Archive for September, 2008



September 30, 2008

From the International Christian College Website


Ten Commandments of Blogging

September 29, 2008

According to Evangelical Alliance:

You shall not put your blog before your integrity.

You shall not make an idol of your blog.

You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.

Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.

Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.

You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.

You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.

You shall not steal another person’s content.

You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.

You shall not covet your neighbour’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content.


Desiring God Conference Videos Unleashed

September 29, 2008
I promise, this snippet of Sinclair Ferguson will whet your appetite!

Here are the rest of the videos:


The Most Important Theological Truth For Preachers On A Monday Morning

September 29, 2008

Justification by faith alone


Word-Infused Services

September 27, 2008

Here’s a quote worth evaluating tomorrow’s church services by:

“… installing exposition as the main event is not enough. God’s Word must infuse everything. The careful reading of the Word must be central. Hymns and songs must be Word-saturated. Prayers must be biblically informed, redolent with biblical reality – often reflecting the very language and structure of Scripture. The preaching of the Word of God must be the Word of God. Such a service requires principled, prayerful thought and hard work. There may be no need to parade the Scripture in and out while God’s people rise in reverence. But it must happen in our hearts.” (R Kent Hughes, in Worship By the Book, 159)


Buying ‘Bargain’ Commentaries

September 24, 2008

Quite soon I’m going to be purchasing a new batch of commentaries – not least a few from this excellent list. So I’m wondering: where do the most ‘penny-pinching pastors’ go to buy their study books?

Is there a special online place which you find best value for money? Or some backstreet second-hand book store that offers that rare bargain?

Any overseas perspective would be interesting. Any UK contribution would be invaluable!

UPDATED *comments*

  1. is comfortably the cheapest in the UK that I ahve been able to find. James Dickson books in Kilsyth has an extensive second hand list much of which is viewable online. by Scott Hamilton September 24, 2008 at 10:55 am edit comment
  2. Yes ICMbooks as mentioned above (quite local to me so I save postage too!)…superb range (and by that I mean almost everything available) and excellent prices usually. Also keep an eye for specials. by Paul September 24, 2008 at 11:20 am edit comment
  3. hey colin (and scott) – here are my 2p
    icmbooks is good
    booddepository is quite often cheapest (with free shipping)
    amazon of course (sometimes ordering from .com and paying a bit more in shipping is still the cheapest, as with the esv study bible i believe)
    the free presbyterian bookroom is glasgow can have some good prices, and i think you get minister’s discount (10 or 20%, i forget)

    dickson books, kilsyth (
    gowan books, n ireland (
    geneva books, london (0207 627 4070)
    these 3 would be fairly similar in price and all are a treasure trove of good stuff. if you want to journey to dickson sometime let me know. it’s also an enjoyable visit.
    it is also worth searching for anything, especially harder to find titles.
    that’s all for now. also i’ve started a new blog if you are interested (

    by luehrmann September 24, 2008 at 11:20 am edit comment

  4. Should have mentioned Gowan Books for secondhand, rare and antiquarian. by Paul September 24, 2008 at 11:21 am edit comment
  5. Give a whirl. by James September 24, 2008 at 11:55 am edit comment
  6. Book Aid is not only an excellent place to dispos of unwanted books, but has a bookship in South London open on Thursday mornings. Not so good for buying modern commentaries – any that come in would go abroad but good for older stuff, and very reasonable. (I’ve come across at least one of the dealers already metioned buying stock there so….)Worth a visit if you are ever in South Lordon on a Thursday morning!Their details are at: by Graham Culver September 24, 2008 at 11:58 am edit comment
  7. I use most of the above but tend to check with which checks Amazon, the book depository and a number of others, and then compare it with icmbooks.It saves some time and can includes the amazon market place sellers too. by Alastair Gooderham September 24, 2008 at 12:17 pm edit comment
  8. Not sure in the UK but I usually go to search the top 40 or so book selling websites (amazon, half, abebooks, etc) and sort all those by price including shipping. Worth a look if you don’t already know about it. by mattdabbs September 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm edit comment
  9. The Evangelical Bookshop in Belfast is definitely worth a look, if you are ever over there. They always have an outstanding range of books, and regularly have special offers on new and imported books too. Through in their back room they have plenty of second hand stock as well. by That Hideous Man September 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm edit comment

10. You should also try Amazon and ABEbooks. Both have UK sellers listed and you can find so very reasonable prices.

by Martin Pitcher September 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm edit comment

11. Here in the States I go to Amazon and then check the “Used” section — on numerous occasions I’ve been able to get absolutely brand new (but slightly shelf-worn) commentaries for a fraction of their list price. I’m sure they’ve been sitting on some book store’s shelf for a while, and they just want to get rid of them.

by Bob September 24, 2008 at 3:28 pm edit comment

12.  Eerdmans, The Bookstore, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Though it has been some time since I was there, they often have incredible deals on Eerdmans titles.

by Chris Brauns September 24, 2008 at 5:50 pm edit comment

13.  I’m glad to see you noticed Derek Thomas’ excellent list. His book is on Amazon and well worth it. Right now, Best Commentaries is pulling Amazon and B&N prices, but I hope to add more pricing options in the future so you don’t have to check so many sites… by John Dyer September 24, 2008 at 8:17 pm edit comment

14. You should definitely check out the prices at Christian Book Distributors . 

by Alan September 25, 2008 at 12:26 am edit comment


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September 23, 2008

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