Black Friday 2017 Deals for Christians

While there are many places you can go today to find deals on electronics and other big-ticket items, I like to provide a place for Christian retailers to make their deals known to Christians who are trying to kick-start their Christmas shopping. I will update this list regularly throughout the weekend, so check back often. Be sure to check back on Monday for Cyber Monday deals. Accordance Accordance is offering 20% off everything, plus $10 store credit for every $100 …

A La Carte (November 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a list for Black Friday. (See also this list of general market deals.) Don’t miss my annual Black Friday 2017 Deals for Christians roundup. It’s being updated all day. Complicating Manhood and Womanhood This is an important and challenging one. “Christian men are routinely warned of the danger of finding their identity in their careers, and are exhorted to treat their other callings in life (such as their role as husbands, fathers, and church members) …

New and Notable Books – Three-Minute Thursdays #4

How many books do I receive in the mail? Pretty much all of them! In this Three-Minute Thursdays I focus on six that may be of interest to you. As always, I provide this video in Facebook and YouTube formats, then provide a transcription for those committed to reading.   Transcript Welcome to another edition of Three Minute Thursdays. One of the questions I get most often is, how many books do you receive in the mail? And I usually …

A La Carte (November 23)

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and family today. A special shout-out to my parents, brother, and sisters (and their families) down in Atlanta and Chattanooga and places in between! Today’s Kindle deals include a bunch from Os Guinness. Be sure to check in tomorrow as I’ll be spending today hunting down and compiling Black Friday deals. Instilling Gratitude in Your Family We will start with a couple related to Thanksgiving. “Our society cultivates discontentment. Consistently, we hear a message …

The Art of Godliness, Episode 10: Social Media

We are nearing the final episode of series 1 of The Art of Godliness podcast! After this week’s episode there will be just one more before we take a built-in break but first we want provide this discussion of social media. This is, once again, our attempt to offer assistance to you as you obey God in leading a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This week’s episode is sponsored by Logos. And here are the kinds of …

A La Carte (November 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include some excellent deals, most of them from Ambassador International. At Westminster Books you’ll find a selection of affordable books suitable for giving away during the holiday season. A Beautiful Table and a Bitter Heart Here is something for Americans to consider as you prepare to celebrate tomorrow. Birds Rub Ants on Themselves, and No One Knows Exactly Why “Birds can be weird, and one of the weirdest things they’ve been known to do is called ‘anting.’ Though …

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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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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