A La Carte (November 21)

Some people have asked me about a 2020 Christian Reading Challenge. I’m hard at work on it and expect it will be ready in very early December. Stay tuned! Westminster Books has a sale on R.C. Sproul’s commentaries. (Yesterday on the blog: When the Forbidden Woman Is in Your Home) Hurdles to Literacy and God’s Grace What an interesting and exciting report from Cameroon! “When we first moved to Cameroon, I was introduced to the machete which is all so …

When the Forbidden Woman Is in Your Home

The early chapters of Proverbs provide a vivid description of an encounter between a pathetic, foolish young man and a wily, adulterous woman. “At the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness.” …

A La Carte (November 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include a bit of a grab bag (in which you’ll find some Piper, some Eareckson Tada, and more). Westminster Books has a deal on a new video series from Tim Keesee called Luke’s Dispatches. (Tim and I, as you may remember, are currently fundraising for another journey.) Chick-fil-A Stops Giving to Salvation Army, FCA Amid LGBT Protests Christianity Today covers the news. “Chick-fil-A has announced plans to end charitable giving to Christian organizations—including the Salvation Army and …

A La Carte (November 19)

You will find a new few Kindle deals if you’re into such things! I am excited to be speaking at the graduation ceremony for African Christian University on November 30. I’ll also be preaching at Kabwata Baptist Church (AM) and Emmasdale Baptist Church (PM) in Lusaka on December 1. I hope to see you many of you there! (Yesterday on the blog: When God Put Down a Deposit) Preaching is Worship, Not Performance That makes all the difference in the world, …

Top Gift Ideas For 2019: A Reformed Gift Guide

This sponsored post was prepared by Missional Wear Somehow, it’s November. Mid-November. Which means you might just be gearing up to begin your holiday shopping. My friends at Missional Wear have been hard at work creating unique gifts for everyone on your list. Here is a currated guide of great ideas to achieve gifting success this holiday season! Top Gifts For The Season Sweaters so ugly they are beautiful “The Spurge” Sweatshirt John Calvin Sweatshirt Long Sleeve Decorative bookend-sized statue …

When God Put Down a Deposit

Around fourteen years ago, Aileen and I bought our first home. We had been searching all over our town and all over the other towns nearby, looking for just the right place. We couldn’t find it. They were all too big or too expensive or too far from where we wanted to be. Where we wanted to be, we realized, was right where we were. So when a neighbouring home went on the market, we were quick to check it …

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A La Carte (November 18)

There is an extensive list of Kindle deals today that includes something for just about everyone. I happened to notice Amazon has Melissa & Doug toys on sale today in case you’re doing early Christmas shopping. They were always a smash with our kids. (Yesterday on the blog: Working Up a Spiritual Sweat) Your Listening Habits Are Harming Your Relationship with God “What do habits have to do with hearing God? Actually, a lot. Habits can be good or bad, distracting …

Working Up a Spiritual Sweat

I was recently reading through the new, updated version of Kent Hughes’ Disciplines of a Godly Man and was struck anew by the Bible’s call that we strive and labor for godliness. While his intended audience is primarily men, the message is equally applicable to women. ***** The statement from Paul to Timothy regarding spiritual discipline in 1 Timothy 4:7—“train yourself for godliness”—takes on not only transcending importance, but personal urgency. There are other passages that teach discipline, but this is …

Weekend A La Carte (November 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books for young adults as well as some classics. (Yesterday on the blog: Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God) Don’t Be Duped “In any sphere of culture, leaders are trying to sell themselves and their views. In fact, the very reason these leaders often rise to the top is their ability to persuade people of the rightness of their views and decisions. Yet, often they are so charismatic, so persuasive, …

Free Stuff Fridays (InterVarsity Press)

This week the blog and the giveaway has been sponsored by InterVarsity Press. They will be giving away five copies of the new book Carpe Diem Redeemed: Seizing the Day, Discerning the Times by Os Guinness. How do we live with consequence in our modern world? Life is short, and it can be as easily wasted as lived to the full. In the midst of our harried modern world, how do we make the most of life and the time …

Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God

I doubt there are too many people who can honestly say they foresaw the recent revival of interest in Puritans and Puritanism. Yet over the past 10 or 20 years, this is exactly what has happened. Suddenly a whole new generation has begun to pick up works written hundreds of years prior and realized, perhaps to their shock, that these are as relevant today as they’ve ever been. Chief among the proponents of the Puritans is Joel Beeke of Reformation …

A La Carte (November 15)

Westminster Books has a couple of deals that may interest you. One is on the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series while the other is on a new systematic theology (plus a few other not-so-new systematic theologies). Run Your Race—Not Someone Else’s “Have you ever heard yourself inwardly say, Well, at least I’m doing better than that guy, or, conversely, I’ll never be as good as that girl? In the former, we are provoking others. In arrogance, we look down on others …

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A La Carte (November 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include rather an eclectic list of books. (Yesterday on the blog: Updates on Life, Health, Travels, and Family) Preaching Holiness Without Bashing Heads “In preaching a biblical virtue like holiness, preachers can easily give the idea that we must all strive for it through sheer grit. People who are already burdened with moralistic tendencies invariably tie those virtues to an angry, transcendentally holy and demanding God, and unwittingly, we will jump through one hoop after another to …

Updates on Life, Health, Travels, and Family

I thought I might break into the regularly-scheduled programming at this site to provide a few updates on what’s going on in my life, vocation, and family. I’ve got a few updates on health, projects, travel, and so on. Health Quite a number of people have asked about my health, and especially about the strange and lingering issues with my hands. That situation is largely unchanged. I continue to try various treatments under the guidance of skilled specialists. Each treatment …

A La Carte (November 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include the complete NIV Application Commentary series which has many strong volumes. There are a few other books as well. Hope for the Girl with a Sexual Past I know this is an area of significant struggle for some. “Like my coworker, I previously believed I could never live a life of purity. It’s a bizarre thought to the mind which has yet to be renewed by Christ. Back then, I could have been named among Gomer …

A La Carte (November 12)

There’s the usual list of Kindle deals to at least glance at today. Amazon has quite a lot of board games and other toys on sale today. (Yesterday on the blog: A Husband’s Perspective on a Postpartum Body) Honoring “Grandma Taylor” – Living Veteran of World War II I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Grandma Taylor, a living veteran of World War II. “97-year-old Marilyn Taylor is a veteran through and through. She is Mom to us and Grandma to her …

A Husband’s Perspective on a Postpartum Body

It was with sorrow but not surprise that I read a recent article at Risen Motherhood. In The Gospel Frees Us From Shame: Embracing Sexual Intimacy with a Postpartum Body, Lauren Washer writes about an experience that’s common among women who have given birth to one or more children. “I never thought my feelings toward sexual intimacy would change so drastically after having babies. Yet, with each pregnancy and every extra pound on my body, I have struggled to believe …

A La Carte (November 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics and a whole lot of newer works. (Parenthetically, I happened to notice that Amazon has Timbuk2 backpacks and bags on sale today; that makes them really good bags at a very good price.) Will We Remember Our Life in Heaven? Even the Trauma? Wyatt Graham goes swimming in some deep waters here. “Imagine entering into heaven. Joy fills your soul. But you see some object that triggers a traumatic memory from your life. What …

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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