Letters to the Editor (Pastors, Church, Baptism, The ‘Ol Ball and Chain, Jesus Calling, Diversity and Boy Scouts)

As you know, I get letters—lots and lots of letters. From time to time I like to collect and share some of the best (and occasionally the worst) of them. Here, then, is another collection of letters to the editor. Letters on 10 Serious Problems with Jesus Calling  You sound like a pompous Christian who picks apart others seeking to outsmart readers with your intellect. God Calling is a special book to me and has made God attainable and loving …

Weekend A La Carte (October 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include, as usual, just a few worth checking out. Do I Have to Call Myself a Calvinist? (Video) Dr. Thomas Schreiner answers “Do I have to call myself a Calvinist?” 4 Myths that Keep College Students from Joining a Church Just like the title says, here are four myths that keep college students from joining a church. The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans The machines are taking over! Worthy Beautiful Eulogy has a new …

Free Stuff Fridays (Books for Him, Her, and Them)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway. They are giving away some prize packages based on the work of David (and Shona) Murray. There’s a book there that will suit everyone in your family. There will be five winners this week, and each of them will receive a copy of the following three books: Exploring the Bible. “This simple, gospel-centered, 365-day Bible reading plan guides children ages 6–12 through the most important passages of the Bible, helping them …

What Is a Writer Who Can’t Write?

I know I’m prone to feeling sorry for myself and I am quite committed to avoiding the temptation. It is one of those sins that feels like it will feel good but actually just ends up feeling miserable. I know that intellectually—it’s just that tricky matter of implementing it emotionally. So here’s the deal: I’m a writer who can’t write. Sometimes I joke about it—I’m like a preacher without a voice or a painter without a brush. But seriously, who …

A La Carte (October 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include an eclectic collection of interesting titles. Westminster Books has some good deals this week as well. At Least as Dangerous as Porn “Not to diminish the dangers of sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:9–11), but have you ever noticed that the New Testament issues more dire warnings against the spiritual dangers of material prosperity than sexual immorality? Jesus didn’t say it’s harder for a sexually immoral person to get into heaven than a camel to squeeze through …

Vlog: The 5 Tests of False Doctrine

It is our sacred responsibility to examine every doctrine to determine if it is true or false. But how can we distinguish sound doctrine from false? How can we distinguish teachers of truth from teachers of error? Today …

A La Carte (October 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include some odds and ends worth checking out. Are you planning to go to the G3 Conference in January? Register today and they’ll send you a free copy of my book Visual Theology. Young Saints This is a long, interesting, and sad article about Bethel Church. “Many of Bethel’s most outspoken critics are evangelical Christians who are deeply troubled by Bethel’s theology. They’re the kind of people who would normally mind their own business. But by now, …

The Art of Godliness, Episode 6: Disability in the Church

Today we bring you another episode of The Art of Godliness, the podcast that attempts to think out loud about how to lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. In this week’s episode we discuss the kind of subject that will compel a lot of people to just skip the episode. It may not seem that important to you or may not seem to matter much in your context. Can we ask you to listen anyway? …

A La Carte (October 18)

A La Carte is a daily collection of news, headlines, and curiosities from around the web. I hope you enjoy it! Here’s what we’ve got for today: Red Flags Jamie Brown lists a few of the red flags a worship leader should watch out for. Iain Murray and John MacArthur (Video) Iain Murray and John MacArthur discuss reading in the ministry. Why did the Reformation Succeed? “Despite significant opposition, Protestant churches survived the era of their tumultuous birth and grew …

What I Want From the News

It’s gotten so I almost hate the news. I want to know what’s going on in the world, but I’ve lost confidence that there’s as much as a single organization out there communicating it in a trustworthy way. We hear lots of talk today about fake news, but I’m convinced this is less of a concern than what passes as real news. It takes little more than a brief visit to [insert your favorite, then least-favorite news outlet here], to …