Weekend A La Carte (July 20)

I made it safely home after a wonderful little trip to Africa. I should have some video to share soon. Today’s Kindle deals include some new books and some old books—it’s a good selection! (Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books) Uh, You Should Read FaceApp’s Truly Wild Terms of Service Agreement Before You Use It That aging app everyone is using? Relevant took a look at the terms of service and summarizes: “That’s a lot of words to …

Free Stuff Fridays (Crown & Covenant)

This week the blog and the giveaway has been sponsored by Crown & Covenant Publications. They will be giving away five copies of Pastor Rutledge “Rut” Etheridge III”s soon to be published book God Breathed: Connecting through Scripture to God, Others, the Natural World, and Yourself.  Coming August 2019! Self-made truth is the air we breathe in our day, which past philosophers hailed as the Age of the Lonely Self. You feel it when the silence falls around you and …

7 New and Notable Books for July

July isn’t always prime time for book releases, but in this case, it has done okay for itself. Here are some of the new and notable Christian books for July, 2019. In each case, I’ve provided the publisher’s editorial description. Disciplines of a Godly Man (Updated Edition) by R. Kent Hughes. This is a new, updated edition of a modern day classic. “No man will get anywhere in life without discipline—and growth in godliness is no exception. Seasoned pastor R. …

A La Carte (July 19)

I’ve made it as far as Germany, and by the end of the day hope to be back in my own home. Keep an eye out for what I hope will be some encouraging video from Mozambique! 5 Resolutions for Pastoral Ministry These are some solid resolutions. “As I embark upon the calling to which God has given me, I am, therefore, personally proposing and publicly proclaiming the following resolutions, which, under the grace and faithfulness of God, I hope …

A La Carte (July 18)

There are some new Kindle deals that may be of interest. (Yesterday on the blog: They Call It “The Rock”) 9 Things You Should Know About the Communion Service on the Moon Joe Carter: “This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people in history to walk on the Moon. But it’s also the anniversary of the a lesser known event—the first celebration of the Lord’s Supper on …

They Call It “The Rock”

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of spending some time in Newfoundland—Canada’s easternmost province (and the easternmost point of North America). It was a joy to be there and to explore some of what the Lord is accomplishing  through his people. With the help of Thomas Heidman, I put together a little video I thought you might enjoy. It shows both the great beauty of the island and its great need. Please also consider checking out Mile …

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A La Carte (July 17)

Today I’m winging my way to South Africa where I’ll be spending a day in Johannesburg. That’s the first leg on my homeward journey… Today’s Kindle deals include several pretty good books at a pretty good discount. And, as usual, there’s a healthy collection of weekly deals at Westminster Books. A Place at the Table Heidi Tai is such a good writer. “My Gong Gong joined a movement of ‘Freedom Swimmers’ who made their escape from China by swimming into Hong …

A La Carte (July 16)

Good morning from sunny Nampula, Mozambique, where a conference for pastors is kicking off today. I’m not on the speaking roster, but would still love you to pray for the speakers (who hail from Zambia, Brazil, and America). I found a few Kindle deals today that you may enjoy. (Yesterday on the Blog: When Christians Just Don’t Read the Bible) The Snakes That Ate Florida “In the Everglades, everything still looks the same. The waving saw grass, the cypress and pine trees …

Snowflakes, Suicide, and Scripture

This week the blog is sponsored by Crown & Covenant and this post is written by Pastor Rutledge “Rut” Etheridge III is assistant professor of biblical studies at Geneva College. His book, God Breathed (Crown & Covenant Publications), releases August 2019. I like to think that I’m young, and compared to some people—and most trees—I am. But as the number to the right of the four in my age continues its cruel ascent, I’m increasingly thankful for the life-giving privilege of ministering …

When Christians Just Don’t Read the Bible

A recent study sponsored by LifeWay Research and highlighted by Facts & Trends shares some unfortunate but unsurprising results: “A third of Americans who attend a Protestant church regularly (32%) say they read the Bible personally every day. Around a quarter (27%) say they read it a few times a week.” They divide the results demographically and provide lots more information, but the facts are clear enough: plenty of good, Christian, Bible-believing folk are not spending time in the Word …

A La Carte (July 15)

It’s Amazon’s Prime Day, which means they’ve got a selection of Kindle Books on sale, as well as Kindle devices. And, of course, lots of other stuff. Also, you may be interested in knowing that Cruciform Press has released a new volume from Keri Folmar in her ongoing Bible study series. This one is on Titus. (See it at Cruciform or Amazon.) Should Jesus Be the Point of Every OT Sermon? I appreciate this handling of what’s kind of a …

How We Worshipped on One Sunday in July

Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do so hoping they serve as a model of how one church attempts to worship the Lord in a distinctly biblical way. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as our service leader, Josh as our lead worshipper, Dwight (one of our associate pastors) as the elder who read the Scripture text and prayed. I preached. Our band consisted of …

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Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of classics worthy of a place in your collection. (Yesterday on the blog: When My Children Grow Strong and I Grow Weak) The Christian CBD Changes Its Name This is an understandable name change! “For more than 40 years, Christian Book Distributors—a direct-mail cataloger and online retailer—has gone by the letters CBD. But the company announced last month it would drop the abbreviation and the word distributors from its name in response to the …

Free Stuff Fridays (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

This week’s free stuff Friday’s is brought to you by our friends at Southern Seminary. They are giving away five copies of the ESV Expository Commentary: Hebrews-Revelation. This volume features contributions from two Southern Seminary faculty headliners, Tom Schreiner and Rob Plummer. Schreiner is one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, and Plummer is the man behind Daily Dose of Greek, a great resource to help you learn and retain the language of the New Testament. The series itself …

When My Children Grow Strong and I Grow Weak

Multiculturalism has a fascinating way of messing with our presuppositions. We find to our surprise that what is normal to one person is foreign to another, that what is good within one culture is evil within another. We find that much of what we believe to be objectively good and true has actually been filtered through a subjective cultural lens. We find that we need to look to the transcultural Bible to ask, “What does God say about this?” When …

A La Carte (July 12)

There are some new Kindle deals today you may enjoy browsing through. A “Good Christian Boy” Meets the Savior “Warren Wiersbe, one of the preeminent Bible teachers and writers of our day, recently had his heavenly homegoing at the age of eighty-nine. A number of the obituaries written about Wiersbe noted that he had come to saving faith in Jesus Christ at a Youth for Christ rally where Billy Graham was the featured evangelist. Here is some more of the instructive …

A La Carte (July 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of minor items. We will hope for more tomorrow. (Yesterday on the blog: Leave and Cleave Like a Strawberry) At Home Discipleship This is really good. “Maybe like me, you have a longing for an intentional mentor like I first described—somebody who will commit to weekly meetings, studies, and plans. But it seems that everyone is so busy. The reality is that many of these people are already committed to the first ministries …

Leave and Cleave Like a Strawberry

Living in a multicultural city and serving in a multicultural church has given me a wide view of some of the ways different generations of a family can relate to one another. As a young generation begins to pair up and to marry, forming new families, they need to learn to relate to the generation or generations that came before. This can take many different forms and I’ve long observed that the most significant determining factor is usually culture. We …

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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