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  • We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Pastors

    A recent article from the New York Times says, rightly I’m sure, that We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Doctors. Writing from the confluence of medicine and technology, Jenna Wortham explains that “in recent years, mobile technology has granted me and countless others the ability to collect an unprecedented amount of information…

  • A La Carte (March 31)

    Pillar New Testament Commentaries Westminster Books is offering a great deal on the Pillar New Testament Commentary series. This is a top-notch series edited by D.A. Carson and suitable to anyone who wishes to better understand God’s Word. My Side, Your Side, or Neither You may benefit from this reflection on church conflict. “Both sides…

  • Can I Ask a Dumb Question?

    Have you ever said something dumb—something really, really dumb? Have you ever said something so dumb that you cringe to even allow the memory to crawl back into your mind? We all have at one time or another, haven’t we? Few things are more painful than realizing we’ve displayed ignorance or arrogance through dumb statements…

  • A La Carte (March 30)

    Hope for a Hopeless Marriage This story of hope in a hopeless situation may be an encouragement to you. The Joy and Pain of Consistent Parenting Parenting in a nutshell: “This morning I awoke at 12:30AM to the blood-curdling screams of my two-year old daughter. She wanted a new band-aid for her toe. Her screaming…

  • Has Ken Ham Embraced Evolution?

    Yesterday Kenneth Keathley, a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, described on his blog how Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has changed his position on one key element of evolution (see “Ken Ham Embraces Evolution“). He pointed to an article in the latest issue of Answers magazine, a publication of Answers in Genesis, and…

  • A La Carte (March 29)

    15 Reflections from My 15 Years of Experience as a Pastor Brian Najapfour offers up 15 excellent reflections based on his 15 years of pastoring. Faithlessness Shrinks You Down To a Grasshopper Trevin Wax: “Thinking too little of God sometimes leads you to think too little of yourself. For years, I thought it was the…

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    The Top 10 Books on Reconciling Divine Sovereignty and Free Will

    This sponsored post was prepared by Scott Christensen, author of What About Free Will? Trying to grasp the theological conundrum of God’s sovereignty and human free will is like pitting Batman against Superman. A standoff seems inevitable. Surely one of the two must be sacrificed. Historically, Arminians and others have answered this dilemma by positing…

  • 10 Lessons on Parenting Little Ones

    My youngest child is about to turn 10 years old and will soon be joining her two siblings in the double digits. This means that Aileen and I have graduated—we have graduated from parenting little ones to parenting big ones. Lots of parenting remains, of course, but the little years are now in the past.…

  • A La Carte (March 28)

    10 Common Ways Churches Get Off Mission Jared Wilson: “The Lord has called his people to be on gospel mission for the sake of his glory. Most churchfolk will readily acknowledge this, and yet many churches have drifted away — often subtly — from thinking of themselves as missionaries in their respective communities and beyond.…

  • Letters to the Editor #18 (Public Schools, Gossip)

    Not surprisingly, this was a busy week for letters to the editor. I say it is not surprising because of the article I wrote on Monday concerning public schools and their teachers. The majority of the letters today (and, indeed, almost all of the letters I received this week) concern that article. I’m grateful that…

  • Weekend A La Carte (March 26)

    History Today: George Whitefield Founds an Orphanage This is actually History Tomorrow now, but it’s a good overview of Whitefield’s orphanage. Don’t Like Diversity? You’ll Hate Heaven The title about says it all, doesn’t it? A Horribly Beautiful Friday Paul Tripp: “At the center of a biblical worldview is this radical recognition: the most horrible…

  • Free Stuff Fridays

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Ligonier Ministries who also sponsored the blog this week. Ligonier is offering 5 prizes, each of them an annual subscription to Tabletalk magazine. Tabletalk is a monthly discipleship magazine written by today’s leading theologians and pastors to help Christians grow in the knowledge of God. An annual…

  • New & Notable Books (March 2016)

    When it comes to good books, we are spoiled. We have access to more good books than previous generations could have even dreamed of. That is true whether we want to read Christian Living books or read deep, academic works. Here is a round-up of some of the new and notables that have come across…

  • A La Carte (March 25)

    When I Didn’t Love My Adopted Child I appreciated this honest bit of writing. “That maternal instinct God gives mothers is an incredible force for good—and something I didn’t have with our adopted daughter like I have with my other kids.” What Do Expiation and Propitiation Mean? Let Dr. Sproul explain those important terms which…

  • The Character of the Christian: Respected by Outsiders

    Today we conclude our series on the character of the Christian. We have been 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 have wanted us to consider whether we are displaying these traits…

  • A La Carte (March 24)

    The Message of Islam vs. The Gospel of Jesus Don Carson, Graham Cole, Douglas Sweeney, and Harold A. Netland teamed up to write this article that compares Islam and Christianity. “Rather than trying to answer directly whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God, it’s more helpful to consider similarities and differences in the beliefs…

  • The Holiness Instinct (and the Unexpected Temptation)

    Though I didn’t know it when I began, this article would come to hang on a single moment, a single moment of temptation. On Saturday I found myself musing on personal holiness and the joyful reality that you can be far holier than you ever would have thought possible. On Sunday I began scribbling thoughts…

  • A La Carte (March 23)

    Brussels Pastor: ‘Our City is in Pain’ WORLD magazine talks to a Brussels pastor about the events that unfolded there yesterday. Rob Ford: 1969-2016 Toronto’s former mayor, Rob Ford, died yesterday. Though he made himself an international laughing stock, please keep his family and young children in prayer. His family has many connections to local…

  • Stop Slandering Public School Teachers

    We are now in our twelfth year of public schooling, and between our three children we have totaled twenty-two school years of public education. This has taken place in a limited context, of course: one primary school and one high school in one school district in one town in one province in one country. I…

  • A La Carte (March 22)

    The Bible Returns to Cuba This is exciting to hear! “For the first time since diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored, one of the world’s largest private Bible collections was made available to all Cuban people – free and open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – on…