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A La Carte

September 11, 2014

There are just a few new Kindle deals today: New from GLH Publishing is Thomas Boston’s classic The Art of Man-Fishing ($0.99); The Mormonizing of America by Stephen Mansfield is an interesting read ($0.99); All the Names in the Bible ($3.99).

Genetic Testing - Here’s one cost of a new technology: “With genetic testing, I gave my parents the gift of divorce.” 

Tribute to My Pastor - I enjoyed this tribute to a pastor. “Before I preached in the chapel service at Southern Seminary, Dr. Mohler recognized [him] as the pastor who had raised up more preachers than anyone he knew in North America.”

Christianity’s Uniqueness - “In reply to the critics who claim Christianity was just a copy-cat religion among the ancient religions, it’s helpful to take a look at how an ancient adherent of these pagan religions viewed Christianity.”

The Pornification of the Church - A new survey shows that professed Chrsitians still look at tons of porn.

Saving Dr. Brantley - Dateline did an interview with Dr. Kent Brantly, the Christian doctor who survived Ebola. 

Signs of Spiritual Awakening in Japan - This is exciting!

An idle life and a holy heart is a contradiction. —Thomas Brooks 


September 10, 2014

Here are today’s Kindle deals: Connected by Erin Davis ($4.99); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($2.99); Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians by Mark Coppenger ($2.99); Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation by Mark Whorton ($2.99). The Profiles of Reformed Spirituality Series is on sale for $1.99 each: John Flavel; George Swinnock; Archibald Alexander; Lemuel Haynes; Thomas Goodwin; Samuel Rutherford; Alexander Whyte; Jonathan Edwards.

ESV Women’s Devotional Bible - Westminster Books is giving away 12 copies of the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible (and selling it for 50% off).

Three Questions to Help Diagnose Possible Football Idolatry - Kevin DeYoung offers questions to help you diagnose possible football idolatry.

Reading the Bible in Public - Here are 3 big ideas and 7 tips for reading the Bible publicly. 

A Piece of Fruit - I enjoyed this article that goes back to Eden and asks, “What’s the big deal with the fruit?!!”

The Church and Violence Against Women - Russell Moore: “Male violence against women is a real problem in our culture, one the church must address. Our responsibility here is not simply at the level of social justice but at the level of ecclesical justice as well.”

How to Criticize a Preacher - David Murray offers a helpful guide.

New People - Here is what people who are new to your church want you to know.

I have never heard of a sin being committed without knowing full well that I had the seed of it within myself. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


September 09, 2014

Today’s Kindle deals are exceptionally good: Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler ($4.99). B&H has several of their new, good, reader-friendly Exalting Jesus commentaries on sale: Exalting Jesus in James by David Platt ($5.99); Exalting Jesus in Ephesians by Tony Merida ($5.99); Exalting Jesus in Mark by Daniel Akin ($5.99); Exalting Jesus in 1, 2, 3 John by Daniel Akin ($5.99). B&H has also put their New American Commentary Studies on sale for $3.99 each: Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Schreiner; Future Israel by Barry Horner; Enthroned on Our Praise by Timothy Pierce; Sermon on the Mount by Charles Quarles; Lukan Authorship of Hebrews by David Allen; God’s Indwelling Presence by James Hamilton; The Messianic Hope by Michael Rydelnik; The Ten Commandments by Mark Rooker; The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Schreiner; The End of the Law by Jason Meyer.

9 Questions to Help You Steward All of Life for God’s Glory - Brad Hambrick has some questions you should ponder.

The Edge of the Earth - If you’re a Switchfoot fan, you’ll be glad to know they unexpectedly released a 7-song EP as a follow-up to Fading West (Amazon, iTunes). While we’re on the subject of music, Lecrae’s new album Anomaly releases today (Amazon, iTunes).

Not Sinning - Adam4d took one of my tweets and expanded it to a comic. I like it!

The Op-Ed (Oprah Edited) - This is good stuff.

Scots, What the Heck? - I am not authority on the matter, but here’s a look at why Scotland should be very cautious about separating from the United Kingdom.

10 Ways to Exercise Christlike Leadership - Here’s Owen Strachan doing what he does so well.

When You Don’t Feel Connected at Church - I think everyone feels disconnected from church from time to time. Here is some help for when you’re feeling that way.

