Should We Abandon “Evangelical?”

The word evangelical seems to have fallen out of favor, and perhaps for reasons that are understandable. Where the word once had a distinct Christian meaning, in recent years it has come to be conflated with politics as much as religion, with civil issues as much as spiritual. Many wonder whether the term is worth salvaging or if we should simply move on. Many wonder whether Christians should still consider themselves evangelical or whether it would better serve Christ’s cause …

A La Carte (May 20)

The Lord be with you and bless you today, my friends. (Yesterday on the blog: Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God) Sexual ethics and colonialism for the modern age This article considers the strange contradictions between society’s hatred of an old form of colonialism and its love of a new one. The Miracle In Newgate “The gentle, kindly face of Elizabeth Fry was chosen by the Bank of England to grace the £5 note between …

Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God

I have often said that I don’t know what I think or what I believe until I write about it. Writing is how I reflect, how I meditate, how I chart life’s every journey. In the waning weeks of 2020 my dear son Nick passed away very suddenly and very unexpectedly. And when that sorrow was still new in my heart, when the tears were still fresh in my eyes, when I barely knew up from down and here from …

A La Carte (May 19)

There is once again a sale on some new kids’ books at Westminster Books. Today’s Kindle deals include one single solitary book. (Yesterday on the blog: The Dead Seriousness of Careless Words) The Blessing of Rest “Because of the way I am wired I have always viewed rest as weakness and a colossal waste of my time. Why should I have to spend such a large chunk of every day doing nothing when there are books and articles to write, …

The Dead Seriousness of Careless Words

A technician for an airline neglected to check the logs from previous flights and therefore failed to take action on a control problem that had recurred multiple times over the past days. His carelessness was one of the factors that led to the plane crashing on a subsequent flight. An engineer failed to set the brakes on parked tanker cars which soon begin to roll of their own accord until, out of control, they skipped the tracks and exploded. His …

A La Carte (May 18)

Good morning! May the Lord be with you and bless you on this fine day. There are some really good Kindle deals today that include A Puritan Theology and Stott’s study of the Beatitudes. Recovering an Erased Gospel “Two hundred years ago, a nobleman on the Greek island of Zakynthos presented a visiting British soldier with a handwritten copy of the readings from the Greek gospels used in church services. On his return to London, General Colin Macaulay gave this manuscript, Codex …

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This book was a labor of love and, in its own way, my way of processing the grief of losing Nick. It is a real-time, first-person, present-tense series of reflections on the pain that comes with loss and the comfort that God provides. It is my fervent prayer that it will give help, hope, and comfort to others who are enduring hardship as well as to those who may be seeking to help them. It is now available on Amazon, Westminster Books, etc, and I'd love it if you'd be willing to pre-order it before its September release. ...

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A La Carte (May 17)

Yesterday we made the long drive from Louisville back to Canada and are once again settled into home. The newlyweds, meanwhile, headed off on what I pray will be a joyful honeymoon. Between getting home and calling it a night I did have time to dig up a few new Kindle deals. Westminster Book is offering a great deal on what they’re calling Bavinck’s Christianity 101. (Yesterday on the blog: Who You Most Truly Are — A Wedding Speech for Abby and …

Pastoring in Hard Places—Why We Must Run Toward Difficult Places

This week the blog is sponsored by Acts 29 and is written by Matthew Spandler-Davison. Matthew is the vice president for global outreach for Acts 29 and manages Acts 29’s Church in Hard Places initiative. He is also a church planter and pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Bardstown, Kentucky. Charles Spurgeon, the known Baptist preacher in Victorian England once said, “One night alone in prayer might make us new men, changed from poverty of soul to spiritual wealth, from trembling to triumphing.” There is …

Who You Most Truly Are — A Wedding Speech for Abby and Nathan

Yesterday we celebrated Abby and Nathan’s wedding—the first of a whole new generation for the Challies side of the family (though certainly not the last since Abby is one of 16 children/nieces/nephews). The day was every bit as beautiful as we had hoped. I’ll try to share a few pictures in the near future, but in the meantime thought I’d share the speech Aileen and I delivered together. Tim: This is a day of great joy. It’s a day of …

