Tim Challies

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Tim Challies (born 1976) is a Canadian Reformed Baptist theologian, pastor, blogger, and author.



In 2003, Challies started a blog on theology, book reviews, and social commentary. [1] He has published books on theology, among other topics, such as how Christians should approach common issues like technology and pornography.

He co-founded the publishing house Cruciform Press with Kevin Meath in 2010. [2]

In 2013, he became pastor at Grace Fellowship Church of Toronto, a Reformed Baptist church. [3]

In 2017, Challies gained media attention after stating that he does not let his children have sleep-overs besides close relatives. [4] Challies explained that he places this precaution on his evaluated risk of how children can encounter "pornography, sexuality and drinking while at friends' homes." [5]

R. Albert Mohler, Jr. has mentioned Challies as "one of the finest young evangelical thinkers of our day." [6]

Personal life

Challies is married with three children. His son, Nicholas Paul Challies (Nick), passed away suddenly on November 3, 2020. [7]


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  1. Joe Carter, The Class of 2003: An Interview with Tim Challies, thegospelcoalition.org, USA, October 18, 2013
  2. Cruciform Press, How We Started, cruciformpress.com, USA, retrieved November 5, 2022
  3. Joe Carter, The Class of 2003: An Interview with Tim Challies, thegospelcoalition.org, USA, October 18, 2013
  4. Kindelan, Katie (November 16, 2017). "Dad explains why he bans sleepovers for his 3 children". ABC News. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  5. Zaimov, Stoyan (April 24, 2018). "Pastor Tim Challies Warns Christians Against Using Virtual Reality Porn". The Christian Post. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  6. 1 2 Challies, Tim (2007). The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. Wheaton, IL: Crossway. ISBN   978-1-58134-909-2. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021.
  7. Challies, Tim (November 21, 2020). "Nick Challies (March 5, 2000 – November 3, 2020)". Tim Challies. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.