8 New and Notable Books for October

As you know by now, I like to keep an eye on new Christian books as they are released. And once a month or so I like to make you aware of some of the ones I consider particularly notable for whatever reason. So to that end, here are eight new and notable books for October 2019. Giving Is the Good Life: The Unexpected Path to Purpose and Joy by Randy Alcorn. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do …

A La Carte (October 16)

I was able to dig up just a few new Kindle deals for today. Here’s a fun little exchange to start the day today. A couple of days ago, The Babylon Bee wrote an article titled “Keith And Kristyn Getty Struggling To Come Up With Word That Rhymes With ‘Substitutionary Atonement.’” They took that as a challenge and posted this little song to Twitter. The Importance Of Doing What Anyone Could Do Top notch, this. “‘A lot of people could …

A La Carte (October 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little list of titles (though, to be fair, a good number of them seem to go on sale every month or two). (Yesterday on the blog: Do We Care for the Sheep or Do We Use the Sheep?) Ten Things You Should Know about John Henry Newman (1801–1890) John Henry Newman has been much in the news recently. Here’s a short article on his life and influence. Why So Many Companies Bailed on Facebook’s …

Do We Care for the Sheep or Do We Use the Sheep?

Some of my favorite and most challenging descriptions of pastoral ministry come from the twentieth chapter of Acts and Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesian elders. Here Paul the planter and pastor is bidding a final farewell to the elders at a church he loves. And in verse 28 he comes to what I believe is his description of the heart of pastoral ministry. “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has …

A La Carte (October 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a selection of great books from Matthias Media (which I don’t think I’ve ever seen on sale before). Now’s the time to read The Trellis and the Vine and other excellent titles. (Yesterday on the blog: The Bone-Lazy Pastor) Dark Material: The Gospel of Philip Pullman Next month, HBO will release its new adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” books. Here’s a look at what the books are all about and why you should be …

The Bone-Lazy Pastor

One of my relatives, a great uncle, was a pastor—a clergyman for the Church of England who served in Canada’s province of Quebec. Family lore is that he was not a particularly good pastor. My mother was recently sorting through some old family papers and came across a letter that would seem to say that the lore is based on fact. This letter was sent to him in 1942 by the Right Reverend Philip Carrington, Bishop of Quebec. I don’t …

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Weekend A La Carte (October 12)

I’ve been blessed to spend the past few days in Hawaii to speak at the Pacific Church Leadership Conference. What a joy it has been to spend time with brothers and sisters from all across the region (and with Alistair Begg who is decidedly not from the region). Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of classics and a few newer works. (Yesterday on the blog: To the Young Man Who Has Been Asked To Preach for the First Time) 7 …

To the Young Man Who Has Been Asked To Preach for the First Time

I’m really excited and really encouraged to hear that you’ve been given the opportunity to preach this Sunday. And, frankly, I’m not surprised—I’ve seen how seriously you’ve been taking your faith, how faithfully you’ve been committing yourself to the Word, and how you’ve grown in your ability to communicate. Pastors should notice young men who are doing these things. You asked for some quick pointers in preparing your first sermon. Here are a few that come to mind. Be encouraged. …

A La Carte (October 11)

There are just a couple of new Kindle deals today, though they are both of books I think I’ve never seen on the list before. Like Father, Like Son I really enjoyed Larry Lin’s article on fathers and sons. “Two years ago, I became a father myself. The pregnancy process was marked by joy and excitement, but underlying it all were deeply embedded fears. What if I become like my dad? What if I follow in the footsteps of my dad, just …

A La Carte (October 10)

You’ll find four or five new Kindle deals today. Logos has the Teach the Text commentary series discounted for a week. It’s a solid series with lots of especially good volumes. (Yesterday on the blog: On Being an Inflatable Tank) The Lure of Androgyny Androgyny is in, and this article attempts to get to the bottom of it. “Here’s one thesis: The new androgyny is not incidental to the collapse of family and community. To the contrary, the new androgyny is being …

On Being an Inflatable Tank

It’s one of my favorite tales from a war that was packed full of stranger-than-fiction moments. During the Second World War, the Allied forces created a dummy army. Eager to deceive the Germans into thinking they were stronger than they actually were, the Allies hired a team of artists and designers to create a fake army—one that would look just real enough to deceive spies snooping around nearby or surveillance flights flying far overhead. So they built planes that were …

A La Carte (October 9)

Here’s a can’t miss deal from Crossway: “If you are currently working in ministry outside of the US, we want to serve you with free access to the ESV.org Basic subscription plan featuring a host of robust Bible study resources.” Click here to sign up. Just Give Me a Sign “This kind of thinking is modern-day superstition. We try to listen to our experiences; we try to find divine signs and miracles to help us understand who God is, who we …

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A La Carte (October 8)

Once again there’s a good little list of Kindle deals to look through today. (Yesterday on the blog: The Servers and the Servicers in Every Church) Suicide, Heaven, and Jesus—the Final Answer to Our Sorrow Randy Alcorn writes about suicide. “In the wake of Jarrid’s death, much has already been said about suicide and mental health and the need to address them within the church. But I want to highlight some things Greg Laurie, the senior pastor at Harvest, has said, …

How Software is Helping Churches Stay Connected

This week the blog is sponsored by Church Social and today’s post is written by Jonathan Reinink. I am a software developer by trade. I am also a Christian. Figuring out how the two fit together is an ongoing journey I am on. I sometimes feel a little like my father, who was a hog farmer. He quietly wondered about the Bible’s generally negative perspective towards this animal, that literally fed our family. Was he really doing God’s will producing …

The Servers and the Servicers in Every Church

Every church is made up of different kinds of people. There are extroverts and introverts, for example—people who are on the outgoing and sociable side and people who are on the shy and pensive side. There are leaders and there are followers—people who love to lead ministries within the church, and people who are content to be led. There are evangelists and disciplers—people whose passion is sharing the gospel with unbelievers and people whose passion is equipping existing believers. In …

A La Carte (October 7)

Crossway has discounts on some excellent titles today. Check the Kindle deals page to see them. (Yesterday on the blog: Sing We the Song of Emmanuel) 7 Key Concepts for Biblical Preaching There 7 solid concepts in this article that will serve every preacher. Reconfiguring The American Household There’s lots here that’s interesting, but what most gripped me was the animated chart about halfway down that shows over the past few decades the change in where and with whom 26-year-olds have lived. …

Sing We the Song of Emmanuel

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music. You will find a video along with downloadable sheet music. “Sing We the Song of Emmanuel” started with the general theme of Christmas and the song title. The song evolved with a joyful and majestic sounding tune—and we asked the question “what does this tune want to say about Christmas and about the coming of Jesus?” We tried to combine the mystery of the Christmas story with the joy, jubilation, and majesty …

Weekend A La Carte (October 5)

As Saturdays go, there is a pretty good little collection of Kindle deals to browse through. Godly Leaders Welcome Correction They do, indeed! “We’ve all read news headlines covering fallen leaders of highly profitable organizations, thousand-membership churches, and model families. One question I can’t help but ask is, ‘Did he or she invite correction, or were they surrounded by yes-people?’” 5 Prayers Prompted by Playboy’s Rebrand Playboy has decided to “rebrand” itself. “As believers in Jesus, how should we respond? …

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Do More Better

I wrote this short, fast-paced, practical guide to productivity to share what I have learned about getting things done in today’s digital world. It will help you learn to structure your life to do the most good to the glory of God. Read More