Sharpen Your Axe!

Last weekend we did a little rearranging of our basement which is also the home office where Aileen and I work every day. This rearranging involved moving some stuff out and moving some other stuff in. We had a rather large and heavy piece of equipment we needed to remove, so we placed an ad online and told whoever wanted it would need to bring both the people and the tools necessary to get it out. The people who claimed …

Public Schooling, Revoice and Laura Ingalls Wilder

I continue to receive letters from readers. Here is a small collection of some especially noteworthy ones. Readers add their comments to my articles on public schooling, the Revoice conference, and the renaming of an award given in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilders.  I hope you enjoy them! Letters on Honestly Assessing Our Decision to Public School Our Kids I read with great interest (and some trepidation) your post on schooling your children. I love that you also shared your son’s …

Weekend A La Carte (July 14)

I was able to dig up a few Kindle deals for today; collectors will want to sort through them, I’m sure. (Yesterday on the blog: The History of Nothing, No One, and Nowhere) The Transhumanism Revolution: Oppression Disguised as Liberation This is quite a read. “Transhumanism is an ideology which holds that humans must harness technological advancements to take an active, intelligent role in our own evolution and the evolution of our species. When we think about these developments as a society, …

Free Stuff Fridays (The Gospel Project)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Gospel Project, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away five sets (though, unfortunately, we need to limit them to North America) of resources from The Gospel Project for Kids. These sets include: The Gospel Project for Kids: “In the Beginning” Leader Kit The Gospel Project for Preschool: “In the Beginning” Leader Kit The Gospel Project for Kids Giant Timeline and Genealogy of Christ poster set The Gospel Project …

The History of Nothing, No One, and Nowhere

As I’ve traveled the world this year, I’ve been reading voraciously. Before I visit a country I try to read about its history—its key events, its key victories and failures, its key personalities. I’ve read complete histories of a number of the world’s great nations, as well a number of its lesser ones. As I’ve done this, I’ve noticed a major difference in the way history is told by Christians and in the way it’s told by non-Christians. As our …

A La Carte (July 13)

Today’s Kindle deals are a little bit sparse, but there are still a couple. (Yesterday on the blog: False Converts & Confrontational Blogging) How to Spot a False Teacher  “Here is how you spot a false teacher: a false teacher confesses false doctrine and harms others yet knows how to hide him or herself well.” Wyatt’s got lots of good tips in here on spotting a false teacher. Yes, Bruxy Cavey Is A False Teacher Speaking of false teachers, I’ve grown increasingly …

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False Converts & Confrontational Blogging

Today we are back in Johannesburg, South Africa and Kitwe, Zambia, where I was asked the questions, “how do you interact with people when you think they might be false converts?” and “Is there a place for ‘calling out’ unbiblical teaching from other believers in blogging?” These are my answers.   Transcript How do you interact with people that you believe might be false converts? It is very hard to tell people who think they’re saved that they may not …

A La Carte (July 12)

As usual, there are a few Kindle deals for those looking for a little summer reading. (Yesterday on the blog: Are You Living Worthy of the Gospel?) Women, Don’t Be Weak-Minded Glenna Marshall: “No, the colorful book jackets and podcast logos of today’s Christian pop-culture don’t often bring up terms as antiquated and demoralizing as sin. No, it’s more like flaws, or the Christian favorite, struggles. If anything, the term must deflect fault to something else: society, upbringing, victimization, hypocrisy in the …

Are You Living Worthy of the Gospel?

The Bible tells us that we are to live lives that are worthy of the gospel. Specifically, in Philippians 1 Paul tells the church, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” I recently found myself reflecting on that word worthy. How can we actually live in a way that is worthy of the gospel of Christ? Is that even a possibility? Usually when we say something is worthy we are talking about merit. When …

A La Carte (July 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include, as usual, a selection of books to browse through. (Yesterday on the blog: The Message That Moved the SBC) Common Prayer, or Predictable Politics? This could only be Carl Trueman: “As Western society continues its relentless purge of the pre-political, the body count keeps mounting. Yesterday’s harmless activity—say, boys-only scouting—is tomorrow’s act of cisgendered heteronormative patriarchal oppression of the Other. Like some dreaded mutating bacillus, the political slowly but surely absorbs—and spoils—everything.” Did Congress Print the First …

The Message That Moved the SBC

Just a little over thirty years ago, the fate of the SBC hung in the balance. It seemed as though it was going to adapt to the times and embrace theological liberalism, just as countless denominations had done in the U.S.. But at the 1985 SBC Convention in Dallas, Texas, a 75-year-old minister stepped to the podium and decided to take a stand. His message is the next entry in the Great Sermon Series. This video is brought to you …

A La Carte (July 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include a bit of Keller and a bit of Lewis. Did you already get your free John Piper audiobook from Christian Audio? There are many more there marked down to less than $5. (Yesterday on the blog: Use the Rod, Lose the Child?) Mentoring Relationships and the Obstacle of Fear I’m convinced there are tons of people who want to mentor and be mentored who are just waiting for someone to make the first move. “For years, I …

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Kids Ministry is Better Than Babysitting

This week the blog is sponsored by The Gospel Project.  “Jesus, however, invited them: ‘Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it’” (Luke 18:16-17, CSB). As men, women, and children approached Jesus, the disciples told the children to wait, letting the adults through. “There are more important issues, …

Use the Rod, Lose the Child?

Spare the rod, spoil the child. It’s not exactly the wisdom of Solomon, but it’s not far off. Proverbs 13:24 echoes many of the other Proverbs when it says “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” Some Proverbs are difficult to discern, but this one not so much. The point is obvious: we are to faithfully discipline our children for the sake of our children. But it’s not always so …

A La Carte (July 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles that may be of interest. Does anyone know what happened to Crossway’s weekly deals? (Yesterday on the blog: Readers Comment on Renaming the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal) The Pastor Is the Primary Worship Leader. “As important as those faithful folks who serve in the area of music are, and those who give leadership in the music in the church gathering, we do well to remember that the primary worship leader in the assembly of …

Readers Comment on Renaming the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

Last week I made mention of the recent news that the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder has been removed from the award that, until this year, bore her name–an award given to writers or illustrators of children’s books who have made a lengthy contribution to children’s literature. As I mentioned it I invited readers to submit letters to the editor with their comments on this decision. I received many of them and want to share some of them with you. …

Weekend A La Carte (July 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include some pretty good deals you’ll at least want to peek at. (Yesterday on the blog: Social Media and Churches / Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?) Should Followers of Christ Observe the Torah? “A great deal of the New Testament is devoted to the question of the Christian’s relationship to the Mosaic Law in the Torah, but if the questions I receive from people are any indication, there’s an increasing amount of confusion among Christians on …

Free Stuff Fridays (Lifeway’s Gospel Foundations)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by LifeWay’s Gospel Foundations, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away five Gospel Foundations Starter Packs. Each Pack includes: ◦           10 Bible Study Books ◦           1 Leader Kit ◦           $99 value! The Bible is not a collection of scattered stories and books. From cover to cover, the Bible is the story of God’s plan to redeem sinners through Jesus—the gospel. Gospel Foundations tells that story. From the creators of …

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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