Being J. I. Packer

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J. I. Packer: His Life and Thought offers the readers the life, faith, career, works and controversies of this influential theologian. The set up of the book is giving the narrative first then the analysis from McGarth. So this is not the usual all narrative and then the conclusion will give the analysis of the person. This will give you a breather from the narrative to examine what takeaways we can get from that part of Packer’s life. Both the narratives and reflections are meaty and in some parts of the book, you can’t distinguish each other. I like how McGarth gives a satisfying context of certain events, people, books and career moves of Packer that shaped his life. You won’t get lost reading this book.

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The Freebie Round-Up #83

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One of my friend, Marc Daniel, sent me some goodies and one of them is St. Augustine’s Confessions. Really appreciate the gift and our friendship. I’m already reading it with my daughter in her morning devotional.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies for the week. 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.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE e-book “Understanding Intelligent Design” by William Dembski and Sean McDowell – This the free ebook of the month from Faithlife/Logos, is this free compact guide on Intelligent Design.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Place Like Heaven” by Samuel Miller

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I was hesitant to post quotes from this booklet that it might spoil the content. I already wrote a review on this book and it made to my 2019 best reads. A friend who is beginning to read Reformed books is considering to read a large volume on the Canons of Dort that I have to share the link of the review. Also it revived the idea to include some of my favorite quotes to further help someone looking for a resource about that momumental event. So here it is, finally after a year.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Place Like Heaven by Samuel Miller published by Log College Press . If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“…the Synod of Dort had, undoubtedly, a species of importance peculiar to itself, and altogether pre-eminent. It was not merely a meeting of the select divines of a single nation, but a convention of the Calvinistic world, to bear testimony against a rising and obtrusive error; to settle a question in which all the Reformed Churches of Europe had an immediate and deep interest. “

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “The Good Sporting Life” by Stephen Liggins

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I want to grab this opportunity to tell you that I’m involved with another ministry. Gospel of Grace Ministries aims to provide Christian literatures and Filipino translations of Christian books. As of today, we are able to provide Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook and The London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689 in Filipino language on a daily basis on our FB Page for free. Once the lockdown is lifted we will have a meeting to lay the plans and direction of this ministry. For now, you can check the ministry FB Page.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, The Good Sporting Life by Stephen Liggins published by MatthiasMedia. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Living as a Christian in a sporting context–or any context, for that matter–involves struggle. The stronger our relationship with God, the better we will do.”
 
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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “How Do I Love Church Members With Different Politics?” by Jonathan Leeman & Andy Naselli

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We now have the manuscript for the Tagalog translation of John Piper’s book Coronavirus and Christ. In the few days it will be available for free download. Meanwhile, the Tagalog audiobook will start recording next week. Again keep us in your prayers.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the booklet from a new series, How Do I Love Church Members With Different Politics? by Jonathan Leeman and Andy Naselli published by Crossway. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Love those who differ with you by respecting them, not disdaining them. Don’t assume that anyone who is stricter than you is legalistic or that anyone who is freer than you is licentious. When you are convinced that a certain political strategy is just, you may be tempted to treat it as a matter of first importance, but that would be a grave mistake because it would imply that those who disagree with you on that issue cannot be Christians.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Call to Prayer” by J. C. Ryle

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Hello guys! Kindly lift us to God for a specific ministry work we are into. We are translating a book to Taglish (conversational Tagalog) which is much needed in this trying time. As of now we have a team of less than 10 people translating a John Piper book. We are planning an ebook and audiobook format. It will be for free distribution. Printed copy is not yet considered.  I’ll be blogging the project soon.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Call to Prayer by J. C. Ryle published by Chapel Library. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“that of all the evidences of the real work of the Spirit, a habit of hearty private prayer is one of the most satisfactory that can be named.”

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The Freebie Round-Up #64

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Guys you have 10 days before we pick the winner for the Spurgeon Giveaway. If you haven’t join the contest, enter by clicking this link. Open to ALL PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS ONLY. Prize for this giveaway is sponsored by Lifeway US.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. I have a bunch of live events you can watch for free. 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 Biblical Hebrew Resources – Let’s start off with a ton of Hebrew resources to help you learn that biblical language. Some are not free with a little bit sorting, you’ll find some freebies.

