The Beauty of Banff

In the aftermath of all the trials and traumas of the past month, my family decided it would be wise to take a brief vacation, an opportunity to regroup, to consider the way forward. With most destinations completely or functionally closed to us, we set out for the province of Alberta, one of only four places in the world we could visit without quarantining on the way in or out. We spent most of our time exploring Banff National Park, …

A La Carte (December 2)

This month’s free book from Logos is a must download: Philip Ryken’s excellent commentary on Exodus. There are several other volumes in the same commentary series available for only a few dollars, so stock up! Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good list of books. (Also, if you’re into board games, Amazon has a bunch on sale today.) How a Former Radical Sparked the New Calvinist Movement Writing for TGC, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra has a longform article about the life …

A La Carte (December 1)

Crossway is holding a pretty good sale on ESVs for Crossway+ members. (Crossway+ is a free subscription.) There are a few interesting books discounted as part of today’s Kindle deals. You may also want to check out their new batch of general market deals which include, for example, McCulloughs’s incredible biography of Truman. (Yesterday on the blog: A Family Update Four Weeks After Our Worst Day) Where Are the Other Fake Fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls? What an interesting …

A Family Update Four Weeks After Our Worst Day

We are okay. At least, I think we are. To be honest, I don’t really know how to judge that, or even what it really means. But I think it’s true. We’re badly broken, but somehow okay. It was four weeks ago, on a Tuesday evening, that we received a flurry of terrifying text messages, then waited through a brutal silence, then got the dreaded phone call—our Nick had collapsed, had been rushed to hospital, but had been beyond the …

A La Carte (November 30)

You may want to look at this updated article from Friday in which I’ve listed Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. I’ll be updating it through the day. I’m going to keep looking, but for now the list of Kindle deals for the day is quite modest. I noticed that Amazon has Hasbro games on sale at 30% off if you’re into shopping mode. (Yesterday on the blog: The Nick Challies Memorial Scholarship) God With Us Should we pray, “God, …

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"Every day we may see some new thing in Christ. His love has neither brim nor bottom." (Samuel Rutherford) ...

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This is another perspective on a neat view. I had this spot to myself for the better part of two hours. At a couple of points I found myself laughing aloud at the sheer beauty around me and the blessing of enjoying it with the Lord. ...

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"We please Him most not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that He understands everything and loves us still." (A.W. Tozer) ...

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We got to Lake Louise just before sunrise and were the only people there. (Literally—the parking lot was empty.) It’s not often you get one of Canada’s prime tourist attractions all to yourself! ...

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I was so drawn to the sheer austerity of the winter conditions in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. ...

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Emerald Lake was wonderfully devoid of people when we arrived and took some time to explore. ...

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"Behold, what manner of love is this, that Christ should be arraigned and we adorned, that the curse should be laid on His head and the crown set on ours." (Thomas Watson) ...

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It took several hours of waiting in the cold before I finally heard a train approaching… ...

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The Nick Challies Memorial Scholarship

In the aftermath of my son Nick’s sudden death, a number of friends asked if there was a way they could honor his memory with a gift. That led to the founding of the Nick Challies Memorial Scholarship at the schools where Nick was a student—Boyce College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Nick Challies Memorial Scholarship will provide tuition assistance to a selected student from Canada whose ministry aspirations are the same as those Nick possessed—to return to …

Weekend A La Carte (November 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include some contemporary books along with some classics. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen the price drop on Mez McConnell’s The Creaking on the Stairs. (Yesterday on the blog: Black Friday 2020 Deals for Christians) Secret Sins Will Harm Others “One of the most treacherous lies we can believe about sin, especially sin we consider private or secret, is that we can keep its consequences to ourselves. That we will be the only ones — …

