My favorite articles of 2012

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Tis the season for bloggers to write their annual “best of” lists. Recently I shared my favorite reads of 2012; today I want to share a few of my favorite articles of the year. These don’t necessarily represent this blog’s most read articles (although some of them are). Instead, these represent some of the work I’m most happy with from this blog over the past year. I hope you’ll check them out:

Why I quit following (most) “celebrity” pastors on Twitter, and maybe you should too

…lately I’ve found myself continually disheartened by much of what I’m reading from a few “celebrity” pastors on Twitter, Facebook and their blogs, to say nothing of the fuss that ensues. And frankly, it’s all a little bit tiring. So, I did the most helpful thing I could: I stopped following them. Here’s why I did, and why you might want to consider doing the same.

Four functions of sound doctrine

Recently, I wrote that one of the key functions of doctrine is that it divides. Because Jesus himself is the most divisive person ever to live, all doctrine that aligns with him will necessarily cause division. But that’s not all that doctrine does.

Broken, yet intricately woven

My wife’s example here is a standout example of faithfully exploring the

I was diagnosed with epilepsy on Friday. My first thought was, “This is very inconvenient.” I asked the doctor how it happened, but there is no apparent cause. It just is.

In defense of neatniks

Now to be sure, there are some folks who are definitely a bit too… intense about their preciseness and forget that misspeaking is different than being a heretic. Likewise, one can be so focused on the trees that they miss the forest (which a frustration I’ve got with a book I’m reading with my men’s group right now). But I wonder if sometimes we label some folks theological neatniks as a cover for our own sloppiness? That rather than own up to a mistake or do the hard work of making sure that what we’re saying is actually right in the first place, we allow our pride to take over and brush it off by saying, “Stop being such a nitpick!”

Three lessons from shutting down our home business

Ten years ago, I purchased my first domain name and web hosting package. Emily and I were fresh out of school and ready to take on the world as graphic designers for hire. Earlier this year, we shuttered it for good.

Between running this blog, writing books, raising a family with three very young children, serving in our church, facilitating a small group, creating stock art, and—oh yeah!—my day job, it was pretty clear something had to give. And the thing that lost was the business. Here are three things we learned in the process.

Life after home ownership

This week Emily and I are celebrating the one year anniversary of officially no longer being home owners. (Emily celebrated by making brownies.) As long-time readers may recall, we spent eleven months between August 2010 and July 2011 deciding and preparing to sell our home, trying to sell it on our own, having two deals fall through and finally getting it sold when we went with an agent.

Now, a year later, are there any regrets?

Nope.

Three lies we tell ourselves about marriage: my spouse is the problem

I remember some of the first fights that Emily and I had as a married couple. Most were over pretty silly things… but not always. One evening, I came home after another frustrating and unfulfilling men’s ministry play date (there was no real “ministry” happening; it was just a bunch of dudes whose wives signed them up to get together). Emily could see that I was annoyed (I don’t like using my time in unproductive ways) and she wisely told me the truth:

“You need to quit.”

Rejoice! We serve a precise God

This is great news for us; because God is precise, we get to live in confident expectation that the promises He offers will come to pass. That when we place our trust in Christ and in His finished work on the cross, we will most assuredly stand with Him in glory at the end of the age.

Backpedaling and public Christianity

We need to take great care in not being too quick to give an off-the-cuff response to anything. As much as we are able, we need to think carefully about what we are going to say in any and every situation. I realize that mistakes happen; sometimes we let something slip against our better judgment, me especially. Only the Lord is fully aware of how much folly has come from my mouth. But when we see ongoing patterns of foolish talk coming from our mouths, should we not consider seeking assistance and accountability?

Disciples, deal with difficult texts

A number of years ago, I went on my first missions trip. At the time I was excited, but really wrestling with questions of what I was supposed to be doing with my life, frustrated and a little bitter when I saw others around me—some friends and some not-so-much—finding great success. Rather than rejoice at the good fortune of friends who the Lord had blessed, I found myself grumbling over the fact that others who I was working harder than those finding good fortune.

