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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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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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


Devoted to God

Christians are called to the most difficult of all tasks. Over the course of our lives we are to be sanctified, to grow in holiness, to begin to act like and look like Jesus. We are to stop being what we once were, to put aside old dreams, desires, and habits, and to start being something new, to put on new dreams, new desires, and new habits. This work begins the moment of conversion and ends only with death. Between …

A La Carte (November 29)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of volumes from Mark Dever as well as a few volumes from a popular-level commentary series. Stop Excommunicating Yourself from the Lord’s Supper I’m thankful to Josh for writing this one. “When considering the responsibility and privileges of the Lord’s Supper, we must refrain from barring ourselves by becoming an intentional absentee (not attending the evening service if it’s observed in the evening services) or by intentional excommunication (due to a guilty conscience regarding …

3 Reasons Children Need to Obey Their Parents

Should children obey their parents? Or, perhaps more to the point, should parents insist upon their children’s obedience? The culture around us seems perplexed, so focused on personal autonomy that in many families it seems clear that the children rule the roost. Many parents doubt their ability to direct their children and may even doubt their right to demand obedience. Yet the Bible insists that children are to obey their parents and that parents are to enforce their children’s obedience. …

A La Carte (November 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include some excellent picks from Crossway, all nicely discounted for Cyber Monday. Check them out right here. Also, Amazon has a huge general market Kindle sale today. See those deals here. Finally, you can get $10 off any $25 order of printed books with coupon code HOLIDAYBOOK. Start here. Also, I continue to update the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Christians page. There are some excellent deals to be had. Why You Should Let Complete …

I’m at My Wits’ End!

We’ve all been there at one time or another. We’re out of options, we’re out of ideas, we’re out of patience, we don’t know what to say or what to do. We’re at our wits’ end. English is an endlessly fascinating language loaded with vivid idioms, phrases that have a meaning that cannot be easily deduced from its words. At our wits’ end is just one of them. Many of these idioms, like this one, originate in the Bible—the King …

10 Books Every Christian Teenager Should Read

A reader recently asked the question: Do you have a suggested list of books for teenagers, something like a “Ten best books every Christian teenager should read?” It surprised me that I have never compiled such a list, especially since I’ve got two teenagers of my own. I decided I’d better remedy this oversight straight away. Here, then, is a list of ten great books every Christian teen ought to read—or at least consider reading. Please note that these are not …

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