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A La Carte (2/15)

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It’s an early start today, so let’s get right to those links…

Nation Somehow ShockedThe Onion has the occasional good one. Yesterday was one of them. “As more details emerged of Friday’s horrible but relatively commonplace manifestation of human nature in Brandon, SD, citizens nationwide somehow managed to enter a state of shock, apparently struggling to comprehend an act that, throughout history, has happened thousands upon thousands of times.”

Lectures with Richard Bauckham – From SBTS: “Professor Richard Bauckham will deliver the Spring 2011 Julius Brown Gay Lectures on February 15-16. Professor Bauckham is Professor Emeritus at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and is a renowned New Testament scholar.” You can watch them live online at sbts.edu.

Pre-Order – Just a reminder that my book The Next Story is now available for pre-order. I’m not above begging. Don’t make me beg!

World Press Photo Winners – Boston.com has a roundup of some of the best shots from the 54th World Press Photo Contest.

Wiki Leaks and JudgmentDouglas Groothuis shares a guest post written by Ajith Fernando, author and minister in Sri Lanka. Fernando looks at Wiki Leaks and says it “is an instructive foretaste of a terrifying disclosure which will take place some day! Whoever thought that money stashed in secret accounts Swiss banks would be made public? The Bible says, “For God will bring every deed into judgment, withe very secret thing, whether good or evil” (Eccl. 12:1).”

What’s a Strong Tower? – Mounce looks at Proverbs 18:10 and asks “What’s a strong tower”? A tower that possess the quality of strength? What does that mean? A tower that is built with a strong door? Strong straps?”

Tears of Hope – A while back I mentioned Zac Smith. Here is an update from his wife one year after his death.

I think the devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds … Satan is quite aware of the power of silence.

—Jim Elliot

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

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    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.