The Gospel Was Given for a Time Like This | Tim Challies
Much-needed Gospel clarity in an age of moral confusion.

Apparently, Christian pop music is peppier than life. | Denny Burk
Denny comments on a recent analysis of popular Christian worship songs.

The Trans-formation Of Women’s Sports | Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
Well that didn’t take long. Welcome to our wonderful new world:

High school girls in Alaska are crying foul after a male sprinter took home all-state honors in girls’ track and field. According to local reports, it was the first time in Alaskan history that a male athlete competed in the girls’ state championships.

Living a Life of Stunning Significance | Richard Phillips, Ligonier
“I have known many Christian men who felt like losers because they were never war heroes, sports stars, or corporate titans. Against this way of thinking (really, this idolatry), I submit the case of Lawrence Dow, servant of Christ.”

One Facebook, Two Worlds, Three Problems | Trevin Wax, TGC
Trevin Wax challenges our dependence on Facebook:

When we are united by outrage, we look and sound just like the world. So let’s think about the long-term formative effect of our Facebook feeds that reinforce our righteousness, and figure out ways to respond with cheerful confidence in God’s good purposes for the world.

Introducing the Evangelical History Blog | Thomas S. Kidd, TGC
As someone who has come to love history rather late in life, I’m so looking forward to this new blog partnership between Justin Taylor and Thomas Kidd.

How Giving Up TV For A Month Changed My Brain And My Life | Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company
“Watching a couple hours of TV a day can have major effects on your brain. So what would happen if you quit cold turkey?”

New Book

Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman

Kindle Deals

For your non-Kindle book buying needs please consider using Reformation Heritage Books in the USA and Reformed Book Services in Canada. Good value prices and shipping.

Coffee: The Epic of a Commodity by H.E. Jacob ($1.99)

Developments in Biblical Counseling by J. Cameron Fraser ($2.99). A couple of endorsements of this book:

“Cautious, canny, and clear, Cameron Fraser’s sympathetic unpacking of this internal debate in Christian counseling is a bonus for the bemused.” — J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“Cameron knows his subject, writes simply and clearly, and assesses positions in a fair and balanced way. This book will help readers navigate the different approaches in biblical counseling.” — David Murray, professor of Old Testament and practical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Last Christian on Earth: Uncover the Enemy’s Plot to Undermine the Church by Os Guinness ($1.99)

Beating the College Debt Trap: Getting a Degree Without Going Broke by Alex Chediak ($1.99). This is a must read for anyone in college, going there, or trying to fund kids


Beautiful Testimonies
I’m not a baptist, but I love these pre-baptism testimonies. I especially enjoyed Barbara’s story, the first in the video. She comes from Shawbost, the same Scottish village that my father grew up in, the same village I used to vacation in as a child, and a village I returned to often when I pastored in the Island of Lewis for seven years. Barbara was converted after 70 years of living in worldly pleasure. Watch it (only 9 mins), weep tears of joy, and pray for the unconverted in our own families with new hope. Unfortunately, the video does not allow for embedding, so you’ll have to click through.