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A La Carte (9/25)

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Delighting in the Trinity – A few weeks back I reviewed Michael Reeves’ Delighting in the Trinity, easily one of my favorite books of the year (here’s the review). At that time it was not available in Kindle and ebook formats. The Kindle edition has just been added to Amazon, so for those who were waiting, you can now have at it.

Catching Sin Like a Cold – I’ve often told my children that worldiness doesn’t come from the outside but the inside. Barnabas Piper says something similar here: You can’t catch sin like you catch a cold. Yet “so many Christians live in cultural quarantine, shutting themselves off from what they see as sinful influences.”

Just Disconnect – Though I’ve linked to several other articles in the same vein, I really enjoyed Carl Trueman’s take on disconnecting from the digital buzz.

Marching for Allah – This looks like a promising beginning to a series on Islam. “Whatever method they advocate to do it, something every Muslim will hold dear is that Allah, Muhammad and the Islamic religion be seen to be honoured. Islam is an inherently honour based religion. Allah must be seen to win.”

Preaching for the Home Run – Mike McKinley answers a question about preaching: “How does a pastor handle the pressure of preaching every week? If I’m being honest, I feel that I have to hit a home run or I have wasted everyone’s time that week. Does the pastor prepare his sermon so that it’s a base hit or do you swing for the fences every week?”

Preach the Word – Here’s another good preaching article. This one helpfully breaks down the command to “preach the Word” in this way: Preach the content of the word, preach the meaning of the word, preach the focus of the word.

A Wedding – I thought long and hard about whether or not I should post this. I don’t want this to become a gossip blog, but this seems to merit a mention because it involves Brian McLaren who is positioning himself as one of the “Christian” thinkers advocating the acceptance of homosexuality and homosexual marriage. McLaren recently led a commitment ceremony following his son’s gay marriage.

Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer.

—D.L. Moody

  • Managing Kingdom Causes with Sound Business Principles 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

  • Comparative Suffering

    Comparative Suffering

    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…

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    A La Carte (May 27)

    A La Carte: Critical dynamics of criticism / Behind Jordan Peterson’s teaching is his own humanistic agenda / The Christian’s keystone habit / Getting out of the burnout pit / Is salvation by faith unfair to those who never hear of him? / That portrait of King Charles / Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    As we live out the Christian life and cooperate with the Holy Spirit through the precious means of grace, we face a number of foes, a number of enemies that mean to derail us from our pursuit of God. Of all those enemies, none may be more prevalent and none more deadly than complacency.

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 25)

    A La Carte: Don’t regret your past—redeem it / Parents, are you raising angry partisans? / You’re gonna lose everything / My husband and I keep fighting over the same thing / What are the “all things” I can do in Christ? / How are we handling generational differences? / Kindle deals / 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…