Sexual Consent in a Confused, Confusing World

Over the past few years, there has been a crescendo of talk about sexual consent aimed especially at our teens and young adults. Freshman orientation at the local college is now less likely to orient students in the ins and the outs of campus and curriculum and more likely to teach the ins and outs of sex and consent. Students are taught that consent must be given before the commencement of any sexual encounter and again explicitly through each and …

A La Carte (November 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of books as we await the big holiday weekend sales. How to Influence Your Conscience “For most of us, the normalization and celebration of sin has become so pervasive in the entertainment we grew up enjoying that it can be difficult for us to discern whether or not God is pleased with our lifestyle. There is often a cognitive dissonance between what we believe about God and his law and how we live. …

Vlog: What’s a Reader’s Bible All About?

I wonder if you’ve noticed that over the past few years, our Bibles have gotten a little bit cluttered. Open your Bible and may notice it’s full of notes and footnotes and cross-references and other features. Each of these features is great, yet each one can also detract from the reading experience. Not surprisingly, we are beginning to see a bit of push-back with what are being called “Reader’s Bibles.” Here’s my review of a few of them in Facebook …

A La Carte (November 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include an unusually modest number of books. As I said last week, I expect things will pick up a lot on Friday and next Monday as we get to holiday sales. Board game lovers may want to check out Amazon’s deals of the day. Church Members Must Keep an Eye on Their Elders This is just so important. “In an elder-led congregational polity, church members have a number of important responsibilities; two main areas converge in the …

Letters to the Editor (Sleepovers, New Calvinism, Disability, Prayer, and more)

It has been far too long since I have put together a collection of Letters to the Editor. I am remedying that today by sharing just a few of the many letters that have poured in over the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy them. Letters on Vlog: Why My Family Still Doesn’t Do Sleepovers My wife and I have the same convictions about no sleep overs. Once you let the genie out of the bottle, so to speak, …

New Visual Theology: Subway-Style Prints

Our collection of Visual Theology material continues to grow. Most recently we have added some beautiful and informational subway-style prints that may be of interest to you or to somebody on your holiday shopping list. There are three in the collection so far: Apostle’s Creed, Elder Qualifications, and Love Is. Apostle’s Creed. The Christian faith is essentially creedal. Since the earliest days, Christians have professed their faith in common creeds and none of these has proven more important than the …

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Weekend A La Carte (November 18)

I am in (on?) Rhode Island today, speaking at a little church-based conference here. If you are in the area, feel free to drop by Perryville Bible Church as it’s an open event. Meanwhile, here are some items to read or watch… Amy Carmichael: A Soldier’s Life Here’s a short bio of a Christian hero. “‘We follow an undefeated Leader… There is joy in such combat, though there is horror too.’ These words, penned by Amy Carmichael, give us a …

Free Stuff Fridays (Missional Wear)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Missional Wear. There are some very unique items up for grabs! You are among the first to see these brand new limited edition products for the season. One predestined winner will take home a Spurgeon ugly Christmas sweatshirt, another will get a bow tie, and all five winners will get a $30 Gift Certificate! The Spurge – Ugly Christmas Sweater The Spurge Ugly Christmas Sweater will be the talk of your holiday …

Victims and Victimizers and a Sin-Sick World

Aileen and I have developed a shared passion for photography, especially for landscape photography. A little while ago, she began to follow various landscape photographers on Instagram and made an interesting observation: almost all of them are men. She began to wonder why, so asked Google and found an interesting answer. In the first place, landscape photography tends to involve lugging heavy equipment far into the wilderness, a task that men typically find easier than women. Second, it often involves …

A La Carte (November 17)

I dug up just a handful of new Kindle deals for today. I expect we will see a lot more of them in the next week. Westminster Books has a sale on some new books for kids. Doing Spiritual Warfare Without All The Weirdness “People tend to talk about spiritual warfare in one of two ways: 1) Not at all because it feels weird to talk about demons and the Devil and unseen realms. Plus, we believe God is sovereign …

The Problem with Love Languages – Three-Minute Thursdays #3

If you are a Christian (and maybe even if you’re not) you’ve probably heard of “love languages.” I believe love languages can be both helpful and unhelpful depending how we use them. In this video I try to explain where they are helpful and where perhaps they aren’t. Here it is in Facebook and YouTube formats, followed by a transcript. Rush Transcript Welcome to another edition of Three Minute Thursdays, where I try to say something important, maybe even helpful, …

A La Carte (November 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include all sorts of great titles, many of which lead toward the academic. Christian Audio is having a $5 sale on books that are of interest to women. There are some good ones and some pretty awful ones, so be choosy! (Recommended: Wolgemuth, Mahaney, Alsup, Michel, Reissig.) Resumes Set Afire This could be a helpful exercise: “It is hard to imagine, but try slowly dismantling your resume. What personal achievements have some importance in your life? Include …

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The Art of Godliness, Episode 9: Personal Devotions

Welcome to another episode of The Art of Godliness podcast. In this podcast, Paul Martin and I do our utmost to provoke you obey God in leading a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This time around we are discussing the always-important and always-difficult subject of personal devotions. We hope you find it informative and helpful. Our thanks goes to Lexham Press for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about the Lexham Classics series at Lexhampress.com/classics. Show Notes …

A La Carte (November 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few you’ll want to look at if you’re an avid reader. Be sure to check out Westminster Books for a great deal on A Puritan Theology, a giant book I’ve found tremendously helpful. Opinion Polls and the ‘Evangelical’ Illusion Thomas Kidd writes about the unreliability of opinion polls. “The primary reasons that they are unreliable are (1) the difficulty in getting solid polling data on any subject, (2) unclear definitions of ‘evangelicals,’ and (3) ideological …

The State of Evangelicalism in America and all that Blah Blah Blah

I have grown accustomed to hearing about the horrific state of evangelicalism in the United States of America. The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has seemed to add some new fuel to that fire, a fresh opportunity to bemoan the sorry state of the church today. It has apparently become almost a pastime among conservative Christians—and perhaps especially Calvinistic Christians—to lament what the church is, rather than what she ought to be. I’ve come to think y’all are being …

A La Carte (November 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include an interesting little mix of books. Another Actress Accuses Kirk Cameron Of Treating Her With Respect I don’t often link to the satire site The Babylon Bee, but this one is worth reading in the light of all the recent scandal in Hollywood. Pastoring a Rural Church Isn’t a “Lesser” Ministry Cheston Pickard speaks about important similarities in rural and urban churches to show that pastoring in the country is not a lesser kind of ministry. …

The Reformed Gift Guide – Top Gifts for 2017

With only just over a month to prepare, the clock is ticking for you to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list. My friends at Missional Wear have been hard at work creating theology infused goods that you will be proud to gift to your loved ones this holiday season. The 2017 Reformed Gift Guide is your roadmap to shopping success for the theologian, pastor, student, or just plain tough to shop for man in your life. Here are some of the best ideas that made the top of this year’s list…

Vlog: Why My Family Still Doesn’t Do Sleepovers

Many years ago Aileen and I made a decision for our family, little knowing how that decision would end up reverberating around the world. We decided not to have our kids participate in sleepovers. Here’s why, many years later, my family still doesn’t do sleepovers. It’s available in YouTube and Facebook formats and, as always, there’s a transcript for the readers. Note that the videos also now feature captioning. Rush Transcript A few years ago Aileen and I made a …

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