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Spurgeon on What You Watch on TV
“Those who can look with delight or any degree of pleasure upon the sins of others are not holy. We know of some, who will not themselves perpetrate an unseemly jest, yet, if another does so, and there is a laugh excited upon some not over-decent remark, they laugh, and thus give sanction to the impropriety. If there is a low song sung in their hearing, which others applaud, though they cannot quite go the length of joining in the plaudits, still they secretly enjoy it; they betray a sort of gratification that they cannot disguise; they confess to a gusto that admires the wit while it cannot endorse the sentiment…”


Free Audio Book
ChristianAudio’s free download of the month is Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Simply use the coupon code MAY2009 and the book is yours for the taking.


Saving the Planet With a Thesaurus
“The problem with global warming, some environmentalists believe, is ‘global warming.’” This article at the NY Times tells of some of the ways people are trying to sell global warming using some new and seemingly innocuous terms.


5 Distortions of the Gospel in Our Day
James MacDonald tells of five distortions of the gospel we tend to hear today. He closes with a warning: “Do you understand the implications of a distorted gospel? What horror to imagine many people thinking they are ready to meet God only to find out they never were because they believed a distorted gospel.”


The Expanded Bible
Here is a new translation of the Bible courtesy of Thomas Nelson. Of greater interest to me than the translation itself is the marketing they are using to try to raise awareness. They are relying on Twitter and other social media to do the job…


Undressing Pornography
This article, though it’s a few years old, is very useful when it comes to thinking properly about pornography.


Deal of the Day: A New Systematic Theology
Today (while supplies last) Monergism Books is offering A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, 2nd ed. by Robert Reymond at a 50% discount.


  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.