A La Carte (March 9)

Grace to you and peace today. Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of books, at least so far. (Yesterday on the blog: The Uninvited Lodger) An Elephant in the Room-Sized Post on Gluttony Jared Wilson: “If you’ve ever given much thought to combating this sin, you’ve probably run into the same problem I have: there doesn’t seem to be much help out there. Certainly the sentiments of the world aren’t going to do us any favors. We live in …

Do We Really Believe in Equality?

This week the blog is sponsored by Baker Books and is adapted from Michael Sherrard’s new book Why You Matter: How Your Quest for Meaning Is Meaningless without God. We live in an ironic time. The belief that all people should be treated equally is spreading, and yet, so is hatred. People genuinely hate each other today: republicans and democrats, mask wearers and virus conspirators, Disney and those who think Gina Carano shouldn’t have been kicked off Mandalorian. Half the …

The Uninvited Lodger

It is a hard truth, but also an intuitive truth: God disciplines the ones he loves and chastises his children. After all, what father does not at times have to correct his son, for what son does not at times need correction? In this way discipline is proof of a father’s concern for his child, evidence of his paternal affection. No good father leaves his child to run rampant according to his own whims, according to his own folly. No …

A La Carte (March 8)

Good morning! Grace to you today. It has been a bit of a quiet stretch for Kindle deals, but there are a few there today. (Yesterday on the blog: This World Is Passing Away) The Empty Religions of Instagram There are lots of interesting insights here on the rise of “Instavangelists.” “We’ve found a different kind of clergy: personal growth influencers. Women like Ms. Doyle, who offer nones like us permission, validation and community on demand at a time when …

This World Is Passing Away

The Apostle tells us that “the present form of this world is passing away.” Horatius Bonar once reflected on this and wrote a beautiful bit of writing that shows just what that means and how we should live accordingly. The world is passing away — like a dream of the night. We lie down to rest; we fall asleep; we dream; we awake at morn — and lo, all is fled, which in our dream seemed so stable and so pleasant! So …

Weekend A La Carte (March 6)

Grace and peace to you as you serve and honor the Lord this weekend. My gratitude goes to Boyce College for sponsoring the blog this week so they can invite you to their upcoming Virtual Preview Day. Today’s Kindle deals include some classics along with a couple of newer works. (Yesterday on the blog: To My Son on His Twenty-First Birthday) Died: Larry Crabb, Christian Counselor Who Kept Exploring Christianity Today remembers Larry Crabb who died a few days ago. …

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To My Son on His Twenty-First Birthday

Happy birthday, my boy! You’re 21 today! Or you would be. Do you celebrate birthdays in heaven? Do you even mark days, months, and years? I confess, I have only just begun to realize how little I know about the place you have gone to be. I’ve got many questions, but few answers. Then again, I could only get credible answers through the Bible and it seems to be far less concerned with describing lives in heaven than directing lives …

A La Carte (March 5)

Good morning! Grace to you today. Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting titles. The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking “Positive thinking says if you just dig deep enough in yourself, you will find strength to conquer anything. The gospel says when you have no strength left, God will sustain you. Positive thinking looks to goodness in creation to solve immediate problems. The gospel looks to the Creator to solve eternal problems. Positive thinking holds up in everyday struggles, but in …

A La Carte (March 4)

The God of peace be with you all today. Today’s Kindle deals are all about Kevin DeYoung books. On sale this week at Westminster Books is John Piper’s huge new work, his magnum opus perhaps, Providence. (Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books (Belated) for February 2021) Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracism Can’t Heal Us This is a good look at a popular book. “Kendi writes of our underlying and shared humanity beneath the construct of race. Yes and amen. …

New and Notable Books (Belated) for February 2021

The time has come for another roundup of some of the new and notable books that have come my way in the past month. Unfortunately I dawdled just a little so this has fallen from the last days of February to the first days of March. Regardless, here are some of the books that caught my attention in February. For each of them I have included the publisher’s description. Both–And: Understanding Apparent Contradictions in Christianity by Ross Cunningham. “One of …

A La Carte (March 3)

Good morning! Grace and peace to you today. The Kindle deals are a little sparse today, but I did dig up a couple. 10 Things You Should Know about R. C. Sproul I loved this list of 10 things you should know about R.C. Sproul. The Counsel and Care of the Elderly “Society feeds the pride of young men and women by telling them that they can change the world–regardless of God-given giftings, intellect, upbringing, associations, providential encounters, guidance, or …

A La Carte (March 2)

The Lord be with you and bless you today! Today’s Kindle deals include a few odds and ends. Logos users, I’ve got a couple of things to tell you. First, be sure to check out this month’s free and nearly free books. Second, Logos March Matchups is back and will lead to a huge discount on a commentary set, so get voting! (Yesterday on the blog: Which Christian Best Portrays Christ?) Sin Is Cosmic Treason I kind of expect that by …

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Who Will Your High School Student Be On The Other Side of College?

This week the blog is sponsored by Boyce College and they are inviting you to join them for their Virtual Preview Day on March 26th. Who will your high school student be on the other side of college? That is a question every thoughtful parent ponders as they consider post-secondary educational options. You will learn more about answering that question by participating in Boyce College Virtual Preview Day on Friday, March 26 starting at 4pm (ET). Your student is going to …

Which Christian Best Portrays Christ?

An elderly man, bedridden through a long and terminal illness, wished to see the Rocky Mountains before he died. Unable to travel, yet being a man of some means, he hired a number of skilled artists and dispatched them to the West. To each he gave orders to bring him a painting that would display the beauty of the Rockies. One painter made his way to Banff National Park, to the rise above Morant’s Curve, where he captured a scene …

A La Carte (March 1)

Good morning! Grace and peace to you today. Today’s list of Kindle deals turned into a pretty good one. Help! I Don’t Like the Music at My Church Matt Merker offers help to those who struggle with their church’s music. “Too loud. Too soft. Too rhythmic. Too classical. Not relevant enough. Not transcendent enough. Not polished, creative, innovative, interesting, or powerful enough. Not good enough—at least not for me. How do you feel about the music at your church? Are you …

Sunday A La Carte

Most weeks I publish A La Carte articles from Monday to Saturday. But some weeks I find so much good material that I create an extra edition, and that’s exactly the case today. So here is one of those rare Sunday editions of A La Carte. I hope you enjoy it! Andrew Peterson’s On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is on sale today for Kindle. When Amazon Erased My Book You may have heard that Ryan T. …

Weekend A La Carte (February 27)

Good morning! May God bless and keep you through this weekend. Today’s Kindle deals include a list of classics, a biography, and whatever else I can find in the morning. (Yesterday on the blog: Only the Christian Faith Begins At the Top) What a World Ours Will Be John Piper ponders heaven: “At the second coming of Christ, the people of God will see the risen King in his power and great glory. They will be changed instantly into sinless …

Only the Christian Faith Begins At the Top

Though few tools are simpler than a plumb line, few are more effective at their task. A plumb line is simply a pointed weight—a plumb bob, or plummet, if you prefer—that has been suspended from a cord. The bob dangles from the cord and, through the consistent downward pull of gravity, establishes a vertical reference. Since time immemorial—ancient Egypt at least—a plumb line has been used to establish verticality for walls, towers, castles, and other structures. If you make a …

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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