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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.
Learning from a Brother

R.C. Sproul Jr. has been an encouragement to me as the Lord has called him to pass through this darkest hour. Just a few weeks ago, after a 9-month battle with cancer, his wife Denise went to be with the Lord, leaving behind Sproul Jr. and their eight children.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

When it comes to Christians and the question of abortion, nearly all of us probably fall into one of three categories...

Book Review — Real Marriage (Mark and Grace Driscoll)

With so many good books on marriage available to us, I see no reason to recommend this one.

Goodbye Local Christian Bookstore

The whole publishing industry is changing and the little family-owned Christian bookstore seems to be increasingly obsolete. And at least as it pertains to me, I don’t think I will lose anything when the last local Christian bookstore has closed its doors.

Soft, Effeminate Christianity

Effeminate Christianity comes about when Christians are too afraid to fight for what is right and to protest against what is wrong.

Thinking Wrongly About Money

I've found that there are many ways that we think about money that owe more to the world than to the Bible. Let me share 4 of them.

Men, Women & the Public Reading of Scripture

Here's why I believe the Lord would have the public reading of Scripture in worship services be led by men.

The Public Reading of Scripture

Here are some of the things we seek to teach the men who participate in this minstry at our church. I’m hoping this may serve you as you consider reading Scripture in a public setting. It assumes that the person reading Scripture has some time to prepare himself!

The Church's Immune System

The church needs Christians who can protect her from the constant false gospels that rise up against her.

The Crushing Weight of Glory

If the Apostle Paul suffered greatly and found joy, those of us who suffer lightly in comparison should be able to find the same joy.

Steve Jobs

I learned that Steve Jobs’ last words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” What I wouldn’t give to know what it was that he understood or perceived in those last moments...

My Halloween Theory

It has been fascinating to witness the rise of Halloween in recent years. I’ve developed a theory. It may seem a little far-fetched, but hear me out and let me know what you think.

At Jacob's Well

That’s a place and a context I had not thought about too much until I read Richard Phillips’ book Jesus the Evangelist. Based on a series of expositional sermons, this book teaches the principles and practice of witnessing by looking at the model of Jesus in the first four chapters of John.

The Foundation of Mortification

Don’t run away from this blog post just because I’m quoting a Puritan. Yes, Puritans are scary with all their big words and frilly collars, but some of them had remarkable insights into God’s Word and into human hearts. Read on to see an example of that.

The Speaking Circuit

I can understand why and how people could give up leading the local church in favor of the speaking circuit. I began to think about this as Rob Bell announced his resignation from Mars Hill just as I set out for 6 days of speaking engagements at a conference, a college and a church.

More on Spiritual Abuse

How do we respond to spiritual abuse internally—in our own hearts, and how do we respond to spiritual abuse “externally”—in our relationship to the person hurting us?

Did You Marry the Wrong Person?

I think most married people wonder that at one time or another. It may not be a question filled with true angst and regret, but one that may persist at the back of their mind.

Spiritual Abuse

Spiritual abuse is a term that seems to be gaining a little bit of traction with whole blogs dedicated to it. It describes a clear reality—that where there is spiritual authority in a sinful world, there will at times be abuse of that authority. However...

Teach Me How to Pray (II)

Obviously the most important part of a prayer life is just praying—I’m sure it’s very easy to get hung up on questions of procedure while forgetting to actually just pray—but I am also very eager to learn how other people collect and organize all of the things they may need to pray for... (Read more)

Teach Me How to Pray

While I feel the desire to pray and I often long to pray, I find it difficult. So, I have turned to a few pastors I know to ask them how they manage the task of prayer. In the weeks to come I plan to share some of their advice in the hope that you will find it helpful. Here's the first installment from a dear friend and pastor here in Toronto, Tim Kerr...

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