The Art of Godliness, Episode 2: Honoring Parents

After discussing conflict resolution in episode 1, we turn today to the subject of honoring parents. Specifically, we discuss how we, as grown adults, should honor our aging parents. The Art of Godliness is a podcast in which we think out loud about how to live a quiet and peaceful life, godly and dignified in every way.

A La Carte (September 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few minor deals that may be worth a quick peek. Westminster Books has a selection of Reformation-related titles on sale. You should probably read at least one book on the Reformation before October 31! Speaking of which, you can get a copy of the classic biography of Luther Here I Stand for a gift of any amount to Ligonier Ministries. Setting the Tone in Your Home “Mamas, you have been granted a special gift in …

The Order and Causes of Salvation and Damnation: An Infographic

Though the name Visual Theology may be new, the idea is not. In fact, all the way back in the seventeenth century John Bunyan produced an incredible work of visual theology titled “A Map Shewing the Order and Causes of Salvation and Damnation.” In a pair of side-by-side timelines he traced the salvation of the believer (or the elect) and the damnation of the unbeliever (or the reprobate). This chart has since been reproduced a number of times but, to …

A La Carte (September 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles by John MacArthur as well as a few by other authors. Yesterday Keith and Kristyn Getty kicked off their first Sing! conference. You can watch it for free via livestream if you’re so inclined. Rejecting The Weekly Verdict While this article applies specifically to worship leaders, I suspect it applies to each one of us at one time or another. Only Love Prevents Adultery Jani Ortlund pens a letter to a would-be adulteress. …

3 Pivotal Questions on the Reformation and the Doctrine of Justification

This sponsored post was prepared by Zondervan Academic and includes material written by Frank James, Douglas Moo, and Peter H. Davids for Zondervan Academic Online Courses. One of the decisive doctrines to emerge from the Protestant Reformation—and central to Luther’s theology—was the doctrine of justification by faith alone (sola fide). How did Luther come to understand justification? What, according to Romans, does it mean to be justified? And how are we to read Luther’s understanding of Paul alongside the book …

The Duty of Diligence

Of the many legacies of the Protestant Reformation, few have had greater and wider-reaching impact than the rediscovery of the biblical understanding of vocation. Before the Reformation, the only people considered to have a vocation or calling were those who were engaged in full-time church work—monks, nuns, or priests. As Gene Veith writes, “The ordinary occupations of life—being a peasant farmer or kitchen maid, making tools or clothing, being a soldier or even king—were acknowledged as necessary but worldly. Such …

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A La Carte (September 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of top-notch Study Bibles. Died: Nabeel Qureshi, Author of ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’ “Nabeel Qureshi, a popular evangelist who found Jesus while seeking Allah, died Saturday of stomach cancer. The 34-year-old convert from Islam was an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) until his diagnosis last summer. He spent months in aggressive treatment, including the removal of his stomach, all the while praying for a miracle to heal him.” (See also the …

Letters to the Editor (The Bible, Grief, Divorce, Having Children, Respecting Husbands and Hurricane Harvey)

It has been too long since I have compiled a collection of Letters to the Editor–letters from people who have read articles and are eager to respond. Here are some of the best from the past few weeks. Letters on Is Your Church Messy Enough? I wanted to comment on your use (and criticism) of the word “safe” in this article. I think I can guess why you used it the way you did – it’s a buzz-word these days …

Weekend A La Carte (September 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include a number that are worth looking at. Hebrews Bible Study Last year Michael Kruger led a ladies’ Bible study on Romans through Reformed Theological Seminary. This year he’s working through Hebrews and the videos are being released on YouTube. This is a tremendous resource! Don’t Speak Up: On the Spiritual Discipline of Silence Yes! “As evangelicals, we often feel guilty for not evangelizing more, or not speaking a word of correction to a friend in sin. …

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by B&H Publishing and they’ve got two exciting new books to give away. There will be three winners this week and each winner will receive a copy of both of these books. Steal Away Home is a new kind of book based on historical research, which tells a previously untold story set in the 1800s of the relationship between an African-American missionary and one of the greatest preachers to ever live. And then …

What’s the Purpose of … Sex?

Our culture is ruled by sex, obsessed with sex, saturated in sex. It sometimes seems that everywhere we go and everywhere we look we are confronted with messaging about sexuality. So much of this messaging is false, misleading, and downright disturbing. A little historical perspective can be helpful, though, for as we look to the distant past we see that the culture at the time of the early church was equally obsessed and saturated with sex. For this reason, the …

A La Carte (September 15)

Westminster Books has a great deal on what I think will be one of the books of the year (for parents, at least). Be sure to check it out! Meanwhile, Logos has a really good deal on a really good commentary set (one of my favorites). Will a Happy Marriage Prevent an Affair? I was planning to write about this article but am glad Russell Moore beat me to it. “A couple, even a Christian couple, should not assume they …

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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


God Didn’t Write a Book

The Bible is a book—God’s book. Even a child knows this, right? Except that the Bible isn’t a book. Not really. The Bible was at first oral transmission passed from person to person, events and conversations observed, remembered, and shared. But it was still the Bible. Then the Bible was a collection of scrolls, each containing a single letter or history or group of psalms. But it was still the Bible. Then the Bible was a series of codices, large …

A La Carte (September 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few deals that actually appear on a fairly regular basis. Still… Here’s some new Visual Theology that may interest you: Attributes of God Presentation Slides and The Kings of Israel. (Yesterday at the blog I shared the first episode of a new podcast: The Art of Godliness.) The Most Female and Male Occupations Since 1950 This is a neat visualization of the most female and most male occupations. Turns out the most female occupation is …

The Art of Godliness, Episode 1: Conflict in the Church

Today I’m beginning something new: a podcast.  I’m co-hosting it with Paul Martin who is a close friend and a fellow elder at Grace Fellowship Church. Together we are taking a look at a variety of subjects of relevance to the Christian life. We are beginning in episode one with the tricky subject of conflict resolution, and especially conflict within the church. Thanks to our sponsor Logos for making this episode possible. Please visit logos.com/challiespodcast to learn about Logos 7 Basic …

A La Carte (September 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting books as well as a whole commentary series. Nothing Out of the Ordinary With all the natural disasters happening these days, is it time to ask whether they tell us that something is happening? “But the thing that’s happening is this: we are no longer in the Garden of Eden. The threatless cool of the day is no longer everywhere, every day. You have to go to places like Key West to find …

The Greatest Burden of Leadership

If it is difficult to be a leader, it is far more difficult to be a good leader. If there are challenges that come to those who lead, there are far greater challenges that come to those who wish to lead well. This is exactly why we have such deep respect for leaders who are exemplary, for leaders who lead with skill. This is exactly why our bookshelves are overflowing with titles on becoming better leaders, on leading with confidence …

A La Carte (September 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a single solitary book. We will hope for better things for tomorrow. 3 Things “They” Told Me About Adoption Dave Hare shares three things he was told about adoption. He and his wife went ahead and adopted four children and now he looks back and responds. Who Is Joel Osteen, and Are His Teachings Biblical? GotQuestions has a helpful overview of Joel Osteen’s teachings, emphases, and heresies. The Lord Is Never Late It’s a very …

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