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A La Carte (6/3)

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The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler’s book The Explicit Gospel is free this month at ChristianAudio.

Bart Ehrman Is At It Again – “Someone turned my attention to an article in the Huffington Post by Bart Ehrman called ‘Who Wrote the Bible and Why it Matters.’ The essence of the article is an argument that the Bible contains lies. Most specifically, these lies surround the authorship of individual books of the Bible which claim to be written by one person and, in fact, are not.”

Judge Not – What did Jesus mean when he said “Judge Not?” Sam Storms answers.

Persecution Update – Frontline Ministries has a persecution update from Afghanistan. This jumped out at me: “There are 48,000 mosques in the country–but not a single church building.”

A Break Through the Clouds – Here’s a great article for a pastor to read on a Monday. Pastor Tim Bridges reflects on a month’s vacation and what it taught him about the ministry. Also for the pastor, St. Helen’s Bishopgate has posted their most recent Preaching Matters interview.

Top Ten Newly Discovered SpeciesNational Geographic has information about ten new species of plants and animals discovered in 2012.

The Gospel in Our Jerusalem – Matt Chandler: “Why do we struggle so much with heralding the gospel in Jerusalem? Why are we comfortable with hopping on a plane and sharing the good news to a people we’ve never met yet uncomfortable with sharing the good news to our neighbors and co-workers, those we know and see every day?”

There is little virtue in the beauty which calls attention to itself; modest beauty is the last to extol its own charms.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • 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…