A Few Practical Pointers on Marriage

If you could speak to 70 nearly-married or newly-married couples and give them some practical pointers on marriage, what would you say? That was the question I faced as I prepared for a recent event across town. My first assignment was to speak on the Christian family and then to describe some of the challenges couples may encounter in the first ten years and the ten years after that. Well and good. But then they wanted me to get practical …

A La Carte (January 27)

I woke up early this morning, so spent quite a lot of time attempting to hunt down low-priced Kindle books that might be of interest to you. Maybe there’s something that will jump out! Is There A Climate Change Cult? If it’s not a full-out cult, it’s getting pretty close. “I am using the religious language deliberately because one of the things that greatly bothers me is the way that this whole debate has been moved away from science into …

Sunday A La Carte (January 26)

It was such a good week for interesting articles and videos that I collected more than I could fit into this week’s A La Carte columns. For that reason I’m adding an additional A La Carte today. Enjoy! You’ll find some general market Kindle deals as part of a one-day sale. Why We Shouldn’t Ditch the Traditional Sermon Just Yet I quite agree that we shouldn’t even seriously consider ditching the traditional sermon! A Lesson (or Two) in Death Eleazar …

Weekend A La Carte (January 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics and not some-yet-classics. And don’t forget about the great commentary sale from yesterday! (Yesterday on the blog: I Still Do) Some Men Just Like the Fight Jared Wilson: “Fighting is sometimes necessary. Liking to fight is not. In fact, it is forbidden. Consider whether you are in fact with every caustic tweet chipping away at your qualification for ministry. It is not manly to get up every morning thinking of the brethren as your …

Free Stuff Fridays (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who also sponsored the blog this week. They have two offers that may interest you: First, they are offering everyone a free copy of Truths You Can Trust, a book that offers truths you trust for life and ministry from 13 different theological disciplines. As secular culture becomes increasingly antagonistic to Christian faith and some theological institutions are lowering their convictional standards, the church needs a foundation …

I Still Do

A wise friend once told me, “No one should write a book about marriage until they’ve been married for twenty years.” Then he reached his twentieth anniversary and amended his rule: “No one should write a book about marriage until they’ve been married for thirty years.” The point is, none of us ever master marriage, because marriage, like the people involved in it, is constantly changing. Yet even though we never master it, there is much we can learn from …

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A La Carte (January 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include a number of books for adults and one for kids. Of note, Basically the whole Word Biblical Commentary series is on sale today. According to my Best Commentaries collection, there are some especially good volumes in that series that would all rank top-5 for that book: Genesis volume 1 and volume 2, Leviticus, Ruth-Esther, Ezra-Nehemiah, Job volume 1 2 and 3, Psalms volume 1 2 and 3, Song of Songs & Lamentations, Ezekiel volume 1 and …

A La Carte (January 23)

There is a little bit of everything in today’s list of Kindle deals. Do remember as we come toward the end of the month to grab your freebies from Logos. (Yesterday on the blog: Training a New Generation of African Pastors and Church Leaders) The Problem of Having no Defined Membership Stephen Kneale makes the case for meaningful and clearly-defined church membership by showing the consequences of having no defined membership. Abortion Regret Isn’t a Myth, Despite New Study “Pro-life …

Training a New Generation of African Pastors and Church Leaders

Central Africa Baptist College & Seminary in Kitwe, Zambia, is deeply involved in training up a new generation of African pastors and church leaders. My recent travels through Africa took me to the school and allowed me to see how it is impacting Zambia and many other countries in central Africa. I came away extremely encouraged! You can learn more about Central Africa Baptist College & Seminary at cabuniversity.com.

A La Carte (January 22)

There is once again a substantial collection of Kindle deals for you to consider. Westminster Books is offering a deal on Dave Harvey’s new book I Still Do. I’ll have a review of it on Friday, and will be recommending it then. Yesterday on the blog: Looking for Something Good To Read? (10 Book Suggestions) Why Roman Catholic Countries Should be Considered Unreached Jordan Standridge makes the case. “It has been and continues to be a burden of mine to …

Looking for Something Good To Read? (10 Book Suggestions)

I spend a lot of time reading. And, for as long as my messed up hands keep me from being able to type as much as I’d like, I’ll be spending even more time reading than usual. Here, in case you’re looking for something good to read, are some of the books I’ve gone through in the past couple of weeks. All of these are general market books, but I do read Christian books as well—it’s just that I tend …

A La Carte (January 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include a lot of Wiersbe, with a few other authors represented as well. (Yesterday on the blog: Worshiping a Not-So-Holy God) Let Not Food Destroy the Body Stacey Reaoch brings up some good and important points in this article on food. Like this: “Food preferences are just that — preferences. In a culture saturated with money, restaurants, healthy food options, and locally sourced meats, fruits, and vegetables, we’re able to be more and more picky (and proud) …

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Southern Seminary: A Legacy of Truth

This week the blog is sponsored by Southern Seminary and was written by R. Albert Mohler Jr, who invites you to download your free copy of Truths You Can Trust. Not too long ago, I was able to visit with two of the leading authorities on theological education in the world. Neither of these figures is an evangelical Christian, and both are heavily invested in mainline Protestant theological education through seminaries and divinity schools. The most interesting aspect of our conversation …

Worshiping a Not-So-Holy God

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the annual (bi-annual as of 2021) G3 Conference in Atlanta. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the event and, as always, my favorite part was meeting so many of you. On the opening day of the conference I participated in a Q&A session that included John MacArthur, Paul Washer, Voddie Baucham, Steve Lawson, and Josh Buice. Those who watched the session undoubtedly saw that most of us deferred to John MacArthur for …

A La Carte (January 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include a diverse collection of books. (Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Sunday in January) 10 Ways Porn Culture Will Target Your Kids in 2020 You’ve just got to be aware of all that ways porn culture targets your kids. “So let’s get to know the enemy so we can gear up for those battles! Here are TEN things to look out for this year as you raise kids in a hypersexualized porn culture AND …

How We Worshipped One Sunday in January

From time to time I like to share one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. In that vein, here is how we worshiped on one January Sunday morning. This week’s cast of characters included Steve as service leader, Paul as preacher, and Allie as music leader. Dwight read the Scripture text and led the pastoral prayer. The band was composed of a piano, and electric guitar, and two female vocalists. Welcome and Call to Worship (Steve) Steve welcomed …

Weekend A La Carte (January 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include some newer books and some older ones; there are some good picks! Westminster Books has a sale on R.C. Sproul’s excellent commentary on the Westminster Confession (which has been newly reprinted). You may also be interested in the ESV Creeds & Confessions Bible. (Yesterday on the blog: The Gospel According to Satan) Every Place Is the Same Now What an interesting reflection on our new technologies. “Until the 20th century, one had to leave the house …

Free Stuff Fridays (Crossway)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away a brand new book that I think will be of a lot of interest to you: Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God’s Royal Priests by Edward T. Welch. There will be five winners this week and each will receive a copy of the book. Here is how Crossway describes it: “Human beings are wired for connection. We long …

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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