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A La Carte (April 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include a bit of Sproul, a bit of MacArthur, and a bit more besides.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why Christians Blogs Aren’t What They Used To Be)

How Not to Succeed in the Wrong Things in Missions

“When Christ gave us the Great Commission he said that our task was to: ‘make disciples of of all nations’ and then told us how to do that: ‘baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that’ he commanded us (Matthew 28:19-20). Conspicuously absent from this command is medical, agricultural, educational, and other types of aid. So, we must ask ourselves: how should we obey these commands? And further, do ‘mercy ministries’ have a role in this process?”

80% of Americans Believe in God. Pew Found Out What They Mean

“Pastors and theologians often warn Christians against ascribing to a ‘God of their own making,’ knowing that not all who say they believe understand God as described in Scripture or in the traditional creeds of the church. In the shifting spiritual landscape of the United States, Christians too can no longer assume that their friends and neighbors believe in the God of the Bible, if they believe in God at all.”

Wisdom Wednesday “Who is the Antichrist?” (Video)

This episode of Wisdom Wednesday answers an answer to a tough question: Who is the antichrist?

Darwinian Evolution and Charles Spurgeon

“Charles Spurgeon was 25 years old when Charles Darwin published his famous work Origin of Species. Even while the New Park Street pulpit heralded the Gospel, the words of Darwin contended for the hearts and minds of God’s image bearers. Where did Spurgeon stand on this influential issue? Did he directly confront it?”

Bezos’s Empire: How Amazon Became the World’s Biggest Retailer

This shows a nifty little graph about the growth of Amazon. Be sure to pay attention to how many parcels have shipped as you view the page. (Also read Jeff Bezos vs the World.)

Two Extremes to be Avoided in Preaching

This article identifies two extremes in preaching and tells what pastors should do to avoid them.

Themelios 43.1

The Gospel Coalition just released the April 2018 issue of Themelios, which has 168 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews. It’s freely available to download or read online.

Flashback: The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

In those times we feel our zeal waning, when we feel the temptation to skip out on a Sunday or withdraw altogether, we should consider our God-given responsibility to encourage “one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Effective prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings.

—D.A. Carson

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

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    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    A La Carte: Fighting for faith when doubts abound / The incredible blessing of my father’s final months / Why you can’t let yourself feel content / The means of doing much good / Bible translations are for people / Kindle deals / and more.