A La Carte (January 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of worthwhile deals. This week’s deal from Westminster Books is the Living Word Bible Studies series. They are helpful guides to various books of the Bible. Pray for Your Church Leaders Please do! Not only do your leaders need your prayer, but it’s your responsibility to pray for them. Christina Fox explains why and how. The Joys of Obligation Melissa Edgington says this well: “a huge part of living the Christian life is just doing the …

Final Call (January 17)

Welcome to Final Call, a brief, hand-picked selection of news, articles, videos, and curiosities from the Internet and beyond. Marks of a Moral Revolution We all know that sexual mores have been changing over the past years and decades. But is it right to consider this a full-out moral revolution? In Reinventing Liberal Christianity, Theo Hobson describes the three marks of a revolution. Read them and decide for yourself if this is, indeed, a moral revolution. What was universally condemned is now …

With Greater Age Comes Greater Sorrow

Our only experience of aging is within this sinful world. We don’t know what aging would have looked like if this world had remained unsullied by sin. We do know, however, that aging would have still occurred. Before God created people, God created time. So God created people to exist within time and pass through it. Thus, babies would have grown to be children and children would have matured into adulthood. Perhaps the benefits that come with aging would have …

A La Carte (January 17)

Today’s Kindle deals include only 4 titles, but each of them is well worth a good look. 10 Things You Should Know About Sanctification Sam Storms: “We all hear a great deal about Christian sanctification, but what precisely is it, and how does it work? Today we look at ten things about this crucial biblical truth.” When You Feel Dead On The Inside “So what do you do when you feel dead on the inside? What do you say to …

Context Changes Everything

This sponsored post was prepared by Zondervan. You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively …

Aging Gracefully

Every day, we are all building the house we will live in when old age comes. Some of us are building a beautiful palace. Some are building a dark prison. What are you building? Perhaps you are building a house that will prove beautiful and comfortable through the long winter of your old age. You are decorating it tastefully, filling it with ornaments designed to bring pleasure and comfort in the days to come—deeds of gratitude and grace, acts of …

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A La Carte (January 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include several titles from Crossway on the subject of family. There’s also a good little Watts biography in there. Are You a Confirmation Bias Christian? Confirmation bias is a powerful force and one that can play a surprisingly prominent role in your life. Not So Golden Globes Writing for WORLD, Cal Thomas reflects on “the astounding arrogance, superiority, and hypocrisy of Hollywood’s elite.” Retirement Stewardship I’ve recently begun reading (and enjoying) Chris Cagle’s Retirement Stewardship blog. He discusses …

Letters to the Editor (Honoring the Dishonorable, Complementarian Readers, Big and Little Sins)

Letters to the Editor is an opportunity for readers of this site to respond to things I have written. Here are a few of the top letters from the past couple of weeks. Comments on Honoring the Dishonorable As a wife who experienced ongoing domestic abuse at the hand of a professed Christian husband and struggled in raising children within that environment for many years even as I pleaded for help from my church leadership, I read this article with …

God Hates Hypocrisy

God hates. Those words may sound foreign to us. They may sound improper. But the God who loves what is good must hate what is evil. The God who loves what honors his name must despise what dishonors it. The God who loves what blesses his people must hate what harms them. It could not be any other way and we would not want it any other way. Over the course of a few articles, we have been looking at …

Weekend A La Carte (January 14)

Those who pay attention to the Kindle deals won’t find anything new today. Stay tuned on Monday as there are some price drops scheduled for then. In the meantime, here are some articles to read and videos to watch: How Black and White Christians Do Discipleship Differently This is very, very interesting. “When it comes to spiritual formation and discipleship, African American Christians are in it together. Black believers are more likely to position their growth in Christ in the context of community …

Final Call (January 13)

Welcome to Final Call, a brief, hand-picked selection of news, articles, videos, and curiosities from the Internet and beyond. Separated and Reunited Audrey and Gracie were both born in China and adopted into American families. Until recently, neither of them knew they had a twin sister. Grab some tissues and watch them meet one another for the first time. It does a soul good. Ordinary Time Ordinary Time is a band I’ve been enjoying for a number of years. Their focus is …

Who Is the Greatest?

It’s fun to laugh at the disciples sometimes, isn’t it? Read the gospels and you’ll find them providing us plenty of opportunity. Like in Mark 9 when they have arrived in Capernaum and have settled into a home for a meal and a rest. Jesus asks a simple question: “What were you discussing on the way?” They had obviously been in deep debate during that long walk and Jesus is interested to know what it was all about. But there …

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Do More Better

I wrote this short, fast-paced, practical guide to productivity to share what I have learned about getting things done in today’s digital world. It will help you learn to structure your life to do the most good to the glory of God. Read More


A La Carte (January 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include a new book from GLH Publishing that is discounted for the first week or two, as well as a couple of other titles that may be of interest. My productivity course Do More Better is now available as an iOS app. You’ll first need to sign up at Ligonier.org/dmb. Defining Evangelicalism WORLD does a short interview with Darrell Bock where they discuss and define evangelicalism. There are some helpful insights. Secularism, Preaching, and the Challenges of Modernity Al …

How Well Do You Know Your Hymns? (A Quiz)

As Christians, we are blessed with a long legacy of great hymns. As contemporary Christians, we are blessed with many modern-day hymn writers who are carrying on the art. So how well do you know your hymns and their authors? This little quiz is designed to find out!

Be a Parent Worthy of Honor

For a number of weeks, I have been exploring the fifth commandment and, in particular, how adult children are to obey it. “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” While heeding this command is relatively straightforward to the young child under the authority of his parents, it is much …

A La Carte (January 12)

I wasn’t able to track down any new Kindle Kindle deals today, but I guess you can always catch up on past days! Why the Ark of the Covenant Will Never Be Found Here’s why the Ark of the Covenant will never be found. (Also, the scene from Indiana Jones where they found it and lifted the lid caused me lie awake in fear many nights when I was a child!) Raw Tears and Holy Fury Dai Hankey discusses human trafficking and …

Set An Example: The Booklet

Many years ago, old Paul wrote to young Timothy to lay out a difficult, counter-cultural challenge: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). Despite his youth, Timothy had a responsibility to set an example to those who were older, to live before them as a model of godly character and behavior. I recently wrote a whole series of articles on this …

All My Ways Are Known To You

It’s one of my favorite tracks from Only a Holy God, the new album by CityAlight. It celebrates God’s omniscience, his complete knowledge. It celebrates God’s omnipotence, his complete power. It celebrates God’s omnipresence, his constant presence in this world. It celebrates the joy of knowing that these attributes make a difference to the life of the Christian. It’s called “All My Ways Are Known To You” and says, “And oh what peace that I have found / Wherever I …

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