It’s Time To Take Your Medicine

The gospel has a kind of logic to it. According to Sinclair Ferguson, it always holds to one important rule: Divine indicatives (statements about what God has done, is doing, or will do) logically precede and ground divine imperatives (statements about what we are to do in response). Any actions God requires us to take are grounded in his own actions. Simple, right? The trouble is that we are prone to reverse this order into a formula that says “If I …

Weekend A La Carte (December 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple that are new, interesting, and distinctly Christian. However, Amazon has Kindle versions of travel and adventure books on sale today if you’re looking for something a bit different. CBD is having a It’s Black Friday Again sale and have a few noteworthy deals on Bibles (ESV Study Bible, MacArthur Study Bible) as well as a number of books and commentaries (Church History in Plain Language, The Pursuit of Holiness, The Treasure Principle, etc). Died: Thomas Oden …

Free Stuff Fridays (Smallgroup.com Edition)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by smallgroup.com who also sponsored the blog. Smallgroup.com is a library of discussion-driven and video-enhanced studies that you can customize for any small group to have a consistent and transformational discipleship experience. It is for churches that want to give their group leaders a powerful discipleship tool and group leaders who want to engage their group at a unique and intentional level. Here are just a few things you can do with smallgroup.com: …

Momentary Obedience, Forever Honor

We have looked at the sweet blessings God promises to those who heed the fifth commandment and we have looked at the terrible judgments he promises to those who do not. We have seen that children have a lifelong duty of honor toward their parents. But while we have learned why we ought to honor our parents, we have not yet considered how. Our question for today is this: How do we show honor to our parents, especially when we …

A La Carte (December 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include just two books, but both are solid. Be sure to check out Faker for your teens. Westminster Books is selling and discounting the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. Even if you’re not a KJV user it’s a good study Bible from a conservative Dutch Reformed perspective. Meanwhile, Christian Audio has about a dozen Bibles for sale in audio at just $7.49 each. Is the Virgin Birth Essential? You probably know the answer, but may do well …

The Greatest Age of Missions Is Still to Come

From “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” to 1800 AD. That’s how long it took for earth to reach a population of 1 billion people. The next billion took just 130 years, the one after that 30 years, then 15, then 13. By the new millennium, earth’s population had reached 6 billion and today it stands north of 7 billion. Consensus seems to be that falling birth rates are causing population growth to level off, finally …

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A La Carte (December 8)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few excellent titles on evangelism, scripture, and the Trinity. I mentioned that yesterday was the bi-annual board game day at Amazon. For some reason they always follow it the next day with a sale on Melissa & Doug toys (which our kids loved when they were little). Helen Roseveare (1925-2016) Justin Taylor tells about the life of Helen Roseveare who died yesterday at the age of 91. Also, Catherine Mackenzie shares a memory. He Came …

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 …

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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


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 …

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 …

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