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  • tuesday

    A La Carte (April 30)

    There are a few Kindle deals worth checking out. We’ll hope for more as a new month begins. (Yesterday on the blog: If the Bible Is Wrong, I’m So, So Wrong) Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy at Santa Fe High This is a powerful read. It’s beautiful, and tragic, and so very well told. How to…

  • Reaching Cultural Christianity With The Gospel

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post has been taken from The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel by Dean Inserra. I wrote the book The Unsaved Christian because I have experienced special challenges in reaching cultural Christians with the Good News of Jesus. Starting a gospel conversation…

  • If the Bible Is Wrong, I’m So, So Wrong

    When it comes to the Bible, we’ve all got a choice to make. We can take the Bible on our terms, or on its terms. We can choose to follow it some of the way, or we can choose to follow it all the way. We can dabble in it, or we can dive deep…

  • monday

    A La Carte (April 29)

    Today’s Kindle deals include some good books from Crossway themed around apologetics. Pastoring the One When You’d Rather Pastor the Ninety-Nine There’s wisdom for pastors here. “Sometimes churches forget that names matter. I remember talking to a staff member of a church of about 400. Their staff had gone through the church directory and realized…

  • Pastoral Prayer

    A Pastoral Prayer

    Every now and again I like to share an example of a pastoral prayer from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this because there are few examples of pastoral prayers online and I thought these may serve to inspire themes, passages, or ideas as other pastors and elders prepare to lead their churches in prayer. Here…

  • Weekend A La Carte (April 27)

    There are some Kindle deals to look at today. Remember that much of the content I write also goes out via podcast. You can get the info here. (Yesterday on the blog: The Gospel-Driven Church) Ordinary Christians Will End Abortion: Eight Ways You Can Help The battle against abortion can, at times, seem unwinnable. “When…

  • The Gospel-Driven Church

    Over the past few decades, evangelical churches have been shaped and reshaped by the church growth movement. This movement held out a model of local church ministry that some have labeled “attractional.” The idea was to make churches attractive to unbelievers so they would have compelling reasons to come to church where they could then…

  • friday

    A La Carte (April 26)

    Christian Audio has some good deals this month. There are discounted audiobooks by John Piper, Donald Whitney, and Richard Phillips. There’s also a solid biography of Martin Luther. If you’re looking for something to read, Adam Higginbotham’s Midnight in Chernobyl is fascinating; I could hardly put it down. Will We Learn in Heaven? Randy Alcorn…

  • thursday

    A La Carte (April 25)

    As always, you can check the Kindle deals page to see what’s new on that front. Westminster Books has a deal on a book your pastor probably wishes you’d read. Logos users may want to browse through this month’s deals. Don’t forget about the NICOT/NICNT sale. (Yesterday on the blog: Young People and the Hundred…

  • Young People and the Hundred Pushup Challenge of Life

    A few years ago, the “hundred pushup challenge” began to trend online. At a time when gyms were opening on every corner and roping people into increasingly expensive and complicated workouts, there was a call to the simplicity of the pushup. Those who could rattle off 100 were proving they had a solid baseline of…

  • wednesday

    A La Carte (April 24)

    There’s a pretty good selection of Kindle deals today, many of them from John MacArthur. Chip Away at Your Children’s Spiritual Growth Jen Oshman wrote an article I was working on! “We humans are drawn to get rich quick schemes, to lose 10 pounds by this weekend diets, to the express lane. Like moths to…

  • tuesday

    A La Carte (April 23)

    There are just a couple of fairly minor Kindle deals for you to consider today. (Yesterday on the blog: We Are All Theologians) It Is Well Writing for WORLD, Janie Cheaney does a great job telling the story of Horatio Spafford who wrote “It Is Well.” But be warned, once you learn the rest of…

  • We Are All Theologians

    For years now, I have made it my goal to release something every day that will encourage people, or challenge them, or instruct them, or otherwise bring them some kind of spiritual benefit. Not surprisingly, I receive all sorts of feedback, and there are a couple of kinds that, more than any other, discourage and…

  • monday

    A La Carte (April 22)

    Today’s Kindle deals include some good picks from Crossway–among them, titles by Kevin DeYoung and D.A. Carson. (Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Day in April) Christianity and Critical Theory Neil Shenvi has what I consider a really helpful series of articles on Christianity and critical theory. While he is opposed to it,…

  • How We Worshipped

    How We Worshipped One Sunday in April

    Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this simply to provide an example of how one church structures our time of worship, hoping it will prove a helpful resource to others. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as the preacher,…

  • Weekend A La Carte (April 20)

    Today’s Kindle deals include all sorts of good stuff. (Yesterday on the blog: What Gave Him Such Confidence?) 3 Suggestions for Dealing with Frustrating Cultural Differences I find culture endlessly fascinating. “Maybe you are preparing for a short-term trip or long-term service to a place like where I serve. Or maybe you’re trying to get…

  • Run Toward

    What Gave Him Such Confidence?

    When we sin against other people, our natural response is to distance ourselves from them. The naughty child who has defied her parents will look at the mess she has made, then slink away to her room. The church member who has spread gossip about another person will keep his distance the next Sunday. In…

  • friday

    A La Carte (April 19)

    There’s a nice little list of Kindle deals for you to go through today if you’re into that kind of thing. Remembering My Passion for my Husband It can be hard to remember, feel, or enact the passion of the early years of marriage. “I assumed it would always be there, but now, the fear…

  • thursday

    A La Carte (April 18)

    It has been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals, but there are at least a few to look at today. Logos users will want to check out this NICOT/NICNT sale. It’s a great series to have! (Yesterday on the blog: It’s Time To Break Free From the Algorithm-Driven Life) A French Evangelical’s…

  • Algorithm Driven Life

    It’s Time To Break Free From the Algorithm-Driven Life

    A recent story from Wired helpfully explains the latest batch of changes Facebook has made to its algorithm—the algorithm that sorts through the billions of available articles, photographs, and videos to determine the few we will actually see as we scroll our news feeds. This is just their latest attempt to head off the never-ending…