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A La Carte (March 8)
March 08, 2016
Today’s Kindle deals include Wired for Intimacy by William Struthers ($2.99); Preaching with a Plan by Scott Gibson ($2.99); How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens by Michael Williams ($3.99); How to Read the Bible Book by Book and How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart ($3.99); How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee ($4.99). Also, in tribute to Jerry Bridges and his exemplary life, Cruciform Press has significantly dropped prices on Who Am I? —Identity in Christ. The paperback, ebook, and audiobook versions are available at Cruciform Press while the Kindle version is available on Amazon for $1.99.
How cool is this? “And so it was quite the thrill to discover in the box this astonishing letter written by William Wilberforce to Priscilla in 1822, when he was 61 and she was only around 14.”
Brad Hambrick: “Having just written Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk: Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends, I wanted to offer some points of consideration for pastors.” Also, “While this post is about preaching, my book is about friendship.” Additionally, click here to learn what you’ll learn if you read his book.
Be sure to read Bob Bevington’s tribute to his dear friend and prayer partner. “In the eyes of many, Jerry was a giant of the Christian faith. Yet in his own eyes, he was never more than an undeserving sinner redeemed by Christ. Those who knew him best understood that Jerry’s humility was the key to his greatness.” (Don Whitney has collected other tributes here.)
This is a great little biographical sketch of Vera Pink, wife to A.W. Pink.
Just like the headline says, here are ten things you should know about church discipline.
This Day in 1740. 276 years ago today, colonial evangelist Gilbert Tennent preached his famous sermon, “The Danger of An Unconverted Ministry.” Tennent was a friend of evangelist George Whitefield and a son of William Tennent, founder of the “Log College. *
TGC went far and wide to ask a whole collection of pastors for suggested books that every church planter should read.
Reformation21 shared a helpful review of the movie Risen. “Films seem better equipped to ask questions rather than answer them. Films, whether they are faith-based or secular, start to break down when they get preachy, but there’s a much greater temptation to get preachy when making a movie about faith.”
The way to really beat sin is not to whip it out, but to so glory in Christ that sleeze looks dirty. —D.A. Carson