King For A Week – Together For The Gospel

King for a Week is an honor I bestow on blogs that I feel are making a valuable contribution to my faith and the faith of other believers. Every week (or so) I select a blog, link to it from my site, and add that site’s most recent headlines to my left sidebar. While this is really not much, I do feel that it allows me to encourage and support other bloggers while making my readers aware of other good …

Guarding the Deposit

“O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you…” One of my favorite television programs is Antiques Roadshow. The program affords people the opportunity to present their antique possessions—whether furniture, paintings, toys, or anything else— and to have them appraised by some of the world’s foremost experts in antiquities. For every episode the producers single out ten or fifteen items and show an expert providing a detailed description and valuation of the item. Each section closes with the expert telling the …

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Free Stuff Fridays

It is Good Friday today, a holiday up here in Canada. That means I am sitting back and spending the day with familiy. But I did still manage to get together this week’s edition of Free Stuff Fridays (I know, I know–Friday just wouldn’t be the same without it). Today’s sponsor is The Good Book Company. They are offering to 10 lucky winners a pair of these 2 great family resources, Beginning with God and Gospel-Centered Family. Beginning with God, …

A La Carte (11/9)

It’s Tuesday, and Tuesdays are a strangely busy day for me. So without further ado, let’s get to today’s A La Carte links: T4G via Hip Hop – I don’t know that anyone could have predicted the Calvinist resurgence we’ve seen in recent years. And even if someone could have predicted it, I don’t know that he would have foreseen the accompanying movement within the world of Christian hip hop. Erik Raymond writes about a recent show he took in …

Living Gospel-Centered

A short time ago a reader of this blog wrote me with rather an interesting question. Here’s what he asked: I was hoping for some guidance on something. I am looking for books about being ‘Gospel-Centered.’ I know that is a buzzword nowadays and it is really intriguing to me. I am a long-time Christian, but am new to this Gospel-Centered idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jesus and Scripture and the Gospel, but I’ve never really heard or …

I Am. I Am Not.

A couple of years ago I was asked to submit an article to Compassion International’s magazine. The article was to answer a single question: What is the greatest hindrance to the gospel today? I stumbled across that article today and thought I would share it with you. You know the oft-told story, I am sure. G.K. Chesterton, along with other prominent authors of his day, was asked by The Times to answer this question: “What’s Wrong with the World?” His …

Mighty Lord Extend Your Kingdom

Gregory Wilbur says “One of my favorite missions hymns is ‘How Sweet and Awesome’ mostly because it marries good theology and evangelistic fervor so beautifully. This text by Joseph Cottle does the same thing. God’s sovereignty and Lordship is strongly proclaimed while entreating the spread of the Gospel for His glory’s sake.  It seemed most appropriate to set these lyrics to a strong and majestic melody.  Having this song sung by men’s chorus is a great reminder of the necessity …

Free Stuff Fridays

This is the second week in a row that we’ve had a new sponsor for Free Stuff Fridays. Last week it was Peacemaker Ministries and this week it is Family Christian Stores, a name most are familiar with, I think. Family Christian is giving away the complete set of Gospel Coalition booklets. There are 5 prizes to win which means that 5 people will each receive all 8 of the booklets. This is what the Gospel Coalition says about these …

I Am Unalarmed

In September of 2006 George Barna released what must be among his most influential studies. Following interviews with more than 22,000 adults and 2,000 teenagers from across America, he revealed that the majority of twentysomethings who are raised as Christians subsequently abandon the faith. The study found that “most twentysomethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years–and often beyond that. In total, six out of ten twentysomethings were involved in a church during their teen years, …

30 Minute Reviews

Here is a list of books I have received over the past few weeks, but have been unable to read in full. Instead, I have given each of them at least 30 minutes and tried to get as much of a feel for the book as possible in that time. Note to Self by Joe Thorn – This is a book dedicated to modeling the discipline of preaching the gospel to yourself. Joe Thorn has written a series of notes …