8 Rules for Growing in Godliness

By the end of first grade, every child has learned to grow a plant. They fill a cup with soil and press a seed into it. They pour water over their cup, place it in a sunny window, and wait. Sure enough, within days there are stirrings of life. First, roots begin to emerge, then a sprout, then a stem. Finally, a plant shoots up out of the soil and its tiny leaves unfurl. There is something wonderful about this, …

The Hidden Strength of a Weak Mother (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

You may have heard the phrase before: Behind every great man there’s a great woman. Like most maxims, it is generally true, even if not universally true. But here’s the surprise: Sometimes that great woman is not behind the man, but before him. Sometimes that great woman is not his wife but his mother. In this new series, “Christian Men and Their Godly Moms,” we are looking at noteworthy Christian leaders whose most formative spiritual influence was a godly mother. …

Weekend A La Carte (March 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include just Tolkien’s Roverandom which will likely appeal mostly to hard-core fans. Logos users will want to cast one final vote in March Madness and perhaps browse through the long, long list of deals. Churches, Get a Calvinist Pastor! Tom Nettles makes a pretty good case for it. Don’t Mess with Mary Edwards Walker What a great account of the only woman to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. “This morning,” wrote one Captain Benedict J. Semmes, “we …

Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything is an opportunity for you to submit questions that are related or unrelated to things I’ve written, and for me to take a shot at answer them. This week’s questions deal with worship services, whether family members should attend the same church, whether a husband and wife should be accountability partners, and quite a bit more. I have a quick question regarding something that grabbed my interest in your “Hack your Worship Service” article. You mentioned that …

Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything is an opportunity for you to submit questions that are related or unrelated to things I’ve written, and for me to take a shot at answer them. This week’s questions deal with worship services, whether family members should attend the same church, whether a husband and wife should be accountability partners, and quite a bit more. I have a quick question regarding something that grabbed my interest in your “Hack your Worship Service” article. You mentioned that …

A La Carte (March 24)

Sadly, there’s not much to tell you about Kindle deals today. However, anyone who loves commentaries will want to check out Westminster Books and their sale on the Preaching the Word series (which is ideal for preaching but also for personal study). When You’ve Got a Bramble for a King Jared Wilson draws a good lesson from an odd passage. The Fearful and Wonderful Art of Flirting Here are seven warnings about flirting in the digital age. “I’m guessing here, but whenever it …

A La Carte (March 24)

Sadly, there’s not much to tell you about Kindle deals today. However, anyone who loves commentaries will want to check out Westminster Books and their sale on the Preaching the Word series (which is ideal for preaching but also for personal study). When You’ve Got a Bramble for a King Jared Wilson draws a good lesson from an odd passage. The Fearful and Wonderful Art of Flirting Here are seven warnings about flirting in the digital age. “I’m guessing here, but whenever it …

8 Ways God Works Suffering for Our Good

It is a conviction meant to quiet our minds and encourage our hearts: In some way God has a hand in our suffering. Whatever circumstances we experience can no more arise without the hand of God than a saw can cut without the hand of the carpenter. Job in his suffering did not say, “The Lord gave and the devil took away,” but, “The Lord gave and the Lord took away.” Suffering never comes our way apart from the purpose …

A La Carte (March 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of titles, but ones worth checking out. March Madness continues at Logos and that means lots more details. You can get books up to 45% off the list price. Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller And this is what it has come to: “The most popular Reformed preacher and author in America today is not eligible to receive Princeton Theological Seminary’s annual award in Reformed theology and public witness.” Why …

8 Ways God Turns Temptations to Blessings

God promises that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This gives us assurance that God can and will turn anything to our good. No situation is too grave, no enemy too strong, no temptation too great. Yes, God overrules even temptations so they benefit us instead of harming us. Just as a tree which is blown by the wind is settled and rooted …