Book Review “Raising Kids With A Heart for Mission ” by Daniel Akin

Have you read a book that pose like a problem or a question that you find hard and tricky that you can’t think of an answer? But once you sit and read it, it is as if you unlock a door or gave you a sense of relief? Well this new book from Daniel Akin, which is part of an excellent series by 10 of Those, is one of those books.

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3 Christian FB Pages with Awesome Infographics!

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Infographics are not just eye candies but it conveys a message that you can grasp in a glance. It helps easily digest ideas and concepts that a bunch of words can’t do. I love inforgraphics not only does it aids me to quickly learn something but it’s also a great opportunity to see some creativity and artworks.

This maybe a short list but I would like to give you readers opportunity to add your favorites here. Just fire it away on the comment section. Now here’s the list I hope you’ll enjoy:

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The Freebie Round-Up #63

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I’ve been asking for prayers for a specific thing that I haven’t yet reveal to everyone following this blog. But now I think this is the right time to have the big announcement. So here it goes! I will be working for Lifeway Philippines (yes there will be a Lifeway Philippines!) that will acquire writers for their upcoming blogging platform. The blog will cater to local pastors and ministry leaders. We are now having weekly meeting to meet certain goals one step at the time. So again I need your prayers for this new job ( I still have my day job and I,m not quitting) that Lifeway will be use by God to spread the gospel. For my part, please pray for my decision makings and people I will meet. Also may this job financially assist my small family.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if you’re new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

FREE “Salt Shakers” Magazine – This eye catching magazine is geared for Reformed youth of Singapore however everyone in the planet can download and enjoy the content for free.

FREE journal “Vox Reformata” – Another free resource from Asia or should I say Australasia is this annual peer reviewed journal from the Australasian Journal for Christian Scholarship.

FREE e-book “Vicarious Atonement through Christ” by Louis Berkhof – From the vast number of free e-books that Monergism is releasing, I choose this one although I want to put all of them here.

FREE e-book “Truths You Can Trust” from the SBTS faculty – This is an interesting resource on theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Faculty. Contributors to this volume are R. Albert Molher Jr., Thomas Schreiner, Stephen J. Wellum, Donald S. Whitney and more. With those names who doesn’t want to download this free book?

FREE e-book “Delights and Discipline of Bible Study” by Warren W. Wiersbe – This is Faithlife’s free e-book of the month featuring prolific author and Bible teacher, Warren W. Wiersbe. I haven’t encountered this book but it looks promising. Go to the Faithlife website to create a free account to download this resource.

FREE e-book “1 Samuel For You” by Tim Chester – Another prolific writer and another free e-book of the month, 1 Samuel For You helps you discover what it means to follow Jesus. Thank The Good Book Company for the generosity.

FREE webinar “Tactics Q and A with Greg Koukl” – The Colson Center presents apologist Greg Koukl, author of “Tactics” with this free webinar. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot.

By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

Freebie Round-Up #62

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New and Upcoming Podcasts This 2020

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It seems to me that, everyone had a certain goals from the previous years that been in the basement of ideas. It’s  brewing for so long then simultaneously set it on 2020 to launch it. 2020 feels like having a new leaf for some to set an “out of the comfort zone” projects. It’s like starting a new beginning. And podcasting is not exempted.

Of course there is nothing magical with the year 2020. Nor will it bring good fortune to these newbies on the podcasting universe. But having new and upcoming podcasts will give us new choices to listen to and eventually new favorites.

Kevin Halloran posted something last January of 3 newish podcast and encourage me to post my own list. So here’s my list of new and upcoming podcasts you might want to check out:

The Disrupters – A collaboration between Christianity Today and Inter Varsity Press.  The focus of this podcast is to lay down disruptions and how it affects the church. It will be a mix bag of guest and will be hosted by Fr. Esau McCualley. You can read more about it on this article.

TGC Q & A – A new addition to  TGC podcast network, the podcast invites two council members to answer a specific question. So you wont get one but a collaborative answers that hits some angles most Q and A podcast don’t. The podcast is already on the roll with few episodes so please do check it out. By the way, podcast is one of the ways you can find answers for your pressing questions. There are five more on an article I wrote last year. 

