common experiences of doubt, fear, and temptation—pointing readers to the grace that God provides and the strength that he promises.”
  • Luther on the Christian LifeLuther on the Christian Life by Carl Trueman. “Martin Luther’s historical significance can hardly be overstated. Known as the father of the Protestant Reformation, Luther has had an enormous impact on Western Christianity and culture. In Luther on the Christian Life, historian Carl Trueman introduces readers to the lively Reformer, taking them on a tour of his historical context, theological system, and approach to the Christian life. Whether exploring Luther’s theology of protest, ever-present sense of humor, or misunderstood view of sanctification, this book will help modern readers go deeper in their spiritual walk by learning from one of the great teachers of the faith.”

Enter the Draw

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

February 20, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by a first-time sponsor: Zoe Clothing Company: Christian Apparel For the Whole Family. Here is what they say about their company:

Zoe Clothing Company is a Christian design company based out of Los Angeles, passionate about merging the truth of God’s Word and the beauty of thoughtful design into clothes that matter. Our desire is to be a vessel by which men and women can express with their style what they hide in their hearts, and our hope is for the light of Christ to shine brightly in the world as our customers seek to be lamps in darkness, cities set on hills.

Our shirts are printed with hymn lyrics and Bible verses that demonstrate the beautiful gospel message with which God has illumined our lives. Whether it’s telling the world that we are pilgrims living in a place that is not our home, or reminding our children that they are precious in His sight, we hope our clothes aid in your witness to the world!

There will be 5 winners this week, and each winner will receive 1 shirt of their choice.

Zoe

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All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

February 13, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Gray Havens—the husband-wife Dave and Licia Radford, a folk-pop duo whose unique artistry draws from such influences as C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Jonathan Edwards. They are offering 5 prize packages this week, and each package will consist of:

  • Fire and StoneOne 12oz. bag of The Gray Havens Coffee Blend, which is roasted at the coffee shop where they first started playing shows. (I’ve tried it and it’s good!)
  • 1 CD copy of their recent album Fire and Stone. Fire and Stone, their debut full-length recording, is being hailed as “a phenomenal recording,” and reached the Top 10 on national mainstream Singer-Songwriter charts.
  • An autographed tour poster

If you’d like to buy their album, you can enjoy $4 dollars off the digital version by going to their store and using 4FIRE as a promo code.

You’re also free to download and enjoy their song “Far Kingdom.”

Enter the Draw

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

February 06, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Mitch Maher and his new blog mitchmaher.com. Mitch is a pastor, teacher, and creator of Clarifying The Bible, a resource you’ve seen sponsoring my blog before. He is offering a great prize package, along with a pretty cool additional offer below. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive the following 3 resources:

In addition, Mitch is offering the Digital Bundle of Clarifying The Bible to all my readers with the following incentive—purchase the Digital Bundle ($15) anytime over the next week using the coupon code frontline and 100% of the proceeds of your purchase will be given to Tim Keesee’s Frontline Missions International to help advance the Gospel in the world’s difficult places. This offer only applies to the Digital Bundle and ends at midnight on Thursday, February 12, so take advantage of it soon!

Enter the Draw

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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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