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June 11, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s sponsor of Free Stuff Friday is Ligonier Ministries; you know them well, I’m sure. And today they are offering a great prize package that contains stuff to read and stuff to listen to—they’ve got a new book and an old classic, a classic teaching series and a series of new conference messages. All-in-all it’s a set of resources that will draw you to the holiness of God.

They are offering 5 prize packages, each of which contains:

Holy, Holy, Holy is a brand new book; the winners of this giveaway will be about the first people to get their hands on it. “Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God offers a corrective. Here, the holiness of God is defined, explored, and praised by a lineup of leading evangelical pastors and scholars, who show how it affects our worship, doctrine, and personal walks with Christ. Contributors include Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, Don Carson, Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, Albert Mohler, R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas.”

Free Stuff Fridays

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.

June 04, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by a new site and one that actually just launched yesterday. CBDReformed.com is a storefront owned and operated by Christian Book Distributors and one geared specifically toward a Reformed audience. They say “In order to serve an important segment of our customers more fully, we have developed a more focused website with author, publisher, and product selections reflective of the topics, issues, and concerns of discerning readers from a reformed perspective.  We intentionally feature new and classic titles you’re looking for, authors you appreciate, and viewpoints you value. This increased concentration of thoughtful resources ensures that they will not get lost in the standard mix of a more general product line.”

In addition to the handpicked product list, they offer:

  • Competitive pricing
  • An extensive variety of categories (theology, church history, biblical studies, homeschooling, church supplies, Bibles, preaching and pastoral, curricula, family discipleship, and more)
  • Immediate availability of bestsellers, backlist titles, classic sets, and hard-to-find items
  • Renowned customer service
  • The convenience of a one-stop shopping experience.

CBD Reformed

And this week they are sponsored Free Stuff Fridays. They are offering 5 prize packages, each of which contains 3 books:

  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
  • Radical by David Platt
  • Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller

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.

May 28, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Baker, a publisher I’m sure you are familiar with. According to their web site, “Baker Books has a vision for building up the body of Christ through books that are relevant, intelligent, and engaging. We publish titles for lay Christians on topics such as discipleship, spirituality, encouragement, relationships, marriage, parenting, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. We also publish books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, and leadership.”

Baker is offering 5 prize packages, each of which contains three great products:

  • To the Glory of God by James Montgomery Boice which is a 40-day devotional on the book of Romans.
  • Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper (3rd Edition)
  • Let the Nations be Glad DVD by John Piper

Baker Free Stuff

John Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad!, now in its third edition provides readers with a sound theological foundation for missions. Now this companion DVD offers a series of six thirty-minute sermons by Piper preaching on the topics found in his bestselling book. Topics include defining missions and defining peoples, the urgency of missions, the goal and the fuel of missions, prayer, and suffering. The DVD makes the book’s content available to a wider audience through its dynamic presentations.

And here is a description of Boice’s book: Romans has been a book to which believers have looked for both doctrine and encouragement. Many Christian readers have long trusted James Montgomery Boice to guide them through the Scriptures through his preaching ministry and his writings.Now these two much-loved sources of wisdom come together in To the Glory of God, an inspiring devotional drawn from Boice’s classic commentary on the book of Romans. Offering rich reflections on Romans, this meditative book contains forty days of selections, daily devotional challenges, and the complete text of the book of Romans. To the Glory of God is your forty-day journey toward strengthened faith and a greater encounter with the power of God’s Word.

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.

 

May 21, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, I name I know you’re familiar with (and, according to the survey results from a couple of weeks ago, the publisher you, the readers of this site, trust most).

Earlier in the week Crossway sponsored a post here, letting you know about four of their new books. Today they are giving away five prize packages, each of which contains all four of those titles. That means five winners will receive Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian, Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey, What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp and Doctrine by Mark Driscoll. That’s not a bad haul! And all you need to do for your chance to win is add your name and email address to the form below.

Crossway Books

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, you can click here and find a brief description of each. After Crossway mentioned these four books I took a poll to see if you’d like me to read and review one of them. The poll results were clear: you want me to review Mark Driscoll’s Doctrine, so I’ll be sure to do that in the weeks ahead. I have heard lots of good things about it.

Here is what the publisher says about the book: “Doctrine is the word Christians use to define the truth-claims revealed in Holy Scripture. Of course there is a multitude of churches, church networks, and denominations, each with their own doctrinal statement with many points of disagreement. But while Christians disagree on a number of doctrines, there are key elements that cannot be denied by anyone claiming to be a follower of Jesus. In Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, Driscoll and Breshears teach thirteen of these key elements. This meaty yet readable overview of basic doctrine will help Christians clarify and articulate their beliefs in accordance with the Bible.”

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.

May 15, 2010

Would you like to go to a conference this year? Would you like to get in for free? If so, I’ve got some conference passes here that may interest you. Read about the conferences and then feel free to sign up to win tickets to any one of them. However, please only sign up to win if you can actually make it to the conference (in other words, check when and where they are before signing up!).

The Expositors’ Conference

In this conference, Drs. R.C. Sproul and Steven Lawson will focus upon the biblical preaching that is God-centered and God-exalting. Our goal is to ignite a renewed passion for God’s glory in our exposition of Scripture. In each session, we will be challenging expositors to hold forth an elevated view of our sovereign God in preaching. When the absolute holiness of God is once again recovered in contemporary preaching, worship will be transcendent, Christ will be treasured, discipleship will be galvanized, and evangelism energized.

Focused squarely at preachers, this conference is generally relatively small allowing much closer access to the speakers. It runs from September 26-28 and takes place in Mobile, Alabama.

