Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Academic)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Zondervan Academic Online Courses, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away five free subscriptions to Justin Holcomb’s new online course, Know the Creeds and Councils. Take a look at the free preview from Dr. Holcomb: Enter Here Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. …

Letters to the Editor (Sports, Hymns, and Hobbies, and Entertainment)

It has been far too long since I shared a collection of letters to the editor. So here, to remedy this transgression, is a selection of just some of the letters from readers like you that have come my way in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy them! They deal with sports and hobbies, smutty movies, and what we lost when we lost our hymnals. Letters on  Is There Anything Wrong with Sports and Hobbies? Regarding hobbies, I …

A La Carte (April 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not much again. Westminster Books has discounted the entire Theologians on the Christian Life series. (Yesterday on the blog: Practical Advice for Family Devotions) Ask Ligonier with Sinclair Ferguson Ligonier Ministries recently led an hour-long Q&A session with Sinclair Ferguson. It’s always worth watching Sinclair Ferguson in such contexts! 15 Things Seminary Teaches Me that My Busy Pastor(ate) Can’t “Friends over at The Gospel Coalition have been promoting a new book, 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t …

Practical Advice for Family Devotions

During the recent EPIC trip to England I was able to hold an event in London where we opened the floor up for questions. Here is my answer to one of the questions: What is some practical advice you have for family devotions? (In early June I will be in South Africa where I will be holding another similar event. Join me in Johannesburg on June!)   Transcription About family devotions: yes, I would say family devotions first ought to …

A La Carte (April 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few deals that are worth a quick look. (Yesterday on the blog: The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible) Why You Should Study Theology There are some good arguments here for making it your practice to study theology. “Sound doctrine is good for followers of Jesus. We need to know the truth, which means we must study the truth.” What We Miss When We Skip the Prophets Don’t skip the prophets! “Aside from missing out …

The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible

I admit it: I use an electronic Bible. Better said, I use an electronic device that has a Bible app installed on it. Several years ago I put away my printed Bible in favor of Logos on my iPad. There is a lot I love about this: I love the convenience of being able to have my Bible with me at just about any time; I love the ease of needing just a single tap to take me from my …

A La Carte (April 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books you might like to check out. Westminster Books has a deal on a solid new resource on worship. (Yesterday on the blog: Christians, Mentors, and Mentoring) God’s Metrics “God’s metrics are not our metrics. The way in which we seek to measure fruitfulness and faithfulness is often quite skewed. No one understood the issue of faithfulness and fruitfulness so well as the great Apostle Paul. In 1 Corinthians 3, he first explained the nature …

Why you should Read the Westminster Confession of Faith

Today’s post is written by Justin Holcomb, a theology professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is sponsored by Zondervan Academic Online Courses. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession produced in 1646 by the Westminster Assembly in London. Intended to set the doctrinal standards for the Church of England, it became a powerful force in the Church of Scotland and has influenced Presbyterian churches all over the world. Today, numerous churches and denominations worldwide …

Christians, Mentors, and Mentoring

You hear a lot about the value and wisdom of seeking out older mentors to walk beside you on your Christian journey. Here are some thoughts and ideas about who should seek a mentor and who should be a mentor to the younger generations. https://youtu.be/uQWAXAfj78w Transcript Does wisdom come only with age? Wisdom comes with age, absolutely. At least, biblically, we’re told that wisdom is with the aged. We’re often given these descriptions of wisdom coming with those who have …

A La Carte (April 17)

I wasn’t able to track down much by way of interesting Kindle deals today. We feasted last week, so shouldn’t complain. (Yesterday on the blog: Bring Her Out and Let Her Be Burned) On Getting Churches Totally Wrong “For a quarter century, homosexuality has been a key social issue for Hollywood, the flagship cause on which film-makers feel the need to Make Statements and Send Messages. In order to make any story dramatic, you need some element of conflict or opposition, so …