“Didn’t I deserve better?” I thought.”Why was I being treated so unfairly…”

“Where was God in all this?”

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“Touch Not The Lord’s Anointed”

Conrad Mbewe:

If there has been a phrase in the Bible that has been recently tortured until it confesses a lie, it is the phrase, “Touch not the Lord’s anointed.” I hear it a lot in Christian conversation today. Usually, the phrase is meant to caution anyone who is criticising the questionable teaching or way of life of a famous preacher or church leader. That is meant to be a no-go area.

Christianity Is Close to Extinction

Edward Malnick:

Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.

“Who’s on first?”

Fun update of a classic skit:

He Came…You’re Free

Tullian Tchividjian:

For those who feel the acute pressure of thinking you have to change your spouse if you’re going to be happy, that you have to be on top of everything if you’re going to make it, that you have to do everything right with your kids if they’re going to turn out OK, that you have to control what others think about you if you’re going to feel important, that you have to be the best if your life is going to count, that you have to be successful if you’re ever going to satisfy the deep desire for parental approval, and so on and so forth…Christmas is for you.

O Come, Emmanuel!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

The Incarnation and becoming like little children

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Why would Jesus tell us to become like little children (Matt. 18:3)? Some use this as reason to say that children matter to God (which is true, although this text may not be the strongest to draw your argument from). Some look at it and remind us of the character of children—their propensity to love, trust and not be so darn cynical; their generally humble and teachable nature is what Jesus is getting at, they say (which again, is true).

But what adds power to this argument is the Incarnation, where Jesus—the One for whom, by whom and through whom all things exist, hold together and have their meaning (cf. Col. 1:16-17)—literally became a little child. Check out Doug Wilson’s take on it from God Rest Ye Merry:

…Jesus told us to become like little children. And what did He do in the Incarnation? He became a little child. The one, in short, who told us that we needed to be humbled, converted, and made like little children, was the same one who humbled Himself and took the form of a baby in the womb of a young maiden. Jesus told us to become like little children, but He did so as the one who had—in an utterly unique way—become a little child.

He, the eternal Word, the one who spoke the galaxies into existence, was willing to become a little baby boy who could do nothing with words except jabber, and in that jabbering, make glad his mother and earthly father. He, the source of all life and all nourishment for that life, was willing to be breastfed. He, the same one who had separated the night from the day, and had shaped the sun to rule the day, and the moon to rule the night, was willing to have his diapers changed for a year or so. It is not disrespectful to speak this way; for Christians, it is disrespectful not to. We believe in the Incarnation, in the Word made flesh. This is our glory; this is our salvation.

Jesus told us that in order to enter His kingdom, we would have to stoop. This is not surprising, because He was the one who stooped in a mystifying way in the creation of that kingdom. He stooped—the ultimate Word became a single cell, and then a cluster of cells, and then visibly a baby, although still less than a pound, and then a child who kicked his mother from inside, delighting her immeasurably. He became a little child, and then, years later, He told us to copy Him in this demeanor—to become little children.

Douglas Wilson, God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything (Kindle location 501)

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Why Did Jesus Take on Human Flesh?

Chuck Colson:

Personally, it has been a help to meditate on this question in the middle of a chaotic Advent, “Why did Jesus take on human flesh?” Though the Bible offers many answers to this question, consider this: Jesus took on flesh in order to crucify our flesh.

Gabriel’s Message (redux)

Last week I shared The Good Shepherd Band’s take on this song, this is my friend Deni’s rendition. It’s also excellent:

5 ways to lead your family through the Christmas chaos

Dave Bruskas:

As a child, December 25th was the best day of my year every year. And December 26th was always the worst because I had to wait another 364 more days until Christmas came around once again. Along with the good things about Christmas, faith, family, and friends, there is also a frenetic pace. Here are five things I have learned that I hope will help you make the most of this season.

Why “Just Telling Your Story” Is NOT the Best Way to Share the Gospel

Leslie Keeney:

It should be obvious by now that telling someone that all they have to do to effectively share the gospel is to tell the story of how Jesus changed their life is doing a disservice to Christians who really want to convince people that Christianity is true. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with telling your story. Humans are storytellers by nature. It’s how we connect. It’s how we learn about each other and how we form communities.

