Making A Christian College Christian

This sponsored posted was written by Matthew J. Hall the dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (and, as it happens, the college my son attends). Boyce is committed to providing a biblical worldview for every student in every degree program. They’re expanding their degree offerings and just announced a new BS in Communication. To learn more about Boyce College, consider attending Preview Day on March 22. Use code Challies and they’ll waive your registration …

One Life-Changing Week

This week the blog is sponsored by the Biblical Counseling Training Conference. Would you like to improve the effectiveness of your ministry? Would you like to improve your ability to help a hurting person using your Bible? This February 10-15, 2019 in Lafayette, Indiana we are hosting the annual Biblical Counseling Training Conference. Since 1985, we have been equipping ministry professionals and lay leaders to skillfully, confidently, and lovingly minister God’s Word to those looking for answers. In 2018 almost …

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5 Audiobooks That Speak to Suffering

This week the blog is sponsored by christianaudio.com, and this post is written by Carissa Arend. Suffering is an inevitable part of the Christian life, and we need reminders of gospel hope in everyday difficulties as well as in life-shattering trials. The following audiobooks offer noteworthy and unique perspectives on suffering. Trusting God Jerry Bridges grapples with questions of God’s sovereignty, love, and power in the midst of pain. He gives insight into the nature of trust when hard circumstances …

Why Christians Should Think More About Heaven

This sponsored post was written by Owen Strachan, author of the just-released devotional Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, and provided by Tyndale. You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.” I get the meaning here. We all know absentminded folks. If you’re the type of person who thinks deeply about life but goes out the door in mismatched socks, you might need to become …

Christ’s Call to Reform the Church

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers who are promoting John MacArthur’s book Christ’s Call to Reform the Church: Timeless Demands from The Lord to His People. In the book of Revelation, Jesus wrote seven letters to cities in Asia Minor. He didn’t write them to city hall; He wrote them to the church. The church today—and particularly the church in America— needs to understand that God has not called His people out of the world simply to wage …

God Does Give You More than You Can Handle

This week the blog is sponsored by Tyndale, and the post is written by Jason Hague, author of Aching Joy.  I am richly blessed in the community department. Not everyone is so lucky. Like others who are in the throes of crisis, autism parents often seek comfort from friends, but all too often, they get inspirational platitudes instead. Those platitudes aren’t malicious, of course. Just unhelpful. Here’s the most common example: “God never gives you anything you can’t handle.” This …

2018 Reformed Gift Guide – Find the Best Unique Gifts

This sponsored post was prepared by Missional Wear The time has come to begin making your list and checking it twice. My friends at Missional Wear have been hard at work creating unique theology-inspired goods to make your shopping a breeze. The 2018 Reformed Gift Guide is a curated roadmap to gifting success this holiday season! Here are some of the best ideas that made the top of this year’s list… Bistro Mugs Insulated Tumblers T-shirts Ladies & Raglans Sweatshirts …

Christmas is all about love. But how…and why?

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company and this post is written by Sinclair B Ferguson. It’s almost Christmas time again and, to borrow the words of John Paul Young’s song, “Love is in the air”.  (“Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh” was how the chorus eloquently ended, if I remember rightly.) Love is “in the air” every Christmas. It features in the songs we hear as we shop for presents and in the commercials we see …

Is this the Best Book Ever?

This week the blog is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books and this post is written by Joel R. Beeke. When people ask me who my favorite Puritan writer is, I admit that my answer has not always been the same over the course of my life. It is often influenced by who I am reading at the time. However, if you managed to corner me and force an answer, today I would say Anthony Burgess (1600-1663), who I believe to …

2 Reasons Why Coveting Is a Serious Sin

This sponsored post is adapted from The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them by Kevin DeYoung. Taking Sin Seriously What makes coveting such a serious sin? First, we covet when we want for ourselves what belongs to someone else. Coveting is more than thinking, “It’d be great to have a nice house,” or “I’d like to have a better job.” Coveting longs for someone else’s stuff to be your stuff. Coveting says, …