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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

New and Notable Books – Three-Minute Thursdays #10

Welcome to another edition of 3 Minute Thursdays. Every year I get literally hundreds of books in the mail. That’s one of the perks of being a book reviewer. As they come in, I take a look at them, I put them in a big old stack right down here and then from time to time I take the big stack, I turn it into a little stack, so I can tell you about some of the new and notable …

A La Carte (January 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include a new study Bible, a book on counseling, and a solid theological resource. (Yesterday on the blog:  Deciphering the Covers of Christian Books) Seduced By a Comfortable Life “Most people would agree that living in places like Australia or the United States means having a pretty comfortable life. Most of us reading this are affluent compared to global averages, and have privileges that other people around the world only dream of. These are good gifts from …

Deciphering the Covers of Christian Books

You’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, right? I understand the sentiment, but we really can’t help ourselves. Covers contain crucial information both in their design and in their words. There is some information on a book’s cover that many people don’t know how to decipher. Let me tell you how to make sense of the information about authors, co-authors, editors, and contributors. “And” When you see the names of two authors separated by the word “and,” it …

A La Carte (January 10)

There isn’t a whole lot to speak of in Kindle deals. The search continues. Meanwhile, on the print side, Westminster Books is kicking off their year by having a sale on some of last year’s bestsellers. (Yesterday on the blog: Devotional Resources for Children (Video)) Announcing Ask Ligonier: A Place for Answers This new feature from Ligonier Ministries is one of the most ambitious things I’ve ever seen a ministry attempt. Bravo! When Beauty Pours Out This is beautiful. “She was walking, one tiny …

Devotional Resources for Children

As Christian parents it is our great desire that our children come to know the Lord. For them to know the Lord, they need to learn how to encounter him in his word and to speak to him in prayer. From a young age we are trying to instill in them this habit of reading the Bible and praying. Over time we want them to pick up this habit on their own. Today I want to tell you about a …

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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