Letters to the Editor (Commentaries, Rape on Television, Funerals, Hospitality, etc)

Letters to the editor continue to roll in. My gratitude goes to each reader who takes the time to write in. Here are a few of the most noteworthy I’ve received recently. Letters on Logos New Testament Commentary Collection I recently purchased your NT commentary recommended bundle on Logos, and my, what a deal! I hope you and Logos can partner together on an OT commentary set in the near future. Thanks! —Matthew D, Arlington, VA Tim: Yes, it is …

Wanting It Enough

I want to have 10 percent body fat. I set that goal a while ago and even managed to get really close to reaching it. But eventually I found out that I want to have 10 percent body fat just a bit less than I want to have 13 percent. There’s a key difference between the two: While 13 percent requires moderate effort to gain and retain, 10 percent requires strict discipline. I soon learned I just didn’t want the …

A Quick Fix for Low Self-Esteem

Sometimes it happens to even the best of us. We aren’t watching for it, we aren’t expecting it, but suddenly it overwhelms us like a tsunami. In a moment we’re plunged into the depths of sorrow and despair. Now we find ourselves grappling with negative thoughts, we realize we’ve lost confidence in our abilities, we have let go of all sense of self-worth. This is the plague of low self-esteem and none of us is immune. What can we do …

Guard Your Health

As a young man, I often heard older people talking about their declining bodies and failing health. I grew weary of hearing them tell how their strength had diminished and how their aches and pains had increased. They insisted that they used to be able to eat anything they wanted without ill effect, but now practically every food gave them indigestion. Whereas they once had the ability to sleep soundly under any conditions, now any unusual circumstance would keep them …

Doers and Delegators

We tend to associate the highest godliness with the humblest service. Jesus proved his holiness when he stooped to wash the filthy feet of his disciples. He proved his submission to God when he willingly faced the unjust suffering of the cross. In both cases, it is what Jesus did that displayed his godly character. This is the heart of what Christians refer to as servant-leadership, of displaying the highest kind of leadership through the lowest acts of service. Successful …

An Army Without Supplies

I am an avid reader of books related to the Second World War. In my estimation, no conflict in history has been more interesting than this one. It has generated a wealth of fascinating stories and riveting accounts of unbelievable heroism. And even though countless thousands of books have already been written, new ones pour off the presses every day. Not nearly all the good stories have yet been told. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of these stories have recounted …

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Master Your Finances

I have a love-hate relationship with money. I love the good things money can accomplish. I love how it can be used to provide for my needs and the needs of my wife and children. I love how it can be used to support God’s work in the world. I love being the contributor and the recipient of financial generosity—there is much joy in cheerful giving and grateful receiving. Yet I hate the way money can hold me captive, the …

A La Carte (July 17)

This is going to be the sole A La Carte this week. I am on vacation for the next seven days and, as part of that, will not be doing all the daily reading and linking that’s part of A La Carte. They will resume, as normal, a week from today. However, I’ve got brand new articles queued up all through the week and hope you’ll enjoy those. I’ll be back online in a week! Today’s Kindle deals include a …

Writing Great Books for Kids (and Reading Great Books To Kids)

Parents love to buy their children good books. Christian parents love to buy their children good Christian books. Thankfully, we are well-served with excellent titles geared to children. Many of them come from the pen of Marty Machowski. I recently asked him about writing great books for kids (and reading great books to kids). I hear often from people who dream of writing a book for kids. Yet I know from speaking to publishers that it’s one of the toughest …

Ask Me Anything (Sleepovers, Miracles, Making Money, etc)

Once again, I’m going to attempt answers to a selection of the questions I have received through my Ask Me Anything feature. This week’s questions involve sleepovers, miracles, reading the Bible in church, and the clarity of the Bible. But I am going to begin with an answer to what is probably the most common question I receive. How do blogs make money? How do you make money? Is it actually possible for a blogger to earn a living? I …

Weekend A La Carte (July 15)

Despite an early start and a thorough search, I was unable to track down any new Kindle deals today. So you’ll have to content yourself with reading articles like these ones: Why I Like to Sit by Young Children One of the most memorable flights I’ve ever had I was seated next to a little girl. We played games for three hours. At the end of it all, I found out her father (who was also there) was a friend of …

Free Stuff Fridays (Tabletalk Magazine)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Ligonier Ministries. As you know, Ligonier also sponsored the blog this week. Request your free copy of Tabletalk magazine’s special issue, The Heart of the Gospel, featuring contributions from Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Joe Thorn, and many other trusted teachers and Christian leaders. 5 winners will also receive a free 12-month subscription to Tabletalk magazine. To request your free copy of Tabletalk, click here. To enter to win …

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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


The Five Key Factors in Every Christian’s Sanctification

Growth in Christlikeness is a lifelong, active progression. We are holier on the day we die than we were on the day we came to Christ. We are holier on the day we die than we are on the day before we die. Yet this long progression is peppered with seasonal lulls, drudgery, and complacency. We know we are never as Christlike as we ought to be or even as we want to be. Yet while our lack of holiness …

A La Carte (July 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few fairly minor deals. Still, check them out and see if something fits… Westminster Books is offering a book on the Reformation they hope you’ll buy in bulk and distribute. Keller, Allberry and Stott Here are three interesting and appropriate responses to Eugene Peterson’s recent comments on homosexuality and gay marriage. Also, Eugene Peterson kind of retracted his statements. Also, read Jared Wilson who asks, How Many More Petersons Are Out There? The 4 Crises …

The Damning Devastation of a Single Coddled Sin

We can never be ambivalent. We who are Christians have no right to allow any sin to persist. We must go hard after every sin and to pursue each one until it has been completely crushed, for even one sin left alone is enough to do terrible damage to our souls. A recent study of one of my favorite old authors showed me the damning devastation of a single coddled sin. Here are nine things to consider in times you …

A La Carte (July 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of titles that may interest you. If your children are in Canadian, and especially Ontario public schools, you may be interested in reading My Child, My Chance. The Selfishness Behind Environmentalists’ Call for Fewer Children “Selfishness is much more palatable when you can cast as concern, but strip away the faux outrage and it’s always there under the surface. That is illustrated once again by the reaction to a recent study that argues the …

Are You in the Dangerous Time In Between?

It is a thought that troubles me. It leads me to observe again the seduction of sin, to grapple once more with the weakness of the human heart, to consider anew the sheer darkness of depravity. It makes me wonder, could we, could I, be in the time in-between? Could I be oblivious to the reality that I am living in the time between the first blush of God’s gracious blessing and the crushing blow of his just discipline? I …

A La Carte (July 12)

I sorted through hundreds of Kindle deals dealing with healing crystals, ouija boards, and seances (Amazon lumps together everything “spiritual”) to find just a few that actually have some value. Westminster Books has some discipleship resources on sale, including one for dads and their children. 12 Principles on How to Disagree with Other Christians It is hard to overestimate the importance of this subject: In Romans 14 and 15, “Paul offers 12 principles to ensure the strict consciences of the weak would …

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