Kindle deals for #TGC13

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TGC 13 is in full swing and publishers have some great deals on the speakers (and friends of the speakers) eBooks including:

Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Tim Keller—$5.99.

Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church by Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, Josh Patterson—$3.49

Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J. D. Greear—$3.99

Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by J. D. Greear—$4.39

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry by John Piper—$4.39

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett. $1.99

Leadership as an Identity: The Four Traits of Those Who Wield Lasting Influence by Crawford Loritts—$4.99

The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach: Help from Trusted Preachers for Tragic Times by Bryan Chapell—$3.99

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will or How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random … Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc. by Kevin DeYoung—$4.99

Preaching and Preachers by Martin Lloyd Jones—$3.99

Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck—$4.99

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp—$1.99

Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd & Margy Tripp—$1.99

Worship by the Book by D. A. Carson—$3.99

How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture by Michael Williams—$3.99

The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies—$3.99

Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax—$4.99

For more titles, be sure to check out Gospel eBooks here or by clicking the ad at the top of the page.

HT: Blogging Theologically

Links of the Week

  1. Al Mohler on A massive shift coming in what it means to be a Christian. I am always stunned when Christians stop believing in a part of the Bible they don’t like.
  2. C.J. Mahaney on leadership and criticism. The best stuff I’ve seen on criticism. His post on how to criticize a pastor is helpful for any church member.
  3. Justin Holcomb on Defending and proving the resurrection of Jesus.
  4. Bryan Chapell on Preaching the power of grace.
  5. E.M. Bounds on What makes great preaching.
  6. Parents, don’t dress your daughters like tramps. Sad that CNN has to say this, but Christian parents and the church needs to step up to the plate and teach modesty and character among young girls.
  7. Church planter or pastor, does your wife share your calling to ministry? If not, don’t do it or get out of it.
  8. Ed Marcelle on Restoration and relationship in marriage.

Acts 29 Boot Camp: Preaching & the Surge (Justin Anderson)

The second day of the boot camp was started by Justin Anderson. Justin is the pastor of Praxis Church in Tempe. His talk was from 1 Corinthians 9 on preaching.

Here are some thoughts:

  • A lot of guys plant churches because they want to preach
  • Books that Justin recommends on preaching:  Christ centered preaching by Bryan Chapell, Communicating for a change by Andy Stanley (this might be my favorite book on preaching), There’s no such thing as public speaking and Why Johnny can’t preach
  • According to the authors of Why Johnny can’t preach say that only 30% of pastors can actually preach a good sermon
  • Preaching help your people understand the gospel intellectually
  • Preaching can stir our people’s affections for Jesus
  • Preaching can move our people to the mission field
  • Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9 by saying, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel”
  • There is too much preaching that is not helpful in terms of the gospel
  • There is a way to preach about Jesus but still be moralistic
  • Seeker sensitive preaching is simply about giving people a list of things to do, that doesn’t make any sense
  • Preaching stops working when we do it poorly or when we expect it to do something it was never intended to do
  • Sometimes we preach and we don’t expect people to change or think people should change
  • Preach so your people can understand, which means, preach like you
  • Sermon length is not measured in minutes, it is measured in minutes beyond interest
  • Three ways you can let your life ruin your preaching:  be a hypocrite, don’t manage your brain or your body well, and be enslaved to sin
  • God has called you as a pastor to everything you call your people to, you are not special
  • Preach the same message on stage as well as off stage
  • Too often we say, “The gospel does that” which usually means, “I’m not responsible for that”
  • Everything will fall apart (eventually) if you are enslaved to sin
  • Preach the gospel, preach it well, and don’t let your life get in the way

Links of the Week

  1. 7 reasons your church plant won’t make it. This list is right on.
  2. 7 marriage lessons I learned on the dance floor.
  3. Here is a great debate that Pastor J.D. Greear had with an Imam about about whether the God of the Bible of the God of Islam is more compassionate. J.D. is the author of the great book Breaking the Islam Code.
  4. The most and least churched cities in America. Tucson is in the top 10 least churched cities in America.
  5. Perry Noble on 18 myths singles believe.
  6. What is the main point of the book of Genesis? Great interview with Bryan Chapell.
  7. The latest update on our adoption.
  8. 2 Chilean miners accept Christ while underground.
  9. Most books on being missional are written to guys or leaders, but I came across http://themissionalmom.com this week. Great stuff on what being a mom, raising a family on mission looks like.

Summer Reading List

After tweeting about my summer reading list, I got some requests to see it. You ask, you get (in this case):

Preaching

  • Preaching the whole Bible as Christian Scripture (Graeme Goldsworthy)
  • Christ centered preaching (Bryan Chapell)
  • Eat this book (Eugene Peterson)

Spirituality

  • Freedom of simplicity (Richard Foster)
  • Margin (Richard Swenson)
  • Ancient – future time (Robert Webber)
  • The rest of God (Mark Buchanan)

Leadership

  • Execution (Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan)
  • Making room for leadership (Mary Kate Morse)
  • Visioneering (Andy Stanley)
  • Visionary leadership (Bert Nanus)
  • Focus (Al Ries)

Parenting

  • The parent adventure (Rodney & Selma Wilson)
  • Your child’s strengths (Jennifer Fox, M.Ed.)

Marriage

  • You just don’t understand Women and Men in conversation (Deborah Tannen)
  • The legacy of divorce (Judith Wallerstein)

Theology

  • How to not speak of God (Peter Rollins)
  • The myth of a Christian nation (Gregory Boyd)
  • The reason for God (Tim Keller)
  • Exclusion and embrace (Miroslav Volf)

My goal every summer is to get through half of my list, which is pretty reasonable. What isn’t listed is the novels I’ll take on vacation. That is my rule, only novels on vacation.

So readers out there, what did I miss? What book should be on my list?