Pardoning Grace – I just saw this on my Facebook feed and I dont have any idea of what this podcast will be. I like surprises and I know you like it too. But based on my Facebook friend Jason Boothe who is a pastor and uploads his preaching over Youtube and him being a blogger, I think it will be a discussion on theology. So to clarify I might reach out to him but this podcast will be good. So keep our eyes over the FB page of this podcast for further updates.

Anchored North/ Virality Podcast – Anchored North went viral because of the Love is Love video. From there, they constantly making video tracts and eventually a podcast. They use multimedia as a tool for evangelism to reach this generation. This 2020 they will relaunch the podcast with the aim to spark evangelistic conversations. You can find updates from them by joining the FB group.

I know this is a shortlist but I would like to encourage you guys to post in the comment new and upcoming podcasts you might have stumble upon. Happy listening!

 

 

5 Questions You Need to Answer In Writing A Superb Book Review

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Book reviews are “staple food” here at Delighting Grace and I hope everyone is enjoying every morsel of it. But you might ask, what does it takes to write a book review? How can someone start writing a review? Well for starters I’m not an expert on whipping up one. However, I do have questions I need to answer when ever I write a book review. It serves as a guide to me. Here are five of them:

Is the title, sub-title or book cover appealing? There is nothing special about me. I may have a blog and I review books, still I’m just an ordinary Joe who likes books. Like many, the name, sub-title, and cover  also influence what I want to check out. For me the cover and title are Easter eggs for things to expect to the book. It might be titled boldly and reveals in the sub-title some claims that raises my eyebrows. So along with a great book cover, it will lead me to want to investigate if it really holds up to what it says up front. Will it keep what it wants to say to the end or will it be a meh? That’s where the the book aesthetics may cause me to read it.

Is it relevant to me, my ministry or church? This is important to me because . On one hand I reading it for pleasure and in another I consider if its important to my personal growth, ministry or church. After all, I’m investing my time reading this book to learn something I might as well invest on what will benefit me. It might be controversial or popular as long as it will provide solid food for the various areas of my faith. It might not be for immediate application but something I can take note of.

After reading the book, does it push me to action? When I put down this book, does it move me to do something? Does this book points back to God’s will for me as a Christian? I’ve encountered books that is so engaging that I didn’t need to finish it and I just sat down for a few minutes and meditate on it. It makes you want to apply the truths that touched your heart. This might  be getting your hands dirty for the Lord or sharing this truth to other Christians, either way, the words from the book connected to you is enough to hack up a great review.

Is the book biblically solid? Does the book centers on Jesus and the gospel? Does the author digs deep on the passages of Scriptures and not just slapping a verse here and there in the book just to make it biblical? Does he exalt enthusiastically Christ in the book that brings a certain excitement as you read the book? These are some questions that will guide someone when writing a book review.

Did I enjoy reading the book? It doesn’t matter who wrote it, or if it’s a long or short read nor who endorses it, it matters if I enjoyed it. It might come through how creative the topic was presented, or the style of writing of the author. His cool illustrations,  wit and humor that keeps you reading are also some factors to consider as long as the truth is thoroughly conveyed and satisfied my expectation for the book. Simply put, do I walk away happy?

That’s my 5 questions that will prep you up if your considering to write a book review. Now get a pen and paper (or laptop) and start writing that great review.

 

 

Vlogging with Disability: Delighting Grace Interviews Loida Bauto

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Vlogging is the most viral platform today and thanks to Youtube these vloggers find the space and audience for their videos. From the celebrities to the infamous to the completely unknown, you’ll find plenty of them dishing out topics like food, travel, gadgets, showing off talents, unboxing, reaction videos, reviews and a whole lot more.
Loida Bauto is not your typical vlogger. She has a Youtube channel where she shares her journey as a PWD (persons with disabilities). I’m so glad that Loida allowed DG to interview her and talk about being a #PWDvlogger.
Delighting Grace: Hello Loida!  
Please tell us something about yourself.

 

Loida Bauto: I am Loida C. Bauto, an interior designer by profession but wasn’t able to practice for long because I was diagnosed with Brain Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) months after passing the licensure examinations. The AVM caused two (2) major strokes that left me with multiple disabilities up to date. I am now a disabled person (PWD or Persons With Disabilities) for 6 years. At present, I am doing vlogs on Youtube.

