The Conference Reinvented: A Global Event in a Pandemic World

This week the blog is sponsored by Getty Music. The team at Getty Music would like to remind you that summer registration for the Sing! Conference ends Aug 6, and if you use the code CHALLIES you can get 20% off! The Getty Music SING! Conference began in 2017 with a vision to equip believers, families, and churches to cultivate deep theology, timeless artistry, and vibrant congregational singing. For 3 years, we enjoyed gathering each fall in a city known …

Announcing the Westminster Bookstore Rewards Program: Share $5, Get $5

This week the blog is being sponsored by the Westminster Bookstore. As a non-profit ministry of Westminster Theological Seminary, the Westminster Bookstore has been tasked with supplying the church with the best Christian books available–kindergarten through MDiv. We know there are many places to get books. But we believe that books play a profound role in the life and health of the church and so we take seriously our mission to distribute only the best biblically rich, theologically robust, and …

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The Afterword: Conversations on Books, Reading, and the Church

This week the blog is sponsored by Westminster Bookstore and they are introducing a New Web Series and Podcast. We launched “The Afterword” because we don’t want our ministry to the readers of the Church to end with the delivery of a book. To that end, we hope these digital discussions will foster a culture of reading in our congregations as we engage with books and get to know the authors behind them. Throughout this series, we’ll cover all the …

Less than 1% Christian!?

This week the blog is sponsored by Mile One Mission, which is committed to planting Gospel-centered, Christ-exalting churches in North America’s least-churched area. The Need: In many circles, Canada and the United States are considered “Christian Countries.” Regardless of what you think of that phrase or its truth, we can assure you that there are parts of the western world that lack the gospel. And that is certainly the situation that we find ourselves in here in St. John’s, Newfoundland …

Why You Should Read the Works of William Perkins

This week the blog post is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books and written by Dr. Joel R. Beeke. The writings of England’s William Perkins (1558–1602)—who served God’s Church as one of the last of the sixteenth-century Reformers, as well as one of the fathers of the seventeenth-century Puritanism—has been finally reprinted in modern typeface by Reformation Heritage Books in 10 volumes. Contemporary scholars have called Perkins “the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism,” “the Puritan theologian of Tudor times,” “the most …

The Gap Year Program That Leaves No Gap

This week the blog is sponsored by Boyce College, but I want to begin it with a personal note. When my children began to consider their options for college, Aileen and I wanted them to know we would support them in whatever program and whatever college they chose. But we also insisted that before they began their studies, they get a grounding in the Christian worldview. It was for that reason that we took them to Boyce College’s Preview Day where …

Can You Change the Face of Missions in Africa?

This sponsored post was written by Phil Hunt and Ben Straub on behalf of Central Africa Baptist University in Kitwe, Zambia, a university I have visited and believe in. When you hear the phrase “missions in Africa,” what image comes to mind? For previous generations of Americans and Europeans, this phrase stirred up visions of a lone pioneer in a pith helmet and safari shirt, hacking his way through the uncharted bush to reach tribes who had never heard the …

Watch ‘Is Genesis History?’ for Free!

This week the blog is sponsored by Is Genesis History? In light of the ongoing quarantine in many parts of the world, they are streaming the full film online for a limited time. It is available to watch at the bottom of this article. Let’s be honest: the first chapters of Genesis are pretty controversial. There are a lot of things in them that make people uncomfortable. As a result, some people in seminaries and academia are seeking to replace …

Study Galatians with Me (and Dr. Tom Schreiner!)

I am inviting you to study the book of Galatians with me and, more impressively, with New Testament scholar Tom Schreiner. While I will be facilitating the course, Dr. Schreiner will be teaching it and engaging with those of us who study it. In case you are not familiar with the name, Dr. Schreiner is a well-known New Testament scholar who teaches at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (where, as it happens, my son has just completed his New Testament …

Are You Welcoming Image Bearers With Special Needs?

Today’s post is sponsored by The Elisha Foundation, a ministry focused on the pursuit of Christ-centered transformation in the lives of those experiencing disability. They invite you and your church to take free, video-based training on serving people and families impacted by disability.  On a recent Sunday morning, I forgot my glasses in the car and realized it just as church was starting. Hurriedly, I stepped out of the church entrance only to be startled by the sound of a …