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A La Carte (August 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a good selection: Atheism Remix by Albert Mohler; Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz; Is Jesus the Only Way? by Philip Ryken; Reasons for Faith by Norman Geisler; How to Be An Atheist by Mitch Stokes; and What’s Best Next by Matt Perman. Get them here.

Free from Christian Audio this month is The Brothers Karamazov. They also have a lot of other great classics discounted.

The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences

“It’s a simple story that can be summarized in just two sentences: Persecution threatened to wipe out Iran’s tiny church. Instead, the church in Iran has become the fastest growing in the world, and it is influencing the region for Christ. As simple as it is, such an amazing story is worth examining deeper.”

China’s Christian Future

We go from Iran to China: “Two years later, the Holy Spirit made fellowship with me and allowed me to confess my sins. The Lord gave me the chance to repent and he accepted me as his humble servant. I was baptized on Christmas Eve. Our Bible study group became an ark. As human rights lawyers, independent writers, journalists, and Tiananmen survivors joined us aboard our vessel, our community of faith also became a thorn in the regime’s side.”

50+ Old Fashioned Insults We Should Bring Back

Yeah, I think we could do with a revival of some of these—dunderhead, gadabout, gollumpus, etc.

Stop Having ‘Quiet Times’

David Powlison is always worth reading. “In the verbal actions of the psalms—rejoicing in who God is, asking for needed help, expressing heartfelt thanks—we’re talking to someone. It’s fair to say that having a ‘quiet time’ is a misnomer. It’s more of an out loud, ‘noisy’ time.”

The Gritty, Grace-Filled Virtue of Self-Control

“In a culture of ‘gospel-centered (fill in the blank)’ and grace-filled (again, fill in the blank), have we bypassed perhaps the supreme virtue of Christianity: a gritty, unwavering control of our passions, thoughts, words, and behaviors for the sake of Christ?”

This Day in 1834. 182 years ago today, Robert Morrison, the first Protestant missionary to China, died at age 52. *

3 Types of Legalism

R.C. Sproul discusses legalism: “The gospel calls men to repentance, holiness, and godliness. Because of this, the world finds the gospel offensive. But woe to us if we add unnecessarily to that offense by distorting the true nature of Christianity by combining it with legalism.”

Three Men You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

This neat animation shows how three men you’ve probably never heard of helped end the Second World War.

Flashback: And Also Much Cattle…

“We need to answer the question. You and I. Do we really believe that nothing in all the world is more valuable than people? Do we bear this out in our lives?”

Parsons

I want to hate my sins more than I hate the sins of others who sin differently than I do.

—Burk Parsons

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • 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?…