Discovering a World of Surplus Beauty – Tim Challies

When I was young my family owned a cottage. To a child it was a place of wonder, a place of marvels. While I spent ten months of the year in the confines of the big city, summers at the cottage offered freedom to explore and to discover, to be a wanderer and adventurer, to... Read more

A La Carte (October 6) – Tim Challies

There are lots of good Kindle deals to consider today, quite a lot of them dealing with church history. (Yesterday on the blog: The Church Is You, So the Church Will Be Like You) Bach: A Theologian at the Workplace Jonathan Camiré has put together a great little introduction to Johann Sebastian Bach. Why You... Read more

Help and Hope for Couples and Families – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by Baker Books, who on September 15, 2020, released a new two-book equipping series by Dr. Bob Kellemen. Dr. Kellemen, a pastor, professor, counselor, and author of over 20 books, had several specific audiences in mind as he penned each book. First, as I crafted these two books, I... Read more

A La Carte (October 5) – Tim Challies

There are just a few Kindle deals today; also be sure to take a look at Saturday’s list if you didn’t check in over the weekend. (Yesterday on the blog: Are You Lonely? Tired? Caught in a Mess?) How Things Have Changed: Reflections of a Millennial Pastor in a Gen Z World This article helpfully... Read more

The Church Is You, So the Church Will Be Like You – Tim Challies

The culture around us may not have much knowledge of the Bible, but everyone still seems to know and freely quote these words: Judge not. People may not know much, but they do know that the Bible strictly warns against standing in judgment against anyone else. Christians expend no little effort in explaining how judge... Read more

Are You Lonely? Tired? Caught in a Mess? – Tim Challies

I have mentioned before that one key element of worship at Grace Fellowship Church (and in traditional Protestant services) is the Call to Worship. Often our calls to worship involve simply reading a passage of the Bible, but other times we combine several texts in a kind of question and answer format. In this case... Read more

Set Free: Escaping Rules (Romans 2:111) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

03 Oct Set Free: Escaping Rules (Romans 2:111) Sermon Notes 4 Undeniable Facts We are All Feeling in our Conscience (Rom. 1) & seeing Creation (Rom. 2) Something has gone terribly wrong (social media makes this amplified) There is an urgent global problem that is only getting worse Something needs to be done to fix... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (October 3) – Tim Challies

My thanks goes to Reformed Free Publishing for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their excellent new book that shares bite-sized readings on the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Today’s Kindle deals include some older books and some newer ones. I noticed that The Coddling of the American Mind is on sale;... Read more

Free Stuff Fridays (Reformed Free Publishing) – Tim Challies

This weeks Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Reformed Free Publishing who also sponsored the blog this week. They have five sets of the first two books in their new Bible storybook series to give away. The series Tell His Wonders is a series of Bible storybooks for children ages 710. The author, Rev. Nathan... Read more

Things I Did My Kids Never Will – Tim Challies

Youve probably had this experience with one of your childrenthe experience of trying to explain something that was a part of your childhood, but is completely foreign to theirs. Though we arent that far removed from the years when we were young, the pace of technological change has been unparalleled. What was mind-blowing in the... Read more

9 New and Notable Books for September 2020 – Tim Challies

The good books continue to roll in! As September turns to October I thought it would be good to provide a roundup of some of the best books to cross my desk over the past month (acknowledging that, in reality, I’m posting this a day late). As usual, I need to add the disclaimer that... Read more

Friends as Sisters | Real Faith

30 Sep Friends as Sisters Posted at 17:32h in Blog by Ashley SEPTEMBER IS FRIENDSHIP MONTH for REAL WOMEN with blogs, Dear Grace videos, and testimonies By Ashley Chase and Alexie Driscoll Growing up, Alexie and I (Ashley) always shared a room. Although we come from the same family, in many ways we are complete... Read more

Real Men: Sex and a Mans Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength (Romans 1:18-32) | Real Faith

30 Sep Real Men: Sex and a Mans Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength (Romans 1:18-32) Posted at 16:05h in Blog by Mark Driscoll Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, Which commandment is the most... Read more

A Casket and a Bible – Tim Challies

We have entered into an age in which many people are leaving behind their printed Bibles in favor of digital equivalents. On one level thats of no great concern. After all, people are not leaving behind the Bible altogether, but merely exchanging one medium for another. If Paul could say, Only that in every way,... Read more

