The Art of Godliness, Episode 6: Disability in the Church

Today we bring you another episode of The Art of Godliness, the podcast that attempts to think out loud about how to lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. In this week’s episode we discuss the kind of subject that will compel a lot of people to just skip the episode. It may not seem that important to you or may not seem to matter much in your context. Can we ask you to listen anyway? …

A La Carte (October 18)

A La Carte is a daily collection of news, headlines, and curiosities from around the web. I hope you enjoy it! Here’s what we’ve got for today: Red Flags Jamie Brown lists a few of the red flags a worship leader should watch out for. Iain Murray and John MacArthur (Video) Iain Murray and John MacArthur discuss reading in the ministry. Why did the Reformation Succeed? “Despite significant opposition, Protestant churches survived the era of their tumultuous birth and grew …

What I Want From the News

It’s gotten so I almost hate the news. I want to know what’s going on in the world, but I’ve lost confidence that there’s as much as a single organization out there communicating it in a trustworthy way. We hear lots of talk today about fake news, but I’m convinced this is less of a concern than what passes as real news. It takes little more than a brief visit to [insert your favorite, then least-favorite news outlet here], to …

A La Carte (October 17)

Today’s Kindle deals include four books that, to my knowledge, are rarely on sale. The Spread of the Gospel This neat little map displays the spread of the gospel over time. Is It Really God Speaking to You? “‘I’ve prayed about this and I really feel like God told me that it would be okay.’ Those were the words that I heard when a young lady informed me that she was leaving her husband in order to live with another …

How to Talk To Your Kids About Human Dignity

As Christian parents, it is important we teach our kids the truth about who they are, who God is, and about their place in the mission of God. One important piece of this role is to teach and talk to our kids about what it means to be human and to see the humanity of others.

Vlog: 7 False Teachers in the Church Today

Wherever there is truth there will be error. Wherever there are people teaching sound doctrine there will be people teaching false doctrine. Here, in video format, are 7 false teachers in the church today. Here it is for both YouTube and Facebook. (For those wondering, the nerve syndrome that has kept me from being able to do my usual typing lingers, hence the unusual number of videos. I hope to see improvement in the weeks to come and, as that …

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A La Carte (October 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include several volumes of the excellent Preaching the Word commentary series. A Lost Diamond “My dear wife of 53 years still wears her engagement ring continually, night and day. It was not an expensive ring, but the years had made it very precious to us both. A few days ago she got out of bed in the morning and realised that her engagement ring felt rough. On closer examination we discovered that a tiny diamond was missing …

Answer to ‘Tis a Point

A short time ago I shared a beautiful little poem by John Newton: ‘Tis a Point I Long to Know. In that poem Newton professes the universal experience of the Christian in our searching, our wondering, our perplexity, and, eventually, our confidence. After I posted it, I learned that a friend of Newton’s penned a poetic response titled “Answer to ‘Tis a Point.”” I hope you’ll read it (aloud!) and be encouraged by it. What is this point you long …

Vlog: Ask Me Anything

I always enjoy answering the questions that come in through my Ask Me Anything feature. I usually answer them in writing, but as I transition (at least for now) to a video format, I’ve decided to try answering them that way. Here’s the very first video edition of Ask Me Anything. I answer questions about wasting time on television; my most formative books; adopting children instead of having biological children; past sins and future ministry; Lord’s supper for children; baptism for people …

Weekend A La Carte (October 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books I’ve rarely seen on sale. The Baffling Call of God “August 5, 2014 was the darkest Tuesday of my life. My mother, critically ill with the Ebola virus, was returning from Liberia to the United States for treatment that we hoped would save her life.” We Are Equally Sinful. We Are Not All Equally Broken or Toxic. “Let me begin with the first sentence of the title: ‘We are all equally sinful.’ Whatever …

Free Stuff Fridays (Win Logos!)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Logos Bible Software who also sponsored the blog this week. They are offering a great prize this week: One winner will receive Logos 7 Silver. There’s no better way to kickstart your Logos collection! While you’re considering Logos (and waiting to hear if you’ve won), why don’t you download Logos 7 Basic, which is entirely free. Starting your study in Logos has never been easier. Jump right into your preferred workflow with customizable …

What’s the Purpose of … Baptism?

There is little doubt that the Bible commands Christians to baptize. Yet exactly who should be baptized and under what circumstances is a matter of no little debate. As we progress through this series about things we as Christians often take for granted, we need to ask: What’s the purpose of baptism? It is important to note that to this point in the series, we have been covering topics for which there is substantial agreement among the majority of Protestants. …

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A La Carte (October 13)

I’m at the Reformation Worship Conference this weekend and would love prayer as I speak three times today. I look forward to meeting some of you here! CCEF 2017 National Conference The CCEF National Conference begins today and continues through the weekend. It is available via livestream. The Transgender Matrix: It’s Time to Choose the Red Pill “But a funny thing happened. After about eight years, I gradually awoke. I realized the simple biological truth: I was still a man, had always …

Vlog: One for the Dads (and Moms)

It may not be the key New Testament passage on parenting, but it’s definitely one of the most important: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In this video I talk about it and warn how we, as parents, can provoke our children to anger. Transcript It may not be the key parenting passage in the New Testament but it’s certainly one of the most important. Ephesians …

A La Carte (October 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include some you may want to get for your children. This weeks deals from Westminster Books are on some excellent books for kids. What is the Age of Accountability? (Video) Is there an age of accountability? Dr. Stephen Wellum answers in Honest Answers from Southern Seminary. A Face I Won’t Forget I think we all look back with some regrets like these. Should a Couple Be Financially Stable before Getting Married? This is a pretty good answer …

The Art of Godliness, Episode 5: Music in the Church

Today I bring another episode of The Art of Godliness, the podcast that attempts to think out loud and in public about how to lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Paul and I discuss the always-controversial topic of music in the church. Isn’t it ironic that music, meant to create unity in the church, is so often a source of division? It shouldn’t be this way! Thanks to this week’s sponsor Logos Mobile Education from Faithlife …

A La Carte (October 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of excellent books. Helping Churches to Better Handle Cases of Abuse “Sadly, I have been witness to a discouraging pattern in local churches as they handle cases involving abuse. It begins as church leaders are made aware of a situation in which a husband is acting abusively towards his wife, and it has been going on for quite some time. The abuse may include any or all of the following: coercion, threats, outbursts of …

On Losing the Ability to Type (and The Ol’ Ball and Chain)

I’m doing things a little bit differently today. For now at least, I’ve mostly lost the ability to type, so am going to try my hand at a little bit of video. If you want, you can click play to learn more. Transcript We’ve got lights. We’ve got a camera. We’ve got a microphone. Let’s try this thing. Hello everybody, Tim Challies here. You might have noticed there’s something different about the blog today. The more astute observers among you may …

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