Don’t Drop the Rock!

It happens often—too often—in the Christian world. Another celebrity preacher, celebrity author, celebrity speaker, is exposed as a hypocrite, as one who takes advantage of position and prominence to pursue not heavenly rewards, but fleshly lusts, fading treasures, or fleeting power. When yet another one is exposed, it is like a huge boulder is dropped into an otherwise still pond. There is a great splash, a great disturbance, a great series of ripples that flow outward, until the whole body …

A La Carte (January 18)

Good morning. The Lord be with you today! There is a long and eclectic list of Kindle deals for the collectors to peruse. (Yesterday on the blog: For the Christian Who Is Afraid To Die) An Unhealthy Craving “In 1 Timothy 6:3-5, the Apostle Paul is addressing the character and manipulation of false teachers. In context, Paul is stating that false teachers have an unhealthy craving for controversy. This is, of course, undoubtedly true. However, this principle applies to all …

For the Christian Who Is Afraid To Die

There is little we can know scientifically about what happens after we die. There are no experiments we can carry out that offer conclusive evidence of what happens when the eyes close for the final time, when the heart at last stops beating. We know, of course, that the body will immediately begin to decline and decay, but what of the consciousness, what of the soul, what of that part of a person that makes him what he most truly …

Weekend A La Carte (January 16)

Good morning. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today and all throughout this weekend. My gratitude goes to Burke Counseling Group—who offers their counseling services via secure video links—for sponsoring the blog this week. Today’s Kindle deals include a list of republished classics (as is the case most Saturdays). (Yesterday on the blog: A Mid-Winter Family Update) The Wide Gate Andrée Seu Peterson: “Since Time magazine announced God was dead in 1966, people have done …

A Mid-Winter Family Update

It is hard to believe it has been 10 weeks since Nick went to heaven—10 weeks since I last FaceTimed him, since I last texted him, since I last shared a belly laugh with him. He is still the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and he’s still on my mind as I fall asleep at night. The pain is different now than it was in the first few weeks, but while it may …

A La Carte (January 15)

May the God of peace be with you today as you live in his world for his glory. Westminster Books is offering a deal on a new book for young children. Today’s Kindle deals include the rest of the John Stott Bible Studies series, along with a few other good choices. Ministry With, Not Merely To This is an important point: “The church ministers with, not merely to, people with developmental disabilities. People with such disabilities also minister with, not …

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A La Carte (January 14)

Good morning! The Lord be with you and the Lord bless you today. Today’s Kindle deals include a few picks from Crossway. (Yesterday on the blog: The Greatest Christians and the Most Visible Gifts) The 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus in 2021 CT reports on the most dangerous countries for Christians. “This year the top 10 worst persecutors are relatively unchanged. After North Korea is Afghanistan, followed by Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, and …

The Greatest Christians and the Most Visible Gifts

I’m convinced we’re prone to make entirely too much of the most public gifts and entirely too little of the most private. We laud those who stand at the event podiums to preach the Word. We celebrate those who sit on the conference panels to answer our questions. We honor those who pen the few bestselling books. When given the opportunity, we surge forward to shake their hands, to snap a selfie, to share encouraging words. None of these actions …

A La Carte (January 13)

Here, in the middle of another week, may be a good time to remember that, in the words of C.T. Studd, “Only one life,’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” There is a good little list of Kindle deals to poke through today. The highlight is probably Reading Ephesians with John Stott. If God Does Not Exist Neither Can We “God, who is revealed to us in the Bible, is not diminished when we deny his …

A La Carte (January 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a number of books on apologetics from Zondervan, plus a couple of good picks from Reformation Heritage. Here’s a reminder that much of my content is translated to Spanish and posted publicly right here. (Yesterday on the blog: Would It Be Okay For Me To Be Angry With God?) Death Is Not the End I woke up yesterday thinking about the closing lines of the Apostle’s Creed. It was good, then, to read Andy Naselli’s …

The Unexpected Benefits of Online Counseling

This sponsored post was provided by Burke Counseling Group which invites you to book an online appointment with their trained biblical counselors. Transition brings change. And change brings new levels of sanctification into our lives. Many people, just like you and me, are experiencing new levels of sanctification as they continue to be “conformed to the image of the Son”; spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially. What if you were able to dialogue with and get feedback from someone, in the …

Would It Be Okay For Me To Be Angry With God?

It felt like a test—a test of my faith, a test of my convictions, a test of my love for God. Soon, very soon, after I learned that my son had died, I received a message from an old acquaintance. Her intentions were good—she wanted to offer consolation. But her instructions were suspect—she wanted me to rage against God. Paraphrasing one of her favorite authors she said “It’s okay to be angry with God about this. It’s okay to tell …

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A La Carte (January 11)

Good morning and happy Monday! May God bless you as you live out this week for the good of others and the glory of God. Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of Tim Keller’s key books. (Yesterday on the blog: 7 Things I Pray You Experience in 2021) Discernment Danger This short articles offers a few warnings related to discernment. Walking the Graveyards From the mission field, this blogger answers a fairly common question: “But why go to the …

7 Things I Pray You Experience in 2021

A new year is now well underway, and at the beginning of this year I found myself reading and reflecting upon James Smith’s powerful new year’s address. (James Smith was one of Charles Spurgeon’s predecessors at New Park Street Chapel in London.) At the conclusion of his message he tells his church what he is praying on their behalf—seven things he longs for them to experience, to have, to do, to enjoy, and to be preserved from. I trust you’ll …

Weekend A La Carte (January 9)

The God of love and peace be with you as you serve and worship him throughout this weekend. My gratitude goes to NEU for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their exciting upcoming conference. There are a number of Kindle deals today with the highlight being Susie, an excellent biography of Susannah Spurgeon. (Yesterday on the blog: 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice) Your Work Matters More Than You Think Colin Smith says “God puts his …

12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice

Whatever else we might say about the contemporary church, we must say this: We are well resourced. When a new challenge presents itself, when a new teaching arises, when a new heresy appears, it does not take long before we have access to books that address, confront, and correct it. One of the recent challenges to the church is the challenge of social justice—a term that is particularly tricky since it has both negative and positive connotations, both acceptable and …

A La Carte (January 8)

Good morning. The God of peace be with you all today. Here’s your occasional reminder that at SquareQuotes.church you’ll find a huge collection of the daily quote graphics I share each day. You can download them, print them, share them, and so on. Today’s Kindle deals include a number of volumes in the John Stott Bible Study series. A Call for Content Creators to Cultivate Discernment I hope content creators will heed this call to cultivate true discernment. “Beautiful language, …

A La Carte (January 7)

Good morning. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Today’s Kindle deals are headlined by a selection of Crossway’s top books of 2020. It’s the first time most of these have been on sale. (Yesterday on the blog: Why Is There Only One Way To Heaven?) We Must Find a Better Way to Talk About Race This is typically level-headed stuff from Kevin DeYoung. “The simple, honest truth is that Bible-believing orthodox Christians …

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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