In this video, Tim Challies describes the benefits that Christians can gain from blogs and books.

With all the benefits that come with an online world and the sheer volume of information that’s available to us—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing—we have to develop filters and ways of filtering out the worst of it so we can read just the best of it. There’s still a lot to be said for books, and as much as anything, a book is one person writing at length and in a very deliberate way on a single subject.

And blogs tend to be short. They tend to be immediate. They tend to focus lightly on a subject. And by reading a book, you can settle in and really go deep, deep, and deeper into a subject. And so, a blog post on the Trinity might be very, very helpful. It might communicate truth, but it can only do so much. It’s bounded by the medium.

Whereas a book, we could write hundreds and hundreds of pages on the Trinity and still just be barely skimming the surface. But there’s so much value there in going deep into a subject, and that’s where books excel in that long view, that well-thought-out view of a subject.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 2, 2020.

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