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Tim Challies Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

Tim Challies

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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.
Risk Is Right

This is a good little book, just as it was a powerfully challenging chapter in "Don’t Waste Your Life."

An Interview and a Free Album

It was a week or two ago that I came across a band called The Gray Havens. I listened to a few clips and decided to pre-order their first album. It turns out that they are readers of this site. I thought it would be fun to do an interview and they thought it would be fun to give you a copy of their album.

More Lessons Learned Along the Way

A few months ago I shared a few lessons I’ve learned along the way—a few things I’ve learned about preaching since I rather unexpectedly found myself regularly standing in the pulpit. I want to add a couple of items to my list.

3 Ways to Live With Joy

Every sunrise lays a new day before us and asks, “What will you do with this day? What will this day be?”

Multiply by Francis Chan (book review)

Multiply is a good book and one that fills an important niche. If you think back to the days when you were a new believer, I am certain you will see the benefit of this type of material.

Who Do You Think You Are? (book review)

Driscoll says rightly that even as Christians “we’re continually forgetting who we are in Christ and filling that void by placing our identity in pretty much anything else.”

Pleasing Grief and Mournful Joy

Before the cross we are all invited to kneel, to trust, to confess, to weep with that pleasing grief and mournful joy, and there to find the freedom of forgiveness.

The Christian Introvert

I am introverted, but this does not give me a different calling in life than the gregarious Christian.

Vertical Church (Book Review)

Vertical Church is a book with both strengths and weaknesses—very helpful strengths and very dangerous weaknesses. If you can thinking discerningly to embrace what is helpful and reject what is so very unhelpful, you may well find the effort rewarding.

Death and Life and Your Tongue

While bloggers have rightly been criticized for being too negative at times, blog commenters can be equally ruthless. I’d like to address this briefly today in the hope that I can help us all think well about how we interact online.

The Essential: Revelation

Revelation refers to the revealing of something that was previously unknown. In the case of theology, revelation refers to the revealing of the knowledge of God’s character and ways.

Beyond "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin"

“Love the sinner, hate the sin” works in many contexts, but Christians are learning that there is one context, one very important context, in which it does not work quite so well.

When Should My Children Be Baptized?

Many children raised in a Christian home—perhaps even most of them—profess faith at a young age. Many parents then ask, Should my child be immediately baptized? Here is my attempt to answer this question.

Downstream, In the Moral Sewage

Many young women today are convinced that they are revolutionaries. What they don’t see is that they are swimming downstream from someone else’s sewage.

Sanctification Is a Community Project

The measure of the Christian life is growth in holiness. We grow in holiness, at least in part, by putting sin to death. We put sin to death by exposing it to the light.

(How Not) To Train Up a Child

What we believe to be true about children will inevitably shape the way we “train them up.”

Would You Like to Read "The Discipline of Grace" With Me?

For years I had wanted to read some of the classics of the Christian faith, but I knew that without a measure of accountability I would never have the self-discipline to make my way through them. I decided to launch a reading program called Reading Classics Together.

The Hidden Riches of Prayer

Holiness and intimacy with Christ come by way of prayer and that holiness is attractive.

Saturated with Christ

Certain themes are apparent when reading large quantities of the Old Testament books. What becomes clear about God’s relationship to his people is this: they are very sinful and they are very much loved.

The Message of the Bible

I caught this over at the Desiring God blog, and it was too good not to share. This is D.A. Carson’s summary of the Bible in 221 words.

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