Sunday A La Carte

As I collected links this week, I found the list growing and growing until I realized I had a lot more than I could put to use. So I decided to collect some of them into a special Sunday edition of A La Carte. Enjoy! From time to time I like to link to some of the books I’ve been enjoying but don’t plan to review. In that vein, William Hague’s William Wilberforce is a brilliant biography of a great …

Weekend A La Carte (May 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books from RHB and a classic systematic theology. If you are or ever have been a fan of Christian music, you probably won’t know what to do with this information any more than I did. “Kevin Max (dcTalk), John Schlitt (Petra), Billy Smiley (Whiteheart) and Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay) have united to form the CCM ALL STAR REVIEW.” (Yesterday on the blog: What I Pack In My Spiritual First Aid Kit) In Praise of …

What I Pack In My Spiritual First Aid Kit

Last year, before I set out on my journey round the world, I did a bit of research on the first aid supplies I ought to bring with me. After all, at some points I would be pretty far off the beaten path and pretty far from emergency care. I found all kinds of recommendations and put together a little kit to carry with me. It wasn’t much, but it was only ever meant to tide me over in the …

A La Carte (May 24)

Westminster Books is offering 50% off all Christian Focus titles. Personally, the CF books I treasure most and use with greatest frequency are Nick Needham’s volumes on church history; they are phenomenal and written at just the right level. The Literal Word Bible app may appeal to you, especially if you’re into Bible study (and/or into the NASB). Who Owns Your Body? Andrée Seu Peterson: “Who owns your body? It’s a hot topic today, with actress Alyssa Milano calling for …

A La Carte (May 23)

Those who hunt for Kindle deals will find a few options today. (Yesterday on the blog: Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation) Cautious about Causation Kevin DeYoung warns against being incautious when it comes to establishing causation. “People are complicated, and history is complicated. We don’t do anyone any favors by pretending that people or the past can be understood and summed up in a single, unifying theory.” Though he applies it to a few areas, he focuses in on …

Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation

It’s not like we’re hurting for books about a Christian understanding of work. In fact, the past few years have seen nothing short of an explosion of interest in the subject. So when yet another showed up in my mailbox, I was tempted to set it aside. I was tempted, that is, until I saw D.A. Carson’s commendation: “The last few years have witnessed a flurry of books that treat a Christian view of work. This is the best of …

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A La Carte (May 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few odds and ends. You may also want to look at Westminster Books and their sale on Bibles. Is There Really an “Orthodox” View on Sexuality? Trevin Wax: “Many denominations in the West have been rocked by controversy over sexuality these days, not because Christians are obsessed with others’ sexual activities, but because so many Christians around the world recognize, instinctively, that the push to change the definition of marriage means much more to the …

A La Carte (May 21)

There are a couple of commentaries in today’s Kindle deals; the Galatians volume is a great buy at that price. (Yesterday on the blog: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Following a Parenting Method) The Subtle Art Of Growing Chris Thomas writes about writing. “Though the act of writing has helped, more significantly, understanding why I write has also shaped the craft. For me, writing is a way of saying, and saying is way of seeing. Crafting words helps hone ideas, …

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Following a Parenting Method

Some parents embark on the great task of raising a child already convinced of a particular parenting method. They’ve done the research, read the books, scoured the forums, and have made up their minds. Other parents embark on the great task of raising a child without having put any substantial thought into methodology. They haven’t completed the hours of research, haven’t read the books, haven’t scoured the forums, and basically intend to learn as they go. What’s remarkable to me …

A La Carte (May 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include all kinds of good books about prayer. (Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Sunday in May) End-of-Life Comfort Measures: A Realistic Assessment “When our critically ill loved ones cannot speak to us, we wrestle with impossible decisions of whether to press on or to withhold treatment, all while we yearn to hear a beloved voice again. Such dilemmas thrust us into grief, doubt, fear, anger, and even guilt as we struggle to reconcile a …

How We Worshipped One Sunday in May

Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do so hoping they serve as a model of how one church attempts to worship the Lord in a distinctly biblical way. In this case I’m sharing a service in which we baptized four new believers. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as our service leader and preacher and Josh as our lead worshipper. Steve, our associate pastor, closed …

Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

There are some rock-solid books in today’s list of Kindle deals. (Yesterday on the blog: How Many Loves Have You Experienced Today?) Why Preaching MIGHT Be a Walk in The Park “To the uninitiated, I look like a man on a morning stroll. I might be noticed to be glancing at my phone, or muttering under my breath, but the true purpose of my walk is probably obscure.” I also find a “walk in the park” to be tremendously helpful …

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How Many Loves Have You Experienced Today?

“Love is a many splendored thing,” says the old song. Love has many hues, many shades, many facets. Love has many features to observe, many marvels to behold. There is so much to love that none of us can ever experience it in all its forms. Not even close. Yet while none of us can ever experience it in all its forms, we really do have the pleasure of experiencing it in many of its forms. Do you ever pause …

A La Carte (May 17)

There are a few Kindle deals for you to take a look at if you are so inclined. Alabama and Georgia Are Throwing Down the Gauntlet against Roe. Good. This is so encouraging to see, even if only from across an international border. “We are witnessing the beginnings of an anti-abortion legislative revolution in Red America. Two generations of pro-life activism, persuasion, and argument have yielded pro-life supermajorities in state houses across much of the South and Midwest, and they …

A La Carte (May 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include various odds and ends! I’m quite enthusiastic about the new series of 31-Day Counseling Devotionals. Westminster has them at up to 50% off this week. (Yesterday on the blog: The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (But Is Too Embarrassed to Ask)) What Is The Trinity Debate About? Wyatt Graham provides a primer on the recent Trinity controversy. “For all the bad that appears during debates like these, the theological benefit through blogging, publishing, and …

The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (But Is Too Embarrassed to Ask)

I’ve seen churches where the pastor has been treated terribly—a slave forced to cede to the congregation’s every whim. I’ve seen churches where the pastor has been treated heroically—a superstar who exists above all critique and accountability. Surely the biblical position avoids both extremes and treats the pastor far better than either a slave or a celebrity. It treats him as a shepherd or, better still, an under-shepherd who serves on behalf of the great Shepherd of the sheep, Jesus …

A La Carte (May 15)

Today’s Kindle deals are headlined by John MacArthur and Warren Wiersbe, though a couple of other authors are represented as well. Were the First Christians Socialists? Kevin DeYoung: “At first glance it can look like the first-century church modeled an early form of socialism. After all, ‘they had everything in common.’ Maybe Marx was just reading his Bible when he argued, ‘From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.’ Isn’t that what’s going on in the …

A La Carte (May 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a nice selection of good reads. Last week I put together a list of new and notable books for May. Westminster Books is holding a giveaway and giving you a chance to win them all! (Yesterday on the blog: I Love Parenting Teenagers!) Walk with Me Through a Midlife Crisis John Piper: “I don’t know all the factors that precipitate such a crisis, or even if, thirty years later, the statistics are still the same. I …

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