A La Carte (May 16)

It was a late night last night and thus a bit of a slow start today. But we successfully pulled off a wedding and had a great time of it. Congratulations to Nathan and Abby! Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little collection of books on a crucial topic. (Yesterday on the blog: Two Lives Blending Into One Life) Why Pro-Lifers Support Laws to Punish Abortionists but Not Mothers Denny Burk explains why the majority of pro-lifers support laws that …

Two Lives Blending Into One Life

I’ve got marriage on my mind today as we prepare to gather this evening to celebrate Abby and Nathan’s wedding. One little gift I have given them is a copy of J.R. Miller’s The Wedded Life, a sweet little book he wrote for just such an occasion. This particular copy was given to a couple in 1906 and contains the signatures of all those who attended their ceremony over a century ago. I love that it will be present in …

Weekend A La Carte (May 14)

Good morning! Here’s a little collection of links that I thought you might enjoy. There are a few Kindle deals you may want to look at. (Yesterday on the blog: Laying Ambushes — A Family Update on a Special Weekend) How does Reformed theology view the future of Israel compared to dispensationalism? Obviously not everyone who reads this site will agree with the take presented in this video from Ligonier Ministries. Yet it’s a good explanation of how Reformed folk have traditionally …

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This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Christian Focus.  They are giving away five-book sets of Tell God How You Feel: Helping Kids with Hard Emotions and God Hears Your Heart: Helping Kids Pray about Hard Emotions by Christina Fox. As emotional beings, we all have feelings. And in a fallen world, some of those feelings are difficult. Fear. Grief. Sadness. Disappointment. Guilt. Loneliness. Anger. We learn from an early age ways to navigate such hard emotions. For some …

Laying Ambushes — A Family Update on a Special Weekend

Like so many Canadian boys of his era, Nick went through a pretty significant Nerf Gun phase when he was 8 or 10 years old. Between several birthdays and Christmases he built up quite an arsenal and, for a time, most of his play would in some way involve these guns. There was one game he especially enjoyed. When he found out that guests were on their way over, he would hide outside and watch for their approach. When they …

A La Carte (May 13)

May the Lord be with you and bless you today. I have only found one Kindle deals so far today, but it’s a good one at least. Why Pro-Abortion Activists Desecrate Churches Carl Trueman: “The church service is not simply a convenient place to intimidate pro-life campaigners. To attack a worship service is not simply to annoy the participants. It is to profane the sacred. It is to enact that which abortion itself represents. It is to spit on the very identity …

A La Carte (May 12)

Good morning! Grace and peace to you. (Yesterday on the blog: Keys To Knowing God’s Will for Your Life) Still Chris Thomas: “Stillness can be elusive; a mirage of anticipation that beckons yet fails to deliver. I’ve searched for it, grasped at it, despaired at it, and been surprised by it. Sometimes I’ve forgotten it. But then, like an old friend unseen for a decade or more, stillness creeps up on me in some hidden place and embraces me as though …

Keys To Knowing God’s Will for Your Life

Of all the issues related to Christian living, few receive greater attention than knowing God’s will for our lives. Many believers, and especially younger ones, agonize over knowing what God means for them to do and how he means for them to live out their days. Many end up leaning toward a low-grade form of mysticism, longing to receive some kind of a sign from the skies or some kind of a word in their hearts. Many live with hesitation, …

A La Carte (May 11)

May the Lord bless and keep you on this fine day. This week’s deal from Westminster Books is on a collection of books for kids. There are a few new Kindle deals to look at today. Why Mainstream Scholars often Differ with Evangelical Pastors on the Gospels “Why is it that if you read what Wikipedia says about the date and authorship of the Gospels, it is very different from the way most pastors in evangelical churches and most ordinary Christians talk …

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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