The folks over at Zondervan have a pretty big ebook sale on a number of solid commentaries. A few worth checking out include Matthew, Mark, and Luke from the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on The New Testament series, and Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John from the NIV Application Commentary series. There are tons more at the link to consider. Their sale runs through August 11th.
Also worth checking out are the following books from Crossway related to Jonathan Edwards:
- The Spirit of Revival by R.C. Sproul and Archie Parrish—$3.99
- God’s Grand Design by Sean Michael Lucas—$3.99
- Heaven on Earth by Stephen Nichols—$4.99
- Jonathan Edwards and Justification by Josh Moody—$4.99
- A God Entranced Vision of All Things by John Piper & Justin Taylor—$5.99
And finally, consider Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber ($1.99), Romans by R.C. Sproul ($2.99), Beating the College Debt Trap by Alex Chediak ($1.99), The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink (99¢), and The Big Picture Interactive 52-Week Bible Story Devotional ($3.99).
12 types of homeschool moms
Bravo, Blimey Cow:
In my side job as a wildly successful media-mogul (something you aren’t, if you’re a hipster) I’ve brushed up against this idea of hipsterness with my Happy Rant Podcast co-hosts Barnabas Piper (not a hipster) and Ronnie Martin (an aging self-identifying hipster). In true neo-Reformed fashion we decided that this topic needed boundaries and I want to try to provide those boundaries.
Here’s something else the world won’t tell you: Even if you find your “perfect 10”—however you define “10”—marriage is still hard. When you search for a spouse, you’re looking for someone (a sinner, like you) whom you’ll be serving God and living the Christian life with until Jesus returns or one of you dies.
Let’s be clear: your boyfriend should be really into you, and this does not automatically mean he is idolizing you. We don’t want to over-spiritualize Christian dating. I’ve heard romantic feelings and attraction dismissed as unimportant or unnecessary among Christians. Let’s be careful not to adopt a functionally gnostic or simplistic way of looking at romantic relationships, where the physical is evil and the spiritual is good. They are not opposing forces, but in fact joined together in the person of Christ. We follow the God-man, who is wholly physical and spiritual.
TV pundits and journalists don’t help. It’s the nature of news to show us the bad and not the good—to dwell on what is sensational, not what is standard.
We always hear about the plane that crashes, but to our ancestors, the more startling news would be that thousands of planes traverse the skies every day, without incident. Our local newspaper informs us about a person who has died, but we never consider the miracle that this person ever lived.
When I was a student, I would justify studying on Sunday by quoting Matthew 12:11-12: “He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” But many weekend afternoons, exhausted from a full week of classes, work, and studying, I would put off studying for a Monday morning test or drafting a paper due on Tuesday—effectively throwing that sheep into the pit myself.
Those who were nominally Christian are suddenly vanished from the pews. Those who wanted an almost-gospel will find that they don’t need it to thrive in American culture. As a matter of fact, cultural Christianity is herded out by natural selection. That sort of nominal religion, when bearing the burden of the embarrassment of a controversial Bible, is no more equipped to survive in a secularizing America than a declawed cat released in the wild. Who then is left behind? It will be those defined, not by a Christian America but by a Christian gospel.
Bringing back the backlist: Sin makes smart people stupid
If I were writing this today, I might have titled it something a little different, but…
Remember Paul’s words in Romans 1:21, that in failing to acknowledge God, people became “futile in their thinking.” That word “futile” is important. When we use it, it means we’re talking about something that’s incapable of producing any sort of useful result. It’s pointless. I love how the HCSB translates this passage by saying that because of sin “their thinking became nonsense.”