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Polly And the Screen Time Overload

As summer gets underway, the following children’s book designed for children ages 3-7 seems just what many parents need to navigate the next couple of months of school break.  Betsy Howard Child, an editor for The Gospel Coalition, broaches a topic every Christian parent needs to discuss with their children. In the first scene of this story, we learn that every year Polly spends the last week of July at her grandparents’ farm. She especially looks forward to moments with Grandma and Grandpa, her cousins Tom and Zoe, and the farm animals. And the opening event is a birthday celebration in...

The Cost of Control: A Review

Life in the technologically advanced and affluent West offers its inhabitants many promises, but perhaps the most attractive is “control”. Scores of self-help books offer to teach you how to “take control of your life” (I found at least six published in the past decade with that exact title). My bank’s slogan is “Take Control Of Your Money”. Apps now allow remote control of your home’s security system, climate, and even the temperature in your freezer! Truly, it seems, we have more varied and intricate control over our world than ever before. Despite this, recent events have shown us how...

Are You “Right with God”?

A few years ago, I read Michael Reeves’ wonderful book Delighting in the Trinity. It was so beautifully written and clearly explained that I included it in a list of books that a number of people in my church read together during a year-long reading challenge. We read a lot of good books that year, and yet many said that Reeves’ book was their favourite. If I would use one word to describe Reeves’ writing, it would be tender. It’s evident that he is a skilled theologian and teacher, and that he’s committed to the faithful protection and proclamation of...

Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners

Every Christian desires to become more like Christ. But if we are honest with ourselves, we often feel discouraged at our progress. So, how do we really change? Dane Ortlund, in his new book Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners, argues that change is a matter of going deeper into the glorious riches of Christ and our identity in him. Ortlund’s book provides answers to the question: “What must happen in the individual human heart, most fundamentally, most deeply, for a man or woman to get traction and grow?” (173). The first way in which the Christian grows is by...

Review: Authentic Ministry by Michael Reeves

As a young minister it can be difficult to imagine a time in which zeal wanes, passion fades, and the fire of God no longer consumes you. However, the wise Apostle wrote to young Timothy, “I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God” (2 Tim. 1:6). The current culture provides the ability for an individual to amass a following, effortlessly promote themselves, and build a brand. Ministry is not exempt from this mentality, in fact, it is rife. In his new book, Authentic Ministry: Serving from the Heart, Michael Reeves sounds the warning against cold, mechanical, professionalism....

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