A La Carte (10/31)

Halloween and Evangelical Identity – Russell Moore takes a light-hearted look at Evangelicals and Halloween. “I tried my hand at explaining the spectrum, with tongue in cheek, using Halloween as a Rorschach test. I posted it over at the First Things group blog. Here goes.” Luther and the Reformation Free – Ligonier Ministries is giving away R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Luther and the Reformation. It’s free in the downloadable format today only, so get it while the getting’s good! …

A La Carte (10/26)

On the Life & Death of a Child – Bobby Gilles: “Our baby Parker was born and died on Sunday, October 21 around 5:30pm. Until the moment his heart stopped, every medical test throughout Kristen’s 42 weeks of pregnancy had shown him to be a healthy, strong, growing baby. And then, for some reason we don’t fully understand, God took him.” An Unbalanced Transparency – I can really relate to what Elisha writes in this post. For some of us …

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New & Notable Book Reviews

I love writing book reviews and I love reading them. Since I cannot possibly read and review all of the interesting books out there, I publish occasional round-ups of reviews written by other writers. Or even if I am able to review the book, it’s always good to get a second opinion. So here are a few notable links I’ve collected over the past few weeks. Gospel Deeps by Jared Wilson Reviewed by Mike Leake. “Gospel Deeps is a risky book. I …

A La Carte (6/25)

How Do Plants Know Which Way Is Up? – It’s a good question, isn’t it? “It’s dark down there in the potting soil. There’s no light, no sunshine. So how does it know which way is up and which way is down? It does know. Seeds routinely send shoots up toward the sky, and roots the other way. Darkness doesn’t confuse them. Somehow, they get it right…” When Homosexuality Became a Man – This is a really good article from …

A La Carte (6/22)

St. Andrews Hymns – I’ve been enjoying this new album of reimagined hymns. You can listen to the whole thing at the site. There are a few well-known ones, and a few that you may not have sung before. (lyrics are here) Is Obama a Christian? – Owen Strachan writes about how Christians might think about the Gospel and the President, suggesting that there is little evidence that he is a Christian. Another writer responds and disagrees. $5 Friday – This …

A La Carte (6/12)

Dispatches from the Front – The excellent Dispatches from the Front DVDs are on sale at Westminster Books for just 72 hours. You can get episode 2 for just $5 and the whole series of 5 for $30 (60% off). You ought to buy a set and donate it to your church library. Raising Gospel-Centered Children – Luma Simms does a really good job of describing what it means to raise your children in a truly gospel-centered way. The second …

New & Notable Books

I am in the unique and enjoyable position of receiving copies of most of the latest and greatest Christian books and I like to provide regular roundups of some of the best and brightest of the bunch. Here are some of the notable books that I’ve received in the past week or two. A Theology of Mark by Hans Bayer – “Hans Bayer places Mark’s Gospel in its biblical context and explores the dynamic relationship between Jesus and his disciples—a …

Help Me Interview R.C. Sproul

In a couple of weeks I am going to have an opportunity to interview R.C. Sproul. This isn’t something that comes along every day! I thought it would be interesting to have an open mic, so to speak, allowing those of you who read this site to suggest questions I may like to ask him. So here is your chance to ask Dr. Sproul anything at all (anything at all within reason, of course). Let’s try to focus the questions on …

A La Carte (4/25)

3 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor – R.C. Sproul Jr. offers up three really good ways to encourage your pastor. As I read these, I realized that though I am a pastor, I ought to be more deliberate in encouraging the other pastors at my church! Building Healthy Churches – 9Marks has just released a helpful new series of study guides along with some new books on church discipline and church membership. Westminster Books has it all on sale; now’s …

The Most Unlikely of Heroes

I first met Lee Dyck at a men’s retreat. I had been asked to lead a retreat for the men of his church and over the course of the weekend he told me about Emma, the daughter who had just been adopted into his family. That was a couple of years ago now, but just recently our paths crossed and I asked him how Emma was doing. As he filled me in I realized that I wanted to do a …