Weekend A La Carte (October 24)

My thanks goes to Thomas Nelson for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their sale on all sorts of great material by John MacArthur. You can find out more here. Yesterday I shared a review of Ligonier’s new A Field Guide on False Teaching. As it happens, it’s on sale now, in single copies and multiples, at Westminster Books. Today’s Kindle deals include some classics, a study Bible, and more. Principles for Flourishing Ben Franks has shared an …

Free Stuff Fridays (RHB Publications)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by RHB Publications. Everyone who enters will get a free e-book copy of Geoff Thomas’s new evangelistic booklet, You Could Have it All.  In addition, five of you – chosen at random* – will each receive a copy of all of the following books. Puritan Reformed Theology by Joel R. Beeke The Puritans were thoughtful, precise, and wrote deep truths for ordinary people. “Professor Beeke handles a wide variety of subjects and turns …

A Field Guide on False Teaching

Christians have always had to contend with false teaching and competing faiths. But what surely makes the current age unique is the sheer number and sheer diversity we may encounter in any given place. From my context in ultra-multicultural Toronto, it is not unusual to find myself in a setting where there are adherents of 5 or 10 different religions. I can take a short drive and spot places of worship that represent every type of divergence from the Christian …

A La Carte (October 23)

There a few book deals today for those who are building their Kindle libraries. Safe With Me I don’t really know how to describe or summarize this one, but do recommend you read it! A Wild Harvest “On a bleak January day in 1951 our family disembarked from the boat that had brought us back to a land of religious freedom, from a land where the newly formed People’s Republic of China had started a purge to eradicate faith in …

A La Carte (October 22)

I mentioned the other day that when conferences go online, so too do their bookstores (and the deals they offer). So here’s the bookstore for the 2020 WTS Conference on Preaching. There are some great deals to be had. (Plus, don’t forget these 12 titles by MacArthur, on sale in both physical and electronic formats.) (Yesterday on the blog: Random, Granular Tips for Christian Bloggers) Should I Preach Without Notes? Kevin DeYoung offers some level-headed thoughts on preaching with or …

Random, Granular Tips for Christian Bloggers

I quite often have people get in touch to ask me for tips on blogging. (No, blogs aren’t dead and yes, there is still a place for blogs in 2020. To that end, the forthcoming book Blogging for God’s Glory in a Clickbait World is worthy of a pre-order.) Earlier this year I offered some tips on starting out in blogging and today want to follow up with a few random tips for Christian bloggers. Most of these tips are …

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A La Carte (October 21)

If you’re interested in the new Unfolding Grace ESV and/or the accompanying devotional, they’re on sale this week at Westminster Books. There’s a good little list of Kindle deals to look at today. The World’s Easiest Theological Question “For those who love to talk about theology, a good head-scratching question can really be fun. It allows us to stay up late in deep conversations with our friends over the mysteries of God and his Word.” But some theological questions are …

A La Carte (October 20)

Today is release day for Jared Wilson’s new novel Echo Island. It’s technically for young adults, but this not-so-young-adult enjoyed it plenty. Today’s Kindle deals include a number of solid picks. (Yesterday on the blog: Why We Need a Better Definition of “Conspiracy Theory”) Is It Hypocrisy to Ask Locals to Be Self-Supporting? I wonder if you’ve thought about this tension in foreign missions: Missionaries raise support to go overseas, then help locals begin self-supporting ministries. This article explains why …

12 Classics from John MacArthur

This week the blog is sponsored by Thomas Nelson so they can tell you about an amazing sale on resources from John MacArthur. Known for his faithfulness to scripture, John MacArthur has become one of the leading Bible expositors of our time. He has written handfuls of books to help readers gain clarity and understanding of the Bible and grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We’ve compiled a list of twelve classics that would be great additions to your …

Why We Need a Better Definition of “Conspiracy Theory”

Irecently pointed out that new conspiracy theories tend to arise around shifts in power and that they often originate from those who have lost power or seen their power threatened. As you worked your way through that article, I wonder if you noticed that I didn’t define “conspiracy theory,” something that, in retrospect, may have been unwise. Nevertheless, I deliberately left it undefined because I wanted to demonstrate that we all have a working definition of the term. Perhaps it …

A La Carte (October 19)

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready to begin another week! Here are a few articles that may make for interesting reading… (Yesterday on the blog: The Word You Can Use Once a Year (and No More)) Men, Be the Chief Repenters in Your Homes What’s leadership in the home about? For one thing, it’s about leading in repentance. “Break the Teeth in Their Mouths, O God” This is quite a sobering biographical article about the imprecatory psalms. …

The Word You Can Use Once a Year (and No More)

I recently discovered Readwise, an app that has a neat feature—it sends a daily email with a randomized selection of highlights from books in my Kindle library. This has proven an interesting way to encounter information I have read but long-since forgotten. A few days ago Readwise surfaced a quote from a book I read years ago, Derek Thomas’s How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home. And, wouldn’t you know it, it was just the quote I needed …

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Weekend A La Carte (October 17)

My gratitude goes to Reformation Heritage Books for sponsoring the blog this week. Be sure to learned about the new book Puritan Reformed Theology (which is currently discounted). Also, here’s your regular reminder of my SquareQuotes site which is updated weekly and contains all kinds of great quote graphics. Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good collection of classics and newer works. For All My Fellow Phonies “I think for most of my Christian life I have felt like an …

Are You Prepared For a New Batch of Conspiracy Theories?

We are just weeks away from another contentious American election, which means we are just weeks away from roughly half of the American population savoring a great victory and the other half suffering a great loss. This being the case, we are, in all likelihood, just weeks away from the birth of new conspiracy theories. Why? Because conspiracy theories are for losers. I suppose I’d better explain that. I’ll do so by way of a few building blocks. First, conspiracy …

A La Carte (October 16)

There are once again some Kindle deals that may interest the collectors among us! The Day I Ran From God “The pursuit had begun. I knew God had drawn the bow of his wrath, and he had aimed it directly at me. The slightest tinge of my guilty conscience made the creaks and groans of the bowstring howl in my ears as it strained for release. I looked for places to hide, but wherever I went, he was there. I …

A La Carte (October 15)

There are a few Kindle deals worth checking out today. Logos users, especially pastors, may want to check the resources in their Pastor Appreciation Month sale. (Yesterday on the blog: A Master at Identifying Sin) Well Done > Well Said This is well said! “It’s always easier to find words for ideas than it is to act on them. It’s easier to write a love song than it is to genuinely give yourself for the good of another person. It’s …

A Master at Identifying Sin

I am a master at identifying sin. I might be tempted to brag about that fact, except for this: While I’m a master at identifying the sin in other people, I’m a mere novice at identifying the sin in myself. And I don’t think I’m the only one. There seems to be something deeply embedded in sinful humanity that gives us the ability to spot the sin in others but to ignore it in ourselves. We can provide a thorough …

A La Carte (October 14)

This year’s CCEF conference had to move online due to the pandemic. There’s benefit to all of us, though, because so did the bookstore and all its deals. Today’s Kindle deals include a few good choices: The Lord of the Rings (complete set) for $1.99, The Hiding Place for $0.99, and so on. Christians, Diversity is Not a Bad Word I know you know diversity isn’t a bad word, but maybe this article will help you consider why it’s such …

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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