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November 27, 2015

For the past few years I’ve made it a point to collect Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that may be of particular interest to Christians. While there are many places you can go online to find deals on electronics and other big-ticket items, I wanted to provide a place for Christian retailers to make their deals known to Christians who are trying to kick-start their Christmas shopping. I will update this list regularly throughout the weekend, so check back often.

Top Deals: Amazon | CBD | Circle | Ligonier | Westminster Books


Amazon has a lot of their devices on sale today including Kindle Fire tablets for as low as $34.99 and Kindle e-readers for as low as $49.99. They also have a Black Friday page with a variety of deals (luggage, phones, etc).

You can use coupon code HOLIDAY30 to get 30% off any book. (Details)

I have an entire post dedicated to Kindle deals right hereBlack Friday Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader. Here are a few highlights:





Again, visit Black Friday Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader for many more.

Banner of Truth

Banner of Truth will have Cyber Monday deals. These are in addition to their existing Christmas deals.

Christian Audio

Christian Audio has a site-wide deal for Friday: Use the coupon code BlackFriday2015 and you’ll receive 30% off any order.

Christian Book Distributors

CBD has deals for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can find their Black Friday deals here. They include:


Kids’ Books

And lots of books for adults that I will leave you to sort through.


Circle will be on sale on Monday. (I reviewed this product last week.) Circle is a new way for families to manage content and time across all electronic devices. It works with every device in the home and is simple to set up. It comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. On Monday only it will be $85, discounted from the usual $99.

Cruciform Press

Cruciform Press has a deal lasting through to Monday. You can get 20% off all shopping cart purchases except subscriptions. Use the coupon code Challies20.

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front is offering the complete collection of their 8 DVDs for $60 or individual DVDs at $10. All products include free Media Mail shipping. I love these DVDs and think they make a great gift for a person on your Christmas list or even better, your church library. You can also get these discount prices at Amazon.

Getty Music

Getty Music has the CDs and songbooks of Keith and Kristyn Getty on sale today. They will have digital products on sale on Monday.

The Good Book Company

The Good Book Company will have deals on Cyber Monday. Check back then for details.

Lexham Press

Lexham Press has several Kindle books on sale at $0.99 each: I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible by Michael Heiser, Bible Word Studies: A How-To Guide by John Barry, The Bible in Its Ancient Context edited by John Barry, The Bible in the Real World edited by Rebecca Van Noord, The Gospel Works Everywhere edited by Rebecca Van Noord, and When the Bible Is Complicated edited by John Barry. (Note: Lexham Press is the publishing arm of Faithlife; I am not too familiar with any of these books.)

Ligonier Ministries

Ligonier Ministries has a lengthy list of deals for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Highlights for Black Friday include books and teaching series discounted to $5 each. There are works there from R.C. Sproul, Steve Lawson, Richard Phillips, and others. Check back here on Monday for more deals.


Logos has several items marked down for the weekend. Deals include Theological Dictionary of the OT/NT (25 vols.) at 44% off, The Works of Cornelius Van Til (40 vols.) at 54% off, Crossway Apologetics Collection (10 vols.) at 31% off, B. B. Warfield Collection (20 vols.) at 41% off, Lexham Press Master Bundle (175 vols.) at 75% off, and Mobile Ed: Learn to Use Greek and Hebrew at 50% off.

Missional Wear

On Black Friday, Missional Wear is offering select apparel items for only $10. Cyber Monday deals will be available at midnight on Monday morning!

The Rabbit Room

The Rabbit Room has sales all weekend on a variety of books and CDs from Andrew Peterson and others.

Reformation Heritage Books

Reformation Heritage Books has many items on sale through the weekend. Printed book deals include The Gospel Call and True Conversion by Paul Washer at $5, The Works of William Perkins volume #1  at $25, The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible (Hardcover) at $24 and How Sermons Work by David Murray at $4. Ebook deals include Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation edited by James T. Dennison Jr. ($9.99).

Shepherd Press

Shepherd Press has a simple sale: 40% off everything. They have a lot of books and DVDs to sort through.

