Will You Help Me Out? Take the Year-End Readers’ Survey…

I would like to ask for your help, and all it will take is 5 minutes of your time. Would you mind lending a hand? I have prepared a survey I’d love for you to fill out. The survey, which is anonymous, will help me better understand what kinds of articles and content you prefer as well as what kinds may annoy you. It will help shape what I do in the future and guide me as I consider adding new features. Can I …

Sexual Revolution, Same Old Revolution

We cannot understand human history apart from its conflicts, its revolts, its revolutions. This is true of world history, political history, social history, religious history, and undoubtedly any other kind of history. For good or for ill—and humanity’s long past has many examples of both—, we humans are revolutionaries, always primed for a conflict. But we are confused and inconsistent revolutionaries who sometimes revolt away from a great injustice and sometimes toward one. Today we are watching people all around …

A La Carte (December 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include a book by Michael Horton, a book on family worship, and a few other selections. Westminster Books is selling the ESV Bible Atlas at 50% off. This always makes me happy: There is always one day before Christmas that Amazon puts board games on sale. Today’s the day! There are lots of great options for you there. Low Expectations Nick Batzig brings some of the best of Packer: “Low expectations become self-fulfilling. Where little is expected …

The Disciple-Making Parent

A core component of my regular reading diet is books on parenting. As long as I am a parent, and especially a parent of tweens and teens (parenting babies and toddlers is straightforward by comparison!), I want to stay sharp, to be challenged, to be equipped. A good book helps me better understand the purpose of parenting and helps me better fulfill my God-given duties. Chap Bettis’s The Disciple-Making Parent is a good book, exactly the kind that challenged me and, …

A La Carte (December 6)

Today’s Kindle deals include a long list featuring several different publishers. There isn’t a bad book among them. Also, Amazon has cookbooks (for Kindle) on sale today. In case you missed it over the weekend, I launched The 2017 Christian Reading Challenge. You may find it a means of increasing and diversifying your reading next year. Jesus, a Broken Car Window and a Girl from Oman This is a really good bit of writing. The Pauline Prodigy Quiz Think you know …

Three Reasons Why Your Church Should Stop Offering Small Groups

This sponsored post was prepared by SmallGroup.com who invites you to sign up for a free trial. Did you know that the company Walgreens invented the chocolate malt? According to Wikipedia, “in 1922, Walgreens’ employee Ivar ‘Pop’ Coulson made a milkshake by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the standard malted milk drink recipe (milk, chocolate syrup, and malt powder).” Yet if you have a late-night craving for one today, you’re not going to head to Walgreens. Or …

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Sweet Promises of Blessing, Terrible Threats of Judgment

Last week I told you why I believe the fifth commandment—honor your father and mother—is The Commandment We Forgot. The response was overwhelming and proves to me what I suspected—many people have serious questions and concerns about this commandment. We are comfortable with its implications for children, but perplexed when it comes to the implications for adults. How do we, as adults, show honor to our parents? What are our continuing obligations? What about parents who are difficult, absent, abusive, …

A La Carte (December 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include some really good ones: A topical collection from Crossway, a series of flash deals from Zondervan, and a really good book by Peter Jones that I’ve never seen discounted before. Check them out on the revamped Kindle Deals for Christians page. The Right To Be Spared From Guilt This hits hard: “A French court has demonstrated how ‘inappropriate’ can be an all-purpose device of intellectual evasion and moral cowardice. The court said it is inappropriate to do something …

Lay Aside Your Cheap Running Shoes

One of the pleasures of diverse reading is finding unexpected connections between unrelated books. I found one of these recently as I was reading Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (a book about the founding and growth of Nike) and Devoted to God by Sinclair Ferguson (a book about the Christian’s growth in holiness)—two books I thoroughly enjoyed. The books and authors could hardly be more different, yet in this one way they agreed. While most of Shoe Dog is focused …

The 2017 Christian Reading Challenge

Do you love to read? Do you want to learn to love to read? Do you enjoy reading books that cross the whole spectrum of topics and genres? Then I’ve got something that may be right up your alley—The 2017 Christian Reading Challenge. Whether you are a light reader or completely obsessed, this 2017 Christian Reading Challenge is designed to help you read more and to broaden the scope of your reading. How It Works The 2017 Christian Reading Challenge is composed …

Weekend A La Carte (December 3)

Those who check out the daily Kindle deals may be interested to see that I changed up for the format. I hope this format proves more effective for skimming over the deals. Unfortunately it still cannot display pricing, though I’m working on it. The Best Day of the Week This is a good one: ” If we’re to use it rightly and call the Sabbath a delight (Isaiah 58:13), we need to think about how we can cultivate that delight instead of …

Free Stuff Fridays (Ligonier Ministries Edition)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Ligonier Ministries who also sponsored the blog this week. They have two offers for you. The first is this: They are offering everyone a free copy of R.C. Sproul’s hardcover book The Truth of the Cross. If you simply pay for shipping, they will send it to you. This offer ends today at 11:59pm ET, so don’t dawdle! Then there will also be a giveaway for those who care to sign up to win. 5 winners will receive …

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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


Tim Turns 40 Today (A Note from Aileen)

Today is my fortieth birthday. A few days ago Aileen asked if she could have access to my site and share something she wrote for the occasion (as well as choose the photo to accompany it). To be honest, I feel a bit awkward about it all, but who am I to refuse her? This is what she wrote…  Very few of you have ever met my husband. The odd reality of this online world means that many of you have heard of him and read …

A La Carte (December 2)

Today’s Kindle deals include nothing new, unfortunately. However, they did update their monthly deals page which includes lots of titles spanning all genres. Westminster Books has every Crossway ESV 50% off. Ligonier Ministries has the Reformation Study Bible at 50% off in both ESV and NKJV. It’s a good time to buy a Bible! Logos has announced their Christmas Sale and deals. It includes a discount on MacArthur’s commentaries which are among my favorites. Click and scroll down… Wildlife Photos of the …

The Commandment We Forgot

It is a commandment of God. It is a commandment with promise, with divine blessings attached to it. It is a commandment positioned in a place of special honor and significance. It is a commandment pertaining to the whole life of every human being. It is a commandment with application to the home, church, and workplace, a commandment that provides a stable foundation to all of society. Yet it is a commandment that is sorely neglected today. It may not …

A La Carte (December 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles that may be of interest to some. No Tears in Heaven by Charles Spurgeon tops the list. Free from Logos this month is How to Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman. You can add How to Read the Psalms for $1.99. Free from Christian Audio this month is You and Me Forever by Francis Chan. Also check out the great deals in the twice-yearly sale. Frontline Missions is selling their excellent Dispatches from the …

My Top Books of 2016

We are drawing near the end of another year—a year in which I did a lot of reading. Today I want to give some of my top picks of the 100 or so books I read in 2016. First, though, let me offer a few caveats: First, these are almost certainly not the best books of 2016 in any objective sense; rather, they are my favorites, the ones that have remained in my mind and impacted my life since I …

A La Carte (November 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection from John Piper, Heath Lambert, William Wilberforce, and even John Maxwell. There are also a few commentaries in the mix. Also, add a free Piper book to your library by answering a couple of questions from Crossway. Was Jesus Married to Mary Magdalene? Michael Kruger compares this urban legend to whack-a-mole. Then he whacks it down yet again. The Travails of Lieutenant Marty Carl Trueman: “Transgenderism is not about who uses which …

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