Free Stuff Fridays (Cruciform)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Cruciform Press and targeted mainly to women, especially moms. They have 5 prize packages to give away, which means 5 winners will each receive the following titles: Wilderness Wanderings: Finding Contentment in the Desert Times of Life (small paperback, 120 pp.) by Stacy Reaoch, Foreword by Jani Ortlund The Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land was a journey much like our own. Fear, discontentment, and a failure to trust God plagued the very people …

On Being Thought Well of By Outsiders

One of my ongoing studies is of the qualifications of an elder. My church has called me to be an elder (or pastor, if you prefer) and the Bible makes it very clear what a man must be if he is to hold this office. Most broadly, he must be above reproach—he must live in such a way that no one can cast doubt on his sincerity as a Christian, so that no one can charge that he makes a mockery of …

A La Carte (January 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of books. Westminster Books is featuring Nancy Pearcey’s excellent new book Love Thy Body. (Yesterday on the blog: Why I Pray With an App) Is Jesus Really the Answer? Elspeth Pitt writes, “It’s been my practice for years to read the Bible one to one with all sorts of people – those who are going well and who can be encouraged to minister to others, those who are not yet Christian or very new …

Why I Pray With an App – Three-Minute Thursdays #11

Welcome to another edition of 3 Minute Thursdays. I’m Tim Challies and here is my challenge over the next three minutes; to say something useful, hopefully, helpful about a subject that’s of interest to people like you. Today I want to talk about prayer. Specifically, I want to talk about why I pray every day using an app.   Transcript Welcome to another edition of 3 Minute Thursdays. I’m Tim Challies and here is my challenge over the next three …

A La Carte (January 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not too much. It has been slim pickings recently. Crossway is giving away free e-book copies of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture. (Yesterday on the blog: The Porn Problem ). When Preaching is Not Your Thing “There are numerous books and articles available to help convince men to enter into or stay in the ministry. But, there is not much out there to help a man discern whether or not it’s …

The Porn Problem

It was just a few years ago that the Christian world was blindsided as it learned about the size and scope of the modern-day porn problem. We learned that a vast percentage of young men, and an increasing percentage of young women, are immersed in porn and have been since their youngest days. We learned that many older men and women are into it as well. This led to a great number of books on the subject as well as …

Follow on Instagram

Instagram


A La Carte (January 17)

I will soon be on my way to the G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It kicks off today with the Spanish pre-conference, then continues into the weekend. You can watch it live at the web site. Westminster Books has some solid deals on some excellent books about relationships, dating, marriage, and sex. (Yesterday on the blog: Exploring Ontario, and Why I Love Being a Christian) She is Broken, and She is Beautiful. This is an excellent article. “The Church is broken …

Vlog: Exploring Ontario, and Why I Love Being a Christian

We’ve just come through this long and deep cold snap. We’ve just gotten over this spell where it’s been -25, -30 degrees, absolutely freezing. It’s finally warmed up a little. And I’ve decided I’ve got to get out of the office. I’m here at one of my favorite spots at Waterdown, Ontario just to explore. And while I’m at it, I’ve been thinking, I love being a Christian. I am so thankful to be a follower of Jesus Christ. So …

A La Carte (January 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books that span a bunch of genres. Logos users will want to check out the deal on the excellent Preaching the Word commentaries. If you live in or near Belfast, Northern Ireland, I’d love to see you at the Evangelical Bookshop next week. And if you’re in or near Sydney, Australia, I’d love to see you at the Reformers Bookshop next month. (Yesterday on the blog: (The Easiest Sin to Justify) One Simple Thought …

The Foundry Bible Immersion: A Ten-Week Discipleship & Gap-Year Program in Washington, D.C.

This week the blog has been sponsored by Bible Immersion.  This post has been written by Jordan Standridge the Director, Foundry Bible Immersion Program. If you could spend Ten weeks of your life focusing only on God and His word would you do it? Ten weeks to change your life and to deepen your love for Christ? You can at the Foundry Bible Immersion in Washington D.C. After serving as a college Pastor over the last few years I know that …

The Easiest Sin to Justify

As we grow in grace and become ever-more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, we wondrously, inevitably find that sin is loosening its grip on us. Sins that once tormented us are now mere irritations; temptations that once consistently overwhelmed us now arouse little interest or enthusiasm. We find to our delight that God is faithful to his promises and that he has been using every circumstance to conform us to the image of his Son. There’s more to …

A La Carte (January 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include a collection of books from Crossway; the common denominator seems to be preaching. You’ll also find many volumes of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series on sale. (Yesterday on the blog: Headlines and Happening, a roundup of some of the things Christians were talking about in the week that was.) Is God a Good Father? “Is God a good father? Can it be true? Can we allow our hearts for one solitary moment to bask in this …

See all

Book Reviews

Become a Patron

Headlines & Happenings (Disgraced and Disqualified Pastors; Oprah Winfrey for President)

As one week gives way to another, I attempt to provide a roundup of the themes that were prominent among Christian writers in the week that was. This week people were discussing a pastor who had been called out for sins committed 20 years ago and they were expressing sympathy for the girl he victimized. They were discussing how to properly handle such allegations and wondering whether such sin is a permanent disqualifier from ministry. Christians were also thinking about …

“Be Kind” Prints and T-Shirts

We are excited to announce a new Visual Theology wall print and t-shirt. It’s a simple but stylish rendition of Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” We made it because we need it–we need the constant reminder to be Christlike in our behavior. It is available in a variety of colors and t-shirt styles at the Visual Theology store. Buy the t-shirt or the print.

Weekend A La Carte (January 13)

There isn’t a whole lot to report today on the Kindle deals front. That’s not unusual for a Saturday, I suppose. If you’re into printed books you may be interested in Reformation Heritage Books’ winter clearance sale. (Yesterday on the blog: The Year I Saw Billions of Dollars in Art) How the Queen Has Made Faith Her Message This is something few consider when they think of the Queen: “To the royal household, it is known as the QXB – the Queen’s Christmas …

Free Stuff Fridays (Getty and Spurgeon)

This week’s giveaway is brought to you by Lifeway. There will be 5 winners this week (though, unfortunately, we need to limit them to North America). Each will receive a package that includes a copy of  Sing! by Keith and Kristyn Getty, and a CSB Spurgeon Study Bible. Here is what you can expect: Sing! has grown from Keith and Kristyn Getty’s passion for congregational singing; it’s been formed by their traveling and playing and listening and discussing and learning and teaching all over the world. And in writing …

The Year I Saw Billions of Dollars in Art

This year I visited museums—many, many museums. I spent time in world-class exhibits in Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, and Switzerland. I encountered significant historical artifacts and gazed at world-renowned works of art. I stood face to face with Augustus of Prima Porta, gazed at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and looked with admiration at the works of many masters. I saw tapestries and pottery, crowns and coins, paintings and carvings. I saw art that must cumulatively be worth countless …

A La Carte (January 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include just three titles, but each of them is worthy of a place in your library. (Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books – Three-Minute Thursdays #10) Developing a Sending Culture in Our Churches Are you going to be at the G3 conference in Atlanta next week? If so, why don’t you come out to this lunchtime event I’ll be speaking at? Why Repentant Pastors Should be Forgiven but not Restored to the Pulpit Jonathan Leeman writes …

See all

My Books

Do More Better Cover

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