But while telling our story will often be the first thing we do when we begin sharing the gospel, it has to be backed up with good apologetics.

Christmas and our union with Christ

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We are plainly taught in the word of God that as many as have believed are one with Christ: they are married to him, there is a conjugal union based upon mutual affection. The union is closer still, for there is a vital union between Christ and his saints. They are in him as the branches are in the vine; they are members of the body of which he is the head. They are one with Jesus in such a true and real sense that with him they died, with him they have been buried, with him they are risen, with him they are raised up together and made to sit together in heavenly places. There is an indissoluble union between Christ and all his people: “I in them and they in me.” Thus the union may be described:–Christ is in his people the hope of glory, and they are dead and their life is hid with Christ in God. This is a union of the most wonderful kind, which figures may faintly set forth, but which it were impossible for language completely to explain.

Oneness to Jesus is one of the fat things full of marrow. For if it be so, indeed, that we are one with Christ, then because he lives we must live also; because he was justified by his resurrection, we also are justified in him; because he is rewarded and for ever sits down at his Father’s right hand, we also have obtained the inheritance in him and by faith grasp it now, and enjoy its earnest. Oh, can it be that this aching head already has a right to a celestial crown! That this palpitating heart has a claim to the rest which remaineth for the people of God! That these weary feet have a title to tread the sacred halls of the New Jerusalem! It is so, for if we are one with Christ, then all he has belongs to us, and it is but a matter of time, and of gracious arrangement when we shall come into the full enjoyment thereof. Truly, in meditation upon this topic, we may each of us exclaim, “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.”

Charles Spurgeon, “Good cheer for Christmas,” The Sermons of Charles Spurgeon, Sermons 401-600 (Vol 3)

Awful judgment and great hope

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[John’s] prologue contains an awful word of judgment: He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him (vv 10-11). Jesus Himself spoke of this rejection He experienced, saying, “This is the condemnation, that the light has cone into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (3:19). Many years ago, I was interviewed by Dr. James Montgomery Boice for his radio program, and I had occasion to quote this verse. I attempted to quote the King James Version, which says, “Their deeds were evil,” but instead I said, “Their eeds were deevil.” That was the end of that interview, and as a result of it, even though it was long ago, I can hardly read that text without flinching. But we ought to flinch even when we read the words properly, for this verse tells us the world is exposed to the condemnation of God because people prefer the darkness to the light. They do not want to cone to the light, Jesus Christ, because their evil deeds will be exposed.

But John’s prologue also gives very good news: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (v. 12). This is the good news of the gospel, the great hope that John wants his readers to know John longs for them to believe in Jesus as the Christ.

R.C. Sproul, John: St Andrew’s Expositional Commentary (Kindle edition)

The amazing condescension of Christ

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O amazing condescension of the Lord Jesus Christ, to stoop to such low and poor things for our sake. What love is this, what great and wonderful love was here, that the Son of God should come into our world in so mean a condition, to deliver us from the sin and misery in which we were involved by our fall in our first parents! And as all that proceeded from the springs must be muddy, because the fountain was so, the Lord Jesus Christ came to take our natures upon him, to die a shameful, a painful and an accursed death for our sakes. He died for our sins and to bring us to God. He cleansed us by his blood from the guilt of sin, he satisfied for our imperfections. And now, my brethren, we have access unto him with boldness. He is a mediator between us and his offended Father.

George Whitefield, “The True Way of Keeping Christmas,” The Sermons of George Whitefield (Kindle Edition)

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Get Mark today during $5 Friday at Ligonier.org

Mark, a recent addition to the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series by R.C. Sproul, is on sale today only at Ligonier.org for $5 (ePub only). Other deals in the $5 Friday sale include:

  • The Names of Jesus teaching series (audio download)
  • Developing Christian Character teaching series (audio and video download)
  • The Lightlings children’s book (ePub)

Christmas in a Cold Prison

Tony Reinke:

For Bonhoeffer, there are two sides to Christmas. There is a hopeless precursor side to Advent. Until God arrives, we have no hope for release from this imprisonment of our own sin. We are stuck and condemned, and the door is locked from the outside. We depend completely on Someone from the outside to free us.

