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A La Carte (April 3)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty significant list of books. If you were to buy and read only these, you’d be well on your way to understanding sound doctrine.

(Yesterday on the blog: Is There Anything Wrong with Sports and Hobbies?)

God is not Concerned with Our Efficiency

We often have a vision for the mission field that is based on our cultural values. This article is a good reminder that it is not our vision but rather God’s vision for that missionary that is important.

The Pope, Hell, & the Papacy

“An Italian journalist has quoted Pope Francis as saying ‘there is no hell,’ a statement that the Vatican quickly backtracked, referencing an admission by the journalist that his interviews employs “reconstructions” of conversations. But questions remain, including questions about the nature of the papacy.” Gene Veith discusses.

When Facebook Falls Out of Like With Your Blog

Stephen McAlpine writes about an unfortunate truth for all bloggers out there.

Can Social Media Be Saved?

“Our growing discomfort with our largest social platforms is reflected in polls. One recently conducted by Axios and SurveyMonkey found that all three of the major social media companies — Facebook, Twitter and Google, which shares a parent company with YouTube — are significantly less popular with Americans than they were five months ago.”

The Strangest Thing about the Christian Faith

Denny Burk: “The strangest thing about the Christian faith is not our views on sexuality or politics. Those things are not even our most controversial of claims. The strangest thing about us is what the apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.”

Creeds, Confessions, Catechisms, and Covenants in Corporate Worship

I’m glad to see, read, and recommend this one: “Why should Baptist churches use the historic, ecumenical, orthodox creeds in corporate worship? These creeds provide biblically faithful and understandable defenses and explanations of the Trinity, the hypostatic union of Christ, and other central tenets of the Christian faith.”

The Symphony of the Seas

I’ve never been on a cruise and have no plans to do so, but still enjoyed this article on the largest cruise ship ever built.

Flashback: We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Pastors

When it comes to our physical health, we’re more honest with our phones than our doctors. But this transparency goes beyond medicine. It extends to our souls.

Unless we deny our own will, we shall never do God’s will.

—Thomas Watson

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.