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A La Carte (November 27) | Tim Challies

As is my tradition, I’ve put together a post dedicated to Black Friday Deals for Christians. I haven’t yet gotten to today’s Kindle deals, but will update that page when I track some down. A Day of Reckoning “The day has come in Victoria where Christians and Churches need to decide whether to obey God... Read more

Black Friday 2020 Deals for Christians | Tim Challies

While there are many places you can go today to find deals on electronics and other big-ticket items, I like to provide a place for Christian retailers to make their deals known to Christians who are trying to kick-start their Christmas shopping. I will update this list regularly throughout the weekend, so check back often.... Read more

A La Carte (November 26) | Tim Challies

I hope my American friends and family enjoy their Thanksgiving celebrations today. While you are doing that, I will begin scouring the web for Black Friday deals geared toward Christians. Check in tomorrow for the annual roundup. Today’s Kindle deals include three solid picks that span three different genres. Not Much to Be Thankful For... Read more

A La Carte (November 25) | Tim Challies

Westminster Books has put together a Christmas Gift Guide that may help guide your shopping. Today’s Kindle deals include some good picks from Crossway and a volume in the excellent God’s Word for You series. Critical Race Theory, Part 1 If you’ve wondered about John Piper’s perspective on Critical Race Theory, you can find out... Read more

A La Carte (November 24) | Tim Challies

I know America is heading into shut-down mode ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. While you feast, I’ll be creating my annual roundup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Stay tuned for that. There aren’t a lot of Kindle deals today, but on the short list is Albert Martin’s excellent Grieving, Hope and Solace. (Yesterday... Read more

Overcoming Paralysing Fear with Fear! | Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by RHB Publishing and written by Christina Fox, author of the excellent new book A Holy Fear. If you could sum up 2020 in one word, which one would you use? What about fear? Did you feel its presence as news of the novel coronavirus crept its way across... Read more

New and Notable Christian Books for November 2020 | Tim Challies

As we come into the final stretch of 2020, Christian publishers continue to release some very good books. In this article Ive compiled a selection of the ones that stood out to me as being especially noteworthy. Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality by Rachel Joy Welcher. I expect the coming years... Read more

God Is Not More, Cannot Promise More, or Do More | Tim Challies

Who is Jesus? And why do Christians make such a big deal of him? Charles Hodge provides a stirring answer in his Systematic Theology. Why do Christians make such a big deal of Jesus? Here’s why All divine names and titles are applied to Him. He is called God, the mighty God, the great God,... Read more

Nick Challies (March 5, 2000 – November 3, 2020) | Tim Challies

Nicholas Paul Challies was born at Hamiltons McMaster Hospital on March 5, 2000. He was a trailblazer of sorts: The first child to Tim and Aileen; the first grandchild to Mike, Marg, John, and Barbara; the first nephew to Andrew, Maryanne, Emily, Susanna, and Grace. (Click here for information about Nick’s funeral.) When Nick was... Read more

Free Stuff Fridays (Missional Wear) | Tim Challies

This weeks Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Missional Wear who also sponsored the blog this week. Missional Wear has got your back this Christmas with amazing and unique gifts that you can’t find anywhere else! Shopping early this year is more important than ever, so they have opened up the biggest discounts of the... Read more

A La Carte (November 20) | Tim Challies

As of today my family has served out our 14-day quarantine following our return from the US. Though we emerge into rumors of a looming lockdown, we can at least leave the house for now… Today’s Kindle deals include some really good picks (e.g. The Lord of the Rings for just $1.99). What Does the... Read more

The Funeral for My Son, Nick Challies | Tim Challies

On Saturday, November 21, 2020, we will be holding the funeral service for my dear son, Nick. Because the entirety of my family and the majority of Nick’s friends are in America, and because the borders between our two countries are functionally closed, we will be live-streaming the service. Those who did not know him... Read more

A La Carte (November 19) | Tim Challies

I know there are some who plan to live-stream Nick’s funeral service on Saturday. For that reason I have created a page that can be bookmarked; a link to the video will be added on Saturday morning. The service will begin at approximately 10 AM EST. Also, many have asked if there is a way... Read more