Delighting Grace: Ok. So when and why did you decide to do vlogging?

Loida Bauto: I started vlogging just this March 2019. At first, I just wanted to share my story and use it as my journal but in video form. I also tried it because it can also be a source of income. But after studying how it works, I realized that Youtube is a good platform to share in your cause. Youtube-ing can be a great way to rally people for a certain purpose especially if you already have a large following.

Delighting Grace: There are virtually lots of vloggers and vlogging channel around. Please tell whats your vlog or Youtube channel about? What topics do you cover?

 

Loida Bauto: My channel is about my journey as a PWD and as an AVM Survivor. I cover topics concerning (Persons with Disabilities) PWDs and even topics I just wanted to share that may help or educate viewers.

Honestly, my first vlogs are more about my story but as I do my research, it seems I am really directed to topics about disability like what the hashtag I am using- I am a #PWDvlogger.

Delighting Grace:  You’re the first #PWDvlogger I met. How’s your experience in vlogging for the first time? How was your first time to post your first video?

 

Loida Bauto: I am really camera shy. I never thought I can also face the camera, film myself, and make someone watch it. My first time uploading on Youtube is full of worries – how I look, how I sound or am I good enough. But when I post videos, people are watching it and I feel motivated (I am grateful although it was not really a lot of views). As I am learning, my insecurities faded. How I looked and sounded wasn’t important. I can face the camera more confidently!

Delighting Grace: Since you have some physical constaints, is vlogging hard for you? What are the adjustments do you make to make much of your vlogging?

Loida Bauto: Yes. It’s hard especially setting things up. I cannot walk alone but I try (most of the time) to arrange my set-up alone. And it’s harder because I don’t have a studio or enough equipment for vlogging. I only film myself at the entrance or at the door where it’s brighter. I am only using my phone; Use the emergency light of the electric fan just to add brightness when there’s not enough sunshine.

But I love doing it. I really enjoyed vlogging. I really put so much effort and time researching and reading articles about my content. I also make much thru editing the videos knowing that I lack the equipment to make high definition videos. So, binabawi ko sa editing.

Delighting Grace: I love the self publishing and vlogging equipment set up videos you have done. So what’s your favorite video that you made?

Loida Bauto: My favorite videos are those starting with Vlog #8. It’s the start where I am becoming more and more confident with what I am doing.

Delighting Grace: If someone wants to start vlogging what is the first thing they should know? Will that differ if say a PWD wants to vlog?

Loida Bauto: I would say to anyone, whether he’s a PWD or not, that it will not be easy as how it looked like especially when you are not known or famous. They should do their research. Know your content. Brand ourselves. For a PWD, I will add: Don’t get embarrassed just because we have disabilities.

Delighting Grace: How do we glorify God in our infirmities? I know you have been through alot. So how do we kep focus on Christ despite our circumstances?

Loida Bauto: God indeed is the one working in my life to glorify Him. He glorifies Himself through my weaknesses. I have made failures. My story is tattered. But I am witnessing how God shines on how He’s using my life. The darker I am in my infirmities, the more people and I are seeing His radiance. I am physically disabled but God enables.

To acknowledge and understand God’s sovereignty over all creatures and circumstances and to know God is good whatever may happen in our lives give me peace and assurance that I will not be harmed and forsaken. Like what the hymn said, “Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say, ‘It is well with my soul.’ 

Delighting Grace: Well said. Thank you so much! Loida, please invite our readers to check you out.

Loida Bauto: Hello everyone! Loida here!  Please check me out by going to Youtube and search ‘Loida Bauto’ and you’ll find lots videos about me. You can alternatively, go my channel and watch my vlogs. Don’t forget to hit the ‘Subscribe’ button to subscribe to my channel and tap on the ‘bell’ icon so you’ll be the first to know my newest video.

  You can contact me on my FB Page, my book’s FB Page ‘Memento ni Loida’ or e-mail me: loidabauto@gmail.com. If you don’t know which one to watch first, let me suggest this video link to my story. May you find my content worth watching.

Delighting Grace: Thanks again Loida and I hope you inspired people to vlog despite their infirmities. Blessings everyone!