If I don’t care to understand the concerns of those I disagree with, it’s not reconciliation I seek, but submission. —Joshua Waulk 


September 08, 2014

There is lots of Kindle goodness for you today: Finally Free by Heath Lambert (a great book on overcoming pornography) ($3.99); Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill ($3.99); Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman ($1.99); The Power of Words and the Wonder of God by John Piper ($1.99); Words for Reader and Writers by Larry Woiwode ($1.99); Meaning at the Movies by Grant Horner ($1.99); Art and the Christian Mind by Laurel Gasque ($1.99); Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles by Kathy Keller ($1.99).

BBC Earth Titles - Today only Amazon has a lot of BBC’s Earth titles up to 79% off. They include Planet Earth, Life, Frozen Planet, etc.

Africa Needs a Whole Lot Less of Joel and a Whole Lot More of Rick - Here’s a response to Victoria Osteen that comes from the mission frontier.

The Simple Technology That Accidentally Ruined Baseball - Baseball fans will enjoy this one.

The Abomination of Desolation - The Gospel Coalition turns to Daniel Doriani to ask, “What is the abomination of desolation referred to in Matthew 24?”

What Kind of Procrastinator Are You? - Here’s a simple flowchart to figure out how and why you procrastinate.

InterVarsiety De-Recognized - This seems to be increasingly common: Universities refusing to recognize Christian campus organizations (or, in theory, other organizations that involve some kind of exclusivity).

May I Marry for Looks? - Clint Archer pens a letter geared toward young men.

“Busy” isn’t about the accumulated number of hours we work, its about the nervousness of our hearts. —Justin Risedorf


September 06, 2014

The weekend is here, and with it a new edition of Weekend A La Carte. And I’ll begin by expressing my gratitude to this week’s sponsor, Clarifying the Bible. My site is dependent upon sponsors to keep going, so be sure to check them out week-by-week.

Rick Reed went looking to Bonhoeffer to pick up some interesting tips on teaching and preaching. I like this one: “The best sign of a good pastor is that the congregation reads the Bible.”

Jared Wilson says He Must Increase; Our Churches Must Decrease. And I quite agree.

Daniel Doriana offers up some tips for dealing with a bad boss, because we have all had to at one time or another.

Here are 7 Signs You’re Spending Too Much Time Looking at Your Phone. Am I the only one who has permanent iPhone-shaped indents in all of my pants, right at the left-front pocket?

This is a fascinating video of pianist Glenn Gould in a state of almost possession, or is it absence?, as he plays piano.

I don’t know if it’s true, but I like the headline: Canada is now more American than America. It looks to the Burger King / Tim Horton’s deal as proof.

And let me leave you with a quote…

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man. —Dwight L. Moody


September 05, 2014

It’s been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals, but I tracked down a few new ones, at least: Into Africa by Martin Dugard ($2.99); The King James Version Debate by D.A. Carson ($2.99); A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur ($5.99); New from GLH Publishing is The Dangers of Prosperity by William Bates ($0.99). Also, today only Amazon has the 8.9” certified refurbished Kindle Fire on sale for $70 off.

The Battle for the Bible Continues - Jonathan Akin points to two recent examples of how the Battle for the Bible continues. You may also enjoy Denny Burk’s commentary on the article.

Christian Unity - David Murray is writing about Christian unity. There is far more to it than you may think!

Ancient Truths - I enjoyed this sweet post on motherhood.

He Will Hold Me Fast - Here’s some information about a song we’ve just begun singing at Grace Fellowship Church. It’s a good one.

Evangelism and Discipleship - 9Marks has an interesting article for you to read. “We asked several pastors to tell us a few practical ways they encourage evangelism and discipleship in the life of their particular local church. Answers are below.”

Am I Called? - Dave Harvey did an interview with me for his podcast; it’s just been uploaded if you’re interested in listening in.

We’re Doing It Again - Mike Wittmer: “Yesterday Matt Lauer interviewed Nancy Writebol in front of a banner that read SIM. It was so third century.” It’s true.

Life is not primarily about what we avoid, but what we pursue. —Brad Hambrick


September 04, 2014

Here are two Kindle deals from Amazon, and over 100 from Westminster books. Amazon first: The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper ($3.03); Why Jesus? by Ravi Zacharias ($2.99). And then check out…

Westminster Books Massive E-Book Sale - Westminster Books is having a massive Kindle e-book sale, with over 100 books from P&R on sale. They include John Frame’s new Systematic Theology (1220 pages for $1.99!), William Farley’s Gospel-Powered Parenting (a favorite), and the classic Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp. Find the complete list here.

A Tale of Two Mars Hills - Eric Geiger writes about the rise and waning of two Mars Hill Churches and their pastors.