A La Carte (November 18) | Tim Challies

You might like to check out these new Puritan box sets from Banner of Truth, on sale at Westminster Books. I got them in the mail recently and can attest to their quality. Both Crossway and Zondervan have spoiled us today with some really good Kindle deals. Guerrilla Cultural Warfare “Increasingly we are finding that... Read more

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self | Tim Challies

I am a woman trapped in a mans body. While this is a phrase we have grown accustomed to hearing in recent years, it is a phrase that would have been incomprehensible to those who lived and died just a couple of generations in the past. While it is full of meaning today, it would... Read more

A La Carte (November 17) – Tim Challies

There is, once again, a nice little list of Kindle deals to browse through. (Yesterday on the blog: If God Did It, It Must Be Good. Right?) Loss What a stunning piece of writing this is. “Loss. The memory comes back. Distinct. Clear. From 1972. One hot, humid afternoon in Kediri, Indonesia. I’m just arriving at our... Read more

The Reformed Gift Guide Top Gift Ideas for 2020! – Tim Challies

This sponsored post was prepared by Missional Wear This has been a year unlike any other, which means that getting your Christmas list checked off early is even more important that ever! My friends at Missional Wear have all of the best gift ideas here in one place, so you’re sure to find something for... Read more

If God Did It, It Must Be Good. Right? – Tim Challies

The sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which the child of God rests his head at night, giving perfect peace. So said the inimitable Charles Spurgeon. Or did he? He might have said, When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head. Or maybe... Read more

A La Carte (November 16) – Tim Challies

By way of update, we have now passed the halfway point of our quarantine and on Friday will have served out our 14 days. For those asking, my son’s funeral will be held on Saturday morning. Details are forthcoming. There’s a nice little list of Kindle deals to browse through today. Conflict Grabs Attention, But... Read more

I Am, You Are: A Call to Worship – Tim Challies

I have mentioned a number of times that one key element of worship at Grace Fellowship Church is the Call to Worship. This call sometimes involves reading a passage of scripture, but other times combines several texts into a responsive or back-and-forth format. Heres an example that might bless you this morning as you prepare... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (November 14) – Tim Challies

My gratitude goes to Rooted for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors (along with patrons) play a key role in keeping the site going, and I’m thankful for each one. Today’s Kindle deals include a number of books—a few classics and even a theological novel. (Yesterday on the blog: The Cruelty of Quarantine: A Lament)... Read more

Free Stuff Fridays (Rooted Ministry) – Tim Challies

This week the blog has been sponsored by Rooted Ministry, and today they are giving away five book bundles. Are you trying to disciple teenagers and finding it harder than you imagined? We’ve been there, too. Rooted Ministry is led by a group of practicing youth ministers and parents of teenagers, and we work to... Read more

The Cruelty of Quarantine: A Lament – Tim Challies

Today was to be a day of great rejoicing. On August 14 I dropped my son and daughter at their college in Louisville, Kentucky, knowing that with all the border restrictions and quarantine requirements it was unlikely I would see them again before the close of the semester. We booked their return flights for today,... Read more

What To Read about Conspiracy Theory – Tim Challies

(Before the events of last week, I had a number of articles queued up and ready to post. This is one of them.) I have been doing a lot of thinking and writing about conspiracy theory, and its all Carl Truemans fault. I got an advance copy of his forthcoming book The Rise and Triumph... Read more

A La Carte (November 10) – Tim Challies

Today’s Kindle deals include some solid choices covering several different categories. My book Do More Better is listed at $2.99 for the day for those who have been waiting for a price drop. (Yesterday on the blog: On Running a Short Race Well) No Blank Slate Christianity “One of the saddest phenomena in the evangelical... Read more

Discipling Teenagers In Your Home and Church: Three Paradigm Shifts – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by Rooted Ministry. Youth ministers and parents face a unique challenge: were dealing with human beings made in the image of God who are going through an incredibly tough and awkward transition from childhood to adulthood. Many youth ministry paradigms err by oversimplifying this complex transitional period, reducing student... Read more

A La Carte (November 9) – Tim Challies

We have returned home and begun our mandatory 14-day quarantine following cross-border travel. Some have asked about a recording of Friday’s on-campus memorial service. You can access that service here: Nicholas Challies Memorial Service. Alternatively, SBTS News wrote a brief summary. We are so thankful for all the ways Boyce College and SBTS supported us... Read more