Download these free resources for the PWD from Desiring God:

E-book: Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God by John Piper

E-book: When Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

Video: The Story of Ian and Larissa

 

The Freebie Round-Up #36

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It’s such an honor to be mentioned for the third time on Tim Challies blog. His March 14 A La Carte  featured my 6 Ways to Learn Logic Online With Zero Budget which helps Christians learn logic and logical fallacies and how it’s an effective tool for apologetics. Praying that serves a the believer as he or her engages to this unbelieving world. Thank you again Tim for featuring me.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

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*Read: 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free *

FREE hymns musicsheets and MP3 – Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church has some music sheets and mp3 for free download that can see used in various ministries of the church.

FREE e-books from Two Journeys – This ministry offers a handful of books ranging from Bible study questions to Scripture memorization plan.Physical copies are available for purchase but the digital ones are free.

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*Read: 5 Reasons Why Your Sermon is Boring (And 5 Ways to Fix It)*

FREE seminar message – Featuring Ligon Duncan, Derek W. H. Thomas, Michael Krueger and others, Twin Lakes Fellowship posted the seminar Doers and Commends for free download.

FREE e-books on the history of Presbyterianism – Want to look back to the rich history of the Presbyterian church? Then download these free ebooks which includes works by notable figures like Charles Hodges and J. Gresham Machen.

FREE e-book “Primer on Pietism” – Theocast is making this e-book free so that those new listeners wont be lost in the discussion once this topic is up.

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*Read: How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library Without Breaking the Bank*

FREE music sheets and MP3 – Another batch of music resources now this time it’s from Christ Church Downtown of Moscow, Idaho. They have a vast collection of free music sheets and mp3 hymnals that you can prayerfully use in your church.

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*Read: Debunking A Myth: Delighting Grace Interviews Zigfred Diaz*

FREE e-book “Habits of Grace” – Of course Desiring God offers free e-books but this great book by David Mathis, is now available in various digital format for free. So you wont get the usual PDF that you might have problems viewing on your e-book reader but also epub and mobi format that wont strain your eyes from reading.

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

Freebie Round-Up #35 

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6 Ways to Learn Logic Online With Zero Budget

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Logic and knowing logical fallacies can be an indispensable tool in apologetics. Before you answer any questions from skeptics, logic can dismantle it before hand by pointing out that it is an invalid argument. Another is that pointing out fallacies will keep you in focus on the argument itself and avoid wandering to unnecessary arguments.

I belong to a Facebook group that discusses theology. And when you discuss theology you’ll inevitably invite folks for a discussion often swelling to a friendly debate. Some do have strong arguments and some do not. One of the things I noticed is that some have invalid arguments that they would drag again and again that doesn’t merit anything with the discussion. Sadly they think they are making points on their arguments but in reality they are not.

As Christians we need to please God not just by showing respect and humility in answering but also responding in a clear and logical way. The way we think matters to God also.

So before you channel your inner Josh McDowell or Greg Bahnsen (LOL), here’s six ways to learn logic and logical fallacies without opening your wallet.

Read what’s it all about

Before we go to the entrée, here are some starters that you might want to check out:

The Fallacy Detectives – A superb site on learning logic and its fallacies. This Frequently Asked Questions about Logic article is a great starting point to know about it. Mostly questions floating in your mind are answered here.

Got Questions? How should a Christian view logic? is an excellent question (with an excellent answer) that will set why do we need logic in our arguments. 

Truthbomb Apologetics – The 10 Commandments of Logic  is your first dip to the different logical fallacies that you will encounter when your in argument.

 Go Visual

One way to learn something is to get a visual grasp of a lesson. So here are some visuals that will aid you to easily digest logic and it’s fallacies.

Check this infographic – You can view this awesome infographic in two ways, the poster version and the 11 x 17 jpeg,  thanks to The Visual Communicator Guy.

Download this free poster – Critical Thinking Shop offers this 24 x 36″ wall poster of the 24 most common fallacies for free in PDF format (just scroll bellow to see the download link).  Once you download it you can post it on your room or frame it so that you can see and remind you about logical fallacies.

 Listen to a Sunday School message

There are lots of audio resources that can be included in this section but let us stick to something simple. With a quick search on SermonAudio, I pick two of the best message on logical fallacy:

Josh Bales – Simply titled Fallacies, Bales delivered this message at The Wells Church. The audio is not that good but the content of it is solid. Most logical fallacies discussed has Bible references that you can check it yourself.

