The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible

I admit it: I use an electronic Bible. Better said, I use an electronic device that has a Bible app installed on it. Several years ago I put away my printed Bible in favor of Logos on my iPad. There is a lot I love about this: I love the convenience of being able to have my Bible with me at just about any time; I love the ease of needing just a single tap to take me from my …

Bring Her Out and Let Her Be Burned

“Bring her out and let her be burned!” This dramatic pronouncement of judgment gets me every time I read it. And through long familiarity, it has become one of my favorite Bible passages. That’s weird, I know. Yet it’s not a favorite in the sense that I’d recommend it as a life verse or a tattoo or the inside of a greeting card. It’s a favorite in the sense that it speaks so truly about the state of humanity. And …

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What Haunts Me About the Humboldt Bus Disaster

On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League boarded a bus for the two-hour drive to their playoff game in Nipawin. They had no idea that their obscure little hockey team from small-town Saskatchewan would soon be known around the world. At about 5 o’clock that evening their bus collided with a semi truck, causing utter devastation to the vehicle and the 29 passengers within it. Fourteen died immediately and two more in the days …

T4G Kindle Book Extravaganza

Together for the Gospel begins today and publishers are getting in on the action by marking down a host of Kindle books. There is a massive list of them which I’ve divided up by author. I’ve taken the liberty to bold what I consider a couple of the key titles for each author. Thabiti Anyabwile Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection May We Meet in the Heavenly World: The Piety of Lemuel …

My Dear, Sweet Girl

My dear, sweet girl, I’m so thankful you’re thinking about sin. I’m so thankful you’re thinking about what it means to be a sinner, what it means to realize that so often you do the bad stuff you swore you wouldn’t do. And not only that, but so often you don’t do the good stuff you had promised to do. I know sin is a hard thing to think about, but it’s such an important thing. Yesterday you were comparing …

Free Stuff Fridays (Crossway)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away a brand new Bible that I think will be of a lot of interest to you: The ESV Archaeology Study Bible. There will be five winners this week and each will receive a copy of the Bible. Here is how Crossway describes it: “The ESV Archaeology Study Bible roots the biblical text in its historical and cultural context, offering readers …

Why Medical Missions Is So Effective

Charles Woodrow is a doctor and missionary who has spent decades serving in Nampula, Mozambique. In a recent report he told of the value of medical missions and I asked his permission to share it with you. I hope you’ll be encouraged as you read it. You can learn more about Charles and his work here. In former days I loved to operate. I found it immensely satisfying to do a one-hour procedure that relieved someone of a problem that had …

How To Grow in Self-Confidence

I am not, by nature, a person who has a lot of self-confidence. Quite the opposite, really. I care far too much about what other people think about me and concern myself far too much with looking good in their eyes. I can torment myself with shame and regret for little foibles and miscues, imagining what people are thinking, what they are saying to one another. For that reason I have spent much of my life trying to be unnoticed. …

Beating Facebook’s Algorithm and Being Your Own Curator

By now we have all read lots of articles and opinion pieces on Facebook, or at least seen lots of scary headlines. We are slowly and collectively awakening to the power Facebook has over us, which is to say, the power we have given it. We have given Facebook power one click, one tap, and one like at a time. The situation is not yet dire and we don’t yet have to #deleteFacebook. But it’s definitely time to consider what …

Is There Anything Wrong with Sports and Hobbies?

As a Christian, how should you think well about sports and hobbies? Can Christians watch sports or enjoy hobbies? Should they? Those are the questions behind this brief Q&A. Transcript Do you have any hobbies or sports? I’m not into sports so much. I like watching sports occasionally, but not very often. Baseball’s my sport because I can have it running in the background and don’t really have to pay too much attention to it. Hobbies, a little bit. Not …