February 11, 2015
Francis and Lisa Chan’s new book on marriage is available as a free download for the next several days from Christian Audio.
Paul Tripp helpfully delineates 23 things that love is. I need to spend some time with this list.
David Murray weighs in on why Christians are hated so much. The problem, as you might guess, is Jesus.
I appreciated Al Mohler’s reflection “The President at the Payer Breakfast.” Does our esteemed president really not understand the treat from Islam?
I enjoyed Your dog is not a human being. Stop treating her like one. But she’s so cute!
January 12, 2015
If you are at all tempted by sloth, you might want to read this article. I appreciated what this person had to say.
Often it can be difficult to determine which promises in the Bible apply to believers personally. This piece helps one navigate the question.
Here are Barna’s top ten findings for 2014. As is usually the case, the news is mixed. My dad sent this link to me.
Gospel Formed is free today for Kindle. It looks like a good read.
Also, one of the best devotionals is Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. It is this month’s free audio book from Christian Audio.
December 2, 2014
Nancy Guthrie’s Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for Advent is free for Kindle. Nancy is a wonderful expositor. I don’t think you will be disappointed with this book.
This month’s free audio book is John Piper’s Christmas devotional The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.
October 14, 2014
There are some books worth nabbing. First, Elise Fitzpatrick’s Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ is $0.99 for Nook and Kindle. Union with Christ is one of the most important but least understood doctrines there is. When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart is free for Nook and Kindle. Who Am I: Identity In Christ is a free audio book. This book is written by Jerry Bridges and read by Alistair Begg.
One Thing I Want My Kids to Remember About Me is a good reminder for all parents.
In case you were wondering, pot really is bad for you.
Nancy Guthrie writes about The Best Things About the Boring Parts of the Bible.
Paul Tripp’s words are directed toward pastors, but what he says is good for all of us. If nothing else, you will gain insight into the mind of the pastor.
September 3, 2014
Christian Audio’s free book is Francis Schaeffer’s book How Should We Then Live. This is too good to pass up.
Should we tithe in this age of grace? Don Carson tackles this thorny question.
How does church conflict develop? We’ve all probably observed it at some point. My view is that it takes decades for a church to recover from serious conflict. Here is the typical path to tragic conflict. I pray Bowman continues to be spared from this disaster.
In this brief post, Ray Ortlund, using the book of Jonah, reminds his readers of the many resources God has to confront us. Thankfully, God does this.
Here is Tim Challies list of the greatest hymns. You probably won’t completely agree but your list might be very similar to his.
On a more serious note, here is one more evaluation of Victoria Osteen’s comment that have been flying around the internet of late. Here is a blurb:
Yes, the 37-second clip is a rambling mess born from almost incomprehensible Biblical ignorance. Yes, I hope these comments cause Osteen disciples to seriously reconsider their devotion to the most mega of America’s megachurches. But if these words succeed in toppling the Osteen empire, isn’t it a bit anticlimactic when the Osteens have said a thousand things that are even more theologically indefensible during their time at Lakewood Church?
August 19, 2014
Last week we were up at our family’s cabin above Butte Meadows. There are a couple of phone lines but no TV and very slow internet. This to say we hadn’t heard a thing about Ferguson until we returned. I’m not qualified to comment in any way about the event. Thabiti Anyabwile is moving back to the States. I do think what he writes is worth thinking about. Ray Ortlund appreciates his honest post.
John Piper articulates what happens to us at conversion. This a helpful primer about our salvation.
This month’s free audio book from Christian Audio is Anna and the King. “This poignant story of Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam has captured the fancy of millions worldwide through not only the book, but the play The King and I. Wonderfully narrated by Anne Flosnik and nominated for a prestigious Audie Award in 2013, it is certainly one of the most entertaining audiobooks we have given away.”
Often when reading the Bible we interpret too literalistically. Don’t throw rocks yet. When something is symbolical we can easily miss the point of what is being said. I’m “all thumbs.” What do you picture when I say that? Yeah, you don’t imagine that I have five thumbs on each hand. Clumsy, yes, but not five thumbs. Too often when trying to interpret prophecy we default to a literal interpretation. So when the Bible says that there is no sea in heaven does it mean that there will be no long walks on the beach? R. C. Sproul unpacks the meaning of this enigmatic line.
July 3, 2014
There are several free ebooks worth grabbing right now. Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God is free for Nook and Kindle. This seems like it might be a handy resource for anyone who has to speak to children from time to time. Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John is free for Kindle and Nook. Lion of Babylon, this month’s free audio offering from Christian Audio, is probably worth listening to.
David Murray writes about 10 Reasons God Stops Us in Our Tracks.
I think about church growth from time to time. Here is an interesting article about the issue.
I Want a Patriotic Church. Don’t hate me for this.
You might have heard that Louis Zamperini has died. We will hear a lot about him this year with Angelina Jolie’s film Unbroken being released on Christmas Day. Here is his testimony at a 1958 Billy Graham Crusade.