The Hottest Thing at Church Today

According to a new study by Gallup, the hottest thing at church today is not the worship and not the pastor. It’s not the smoke and lights and it’s not the hip and relevant youth programs. It’s not even the organic, fair trade coffee at the cafe. The hottest thing at church today is the preaching. Not only is it the preaching, but a very specific form of it—preaching based on the Bible. And just like that, decades of church …

A La Carte (April 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books. The highlight is Ed Shaw’s excellent work on same-sex attraction. Logos users, don’t forget that I’ve worked with Logos to put together a curated list of excellent NT commentaries. 11 Reasons for a Weekly Service Review Jeff Lacine lists “11 reasons why you should consider starting a weekly service review at your church, and four cautions to keep in mind if you do.” FlightLapse (Video) I suppose I’d prefer the pilot to focus on …

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

We are a culture of convenience, of personalization, of individualism. We have a million ways of customizing our lives to perfectly suit our every preference. When things are difficult, we think little of pulling away from responsibilities, of reorienting our lives away from whatever causes inconvenience. This can even extend to something as good and as central as our commitment to the local church. All of us who are involved in local churches have seen people waver and wander in …

A La Carte (April 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books, including two that my girls used for devotions when young. Westminster Books has a deal on an excellent place to begin in your studies of church history. An Important but Neglected Tool for Clear Thinking Justin Taylor shares an important but neglected tool for clear thinking. And while he is more concerned with the tool than the example processed through it, I think it’s useful in both ways. The Forgotten American …

8 Sins You Commit Whenever You Look at Porn

We know that pornography is an ugly and harmful sin. We know that those who indulge in porn have committed the sin of lust, but there is so much more to it than that. When you open your browser and begin to look at those images and videos, you are sinning in ways that go far beyond lust. Here are 8 sins you commit when you look at porn. You commit the sin of idolatry. All sin is idolatry, an …

A La Carte (April 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several good books, including a personal favorite on prayer. Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? Al Mohler takes on an important question for a time of great cultural uncertainty. Nature Documentaries Are Fake (Video) I think we already know that our favorite nature documentaries aren’t entirely real. Here’s an explanation. Creating a Culture of Hospitality “Church doesn’t just happen on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights. We all know that. In our busy and self-isolating …

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To Ph.D or Not to Ph.D?

This sponsored post was prepared by Dr. Todd Chipman of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you’ve ever wondered whether pursuing a Ph.D. in your theological training would be worth it, there are lots of factors to consider aside from wondering how it might impact your career aspirations. If you’re sorting through whether Ph.D studies are for you, think and pray through the following questions. 1. Can you be single-minded and voracious in your studies? The Ph.D allows students to devote their …

Rule #8: Purpose to be Godly (8 Rules for Growing in Godliness)

We cannot overstate the importance of knowing our purpose. There is no doubt our lives will go awry and even go to waste if we neglect to learn the purpose for our existence and the purpose for our salvation. And central to understanding our purpose is understanding why God placed us on this earth. This is why the old catechism begins with the question of purpose: “What is the chief end of man?” This is the question that has provided …

A La Carte (April 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include a series of titles from Crossway that deal with deep theology. God Desires To Bless You Infinitely More Than You Can Imagine There’s an encouraging thought: “He has made an unbreakable, unchangeable promise to never stop doing good to us.” The Quiet Plague of Painkillers This one is from Desiring God: “Although heroin accounts for many such deaths, more familiar medications pave a path to heroin. Coincident with rising death rates, sales of prescription opioids such as …

Letters to the Editor (Hymnals and Tributes to Mom)

I continue to receive Letters to the Editor that cover a variety of subjects. Today, though, I’m narrowing it down to two: what we gained and lost when we moved from hymnals to PowerPoint and tributes to godly moms. Tributes to Moms (based on Will You Write a Mother’s Day Tribute?) There are at least 3 mothers who have had a positive influence on my life; my biological mom who died when I was 9, my foster mom who died when I …

The Power of a Mother’s Surrender (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

Every mother knows that at some point, in some way, she will have to surrender her children. While they are young, she is responsible for protecting and teaching and training them. But all the while, she will be preparing them for independence, preparing herself to release them to the world. Ultimately, she will be preparing herself to surrender them to the will of a sovereign God. In this entry in the series, “Christian Men and Their Godly Moms,” we encounter …

Weekend A La Carte (April 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books that will help you better understand the Bible. Westminster Books is offering deals on catechisms and resources to help teach them. How Brainy Women Benefit the Church “Even today, when my husband tells other people that I’m smarter than he is, I instinctively wince. He means it as a compliment; but I still see it as a social liability—an aspect of my character that, for many people, conflicts with my very womanhood and for …

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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


Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books who also sponsored the blog this week. They have 5 prize packages to give away today, which means 5 winners will receive the following books: 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude by Sarah Ivill. “The New Testament books of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude offer a timeless message of hope to Christians living in a post-truth culture that seeks salvation in false, futile saviors and rejects Jesus Christ …

One Very Good Reason to Study Church History

A friend of mine recently became a citizen of the United States of America. Until that point, he had been a mere resident, a visitor, a sojourner, a citizen of some other place. But he followed the process, he fulfilled his obligations, and he at last received the decision of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—he would be granted the privilege of citizenship. So he stood before a judge and took the Oath of Allegiance, and in that moment became …

A La Carte (April 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles that will be of interest if you’re into church history. You’ll find most people’s #1 pick for a church history overview at a great price. Paul Remembered Mary “Paul remembered Mary and how hard she worked. In Romans 16:6, Paul requested that a particular Mary would be recognized for her service. Paul had remembered her diligent work for the glory of God. It apparently made an impression on him.” This Is About That (Video) …

Rule #7: Fellowship with Godly People (8 Rules for Growing in Godliness)

An ember left alone will soon grow cold, but embers set close together will continue to glow, to burn brightly, and even to set others ablaze. Christians resemble embers, for we, too, must be set close together to thrive. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise” (Proverbs 13:20), which means that those who walk with the godly become godly.” In fact, whoever longs to be godly must walk with the godly, for God has decreed that godliness will not be …

A La Carte (April 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include several titles from the Christian market and also a few from the general market. You Can’t Love Missions without Loving the Local Church There’s lots to ponder in this article. Do I Need To Ask Forgiveness Every Time? (Video) Dr. Stephen Wellum answers a common question: “If Jesus already died for my sins, why do I need to pray for forgiveness every time I sin?” The Roller Coaster Effect of Ministry This article may be helpful …

A World of Misery at My Very Door: A Story

Today I want to tell a story. It’s not my story, though I do make a couple of brief appearances along the way. It’s actually a story about a church, and if it’s a story about a church, it must first be a story about Jesus. After all, every church is his church. To tell the story right, we need to begin in 2004 and turn our attention to a young lady named Sarah. Sarah loves Jesus and she loves …

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