How to Teach Your Kids About Sex

Of all the discussions we have had in our family about sex, probably 95 percent of them have concerned character issues. We’ve had discussions about God’s purposes for sex, the importance of sex and marriage, and why you should wait for marriage before you have sex. We talked about how to avoid situations in which you are tempted, how different types of media shape our thoughts in this area, the types of movies to see and avoid, how to respond when someone challenges your convictions, and many other topics. We have found that the issues surrounding human sexuality, such as self-control and obedience to God, are the foundational character qualities every parent wants to build into his teenager.

Know Your Doctrine

“Doctrine divides,” the young man explained. “Of course it’s important, but God cares far more for our deeds than our creeds. Doctrine divides, but love unites.” Could he be right? Is doctrine a force for division meant to bow before the primacy of love? “I find doctrine boring,” the husband confessed. “I don’t have any interest in hearing about theology. Just tell me what God wants me to do, and I’ll do it. I’m a doer, not a learner.” Could …

A La Carte (May 29)

Today’s Kindle deals include a whole collection by Voddie Baucham and a couple of other solid titles. Also, Amazon is having a one-day sale on a collection of general market books. Maybe you’ll find some summer reading there. In a Godless World This is an interesting article because it’s written by an unbeliever. He says (and perhaps laments) that “in a largely godless world it’s hard to know what to say when tragedy strikes.” Six Ways Men Can Support Women’s …

Ask Me Anything (Parents, Porn-Free Families, Studying the Bible, Worship Services)

Here is another batch of answers to questions I’ve received as part of my Ask Me Anything series. I hope you find them helpful! Would you consider updating the Porn-Free Family Plan? My wife and I have three small children, and this is something we would like to implement early. The principles laid out in the plan are solid, but I’d like to know about any new tools I haven’t heard of. I’m aware of Circle, but I wonder if …

The Power of a Pleading Mother (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

His name was known around the world. Crowds flocked to his church to hear him preach, and everywhere else people devoured the printed editions of his sermons. When he died, 60,000 admirers filed past his casket and 100,000 lined his funeral route. Even today, people visit his grave to pay tribute. Even more read his books and are inspired by his sermons. Yet before Charles Spurgeon was The Prince of Preachers, he was a young boy in the arms of a …

Weekend A La Carte (May 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include a classic, a book on motherhood, and a couple of others. Yesterday I asked how to get those Prompts for Praising God into PrayerMate. Zach Burnham came through. Margaret Court Vs Sensible Evangelicals This one is long but very interesting. “You see, one of the biggest fears among evangelical middle class Christians in these increasingly confusing and hostile times in the public square, is the fear of not being considered sensible. And Margaret Court is proving …

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Free Stuff Fridays (Cruciform Collection)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Cruciform Press. They have 5 prize packages to give away, which means 5 winners will each receive the following titles, themed around marriage and parenting: Happily Ever After: Finding Grace in the Messes of Marriage, by John Piper, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Francis Chan, and other contributors (small paperback, 117 pp.). If you’ve been married longer than a week or two, you know how the hard realities of life in a fallen age can come crashing in. We …

Renew Your Mind

There are many places in the Bible where God presents a stark contrast between two options, then urges the reader to make his choice. He gave his law to ancient Israel, then said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus contrasted wide and narrow gates and pleaded, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads …

A La Carte (May 26)

Next Sunday, June 4, I’ll be preaching at Breccia di Roma in Rome (Lord willing!). It would be a joy to meet you there if Rome is home to you. Their weekly worship service begins at 5:30 PM. Today’s Kindle deals include an interesting biography and a classic. Meanwhile, children’s books are on sale at Westminster Books. You can’t go wrong with either of the ones they’re offering. 70 Prompts for Praising God This is gold. Is there an easy way …

5 Warnings to Those Who Merely Pretend To Be Godly

There is in each of us a dangerous temptation toward hypocrisy, to be one thing but to pretend to be another. There are many within the church who are hypocrites, people who claim to be Christians but who are, in fact, unbelievers attempting to convince others (and perhaps themselves) that they are followers of Jesus Christ. They are people who do not practice true virtue but who instead offer counterfeit versions of it. Jude compares them to clouds without water …

A La Carte (May 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several titles, as usual. You know how it goes… Westminster Books is offering a good discount on a number of books, including the KNOW series by The Gospel Coalition. The Most Marginalized Minority “Is it possible, despite our allegiance to justice and compassion, that we have left the disabled on the fringes, that we are guilty of being selective in our compassion? Have we neglected to ‘invite . . . the crippled, the lame, the blind’ to …

Eliminating the Human

Musician David Byrne recently advanced an interesting theory about humanity and technology. The overarching agenda of technology, he believes, is intended to eliminate human interaction. The displacement of human beings by modern technology has become so obvious and so widespread that he has been forced to conclude it is more than an unintentional byproduct of increased automation. “What much of this technology seems to have in common is that it removes the need to deal with humans directly. The tech …

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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


A La Carte (May 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of deals. We will hope for more tomorrow. What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most Christianity Today reports on a new study showing the rise of shame over guilt as what people fear the most. The implications for our presentation of the gospel are profound. Thankfully, the gospel addresses shame just as much as it addresses guilt. Towards a Theology of Place Dan DeWitt: “Why pray if God knows everything? Why do anything if God …

Embrace Your Purpose

At this very moment, you are running a race. You are running a race even if you are sitting on the bus reading these words on your phone, even if you are reading this to take a break from the drudgery of your work. Everywhere and at all times you are running the race of all races, the Christian life. The question is not if you are running but how. Are you running well or running poorly? Are you out …

A La Carte (May 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of classics and a couple of modern-day books worth reading. Do Catholics and Protestants believe in the same Trinity? “Many people are happy to say that Muslims and Christians believe in different gods based on what they think about Jesus. … Are the differences between Catholics and Protestants so stark that we could conclude that we believe in different gods?” Worldliness: A Rich Person’s Problem? “Is worldliness a problem for the rich or for the …

So Others May Hear and Live

“So Others May Hear and Live.” This is the rallying cry of every missionary called to unreached and hard-to-reach people groups. And it is the rallying cry for Midwestern College’s Fusion program, which is training college students for that very mission.

Run To Win! The Lifelong Pursuits of a Godly Man

Every four years another Olympics begins and the whole world becomes obsessed with activities they haven’t thought about since the last games. Suddenly we find ourselves waking up early and staying up late to watch athletes pole vault and throw javelins and dive into pools. We can’t help but cheer as we watch little-known sports like field hockey and handball and water polo. What is it that compels us to watch these strange events and to cheer for people we …

A La Carte (May 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include a hodgepodge of books which are worth checking out. Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians. Enjoy your day off! What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven? “There is an important difference between guilt and guilt feelings. The distinction is between that which is objective and that which is subjective.” Do I Need to Confess Every Sin to Be Forgiven? There is a difference between failing to confess a sin and refusing to confess a sin. What …

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