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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

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • 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.