FREE e-book “The Saint’s Security Against Seducing Spirits” by William Ames– 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 Lenten guide from John Starke  – The Holy Week is coming and if you observe Lent, here’s a free six-week Lent guide adopted from new book “The Possibility of Prayer” by John Starke published by InterVarsity Press.

FREE live event “The Teaching Summit 2.0”  – Mark your calendars for this homeschooling summit happening on March 2-6, 2020. Join 10, 802 families as they learn from various speakers on this free event.

FREE live event “Enlightened”  with Steven Bancarz  – Anchored North presents the film testimony of Steven Bancarz that is geared for New Agers. The free online event will also have a live Q and A with Steven and a giveaway portion.

FREE live event “Magnifying God’s Glory Through Technology” with John Piper– VMware Christian Fellowship invites you to a talk by Pastor John Piper at VMware Palo Alto. You can go to the free event in the US by registering here  or for the rest of us here in the Philippines we can watch the livestreaming here.

FREE e-book “Everyone’s a Theologian” by R. C. Sproul– To cap this round up off, here’s the return of this free e-book from Ligonier Ministries.

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 #63

Freebie Round-Up #62

Freebie Round-Up #61

Freebie Round-Up #60

Freebie Round-Up #59

Freebie Round-Up #58

Freebie Round-Up #57

Freebie Round Up #56

 

Audiobook Review: Unashamed by Lecrae Moore

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I opened the new decade with an audiobook from my Christian Audio library. As you know they have the free audiobook of the month and since it’s free I got nothing to lose. So for a couple of years I have accumulated some free audiobooks from Christian Audio. Sweet!

Before you go to the review, I would like to invite you to check some quotes from the audiobook. If you like what you read, you can buy a copy by clicking here.

Now on to the review!

Unashamed chronicles the life of Christian rapper Lecrae Moore or simply Lecrae. But first some clarifications.  If you think that a Christian rapper is an oxymoron well their is a sub culture in the Christian music scene and its doing well. If you think attaching “Christian” with the word “rapper” would make you think Lecrae’s life are all bed of roses well it is not. As you go through the book, the struggles are in and out of the Christian realm.  It is also worth saying that it would be  a cliche that rappers would be associated with a life of drugs, gangs and guns yet in this book, Lecrae confesses how those sort of stereotypes molded him to what he is (and is not) today. So by those clarifications alone you might have a hint of what to expect with this book about Lecrae.

Unashamed presents a vulnerable and honest confession of Lecrae. He takes you in his journey from his fatherless childhood, his teenage rebellion stage, his conversion, backsliding and getting up again. But in the midst of those struggles you can see how God works through (even if its not in a comfortable way). His involvement with drugs, sex and guns is examined as well as some (spoilers) controversial parts like abortion. The book tackles how hip hop music and rap influence his life and eventually the career who took. He didn’t end the book with a “happily ever after” thing. He ends it with a sort of cliffhanger that even if he on the top of his game he still struggles. And that goes to us Christians. Like Lecrae, we struggle too. But its not the end of the story for us and God.

What’s so extra special about this audiobook is not only it was read by the author himself, that is Lecrae but in the every chapter you can listen to some snippets of his songs. Some are with music and some are without, which is so cool. Also I love how Lecrae reads his book. Lecrae reading is like conversing with a friend. Totally enjoyed his voice to beginning to end.

Unashamed is not just a tell all tale of a rapper shooting to stardom but a struggle on how Lecrae fit in the secular and the Christian side. It speaks to creative Christians that doesn’t seem to fit on both sides. So take heart someone is with you with those struggles.

It’s a brief 5.5 hour listen that will take you to the world of Lecrae and shows that your not alone in struggles both the personal and the creative side. Listen to Unashamed presents what it means to be a Christian in the hard places.

My verdict:

5 out of 5