And yet on the other side of Christmas, on the other side of the birth of Christ the King, we find suffering remains. We find freedom and hope, but the suffering is not washed away. As Martin Luther says, “God can be found only in suffering and the cross.”3 It is in the suffering of the Son of God that we find God.

Bishop Mania and Confusion About Biblical Church Leadership

Thabiti Anyabwile:

You see them and hear about them everywhere. On billboards. Television. From your coworkers and family. The ubiquitous “bishops” of the contemporary church world. I’m not sure when the fashion got its start, who originated it, but the proliferation of titles in some church circles has reached epidemic levels. We have “overseers,” “bishops,” “apostles” and so on. One pastor friend says, “The only title folks have not grabbed is ‘Lord,’ and that might not be too far off.” Indeed.

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God Rest Ye Merry by Douglas Wilson

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If there’s one thing you can always count on Douglas Wilson for, it’s writing something delightful to read. If there ar two things you can count on him for, it’s that he doesn’t shy away from being a provocateur.

His new book, God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything, is yet another wonderful example of both of these truths. In this new volume, Wilson deconstructs the many false reasons for the season, shows the importance of Israel to the Christmas story, and provides an answer to the all important question: “How then shall we shop?”

Also, Santa Claus apparently slapped Arius across the face at the Council of Nicaea. (If that were made into a Christmas special, would it be a new holiday classic?)

Here are a few standout excerpts:

On Christmas and empty sentimentalism:

Christmas should not be treated by us as the “denial season.” One of the reasons why so many families have so many tangles and scenes during the “holidays” is that everybody expects sentimentalism to fix everything magically. But Christmas is not a “trouble-free” season. We want the scrooges and grinches in our lives to be transformed by gentle snowfall, silver bells, beautifully arranged evergreens, hot cider, and carols being sung in the middle distance. But what happens when you gather together with a bunch of other sinners, and all of them have artificially inflated expectations? What could go wrong? When confronted with the message of sentimentalism, we really do need somebody who will say, “Bah, humbug.” (Kindle location 1053)

On the politically incendiary nature of the Incarnation:

From the very start, from the very beginning, the life of Jesus presented a potent threat to the status quo. This threat was not the result of Herod’s paranoia—Herod knew what many Christians do not. The birth of this child meant that the old way of ruling mankind was doomed. The transition from the old way of rule to the new way of rule was not going to be simple or easy, but it was going to happen. Of the increase of the Lord’s government there would be no end. But whatever it meant, Herod knew that he was against it. (Kindle location 688)

On the reality of joy:

So the message of Christmas is not a delusional message. This is joy to the world. We are not pretending that we live in a world that is not struggling under a curse. The doctor who applies medicine to a wound is not pretending the wound is non-existent. The craftsman who repairs a smashed piece of expensive furniture is not denying the damage. His presence presupposes the damage. The refiner’s fire does not exclude the reality of dross—it is excluding the dross in another way. The Incarnation is God’s opening salvo in His war on our sins. The presence of sin should no more be astonishing than the presence of Nazis fighting back at Normandy. View the world with the eye of a Christian realist. The turning of seasons makes no one better. The gentle fall of snow removes no sin. The hanging of decorations only makes a living room full of sin sadder. As Jesus once put it, “Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? (Mt. 23:17). Which is more important, the hat or the cattle? The foam or the beer? The gift or the altar? The gold paper stamp on the Christmas card or the gold coin of your faith? If our hearts are decorated with the refined gold of a true faith, we may therefore decorate everything else. If they are not, then what’s the point? Joy is fundamentally realistic—which is why unbelief thinks of it as insane. (Kindle location 1069)

Best read during the build-up to Christmas (and it includes daily readings for the Advent season season), God Rest Ye Merry offers a thought-provoking, guffaw-inducing look at the Christmas season that’s sure to create lots of discussion around the dinner table.


