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The Day I Was J.I. Packer’s Mailman – Tim Challies

You no doubt heard that J.I. Packer died on Friday, and since then many people have shared their memories and tributes. (See Saturday’s A La Carte for a few of them.) Sadly I never met Packer and never even heard him speak, though I was certainly blessed by a number of his books. But my... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (July 18) – Tim Challies

My gratitude goes to Westminster Books for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their new referral rewards program. Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of classics as well as at least one newer book. Logos users will want to check out the sale on Zondervan products. There are some great deals! (Yesterday on... Read more

Free Stuff Fridays (Westminster Bookstore) – Tim Challies

This week the blog has been sponsored by Westminster Bookstore. At the Westminster Bookstore, we are committed to distributing biblically faithful books to God’s people from Kindergarten to MDiv. It’s with this mission in mind that we are pleased to partner with Challies to give away some timeless resources which have blessed the Church for... Read more

How To Talk About God in a Skeptical Age – Tim Challies

The gospel of Jesus Christ is fixed, unchanging, and unchangeable. Just as God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so, too, is the good news of what Jesus Christ has done. But the methods and strategies Christians use to explain and defend that gospel can vary as much as humanity does. While there have... Read more

Suffering Leads to Sinning or Serving (1 Peter 4:1-11) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

16 Jul Suffering Leads to Sinning or Serving (1 Peter 4:1-11) Sermon Notes When Jesus told us to pick up our cross and follow Him He was saying: Christ suffered Christians will suffer My journal 14 Kinds of Suffering in the Bible Adamic Suffering general not specific and root of all suffering Demonic Suffering attack... Read more

Respectable Sins of the Reformed World – Tim Challies

Jerry Bridges gave many gifts to the church, not the least of which was his 2007 book Respectable Sins. In it he coined a term that describes a whole category of sins that might otherwise escape our attention. Respectable sins are behaviors Christians (sometimes individually and sometimes corporately) regard as acceptable even though the Bible... Read more

Announcing the Westminster Bookstore Rewards Program: Share $5, Get $5 – Tim Challies

This week the blog is being sponsored by the Westminster Bookstore. As a non-profit ministry of Westminster Theological Seminary, the Westminster Bookstore has been tasked with supplying the church with the best Christian books availablekindergarten through MDiv. We know there are many places to get books. But we believe that books play a profound role... Read more

12 Key Statements on Human Sexuality – Tim Challies

I want to encourage you to read at least part of a denominational ad interim committee report on human sexuality. That may sound rather drab and difficult, but I am convinced you will find it both helpful and rewarding. It won’t even be particularly difficult. So let me set the context and then tell you... Read more

If Ever I Have Longed for My Bed After a Long Journey – Tim Challies

Yesterday I returned from a journey. It was not a particularly long onejust a week at a little vacation home five hours away. But even at the end of a relatively short journey, it was a joy to return to my home, to my place, to my bed. And it got me thinking about this... Read more

Living for Heaven in a World Gone to Hell (1 Peter 3:8-22) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

We live in a geographic desert. This time of year, climate pushes people to find oasis. We also live in a cultural desert. People are also seeking an oasis. Jesus Church should be that oasis to refresh & renew people. Roman Empire – #1 superpower self-destructing w/infighting, division, & selfishness Christians were a minority group... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (July 11) – Tim Challies

For the past week I’ve been on vacation and all the posts were queued up in advance so I could rest (except for yesterday’s—I just couldn’t help myself). My gratitude goes to Westminster Books for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors keep the site going! (Yesterday on the blog: Are Churches “A Major Source of... Read more

Free Stuff Fridays (WTS Books) – Tim Challies

This week the blog has been sponsored by Westminster Bookstore, and they are now offering a giveaway to the readers of this site. At the Westminster Bookstore, we are committed to distributing biblically faithful books to God’s people from Kindergarten to MDiv. In that spirit, we wanted to give away a bundle of our bestsellers... Read more

Are Churches A Major Source of Coronavirus Cases? – Tim Challies

The New York Times recently ran a column headlined Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases. The lede is alarming: The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities. Heres how the story begins: Weeks... Read more

My Great Daily Challenge As a Christian – Tim Challies

The great daily challenge I face in Christian living is not a challenge of knowledgeI know what I need to know in order to live in a way that pleases God. It is not a challenge of discernmentthere is rarely any great difficulty in distinguishing truth from error and right from wrong. It is not... Read more

The Afterword: Conversations on Books, Reading, and the Church – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by Westminster Bookstore and they are introducing a New Web Series and Podcast. We launched The Afterword because we dont want our ministry to the readers of the Church to end with the delivery of a book. To that end, we hope these digital discussions will foster a culture... Read more

A La Carte (July 6) – Tim Challies

I am taking this week off, so will not be sharing Kindle deals, unless I happen to spot something spectacular. You’ll survive for a week! In the meantime, enjoy these links from around the web… (Yesterday on the blog: A Glimpse of a Disciplined Life) Against Every Accusation “The devil is not only a liar... Read more

Another One of Those Family Updates (Graduations, Cameras, Travel) – Tim Challies

Over the past few weeks it has been interesting to see how different jurisdictions in Canada and elsewhere in the world have created and released guidelines for worship services during a pandemic. And then it has been interesting to see how different churches interpret those guidelines. Here in Ontario, we were given broad guidelines from... Read more

A Glimpse of a Disciplined Life – Tim Challies

One thing that always fascinates me when I read biographies is learning of other people’s habits. That’s especially true when the subject is extremely disciplined. Tim Chester’s Stott on the Christian Life is not quite a biography of John Stott, but it’s not far off. He gives an interesting glimpse of Stott’s normal, well-disciplined routines.... Read more

Honor in a Real Marriage (1 Peter 3:1-7) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

04 Jul Honor in a Real Marriage (1 Peter 3:1-7) Sermon Notes 1988 1st date (age 17). 1992 married (age 21). 1996 planted church (age 25) Today faithfully married 28 years in August, Sept/Oct turn 50, 5 kids Real Marriage book tour & media (Barbara Walters, Dr. Drew, Piers Morgan, Fox Friends) Marriage Today/XO Real... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (July 4) – Tim Challies

I wish all of my American friends (and family) a joyful and celebratory Independence Day today. Today’s Kindle deals include the usual Saturday classics with a few newer titles as well. (Yesterday on the blog: A Mid-Year Bible-Reading Checkup (Don’t Give Up!)) Proud to Be an American? Bruce Ashford: “As we celebrate the Fourth of... Read more

A Mid-Year Bible-Reading Checkup (Dont Give Up!) – Tim Challies

Six months ago many of us were excited to kick off the year with a new Bible-reading plan. We had the plan printed out and the Bible laid open and the time set aside. We began with a lot of discipline and enthusiasm. But along the way, life happened. We missed a day here and... Read more

Vintage Jesus Lecture Notes | Real Faith

16 Jun Vintage Jesus Lecture Notes Posted at 17:35h in Blog by Mark Driscoll WEEK #1 NOTES: HOW DID PEOPLE KNOW JESUS WAS COMING? WEEK #2 NOTES: IS JESUS THE ONE TRUE GOD? WEEK #3 NOTES: HOW HUMAN WAS JESUS? WEEK #4 NOTES: WHAT WAS THE SECRET TO JESUS’ SUCCESS? WEEK #5 NOTES: WAS JESUS’... Read more