This week we’re trying out a more streamlined look for the Week in Review post. Feel free offer some feedback on this new look in the comments.
Books and Resources
- Justin Taylor interviewed Bryan Liftin on his new book about early Christian martyrs.
- Audio from the recent Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference is now available.
- Of the many Kindle deals, some of the best this week involve the Church: What Is a Healthy Church Member? and Finding Faithful Elders by Thabiti Anyabwile are both $1. For the same price you can also get Church Elders by Jeremie Rinne, Total Church by Tim Chester, Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious by Christopher Catherwood
- We also saw a “Jesus theme” for $1 Kindle books: Learning Evangelism from Jesus by Jerram Barrs, How to Argue Like Jesus by Joe Carter and John Colman, and A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester.
- Also, don’t miss The Gospel In Ezekiel by Thomas Guthrie, which is also $1 for Kindle.
News and Culture
- Albert Mohler helpfully summarized and analyzed the Ebola situation in the US, especially in light of the many botched procedures for dealing with infected or potentially infected people.
- The Sergeant at Arms for the Canadian House of Commons, Kevin Vickers acted heroically during this week’s shooting, bringing the gunman down. For his bravery, Vickers was given a long standing ovation when he entered Parliament.
- wrote about the differences between Michael Landon and Brittany Maynard, people who both faced untreatable cancer in different ways.
- In light of a recent controversy involved a Christian wedding chapel, Russell Moore and Andrew Walker walk us through the question of whether or not such things should even exist.
- In light the quickly changing view of same-sex marriage, Mark Dever has wise words on how the church can survive cultural crises.
Church and Ministry
- Steven Lawson gave us a great overview of William Tyndale’s life and labors. If you read from an English Bible, you owe Tyndale a great debt!
- Matthew Westerholm gave us three reasons we should attend corporate worship.
- Jonathan at the Radical Blog told us about how one church is engaging an unreached people group.
- At the same time, David Sills gave us an needed reminder that missions doesn’t end when a people group becomes “reached.”
- Joseph Tenney offered some helpful words (especially for pastors) on self-promotion and fear of obscurity.
Christian Life and Theology
- Dane Ortlund pointed us to Abraham Kuyper to help us understand how the Holy Spirit produces change in God’s people.
- How does biblical counseling connect to the Great Commission? John Piper made the answer clear this week.
- Kevin DeYoung wrote about whether or not its wrong for Christians to defend their rights in the public square.
- Tim Keller shared about his personal prayer life.
- On a similar theme, Ian Carmichael wrote an article to help us see the difference between proactive and reactive praying. He makes some great application to small groups.
- Andy Prime answer the important question, “Is the Bible too complicated for those who struggle to read?”
- Marie Notcheva shared about her experience and how our theology can stifle our compassion.
- Rick Philips replied to Rachel Held Evans’ post about her doubt-driven reading of Genesis 22.
- Finally, from the recent Desiring God Conferences comes some practical tip for Bible reading by Ben Stuart.