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How’s Your Bible Reading Going? – Just over a month into the new year it’s probably a good time to ask how your Bible reading is going.

Parenting Young Children – Steve McCoy has some helpful counsel for parenting young children. (Note: Some of it reflects a particular cultural context. If you have your kids call people “Miss Gail” or “Mr. Ryan” up here in Canada you’ll be met with blank stares.)

On Sermon Illustrations – H.B. Charles Jr.: “There are three basic elements to a sermon: explanation, application, and illustration. At any given point of the sermon, you are doing one of these three things.” He focuses is on illustration giving tips on doing it well and wisely.

Biblical Personal Finance – This article provides a broad overview of biblical personal finance. “It never ceases to amaze me that algebra is required in school but personal finance is not. We desperately need to hear what the Bible says about personal finance.”

Should I Get Re-Baptized? – Writing at Gospel Coalition, Bobby Jamieson answers this question (which is very, very common): Should I get re-baptized? I also really appreciate the answer J.D. Greear provides in Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart.

We may force our Lord to punish us, but we will never have to force Him to love us. That’s His nature.

—Thomas Watson

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…