A La Carte (February 23)

After a successful couple of days in Sydney, I’ve just hopped across to New Zealand where I anticipate a few days of searching high and low for Christian history. (Yesterday on the blog: Epic Extra: Ask Me Anything Ireland) Three Lessons From the Extraordinary Life of Billy Graham This is a fascinating article on Billy Graham by Steve Lawson. Read it! He Never Wore Skinny Jeans “Graham knew he was 76 years old, and didn’t pretend otherwise. He didn’t rely on …

Epic Extra: Ask Me Anything Ireland

During the recent EPIC trip to Ireland we held an event in Belfast where we opened the floor up for questions. Here are a few of the questions and answers from Ireland. (Strangely, as I post this I’ve just returned from a similar event in Sydney, Australia.)  Transcript How can we reignite the passion for evangelism within reformed theology? That question of Reformed Theology and evangelism is a tricky one because we know in our heads that Reformed Theology has …

A La Carte (February 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of noteworthy titles. (Yesterday on the blog: Which Country Sends the [Second] Most Missionaries?) 9 Things You Should Know About Billy Graham (1918–2018) “The Rev. Billy Graham passed away today at the age of 99. Here are nine things you should know about the man who was considered one of the most influential evangelists in modern history.” 10 Point Sermon Checklist Here’s a helpful checklist for pastors to go through after they finish preparing a sermon. The Cynical J.K. Rowling …

Which Country Sends the [Second] Most Missionaries?

My friends and I recently visited Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery in Seoul. As the name indicates, this is where 145 foreign missionaries to Korea and their family members are now buried and remembered. Among them are the families of Henry G. Appenzeller, Horace G. Underwood, and William D. Reynolds.  Reynolds was a professor at Pyongyang Theological Seminary, but he is most often remembered for his contribution toward producing the first complete translation of the Bible in Korean which was published in 1910. This was not without great cost. Soon after their arrival in 1892, the Reynolds’ gave birth to their first son, William Davis. Their joy was soon followed by grief as little William died the same year he was born, now buried alongside many other children of missionaries who died while their parents served in Korea. The graves of these children at Yanghwajin were sober reminders of the sacrifices many missionaries (and their families) have made in their desire to bring the Gospel to Korea.

A La Carte (February 21)

I am currently somewhere over the Pacific, on my way from home to Australia (then onward to New Zealand). This is all for my EPIC church history project and I’m really excited to search for (and hopefully find) links to the Christian history of those two nations. (Yesterday on the blog: Ask Me Anything: Introversion) Spiritual Obesity “We lack for nothing. When was the last time you felt needy, weak, or deprived? Try going twenty-four, or even twelve hours without food. …

Ask Me Anything: Introversion

I receive lots of questions through the Ask Me Anything feature and like to answer them from time to time. Trinity from Houston recently wrote in and she wanted me to talk a little bit about introversion and about being a Christian introvert. So here we go:   Transcript I get lots of questions in through the Ask Me Anything feature and I like to answer them from time to time. Trinity from Houston recently wrote in and she wanted …

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A La Carte (February 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books by Tozer and a few others also worth checking out. (Yesterday on the blog: Three Things To Know about Korean Christianity) Why Do Christians Still Die? “Why do Christians have to die? Why can’t they just live and then go to heaven without passing through the experience of death? Although the wages of sin is death, and believers have certainly sinned, has Christ not paid the full penalty for our sins? So, why …

3 Things I’m Excited About at Midwestern Seminary

This week the blog is sponsored by Midwestern Seminary. The post is written by Jared C. Wilson. I rolled on to Midwestern Seminary campus three winters ago unsure of a whole lot about the school and my place in it.  The future looked promising and the opportunities looked exciting, but I don’t know if I – or anyone – could have predicted the outrageous amount of growth we’ve experienced over the last few years. Perhaps Jason Allen could have. Our seminary …

Three Things To Know about Korean Christianity

Where do the Olympic athletes representing other countries worship in South Korea? Christian leaders in South Korea have called upon churches to make the Winter Olympics a “Missions Olympics,” encouraging congregations and pastors to be active in evangelizing to the thousands of athletes and officials visiting South Korea. For instance, the many fans of skating–whether of the figure, short-track, or speed skating variety–should be familiar with Gangneung Ice Arena where these events are held. However, many might not be aware that the city of Gangneung is about thirty minutes from PyeongChang or that the 140 or so churches in the city have been a part of a national Christian organization formed in 2012 to prepare for the Olympics. The purpose of the “Korean Christian Services” (rough translation) is to serve and evangelize to the visitors from around the globe.

