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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.
The Meaning of Marriage

It must be intimidating to write a book on marriage. To rise above such a crowded field a book needs to offer something different, something unique. Tim and Kathy Keller have jumped into the fray with their book The Meaning of Marriage and the distinguishing feature of their book is a deep gospel-centeredness.

The Dirty Little Secret of Endorsements

Outright skepticism may not be appropriate, but neither should you necessarily assume that every endorsement is as meaningful as you might hope. At the very least, do not buy and believe and apply a book only on the basis of its endorsements.

What We Miss

We need to stop believing that everything worth experiencing is worth recording. There’s nothing wrong with taking pictures and shooting video—of course there’s not!—but in all our clicking and in all our capturing, let’s make sure that we’re not missing out on life’s best experiences.

5 Bullet Points About Death

I know, I know—there’s a certain level of irony when you provide “bullet points” on death. Nevertheless, here are five important things that the Bible tells us about death.

8 Things Contentment Opposes

Jeremiah Burrough’s The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment is one of the most important and personally-impactful Puritan works I’ve ever read. Let me give you just a taste of what Burroughs has to say about contentment.

Four Reasons People Backslide

One of the more interesting sections of dialog in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress has Christian and Hopeful discussing the danger of backsliding, of falling away from what had the appearance of spiritual life and growth.

Is Your Gospel Big Enough?

Is my gospel big enough to account for a man who three times denied that he knew the Lord? Is it big enough to account for a man who spent all of those years with Jesus, only to desert him in the end? Is it big enough to allow a man like this to be a leader in the church?

The Legacy of Charles Colson

I don’t mean to be a curmudgeon and I don’t mean to be insensitive, truly. Colson may not have set out to do this and he may not even have understood that he was doing this, but it remains a fact that there are two prominent and public testaments to his willingness to tamper with the purity of the gospel… (Read more)

Charles Wesley

Today is the 224th anniversary of the death of Charles Wesley, one of history’s most well-known and best-loved hymn writers.

When I Am God

Recently I took some time to think about how life changes when I am god. The results were not pretty.

What Happens to Children Who Die?

This is an issue almost every Christian faces at some point during his pilgrimage and it is one for which there is no easy answer.

Kony 2012

This campaign has exploded into the international consciousness and is demanding some kind of response. So what do we do?

The Bible and Birth Control

The Bible is silent on any explicit discussion of the subject of birth control. (If you are wondering about Onan, feel free to scroll to the bottom of this article.)

Learning to Stand

There is an enemy who devotes his entire existence to the destruction of God’s work and God’s people. Every Christian is engaged in battle against him.

The Middle-Aged White Guy's Guide to Christian Rap

It has to be one of the most unexpected phenomena in the church today—that white middle-aged pastors are talking about rap music and, even more strangely, actually listening to it and recommending it. I don’t know that anyone would have or could have predicted it.

John Piper's Masculine Christianity

Piper's language of “masculine Christianity” is not language I would be likely to adopt for my own use, but I don’t see that what he says here is substantially different from what he and other complementarians have been saying for years.

How to Build Unity in Your Church

God has equipped us to build and maintain this kind of unity and that all we need to do is use the tools he has equipped us with. But how has he equipped us?

Satan's Great Desire

I’ve always known that God calls me to love the people I covenant with in my local church, but until now I haven’t been quite so aware of the danger of falling out of love.

On Doing Ordinary Things

It has come as kind of a shock to me, now that I am a pastor and preaching on a regular basis, that the vast majority of the sermons I preach will be rather ordinary.

Visual Theology

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’ve got a thing for infographics. I asked one designer to take a shot at displaying theordo salutis, which is to say, the order of salvation, which refers to the sequence of conceptual steps involved in the salvation of the Christian. I will let the graphic explain it from here.

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