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  • Help for Humanly Impossible Acts

    This sponsored post is from Crossway, adapted from Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship by John Piper—a new book about preaching as a means of awakening worship and seeing, savoring, and showing of the glory of Christ. Beauty of Corporate Worship It is beautifully fitting that Christian people gather for corporate worship every week. When…

  • Why We Cringe at “Submit”

    A couple of times I’ve run into people who are familiar with the kind of Reformed theology I hold to and are eager to challenge me. Along the way they’ve said something like this: “I don’t believe in predestination.” That brings about an easy response: “The question isn’t whether you believe in predestination, but what…

  • A La Carte (April 30)

    Today’s Kindle deals include a few excellent books, most of them from Crossway. (Yesterday on the blog: The Art of Rest) The African Church This article gives a description of some of the strengths and weaknesses of the African church and shows why our assessment of churches over a whole continent ought to be cautious.…

  • The Art of Rest

    The Art of Rest

    It’s hard to rest—to truly rest. It’s easy enough to be busy or to be lazy, but neither one is synonymous with rest and neither one displaces the need to rest. Rest is a necessity and a skill. You might even say it’s an art. Rest is the subject of a new book by Adam…

  • Weekend A La Carte (April 28)

    Today’s Kindle deals include a hodgepodge of books that are worthy of a look. (Yesterday on the blog: The Problem with Falling in Love) We Must Keep the Work of Evangelism Central Conrad Mbewe: “It is a sobering fact that every generation must be re-evangelised. We should never take today’s statistics in Africa or anywhere…

  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Free Stuff Fridays (Reformation Heritage Books)

    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books. They are giving away five prize packages of the following books: Graciousness – John Crotts “Truth matters. But as the apostle Paul wrote, we must always speak the truth ‘in love.’ For the Christian, our demeanor is just as important as our words. John Crotts helpfully…

  • The Problem with Falling in Love

    The Problem with Falling in Love

    “I just don’t love her anymore,” he said. Years had passed, circumstances had changed, affection had waned, love had diminished. He recounted a few memories of the early days—the blush of young love, the tentative first dates, the romance, the anticipation, the wedding. But that was then and this is now. “I fell in love…

  • A La Carte (April 27)

    I wasn’t able to track down any intriguing Kindle deals today. I’ll try again tomorrow. (Yesterday on the blog: Christian, Are You Growing in Wisdom and Maturity?) When Mom called me “Sis” I quite enjoyed this moving article. “Mom had plenty of her own sisters. She didn’t need me to be one of them. I…

  • Christian, Are You Growing in Wisdom and Maturity?

    There’s a call on every Christian to grow and keep growing in wisdom and maturity. In this video I discuss the difference between the two and encourage younger people (and older people!) to commit themselves to these key traits. What is wisdom & maturity, and is there a difference between the two? Yes, wisdom defined…

  • A La Carte (April 26)

    Today’s Kindle deals include a bit of Sproul, a bit of MacArthur, and a bit more besides. (Yesterday on the blog: Why Christians Blogs Aren’t What They Used To Be) How Not to Succeed in the Wrong Things in Missions “When Christ gave us the Great Commission he said that our task was to: ‘make…

  • Why Christians Blogs Aren’t What They Used To Be

    At one time, it seemed like almost every Christian had a blog. Back in the early days of blogging, just about everybody went to Blogger or WordPress, began a free account, and tapped out their first few articles. Some quickly realized it wasn’t for them, but many others stuck it out for months or years.…

  • wednesday

    A La Carte (April 25)

    Today’s Kindle deals include six titles that may be worth a quick click-through. Westminster Books has the new ESV Archaeology Study Bible at a great discount. (Yesterday on the blog: Why John Piper’s “Shells” Illustration Transformed a Generation) Conference Callings Jamie Dean writes, “Beyond the conference halls, I’d submit the most important gathering for Christians…

  • tuesday

    A La Carte (April 24)

    Today’s Kindle deals include some pretty good deals on books newer and older—from the Puritans to today. (Also, you can get a free copy of Jared Wilson’s Gospel Wakefulness if you visit Crossway’s site.) Westminster Books has deals on Sinclair Ferguson’s excellent book The Whole Christ (and the DVD series and other associated material). (Yesterday…

  • The Film You Have Been Waiting for: PURITAN

    This week the blog is being sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books. Joel Beeke authored this post on behalf of Reformation Heritage Books, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Media Gratiae, and Stephen McCaskell. Right now, as you are reading this blog, a film crew is in the midst of what sounds like an exhausting itinerary through multiple…

  • The Next Frontier in Pornography

    It has long been claimed that pornography drives technology. This claim is over-stated, no doubt, but what’s clear is that pornography very quickly and cleverly takes advantage of new communication technologies. As one commentator says, “If we invent a machine, the first thing we are going to do—after making a profit—is use it to watch…

  • A La Carte (April 23)

    Today’s Kindle deals include a massive sale on excellent commentary sets as well as a few solid books. Amazon has a large selection of board games on sale today. Why I Don’t Sit With My Husband at Church This is a rather thought-provoking article. “For my husband and me, offering hospitality has meant breaking down…

  • Sunday A La Carte (April 22)

    This was another of those weeks where I dug up so many interesting articles and videos that I’ve decided to collect the overflow into a special Sunday edition of A La Carte. I hope you enjoy it! Portraits of African American Ex-Slaves in the Late 1930s This is quite a photo gallery. “These portraits of…

  • Weekend A La Carte (April 21)

    Today’s Kindle deals include a few books (including one classic) that are worth a look. (Yesterday on the blog: Letters to the Editor: Sports, Hymns, and Hobbies, and Entertainment) Jesus, Take the Control Wheel I love this: “When members of First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas, heard recordings of radio transmissions from a Southwest Airlines…

  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Academic)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Zondervan Academic Online Courses, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away five free subscriptions to Justin Holcomb’s new online course, Know the Creeds and Councils. Take a look at the free preview from Dr. Holcomb: Enter Here Giveaway Rules: You may enter one…