Thomas Kidd gives a brief and useful history of the altar call.

William Varner posted his second video on how to read BDAG.

Haddon Robinson, a preaching giant, died this week. Here’s a memoir.

A quiz from Mike Bird that’s sure to stump you.

I explained my new discipleship guide; download a sample chapter here.

Here’s a Quizlet set of vocab cards for the Greek of Mark’s Gospel.

Mike Aubrey wants to convince you that Greek accents matter.

Book Deals

Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf, $0.99

Killing Christians, by Tom Doyle, $2.99 on Kindle

The Irresistible Revolutionby Shane Claiborne, $2.99 on Kindle

Then Sings My Soul, $2.99 on Kindle

Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas, $1.99 Kindle

Contagious Disciple Making, $2.99 Kindle

Worship Matters , by Bob Kauflin, $3.99 Kindle

Disciplines of  a Godly Man, by Kent Hughes, $3.99 on Kindle

Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney, $3.99 on Kindle

Taking God at His Word, by Kevin DeYoung, $3.99 on Kindle

What is the Gospel (9 Marks), $2.99 on Kindle

How to Read the Bible Book by Book, by Gordon Fee, $3.99 on Kindle

It, by Craig Groeschel, $2.99 on Kindle

Awe, by David Tripp, $3.99 on Kindle

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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, $3.99 on Kindle

Devotions for a Deeper Life, $2.99 on Kindle

Strange Fire by John MacArthur, $2.99 on Kindle

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, by Marcus Borg, $1.99 on Kindle

The God Argument by AC Grayling (I bought this one and you should too; Grayling is a good philosopher who argues here against religion and for a kind of humanism); $1.99 on Kindle

The Pastor’s Justification, by Jared Wilson, $2.99 on Kindle

The Pastor’s Wife by Gloria Furman, $2.99 on Kindle

The Pastor and Counseling, $3.99 on Kindle

The Imperfect Pastor, by Zack Eswine, $4.99 on Kindle

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New Books

In the Wisdom Commentary Series, Ruth and Lamentations.

Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church, by Michael J. Kruger

God and Israel: Providence and Purpose in Romans 9–11, by Todd D. Still (Baylor Press)

Jerusalem and the One God: A Religious History, by Othmar Keel (Fortress Press)

Two Kingdoms & Two Cities: Mapping Theological Traditions of Church, Culture, and Civil Order (Emerging Scholars, Fontes Press), by Robert C. Crouse

Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology, by Michael F. Bird (Eerdmans)

Awake O Harp: A Devotional Commentary on the Psalms, 3rd ed by William C. Varner

The Origin of Divine Christology (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series), by Andrew Ter Ern Loke