5 Marks of a Good Funeral

I have been to good funerals and bad funerals. In fact, I’ve been to beautiful funerals and full-out dreadful ones. What distinguishes the best from the worst? In How to Finish the Christian Life, Don and George Sweeting offer their observations on the best ceremonies they have attended and officiated. Here are their five marks of a good funeral. A good funeral is understandable and faith-building. That is, the funeral has been prepared in such a way that it is …

God Hates Deceit

If we are to be people who love, we must also be people who hate. If we are to love what blesses people, we must hate what harms them. In loving and hating in these ways, we imitate the God who both loves and hates. God reserves words like “hate,” “abomination,” and “despise” to describe the sins for which he has the greatest revulsion. We have already seen that God hates idolatry, sexual immorality, injustice, and hypocrisy. In this article …

Weekend A La Carte (January 21)

It’s another quiet day on the Kindle front, but there are still a few Kindle deals to be had. A Call to Faithfulness from Os Guinness This is a great quote from Os Guinness. It’s one to ponder. The $100 Mall “Back in 2005, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills opened 1.1 million square feet of retail space, welcoming Western Pennsylvania shoppers to what was then the largest mall in that part of the state.” It just sold for $100. Manipulative Repentance “The …

Final Call (January 20)

Welcome to Final Call, a brief, hand-picked selection of news, articles, videos, and curiosities from the Internet and beyond. 5 Crazy Hours Today was a crazy but well-choreographed day for the residence staff of the White House. You may enjoy reading this article on how they took just five hours to move out one family and move in another. Mini Q&A Q: Please comment with your thoughts on the recent developments concerning Evernote and their privacy policy. Your article had convinced me of …

Reading Out of Love for Others

Reading is a solitary pursuit. You grab your book, you kick back on the couch, and the hours roll by. But even though reading is a solitary pursuit, it is not necessarily a selfish one. Reading can actually be an important way to love others. Here are five ways to love others in your reading. Read to Grow You can love others by reading books meant to address flaws in your character or conduct. The husband who reads Dave Harvey’s …

A La Carte (January 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a single, solitary book. It’s a good one, at least. Westminster Books is offering a discount on a great book: James Buchanan’s Justification. They’ve also got several other titles on justification discounted. Why I’m Thankful to Be An American Today Everyone is writing about America today. I appreciate Amy’s thoughts on why she’s especially thankful to be American. Introducing the Christian Standard Bible There’s a new Bible translation in town, and, based on a brief …

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Praying Together

It was a case of serendipitous timing, at least from my perspective. I began to read Praying Together just as our church began its annual week of prayer, a week of nightly prayer meetings. And really, the timing couldn’t have worked out better. We gathered night by night to confess our sins, to express our gratitude, to ask God to save his people, to seek his favor on our church, to ask him to expand his work across our city …

A La Carte (January 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles that may be of interest, though there’s no discernible pattern to them. The Myth of Influence This is a great article by Robert Godfrey on the myth of influence. “For a long time, I have felt that the cause of biblical Christianity has been undermined in our time by sincere people who engage in unbiblical activities for the sake of ‘being an influence.’ The sad and ironic result of those actions has been …

With Greater Age Comes Greater Joy

We were made to exist within time, to age as we progress through the years allotted to us. As we age, we experience tremendous sorrows—the sorrows of weakness, weariness, reaping, mortality, and fear. But we do not experience only sorrows. We experience joys as well. Some of these extend to believer and unbeliever alike, but God reserves the choicest of his joys for those who live for his glory. (Have you read parts one and two of this series about …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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