A La Carte (February 19)

It is an especially good day for Kindle deals today. I’m sure you can find something there to satisfy you’re craving for a new book! (Yesterday on the blog: Go, Bear the Saviour’s Name…) Will You Still Know Me? This is a wonderful bit of writing. Trying to Get our Morals Back “In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and a whole pile of other celebrity accusations, it has been sadly fascinating watching the west trying to claw its way back to …

Go, Bear the Saviour’s Name…

In advance of my upcoming trip to Australia and New Zealand, I’ve been studying all I can find on the early history of Christianity in those two nations. Australia was settled by the British first, of course, and served as a kind of staging point for missionaries to reach New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Australian Christianity begins with Richard Johnson, the chaplain of the very first fleet to reach her shores. He had been hand-selected for the task by …

Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

I’m spending a bit of time this weekend in beautiful British Columbia speaking at a men’s retreat. This is still and always one of my favorite areas of Canada, though I wouldn’t mind being just a bit deeper into the mountains… (Yesterday on the blog: Procrastination Is a Failure to Love) EPIC Evening in London I’m excited to announce our next EPIC stop will be in London. If you are in the area, why don’t you come out for an evening …

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Compass Cinema has sponsored the blog this week and today they are giving away 5 copies of the Bible Study Set: Is Genesis History? Here is exactly what you will win: Explore what the Bible teaches about the first chapters of Genesis. This study complements the film Is Genesis History? by providing an in-depth look at what Biblical authors say about six key doctrines associated with Creation, Adam and Eve, and the Flood. These doctrines are related to the gospel and are important to understanding …

Procrastination Is a Failure to Love

I am, for the most part, an organized person. I actually wrote a whole book on productivity in which I laid out the system I used (and still use) to remain organized and, hopefully, effective in what I do. I have begun my days in roughly the same way for many years now, and have found that quick, daily “coram deo” a valuable way of ensuring I’m using my life in the most effective way. In many ways, this entire …

A La Carte (February 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include not a whole lot that’s new. Over at Westminster Books you’ll find some good deals on books by David Powlison and others. (Yesterday on the blog: What’s Wrong with Christian Dating Part 2) Five Words of Hope in the Midst of Horrific Pain Denny Burk: “When horrific evil unfolds before our very eyes, there is a temptation to lose sight of the verities that ought to sustain and comfort us. For those watching the aftermath of …

What’s Wrong With Christian Dating (Part Two)

What has gone wrong with Christian dating? Join me for the second part of the discussion (see part one right here) of some common questions about Christian dating and purity.   Transcript What qualities should you look for in a potential mate? Well, the very first quality you need to look for is salvation. The Bible makes it very, very clear that a Christian can only marry another Christian. You may not marry somebody who is an unbeliever. You should …

A La Carte (February 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good variety crossing a bunch of different publishers. (Yesterday on the blog: What City Was Once “The Jerusalem of the East?”) Why Monday Is Your Most Productive Day Of The Week “You may be working for the weekend, but when it comes to actually getting work done, Monday is the most productive day, according to a study by Redbooth. The data collaboration software provider found that the highest percentage of tasks–20.4%–are completed on Monday, …

Six Reasons Reformed Christians Should Embrace Six-Day Creation

This sponsored post was prepared by Director Thomas Purifoy Jr. on behalf of Is Genesis History?. When Is Genesis History? opened in theaters last year, we had no idea it would be the top-grossing Christian documentary for 2017. We were even more surprised when our distributor said it was bringing it back to theaters on Feb 22, 2018, for an Anniversary Event. Why did this film resonate so much with audiences? Perhaps it demonstrated that it’s intellectually reasonable for Christians to …

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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