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    An Inspirational Calendar from Hell?

    This sponsored post was prepared by The Master’s College. In discussing hermeneutics (or the study of how we interpret the Bible), the following example comes to my mind. On March 10, a friend of mine opened up his calendar. He has one of these devotional calendars that gives you an inspirational thought for the day,…

  • Tools I Use to Get Things Done

    I love tools. I especially love good tools. I love to explore different tools, to try them, and to choose the ones that do the job the best. In my case, the tools I use tend to be related to writing and publishing and they come in both hardware and software varieties. I outlined my…

  • A La Carte (February 29)

    Wayne Grudem Reflects on His Life’s Work I really enjoyed World magazine’s recent interview with Wayne Grudem. They talk about his life, his work, the ESV, Systematic Theology, and a lot else. Which Generation is Most Distracted by Their Phones? If you think it’s those Millennials, think again. The truth is “Adults are as addicted—if…

  • Letters to the Editor #15 (Alcohol, Affluence, and More)

    There were not a lot of letters to the editor this week which probably indicates that I stuck mostly to non-controversial topics, or that I stuck to full-out boring topics! That said, I did receive some interesting ones; this is a selection. Comments on The Spiritual Disease Ravaging Our World Thanks for the good article…

  • Weekend A La Carte (February 27)

    Making the Most of Prayer Meeting Here are some worthwhile tips on enjoying your church’s prayer meeting. You do go to your church’s prayer meeting, right? The Word Made Flesh Yesterday, here at the Ligonier Ministries National Conference, Ligonier released The Ligonier Statement on Christology. It is well worth reading and pondering and perhaps even…

  • Free Stuff Fridays

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday’s is sponsored by The Good Book Company, whom you will recognize as this week’s site sponsor. Every year, lots of people who are involved in Christian ministry (whether paid or unpaid) find themselves having to step back from it because they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on. Christopher Ash…

  • 2016 Reading Challenge February Update

    Late last year I announced the 2016 Reading Challenge, a fun way to increase and diversify your reading through another year. I took the challenge and set this year’s goal at 104 books. However, because so much of my reading has to go toward reviewing books that are recently published and of interest to Christians…

  • A La Carte (February 26)

    Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes The whole superpower motif is a bit overplayed, but it was still good to see this video on the heroes of MAF. How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin? “I don’t think Paul had perfect, sinless anger in mind when he quoted King David from Psalm 4:4 to the Ephesians.…

  • The Character of the Christian: Temperate

    Today we continue our series on the character of the Christian. We are exploring how the various character qualifications of elders are actually God’s calling on all Christians. While elders are meant to exemplify these traits, all Christians are to exhibit them. I want us to consider whether we are displaying these traits and to…

  • A La Carte (February 25)

    I was not able to track down any noteworthy Kindle deals today. However, those who (like me) are big Logos users may be interested in a new deal they are offering. They have a lot of new Crossway collections coming along, and for each one you pre-order they’ll give you a 20% discount toward an…

  • The Spiritual Disease Ravaging Our World

    Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these,” Jesus said as He recalled the beauty of a common lily (Luke 12:27). And I suspect that even Solomon in all his splendor could not have imagined the sheer affluence that you and I enjoy today. The lily is here today and…

  • A La Carte (February 24)

    Risen: Movies, Faith, and the Bible The best and most important part of this article on the film Risen comes in the final paragraph. I Got Skills I enjoyed this reflection on motherhood and parenting. Corpus Linguistics I appreciated this critical interaction with the post I wrote on feeling, thinking, and believing. Planet Earth 2…

  • Moving Mountains

    It seems that every Christian author eventually tries his hand at a book on prayer. And when our favorite author takes his turn, we, the readers, tend to pick it up. After all, prayer is difficult and few of us are confident that we are praying right and praying well. John Eldredge qualifies as a…

  • A La Carte (February 23)

    What Should Evangelicals Make of Karl Barth? Justin Taylor shares D.A. Carson’s answer to Tony Reinke’s question. (Did you get all that?) “It is sad if knowledgeable pastors don’t make use of Barth, but it is even more sad if they make a wrong use of Barth. Barth has the capacity to say contradictory things…

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    The Difference Between Costly Sacrifice and Needless Burnout

    This sponsored post was prepared by Christopher Ash. “I would rather wear out than rust out,” George Whitefield once said. Many pastors today are doing exactly that: Almost half of US pastors and their wives say they have experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence from…

  • I Feel I Think I Believe

    Have you noticed how everyone today seems to tell us what and how they feel? “I feel like we should pray about that before we do it.” “I feel like Hillary Clinton would make a terrible (or wonderful) president.” “I feel like that’s an unfair statement.” I could be wrong here, but aren’t these “I…

  • A La Carte (February 22)

    More Thoughts on Christians and Sex in Movies Samuel James responds to comments and criticism on his excellent article about nudity and sex in movies. What Happened Between the Old and New Testaments? When you flip that page between the Old Testament and New Testament, you are travelling 400 years. What happened in that time?…

  • Letters to the Editor #14 (Sex in Movies, Messy Grace, Bathsheba Bathing)

    With the start of another week comes another selection of letters to the editor. This was a lively week for letters and the ones I publish below represent a cross-section of the feedback from readers like you. Comments on Why Did God Create the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? I’m curious about…

  • Weekend A La Carte (February 20)

    Cancer Cons, Phoney Accidents and Fake Deaths “After Taryn Wright exposed an elaborate fake tragedy on Facebook, she found herself leading a squad of online detectives – but on the internet, it doesn’t take long for a crowd to become a mob.” Clearance Sale Westminster Books is having a clearance sale, discounting books they have…

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    Free Stuff Fridays

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by P&R Publications which also sponsored the blog this week. Their giveaway features 4 books by Elyse Fitzpatrick. There will be 2 winners this week, and each of them will receive: That packages up a treatise of Psalm 57, the revised edition of Idols of the Heart, a…