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Kindle Deal of the Day: Church History, Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context by Everett Ferguson. $3.99.

Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed. It did so not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. Church History looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church.

Nick Lannon - Papa, Please Preach:

The church should foster an environment in which Madonna can go to her father and say something like, “Dad, I’m in big trouble. I kept seeing the guy who you told me was bad news, and we messed up. I’m pregnant. I feel terrible. Please preach to me.”

IRD Predicts Top Church News of 2014:

Below are IRD’s predictions for what religious news stories have the most potential to make headlines in the coming year.

Philip Nation – How to Do Email Completely Wrong:

Email is a normal part of my everyday life. It is for many of us. It is a tool that can be a huge help. But, if executed poorly, email is a great weight dragging you to the depths of productivity oblivion. The reason is summarized by a great observation that my friend and LifeWay colleague Brian Daniels has made, “Anyone with an email account is your boss.” It would be funny if it were not true.

Here are a few ways to ensure that you do email completely wrong and thus ruin everyone’s day.

The Smithsonian - A Book’s Vocabulary is Different If It Was Written During Hard Economic Times:

If, in the distant future, archaeologists find no trace of evidence of our civilization apart from a library of 20th century novels, they might be able to figure out something surprising about recent history: the boom times and recessions of our economic system.


Thanks to Aaron Armstrong for his review of Gospel-Centered Teaching:

Gospel-Centered Teaching is the kind of book I’d love to see be required reading for small group leaders. It’s short, accessible, and saturated with good, gospel-centered theology, and thoughtful, practical application. If you’re a leader who’s struggling to figure out how to “do” small groups well, or a pastor looking for an excellent training resource for your lay leaders, this is the book for you.

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