A La Carte (December 1)

The beginning of a new month is a good time to remind ourselves that right now, at this very moment, God is reigning from his throne. This month Westminster Books has great deals on all kinds of ESV Bibles. There are a few Kindle deals to look at today. (Yesterday on the blog: No, It Wasn’t the Vaccine) Disney’s ‘Strange World’ Embodies Strange New World Brett McCracken: “Two 2022 releases: Disney’s Strange World and Carl Trueman’s Strange New World. Any …

No, It Wasn’t the Vaccine

A couple of weeks ago I was on live radio doing an interview about Seasons of Sorrow. The interview went well, I think, and I was able to speak about Nick, about the book, and about my hope that it will bless and serve others as they pass through their own seasons of grief and loss. As soon as I hung up, I sat down at my computer and saw that I had received an email to this effect: “I …

A La Carte (November 30)

May the Lord be with you and bless you today. Today’s Kindle deals include at least a couple of interesting books. The Rise of Right-Wing Wokeism Kevin DeYoung has written a long and thorough review of Stephen Wolfe’s new book on Christian Nationalism. “This is a long review, so let me state my conclusion up front: I understand and sympathize with the desire for something like Christian Nationalism, but if this book represents the best of that ism, then Christian …

A La Carte (November 29)

Blessings to you today. Personally Against but Legally For Writing for WORLD, Denny Burk explains why it doesn’t make sense to be personally against but legally for a changing definition of marriage. Finding Hope When Things Aren’t As They Should Be “They year is winding down, we’re getting busy making plans and preparations for different events. As we enter the first week of advent, what are you hoping for this season?” What is revival? Should we expect it today? Watch …

Christmas Thoughts

Today’s post is sponsored by the Banner of Truth and reflects on a new collection of writings from J.C. Ryle, edited by Andrew Atherstone. ‘What does Christmas mean to you?’ This is a question you hear often during the months of November and December. For some it’s, ‘The best of times’, for others ‘the worst of times’ (to borrow from Charles Dickens). But consider this; many may hear and think of the name of Jesus than at any other time of …

Cyber Monday 2022 Deals for Christians

Black Friday is behind us and that brings us to Cyber Monday, another opportunity to track down some good deals. I spent a good bit of time hunting around for deals and wanted to share them here. Amazon As you’d expect, Amazon has a massive selection of deals that span just about every possible category. Use the filters in the left sidebar to focus on the ones that are interesting to you. The one everyone’s talking about is $50 off …

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A La Carte (November 28)

Good morning. Grace and peace to you. There are a few new Kindle deals that are well worth a look. Be sure to check out this long list of Cyber Monday deals that may be of interest. When God’s Sovereign Will Seems Inscrutable “Sometimes God’s sovereign will seems inscrutable, especially when it involves His allowing overwhelming trial or crushing disappointment. Or when He permits the thwarting of what consecrated Christians had become thoroughly convinced was in keeping with His plan and would …

Our Hearts Are Restless

Sometimes we all need just a little bit of help when we pray. Sometimes it is good for us to borrow the prayers of other people and put them to use ourselves. And for just that reason, here’s a lovely prayer from St. Augustine (as found in the excellent little book Fount of Heaven. Perhaps it will give you words to pray today. Great are you, O Lord, and greatly to be praised. Great is your power. Your wisdom is …

Weekend A La Carte (November 26)

My thanks goes to Christian Focus for sponsoring the blog this week with news of an excellent new biography on John Ross. There are a few new Kindle deals today. Westminster Books continues their deals today with discounts on children’s books. (Yesterday on the blog: Black Friday 2022 Deals for Christians) David French and the Future of Orthodox Protestantism This is an important one from Carl Trueman. “It is now clear that orthodox Protestants, specifically evangelicals, do not own the country. Whether …

Free Stuff Fridays (Christian Focus Publications)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Christian Focus Publications. They are offering copies of The Power and the Glory: John Ross and the Evangelisation of Manchuria to five winners. Born in the northeast of Scotland, John Ross arrived in Manchuria in 1872 and spent 40 years of his life there. He left behind an amazing legacy of culturally sensitive evangelism, established presbyterian churches, innovative missionary principles, valuable publications, and a rich vein of translations, including the first version of the New Testament …

Black Friday 2022 Deals for Christians

While there are many places you can go today to find deals on electronics and other big-ticket items, I like to provide a place for Christian retailers to make their deals known to Christians who are trying to kick-start their Christmas shopping (or to just buy great resources at significant discounts). I will update this list regularly throughout the weekend, so you may want to return to a few times. Be sure to check back on Monday for Cyber Monday …

A La Carte (November 25)

Good morning. Grace and peace to you. Don’t forget to check today’s Black Friday Deals for Christians roundup. I’ll be updating it through the day as I find new deals. Your Spouse Is God’s Creation I enjoyed Paul Tripp’s reflection on marriage and, even more, on his call to accept and embrace your spouse as he or she is. “God created every aspect of your spouse’s personhood. He administrated every choice of hardwiring, tone of voice, innate personality, natural gifts, …

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A La Carte (November 24)

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Happy Thanksgiving to my many American friends and family members. Enjoy your holiday today and then check in tomorrow for my annual round-up of Black Friday deals. (Yesterday on the blog: Revival) Four Tips for Having Good Conversations Perhaps you’ll find this helpful today. “What if I told you it’s possible to have great conversations with almost anyone without wasting your time, getting bored, …

Revival

I’m very thankful for the recent rise of the Christian documentary. Over the past few years we’ve been treated to quite a number of excellent productions that focus on key Christian characters, on important topics, and even on the whole sweep of Christian history. We are blessed to have access to this bounty of riches. New to the field is Revival: The Work of God. Directed by Dan Pugh, written and presented by Jeremy Walker, and backed by Reformation Heritage …

A La Carte (November 23)

The Lord be with you and bless you on this fine day. There is once again a nice long list of Kindle deals to browse through, headlined by two apologetics words: Keller’s The Reason for God and Scrivener’s new The Air We Breathe. Westminster Books has put together a Christmas Gift Guide with all sorts of good deals. Trusting God Through Terminal Illness This is quite an article. “I quickly progressed to using a wheelchair and had to give up …

A La Carte (November 22)

In the lead up to Black Friday, Logos has deals on a number of commentary bundles. You’ll find deep discounts on bundles for Anchor Yale Bible Commentary, New American Commentary, Preaching the Word Commentary, and Tyndale Old and New Testament Commentary. Meanwhile, if you’re into Kindle deals, be sure to check today’s list as you’ll find the entire Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series discounted to $4.99 per volume—a fantastic deal on a premier series. (Yesterday on the blog: To …

Five things John Ross Teaches us about Effective Evangelism

This week’s blog is sponsored by Christian Focus Publications and written by John Stuart Ross, author of a new biography about Scottish missionary John Ross (no relation), The Power and the Glory: John Ross and the Evangelisation of Manchuria and Korea   The new biography of my namesake, the Scottish missionary John Ross (1842-1915), is the first published in English. From 1872 to 1910, Ross worked in northeast China, but his influence spread south into Korea, resulting in both regions …

To the Impetuous and Impulsive

There is a kind of personality we are all familiar with, I’m sure—a kind of personality that is impetuous and impulsive, prone to act in ways that are spontaneous and ill-thought-out. It’s the personality of Simon Peter whom we know so well from the pages of Scripture—the one of the twelve disciples who stepped overboard to attempt to walk on water, the one who exclaimed, “not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!,” the one who …

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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