Title: God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything
Author: Douglas Wilson
Publisher: Canon Press (2012)

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Don’t Be A Scrooge This Christmas

R.C. Sproul:

Every generation has its abundance of Scrooges. The church is full of them. We hear endless complaints of commercialism. We are constantly told to put Christ back into Christmas. We hear that the tradition of Santa Claus is a sacrilege. We listen to those acquainted with history murmur that Christmas isn’t biblical. The Church invented Christmas to compete with the ancient Roman festival honoring the bull-god Mithras, the nay-sayers complain. Christmas? A mere capitulation to paganism.

Evangelism as a Journey Instead of a Deal

Dan Darling:

My friend didn’t bow the knee on the spot and trust Christ. But the dialogue was open and he was intrigued. You see, most people don’t even know what the Bible’s true story is. They react against what they think it is or some misguided ways Christians have presented the gospel message. And again, having been released from the pressure of “closing the deal” so I could have another “notch on my belt” I was free to share only what the Spirit led me to share and then direct the conversation that didn’t make my friend want to shut down and never talk about it again.

Some Thoughts on the State of Christian Publishing

Kevin DeYoung:

I’m not writing about sales trends or the rise of digital books. That’s not what I mean by the “state of Christian publishing.” I mean, what is Christian publishing doing well right now and where can it improve? No doubt, there are still scores of terrible books published by evangelical houses each year-horrible in style and worse in content. Thankfully, I don’t come across many of these books. But I do come across a lot of Christian books each year. Not only do I read many of them, as a blogger I get lots of free books from publishers. I also work with publishers from the inside as an author. So I do see a fair amount of what gets released in a given year.

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My Favorite Books of 2012

That season has come around once again, where top ten lists abound! As you know, reading is one the few hobbies I have, regularly reading well over 100 books a year. With that much reading, it’s no surprise that there’s a range of quality. Most are in that “good, but not earth-shattering” category, a few were so bad I’m not sure how they were even published… but a few were legitimately great. Here are the ones that made the cut this year:

10. Quiet by Susan Cain

A word of warning for those who tend to only read Christian books: this is not a book written by a Christian; therefore, you’re going to have to do some worldview identification and translation while reading this book (which is a healthy thing to get into the habit of). However, Cain’s insights into the “extrovert ideal” that dominates America and how introverts can thrive in it are much needed.

Buy it at: Amazon

9. Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger / The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti Anyabwile (tie)

Christian publishing had a number of hot topics this year. Among them is “church.” Of the contemporary books I’ve read on the subject this year, these two are the standouts. Both offer strong, balanced theological insights, while avoiding unnecessary prescriptiveness on secondary matters. This is a difficult balance to strike and I’m grateful for the combined wisdom of these authors.

My reviews: Creature of the Word | The Life of God in the Soul of the Church

Buy Creature of the Word at: Amazon | WTS Books

Buy The Life of God in the Soul of the Church at: Amazon | WTS Books

8. Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian

Suffering is an important subject for us all, as recent events in Newtown CT, have reminded us. There are a number of good (and some great) books on the subject, many doing the work of preventative medicine or giving a theological foundation. Tullian’s book is different. It’s one meant to encourage the reader who’s in the midst of suffering and trial (particularly of the sort they’ve got no control over), posing the question: What is God doing in the midst of suffering?

The answer he provides is simple, practical, and helpful for every reader: “For the life of the believer, one thing is beautifully and abundantly true: God’s chief concern in your suffering is to be with you and be himself for you” (26).

My review: The Gospel Coalition

Buy it at: Amazon | WTS Books

7. Excellence by Andreas Köstenberger

Most of you have likely not read this. You really should. Köstenberger’s examination of the scholarly virtue of excellence (which, by the way, is incredibly applicable to everyday life) will challenge the way you look at what it means to be excellent to the glory of God. Here’s a standout excerpt:

Far from being optional, excellence is in fact a divine mandate that applies to every aspect of our lives, for God himself is characterized by excellence. Mediocrity, sloppy workmanship, and a half-hearted effort do not bring glory to God or advance his kingdom.

