One of the hardest books to preach from, and perhaps the hardest to preach Christ from, is the book of Proverbs. Most preachers just leave it well alone. Here are some of the best articles I’ve found over the years that I hope will encourage more Gospel-centered ministry from this neglected book.
When Depression Comes Back
Addie Zierman: “And this month, I am being saved again. By the pills and the poets. By Church Ladies, who send emails and slip books into my hands in the foyer before service. I am being saved by the God who does not let me go – not this time or last time or ever…no matter how deep the darkness of my heart. He is risen, and I am being raised too. No matter how dark it gets, Easter comes again. Every single time.”
Logos Bible Software are offering the following free resources. Can’t vouch for all of these but definitely worth getting 17 free Sproul books in the “Crucial Questions” series.
Faithlife Study Bible A free study Bible with layers of notes, infographics, videos, maps, etc. Originally Logos were going to sell this product for about $90, but the CEO decided it was something he wanted to offer for free. If this were available in print it would be 12 feet thick!
As I’m often asked for book recommendations on various subjects, I decided to put together an online list of my top ten books in various categories. Basically, if I was only allowed 10 books in my library on that subject, these are the ten I would choose. Previous posts include:
Today I’m listing my Top 10 Biographies of Christian Men. Of course, these are personal preferences, so after my list you’ll find a poll where you can cast three votes for your favorite books and help others choose the best books on the subject. Click on “View Results” to see what books are most popular.
You can also add any book not on the list by writing the title in “Other” or in the Comments I’ll add these to the end of the post under “Reader Suggestions.”
Companion volume, The Full Harvest. These two books were the first biography I read as a new Christian in my early twenties, and I’ll never forget it. Hugely influential in my call to the ministry and in my view of the ministry.
Condensed and partly re-written version of Murray’s earlier two-volume set, Vol. 1: The First Forty Years and Vol. 2: The Fight of Faith. Personally I’d choose the two volumes, but you’ll need a lot of time. As so many battles Lloyd-Jones started fighting are still being fought today, especially over the nature and authority of Scripture, there’s so much to learn from his life.
A balanced and realistic look at Livingstone’s life. It emphasizes the Christian motivation and mission behind his explorations, but it doesn’t sugar coat his shortcomings either, especially in connection with his wife that he left at home for years at a time.
Explaining Hard Things to Our Children Christina Fox: “One day, my 7-year-old overheard talk about same-sex marriage on the news. On another occasion, I had to explain abortion and euthanasia. Then there was the time I had to break the news about a dear friend waging a battle against cancer. For many of these talks, I was unprepared. They came before I thought my children were ready.”
11 Alternatives To The Traditional 4-Year College (HT: Trevin Wax). “We’ve highlighted 10 very legitimate options to consider after high school. Some of them can lead to lifetime careers, and some of them are seen more as transition periods to decide life’s next steps — whether that’s ultimately to go on to college or to take another path. Either way, they should be considered right along with 4-year colleges for every high schooler out there struggling to try to figure out what to do next.”
Amazing Grace by Amazing Bagpipes
I dare anyone to watch this and deny there will be bagpipes in heaven. Amazing Grace starts at 2.37. Hope my Macbook Air is water resistant.