Sovereign Grace Music

Sovereign Grace Music will have a Cyber Monday deal that will see all their albums marked down to just $6 (in digital formats).

Verse Art

Verse Art—Scripture-themed art that you can hang on your walls—is a new effort from Faithlife (the parent company of Logos). They are launching this new product with a Black Friday discount of 30% off.

Westminster Books

For Black Friday, Westminster Books has the ESV Reader’s Bible, Cloth Over Board at $10 (66% off). They also have all ESVs at 50% off along with various other Christmas deals.

Black Friday Deals for Christians

November 27, 2015

If you own a Kindle, you know this is a good time to be a reader of Christian books. Publishers continue to spoil us with great deals on books new and old. There will be a lot of deals coming our way over the Thanksgiving (and Black Friday and Cyber Monday) weekend. I am going to keep an eye out for the ones you may be most interested in and list them right here. Check back throughout the weekend as the list will be changing a lot, I’m sure.

For Black Friday deals on printed books and other material visit Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2015 Deals for Christians.

As you would expect, there are lots of Kindle deals on Friday with many more coming on Monday.

You can use coupon code HOLIDAY30 to get 30% off any book. (Details)

Kindle Devices

Amazon has a lot of their devices on sale today including Kindle Fire tablets for as low as $34.99 and Kindle e-readers for as low as $49.99.

You can find thousands of general market Kindle deals here.

Here are the Christian highlights:





Black Friday Kindle Deals for Christians
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Do More Better
November 24, 2015

Do More BetterI am really excited to announce that one week from today you will be able to purchase my new book Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity. I wrote this book because I believe God calls each one of us to emphasize productivity in our lives. He calls each of us to emphasize a particular form of productivity—the kind that emphasizes stewarding our gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.

I don’t want you to do more stuff or take on more projects or complete more tasks. Not necessarily. I don’t want you to work longer hours or spend less time with your family and friends. I want you to do more good. I want you to do more of what matters most, and I want you to do it better. That’s what I want for myself as well. Whether you are a professional or a student, a pastor or a plumber, a work-from-home dad or a stay-at-home mom, I believe this book can be valuable to you.

I am no productivity guru. I am a writer, a church leader, a husband, and a father—a Christian with a lot of responsibilities and with new tasks coming at me all the time. I wrote this short, fast-paced, practical guide to productivity to share what I have learned about getting things done in today’s digital world. It will help you learn to structure your life to do the most good to the glory of God.

The genesis of this book was a blog series I wrote right here. Since I wrote that series, I have been able to respond to mountains of reader feedback and, even better, to hear from many of you as you’ve applied and practiced it. In Do More Better, you will learn:

  • Common obstacles to productivity
  • The great purpose behind productivity
  • 3 essential tools for getting things done
  • The power of daily and weekly routines
  • And much more, including bonus material on taming your email and a collection of quick tips to improve your productivity.

It really is possible to live a calm and orderly life, sure of your responsibilities and confident in your progress.

You can do more better. And I would love to help you get there.

There are three ways you can receive the book:

  • Amazon: Do More Better will be available on Amazon in both print and Kindle formats on December 1, 2015. Other retailers will follow in early 2016.
  • Cruciform Press: It will be available in epub and pdf formats at Cruciform Press on December 1.
  • Become a patron. All Patreon supporters will receive an electronic copy of the book on December 1.

4 Great Reasons to Read Romans
November 20, 2015

The book of Romans is an absolute treasure. J.I. Packer expresses it well when he says, “All roads in the Bible lead to Romans, and all views afforded by the Bible are seen most clearly from Romans, and when the message of Romans gets into a person’s heart there is no telling what may happen.” I want the message of Romans to continue to get into my heart and life. To that end, I listened to Michael Kruger’s recent lectures on the book and want to commend them to you. These lectures were given at RTS Charlotte where Kruger serves as President. They were delivered not in a classroom environment but as part of a ladies’ study. They are some of the best teaching on the book I’ve ever heard.