Jonathan Harris – Part of an apologetics series (which you can check it also), Logical Fallacies is based on the book The Fallacy Detectives. Again the audio is not good but it has a good run down of the fallacies and it has a PDF text that you can download.

 Take a Test

Choose below to see how you measure up on what you have learned so far. This will help you retain what you have learned from #2 and #3. Also this will prepare you for the last two ways which requires some heavy lifting.

Logical Fallacies Quiz – Posted on ProProfs, this free quiz has 6 easy questions that warm ups for the other quizzes below. To take this quiz, simply click the “Start” button.

Fun TriviaCan You Spot the Fallacy? has 10 questions and you need to read the arguments carefully.

The Fallacy Detective – Check this article How Logical Are You?  for a simple quiz on logical fallacies. Also check this free  witty official test  which includes some bonus stuff aside from the logical fallacy test. Answers are provided at the end of the test.

So by now you already have a grasp on logic and logical fallacies. Now let’s shift our gears on how your learning fit as an apologetics tool, thus this is the aim of this listacle. These last two ways will show you how.

Watch this Video

Here is a playlist of videos that are short but spot on in explaining logical fallacies.

Dr. Jason Lisle had a tremendous impact to me in apologetics. His books really helped me see presuppositional apologetics power in subduing secular worldviews. Purchase his book Ultimate Proof of Creation and Discerning Truth and you’ll see what I mean. But since this is a budget free post on logic, check out this video from him. In this video you’ll see how, logic and apologetics fit hand in glove in dismantling arguments against Christianity solely based in his book Discerning Truth (a book on logical fallacies). This video is more leaning to the evolution vs. creation debate nevertheless it has a great presentation on logic and logical fallacies. Click to this link to another video that is based on Ultimate Proof of Creation which introduced me to presuppositional apologetics.

Download this book

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Crossway Books and Vern Poythress are so generous to have Logic online and for free download. It’s a long book but given the caliber of the author, this is a must read. This will somewhat complement what you have learned from Dr. Lisle’s videos above.

Now that you have learn logic and logical fallacies, think of the arguments that you commonly encounter. Do you find it valid or invalid?

Book Review: Defining Deception by Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood

foups7mWhat does a fading infamous faith healer do to be back in the limelight, be relevant today and to the coming decade? And what does a popular NAR leader do to go to the next level of his already established ministries? Well collaboration with others is what they need. And collaboration is what they did…with each other! Bill Johnson and Benny Hinn join together to further strengthen their ministries. This and other issues are discussed in Defining Deception  by Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood as they dig deep on the dangerous movement of Third Wave/NAR .

Defining Deception is not no holds barred bashing or tell all book by two guys who are formerly connected with the movement (especially Costi Hinn).   It’s a careful, sensitive and loving evaluation of Third Wave/NAR blended with personal insights and excellent apologetics. The book is mostly about Bill Johnson, Bethel Church and Jesus Culture but according to the authors, its for the Christians who embraces Sola Scriptura and considers the Bible as the deciding rule of faith and practice ( pg. x). As you read this engaging book, you see the lies and deception of the personalities in this movement that undermines the authority of the Scripture. Ample biblical response are sandwiched in every points they are addressing.

But before they address the present day movement, the authors leads the readers a few decades back to see how this movement was born and the personalities of the past behind it. There can never be a Third Wave/NAR without looking at the roots. The rest of the book discusses how up and coming prosperity preachers and the icons of this movement intersect as it furthers strengthen itself for the dawning of a new decade.

The authors are generous to provide an excellent appendix. Aside from the testimonies (Appendix 1), they gave us a primer on the Charismatic Movement with Appendix 2 to 5. So if you’re done with the book and still lost of all of these, the appendixes will be your map to lead you in the right direction. You don’t need a supplimental book to make sense of this book.

 Defining Deception is a trailblazer for other books that will address this issue as it sets the right tone on exposing this dangerous movement. It’s also a beacon of light for the coming decade as it warns Christians on what steps this movement will take. If you picked up this book because of the “Hinn” in Costi Hinn, you wont be disappointed with its balance of expośe and apologetics. But more than that, it is a must read book fot every Christians concerning the New Apostolic Reformation.

My verdict:

5 out of 5