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A La Carte (April 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not much again.

Westminster Books has discounted the entire Theologians on the Christian Life series.

(Yesterday on the blog: Practical Advice for Family Devotions)

Ask Ligonier with Sinclair Ferguson

Ligonier Ministries recently led an hour-long Q&A session with Sinclair Ferguson. It’s always worth watching Sinclair Ferguson in such contexts!

15 Things Seminary Teaches Me that My Busy Pastor(ate) Can’t

“Friends over at The Gospel Coalition have been promoting a new book, 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me, for several weeks. They have also featured videos of big-name pastors sharing about the things they could only learn in day-to-day ministry, not in seminary. As a seminary professor and a churchman, I fully understand that seminaries don’t ‘make’ pastors, nor do they equip would-be pastors, missionaries, etc. with everything they need to thrive in ministry. Neither do medical schools, law schools, and so forth.” He counters (kindly) with a few things seminary did so well.

Inside Southwest Flight 1380, 20 Minutes of Chaos and Terror

Here are stories from within Southwest 1380: “They began texting Pastor Bourman’s father to tell him what had happened and to convey a message to the couple’s three daughters, 6, 4 and 2 years old: Pray. Plane blew an engine. We are going to try to land. Tell the girls we love them and that Jesus is with them always.

10 Things Teachers DID NOT Have to Deal With 10 Years Ago

I suppose teaching has never been the easiest occupation, but there’s little doubt teachers face some new and tough challenges today.

Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared.

Entertainment plays such a huge role in the world and in our lives that it makes sense to keep up with major developments, like the coming rise of “Disneyflix.”

What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day?

Here’s a helpful way to think about Judgment Day. “This scale is not unique to Islam, though. It is the default position of every human being from birth. We all believe that we are inherently good, and that one day God will let us into Heaven based on our goodness. There is a simple way to expose this when sharing the Gospel.”

6 Relevant Things That Saint Paul Never Said

Here are six “twistings” of Scripture that people commonly believe even though Saint Paul never said them. Like: “No temptation has overtaken you except that which is common to everyone. I mean really, who can withstand it anyway these days? God understands, and he will not judge you for trying really hard and promising not to do it again next time. It’s all about human effort, right?”

Flashback: Evolution and a Universe as Young as Humanity

If we admit and endorse an ancient universe, we see a vastly purposeless universe that for the great majority of time had no human beings to bring purpose and order to it. We see that humanity’s role in the universe is late and incidental rather than timely and purposeful. We see God’s creation existing for a million ages without the purpose and presence afforded by the one being created in God’s image. And, for me, that is one powerful argument for a universe that is only as old as humanity.

We cannot glorify God—either by our lives or by worship—unless we are enjoying Him.

—Jerry Bridges

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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…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    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 (July 11)

    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.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    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…