A La Carte (July 5)

The God of love and peace be with you today. There are a couple of new Kindle deals today. And check out yesterday’s as well if you didn’t catch them then. Maturing Toward Childlikeness “It may seem counterintuitive, but Christian growth is a gradual downward movement toward the maturity of childlikeness. Have you ever met a Christian in their later years whose eyes sparkled bright with life? That is a person growing toward childlikeness of heart, not away from it.” …

A La Carte (July 4)

I trust my American friends and family are enjoying their holiday today! By way of notification, this will be a “light blogging” week at the blog which means I’ll be posting only my A La Carte article each day. Today’s Kindle deals include several top-quality books from Crossway. (Yesterday on the blog: Christ was the Great Unlike) Entrusting the Gospel – Not an Optional Extra “What is the role of a pastor/minister? What is my job description if I am …

Christ was the Great Unlike

We have a natural tendency to attempt to understand what we don’t know by extrapolating from what we do. This works well in much of life, but not so much when it comes to theology, for God comes before comparisons and supersedes them all. When it comes to Christ, he is more unlike than like what we know. This quote from the old preacher De Witt Talmage celebrates how Christ was “the great unlike.” All good men have for centuries …

Weekend A La Carte (July 2)

Logos users will want to grab the free commentary this month and also browse through the collection of nearly-free items. Also be sure to check out the Best Commentaries sale. Today’s Kindle deals include some new and old books. (Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for June 2022) Canada: An Introduction for American Conservatives This is perhaps a slightly too negative take on the matter, but for American observers, this article does a pretty good job of …

New and Notable Christian Books for June 2022

As another month draws to its close, I want to make sure you’re up-to-date on some of the noteworthy new Christian books that released in June. In each case I have provided the editorial description so you can learn a little bit about it. He Is Not Ashamed: The Staggering Love of Christ for His People by Erik Raymond. “Christians belong to God’s own family. This promise is difficult for some people to believe, and even for some believers to …

A La Carte (July 1)

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians. 🇨🇦 At Westminster Books you’ll find a deal on a resource meant to help younger people engage with the great hymns of the Christian faith. Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books. (Yesterday on the blog: Seasons of Sorrow: The Release Event (You’re Invited!)) The Triviality of Pro-Choice Memes After SCOTUS handed down its decision, “there was much justified jubilation, as well as frustrated weeping, regret, sorrow, fear, and the full panoply …

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Seasons of Sorrow: The Release Event (You’re Invited!)

I recently announced that I have a new book on the way. Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God will release on September 13 and is now available for pre-order. This is a book I wrote in the year following the sudden death of my son and it tracks through the seasons as I reflect on the deep loss my family experienced and the precious comfort God provided. Today I would like to let you know …

A La Carte (June 30)

Grace and peace to you today. We are wrapping up the month with a few new Kindle deals, including a highly regarded biography of Harriet Tubman. (Yesterday on the blog: Not a Lack of Food, But a Lack of Hunger) When the Mob Shows Up the Monday After Roe Michael Lawrence: “About 7 p.m. on Monday, three days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe, between 75 and 100 people assembled at a park near the church I pastor in Portland, …

Not a Lack of Food, But a Lack of Hunger

I was once told of a woman who lived in a cold-weather climate. She suffered from poor health and this in a part of the world where she could not easily get the nutrition she needed. Doctors suggested she travel to the tropics where the setting might be more conducive to a recovery. A few weeks after her departure she wrote to a friend to say, “This is a wonderful spot where I have access to all the good and …

A La Carte (June 29)

Looking for some good reading? Westminster Books is offering great deals on sets of commentaries and reference works. Whose Choice? “In 1973 I was 19 years old and a sophomore in college when the Supreme Court decided the Roe vs Wade case and legalized abortion. Honestly, however, I never expected the Court’s landmark decision to affect me personally.” And yet… 4 Thoughts on Spiritual Fatherhood Jared Wilson: “As I get older, I think more and more about this claim from …

A La Carte (June 28)

My church is once again offering an internship program for those who have completed seminary training or are near completion with the intention to pursue full-time pastoral ministry. Details are at the link. You’ll find a few new Kindle deals today. (Yesterday on the blog: The Beauty of Duty) Finding Family “God’s family is a precious thing, bound by wine and bread instead of blood and resemblance. Its members don’t dress alike, share a uniform culture or a common language. But whether it …

The Beauty of Duty

In former days Christians spoke often of duty. Though they most certainly delighted in God and were eager to foster and increase that delight, they tended to do so by way of duty. They examined their lives to determine what duties God was calling them to and audited their lives to determine if they were fulfilling them. They longed to be dutiful in devotion, dutiful in obedience, dutiful in every responsibility and every role. They believed that from their duty …

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A La Carte (June 27)

Good morning! Grace and peace to you. Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little collection from Crossway. (Yesterday on the blog: Tell God the Unvarnished Story) Four Compelling Reasons I Am Pro-Life “While much more could be said, these four reasons I am pro-life are reasons that I want to be on the tip of my tongue and that I hope will be on yours, also.” Let the Little Children Come This one from Madelyn is one the same theme …

Tell God the Unvarnished Story

Though we profess that God is all-seeing and all-knowing, that he understands not merely the actions of our hands and the thoughts of our minds but even the intentions of our hearts, still we sometimes feel as if we need to hold back from telling him all that we have thought, all that we have done, all that we have desired. Yet if we are to confess our sins before him, we need to confess them all, for he knows …

Weekend A La Carte (June 25)

I hope and pray you have a wonderful, restful, worshipful weekend. There are some new Kindle deals today. (Yesterday on the blog: On Worship) There are, of course, lots of articles about the big news from the Supreme Court yesterday. Here are a few recommendations: Joe Carter’s FAQ explains what happened and what happens now. Al Mohler rejoices. Jake Meador’s The Land Is Bright celebrates a victory while also reminding Christians that the work is not nearly done. Bethel McGrew explains why non-Americans …

On Worship

Though we are 2,000 years past the founding of the New Testament church, we are seemingly still confused about how we ought to worship God. There are many competing philosophies of worship, many disagreements about everything from its purpose to its God-ordained elements and methods. We know we must worship, but we so often don’t know how. It is for this reason that we continue to see so many new books on the subject and for this reason that we …

A La Carte (June 24)

May the Lord be with you and bless you today. If you’re still getting caught up on Christian classics, you may want to look at this sale. Tom Hanks Gets Empathy Wrong Carl Trueman: “Tom Hanks recently declared that if Philadelphia, the movie that earned him one of his Oscars, were made today, it would no longer be acceptable for him, as a straight man, to play the gay lead. This comment has provided low-hanging fruit for conservative critics. It …

A La Carte (June 23)

Here’s a reminder that my forthcoming book Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God is now available for pre-order. You can reserve your copy at Amazon, Westminster Books, and so on. There are a couple of new Kindle deals from yesterday and today. (Yesterday on the blog: The Thing About Light and Momentary) Questions Your Church Should Ask a Missionary Candidate “For churches, selecting which missionaries to support can be difficult. Missions committees and elder boards are …

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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