Free Stuff Fridays (RHB Publications)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by RHB Publications. Everyone who enters will also get a free digital copy of Paul Washer’s powerful evangelistic ebook, Narrow Gate, Narrow Way. In addition, five of you who enter will each receive a copy of all the following books:   A Holy Fear by Christina Fox  We are commanded to Fear the Lord. But what does that mean? Christina Fox will show how replacing your other fears with a fear of the …

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020 Deals for Christians

While there are many places you can go today to find deals on electronics and other big-ticket items, I like to provide a place for Christian retailers to make their deals known to Christians who are trying to kick-start their Christmas shopping. I will update this list regularly throughout the weekend, so check back often. Be sure to check back on Monday for Cyber Monday deals. This article has been updated on Monday morning to reflect Cyber Monday deals. Amazon …

A La Carte (November 27)

As is my tradition, I’ve put together a post dedicated to Black Friday Deals for Christians. I haven’t yet gotten to today’s Kindle deals, but will update that page when I track some down. A Day of Reckoning “The day has come in Victoria where Christians and Churches need to decide whether to obey God or the Government. Such a decision should never be forced onto believers but the current Victorian Government insists that it must be so.” What is …

A La Carte (November 26)

I hope my American friends and family enjoy their Thanksgiving celebrations today. While you are doing that, I will begin scouring the web for Black Friday deals geared toward Christians. Check in tomorrow for the annual roundup. Today’s Kindle deals include three solid picks that span three different genres. Not Much to Be Thankful For Jim Elliff tells why some people don’t have much to be thankful for. So Grateful, So Grateful Leah Farish: “It has been a hard year. …

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A La Carte (November 25)

Westminster Books has put together a Christmas Gift Guide that may help guide your shopping. Today’s Kindle deals include some good picks from Crossway and a volume in the excellent God’s Word for You series. Critical Race Theory, Part 1 If you’ve wondered about John Piper’s perspective on Critical Race Theory, you can find out in these special episodes of Ask Pastor John. Always Two There Are “A couple of posts ago, I talked about whether church should be thought …

A La Carte (November 24)

I know America is heading into shut-down mode ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. While you feast, I’ll be creating my annual roundup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Stay tuned for that. There aren’t a lot of Kindle deals today, but on the short list is Albert Martin’s excellent Grieving, Hope and Solace. (Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for November 2020) The Greatest Need in Bible Translation What’s the greatest need? It might actually surprise …

Overcoming Paralysing Fear – with Fear!

This week the blog is sponsored by RHB Publishing and written by Christina Fox, author of the excellent new book A Holy Fear. If you could sum up 2020 in one word, which one would you use? What about “fear”? Did you feel its presence as news of the novel coronavirus crept its way across the globe? Did your thoughts move to those in your family at risk? I found myself fearful for my children, both long-time asthma sufferers. Then, …

New and Notable Christian Books for November 2020

As we come into the final stretch of 2020, Christian publishers continue to release some very good books. In this article I’ve compiled a selection of the ones that stood out to me as being especially noteworthy.  Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality by Rachel Joy Welcher. I expect the coming years will see a number of analyses of so-called “purity culture.” This, to my knowledge, is the first. “It’s time to talk back. The generation born …

A La Carte (November 23)

Saturday’s funeral for my son was every bit as difficult as we would have expected, and the interment perhaps even more so. But God is good, and God is kind, and he has been a tremendous comfort to us. I’ll have more to say in the weeks to come, I’m sure, but this week am focusing on quality time with my family. Today’s Kindle deals include several books that are worth a peek. 4 Ways Christians Can Navigate Cultural Confusion …

God Is Not More, Cannot Promise More, or Do More…

Who is Jesus? And why do Christians make such a big deal of him? Charles Hodge provides a stirring answer in his Systematic Theology. Why do Christians make such a big deal of Jesus? Here’s why… All divine names and titles are applied to Him. He is called God, the mighty God, the great God, God over all; Jehovah; Lord; the Lord of lords and the King of kings. All divine attributes are ascribed to Him. He is declared to …

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