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A La Carte (August 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection. You may also want to take a peek at Amazon’s general market monthly deals.

Free this month from Logos is John Stott’s classic Why I Am A Christian. Two of his other titles are practically free.

There’s a freebie I’m not familiar with at Christian Audio along with several discounted biographies.

Let’s End the Sale of Self Indulgences

“The Protestant Church could do worse this 500th Reformation year than ending the habit that has gripped so much of the church at the pointy end of the 20th and start of the 21st centuries, namely the promulgation of self-indulgence.” Indeed. And in our own strange way, we still support indulgences.

Operator Toll Dialing Instructions

Here is a Bell System instructional film for telephone operators, showing how to perform dialing operations. This goes way back and will make you better appreciate your iPhone.

Reading God’s Providence

These are helpful and important guidelines on reading or interpreting God’s providence.

10 Things To Know About God’s Sovereignty

Sam Storms lays out 10 things you ought to know about the sovereignty of God.

Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them

Just try it. “It’s not like turning off notifications shuts you out from using the apps you like. It just puts you back in control; you’re on your phone when you want to be, not when Amazon’s data says you’re likely to buy stuff.”

The Glory of Repetitive Tasks

This article didn’t quite go where I expected to, but I still enjoyed it!

Remembering Caspar Milquetoast, the Original Snowflake

“At one time, the term ‘milquetoast’ was the go-to slam for bullies looking to belittle the meek. And while it sounds like some sort of French bread dish (and that’s no coincidence), the term originated with an early 20th-century comic strip star named Caspar Milquetoast, who through the subtle brutalities of everyday life became a sort of hero for the timid soul.” Here’s the story.

Flashback: There Are 3 Kinds of Churches

There are three different kinds of churches defined by the ways they relate to one another and the ways they relate to visitors.

Public prayer will never make up for closet communion.

—George Muller

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.