The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

We are a culture of convenience, of personalization, of individualism. We have a million ways of customizing our lives to perfectly suit our every preference. When things are difficult, we think little of pulling away from responsibilities, of reorienting our lives away from whatever causes inconvenience. This can even extend to something as good and as central as our commitment to the local church. All of us who are involved in local churches have seen people waver and wander in …

A La Carte (April 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books, including two that my girls used for devotions when young. Westminster Books has a deal on an excellent place to begin in your studies of church history. An Important but Neglected Tool for Clear Thinking Justin Taylor shares an important but neglected tool for clear thinking. And while he is more concerned with the tool than the example processed through it, I think it’s useful in both ways. The Forgotten American …

A La Carte (April 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books, including two that my girls used for devotions when young. Westminster Books has a deal on an excellent place to begin in your studies of church history. An Important but Neglected Tool for Clear Thinking Justin Taylor shares an important but neglected tool for clear thinking. And while he is more concerned with the tool than the example processed through it, I think it’s useful in both ways. The Forgotten American …

8 Sins You Commit Whenever You Look at Porn

We know that pornography is an ugly and harmful sin. We know that those who indulge in porn have committed the sin of lust, but there is so much more to it than that. When you open your browser and begin to look at those images and videos, you are sinning in ways that go far beyond lust. Here are 8 sins you commit when you look at porn. You commit the sin of idolatry. All sin is idolatry, an …

A La Carte (April 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several good books, including a personal favorite on prayer. Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? Al Mohler takes on an important question for a time of great cultural uncertainty. Nature Documentaries Are Fake (Video) I think we already know that our favorite nature documentaries aren’t entirely real. Here’s an explanation. Creating a Culture of Hospitality “Church doesn’t just happen on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights. We all know that. In our busy and self-isolating …

To Ph.D or Not to Ph.D?

This sponsored post was prepared by Dr. Todd Chipman of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you’ve ever wondered whether pursuing a Ph.D. in your theological training would be worth it, there are lots of factors to consider aside from wondering how it might impact your career aspirations. If you’re sorting through whether Ph.D studies are for you, think and pray through the following questions. 1. Can you be single-minded and voracious in your studies? The Ph.D allows students to devote their …

Rule #8: Purpose to be Godly (8 Rules for Growing in Godliness)

We cannot overstate the importance of knowing our purpose. There is no doubt our lives will go awry and even go to waste if we neglect to learn the purpose for our existence and the purpose for our salvation. And central to understanding our purpose is understanding why God placed us on this earth. This is why the old catechism begins with the question of purpose: “What is the chief end of man?” This is the question that has provided …

A La Carte (April 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include a series of titles from Crossway that deal with deep theology. God Desires To Bless You Infinitely More Than You Can Imagine There’s an encouraging thought: “He has made an unbreakable, unchangeable promise to never stop doing good to us.” The Quiet Plague of Painkillers This one is from Desiring God: “Although heroin accounts for many such deaths, more familiar medications pave a path to heroin. Coincident with rising death rates, sales of prescription opioids such as …

Letters to the Editor (Hymnals and Tributes to Mom)

I continue to receive Letters to the Editor that cover a variety of subjects. Today, though, I’m narrowing it down to two: what we gained and lost when we moved from hymnals to PowerPoint and tributes to godly moms. Tributes to Moms (based on Will You Write a Mother’s Day Tribute?) There are at least 3 mothers who have had a positive influence on my life; my biological mom who died when I was 9, my foster mom who died when I …

The Power of a Mother’s Surrender (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

Every mother knows that at some point, in some way, she will have to surrender her children. While they are young, she is responsible for protecting and teaching and training them. But all the while, she will be preparing them for independence, preparing herself to release them to the world. Ultimately, she will be preparing herself to surrender them to the will of a sovereign God. In this entry in the series, “Christian Men and Their Godly Moms,” we encounter …