A La Carte (September 29) – Tim Challies

Observation: If you use a certain app and it becomes important to your life or workflow, it’s almost always worth paying for the Pro version. You get better features and you get to support the people who make it. That’s a win-win. It is another good day for Kindle deals! The collectors will want to... Read more

Doctrine According To Godliness: Bite-sized Readings On The Doctrines Of The Christian Faith – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by Reformed Free Publishing who invites you to check out their new book Doctrine According to Godliness. Doctrine is important. That was the case at the time of the Reformation, and its also the case today. As Christians, we need to have a real understanding of the Scriptures teachings... Read more

A La Carte (September 28) – Tim Challies

Today is an amazing day for Kindle book collectors as there’s a large collection of excellent resources on theology and Christian living. You can find them on the Kindle deals page. Logos users will want to check out this long list of commentaries on sale. (Yesterday on the blog: A Side Of Perfect Beauty in... Read more

No One Believes in Social Injustice – Tim Challies

I have been spending a fair bit of time researching the topic of social justicesomething that has probably become obvious to you if youre a regular reader of this site. The more I read, the more I see how much of the battle is not merely one of competing ideologies, but of competing vocabularies. John... Read more

A Side Of Perfect Beauty in Every Providence – Tim Challies

Corrie Ten Boom famously compared Gods providence to a tapestry which, as it is being woven, seems to be little more than a mess of threads and knots. But when finished it is turned over to reveal its beauty. You can read this in a poem she popularized titled Life Is But a Weaving. But... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (September 26) – Tim Challies

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics, some lesser-known works by C.S. Lewis, and a few others as well. (Yesterday on the blog: Good Things Happen When My Wife Watches Cooking Shows) Is It Selfish To Go To Church? This article responds to what some people may be charging, especially in the UK. “Our choice to... Read more

Set Free: Escaping Rebellion (Romans 1:1832) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

25 Sep Set Free: Escaping Rebellion (Romans 1:1832) Sermon Notes Rom. 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Born 1970 as sexual revolution of 1960s rooting... Read more

Good Things Happen When My Wife Watches Cooking Shows – Tim Challies

Every now and again Aileen gets into cooking shows. Every time she does, it works out well for me. And for her. And for the kids. It could be Top Chef or Master Chef. It could be The Final Table or The Great British Bake Off. It doesnt really matter. She starts watching and before... Read more

Doctrina: La Resurreccin | Real Faith

24 Sep Doctrina: La Resurreccin Posted at 05:00h in Blog by Ashley LINK TO PDF Para una clase completa sobre este tema, visite: https://realfaith.com/sermons/doctrine-4-resurrection-god-saves/ Jess le dijo: Yo soy la resurreccin y la vida. El que cree en m vivir aun despus de haber muerto. Todo el que vive en m y cree en m... Read more

Real Men: Pray, Plan, Preach (Romans 1:8-17) | Real Faith

23 Sep Real Men: Pray, Plan, Preach (Romans 1:8-17) Posted at 16:10h in Blog by Mark Driscoll Online (including sr. pastors) –Like Daniel in Babylon, Jesus disciples sent out teams, you need brothers for the battle Last weeks kickoff Men new to the valley got connected Men got their first Bibles Men got engaged Men... Read more

Is Soft Totalitarianism Coming to America? – Tim Challies

I grew up in the era of the Cold War. From my youngest days I was taught that the West was the bastion of democratic freedom and the Soviet Union the stronghold of oppressive totalitarianism. We knew who the enemy was, and we knew he was across the ocean, behind the Wall. On our fridge... Read more

A La Carte (September 22) – Tim Challies

There are some interesting titles available today over on the Kindle deals page. (Yesterday on the blog: No Hand But His Ever Holds the Shears) RBG’S Dying Wish Clint Archer: “The death of RBG should cause all of us to pause and consider. It must be difficult to be a judge and then have the... Read more

A La Carte (September 21) – Tim Challies

There are a few Kindle deals you may want to take a look at. Over at Westminster Books you can get a nice deal on the newest book by Sinclair Ferguson. (Yesterday on the blog: Who Have We Come To Worship?) The Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Future of the Supreme Court... Read more

No Hand But His Ever Holds the Shears – Tim Challies

Suffering is never pleasant. We never welcome trials as we do joys, for suffering always brings sorrow, it always brings pain. Sometimes a loved one is taken from us and we experience the aching grief of absence. Sometimes we suffer the loss of money, property, or position and we mourn what has been torn from... Read more