Bible Translations and the Pastor’s Dilemma

This sponsored post, a Q&A with Trevin Wax, was provided by the Christian Standard Bible. People care greatly about their Bible translations. Some believe there is only one “right” translation. Others, even those sitting next to you in church, may not have a grasp on the differences between all the Bible translations. Trevin Wax, author, pastor and Bible publisher, talks at length about short-comings he sees in most Bible translations and why he’s both preaching from and giving away the …

5 Ways Porn Lies To You

There’s a lot of porn in the world. When I first began to write the articles that would become Sexual Detox, this sin was still lurking in the shadows. Few people knew just how deep and deadly it was. Nearly a decade later, we get it. We know now that nearly every boy and a great many girls will be exposed to it, struggle with it, and even become addicted to it. So every now and again I like to …

A La Carte (February 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include four solid titles from Crossway, all related to apologetics. There are two other books there as well. Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor “Later this year, Redeemer Presbyterian will no longer be a multisite megachurch in Manhattan, and Tim Keller will no longer be its senior pastor.” Christianity Today reports. “Saul the Persecutor” Did not Become “Paul the Apostle” Greg Lanier addresses a common misconception: “A ‘sticky’ misconception I keep coming across both in …

Ask Me Anything (Spiritual Formation, Prayer, Blogging, and more)

I recently ordered the book Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson. I wanted to ask for your feedback on a concern I have regarding this book. I was lovingly warned by a friend that this book falls into the “spiritual formation movement” category of which, until recently, I was totally unfamiliar. I was also lovingly warned for the same reason about another book I recently ordered, None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different …

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, …

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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 …

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 …

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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


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 …

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 …

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