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Today’s Kindle deals include another heap of great books. This has been the best week in a long, long time!

Crossway has just released the ESV Archaeological Study Bible. It looks like a substantial and helpful resource.

(Yesterday on the blog: Are Sports and Hobbies a Waste of Time? )

Preach the Gospel, Use Soap if Necessary

It never fails to amaze what God uses to bring about his purposes. In the case of Madagascar, it was soap. What a great story!

What I Learned About Marriage by Losing My Husband

So sad. So beautiful.

Bibles Pulled From Online Stores as China Increases Control of Religion

“The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion. China has always controlled sales of the Bible, only allowing it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches, but in recent years it had been available to buy online. That loophole now appears to be firmly closed. Searches for ‘Holy Bible’ did not return results on JD.com, and results on Amazon.cn did not include the main text, but did include study guides and the Koran.”

Why Old Buildings Use The Same Leaf Design (Video)

“In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores why columns look the way they do — in particular, the leave-strewn Corinthian columns you’ll often see on buildings (both old and new).”

Here’s What Those Weird Black Tubes In The Road Are For

Have you ever wondered what those black tubes stretched across the road are for? You probably guessed their main purpose, but there’s a bit more to it than that.

My Eternal Destiny Hangs Suspended on a Preposition

“We speak often of the sacrifice of Christ as substitutionary. Jesus didn’t simply love us from a distance. He didn’t merely speak of his mercy or his grace. That would have been of no benefit to us. What we needed first and foremost and above all else was the sinless Son of God to become one of us, a human being, and as the God-man to live a life for us that we could not live, in complete and perfect obedience to the law of God, and to die a death that we should have died to satisfy the wrath of God that we alone deserved. This is what Peter means when he speaks of Jesus suffering ‘for’ us, in our place, enduring what we deserved, dying our death.”

Be a Mama Who Prays

“Imagine you are living in a kingdom where the king has ultimate control over your child’s life. He will decide who your child will be, where she will go, who she will associate with. And, because He is a good, kind, wise king, he allows you 24 hour access to his chamber, where you can come to tell him everything that you would like to see happen in your child’s life. You can ask for all kinds of crazy, unlikely, wild, and wonderful things for your child, and the king will listen to your requests. Wouldn’t you run to his chamber a lot? Wouldn’t you practically be a fixture there, asking him to help your child, to guide her, to grow her, to keep her on the right path?”

Three Steps to Better Doctrinal Disagreements

Thanks to the internet, we live in an increasing small world. Because of this, we will run into people who differ doctrinally from us. This article contains some good ideas on how to handle those disagreements well.

Flashback: The Two Truths

Today more than ever, we must be people who know and love and live the Word of God. And then we must be prepared to stand on, and suffer for, what we know is true.

None can know their election but by their conformity to Christ; for all who are chosen are chosen to sanctification.

—Matthew Henry

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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