A Gospeled Church - Jared Wilson at his best: “You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time. So a church that makes its main thing the gospel, and when faced with sin in its ranks doesn’t simply crack the whip of the law but says ‘remember the gospel,’ should gradually be seeing grace coming to bear.”

Redemption of a Modern-Day Psalmist - The Gospel Coalition is hosting “Sing Over Me,” a documentary about Dennis Jernigan and his struggles with same-sex attraction.

The Marriage Bed for the Exhausted Wife - Nikki Daniel speaks to a common and difficult issue within marriage.

There is no struggle for purity so intense that Jesus’ grace cannot win the battle. —Heath Lambert


September 03, 2014

The Pillar of the Truth - Steve Timmis: “The church, formed by the gospel, is for the gospel, and by her life and witness, she commends the gospel and is the primary apologetic for the gospel before the world.”

Jesus Is The Feast - Jamie Brown offers a corrective to those battling over different forms of worship.

TEF Conference - I believe in the work of the Elisha Foundation, which serves the families of those with some form of disability. If disability has touched your family or church, you may want to take a look at this upcoming conference.

Is It Sinful For Unmarried Couples to Make Out? - Andy Naselli dug up an interesting article meant to bring clarity where there is a lot of confusion.

Exegetical Landmines - Here is some wise counsel from a seasoned pastor. Pastors and their churches will benefit if the counsel is heeded.

The Osteen Predicament - Al Mohler has some great lines in his article about the Osteens.

5 Things Not To Do in Marriage - Here are 5 things not to do in your marriage.

As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two. —Thomas Adams


September 02, 2014

Let’s get straight to some Kindle deals. If you missed yesterday’s list, check it out here. New today: Free from Ligonier Ministries is Welcome to a Reformed Church by Daniel Hyde. New from Cruciform Press is The Company We Keep by Jonathan Holmes which we’ve marked at just $5.99. And Crossway is offering: Heaven on Earth by Stephen Nichols ($0.99); Finishing Well to the Glory of God by John Dunlop ($0.99); The Deity of Christ by Christopher Morgan & Robert Peterson ($1.99); Inerrancy and Worldview by Vern Poythress ($1.99). Finally, Amazon is having a huge sale today, with 1000 books for students (and the rest of us) marked way down.

Jesus Cares About Your Words - J.A. Medders stacks up the proof that your words matter a lot.

Toilet Roll Changing - I completely feel this dad’s pain. And I find it downright hilarious that he made an instructional video to show his kids how to replace the toilet paper roll. I’m going to have my kids watch it.

5 Questions - Boundless did a short interview with me in case you’re interested in reading it.

Good News for the Poor - This month’s issue of Tabletalk has an interview with one of my favorite people: Mez McConnell.

Your Brain on Coffee - Here’s a short video explaining just what happens in that sweet moment when you take a sip of coffee.

4 Things God Says to Singles - Here are four things God says to singles.

Responding to Victoria Osteen - Ligon Duncan responds to Victoria’s Osteen recent remarks about pursuing our own pleasure instead of God’s. Though her comments were ridiculous, Duncan treats them well and helps us see a far better alternative.

The God who has been sufficient until now can be trusted to the end. —C.H. Spurgeon


September 01, 2014

Here are some new Kindle deals: Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul ($1.99); The Money Answer Book by Dave Ramsey ($2.99); The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper (free); Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper ($0.99); Rediscovering the Church Fathers by Michael Haykin ($2.99); Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer ($1.99); The Legacy of Sovereign Joy by John Piper ($1.99). You may also want to browse Amazon’s collection of $1.99 books for Labor Day and their monthly collection of books at $3.99 or less.

Free from ChristianAudio is How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer. Free from Logos is Living the Dream: Joseph for Today by Pete Wilcox.

Making a Case for Books - If you are a book lover, you’ll enjoy this video, a stop-motion film showing the building of a bookcase (by someone who has way better tools than you do).

Not Giving Up! - I appreciated reading Kimberly Wagner’s call for prayer in the midst of life’s battles. 

A Puritan Worship Service - Justin Taylor describes you might experience if you could attend a Puritan worship service.

This Is Why We Are Here - I loved reading this short dispatch from the mission field.

Glazed and Confused - Here’s why a lot of Canadians are not thrilled about Burger King attempt to purchase Tim Horton’s.

The Boy with Half a Brain - This is a fascinating longform article that introduces you to a boy who has only half a brain.

Labor Daze - Here are four things you weren’t told during your job orientation. But they are all true, and all fundamental to understanding vocation.

The sins of the wicked anger God—but the sins of professing Christians grieve him. —Thomas Watson