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A La Carte (April 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few excellent books, most of them from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Art of Rest)

The African Church

This article gives a description of some of the strengths and weaknesses of the African church and shows why our assessment of churches over a whole continent ought to be cautious.

Wives “Submit” or “Respect”?

Having just finished studying this text, I’m thankful for Bill Mounce’s attempt to reconcile two key words in it.

Student Ministry and the Jimmy Fallon Fallacy

Brock Caldwell writes, “One of the difficulties in ministry is the pressure, both internal and external, to be something you are not called to be in order to generate ‘success’ in your church. I was reminded of this as I read an article that presented the idea of Jimmy Fallon as a youth pastor. While the article was both helpful and served as a good example of learning from culture, it also made me think of other ways we as youth pastors, or any other ministry leader for that matter, can feel the pressure to conform to a ‘Fallon Philosophy’ of ministry. At the end of the day, this ‘Fallon Philosophy’ is an unhelpful fallacy. “

The Postmodernism That Refuses to Die

D.A. Carson: “People aren’t talking about postmodernism nearly as much as they were fifteen or twenty years ago. Thirty-five years ago, graduate students in English departments in many universities of the Western world spent more time reading Lyotard, Derrida, and Foucault than Shakespeare, Keats, and Frost. Proof of mature reading of a text was tied rather more to creative deconstruction than to trying to understand the text in its historical and cultural framework. More important than the English texts was postmodern theory.”

Snopes Is a Sneaky Liar About California’s Bill To Ban Christian LGBT Talk

“If you haven’t already lost significant respect for Snopes as an impartial fact-checker, its analysis of a bill that bans all transactions involved in stating Christian beliefs about homosexual behavior should. That bill passed 50-18 on April 19 and is being considered in the state senate. Snopes’ insistence that California Assembly Bill 2943 would not result in the Bible being banned in California is akin to Snopes calling ‘demonstrably and clearly false’ the claim that Joseph Stalin killed everyone around him.”

What Is the Economic and Immanent Trinity?

“If you’re interested in the doctrine of the Trinity, then you’ve probably heard the terms economic Trinity and immanent Trinity from a lot of modern theologians. But what exactly do those terms mean? And more importantly, do they help us understand the Trinity better?” Here’s a good explanation.

Bring the Books! – In Defense of More ‘Gospely’ Writing

Here is one defence for authors to continue writing ‘gospely’ books by a guy who has written a few.

Flashback: Protect Your Church in One Simple Step

The church that remains faithful to God is the church that remains faithful to the Word of God. The healthy church is the preaching church.

Worship is our rehearsal for how to live today and how to glorify God in heaven. It is not merely a Sunday morning exercise meant to make us feel good.

—Rosaria Butterfield

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…