Jerusalem – EPIC Vlog 01

I recently spent a few days in Jerusalem, looking through museums, churches, and other sites for objects related to the history of the Christian faith. This was, of course, all part of my EPIC church history project which will be continuing all through 2018 (Ireland, I’ll see you in January!). This time around I’ve got something neat to share with you at the end of it all: a vlog that relates some of my experiences. I hope you enjoy it! …

A La Carte (December 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection, including some (actually good) books on health–rather a good theme to consider heading into a new year. Crossway will give you a free copy of Justified by Faith Alone by R.C. Sproul. Spurgeon’s 15 Tips for a Deep and Effective Prayer Life Here are 15 tips from Charles Spurgeon for a deep and effective prayer life. And who doesn’t want that? Should Christians be Free to Obey Our Conscience? “If you are …

Headlines & Happenings: What Christians Talked About This Week

Here is a brief roundup of headlines and happenings there were topics of discussion and reflection among Christians this week. Topics range from the death of a giant of the faith, to the bullying of a sweet, young kid, to the coming of Advent. The Death of R.C. Sproul Beloved and respected teacher R.C. Sproul passed away on December 14, and this resulted in an outpouring of tributes. I dedicated Friday’s A La Carte to rounding up many of them. …

Weekend A La Carte (December 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few more books, but December has been rather slow for deals, hasn’t it? Let Your Pastor’s Wife Be Herself This is a great article for every member of a congregation to read.  Love your pastors wives well! Silent Suffering in an Instagram World “Sometimes, we suffer in silence unnecessarily. We’re too embarrassed, ashamed, or prideful to admit what’s really going on. We shudder to think about anyone finding out, afraid they’ll reject us if they …

The Collected Best Christian Books of 2017

For the past couple of weeks my RSS feeder has been humming with list after list of the best books of 2017. It seems that just about every avid reader I follow is eager to share his or her picks for the year that was. I love these lists and decided I’d compile them to look for patterns and repeats. Here, then, are the collected best Christian books of 2017. Each one of these is from a blog or web …

A La Carte (The All-R.C. Sproul Edition)

Every day I use this space to post a collection of interesting links in a feature I call “A La Carte.” Today I am going to change it up and link only to articles related to R.C. Sproul (who, as you know, went to be with the Lord yesterday). What follows is a collection of obituaries, articles, tributes, and tweets. I hope you find them as moving and meaningful as I did. Dr. R.C. Sproul, Called Home to the Lord by …

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Next Time: A Tribute To R.C. Sproul

Ligonier Ministries has just announced that R.C. Sproul has passed away. But I don’t think he would want you to cry about it. “You can grieve for me the week before I die, if I’m scared and hurting” he once said, “but when I gasp that last fleeting breath and my immortal soul flees to heaven, I’m going to be jumping over fire hydrants down the golden streets…” So, to honor his memory, I won’t cry. But I will write. …

New and Notable Books – Three-Minute Thursdays #7

If you’re a Christian and you love to read, this is a very, very good time to be alive. We’ve got Christian publishers just pouring out new books all the time. So many of them are excellent. Today, in this edition of Three-Minute Thursdays, I’m going to tell you about just six new and notable books that may be of interest to people like you.   Transcript If you’re a Christian and you love to read, this is a very, …

A La Carte (December 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting titles. Also note that Amazon has a big selection of deals across all categories today, including some general market Kindle deals. Please continue to pray for R.C. Sproul. I have heard from those within the ministry that he remains in critical condition. Also, be sure to watch this stirring video of Dr. Sproul preaching the gospel through the years. The Grace of Confessing Sin “The Scriptures explicitly teach that the confession of sin …

God Has a Heart for the Vulnerable. Do You?

With my arms still ailing through nerve damage, I thought it an appropriate time to ask a couple of friends to help ease the load just a little with some guest articles. Thus, today’s article is from my friend Paul Martin (who, as you know, also co-hosts my podcast). From here on out, you’re reading his words! We were explaining our son’s disability to a neighbor one day when she asked, “Don’t they have a pre-natal test for that?” We …

A La Carte (December 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include the usual, actually–a few little deals on a few interesting books. Westminster Books is having a mix and match sale of various titles you may enjoy. Logos users: You can get John MacArthur resources at 50% off. Non-Logos users: You can get base packages at 20% off. Why Discipleship Works with a Plurality of Elders “The pattern of ministry all throughout the New Testament is clearly established upon a plurality of elders leading and a plurality …

5 Most Ridiculous Books to Ever Become Christian Bestsellers

If you were to scan the lists of the best selling Christian books of all time you’d see some truly amazing books there. You’d see some books that have helped us better understand who God is and books that have instructed us. and how we as Christians can live lives of obedience to Him, and like you, I’m genuinely thankful for these books. Sadly though, you’d also see some truly flat-out awful books. Today I’ve narrowed down that list to …

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A La Carte (December 12)

Today’s list of Kindle deals includes a solid group of books that would be welcome in just about any library. Amazon has lots of deals this year, and today is featuring Kids’ and Retro games. Thanks to David Steele for writing the first review of my new booklet Set an Example. (Don’t forget there is also a study guide and PowerPoint material for those who wish to teach it.) Children and the Peril of Internet Fame “A parent records their …

I Shall Not Die But Live and Tell

The doctors warned my wife that I might never recover. Food and fluid were pumped into me intravenously, my death was awaited with baited breath, and my life was prayed for by many of God’s people. One day, early in this ordeal, I tried to pray, but could not think of any words to pray! I knew who I was, where I was, and that I was in bad shape. My memory was like an empty room. I saw a floor, a ceiling, and walls, but they were completely featureless. I could not, try as I did, think of even a single verse of Scripture. Not one!

On Leaving Jerusalem

I have spent the past few days in Jerusalem, combing the city for historical objects that will help me tell the story of the Christian faith. I’ve found some neat artifacts and will describe them soon enough. I’ve also spent time thinking about this notion of the Holy Land, the holy city, and holy places, and will tell you more about that soon, too. But as I head to the airport to fly home, I find myself reflecting on the …

A La Carte (December 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books that will lead you to reflect on Scripture. Is Football Too Violent for Christians? Though there is no great and satisfying answer at the end of this piece from Desiring God, it is still well worth the read. Between the Planting and the Reaping “Perhaps the saddest thing I saw all week: our team in Burundi caring for two little boys, each with one hand amputated as retaliation for supposedly stealing avocados. A hungry …

Why God Delays in Answering Prayer

I was blessed to read this short article from Charles Spurgeon. He explains why God sometimes delays in answering prayer. Here goes… God often delays in answering prayer. We have several instances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get the blessing from the angel until near the dawn of day—he had to wrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia was answered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lord thrice that “the …

Weekend A La Carte (December 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few deals, but ones worth looking at. Westminster Books has a deal on volumes of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. Thoughts on the Restoration of Fallen Pastors “When a pastor has disqualified himself from his ministry, is he disqualified from ministry altogether? If so, for how long? Forever? Can he ever be restored? If so, how soon? These sorts of questions are not new, but they do seem more relevant than ever.” Nine Questions …

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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