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The Local Church Was Made To Serve The Christian, Not The Christian The Local Church – Tim Challies

The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. Sabbath is a gift God has given us for our good. We are feeble creatures who need rest, yet foolish creatures who would otherwise work ourselves to the bone. The sabbath is a reminder of our weakness, of our finiteness, of our inability. It... Read more

A La Carte (September 15) – Tim Challies

Caring for the Souls of Children, on sale this week at Westminster Books, seems like an important and long-awaited title. There’s an eclectic little mix of Kindle deals there today. (Yesterday on the blog: 7 Books To Help You Understand the Times) A Parent’s Cry Sometimes we need the simplest reminders. “My husband and I... Read more

Paul, Timothy, and Podcasts – Tim Challies

This sponsored post invites you to enjoy lively discussions with the most respected teachers from Westminster’s new MinistryNetwork. Paul and Timothy enjoyed a special relationship. In 2 Timothy 1:4, Paul writes: “As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.” Paul didn’t just teach Timothy. He embraced his young spiritual... Read more

A La Carte (September 14) – Tim Challies

Here’s a final reminder that the good folk at Faithlife have asked me to let you know about an upcoming free webinar for church leaders who are preparing for fall ministry in light of COVID. It’s not the best day ever for Kindle deals, but I did unearth a few at least. Enjoying Imperfection “Only God... Read more

7 Books To Help You Understand the Times – Tim Challies

You do not need to be a particularly astute observer of society to understand that we have entered into a time of great transition and even great upheaval. A new worldview based around a very particular conception of social justice is quickly gaining traction. Traditional understandings of sex and gender are being overthrown. New words... Read more

God Will Disclose His Heart To You Today – Tim Challies

Today the great majority of the people who read this site will be heading to church (or perhaps still taking in a service through a live-stream). As we assemble to worship, we will have the privilege of hearing the Bible read and preached. And in this brief quote from Harold Senkbeil we are reminded of... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (September 12) – Tim Challies

My friends at Faithlife asked me to let you know about an upcoming webinar for church leaders who are preparing for fall ministry in light of COVID. My gratitude goes to ONE Audiobooks for sponsoring the blog this week with their offer of a free audiobook every month. Today’s Kindle deals include mostly classics. (Yesterday... Read more

A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife – Tim Challies

It is more than a little ironic, and more than a little disturbing, that some of the most prominent Christian scholars in the world are not Christian at all. At least, not by a definition that would require their assent to the doctrines outlined in the historic creeds and confessions. To the contrary, many of... Read more

Learning To Thrive as a Diverse Church – Tim Challies

Toronto is the most diverse city in the world which means that Toronto churches are among the most diverse churches in the world. If over fifty percent of the people who live in the city were born in a country other than Canada, which is exactly the case, then in all probability over fifty percent... Read more

A La Carte (September 8) – Tim Challies

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection. Take a look at yesterday’s as well if you weren’t checking in on the holiday. (Yesterday on the blog: A Labour Day Personal/Family Update) The State of Theology Ligonier Ministries has released the results of their latest State of Theology survey. It tells what Americans know (and... Read more

Get a Free Audiobook Every Month! – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by ONE Audiobooks who is offering access to a free audiobook, every month, no strings attached. Click here to get this months audiobook Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter by J.I. Packer and Michael S. Lundy. This timely resource was endorsed by Sinclair B.... Read more

A La Carte (September 7) – Tim Challies

It is Labour Day here in Canada, just as it is in the USA and perhaps elsewhere. For that reason I’ll mostly be laying low and trying to figure out what to do for an outdoor holiday on a rainy day! Today’s Kindle deals include Al Mohler’s excellent new book The Gathering Storm which I’m... Read more

A Labour Day Personal/Family Update – Tim Challies

It has been some time since my last personal/family update, and it seemed like Labour Day might be the time to remedy that. I suppose most people sleep in on a holiday, but I’ve never been good at sleeping inor sleeping at all, really. So instead I’m up early with an itch to do some... Read more

Teach Us the Art of Praise! – Tim Challies

While most people know that few have ever preached like Spurgeon, not nearly so many know that few have ever prayed like Spurgeon. Believe it or not, many who attended his church spoke less of his preaching and more of his praying! The little book The Pastor in Prayer captures some of his pastoral prayers,... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (September 5) – Tim Challies

If you’re interested in an ESV Journaling Bible, Westminster Books has them half off for the week. Today’s Kindle deals include mostly classics. (Yesterday on the blog: Tips for Young (and Maybe Not-So-Young) Bloggers) 7 Takes About How Much I Intensely Dislike The Enneagram I enjoyed reading Anne Kennedy because she makes me laugh (and... Read more

