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Tim Challies Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

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Tim Challies, a self-employed web designer, is a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere, having one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs anywhere (www.challies.com). He is also editor of Discerning Reader (www.discerningreader.com), a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. He is author of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, published by Crossway.
Hymn Stories: Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

If Isaac Watts is known as the father of English hymnody, William Williams (1717-1791) is considered by many to be the father of Welsh hymnody.

Prayerlessness Is Selfishness

The things you pray about are the things you trust God to handle. The things you neglect to pray about are the things you trust you can handle on your own.

The Boundaries of Evangelicalism

As I survey the contemporary church, one of my gravest concerns is the power and prevalence of mysticism. It is at the heart of Sarah Young’s bestselling Jesus Calling, it is in all the much-loved books by John Eldredge... (read more)

Well, This Is Going To Be Awkward!

Our obsession with awkwardness reveals that we have greater love for conformity than for uniqueness and that our love is contingent on not embarrassing us.

The Thing About Sex

Very few Christians have developed a Bible-based theology of sex. Fewer still live out that theology of sex.

Stuff Christians Say

It seems to me that there are at least two varieties of words in the Christian lexicon, those that are trite and those that are specific. We impoverish ourselves if we never learn and teach the specific.

The Humble Pope?

Just three of the claims of the papacy come into sharp contrast with any claim to humility. Why are evangelicals raising up this man as an example of virtue?

Howard Schultz, Tim Keller and "Bearing False Witness"

The ninth commandment forbids us from lying, but it does far more than that. It demands that we deliberately seek out the truth.

Would God Interfere with Our Free Will?

Some Christians see God as a kindly but passive observer of our choices. After all, God wouldn’t ever interfere with our free will, would He? Ask Jonah and a wry smile would come over his face.

The Sage's Lament

If all those thousands of years ago the Sage was already lamenting “Of making many books there is no end” what would he say today?

In the Crosshairs of the "Discernment Bloggers"

The Internet has forever changed the way Christians relate to one another. Among the realities of this digital world is a whole class of web sites known as discernment blogs or watchblogs...

Humble Orthodoxy

"I don’t know any other way to say this: it seems like a lot of the people who care about orthdoxy are jerks.” ~ Josh Harris

No, It Actually Is More Blessed To Give Than to Receive

I am a long way from mastering this principle but I can attest that the Lord means what he says. The joy that comes through giving is deeper and better and more satisfying than the fleeting joy that comes through hoarding.

Porn Has No One But Itself to Blame

The pornography industry has succeeded so well that it has forced itself into decline. It has made sex so pervasive that it has become boring.

Four Good Reasons to Read Good Books

Here are four good reasons to read good books: To know, to grow, to lead, and to love.

Galatians For You by Tim Keller

As with all of Keller’s books, this one is full of the gospel and full of powerful quotes. Here are just a few favorites...

Is There Anybody Out There?

Where some children grow up under the loving care of kind parents, Mez McConnell was left to tumble up on his own after his mother abandoned him, after his father took up with an abusive woman.

There Is No Cyberspace

A recent article in Salon suggests that the idea of cyberspace will soon come an end, and I tend to agree. While there would be some loss, I believe it would be a net gain. Maybe the way to begin is simply to stop using the term.

New & Notable Book Reviews

I love writing book reviews and I love reading them. Since I cannot possibly read and review all of the interesting books out there, here are a few notable links I’ve collected recently:

The Rich Tapestry of God's Providence

There are billions of stories unfolding in this world. What a joy it will be to trace these threads, these stories, to see how they are interwoven, and to praise God for his mercy and his grace in and through each one.

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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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