Desiring God Ministries is offering an online series called “Look at the Book”. Here is the excerpt on the website explaining what it is:
“There’s no book like the Bible. Learn to read it for yourself.
Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself.
By observing how John Piper approaches the study of God’s Word, may we all be encouraged to dive deeper into the depths of the Bible.
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For this month, Christian Audio is offering Francis Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live? for free download.
“Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer is the well-known Christian pastor, writer, theologian, and author with many classic books to his credit. With his wife Edith, they founded L’Abri Fellowship, a home ‘where people might find answers to their questions and practical demonstration of Christian care.’
Dr. Schaeffer was a prolific author addressing many of the fundamental questions in ethics, history, creation, culture, and many other topics always with a solid biblical worldview. To that end, we are thankful to offer his seminal work, How Should We Then Live? as our free audiobook of the month for September. In it, he is providing a Christian response to the decline of Western Civilization. Kate Reading did an outstanding job in narration as this title is an Audiofile Earphones Award winner. We appreciate Crossway Books in helping with this offer.”
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“Feminism remains one of the most urgent issues the church is facing today, as shown by the increasing confusion over gender roles in marriages, families, and churches. With a growing number of theologians and denominations advocating radical gender egalitarianism, we must answer many questions about women in the church-and in the wider culture. In order to do this, first we need to understand the history and development of feminist thought.
In The Feminist Gospel, Mary Kassian provided a thought-provoking inquiry into the history of feminism. Now, in this thoroughly revised and updated book, she revisits the subject, adding to its history an examination of the effects of feminism. The Feminist Mistake is a reliable, biblical critique that will provide answers and inspire serious reflection on this issue.”
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“From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It’s easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now.
Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don’ts. Nor is it a prescription to “follow your heart” wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible’s call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.
We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we’re here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.”
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A couple weeks ago, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary held their annual conference with the theme “The Beauty and Glory of Christ’s Bride.” The messages by speakers such as Joel Beeke, Conrad Mbewe, and David Murray are now made available in audio format.
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As created beings, we use our entire lives to praise our Creator. Becky Harling’s The 30-Day Praise Challenge is offered for free in ebook format; download it here.
“Discover the Power of Praising God
When Becky Harling was diagnosed with cancer over ten years ago, she begged God for healing. A friend of hers had another idea. She challenged Becky to spend twenty minutes a day in praise. Becky thought, What if I’m not feeling thankful? But as she intentionally praised God, she began to experience new joy—and her relationship with God has never been the same.
Now, in The Thirty-Day Praise Challenge, Becky guides you in praising God for twenty minutes every day for one month. Arranged topically, the book includes music selections to enhance your praise journey and creative ideas for continuing the habit of praise.
As Becky writes, ‘If you take this challenge, your faith will grow more than you dreamed possible. You will experience more joy, less insecurity, more courage, less anxiety. Thirty days of praising God. Are you ready?’ “
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The second issue of Themelios for the year has just been made available. Take some time to go through the many excellent articles and book reviews written by scholars such as D.A. Carson, Michael Ovey, and Gerald McDermott.
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Summer is coming to an end so take the chance to read another insightful book. Amazon is offering a free download of Winston Smith’s Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change through Ordinary Moments.
“He snapped at her during breakfast. She brought up a past mistake. He walked out angry. She left without saying good-bye. An ordinary day in an ordinary marriage. But what if things could be different? What if the moments that seem the most ordinary moments of annoyance, conflict, pain, or cold indifference could become moments in which you’re able to understand God’s incredible agenda for love and begin to do something new?
Winston T. Smith, drawing on his extensive experience as a marriage counselor, offers a simple yet powerful prescription for changing your marriage. He shows how examining the everyday disappointments and irritations in your marriage will help you understand yourself, your spouse, and your need for God’s love. Change begins with seeing day-to-day interactions from a different perspective, taking simple steps to love one another more effectively, and then learning how to take those steps over and over again. Interactions that used to devolve into pointless annoyances and fights can become an opportunity for God’s activity and love to become increasingly evident and powerful.
The principles in this book will take your marriage to extraordinary places and lead you into a deeper relationship with an extraordinary God. Don’t settle for an ordinary marriage, learn to live out God’s extraordinary love in your most intimate relationship.”
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“You’ve heard his name—now read his classic spiritual autobiography. Here is St. Augustine’s Confessions, an important and powerful book abridged and updated for today’s reader. Written some sixteen hundred years ago, this Christian classic still speaks to readers, addressing concerns that trouble the human heart today just as they did in the fourth and fifth centuries. Confessions gives an account of God’s grace in Augustine’s life—as well as his personal regret over the wickedness of his pre-Christian days. It’s a powerful introduction to a giant of the faith, and an encouraging story of God’s power to change people.”
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