The Power of a Mother’s Devotion (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

Tragic circumstances often bring out the best and worst of our character. They stretch our endurance, build our discipline, and strengthen our resolve. They expose the godliness we have cultivated in our hearts. But tragic circumstances can also expose the sin that remains within us. They bring us to situations beyond our strength and control, and at such times we may react by being callous or overbearing toward others. They magnify our weaknesses and leave us humbled with our insufficiency. …

Weekend A La Carte (April 29)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few deals that are worth looking at. I’m down in Dallas today, looking forward to speaking at Called to Counsel. I hope to meet some of you here! The 144,000 Many interpretations have been offered for the 144,000 people mentioned in Revelation 7:4. Kevin DeYoung has a solid, sensible explanation. How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War I Smithsonian tells how humble moss played a crucial and life-saving role in the …

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Banner of Truth. They have 5 prize packages to give away, which means 5 winners will each receive the following titles: Learning About the Old Testament, by Allan Harman (small paperback, 144 pp.). How does the Old Testament relate to your faith? Is it just a collection of thrilling stories and strange rules which have been superseded by the New Testament? Or is it a source of guidance and learning that helps …

Netflix’s Biggest Competition

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, is like any other business leader in that he is constantly challenged with the question of competition: Who is the competition, and what do you plan to do about them? He was asked this question a week ago during the regularly-scheduled Q1 earnings call, and his answer is both fascinating and a little alarming. One investor asked about Amazon in particular: How will Netflix stay ahead of Amazon and their growing library of Prime videos? …

A La Carte (April 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include two classics, both of which are worth reading. Westminster Books has ESV Premium Gift Bibles on sale. They always sell out really fast. Bill Nye, Progressive Science, and the Threat of Nature Alastair Roberts: “Despite the many claims to be presenting the ‘science’ of sexuality and that opposing viewpoints had no basis whatsoever in science, at no point did the show mention the great elephant in the room. Apparently we can make sense of the human …

The Hottest Thing at Church Today

According to a new study by Gallup, the hottest thing at church today is not the worship and not the pastor. It’s not the smoke and lights and it’s not the hip and relevant youth programs. It’s not even the organic, fair trade coffee at the cafe. The hottest thing at church today is the preaching. Not only is it the preaching, but a very specific form of it—preaching based on the Bible. And just like that, decades of church …

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A La Carte (April 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books. The highlight is Ed Shaw’s excellent work on same-sex attraction. Logos users, don’t forget that I’ve worked with Logos to put together a curated list of excellent NT commentaries. 11 Reasons for a Weekly Service Review Jeff Lacine lists “11 reasons why you should consider starting a weekly service review at your church, and four cautions to keep in mind if you do.” FlightLapse (Video) I suppose I’d prefer the pilot to focus on …

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

We are a culture of convenience, of personalization, of individualism. We have a million ways of customizing our lives to perfectly suit our every preference. When things are difficult, we think little of pulling away from responsibilities, of reorienting our lives away from whatever causes inconvenience. This can even extend to something as good and as central as our commitment to the local church. All of us who are involved in local churches have seen people waver and wander in …

A La Carte (April 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books, including two that my girls used for devotions when young. Westminster Books has a deal on an excellent place to begin in your studies of church history. An Important but Neglected Tool for Clear Thinking Justin Taylor shares an important but neglected tool for clear thinking. And while he is more concerned with the tool than the example processed through it, I think it’s useful in both ways. The Forgotten American …

8 Sins You Commit Whenever You Look at Porn

We know that pornography is an ugly and harmful sin. We know that those who indulge in porn have committed the sin of lust, but there is so much more to it than that. When you open your browser and begin to look at those images and videos, you are sinning in ways that go far beyond lust. Here are 8 sins you commit when you look at porn. You commit the sin of idolatry. All sin is idolatry, an …

A La Carte (April 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several good books, including a personal favorite on prayer. Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? Al Mohler takes on an important question for a time of great cultural uncertainty. Nature Documentaries Are Fake (Video) I think we already know that our favorite nature documentaries aren’t entirely real. Here’s an explanation. Creating a Culture of Hospitality “Church doesn’t just happen on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights. We all know that. In our busy and self-isolating …

To Ph.D or Not to Ph.D?

This sponsored post was prepared by Dr. Todd Chipman of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you’ve ever wondered whether pursuing a Ph.D. in your theological training would be worth it, there are lots of factors to consider aside from wondering how it might impact your career aspirations. If you’re sorting through whether Ph.D studies are for you, think and pray through the following questions. 1. Can you be single-minded and voracious in your studies? The Ph.D allows students to devote their …

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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


Rule #8: Purpose to be Godly (8 Rules for Growing in Godliness)

We cannot overstate the importance of knowing our purpose. There is no doubt our lives will go awry and even go to waste if we neglect to learn the purpose for our existence and the purpose for our salvation. And central to understanding our purpose is understanding why God placed us on this earth. This is why the old catechism begins with the question of purpose: “What is the chief end of man?” This is the question that has provided …

A La Carte (April 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include a series of titles from Crossway that deal with deep theology. God Desires To Bless You Infinitely More Than You Can Imagine There’s an encouraging thought: “He has made an unbreakable, unchangeable promise to never stop doing good to us.” The Quiet Plague of Painkillers This one is from Desiring God: “Although heroin accounts for many such deaths, more familiar medications pave a path to heroin. Coincident with rising death rates, sales of prescription opioids such as …

Letters to the Editor (Hymnals and Tributes to Mom)

I continue to receive Letters to the Editor that cover a variety of subjects. Today, though, I’m narrowing it down to two: what we gained and lost when we moved from hymnals to PowerPoint and tributes to godly moms. Tributes to Moms (based on Will You Write a Mother’s Day Tribute?) There are at least 3 mothers who have had a positive influence on my life; my biological mom who died when I was 9, my foster mom who died when I …

The Power of a Mother’s Surrender (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

Every mother knows that at some point, in some way, she will have to surrender her children. While they are young, she is responsible for protecting and teaching and training them. But all the while, she will be preparing them for independence, preparing herself to release them to the world. Ultimately, she will be preparing herself to surrender them to the will of a sovereign God. In this entry in the series, “Christian Men and Their Godly Moms,” we encounter …

Weekend A La Carte (April 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books that will help you better understand the Bible. Westminster Books is offering deals on catechisms and resources to help teach them. How Brainy Women Benefit the Church “Even today, when my husband tells other people that I’m smarter than he is, I instinctively wince. He means it as a compliment; but I still see it as a social liability—an aspect of my character that, for many people, conflicts with my very womanhood and for …

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books who also sponsored the blog this week. They have 5 prize packages to give away today, which means 5 winners will receive the following books: 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude by Sarah Ivill. “The New Testament books of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude offer a timeless message of hope to Christians living in a post-truth culture that seeks salvation in false, futile saviors and rejects Jesus Christ …

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