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  • Pastoral Prayer

    A Pastoral Prayer for Unity

    Every now and again I like to share an example of a pastoral prayer from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this because there are few examples of pastoral prayers online and I thought these may serve to inspire themes, passages, or ideas as other pastors and elders prepare to lead their churches in prayer. Here…

  • Weekend A La Carte (March 30)

    Today’s Kindle deals include a nice selection of classics and contemporary. (Yesterday on the blog: At the End of a Long Journey) Maker and Shaker Joel Belz: “Media reporting on the recent devastating flooding—in places as distant as Mozambique and as close as the Missouri River Valley—brought a new reminder: The doctrine of creation matters.…

  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Free Stuff Fridays (The Good Book Company)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by The Good Book Company who also sponsored the blog this week. They have 5 packages of their latest releases to give away, which means 5 winners will each receive the following titles: Humble Calvinism, by J. A. Medders Calvinism has an image problem. For far too long…

  • At the End of a Long Journey

    This flight from Kansas City to Toronto is uniquely significant to me. Though on one level it’s just another uncomfortable short-haul flight on another rickety regional jet, it marks the end of a journey that has taken me to the ends of the earth. Almost eighteen months ago I boarded a plane to Israel to…

  • friday

    A La Carte (March 29)

    I didn’t track down any Kindle deals today. I expect we will see a lot next week as the TGC conference gets rolling. We Need to Help New Converts from Non-Christian Backgrounds Honor Their Families This may be really helpful in multicultural contexts. “When Youth for Christ (the ministry I work for) first began to…

  • thursday

    A La Carte (March 28)

    Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of books. Meanwhile, Westminster Books has deals on some March new releases. They also have a good price on A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible. (Yesterday on the blog: Budgeting for a Healthy Church) The (Satanic) Power Of Positive Thinking Wow. What an article. “The man who…

  • Budgeting for a Healthy Church

    Have you ever wondered why books often have a foreword? Why would one author ask another to write a little mini-chapter at the front of his book? Having been asked to provide one for Jamie Dunlop’s Budgeting for a Healthy Church, I had to think it through. I believe the reason is two-fold. First, it’s…

  • wednesday

    A La Carte (March 27)

    Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty solid collection of titles. (Yesterday on the blog: Now Available: A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible) Responding to Carl Trueman’s ‘Follow the Money’ Lecture Carl Trueman recently delivered a very interesting lecture on seminaries. Barry York does a great job responding and reflecting. Selfies with a Supermodel I…

  • A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible

    Now Available: A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible

    Today’s the day! At long last, this is launch day for A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible. If you pre-ordered, it should be on its way; if you didn’t, it should now be in stock and available to ship from all your favorite retailers. Buy it now at:Amazon, Westminster Books, CBD, Barnes & Noble…

  • tuesday

    A La Carte (March 26)

    Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not a whole lot… (Yesterday on the blog: Always Count the Cost) The One Life Dream that Makes a Girl Blush I’ve seen lots of evidence of this too. “When the water is poured again and they lean back after a dish is served to their friends. When they take…

  • 7 Signs That You’re a Cage-Stage Calvinist

    This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company. Calvinism is a beautiful thing—when we Calvinists don’t ruin it. For too long Calvinism has been linked to arrogant, fiery, and argumentative Calvinists who seem like the only cure for their cruelty is time in a steel cage. Diagnosis? A Cage-Stage Calvinist. A Cage-Stage…

  • Count the cost

    Always Count the Cost

    Just a couple of blocks from my home is the concrete shell of an unfinished mosque. Several years ago they broke ground and quickly after poured the concrete for the foundation and the four great minarets. And then the project went dormant. For almost three years it has sat ugly and unfinished, a grey concrete…

  • monday

    A La Carte (March 25)

    Today’s Kindle deals include a collection of good books by Philip Ryken. Autoplaying Evil In the wake of the shootings in New Zealand, Joe Carter reflects on how technology has ways of amplifying evil. “While mankind hasn’t invented new sins in centuries, technology has made it possible to create new ways for sin to harm…

  • How We Worshipped

    How We Worshipped

    Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this simply to provide an example of how one church structures our time of worship, hoping it will prove a helpful resource to others. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as the preacher,…

  • weekend

    Weekend A La Carte (March 23)

    Today’s Kindle deals include some classics that are worth looking at. (Yesterday on the blog: My Favorite “Minor” Museums) The Industrial Revolution of Shame Wow. “We are undergoing an industrial revolution in shame. New technologies have radically expanded our ability to make and distribute a product. The product is our judgment of one another. As…

  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Academic)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Zondervan Academic, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away 5 copies of Paul M. Gould’s new book and video lecture series, Cultural Apologetics and Cultural Apologetics Video Lectures. Western culture is disenchanted, it no longer sees the world as it truly is. Instead…

  • My Favorite “Minor” Museums

    Over the past eighteen months, I have been traveling the world searching for objects related to the history of Christianity. Over the course of my journey I have visited some of the world’s great museums. And as much as I have enjoyed these world-class institutions, I have also found special benefit in visiting much smaller…

  • friday

    A La Carte (March 22)

    Today I’m down in Louisville, Kentucky for the Boyce College’s Preview Day. We’ve already got one student thriving here, and with my daughter finishing up eleventh grade and beginning to think about college, she is eager to see it as well. I dug up a handful of worthwhile Kindle deals that may interest you. 5…

  • Getting the Most out of Visual Theology

    The Many Ways To Use “A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible”

    My new book, A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible is just about ready to release! It is a unique resource in the way it combines words and images to both describe and display the Bible. It is meant to serve as a new kind of guide to God’s Word. Here are a few ways…

  • thursday

    A La Carte (March 21)

    I came up empty looking for new Kindle deals today. You may be interested in subscribing to Ligonier’s Tabletalk magazine and getting 12 months for just $12. (Yesterday on the blog: Are You Writing Headlines for You or Articles for Them?) Is Missionary Work Colonialism? Certainly some has been in the past, but is it…