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A La Carte (April 30)

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May the Lord bless you and keep you today.

If you’re looking for something to read, Westminster Books has a deal on a selection of new and noteworthy spring releases.

I dug up just a couple Kindle deals.

Identity Politics, Opium of the People

Carl Trueman begins a very interesting article this way: “Identity politics is the new religion of the United States.” He ends up considering why identity politics is so attractive. “We should beware of reducing the whole of identity politics to the self-serving ressentiment of those who want a turn in the limelight. Surely it is more. For many it is the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering.”

Alistair Begg: ‘Welcome to Exile. It’s Going to Be OK.’

Here’s Alistair Begg on living in this world at this time. “This world is not actually our home. We’re not supposed to settle down here. We’re not supposed to expect the church to be large, influential, and respected.”

Mark Dever On Why You Should Attend The Radius Missiology Conference (JUNE 23-24TH)*LIVE*

“Jesus called us to make disciples, not to plant churches”. Is this an accurate understanding of the Great Commission or is there something more to consider? Come hear Mark Dever speak on this topic, and listen to this 35 second clip on why he’s teaching at RMC21. (Sponsored Link)

Where Lies Love’s Greatest Desire?

“You’ll have a thousand opportunities today to give. You can give your time, your attention, your focus, your body, your wisdom, your worship…”

How Have You Processed the Sin of Ravi Zacharias?

John Piper was asked how he has processed the fall of Ravi Zacharias and replies in an episode of Ask Pastor John. “Well, let me begin with a word about why I would be so slow to speak. One of the reasons is wanting to know everything I should know, and the other is that I just cannot imagine the sorrow that family members and very close associates must feel. And for people to publicly assess and criticize a husband, a father, a very long-term friend must be horrible. And so now I’m going to be a part of that.”

Pastor Abuse

While acknowledging that many pastors have behaved in abusive ways, Nick Batzig writes about the abuse of (rather than abuse by) pastors. “Excoriating pastors for being abusive seems to have become par for the course these days. Much of this is in reaction to a failure on the part of churches to hold their leaders accountable.”

If You Don’t Have the Energy to Manifest Anything

This is what Anne Kennedy does so well.

Flashback: Why We Cringe at “Submit”

Why do I feel that little bit of rebellion or shame when I hear the word “submit?” I think it’s proof that we as Christians are constantly battling worldliness.

God has a very special place for mothers in His created order. They are among His most sacred and beautiful gifts to humanity.

—Alistair Begg

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…

  • Moral Vision

    From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden

    The United States has produced more than its fair share of fascinating figures. Over the course of its storied history, it has produced a host of figures who have shaped the nation, the continent, and the world. Many of these have been its presidents and politicians, though others have been its inventors, its business leaders,…