From Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation (A Video from Grace Fellowship Church)

At the 2018 G3 Conference I spoke on “Discipleship in Diversity.” I told of how we, at Grace Fellowship Church, have learned to be a church that is united in a context of great diversity. I concluded the message with a video of some of the people of Grace Fellowship Church reading Revelation 5 in many different languages. I hope you enjoy it.   We also have a Spanish and Portuguese version of this video if you are interested in …

A La Carte (January 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include a random assortment of books. Westminster Books has the ultra-helpful The Case for Life more than half off. (Yesterday on the blog: Seven Thoughts on the Billy Graham / Mike Pence Rule) The Humble Leader “Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be.” It is good and wise for every leader to consider the importance of humility. Disabled by Design “Take a step back for a moment and imagine that you …

Reading the Bible Fully in a Year

This week the blog has been sponsored by The Master’s University. We should be reminded that as we read the Bible this year, we don’t just want to read it through, we want to read it well. When we come to a text where we wonder, “How is this useful?” don’t just skim over it. That’ll only reinforce our wrong conception that the Bible isn’t that profitable. Rather, connect the dots. See how the biblical writers alluded to earlier revelation …

Seven Thoughts on the Billy Graham / Mike Pence Rule

I have often wondered how Billy Graham feels about having a rule named after him. And it’s not just any rule either, but one that has generated all kinds of controversy both within the church and outside of it. Having a name synonymous with marital faithfulness must be a joy; having a name synonymous with charges of puritanical prudishness must be a burden. I wonder if he’s been happy enough to hand it off to Mike Pence and let him carry …

A La Carte (January 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a selection of books written by and for women. (Yesterday on the blog: Headlines & Happenings (Jordan Peterson, #MeToo, The “Sickening Danger” of Homeschooling) Learning From Those Who Pray All Night “To most American Christians, this practice may sound crazy. But African Christians will explain that they are simply following the ways of Jesus, who many times spent the whole night in prayer (Luke 6:12). Sure, it takes discipline, but it’s a great way to grow …

Headlines & Happenings (Jordan Peterson, #MeToo, Homeschooling)

As one week gives way to another, I attempt to provide a roundup of the themes that were prominent among Christian readers and writers in the week that was. This week people were discussing Cathy Newman’s embarrassingly terrible interview of Jordan Peterson, the #MeToo movement inside and outside of Christian circles, and the supposedly “sickening danger” of homeschooling. Jordan Peterson: Hero? The internet was buzzing after Jordan Peterson’s interview with Cathy Newman. The interview (which includes a handful of “damns” …

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Weekend A La Carte (January 20)

Today’s Kindle deals includes A Practical Guide to Culture which is well worth checking out. There’s also a MacArthur collection in there. Yesterday on the blog: On Being Thought Well of By Outsiders) I Spent 919 Days in a North Korean Prison “On the morning of August 9, 2017, I was digging holes as usual when a guard ordered me to stop, ushered me inside and told me to gather my things. I scooped up my Bible and a few papers, …

Free Stuff Fridays (Cruciform)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Cruciform Press and targeted mainly to women, especially moms. They have 5 prize packages to give away, which means 5 winners will each receive the following titles: Wilderness Wanderings: Finding Contentment in the Desert Times of Life (small paperback, 120 pp.) by Stacy Reaoch, Foreword by Jani Ortlund The Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land was a journey much like our own. Fear, discontentment, and a failure to trust God plagued the very people …

On Being Thought Well of By Outsiders

One of my ongoing studies is of the qualifications of an elder. My church has called me to be an elder (or pastor, if you prefer) and the Bible makes it very clear what a man must be if he is to hold this office. Most broadly, he must be above reproach—he must live in such a way that no one can cast doubt on his sincerity as a Christian, so that no one can charge that he makes a mockery of …

A La Carte (January 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of books. Westminster Books is featuring Nancy Pearcey’s excellent new book Love Thy Body. (Yesterday on the blog: Why I Pray With an App) Is Jesus Really the Answer? Elspeth Pitt writes, “It’s been my practice for years to read the Bible one to one with all sorts of people – those who are going well and who can be encouraged to minister to others, those who are not yet Christian or very new …

Why I Pray With an App – Three-Minute Thursdays #11

Welcome to another edition of 3 Minute Thursdays. I’m Tim Challies and here is my challenge over the next three minutes; to say something useful, hopefully, helpful about a subject that’s of interest to people like you. Today I want to talk about prayer. Specifically, I want to talk about why I pray every day using an app.   Transcript Welcome to another edition of 3 Minute Thursdays. I’m Tim Challies and here is my challenge over the next three …

A La Carte (January 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not too much. It has been slim pickings recently. Crossway is giving away free e-book copies of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture. (Yesterday on the blog: The Porn Problem ). When Preaching is Not Your Thing “There are numerous books and articles available to help convince men to enter into or stay in the ministry. But, there is not much out there to help a man discern whether or not it’s …

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The Porn Problem

It was just a few years ago that the Christian world was blindsided as it learned about the size and scope of the modern-day porn problem. We learned that a vast percentage of young men, and an increasing percentage of young women, are immersed in porn and have been since their youngest days. We learned that many older men and women are into it as well. This led to a great number of books on the subject as well as …

A La Carte (January 17)

I will soon be on my way to the G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It kicks off today with the Spanish pre-conference, then continues into the weekend. You can watch it live at the web site. Westminster Books has some solid deals on some excellent books about relationships, dating, marriage, and sex. (Yesterday on the blog: Exploring Ontario, and Why I Love Being a Christian) She is Broken, and She is Beautiful. This is an excellent article. “The Church is broken …

Vlog: Exploring Ontario, and Why I Love Being a Christian

We’ve just come through this long and deep cold snap. We’ve just gotten over this spell where it’s been -25, -30 degrees, absolutely freezing. It’s finally warmed up a little. And I’ve decided I’ve got to get out of the office. I’m here at one of my favorite spots at Waterdown, Ontario just to explore. And while I’m at it, I’ve been thinking, I love being a Christian. I am so thankful to be a follower of Jesus Christ. So …

A La Carte (January 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books that span a bunch of genres. Logos users will want to check out the deal on the excellent Preaching the Word commentaries. If you live in or near Belfast, Northern Ireland, I’d love to see you at the Evangelical Bookshop next week. And if you’re in or near Sydney, Australia, I’d love to see you at the Reformers Bookshop next month. (Yesterday on the blog: (The Easiest Sin to Justify) One Simple Thought …

The Foundry Bible Immersion: A Ten-Week Discipleship & Gap-Year Program in Washington, D.C.

This week the blog has been sponsored by Bible Immersion.  This post has been written by Jordan Standridge the Director, Foundry Bible Immersion Program. If you could spend Ten weeks of your life focusing only on God and His word would you do it? Ten weeks to change your life and to deepen your love for Christ? You can at the Foundry Bible Immersion in Washington D.C. After serving as a college Pastor over the last few years I know that …

The Easiest Sin to Justify

As we grow in grace and become ever-more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, we wondrously, inevitably find that sin is loosening its grip on us. Sins that once tormented us are now mere irritations; temptations that once consistently overwhelmed us now arouse little interest or enthusiasm. We find to our delight that God is faithful to his promises and that he has been using every circumstance to conform us to the image of his Son. There’s more to …

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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