A La Carte (February 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of Bibles and a commentary. The search continues! 5 Best Practices for Preventing Sex Abuse in Your Church “This article offers five ways to help your church avoid being added to a growing list of churches that had their heads in the sand, thinking such a thing would never happen to them.” Please read this article or one of the many like it. And please take the precautions outlined. What is a Biblical Counselor? …

A La Carte (February 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include an eclectic little list of titles that may prove interesting. As always, you may find something that appeals in this week’s deals from Westminster Books. The Bewildering Mr. Brainerd “No doubt, it was Brainerd’s desire for holiness, zeal for the conversion of the lost, earnestness in prayer and perseverance in the midst of unparalleled affliction that set him apart as one of the most important figures in church history. When we read his Diary we are …

A La Carte (February 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include a solid biography of Martin Luther and several other good books. What Was It Like to Pastor at 17? HB Charles Jr.: “What was it like to pastor at seventeen? Ultimately, the short answer is God. For that matter, the long answer is God. God did it all! God saved me. God called me to preach. God gave me to my first church and my first church to me. And God provided everything and everyone I …

A La Carte (February 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few solid titles from Crossway. This is going to be an “A La Carte only” week at the blog. I finished up the first draft of a book last week and am in a lot of pain from doing so (context). So I’m going to mostly stop typing for the week and hope it helps. I’ve also got an appointment with a specialist this week (that, coincidentally, was booked months ago) and hope to get …

A Pastoral Prayer

Every now and again I like to share an example of a pastoral prayer from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this because there are few examples of pastoral prayers online and I thought these may serve to inspire themes, passages, or ideas as other pastors and elders prepare to lead their churches in prayer. Here is one Dwight Miller, one of our elders, prayed before our church not too long ago. *** O Great God, who is like you? We could …

Weekend A La Carte (February 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics and some newer works. If you’re looking for something even less expensive, you may want to browse through Nitoy Gonzalez’s latest roundup of free stuff. (Yesterday on the blog: Has the Bible Been Preserved For Us Today?) Sex Abuse Among Southern Baptists Keith Whitfield: “As Southern Baptists, we have to come to face reality: These reports show a systemic problem spanning decades of neglect in handling abuse cases in our local churches and through our …

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This week the blog has been sponsored by Ligonier and Reformation Trust. What is baptism? Is it necessary for salvation? Who should be baptized, and how should we baptize them? In his new book, Baptism: Answers to Common Questions, Guy Richard tackles these questions and more. As he searches the Scriptures, he provides needed clarity on this topic and encourages us to deal graciously with our brothers and sisters in Christ even when we disagree. Ten Free Stuff Fridays winners …

Has the Bible Been Preserved For Us Today?

I recently announced that my new book, A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible, is just about ready to launch and that we are now taking pre-orders. It is due to be released at the end of March. In the meantime, I wanted to give you a brief taste of what you’ll read and what you’ll see when it’s in your hands. Keep reading for a section that tells (and shows) how the Bible has been preserved for us. Buy …

A La Carte (February 15)

I wasn’t able to track down any new Kindle deals, though there’s lots to sort through from the past week. However, Westminster Books has some new releases on sale, including John Piper’s new one as well as Mere Calvinism, which I very much enjoyed. (Yesterday on the blog: How Can We Glorify God with Our Time?) Why Men Like Me Shouldn’t Be Pastors Samuel James: “Why did it take whistleblowers and journalists to identify disqualifications that should have been obvious to those with the …

How Can We Glorify God with Our Time?

The way you spend your time says more about your spiritual condition than you may think. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” In this clip, I try to expose two ways in which we fail to glorify God with our time and the deeper heart issues that lie beneath these decisions. Transcript Time has a way of getting away …

A La Carte (February 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include some excellent resources on the local church. You’ll also find my little book Run to Win and a few from Reformation Heritage Books. (Yesterday on the blog: Biographies for People Who Have Never Read a Biography) James MacDonald Fired from Harvest “In the midst of efforts to reconcile with longtime critics, Harvest Bible Chapel fired its founder and senior pastor James MacDonald for ‘engaging in conduct … contrary and harmful to the best interests of the church.’” …

Biographies for People Who Have Never Read a Biography

In recent weeks I’ve encountered a number of people who have never read a biography. While there’s no law commanding the reading of biographies, there are certainly many good reasons to make them a regular part of a reading diet. Today I want to offer just a few suggestions and recommendations for people who are approaching biography for the first time, or for the first time in a long while. Three Tips I’ll begin with a few suggestions for getting …

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A La Carte (February 13)

There is, once again, a small list of Kindle deals to browse through. Yesterday I put out a little video about ESV Scripture Journals; shortly thereafter (and entirely coincidentally) they went on sale at Westminster Books. The Power of the Gospel and the Meltdown of Identity Politics Al Mohler has some really good and clarifying thoughts here about identity politics and intersectionality. “Virginia serves as a prime example of the self-destructive nature of identity politics—a political philosophy that expansively designates identity by …

What Are The ESV Scripture Journals All About?

You’ve probably seen something recently about the ESV Scripture Journals. According to the publisher, they “pair the entirety of individual books of the New Testament with lightly lined blank pages opposite each page of the biblical text, allowing readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of Scripture. Individual volumes feature one book of Scripture in a thin and portable format—great for personal Bible reading and reflection, small-group study, or taking notes through a …

A La Carte (February 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include all kinds of books that are worth checking out. If you’ve going to be at the TGC conference in April, I’d love to see you for a Visual Theology breakout. And we’re working on a nice giveaway for all attendees. If you’ve already registered for TGC19, you can email [email protected] to sign up. (Yesterday on the blog: Meet My Friend Selina) How To Stop Hating Yourself I appreciated reading Emma’s thoughts on self-hatred. “Self-hatred is not God’s …

Meet My Friend Selina

As I’ve traveled the world over the past year, I’ve made many new friends. Some of these friends are living, but many more of them have long since gone to glory, and I’ve had to meet them through their biographies and through the objects they’ve left behind. One of my new friends is Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon. In what follows, I want to briefly introduce you to her. She was born into prominence. She was born on August 24, …

A La Carte (February 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books about marriage, among them a personal favorite–Married for God. (Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Sunday in February) Nevertheless, She Persisted in Christ What inspiring story of aging with grace. “Culture tends to portray images of strong women fitting a specific mold – successful businesswoman, outstanding athlete, influential leader. These can be appropriate examples, but if we measure strength solely by public achievements, we miss honoring the excellence of integrity. If we only …

How We Worshipped One Sunday in February

Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do so hoping they serve as a model of how one church attempts to worship the Lord in a distinctly biblical way. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as our service leader and preacher, Brian as our lead worshipper, and Dwight as the elder who read the Scripture text and prayed. Steve, our associate pastor, closed out the service …

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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