Resources for Learning Your Catechisms

I mentioned recently that part of the joy of being Reformed is entering into an existing, defined stream of theology. (See Use Your Catechism, Silly.) As Reformed believers, we have a well-defined reference library of creeds, confessions, and catechisms, and it is wise to ground ourselves in this established body of truth. To that end, here are a few resources that may prove helpful as you explore them for your own purposes or teach them to your children. Training Hearts, …

Weekend A La Carte (February 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include two classics that will be at home in any Christian’s library.  Man in the Middle “David Dockery, president of Trinity International University, knows the feeling of exhaustion. His wife, Lanese, gave birth to their three boys in three years. While he was president at Union University, one student shot another, and an EF4 tornado tore through while half of the students were on campus. But the most emotionally exhausting day in his life came on January 24, …

The Creative Arts Director

I was making my way home after speaking at an event in Indiana. Or maybe it was Illinois, or Idaho—they all kind of blur together sometimes. Either way, I boarded my plane to find the seat beside me empty. I couldn’t stop myself from hoping that it might just stay that way, that I’d be able to spread out my stuff a little and enjoy a quiet flight. But sure enough, just as the flight attendants were about to close …

A La Carte (February 24)

It’s slim pickings todays for Kindle deals—just two biographies. Killed for Christ in the Amazon (Video) Here, from the BBC, is a telling of the story of the five missionaries who were killed by the Huaorani tribesmen. Family Christian Stores Closing “More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—one of the largest Christian retailers in the United States—announced it is closing all of its stores.” The Typographical …

Use Your Catechism, Silly

This ongoing Reformed resurgence is an exciting, unexpected development. It has been a joy to watch people from all backgrounds, cultures, and nations discover and delight in those heart-stirring truths. Yet I think many have failed to take advantage of a resource that is theirs by virtue of their newfound theology. Part of the joy of being Reformed is entering in to an existing, defined stream of theology. This gives us access to a thorough reference library that answers many …

A La Carte (February 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of commentaries (including one that’s considered a best-of) as well as a few other noteworthy titles. Reformation Hymn “This new hymn from Bob Kauflin and Chris Anderson celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Based on the 5 Solas of the Reformation (Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria), Reformation Hymn gives a nod to the great hymn writer Martin Luther and points worshipers to Christ.” Rules without Reasons …

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Why Papa of The Shack Is not Aslan of Narnia

It’s hardly theological novelty or historical oddity to suggest we should be wary of presenting the immaterial God in physical form. This was the point of my recent article on The Shack movie in which I expressed my concern that its portrayal of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is a violation of the second commandment. I was surprised by the scope and tone of the response. Yet amid many retorts and accusations, I received one thoughtful question …

A La Carte (February 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include one book for parents and three books for kids or teens. A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon This is an interesting insight into a text. You’ve probably never really noticed it before. Making Planet Earth (Video) Now that Planet Earth II is available in North America, I can finally begin to enjoy it. Here’s a little video on some of the new technologies they took advantage of. Do We Really Have …

Deadly Doctrines: Facing Evil Like Snakes and Doves

Since its earliest days, the church has been plagued by false teachers and deadly doctrine. Never has there been a period of rest, a time when Christians could relax their guard. Satan has opposed the church since the day of its founding, and he will continue to oppose her until the day of his destruction. Naturally, then, Paul was seriously concerned about false teachers and deadly doctrine, warning of them in almost every one of his letters. As he comes …

A La Carte (February 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include several solid titles you’ll want to consider. The Biggest Lesson I Learned from my Grandpa I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jordan Standridge’s tribute to his grandfather. Then and Now Stacey Hare tells of some of the ways the mission field proved to be far different from what he had expected. That was especially true in the realm of the miraculous. Six Biblical Responses to Sex Trafficking “Here I’d like to simply ask the question: What does the Christian …

For The Church, With The Church

This sponsored post was provided by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It’s a common dilemma for every young student considering residential seminary education. You know God has called you to vocational ministry, and you’ve been eager to begin putting some mileage into answering that call for a while. After 4 years of college studies, though, you’re reluctant to further delay getting in-the-field ministry experience for another few years of ministry study. Unable to disrupt or delay local ministry commitments, this is …

O NSA, You Have Searched Me and Known Me

Edward Snowden changed the world. His disclosures proved that multinational corporations and the U.S. government have been working hand in hand in an expansive program designed to surveil American citizens as well as vast numbers of foreigners. Working for Dell but assigned to an NSA facility, Snowden gained access to the deepest details of this operation. He collected hundreds of thousands of documents, fled the country, and passed them to hand-picked journalists. The rest, as they say, is history. Snowden …

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A La Carte (February 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books by John MacArthur, including a couple that made a huge impact on my life. Logos users will want to take advantage of a $25 credit for any purchase. It’s yours for the taking to help celebrate Faithlife’s 25th anniversary. Jesus is Coming! Quick, Look Busy. I think Stephen is on to something here. “The busy habit at church is hard to break. It’s almost as if the wide empty space of not being too …

Letters to the Editor (The Shack, Christian Coloring Books)

Not surprisingly, I suppose, my comments on The Shack led to an outpouring of letters—literally hundreds of them. I will share a selection from readers who agreed and who disagreed with my position. The most common question I received is “What about Narnia?” and I hope to address that next week. Also, my comments that “It’s wrong to portray Father and Spirit as human beings” were interpreted by some to say, “It’s fine to portray Father and Spirit as a …

Sex on the Silver Screen: What Would a Victorian Christian Say?

Regular readers of this site will know that for some time I’ve been writing articles under the banner of “Sex on the Silver Screen.” These articles grapple with the morality of scenes of nudity and sexuality in film and television. While there has been a long association between sex and the silver screen, only in recent times has it become almost a foregone conclusion that a new film or television series will display it. Meanwhile, more and more Christians are …

Weekend A La Carte (February 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include just one lonely little book. But it’s a good one, at least. The True Friendship That Saved Abraham Lincoln’s Life I’m quite sure I don’t agree with all of Charles Strozier’s reading of the friendship between Lincoln and Speed, but he does draw out some interesting details and interpretations. A Just Silence I consider this a very important article, and I’m glad someone has finally said it well. “We’ve all felt the pressure to speak out about …

Free Stuff Fridays: MacArthur’s Systematic Theology

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway and they are giving away a brand new book that I think you’re going to enjoy a lot—John MacArthur’s new systematic theology Biblical Doctrine (which was co-written by Richard Mayhue). There will be 5 winners this week, and each will receive a copy of it. Here’s how Crossway describes the book: “Doctrine isn’t just for theologians—it’s important for every Christian because it shows us who God is and how we should …

6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs

Lin Bian, a psychologist at the University of Illinois, wanted to understand how and when gender stereotypes develop, and especially the old stereotype that boys are smarter than girls. The results of her study were stark. “Among the 5-year-olds, both boys and girls associated brilliance with their own gender. But among those aged 6 or 7, only the boys still held to that view. At an age when girls tend to outperform boys at school, and when children in general …

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