Learn More Here

The Exchange Conference

To learn about one-ism and two-ism and see how it plays out in all kinds of ways in our church and culture, you may want to take a look at the Exchange conference in San Diego. Mark Driscoll, Peter Jones, Francis Chan, Kevin DeYoung, and others will teach you how to distinguish the Truth from the Lie in all of life. Exchange takes place June 17 & 18 in San Diego, California.

Learn More Here

Ligonier Ministries 2010 National Conference

Christ has redeemed us to be a light that directs others to Him. Fulfilling this call requires us to be able to deal with the most difficult questions asked about the Christian faith. If we are unprepared for the darkness around us, it will be harder to counter it with the truth of God’s Word. The speakers at this conference will look at some of the toughest questions Christians face. The goal is to equip you to answer questions that all Christians and non-Christians find perplexing.

Speakers at this conference include Alistair Begg, Michael Horton, Steve Lawson, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, Burk Parsons, R.C. Sproul. R.C. Sproul Jr. and Derek Thomas. If you’d like to come to the Pre-Conference you can also see Ed Stetzer and me. The conference runs from June 17-19 and takes place in Orlando, Florida.

Read More Here

Enter to Win

Registration will close Wednesday May 19 at noon.

May 14, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Moody Publishers, a company that is familiar to all of you, I’m sure. Earlier this week Moody introduced four of their books to you and today they’d like to give you one of each of those titles. They’ve offered up five prize packages, each of which contains four brand new books.

Free Stuff from Moody

So there you have a book about being part of a counter-revolution of women dedicated to living as true women, you’ve got a book about marriage, you’ve got a book dealing with Christian character and you’ve got a book about humanitarian works. Put it all together and it looks like quite an interesting grouping of titles.

If you want to know a little bit more about any of the titles, you can read this post from earlier in the week.

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.

May 11, 2010

A couple of years ago the duo Lashey & Joyner released an album titled simply Hymns. I was talking to Chris Joyner recently and he was kind enough to offer to the readers of this site a few of the tracks from that album. You can download them (for free, of course) below. Within the zip file you’ll find:

  • My Jesus I Love Thee
  • And Can It Be
  • Your Grace and Faithfulness

You can learn more about the album and Chris Joyner at chrisjoyner.com.

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May 07, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

I woke up feeling all gross and sick today so, for the first time in at least six months, I’m declaring a sick day. Rumor has it that there’s some ugly but short-lived flu making the rounds so maybe it’s got me. Between me and you, I’m actually kind of looking forward to the excuse to lie around for a day or two. I literally can’t even remember the last time I watched a movie, so I think I’m going to head for the basement and blow a couple of hours and a few brain cells doing that.

Anne BradstreetBut before I go and settle in with the requiste flat ginger ale, here is this week’s edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Evangelical Press, whom you know as a publisher of excellent Christian books. They are offering five prize packages today, each of which will contain two great books by Faith Cook, one of the most prolific Christian biographers of our day: Anne Bradstreet, a brand new biography of the great American poet and Seeing the Invisible which offers 10 short looks at the extraordinary faith of ordinary believers.

In my review of Anne Bradstreet I wrote this: In this telling of the life of Anne Bradstreet, viewed primarily through the legacy of her poems, Faith Cook continues to prove herself one of today’s foremost Christian biographers. I highly recommend it. It really is a good book and a good, relatively short look at the life of an important figure.

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.

April 30, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

Tempus fugit, as they say. Every time a new Friday comes around I’m struck by how short a time it has been since the last Friday. There’s a lesson there, I suppose.

With this new Friday comes a new edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Quickverse. You know Quickverse, I’m sure, as the manufacturer of Bible study software. Today they are giving away 5 copies of their Standard edition software, compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.

Quickverse

“QuickVerse is Bible study at its best. Streamlined features give you instant access to scriptures, commentaries, definitions, and even the original Greek and Hebrew text. With audio pronunciations you can hear those difficult Biblical references — over 6,500 audio words are simply a click away. Keep track of all your prayers, prayer requests, and answered prayers. New believers will appreciate the many interesting quick-Bible facts and the key gospel promises with scripture references. Get the most from your studies with QuickVerse’s multiple tabbed windows, multimedia and synchronization features. Gain a deeper understanding of scripture and take your Bible studies to the next level!”

You can learn more about the software at the Quickverse site.

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.

April 23, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

Today is Friday and that means it is time for another Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is The Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith, bringing worthwhile heroes to children through powerful animated stories. The Torchlighters are created by Christian History Institute, the founders and original publishers of Christian History Magazine. In 2002 CHI felt the call to share Christian heroes with children, as an alternative to the sports and entertainment heroes typically offered by our culture. The first animated episode entitled The Jim Elliot Story released in 2005. This year the Torchlighters project is celebrating 100,000 DVDs in circulation worldwide, while planning for the release of their eighth episode featuring the life of Amy Carmichael.

The action-packed series introduces children to heroes like William Tyndale, Gladys Aylward and John Bunyan. Kids meet heroes who put their faith into action and don’t give up when the going gets tough. Originally intended for ages 8-12, the DVDs often leave a lasting impact on teens and adults as well. Check out the series trailer: www.torchlighters.org.

The Torchlighters is offering 5 “Mission 3-Packs” for free. The Mission 3-Pack includes three episodes on Christian Missionaries: Jim Elliot, Eric Liddell, and Gladys Aylward.

3-PackEach Torchhlighter DVD includes the following special features:

  • Four lesson curriculum, for use in home or classroom settings
  • Reproducible student handouts and discussion questions
  • Spanish and English audio tracks
  • Feature-length documentary on the main character’s life

You can order Torchlighters from Vision Video.

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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