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The Hobbit News
Here is some fantastic news about The Hobbit movies. Previously we had been told that the first movie would tell the story of the book while the second would be a new story that would bridge the gap between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. New reports confirm that the movies will actually tell parts one and two of the original story.


Themelios 34-1
A new edition of Themelios is now available. It is available as a 155-page PDF or it can be viewed at the web site.


The Shack and the Skill of Discernment
Saturday morning I was a guest on The Christian Worldview radio program. The audio of that hour-long interview is now available. We also took a few calls from listeners.


When the Problem is Sexual Sin
This article from CCEF offers an interesting counseling method for dealing with sexual sin. “In this case study, John Bettler describes how to help someone struggling with sexual sin. He concludes: ‘If you just deal with outward behavior, you’ll have little success’. See what strategy he recommends instead.”


Deal of the Day: Monergism Books
Monergism Books has a couple of noteworthy deals today. Communion with God by John Owen is 50% off as is Shared Life by Donald Macleod.


  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.