Entertainment Choices and Compromise

At a recent Ask Me Anything event in India, I was asked if I felt Christians often disconnected their entertainment choices from their faith, especially in the area of watching Hollywood and Bollywood films. Here is my response. Transcript Do you think that Christians often disconnect their entertainment choices from their faith? It’s actually a really good question and I think one of the big areas of compromise into the Christian life. One of the ways compromise comes into our …

A La Carte (September 25)

I would love to see you at next year’s G3 conference (January 17-19 in Atlanta, GA). If you’ve been thinking of going, you’ll want to know that registration pricing rises tomorrow, so you’ll save money by purchasing tickets today. (Yesterday on the blog: How to Pray Like a Pastor) The Briefing I appreciated Al Mohler’s attempt to think carefully and biblically about the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. “Once we, as a society, begin to accept that it really doesn’t matter and …

Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?

This sponsored post is adapted from volume 12 (Hebrews–Revelation) of the brand-new ESV Expository Commentary—a series designed to strengthen the global church with a widely accessible, theologically sound, and pastorally wise resource for understanding and applying the overarching storyline of the Bible.   A Difficult Passage 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness …

How to Pray Like a Pastor

Of all that is unique about the Christian faith, this aspect stands apart: Its leaders are not called to their positions because of rare skill, raw talent, or overwhelming desire. They are not qualified by the charismatic personality, the ability to draw a crowd, or skilled rhetoric. Rather, Christian leaders are called and qualified by godly character. In passages like 1 Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3 we read what a man must be if he is to …

A La Carte (September 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of interesting books. There is a selection from Crossway, a couple by John MacArthur, and even more besides. (Yesterday on the blog: Thank God for the IMB) I Hate That There Has To Be Adoption “As an adoptive mom who is walking alongside kids who grieve what they have lost, I grieve over the flippancy that my culture treats biology and its bonds. In an age of Tinder and no-fault divorce, more and more …

Thank God for the IMB

As I continue my year of so much travel, and as 2018 begins to draw to a close, I find myself pondering themes. What are some of the themes I have seen or experienced as I’ve traveled 16 countries across 5 continents? What are some of the common elements I can identify? I’ll have much more to say about this in the future, but for today I want to tell about the one that continually that rises to the top: …

Weekend A La Carte (September 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good list of deals on some new books, some older ones, and a very good study Bible. (Yesterday on the blog: How We Ordain a Pastor) What’s the Main Concern for Christian Parents When It Comes to Gender? “In teaching classes and seminars, I have noticed that what the older generation rejects, and what the middle generation isn’t sure of, the youngest generation likely adopts. But adopting culture’s understanding of sex and gender requires jettisoning …

Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

This week the giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers, who also sponsored the blog this week. Moody is giving away 10 copies to 10 winners, of the new book by Robert Wolgemuth, Lies Men Believe: and the Truth That Sets Them Free. Here’s how they describe the book: You are being hunted. Like a seasoned angler, our enemy opens his tackle box and selects the lure most likely to attract his intended prey—usually the one you and I are least …

How We Ordain a Pastor

One of the solemn-but-joyful events in the life of a church is the ordination of a pastor (or elder, if you prefer). This is a rare event compared to many others, so is a time of special celebration. We have recently been able to enjoy it in our own church and in one of our church plants and have been greatly blessed. I thought it might be helpful to share the ordination vow our elders take before the church, and …

A La Carte (September 21)

To this point we have been thrilled with my son’s freshman experience at Boyce College. If you have children gearing up for college, you may want to consider attending the upcoming Preview Day, since that is what convinced us (and him) it was a place he could thrive. Use the code PREVIEW18 to skip the registration fee. Logos users will want to read this quick guide to all that’s on sale this month. (Yesterday on the blog: A Day With Amy Carmichael) …