Tips for Young (and Maybe Not-So-Young) Bloggers – Tim Challies

Its always a blessing for me to see the launch of a new blog, and perhaps especially so when that blog has been founded by a young Christian. Im convinced theres still a place for Christian blogs, even in 2020, and I am eager to give whatever tips I can to help these new bloggers... Read more

When Unanimity is the Enemy of Unity – Tim Challies

It is Gods desire that there be unity between his people, and for that reason Christian unity is a prominent theme in the New Testament. Jesus prays for it in his High Priestly prayer, Luke describes it in his history of the early church, Paul demands it of the congregations he writes to, Peter appeals... Read more

A La Carte (September 1) – Tim Challies

There’s an extensive list of Kindle deals today as we start out a new month. You may also want to look at the general market Monthly Deals. (Yesterday on the blog: That Time I Went After an Older, Godlier Man) The Quiet Power of Ordinary Devotions “The grace of God sometimes lands on us like... Read more

New: Check out SquareQuotes – Tim Challies

Several years ago Jules Koblun and I began to create graphics together. I would find an inspirational quote and she would use her graphic design skills to set it atop an image. Over the years we’ve created nearly 1500 of these quote graphics, covering a wide range of topics. I expect you’ve seen them embedded... Read more

A La Carte (August 31) – Tim Challies

Westminster Books has discounted many of this summer’s new releases. There are some odds and ends listed in today’s Kindle deals. (Yesterday on the blog: Keep in Mercy’s Way) The Song That Was Sharper Than Sting What a sweet bit of writing this is. “Samwise had climbed too many stairs with Shagrat drooling on his... Read more

That Time I Went After an Older, Godlier Man – Tim Challies

Its not a memory Im proud of, but every now and again I feel the need to revisit it. I guess if Peter could tell the tale of betraying Jesusafter all, how else would the biblical writers have known the fine details?, I can tell my tale of failing to be like Jesus. I can... Read more

Your Last Chance To Join Over 100,000 Believers Worldwide! – Tim Challies

Today is the last day to register for Sing! Global an immersive digital conference connecting pastors, leaders, and churches around the world to deepen worship. (Use coupon code CHALLIES to get 20% off. Sing! Global is sponsoring the blog this week.) What does it look like for our lives, families, and churches to be rooted... Read more

Keep in Mercy’s Way – Tim Challies

As we prepare to join in corporate worship today, we would do well to consider what God accomplishes through such precious means of grace. Here is Spurgeon, in his early days, calling us to let sermons and prayers be our delight. Let sermons and prayers be thy delight, because they are roads wherein the Saviour... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (August 29) – Tim Challies

I’m grateful to Matthias Media for sponsoring the blog this week. Be sure to check out their neat new resource The Generosity Project. Today’s Kindle deals offers a pretty good list of newer and older books. (Yesterday on the blog: When Solomon’s Fool Created a Social Media Platform) Sticktoitiveness and the Christian Life “Sticktoitiveness is... Read more

When Solomons Fool Created a Social Media Platform – Tim Challies

The fool of the book of Proverbs is a vivid illustration of practical atheism, for this foolish man lives as if there is no God and as if God isnt concerned about human behavior. The fool may not actually deny the existence of the divine, but he practically denies it by choosing to live according... Read more

A Dozen New and Notable Christian Books for August 2020 – Tim Challies

As summer turns to fall, and as we seem to creep incrementally back towards normalcy, the new books continue to pour in. I’ve sorted through the many (many!) books that have shown up at my doorstep over the past four weeks and have narrowed them down to this list of a dozen. For each one... Read more

How Everything Became About Race, Gender, and Identity – Tim Challies

You cant read the news, you cant scroll through Twitter, you cant browse a bookstore, you probably cant even talk to a neighbor without realizing that somehow everything has become about race, gender, and identity. In a short period of time weve been introduced to a whole new vocabulary that conveys a whole new set... Read more

A La Carte (August 25) – Tim Challies

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books that rarely go on sale, plus a number of titles by R.C. Sproul. From now until September 8, you can get 30% off one entire order at Logos. Just load up your cart and use the coupon code LABORDAY. (Yesterday on the blog: Lessons In Becoming a Better... Read more

Why Im Looking Forward to Getty Music Sing! Global – Tim Challies

I am one of the breakout session speakers at the Getty Music Sing! Global conference (August 30-September 2), but I also intend to be one of the attendees. It is, after all, an online-only event in which everyone can participate even during this time when travel and mass gatherings are uncertain or even impossible. As... Read more

A La Carte (August 24) – Tim Challies

Today is not much of a day for Kindle deals, unfortunately. We will hope for better things tomorrow. (Yesterday on the blog: Who Gets To Rule Our Hearts This Week?) More Than a Shibboleth Lots of churches emphasize the ordinary means of grace, but there’s an important distinction still to be made. “While professing a... Read more