The study is divided into “seasons” of 20 or 21 lectures each with each lecture coming in at around 45 minutes. Season 1 covers chapters 1 through 9 in 20 lectures (plus a brief extra). Season 2 begins in Romans 8 and continues to Romans 11.

For each session you can download the notes, then watch the video. They are as ideally suited for watching alone as watching with friends or family. Give them a try! I think you will enjoy them as much as I did.

Season 1 (Romans 1-7)

Series 2 (Romans 8-11)

Protect Your Family with Circle
November 17, 2015

The Internet has become an indispensable resource for the home and family, but every parent has grappled with properly managing and overseeing that resource. We all know the dangers that lurk out there, yet still believe in the value of maintaining access and the necessity of training our children to use it wisely. As the Internet matures, we are gaining some great new tools to help us.

DeviceCircle is an interesting new device and app that allows parents to manage all of their home’s connected devices. Recently Kickstarted into existence, it is now available to the public. Circle, which looks like nothing more than a tiny little white box, manages every device connected to your home network and does this by offering parents a collection of services that can reduce or deny the functionality of those devices.

The short form of my review is this: Consider buying it. I think it will prove well worth the $99 investment. (Also, it has a 30-day no-questions-asked return policy, greatly reducing any risk and allowing a thorough testing period.)

What follows is the longer form of my review. I will tell you about my experience with the product and suggest where it may be especially helpful.


Circle Setup Setting up Circle is quick and easy. While the Circle app which configures and controls the device is currently only available for iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad), Circle manages every device that connects to your home network, regardless of platform. In other words, you need an iOS device to do setup and management, but it will manage and oversee every kind of device—personal computers running Windows, mobile phones running Android, PlayStations, smart TVs, and so on. Circle does promise that in 2016 they will extend this management software to Android.

Setup involves plugging in your Circle, wirelessly connecting the device you will use to manage your Circle, and following a few simple steps to connect Circle to your router. This takes no more than 2 minutes and is guided entirely by the app.

Once that initial setup is complete, you will need to create a user account for each person in your home, a process that takes around 30 seconds per person. Then you simply browse through the listing of all the devices connected to your router and assign them to the appropriate users—your iPhone is associated with your account, your son’s PlayStation with your son’s account, your wife’s laptop with your wife’s account, and so on. Devices that are shared by multiple users are added to a general home account.

Theology Quizzes
November 12, 2015

A few weeks ago I began to share theological quizzes. These were created using software that allows them to be completed and graded interactively. Since I began sharing these quizzes, many people have requested versions they could download and print. I went ahead and created those versions as well, and you can now download them in PDF format. Each quiz contains a question sheet followed by an answer key. You are free to copy, share, and print them as you see fit.

As I complete new quizzes, I will add them to this page.

November 06, 2015

I am in the enjoyable position of receiving copies of most of the latest and greatest Christian books, and every few weeks I like to provide a round-up of what is new and particularly notable. It has been a little while since my last update and I’ve got a few interesting ones to share with you.

The Story of Everything: How You, Your Pets, and the Swiss Alps Fit into God’s Plan for the World by Jared C. Wilson. I have yet to come across a book by Jared Wilson that hasn’t been a joy to read. Here’s what his new one is about: “God is telling a story. Are you listening? We’re all searching for significance—something deeper, richer, and bigger than what we can see in our unremarkable, everyday routines. The greatest news we can hear is that God has a very real purpose for everything in this life. In The Story of Everything, Jared Wilson explores the redemptive story that God is telling in and through the world, helping us play our part in his ultimate plan to make all things new.” (Buy it at Amazon or Westminster Books)

The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry by R. Kent Hughes & Doug O’Donnell. Here’s what the publisher says: “Pastors are tasked with the incredibly demanding job of caring for the spiritual, emotional, and, at times‚ physical needs of their people. While seminary is helpful preparation for many of the challenges pastors face, there’s far more to pastoral ministry than what can be covered in the classroom. Designed as a reference guide for nearly every situation a pastor will face, this comprehensive book by seasoned pastors Kent Hughes and Doug O’Donnell is packed full of biblical wisdom and practical guidance related to the reality of pastoral ministry in the trenches. From officiating weddings to conducting funerals to visiting the sick, this book will equip pastors and church leaders with the knowledge they need to effectively minister to their flocks, both within the walls of the church and beyond.” (Buy it at Amazon or Westminster Books)

