Happy American Thanksgiving, everyone! This is my first time celebrating it in November (Canada’s is in October), and experiencing the madness of it all. Tomorrow, we will be barricading ourselves in our apartment to prevent being trampled by a horde of rampaging shoppers.
If you’re looking to stay indoors for the weekend, you might want to check out these two books from GLH Publishing: Samuel Rutherford: Proclaimer of Immanuel’s Love, by Andrew Thomson, and Justification Vindicated by Robert Traill (99¢ each).
Once the pecan pie crumbs have settled, and the leftover turkey is nestled in the fridge, and the football games are over, and the naps have ended, have hilarious fun with the family this Thursday. Board games—mainly goofy games—have become an essential staple of our Thanksgiving tradition.
Here are some fun, competitive, and laughter-inducing games to play with the family. You can run out to Target or Walmart and snag these. You got time.
Use your discretion on game content on the cards, and family members playing, and if your kids can play.
We tend to idealize holidays, but human depravity doesn’t go into hibernation between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. One thing that will hit most Christians, sooner or later, are tensions within extended families at holiday time. Some of you will be visiting family members who are contemptuous of the Christian faith and downright hostile to the whole thing.
Feasting is not first about the food. It is foremost about the Godward celebration of some specific occasion together. Good food and drink, in abundance, come in alongside our corporate focus to accentuate the appreciation and enjoyment of God and his kindness. The heart of feasting is not the food itself, but the heart of the feasters. A true feast is bigger than the food — infinitely bigger. The center is God and his greatness and grace toward us in Christ.
Today is the 53[rd] anniversary of the death of Clive Staples Lewis, one of the most well known, widely read, and often quoted Christian author of modern times. Here are nine things you should know about the author and apologist who has been called “The Apostle to the Skeptics.”
Evangelism is the one topic that is guaranteed to get the most amens in church and yet produces the most fear and guilt in those of us called to share the good news of the gospel. And today, in an increasingly post-Christian culture, the job of fulfilling the Great Commission seems more impossible than it was a generation ago. But there is good news for Christians: the same Holy Spirit who empowered the first century church and breathed life into every generation of the Church since is still active today. God is not surprised by your Muslim neighbors, your gay coworkers, and your stubbornly atheist sibling. And he is calling you to be the very announcement of the gospel to them.
The sermon is over, and you conclude that your message was terrible. For those who preach 40 to 100 times a year, it will happen. Indeed it will happen on more than one occasion. Here are seven things for you to consider at that moment.
A favorite from the archives:
But can I be really honest? I’m terrified of even suggesting the idea to him. Why? Because discipleship is hard. There’s the time commitment, sure, but it’s the emotional investment… and the risk of failure. I’ve had mixed results in my efforts to disciple some other young men in the past (some of which I absolutely have to own), so it’s got me a bit nervous. What if I fail with this guy, too? What if he sees what the Bible says about any number of areas of life and says, “yeah, no”?