Buy it at: Amazon | WTS Books

6. The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller / Friends and Lovers by Joel R. Beeke (tie)

Of all the many marriage and relationship books by folks affiliated with the Reformed Resurgence in America, these are by far the best. A key reason: Experience. Both were written by authors who’s marriages have seen long-term health and sustainability. While you likely won’t agree with everything written in either of them, both offer readers a great deal of practical, pastoral wisdom.  [Read more…]

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Challenges Pastors and People Face During the Holidays

Thabiti Anyabwile:

Tis’ the season to be jolly, right? Well, for some of us, but not all of us. While the entire world seems to glitter in tinsel, some people sit caves of gloom during the holidays. It’s easy to forget that suffering takes no vacation at Christmas. So, not to be a killjoy, but perhaps to awaken us to some opportunities around us, here’s five challenges that pastors and people face during the holidays.


More Cheap eBooks

Publishers are showing their Christmas spirit by dropping prices on their eBooks this year! Check out a few of the latest:

Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God – $3.99

Sifted: Pursuing Growth through Trials, Challenges, and Disappointments – $3.99

Through the Eyes of C.H. Spurgeon: Quotes From A Reformed Baptist Preacher – $2.99

And here’s a great deal from HarperOne: they’ve put C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy on sale for $1.99 each:

The Space Trilogy:

  1. Out of the Silent Planet
  2. Perelandra
  3. That Hideous Strength

Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (Enhanced Special Illustrated Edition) is also on sale for $3.99 until the 13th of January.


Gabriel’s Message

This is lovely:


God Is Working Behind the Scenes in Greece

David Crabb:

And yet look beyond the “Christian” facade and the statistics that tell you Greece is already “reached,” and you will see a slow, steady, powerful work of the Spirit. The gospel is being proclaimed, people are coming to Christ, and churches are growing. These followers of Jesus are more likely to be found meeting in a dingy, rented corner store in Athens than in a grandiose old building by the sea. They are more likely to be the marginalized than the well-to-do. But they love Christ and the gospel, and you can see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, and see it in their lives.

I’m giving you a whole pile of books for Christmas!

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Updated with new titles from Cruciform Press and Crossway Books!

One of the things I’m most grateful for about this blog is the opportunity to share great books with you—and this Christmas, I have the privilege of giving some of you a ridiculous pile of great books! In partnership with the fine folks at David C. Cook, Baker Books, Thomas Nelson, New Growth Press, Cruciform Press and more, I’m giving away the following:

  1. Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation and the End of Poverty by me
  2. Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World by me
  3. Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church by Chandler, Patterson and Geiger
  4. For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel by Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter
  5. Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You by John MacArthur
  6. Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ by Mark Driscoll
  7. God’s Love: How the Infinite God Cares for His Children by R.C. Sproul
  8. Pleasing God: Discovering the Meaning and Importance of Sanctification by R.C. Sproul
  9. Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian
  10. Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan
  11. Through the Eyes of C.H. Spurgeon edited by Stephen McCaskell
  12. The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters by Albert Mohler
  13. The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon
  14. The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments by Marty Machowski
  15. Gospel Deeps by Jared C. Wilson – new addition!
  16. Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp – new addition!
  17. The Shepherd Leader at Home by Timothy Z. Witmer – new addition!
  18. Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Philip G. Ryken – new addition!
  19. “But God…”: The Two Words at the Heart of the Gospel by Casey Lute – new addition!
  20. Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage by Joel Beeke – new addition!
  21. Innocent Blood: Challenging the Powers of Death with the Gospel of Life by John Ensor – new addition!

… and don’t be surprised if you see some more books added to the list before the giveaway is through!

Best of all, three of you will be receiving this fantastic collection of books! You read that right—there are three sets to win. To enter, all you need to do is use the PunchTab widget below and answer the following question in the comments:

What’s God been teaching you in 2012?

This contest ends on Friday, December 21st at midnight. Thanks to all who enter!