Trailblazer Box Sets by Christian Focus Publishers. The excellent Trailblazers series (which my 9-year-old is currently enjoying on her own and which are often read aloud in our children’s programs at church) are now available in box sets. These are short biographies written for children and young teens. Sets include Evangelists & Pioneers, Missionaries & Medics, Preachers & Teachers, Reformers & Activists, Heroes & Heroines, and Arts & Science. You can find them at Amazon.

A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame. This is a massive new book that has received some strong accolades. “Christians should evaluate philosophy by biblical criteria. This will shed greater light on the developments in the history of philosophy and better prepare us for the intellectual challenges of our time. The fall of Adam brought intellectual as well as moral corruption on the human race, and the effects of the fall can be seen in the work of philosophers, most of whom try to understand the world autonomously—through reasoning apart from God’s revelation. Some philosophers have appealed to God’s revelation, but their work has often been compromised with the wisdom of the world. Revelation should inform reason, and not the other way round. In the past, even Christian theology was corrupted by the movement toward intellectual autonomy, creating the tradition of liberalism, which has unhappily dominated academic theology down to the present day. But there is hope—a new generation of Christian thinkers take God’s Word seriously. Frame’s unique new contribution augments that process.” (Buy it at Amazon or Westminster Books)

Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change by Denny Burk & Heath Lambert. “Faithful Christians today agree that the Bible forbids homosexual behavior. But when it comes to underlying desires, the jury is out. Some Christians view homosexual desire as morally neutral, while others believe it calls for repentance and gospel renewal. Is same-sex attraction sinful, even if it is not acted on? How we answer this urgent question determines how we counsel brothers and sisters who wrestle with same-sex desires. Denny Burk and Heath Lambert challenge misconceptions on all sides as they unpack the concepts of same-sex orientation, temptation, and desire. They show that ultimately a biblical view gives hope for profound personal change, with patterns remolded and rethought in faithfulness to Christ.” (Buy it at Amazon or Westminster Books)

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones. Here is what J.I. Packer says in his foreword to the book: “The Puritans loved the Bible, and dug into it in depth. Also, they loved the Lord Jesus, who is of course the Bible’s focal figure; they circled round him, centred on him, studied minutely all that Scripture had to say about him, and constantly, conscientiously, exalted him in their preaching, praises, and prayers. Mark Jones, an established expert on many aspects of Puritan thought, also loves the Bible and its Christ, and the Puritans as expositors of both; and out of this triune love he has written a memorable unpacking of the truth about the Saviour according to the classic Reformed tradition, and the Puritans supremely. Knowing Christ is a book calculated to enrich our twenty-first-century souls, and one that it is an honour to introduce.” (Buy it at Amazon or Westminster Books)

Reviving Reviving the Black Church by Thabiti Anyabwile. “Is the Black Church dying? The picture is mixed and there are many challenges. The church needs spiritual revival. But reviving and strengthening the Black Church will require great wisdom and courage. Reviving the Black Church calls us back to another time, borrowing the wisdom of earlier faithful Christians. But more importantly, it calls us back to the Bible itself. For there we find the divine wisdom needed to see all quarters of the Black Church live again, thriving in the Spirit of God. It’s pastor and church planter Thabiti Anyabwile’s humble prayer that this book might be useful to pastors and faithful lay members in reviving at least some quarters of the Black Church, and churches of every ethnicity and context—all for the glory of God.”

A Quiz on Christ
November 04, 2015

God has spoken and God speaks. God has spoken and continues to speak through the Holy Scriptures, the Bible. How well do you know the doctrine of the Scripture? How well do you know what the Bible tells us about the Bible? This short thirty-three question quiz is designed to help you find out.

Sources & Recommended Resources

Other Doctrine Quizzes

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